Friday, January 22, 2016

loving the outdoors

We have been on the nice list for the weather fairy these past few days. Well, not like today per-say. Its been windy and freezing and I have had to cover my gardenias that I am a little too desperate to grow. But in general, the last few weeks we have had really lovely weather. And like any good momma, I basically wouldn't let my kids come inside.

Can't you tell how heartbroken they were??! haha I couldn't even get them to come in for lunch. Needless to say we have had lots of picnics.

On a totally unrelated note....

Every try to take a photo of a super cute toddler? Well try it when that super cute toddler is moving at warp speeds. Pretty sure they will turn out like these

Our Ruby at 18 month old.  We are half way there to magical age of 3.

My new calling: Enrichment leader

Its not exactly new since I've had it before, or was 2nd counselor so it was like having it. But each time I have really enjoyed it. It is something that is pretty easy for me but the challenge comes in making each activity worth asking the women to attend. I mean, lets me honest okay. If something seems lame and I really have no good reason to go, I will probably prefer to watch Netflix or read or go to the gym.

In my ward (congregation), the building we meet at is about 20 minutes away for most people. We try to have the activities in members home, but this was actually a bit last minute. So to the church we went.

The ladies I get to rub shoulders with are talented and motivated. Honestly, "my job" was pretty easy and consisted mostly of coordinating it all. Now coordinating I can do. Crafty-ness? Well, not so much.

I saw this pin and went with it.

We kicked off the night with healthy snacks the ladies provided and we had a smoothie bar.
Then each speaker had 5 minutes (of course it was more like 10-15 minutes) for their topic.
Heidi on the committee had thought up ideas for the titles:

Save-up: {coupons }
Lift-up:{ spiritual }
Do-up: { hair }
Use-up: { making do with what you have }
Fun-up: { family fun }
Lighten-up: { photography }
Read-up: { education }
I meant to get green and red and yellow scrapbook paper to use as placemats. 

this printout that Stacey made served as the program

The tables were a red and green and white theme. Y'know, 7-up colors and all. Since it was a little last minute, we didn't really know what to do for centerpieces (and our ward is splitting too so we really wanted to make it nice) We had flowers donated and they were stunning and just right. I mean, fresh flowers and all these women?! Of course that is going to turn out well. At each place setting there was a small notebook and pen for notes.

I think it can be hard to know if an activity was a success. I had SO MANY women come up to me after and say how much they LOVED it. They loved the flowers. They loved the colors. They loved the snacks and smoothie bar. And of course they really really really loved all the speakers. They loves taking notes and swapping recipes after and it was a full house.
our save-up speaker

our lift-up speaker

she just moved into the ward last week. She showed us a super cute five minute hair-do

I'll just say that it has been the token lonely year for me. A friend said that anytime you move, expect the first year to be pretty lonely. I have moved SO MUCH and I totally agree with that. And please don't think its because people aren't trying to be nice etc. I think its just that people, (my self included) have obligations that take up time. At enrichment though, I felt His spirit. I felt God saying that He knew these women I am asked to serve. And He showed me glimpses of their hearts. Now it wasn't like I had prayed for that. Or that the activity was particularly spiritual. I mean, there was a hair tutorial! But it happened nonetheless. The still, small, voice whispered to my heart the love that God has for these inspiring women.

Friday, January 08, 2016

Christmas Past

We went to our first Moms of Multioples party in December. It was really quite the experiance. 
The decor, the food, the "snow" aka: bubbles
And all those twins and triplets!!! 
oh, and we got this gem on camera....

Having 4 kids does not seem like a big family to me. 
It hard for sure. But oh my, it's a whole lotta fun. 
And as a mom, i really like knowing that they will have each other down the road. 
Jaedyn is so godd at making people laugh. She is such a big helper and is really obedient and oh so creative. She is constantly coming up with new games to play or a story to be told 

Keo loves to explore. He could spend his whole life outside. He is the best protector and is great at keeping his little sisters safe. Those brown eyes of his just melt my heart and he seems to know exactly what to say to get OUT of trouble. He is only 3 and I know I am going to be in a world a trouble with him and his sneaky ways. And I can't wait. 

Ruby. She is easy going, can share a million words with one look and will happily do her own thing for hours. Goldyn can not do anything without Ruby. She is always on the lookout for her sister and also is the one to let us know what is on her mind. 

And this guy, my main squeeze. The kids and I just light up when he is around. Mom is not really the fun one. I am the one to make things all better when playing gets too rough and feelings need repaired. Dad is the go to man for stories at bedtime, tag, and bike riding. He is always up for an adventure and you can bet the kids take after him in so so many ways.

Monday, November 30, 2015

That time I went to Chicago

Moving has been hard. I think that it always is never easy. So i jumped at the chance to head to Chicago to be with some friends.

We ate, we walked, we ate and walked....

I took the opportunity to go to the Art Institute. It was really big and really cool.

Of course we all took photos at the Bean, shopped at the Magnificent Mile and had some laughs way too late at night.

Thursday, October 08, 2015

Grandma's handmade dresses are better than that Matilda Jane stuff

My mom is really good at sewing stuff. All growing up our Halloween costumes were sewn. Our Easter dresses and flower girls dresses and now my kids blessing outfits are all made by her. And usually for birthdays and Christmas my girls are given a dress from their uber talented grandma.

Uber as in, a lot. Not as in Uber the not-taxi company.

Goldyn was not really into photos.

I blame the wet grass and the incoming molars. Although she is the more emotional twin.

Jaedyn twirled and jumped and romped around in the dress. Its gorgeous.

The twins are growing out of everything SO fast but I am glad they can wear the dresses as tunics as they get bigger.

And I didn't have to spend $50 at Matilda Jane.

Monday, October 05, 2015

How we do birthdays

This year it was Lego style

And it was pretty dang awesome. 

Since our family has grown and now I have a SEVEN YEAR old, I feel like I have had to totally re-vamp how we do things. That's a fun thing about being a mom to a little tribe, it sure keeps my brain going and me on my toes. Some mommas feel like thier brain turns to mush. Lemme tell ya, I have totally been there. 

But then I had a "Come-to-Jesus-moment". You know, those moments where you just can really see the whole picture including where you totally fail at and thankfully, where you are a rockstar parent in? 


So our birthdays start off with a 7 day count down (although I am thinking of doing a 5 day countdown and then 2 days after now. I HATE the post birthday blues!!) 

And then we give our kids a choice. They get $100 to spend--- or to save. Jaedyn wanted to have a birthday party with all her new friends. So we planned it out. She did the math and saw how much things cost etc. 

At the end of it all, she ended up with $5 left. She is saving for a Lego Elsa Castle. 

It was fun to watch as a mom what she placed value in. She wanted a pinata. No budging on that. But she opted to make one. She wanted pizza. She wanted a store-bought cake but decided it cost too much so went on pinterest (with me) and found some darling Lego cupcakes to make. Complete with Rainbow chip frosting. She planned out the games and hand wrote her invites. Then passed them out. 

One things I loved was seeing how she was able to understand how money works. Its something I sadly, struggle with a little and its a weakness I am working on. 

The birthday week was such a blast. And a big THANK YOU to Cassidy and Dan who totally went above and beyond celebrating Jaedyn while we were gone. Did i mention we do a birthday fairy? Well Cassidy just did that on her own for her!

thanks to all who came! 
Jaedyn mailed her Shutterfly Thank you notes.

Friday, October 02, 2015

Our Trip to Brazil in one semi-short post

And its mostly going to be photos since I am still not unpacked. Yes, I know its been three months. 
Well, we have a few traditions. Every year we go on a few planned trips. One is a no-kids trip and one is a family trip. Brazil was a no kids trip. 

Our first of three cities was Rio. Of course. 

We loved the hustle and bustle, our private tour guide, and the CHURROS!!! Oh don't get me started unless you are going to take me back just for those gems. 

We went to a lovely little city called Petropolis. 
I think we decided it was our favorite. 
also known as The Imperial City of Brazil, is a municipality in the state of Rio de Janeiro, at a distance of 68 km from the state capital.
Nestled among the forested hills of the Serra dos Órgãos, in the valley of the Quitandinha and Piabanha rivers, Petrópolis is a popular winter holiday spot. Besides the climate and surroundings, the main attraction is the former Summer Palace of the second Brazilian emperor, which is now the Imperial Museum, specializing in Imperial history and memorabilia.

 We ate. We watched people dance. Ate some more. We just soaked up all the history there. 

Then we stayed on Ilha Grande. 

Ilha Grande is an island located off the coast of Rio de Janeiro state, Brazil. The island, which is part of the municipality of Angra dos Reis, remains largely undeveloped. Wikipedia

No cars allowed. 
It was hot and then cold and still beautiful both ways. 
We met some lovely people from France and chatted with them a lot throughout our stay. Which was only two days so, yeah, not long. 

Oops, and what kids of tourist would we be without a Futbol photo???!

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