Monday, January 23, 2017

Pinewood Derby...round 5!

 The way our boys are spaced, we will be attending the pine stinking wood derby for 16 years IN A ROW!  No breaks. They're all 4 years apart.  AHHH!!!!!  So right now it's Boston's 2nd year.  He's always so excited about scout stuff.  Jase helped him cut his car and he designed it.   Our ward had me a little sad at first because there were no decorations, and the last 2 derbys we'd been to the walls were covered in checker flags, and there was racing music going and it was all decked out...but out of nowhere,  the Star Wars music starts, and a Jedi appears.....

 Then Darth Vader and his storm troopers came in and started a whole war....

 Then it was racing time.  Boss was super precise about putting his car on the track.
 He came in 1st and 2nd EVERYTIME! He was so excited! (his is the one with the little yellow lego dude on it)

 For the championship at the end, they turned the lights out and gave all of the kids in the audience light sabers and let them turn them on the second he released the cars.  It was pretty sweet!

Boston got 2nd place speed!  Which is great for him, but that means we have to go to district again.
He may have been a little excited!
Good job Boss! Way to get 2nd and eat the most donuts after!!!! Atta boy!

Best Bros

Saturday morning was amazing!  It snowed so much.  We still have a little bit today (Monday).
Boston was of course the first one out in it before 7 am!
Jase went out a little later to serve as target.

And it cracks us up! Boston has a hard time getting the sizes right for snowmen, so he served as the head for his. 
This was my view...I didn't go out in the snow till I had to, but I still served as target, our front porch walls and windows were covered in snowball marks. 
These two are so good to each other.  They share a room, and we have not had a single problem with it.  They love to play together, they like to invite each other on their mom dad dates, and they had SUCH a great time in the snow on Saturday together!


Saturday we got a bunch of snow so I took Jaden and Boston and Kamryn and a few of Jaden's friends tubing/sleding in Show Low.  I was not a fun mom this day, and I just dropped them off and went to Ross for a nice quiet hour of leisurely shopping which resulted in a valentines table cloth, a bathroom rug and dill pickle chips.  nothing too exciting.  These boys crack me up!  They so ridiculous and crazy.  I'm glad they all have each other.

 I stayed long enough to watch my 2 boys go down (Kam didn't get out of the car until I got back to it, but she didn't end up sledding because her pants and socks were NOT snow ready, I don't blame her!)

 It was a fun hour and a half for them, followed by Freals at Maverick....when they were already cold...again, ridiculous and crazy!
That night Jase and I got to go out with our good friends Justin and Kiri. Since it was so snowy out we just went to the Italian restaurant right behind our house.  It's SO good, but so slow and so expensive....but our conversation is always great with those two!

The night before we took our 2 straight A boys out for the seafood buffet up at the casino...IN A BLIZZARD!  We literally had an SUV spinning around in slow motion right by us as we were driving.  I yelled "JASE"!  And he looked out the window just in time to see it's headlights pointed right at our car about 3' away!  Luckily he was smart enough to keep going because if we would have stopped, it's back end probably would have clipped us....but we did watch to make sure they were ok. They didn't even go off the road, and they were far from the few other cars that were dumb enough to be driving in it. Anyway, it was AMAZING to watch Boston eat crab and shrimp.  We all filled up in about 15 minutes...he went on for about an hour. He would grab a dessert, and we'd think he was done, then he'd come back with a whole new plate full of crab!  Pearce on the other hand looked at the buffet and decided order a cheeseburger (my kid for sure!). But he fell asleep halfway through the Boston decided to use his jacket to go under Pearcen's head because he knew the kid had a while to sleep there.  ha!  Funny thing, Boston's teacher was up there that night too!  Those two boys are so responsible with their school work.  Makes me so proud!

Saturday, January 21, 2017

My life...

My friend posted this on her blog and it gives you a story for each week of the year for journaling purposes. I would LOVE to know all of this about my parents, so I figured maybe one or possibly 2 of my kids will care about this about me in 20 or 30 years, so I'm going to play a little catch up and do the first 2 weeks right here.

Goals that I  hope to achieve this year, I already posted.  But with a. few weeks behind me, My focus is on getting healthy and getting nicer to my kids. I want to be remembered as the fun, kind mom, not that crazy sarcastic one that I've shot for the last 10 years or so.

The 2nd one is, What is something you've learned by yourself without help from anyone else.  This is A HARD one.   I feel like everything is at least inspired by others. I would say photography since I didn't take a class, or a workshop or any thing, but I do remember asking lots of questions on forums and to Holly in the beginning and to Melissa these last few years.  Maybe my most recent thing is painting boards. I have 3 that we're framing today that I'll post pictures of, but I just wanted some and realized most everyone charges crazy amounts when it takes about $3 to make (if you steal wood from old lots or from your friends that are clearing a lot to build and it has AMAZING old wood fence posts).  And the lettering, I've just practiced and had lots of ugly papers full of them.  But I started it about 3 weeks ago and have already given away 3 gifts to friends that had stuff pinned. Quilting is something that I've pretty much taught myself.  My mom put me in some sewing classes as a little girl, but quilting I just started the year we got married and have averaged about a quilt a year.  Last year I did 2 quilts and 2 baby quilts. this year my goal is one family quilt (not sure if it'll be 4th of July or Christmas, I have plenty of fabric for both....I've realized I'm a fabric hoarder...self taught, but it's in my genes from my aunt Jackie who has taken it to the extreme) and one quilt for my sister.  Each year I'm making a quilt and giving it to one sister a year.  It's been so much fun! I figured since I've given one to each of my kids...twice....I'll start on my sisters then go back to my kids, because by then, they'll probably be washed to death from all of the muddy forts, peed beds and picnics.
Something I"d like to teach myself this year is wood work!!! Just making these frames has been so much fun, and I just made a cute industrial bench, next I'd like to make a sewing table then a breakfast nook!  I know it'll probably take me all year, but luckily, I've got all year!  I'd like to teach my boys to do it too...and Kam, she loves shop class!

Monday, January 16, 2017


This week has felt awesome!   There's been the same chaos, but so much productivity!  One of my goals is to help my kids be more productive with their free time, and another is to speak more positively to my kids...the two don't really go hand in hand with me. ha!  But this week went well.   There was still a lot of apologizing, and lessons learned, but so much got done, and I feel like so much was learned by  all of us!
     On Tuesday,  I got to go to the movies in the middle of the day...with my two favorite dad and Jase.  We went to Hidden Figures.  There was a part where one of the women was so grateful to her husband because he did all he could to help her go back to school to get her masters to work for NASA as an engineer, and for a second I held a grudge because I remember the first few years out of college, everything we had went towards Jason's clinics and all I wanted was to take ONE class or workshop or to be able to set up a real studio, and I feel like not being able to learn more and go farther with photography is kind of what made me be done with it. I watched friend after friend pass me up because they went to workshops, or they got a studio with great lighting, and I went 13 years in photography without a single class or workshop.  But then SO quickly after holding that few second grudge, I realized he's helped me reach my #1 dream and only important dream....all of these amazing kids, and the fun houses (and some not so fun houses) we've lived in.  We've had so many adventures. A nd although I would have loved to have been settled about 6 moves ago, I'm grateful for the friends, changes, challenges and lessons we've been given with each move.

Tuesday night, after riding the quads for a couple of hours, Jaden and Josh dressed up and went to Walmart....the second they walked in the greeter pointed to each of them and said, "nope, nope" they had to take their masks off (understandable, haha) but they still went around to different sections of Walmart and asked people, "do you know which one of these mouth washes is the best?"  or "do you know which cleaner works the best?" for that one they got a good 10 minute answer.  Then they fake tripped, falling all the way to the ground to see what people would do.  Small town fun cracks me up!

Wednesday, Vivian pulled Tru around on his exersaucer. He loved it!   He was walking with it as fast as his chubby legs would go.  She's been really sneaky about being mean to him, but she's of course, very out there when she's sweet to him, which is now finally, outweighing the sneaky moments.  She's a pistol.  I feel like I'm raising Kamryn all over again...which is fine, if she turns out as great as Kam I can endure.

A couple of days ago, Jase made us a really. "yummy" breakfast.  We're doing his diet, and we're in the hard part, so it's only vegetables and some meats and eggs, and we're all burned out on eggs, so he steamed and squashed cauliflower and added coconut oil and cinnamon hoping it would taste like, no.  Then he made a shake using only vegetables and coconut, no.  So we made it a fun morning chug challenge and every kid drank he whole thing!!!
Try kept warm in his little fort.
This weekend we made Saturday a project day.  Jase and Boss worked on the playset, Jaden made corn hole boards and I made wooden signs.  Kam kept the littles busy by making the bottom part of the playset into a fort.

This baby!   He is the center of our world...all of us.  I spent a good part of my evenings just watching the older kids love Tru and make him laugh.  Jase snapped these pictures of me and Tru yesterday after church.  He loves to be tickeled around his neck.  He busts up laughing.  When the kids are loving on him I throw out there "why don't we have another baby?".  I get a mixed response...actually it's 5 yeses and one no....Jaden.  haha!

 This is just baby Tru in his favorite spot eating his favorite food...which are both the same as his big brother Pearcen's at that age.

 And Boston took these pictures of Tru and I dancing in the kitchen the other night as I was making dinner.  Alexa has jams pumping all day!  Usually either Hilary Weeks, Newsies, Trolls soundtrack, Classical or I can make your hands clap.  haha.   We're all in phases.  It'll pass.

 Friday Pearcen was able to bring in the kitty for show and tell.  I don't know if he's ever been more excited.  He loved it! And of course, Viviany loved to be the little sister helper.
 I spent a good half hour collecting and sharpening pencils on Friday, only to realize that we'v stolen a pencil from the house of de Lord.  whoops!
 This diet...this diet is DUMB!  I'm not starving, but I'm feeling deprived.  Jase made elk jerky which I DID NOT eat, and I made some zoodles, which I do not enjoy without either butter or  spaghetti sauce, which I can't have either.   So Sunday, I ate 2 bites of Vivian's hamburger, a couple of brownies and an apple, all not allowed.

started over again today. ;(

Today is MLK jr. day.  To celebrate, we worked on the playhouse some more, we helped grandpa put his Christmas decorations away, we watched Storks, we cleaned, went to piano lessons, I made a bench and a shelf, went to aerobics and we'll probably watch Last man standing after dinner and I might say how great civil rights are somewhere in the evening.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Awesome FREE humidifier

As part of Influenster I received this awesome humidifier!  I LOVE IT!   We have bought 3 humdifiers in the last 2 years, and we found a good one, but this one is even better!  It's SO easy to fill.  I don't have to tip it upside down and go fill it up. I just bring in a big cup of water and dump it right into the top!  It puts so much humidity into the air too. I love it.  Here's a link. I believe it's about $60!

Friday, January 6, 2017


Ive spent the day going through pictures since I've slacked off at blogging for, well, years, and I've got so much to post (and photoshop).  But for now, I'm just posting these two gems I found.  These were taking on our family walk last month.  Tru LOVES Kam!   And she adores him.   She has saved me since he was born.  She's been his second mom...and at times his first mom.  She loves to feed, change, bathe, dress, sit by him in the car and mostly make him laugh.  He LOVES Kam and grandma.  When Grandma Hatch walks through the door he crawls as fast as he can to her and climbs up her legs until she picks him up.

Also I found this awesome reminder article that most of us moms already know, but I think it needs to be remembered and reinforced for moms like me that sometimes like to take the easy road in parenting and later pay the consequences.