My inspiration for this record of my days:

“The biggest mistake I made [as a parent] is the one that most of us make. . . . I did not live in the moment enough. This is particularly clear now that the moment is gone, captured only in photographs. There is one picture of [my three children] sitting in the grass on a quilt in the shadow of the swing set on a summer day, ages six, four, and one. And I wish I could remember what we ate, and what we talked about, and how they sounded, and how they looked when they slept that night. I wish I had not been in such a hurry to get on to the next thing: dinner, bath, book, bed. I wish I had treasured the doing a little more and the getting it done a little less” -Anna Quindlen

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

By special request

I have had more that one request for a post of me singing with my sisters.  I have ignored that request so far because I don’t really have a good one.

This weekend Jeff grabbed this video off of my mom’s computer for me.  It was after Kami’s farewell, singing at my parents’ houses.  Complete with kids walking around.

The Lord Bless You and Keep You will always be a favorite.

Saturday, November 27, 2010

A new word

Jonah has invented a new word.  Degreement.  It can be used interchangeably with the word temperature.  I’ll use it in context for you.

Mom:  Jonah, you can take off your sweatshirt if you’re hot.

Jonah:  I’m not hot, Mom.  I’m not hot in my degreement, and I’m not hot for a girl!

Sunday, November 21, 2010

I am thankful

Every morning when I wake up, I am thankful for another night of safety and comfort.  I’m grateful to live in this free country, and to be able to keep my children safe and healthy.

I am thankful that I have such a good husband who loves me, and really wants me to be happy.

I am thankful for the way Simon says “Ha!” which is short for “a-ha!” when he finds something he is looking for.

I am thankful for a kindergartener who is SO proud every day when he gets in the car after school, to show me that he earned his sticker.

I am thankful for Josh, who is now home with me all day.  (That’s a post for another day.)  He notices when I am frustrated, and tries earnestly to help.

I am thankful for Caleb, who waits for me to make eye contact in the morning as he’s getting out of the car, so he can tell me he loves me.

I am thankful for Savannah, who is so good with her little brothers.  She takes time for them and makes them feel special.

I am thankful for Rebecca,  who reaches out to others.  She tries to make everyone feel included, and is a good friend.

I am thankful for my health and my faith.

And I am thankful for this time of year, that reminds me to focus on what I have, instead of what I lack.

Friday, November 12, 2010

Hold You

The phrase is actually pronounced more like “ho joo,” but it’s one of my favorites.  How could I possibly resist this little guy following me around, jumping up and down saying “ho joo!  ho joo!” ?

It gets me every time.


Even when it’s less than convenient.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

The Thankful Tree

Once again, I have stolen a great idea from Shawni.


Throughout the month of November, we’ll be writing down things that we’re thankful for, and adding colorful leaves.

This is about the closest we’ll get around here to leaves that change colors.

Happy Fall!

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

The trick-or-treating continues

This year for Halloween we had:


An archer, a puppy, a glow-in-the dark skeleton, a gangster, a vampire, and a nerd.

Simon caught right on to the idea of trick-or-treating.  The problem is, he doesn’t know it only works on Halloween.

Two days later, the bigger kids were in the living room with their candy spread all over the floor, sorted into piles for bartering.   Simon kept trying to take people’s candy, and he and I both got yelled at.

“No Simon!  Give that back!  MOM!  Get Simon out of here!”

He was really disappointed, until he came up with a brilliant idea.  He grabbed an empty bucket, and told me his plan.  “I go key-ko-key Nana.”  Which means, of course, “I’m gonna go trick-or-treat Savannah.”

He bravely walked back into the living room, right up to the piano bench where Savannah’s candy was displayed.

“Key-ko-key Nana!”

Who could resist that ingenuity?  He made the rounds to all of his siblings, and scored a piece of candy from each of them.


Tuesday, November 2, 2010


This post is a sort of self-help/therapy session for myself.  You don’t have to read it if you don’t want to.  I need to make a checklist of the things I did today.  All I can see so far are the things that I didn’t do.

  • read my scriptures/pray
  • exercised
  • got myself dressed- complete with make-up
  • celebrated a friend’s birthday
  • was consistent with time-outs for Simon
  • made my bed
  • planned my meals for the week
  • completed Josh’s enrollment packet for online school
  • did math with Josh
  • helped Jonah with “homework”
  • made 3 trips to the school
  • drove synchro carpool
  • went grocery shopping
  • put away groceries
  • cleaned out the fridge
  • read “Brown Bear, Brown Bear” multiple times
  • helped make lego cars
  • helped boys clean their room
  • ate dinner with my family
  • cleaned the stove-top
  • changed several diapers
  • answered emails
  • kissed my hubby lots
  • voted

I’m feeling a little bit better.  It looks like a lot when I write it down. 

The other day Jeff and I were talking about how we are in the season of life that seems to be all about “Juggling.”  It seems to me that it’s ok if I have a hard time juggling.  The important thing is to make sure I’m only trying to juggle the most important “balls.”  Sometimes that’s hard to know.