Tuesday, November 22, 2011

What a day

Here are the events that took place this morning...this is when I want everyone in the world to know, motherhood is the hardest job on earth.
-Boys woke up at 6:00
-Cleaned Bathroom one
-Fed boys breakfast
-Started cleaning bathroom two
-Ran into the toy room every two minutes to break up a fight or put someone in time-out.
-Finished cleaning bathroom two.
-Jump in the shower while boys watch Thomas the Train
-Got boys dressed
-Sent them outside to play while I started cleaning bathroom three.
-Here screaming in the backyard, run out and find them both drenched in muddy water.
-Strip them down, put them in the bath.
-Blow dry my hair while stopping every two minutes to keep them from drenching the bathroom, hitting, or taking away each others toys.
-Get them dressed again
-Make my bed
-Boys jump on bed
-Make the bed again
-Put them both down for an early nap.
-Finish getting ready and cleaning up the rest of the house.
-Get boys up from nap to go pick up my little brother from the airport.

What a morning...good thing I don't clean my bathrooms very often, this would be the reason why. The days that are the hardest, is when stuff needs to get done. Oh how I will look back on these days and remember the wonder of it all. I love it.

A few of my favorite pictures taken this month.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Time Out For Women

Last weekend I had the opportunity to attend "Time Out For Women" in Phoenix. It was absolutely incredible. You know how you have those times in your life where you feel as though you're not accomplishing much or finding joy in the little things. Well I've had a little spell of that lately and this is exactly what I needed. Of course it's okay to have a bad day here and there, but I needed a boost. Every woman, mother, sister, wife, etc. needs to take time each year for yourself to take a step back and become rejuvenated. Sometimes when we get away from our day to day routine, we have the opportunity to really see and appreciate what we have. There were so many brilliant speakers at this conference that truly inspired me and helped me see my worth and purpose in life. The entire theme of the weekend was finding ONE thing you could BECOME better in. Even though it was just Friday night and Saturday, I feel like I came away with a new lease on life. I have picked ONE thing to work on and I am striving to be become THAT with the Lord's help. I have been so happy and have had a totally different attitude. It's sad to think how much I was letting Satan creep into my life and distort my identity. My testimony has been strengthened and I know Heavenly Father loves me. I always knew this, but it's just nice to be reminded how much he does sometimes. I challenge every one to find one thing you can improve upon and diligently seek to do so. Don't be the one thing that stands in your way.

A few "dozen" of my favorite quotes and thoughts from the conference.

"Optimism breeds faith, faith breeds optimism."
"The Father wants to give you bread when you ask for bread, but first you must ask if it be right."
"Don't have faith in the outcome, have faith in Jesus Christ."
"Faith is wanting what God wants for us."
"Times will come that will make you doubt, but remember the feeling you felt when you prayed and how right and good it felt."
"This life is not just about being a good person, it's about becoming better."
"The ultimate will not be us seeing Christ, but Jesus Christ seeing himself in us."
"A God that requires nothing of us is making nothing of us."
"Today is a gift, embrace it."
"Return to who you are and become who you were meant to be."
"Nobody can change or take away your identity, you will always be a child of God."
"God must think a lot of me sending me such difficult children:)"
"Tribulation can make you bitter or better."
"You are the perfect mother for YOUR child."
"The Lord is a jovial, lively person."
Pres. Hinkley "Be happy, don't get discouraged, things will work out."
"All the prophets are all optimists even though they know the world out there. They see the big picture. We are on the winning team! Don't quite the winning team."
"We have every reason to be a happy people, filled with a brightness of hope."
"We can have a bad day, and still have a good life.
"We have to know sorrow to appreciate the joy. There is purpose in suffering."
"It says in the scriptures "it came to pass", not it came to stay:)"
"Don't conform to be what others want or what the world thinks you should be." God wants me to be an individual, not somebody I make up.
"The Lord will give us things we can't handle ALONE." We can always do it with his help.

One of my favorite things was getting to listen to Hilary Weeks sing her wonderful new album "Every Step". http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xyX-I-um5Kk You have to listen to her music video on youtube called Beautiful Heartbreak.

Sunday, November 6, 2011


There is no denying the fact that these boys love cars. That is pretty much all they play with from morning til night. They fight over them constantly, and occasionally the joyous moment occurs where they just sit and play together. I am so glad the weather has cooled down and we can spend time in the backyard again. We're just waiting for our grass to grow in and then maybe we'll eat breakfast, lunch, and dinner out there, and whatever else we can come up with. This is the season I remember why Arizona is so great.
Lately, I have been looking at Kellen and realizing he's getting really big. It's like it all of the sudden just happens. I wish time would slow down, but I know it won't and that makes me sad. I will always treasure these memories of watching my boys play cars in the backyard...especially when they're playing nicely together:)

Notice how Kellen has several cars and Brady only has one...Brady is just about to make his move.