Sunday, May 8, 2011

Power of Moms

Dagnabbit! I had a post all written and just as I was finishing it up, it disappeared in to cyberspace. I know, I know you are all amazed to see me on here. I will try sometime to rewrite what has gone on but I just can't get myself to do it tonight.

I do want to say that as I have been thinking about life and its/my purpose I have been doing a lot of reading on the power of moms website. My greatest happiness in life comes from my family and my children. While my boys are such great kids, parenting can be hard. Especially with Finn. Sometimes I just hope and pray that I am not screwing up my kids. It was such a rough year last year with all of our medical problems that I feel like we are just pulling out of it. Anyway, for all of you moms or anyone trying to find ideas/helps on parenting and motherhood check out I am amazed at all of the wonderful ideas the Eyres (some of you may have heard of them-they started Joy school and have written many books) have and wish I could follow them around the world as they give talks and speeches to moms all over the world. Don't ya love reading about people thoughts and feelings on blogs and websites. I remember as a kid wishing I could read peoples minds and know what they were thinking, nowdays with technology you almost can. One of my favorite blogs is

As I graduated from high school, I felt like I had the world at my hands, that I could do anything. I majored in criminal justice and dreamed of a life as a defense attorney. While I am still fascinated with the law and love watching The Good Wife, I cannot imagine loving doing anything more than being a mom. Sometimes, it can get easy though to get into a rut of making dinner, cleaning, running errands and helping with homework. I don't know if I am just hitting my mid-life crisis a little early or what but I know that I have a higher purpose. I have found such power in this website and in helping others. I think to find yourself you have to get outside of yourself. As I was reminded at Wood Badge we are all going through hard things. Life is hard. Together we can help each other and that is what life is about.

Friday, October 9, 2009

Just for Dave

I'll have you know that I tried to blog the other day but, well, since it had been so long I had forgotten my password. After figuring it out about a minute ago here I am. :) Where to start when it has been so long.'s what we have been doing since I last blogged.

Iron Girl Las Vegas, cousins out from Texas, Kennecott Copper, Temple Open House, Camping, Forth of July parties, go carts, swimming, game nights, food, trip to Texas, driving through, WY, CO, KS, stuck in traffic in OK, water parks, Gatty Town, kids write and put on a play, more games, Erin and Esplan, Alex's Birthday, Pioneer Primary activity, summer craft club, the smoker, Little Rock, Arkansas, walking along the waterway, the visitor center with the rocking chairs, Memphis, Tennessee, Graceland, Central BBQ, St. Louis, MO, the Arch, soda pop, Nauvoo pageant, Hannibal, MO, Mark Twain Riverboat, Caves, Nauvoo, Illinois, Bakery, making a rope, Browning store, wagon ride, Just Plain Anna Amanda, BYU Vocal Point, Trenton, MO-Grandma and Grandpa Smith's old house, Jamesport-Amish town, Carthage, Adam-ondi-Ahman, Platte City, MO, Grandma Smith, dominoes-of course, bbq, Primary activity at the gym, Steak and Shake, Back to School, Kindergarten, Maple Grove and Rochester, MN, Mayo Clinic, lots of neurologists, playing with MN cousins, Ryan's 16th birthday, Josh's first day of school (alone) and bus ride, poor sick Thomas, birds, Miller's getting ready for adoption, going to Feed My Starving children, home again, soccer....

Hopefully in the next couple of weeks I can elaborate on some of these and add the things forgotten, all in all it has been a pretty good year.

Sunday, May 3, 2009

Please Vote for Me...

If you guys have a chance to take a look at this website, I would love your vote. I entered a cheese recipe contest with our famous (well, it was on Dave's blog, that counts right?I hope you don't mind Dave that we stole the photo, but here is the recipe for ya!) recipe Berry Brie Stuffed French Toast. I would really like your vote.

You can find the recipe here at and I think I am the third one down. You can rate it from 1-5 stars.


Sunday, April 19, 2009

Michael's Baptism

We are so proud of Michael. He chose to be baptized on April 11, 2009. He is such a good example to his younger brothers and we are so glad to have him in our family. I'm not sure who was more nervous, him, dad, or mom (who gave a talk on baptism) but everything went great. He was able to go up the next day on Easter Sunday and the bishop congratulated him as the newest member of our ward, a title that he will hold for a few months (he is pretty happy about that).

Eight is great!

Michael is awesome! We love having him in our family. He recently turned eight and it was such an exciting day. For his friend party he decided to play Deal or No Deal like we did at pack meeting. The kids loved getting the prizes (except maybe when they got stuck with smarties). Then it was on to other games like--Who wants to be a Go-gillianaire (apparently a Millionaire is just not enough anymore). Afterward, Michael got to play Warcraft. He had been waiting a long time for this. Dave came up and we set up a table with lots of computers and played for hours. Then we had grandma's and grandpa's, aunts and uncle's and cousins over for BYU mint brownies. Yum! I think all in all it was a great day! Michael we love you.

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Share the love...

Kim just posted a little share the love post and it sounded like a lot of fun, so here goes....Here are the rules: The first 3 people to leave a comment on this post will receive, at some point during the year, a handmade gift from me. What it will be and when it will arrive is a total surprise! The catch is that you must participate as well. Before you leave your comment, write up a share the love post on your blog to keep the fun going. Then come back, let me know you're going to play and sit back and anticipate the arrival of your gift! Have a Happy Day :)

Thursday, January 8, 2009

Scared to death...

I have now found that is possible to be scared to death and excited about something at the same time. Two months ago I would have told you that you were crazy if you even thought about me doing a triathalon. Wanda, I still think you are crazy for doing marathons:). I honestly can't believe I am doing it yet I am pretty excited. Last night was our first training for the swim and we did just over 1/4 mile. Granted this was stopping to take breaths each length of the pool. We found out we need to do 22 lengths and we did 12. I don't know if that makes me feel better or not. We swam pretty far but we have so much more to go. Brandy and Reiko are training with me and hopefully we can get a few more to join us to keep up the momentum. So if any of you are interested in joining we are doing Iron Girl Las Vegas in May. It is a .5 mile swim, 10 mile bike and 5K. If any of you have great swimming tips they would be appreciated. I am not too worried about the biking or running. If only Don and Linda's pool were open.