Thursday, September 18, 2014

Out with the Old....



Sometimes I can be impulsive.  And I love to get rid of things/organize/de-junk.  But when I get in an impulsive de-junking mood I often do things I regret.  Well,  this summer I got rid of our beloved family piano. 
 Logan needed some motivation to practice. And he kept blaming this one key that was sticking and not playing as well.  So, in an effort to get him motivated again I decided to get a new piano.  Our neighbors had mentioned that they wanted to get rid of theirs so I went to look at it.  I was rushed and took a quick photo.  In the photo the lighting must have been just right because as I looked at it over the next few days I started to actually think it was cute!  It was smaller and small is good.  Plus it was newer and probably worked better.  So I listed our piano on facebook and my old Bwood neighbor wanted to come pick it up!  Perfect!!  

Except when I looked at our cute piano being loaded into the trailer and it hit me that all the kids had learned to play on it.  That it was one of our oldest pieces of furniture we'd had the longest.  That was a great decor peice!!!  And I started to freak out.  But a deal is a deal and our friends had rented a trailer and come all the way down for it.  I had to go through with it.  It was very sad.  Even more sad when we went across the street to get our "new" piano and saw how ugly it was.  

It's an orange-y wood color and the keys are yellowish.  It's small and won't fit my Christmas Tree collection on top at Christmastime like our old one.  Plus there's just nothing special about it and instead of enhancing the living room it actually makes it worse. 

So I cried for a few hours and then decided that I just had to move on.  Things are just things and don't matter.  I can paint our new piano and make it cuter.  And I have these pictures to remember our old one.  Everyone does stupid things sometimes but you can't wallow in it, you just need to look to the future!  Haha these are all the thoughts I was forcing into my brian at the time.  Now that it's been gone a few months I'm mostly over it.  I'll miss it at Christmas time and I'll always regret my decision but that's just life.

And that was a long post to tell a simple story.

So what color should I paint the new one?  Any suggestions?   






in our neighbors house

moving out the old...



the new ugly one in my house ... it needs some help... stay tuned...

Personal Progress Award















Lexi worked so hard this year to complete her personal progress and receive her young woman recognition award. She did 8 ten hour projects, lots of service, read the whole Book of Mormon and did a lot of other studying, learning and reading. She almost never asked me for help. I was even surprised when she told me in July that she was almost done!!! She's been working on it for a year and a half since entering young women's but really did a lot of work this summer. 

I'm really proud of her dedication, goal setting and hard work. She's a good example to me. And I have to say she has the absolute best young women leaders right now that have encouraged her, supported her, and motivated her!  I am thankful for them. Dave and I took her on a little date to Cheesecake factory and gave her a cute willow tree statue to put in her room and remind her of this great thing she has achieved and this summer when her faith grew so much.  I hope she continues to grow her faith.  She will now be working to earn her honor bee which involves 40 hours of service and reading the Book of Mormon again.  She got her medallion this past Sunday and both her grandmas were there to cheer her on.  In the photo below she is wearing the medallion and holding a special stool that she got to keep her scriptures on.  

We love you Lexi!


Saturday, September 06, 2014

Today 9/6/14

Today was another busy Saturday. Our fall is always busy and sometimes I hate it but then I remember I only have myself to blame!

I went running with my running group this morning. Four miles and it felt good. 

Then we had two soccer games. I'm over soccer. Too bad my kids aren't. Luckily I have ms. entertainment with me at the games. Macey entertains Mack a lot! She's a great big sister. 



Then Dave and Lexi and Logan headed off to the youth beach trip. Dave just got called as scout master soooo yeah he'll be going to all the youth activities. Macey and Mack and I went to Maceys game and then came home and got ready for my photo session tonight. 

I took the kids to hang out with Brett and Emily and headed to Brentwood to do some senior portraits. It was fun because  I've known this kid since he was little and now he's all big and he has a fun car that we used and I got to chat with his awesome parents. So the day ended well. 

Dave and L&L still aren't home yet! I bet they had a great time. Tomorrow is Sunday. I teach the 14-18 year old Sunday school class and tomorrow the lesson is on love. Love thy neighbor as thyself. It should be a good one. 

And then just like that the weekend is over. Boo hoo. 

Blogging from my phone is easy. I need to do this more!

Goodnight. 

My view coming over bailey road tonight. Love these hills I live in. 


Ps I got to have lunch with a favorite friend this weekend. So, so good to catch up with her!


PSS tonight I watched 19 kids and counting. Had never really watched much if it before and wow. Just wow. I have a lot of questions and feelings regarding this. 

Ok bye. 

Thursday, September 04, 2014

Another School Year Begins.....

We had our traditional back to school feast (inspired by nie nie although I don't go as fancy as her).  It is a fun night where we eat some good food, talk about our theme and then do Father's blessings.  We had stroganauf this year, plus homemade rolls, corn on the cob, peaches and frozen hot chocolate for dessert.  We were stuffed.  We usually have the feast outside but it was cold that day.  The kids each got a journal and eraser.  They were excited.







Then the first day of school arrived.  This year we have 8th grade, 7th grade, 4th grade and preschool!  The kids were mostly happy to go back (ok only kindof).  They got great teachers and I'm sure it's going to be a great year!








Preschool didn't start till the following week but so far, so good.  Mack likes it I think and is starting to make some friends.  He loves the playground the most and wants to play everyday after school-- it's hard to pull him away!


His school doesn't allow backpacks and that's why he has this little white tote.



The bigs kids of course headed off to middle school on the first day and I hung around with Macey until the bell rang.

She was excited to see some of her friends!




The best part of the year though is cousins to walk with and see at school!  Between us, the Blodgett's and Danny and Christy we have 5 kids there and each grade represented!  Yeah!




Heading out of Pawnee!


It's always bitter sweet sending these kids off.  I hate not knowing all that goes on in their lives but I love watching them grow and learn and face challenges and overcome.  I love the people they're becoming.  Next year we have high school... praying this year goes slowly!!


Pacific Grove Weekend



We had such a great last weekend before school started in Pacific Grove with some favorite friends.  I wish I had taken more pictures.  The kids were so happy to hang out with their buddies for a few days. The weather was beautiful and the beach was so much fun.  We ate good food, relaxed, talked, watched movies, played games and Dave and I dreamed of buying a house on the beach someday.












Kids will boogie board in even the coldest water-- Dave too--- it is crazy!!  


Mack thinks this is surfing... 

Lexi and I are alike in a lot of ways but she is never cold (I always am), she likes cold water (I don't) and she'll get in the ocean on a freezing day ( you couldn't pay me to do it).


Beach hair

While we were at the beach I texted Grandma Susie to tell her we were nearby.  I didn't think she could drive from Hollister to Monterey yet because of her healing foot.  Well, it turns out that she was in Pacific Grove that very day not very far from where we were!  So she met up with us for a bit.  Too bad we didn't get a picture but it was fun to see her for awhile.

Dinner on the beach..

Hot dogs, shrimp, and smores!!!



And a lovely sunset to watch while eating.









Then we headed home for Sunday and the last day before another school year begins.  So sad summer is over for another year!  It flew by!!



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