2016 Family Moto

12 And also, the voice of the Son came unto me, saying: He that is baptized in my name, to him will the Father give the Holy Ghost, like unto me; wherefore, follow me, and do the things which ye have seen me do.
2 Nephi 31:12
"Make sure they remember joy yesterday, experience joy today, and anticipate joy tomorrow."

Motherhood Mission Statement

To provide a loving environment that is centered around God and His commandments while effectively teaching my children to love, honor, and respect all Men no matter the race, creed, or background.

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Thursday, January 12, 2017

These are a few of my favorite things!

A few years back I wrote a post about all the products I love and use daily!
Here is my 2017 favorite things list!

1. Doterra Essential Oils!

I still love and use Doterra essential oils daily.  They have worked wonders on my skin.  The Verage hydrating serum is not oily and keeps my skin hydrated all day long.  I use this morning and night.  A bottle usually lasts 3-4 months.

2.  Rock & Republic Jeans

These are not your average mom jeans!  They come in all different sizes and fit many different body types.  They fit a little higher on my hips but are not "high rise" jeans.  I love that I can bend over and not have anything show.  These Rock & Republic Jeans are great quality and Kohls usually has great sales going.  They are worth the splurge. 

My hair feels like silk!  Real silk!  I have tried so many different serums for my frizzy hair and this is the best!  Seriously, the BEST!  A bottle lasts about 6 months, so it is worth the splurge.  My hair feels so soft and looks so shiny.  

Tone it up is a game changer!  I real game changer.  I have been exercising consistently since 2004.  13 YEARS!  I have not taken any time off except for the mandatory 6 weeks after having a baby.   I have tried so many different things to lose weight.  Sometimes it worked, and sometimes it didn't.  Remember that one time I quit sugar back in May!  I didn't lose any weight.  I run 3-5 miles 3 times a week.  I lift weights 3 times a week.  I do fitness classes.  I work out with a personal trainer.  You know what I have learned? That no amount of exercise can make up for a bad diet.  I started the tone it up challenge November 1st, 2016.  In the first 6 weeks, I lost 10 pounds.  I am still so surprised.  I follow the plan exactly.  I never feel hungry.  The two girls who came up with the idea are extremely helpful and are so positive!  They are the best!  I feel amazing!  I feel and look better at 35 than I did at 25!!  If you try anything from this post, try Tone it up!!!  They give you every single thing you need to be successful.  

Follow my friend Laurel and I on our fitness journey on our Instagram account, Strawberriesandblondes!

 These shoes are the BEST running shoes.  I have tried so many different brands and these offer amazing support.  They have saved my knees.  I love them!!

Friday, January 6, 2017

Snow day play!

Today, we woke up to a fresh blanket of snow!  I quickly checked the news stations to see if school was delayed or cancelled, and guess what?!  It was cancelled!  I can't believe it!  I lived in Idaho for 4 years and never once was school cancelled.  So, today, my boys jumped in bed with me and we snuggled until we were all ready to get out of bed.  Stephen is out of town visiting his dad in the hospital.  John had a heart attack a few nights ago.  So scary!

The boys grabbed their snow gear and headed out side to jump on the snowy trampoline.  There really wasn't enough snow to build a snowman, but they boys still had fun!

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Happy New Year!

Happy new year!!
We kept our day pretty low key. We went to church the had dinner with friends. The moon looked amazing as we drove home so we set up Nolen's new telescope.  
2016 was a fun year.  I am sad to see it end; however, I am ready for new challenges and events that 2017 will bring. 
I do have a few goals, but they mostly remain the same.
1) Spend quality time with family.
2) Stop allowing unimportant things to rule my time
3) Love more, even when it's hard, even when it hurts.
4) Forgive 
5) Smile.  It just makes my day better.  
6) Spend less time on the computer.  Spend more time on projects.
7) Hug more.
8) Last but not least, pay off the last of the autism debt!

Monday, December 26, 2016

Baltimore, New York, and Washington D.C

Christmas break this year has been amazing!!  We took the boys to Baltimore to spend time with Kendra and Michael.  I convinced most of the family to fly out so that we could spend Christmas together.  We flew in on Sunday afternoon and promptly started the fun.  Kendra and Michael just bought a house so we spent most of Monday helping them unpack.  Their house is huge and amazing!!  My boys loved playing with Bosco, Max, and Trip.

We rented a cabin right on the Chesapeake bay.  It was stunning!  The water was calming and beautiful.  The cabin had three stories and very FIRM beds!  It took a little while to get used to the sounds of a radiator and I eventually just turned it off at night. 

We spent Tuesday in Washington D.C. at the National Air and Space Museum with Craig, Blair, Kendra, and Michael.  Nolen was so excited to see a real space rocket.  We also went up to the top of the old air traffic control tower. After the museum, we went to Farmers and Distillers in Washington D.C.  It was one of my favorite places we ate at on the trip.  We got doughnuts served first, then pizza, and pasta.  They even made their own sodas.  Both boys did great at the restaurant.

Wednesday we went to the Dutch Market in Laurel, Maryland. It was DELICIOUS!  I had too many doughnuts.  My no sugar rule completely went out the window! After the Dutch Market, we drove the BWI to pick up Mom and Dad only to realize they flew in to Dulles airport in Washington D.C.  I have to admit, I was not thrilled; however, Kendra made lemonade out of lemons and brought a smile to every occasion.  Kendra, Dad, Stephen, and Michael went to watch the new Star Wars movie while Mom and I took the boys to frozen yogurt.

 Thursday, Kendra and Michael came out to the cabin and made breakfast then we rode the subway back to Washington D.C to see all the sites.  We went to two museums and then took our first Uber ride to the White House.  The weather was perfect for a stroll through the capital.  We stopped and threw leaves at each other while waiting for our reservations at Bobby Vann's.  We walked over to Bobby Vann's and ate more delicious food.  I gained 7 pounds on this amazing food trip!  HA! 

Friday we planned a big trip to New York City.  We woke up early and drove the New Jersey turnpike up to the Staten Island Ferry.  The boys loved riding the ferry into the city.  Once we got in the city, we rode a subway to a small restaurant across from Carnegie deli.  Sadly, she line was around the block for the deli so we ate at Park Cafe.  The food was sub par and expensive.  After we ate, we walked down to Minskoff Theater to watch the Lion King.  The entire group loved walking through Times Square and being real tourists.  My Dad even bought a random cd as we walked through the most crowded city in America! 
I loved watching the Lion King with my family.  I almost started to cry during the "Circle of Life" because this has been a dream of min for a long time.  My boys were so good during the show.  Nolen, especially sat quietly for the two hour show.  My heart was full.  Making this trip a reality was so fun!!  After the show, we took a subway down to the World Trade Center memorial.  We thought it would be faster to Uber to the ferry; however, Craig and Blair's Uber got lost.  We rode the ferry passed the Statue of Liberty on our way home.  Again, tears welled up in my eyes as my boys and Stephen saw this great city from a distance for the first time.  I loved everything about this trip!

On the way home, we had some great adventures.  Dad wasn't feeling well, so we stopped a few times for him.  Then, suddenly as I drove through a toll, he rolled down the window and puked.  I pulled over as fast as I could, however, he lost his glasses while puking out the window.  Stephen got out of the car and hunted for Dad's glasses on the freeway, but we had no luck.  Our trip home ended up taking a lot longer than we planned, but we made it home in one piece.  

Saturday, we went back to the Dutch Market and ate more food!  We spent the rest of the day at Kendra and Michael's home, opening presents, making ginger bread homes, playing games, and eating.  I had the very best time on the east coast.  I love spending time with my family.  They mean the world to me.  I have the very best family.  They sacrifice and give.  Their kindness is inspiring.  

 The moment Bosco tried to bite me!

Sunday, we headed to church then had a quick lunch with the family at Kendra and Michael's home before catching our flight back home on Christmas day.  The flight home took longer than planned, but both boys had a great attitude.  Once we got home, we opened presents and went straight to sleep.   Merry Christmas!!