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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Friday, November 25, 2016

The worst class pictures, ever.

I have said this before, and I will say it again; School Photography is ALWAYS BAD! This year was no exception.  Actually, this year was worse than ever.  Edward's class picture is out of focus completely.  The trees in the background are more in focus than the kids.  Nolen's class photo is in focus; however, the school decided to have his teacher EDITED OUT!!!  What?! She left the school, but I still wanted record of her being his teacher. I wish the school would have asked us if we wanted her in the photo or not.  I would have said, YES!  Keep her in the photo because she was there that day.  As a side note, his class still does not have a teacher and students are leaving the school now.  I wish I could get to the bottom of the situation.  What a mess!


Thursday, November 24, 2016

Turkey Trek 2016

This years Turkey Trek was a complete success!!  The boys ran a 1k in less than 3 minutes!  They were so fast.  They were so excited to start the race and fun.  It was a bit cold this year, but not as cold as it was last year.  
My friend Marialena came to watch the boys while I ran with Laurel.  We killed it this year!  Last year our time was just over 36 minutes and this year we ran the 5K in 33 minutes!  So much faster than last year!  
I am so grateful to know two great women who sacrifice their Thanksgiving morning for me! They are truly the best!





Afterward, I took the boys to have a doughnut!  They are simply amazing.

We spent the rest of the morning at home just lounging around while Stephen was at work.  When he returned home, we headed to our very dear friends house, the Landaker's.  They made the most delicious BBQ turkey!  I have been off sugar for more than six months and it was delicious to have Andrea's sweet apple pie.  After dinner; however, Nolen decided to barf. HA!  It was so embarrassing.  I felt so bad for the little guy.  It was the most barf I have ever seen!   We got him cleaned up (and the carpet) (and the tile) (and the bathroom) and headed home. 
Happy Thanksgiving!!

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Six.


My sweet and precious baby is six!  I am in utter awe at how he has grown in the last six years.  He is simply amazing.  
He smiles.
He loves. 
He laughs.
He has a routine that he hardly changes.
He plays well with his brother.
He is inquisitive.
He is smart.
He is everything.

There are so many people who prayed and fasted for his recovery.  There are so many people that prayed and fasted on my behalf.  I am forever grateful to those who have helped Nolen become the boy he is today.  I am so blessed.

Nolen is still a vegetarian.  He has thought more about eating meat, but I do not think it will happen any time soon.  He eats yogurt and granola or protein waffles for breakfast.  He will eat the whites of a hard boiled egg sometimes.  
For lunch he still has an almond butter sandwich with carrots and a piece of fruit.  Dinner he mostly eats quinoa and quinoa pasta.  

Nolen is completely fascinated with space.   He knows everything there is to know about the planets, their moons, and dwarf planets.  He wants to be the first person to go to Mars.  He actually wants to live on Mars.  I do think this might be an option in his lifetime and that is an incredible thought.  

Nolen has been asking me a lot about human anatomy.  He wants to know EXACTLY how babies are made.  So I told him.  

Nolen also loves everything that Edward loves.  Edward is currently in to Plants vs. Zombies.  So for his birthday, I got him a stuffed Pea Shooter and a Zombie.  He was so happy.  He also loves Pokemon.

Nolen choked on a marble about a month ago, so when he asked for another marble tower, I almost said, "NO!"  However, after going over and over and over about not putting marbles in our mouths, I bought him another marble tower.  This is what he wanted the most.  He couldn't wait to open it this afternoon.  

Nolen LOVES his kindergarten class.  He had THE BEST teacher.  Then she quit.  She threw away all the classroom materials including the kids work.  I am so torn up about it.  This messes up everything.  He trusted her.  He loved her.  I loved her.  Despite this stressful set back, Nolen is adjusting very well.  There is still not a permanent teacher in the classroom and that scares me, but Nolen is a trooper.  I guess all those years of ABA therapy worked!  He can deal with change better than most of the kids in the class.  I really hope he has a new teacher after Thanksgiving, but I just don't know what to expect.  My heart was broken when Ms. Cynthia left The Montessori Elementary School.

Nolen is still on the swim team and he doing great.  He asked to take private lessons so he could get better.  He tries so hard.  I love to watch his determination.  He quit gymnastics right after school started because he was exhausted when he came home from school.  

I love this little boy.
He has more determination than any person I have ever met. He wants to do everything himself.  He has taught me patience, confidence, and trust.  I love to watch him learn and grow with confidence.  He is the best little brother to Edward.  He will do anything Edward asks.  I have just loved watching their relationship grow over the years.

Autism may be Nolen's diagnosis, but it doesn't not define him.  Nolen has proven that he can meet any challenge and over come it.  
He is strong.  
He is wise.  
He is mine.  Forever. 

I love you, Nolen Barnes.

































Sunday, October 30, 2016

McCall's Pumpkin Patch

No fall season is complete without a visit to McCall's Pumpkin Patch!  My parents drove over for our annual trip over the mountain.  This year it was quite warm!  We have seen all different types of weather when we drive to the other side of the mountain.  This year we all came back a little wind and sunburned.  I can never fully anticipate what the weather will be like.  The boys had a blast, as usual.  This was our second year actually taking the hay ride out to get a pumpkin.  We usually spend most of our time playing at all the attractions.  The boys were more interested in getting a pumpkin this year.  
We only stayed for three hours because Stephen had an MRI scheduled at 2:15.  We made it back just in time, then we sat in the waiting room for an hour!  HA!  Anyhow, my parents bought me a new lens so I tested it out at the pumpkin patch.  I love it!!