2017 Family Moto


6 And I was led by the Spirit, not knowingbeforehand the things which I should do.

7 Nevertheless I went forth...

1st Nephi Chapter 4:6-7

"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, June 23, 2017

Recitals in June

These two boys are just amazing!  I have been teaching them piano for a year and a half now.  They are getting better at practicing each day (and I am getting better at making sure they practice every single day)!  I have found a pretty good system that motivates my boys to practice.  After school, the boys have to do their chores, practice the piano and cello, and finish any homework that is sent home.  Then they can earn their 1 hour of ipad time.  It also helps me remember to stay off the ipad or computer until that one hour a day.  I limit myself and them at the same time!  I have to say, it is SO hard!! 
This summer is no different.  I scheduled ipad time for 2:00 in the afternoon and the boys have lots of little things they have to get done before they can get their ipad.  One of them is practicing their instruments.  I love hearing them learn and grow each day.  I have also LOVED watching each of my students grow and gain confidence.  I love teaching piano!!  

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

2017 Swim Team

Swim team is officially in season!  The boys have done three swim meets and have loved every minute of being in the pool.  They made some great friends on the team this year and they love hanging out with them every morning at practice.  These two boys work their hardest to get better at each stroke.  Nolen has improved greatly since last year and Edward's times are at least 5-10 seconds faster than last year.  His favorite stroke is breast stroke.  He usually gets first place at the meets!  Nolen loves the back stroke.  He is getting better and better each day!



Saturday, June 3, 2017

First swim meet of the season!




Today was the boys first swim meet this year! Nolen is swimming on the competitive team this year and loving it! He is a much stronger swimmer after swimming last fall. Edward has grown tremendously over the last year. His strongest stroke is still breaststroke. Nolen did amazing in the back stroke which is his favorite stroke.
Two nights ago, Nolen fell and his tooth went through his upper lip. He knocked his front tooth out. Luckily, it was a lose baby tooth. There was blood everywhere! I was a bit worried about swimming today, but he did great. We had a fun time at our first swim meet!












Friday, May 26, 2017

A love of life

I am so grateful to be living this beautiful life.  I feel blessed every single day to call this house my home. I am sitting at the kitchen table and I just can't believe this is MY life! We moved in nearly 5 years ago.  So many things have changed since that summer and I have grown as a person tremendously. My boys are brilliant and the true light of my life. Today is the last day of school and I am ready for summer. I am truly blessed. I want for nothing. All my needs are met. I have found peace in my life with my family, my friends, and my belongings. I no longer look at others lives wishing that I had what they had. I am content.
After school got out at 12:30 today, the boys and I jumped on the trampoline with 600 water balloons!  It was so fun.  We picked cherries at a friends house then took dinner to our friend who just had surgery.   After we got home from our adventures, Edward rode the big motorcycle!  He has grown so much in the last year! I love this beautiful life! Happy Summer, my friends.
 Edward and Ms. Tricia, second grade.
 Ms. Arwen, Nolen, and Ms. Jenn, Kindergarten.























 It's possible I need a tan, but who wants cancer?  Not me!
 

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

A Family Affair

Every year I pay to have our family photos taken.  This is a gift I give to myself.  I have them taken in May mostly because it isn't a super busy month and I sometimes have some extra cash laying around.  Also, May plays host to Mother's Day so I can easily bribe my family to give this to me as a gift.  This year, I saw a beautiful family session done by my friend and wanted to do the same thing.  She dressed in a stunning gown and dressed up her family to match.  I looked and looked for other photos for inspiration but couldn't find any.  I decided we could all dress up as if we were going to some formal black tie occasion.
Step 1: Find a dress- That was actually the easy part.  ($40 from Nordstrom's Rack)
Step 2: Convince husband to dress up.  Like really dress up.  I took him to Banana Republic to buy his very first "really nice" suit.  Stephen looks incredible in his suit!!  He is so handsome and has worked hard to lose some extra weight, so his suit fit perfectly! ($300 after 60% off discount)
Step 3: Get boys suits- I had actually purchased Edward a really great Calvin Klien suit from Macy's when it went out of business back in February.  ($150) So I just needed to get Nolen a suit.  I found one at Kohls.  ($60 after 30% off)
Step 4: Find a great photographer- Easy!  I loved our family photos from last year, so using Sunflower Six Photography was a no brainer.  Heidi totally understood my vision and captured it perfectly!!  Check out her site for packages and prices.  She is a true artist.
Step 5: Pick a very windy day.  Ha!  This is not necessary, just how it all worked out.  But it did wonders for my hair.
Step 6: Get nails done.  ($30 with a tip)

Step 7: Get make-up done.  I usually tell my clients to go to Mac and have their makeup done.  You just have to buy one thing.  I usually buy the false eye lashes and have them put them on.  ($17)
Step 8: Get your hair done. I had mine done a month ago by my friend Megan and I watched how she styled my hair. Sometimes, you can have your hair done the day before and just refresh it the day of the photo shoot. ($150 plus a tip)
Step 9: Bribe children and husband.  This is a VERY important step.  Do not skip it!!  I promise the boys I will take them to eat whatever they want or buy what ever toy they want.  They just have to behave for 1 hour.  My boys are actually pretty good for the most part.  They are used to having their picture taken, but even the best kids need bribing.  Also, bribe the husband any way you can.  
Step 10: Smile and have fun.  Be happy, after all, these are moments you will want to remember.  Candid moments are sometimes the best moments of the session.
There were so many great photos.  I would love to post them all, and maybe over time I will.  For now, here are some of my very favorites!