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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Sunday, October 16, 2016

Everything you need to know; 5 year old version

Nolen loves talking about planets!  I capture it all on video.  Enjoy!

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Sensitive doesn't equal weakness....

Happy Birthday, to my beautiful mother!
My Mom is gracious, kind, loving, and forgiving.  I know all of this first hand.  Let me take you back 28 years ago.  I was a wild 7 year old with an attitude to match.  I do not recall what my mother and I were arguing about, but I do remember what I said.  "I hate you!" I said it as I ran through the office in the garage.  I was going to run away.  My mom was trying to convince me to stay.  This was the first time I had ever told her I didn't love her.  I knew it would cut her deep because she is sensitive.  
As a child I used to think that sensitive people were not strong.  I was wrong.  After having children, I have learned that the sensitive people are necessary.  I have always closed off my heart and not allowed people in to my core.  I have since learned to be sensitive.  To allow others to see who I truly am and allowing myself to love them back.  
These things, I have learned from my mother.  She has a big heart.  She loves deeply.  She loves forever.  She is kind.  She always gives even when she has very little to left to give.  She has such beauty inside, that it shines throughout in the darkest of times.  
I love her.  With my entire heart.  She has taught me, through her example, how to love deeply.  She has taught me how to be a good mother.  I hear a lot, "You're such a good mom, Julie."  Well, I owe it all to my mom.  Her patience and forgiveness for me as a child were just what I needed. 
Thank you, Mom, for always being sensitive.  The world needs more sensitive people like you.

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

2016-2017 School Pictures

 Nolen Barnes, Kindergarten
Edward Barnes, Second Grade

Monday, October 10, 2016

Break for Fall

This last week was fall break !!  It was AMAZING!  My boys had the best time playing with all of their cousins.  Thursday night, we drove through the night to Kingman, Arizona.  We spent a few days with my parents and cousins.  Friday night we met up with Jared, Sandy, and the kids to take family photos.  I convinced my parents to dress up as well so that we could take another picture with all the grand kids.  It turned out great!! 
I asked each of the grand kids to get an individual shot with my parents.  Edward was just ready to play, plus he really hates taking pictures, so getting him to smile was a bit of a challenge.  All of the other kids seemed to enjoy it!

We listened to conference Saturday then we watched Logan play in his soccer game.  My dad is his coach and the team played so well.  The boys loved cheering him on while they ate a delicious icee! 
I took a few more family pictures Saturday and Sunday, then we woke up early and drove back to Albuquerque on Monday.  We used Tuesday to clean the house and do laundry so we could prepare for Grandma Susan and Sonya to arrive.
We had so much fun playing with all of our cousins.  Edward, Micah, and Jonah walked around talking science, future, past, and amphibians together.  Nolen played with with Judah and Sariah all weekend.  
While playing with marbles in the playroom, Nolen decided to put one in his mouth.  Sonya, Susan, and I were in the kitchen preparing to head to costco when Nolen came running in completely panicked.  As he ran in, Jonah shouted, "He swallowed a marble!"  I looked inside his mouth and tried to get it out but the marble was too far back.  Then, my brain panicked!!  I had dropped everything in my hands when he ran in so I had to find my phone under the couch and I started dialing 911.  In the mean time, Stephen grabbed Nolen and started doing the Heimlich maneuver.  It took two pushes and the marble came out just as I was about to hit send on my phone.  Nolen collapsed into my arms and began crying!  It was the best sound on the planet.  
My nerves were so shaken.  I couldn't get myself to calm down either.  Nolen's little life flashed before my eyes.  I could see him lying on the floor dead while we waited for the ambulance to arrive.  The thought was so real.  It was the more terrifying thought.  I hugged him so tight and begged him to never put a marble in his mouth again.  It has been hard to shake the feeling.  
Stephen is my true hero.  I know I could have done the Heimlich but I am unsure if it would have been as successful as Stephen.  I want to sign the boys and me up for a CPR class.  Maybe I can rest a little easier knowing my skills have been updated.
After the crazy scare of a lifetime, we did end up having a great week with six kids and 3 adults.  We went to explora and walked the Bosque to see the balloons.

I am so grateful for family and their sacrifices to see us here in Albuquerque.  It is hard to believe we have lived here for eight years!  It has just flown by.  I know my boys will miss playing with their cousins.  They had the absolute best time!  We can't wait until our next visit!

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Balloon Chasing in October

 Our annual trip to the Alameda Open space to see the balloon fiesta launch was a success.  The boys were so excited to get out on the trail and follow the balloons across the sky.  We usually ride bikes but Edwards bike had a flat tire so we walked the trail.  There were a lot more people on the trail than usual this year.  We used to encounter maybe 3 or 4 people on the trail but this year there were more than 10!  Our favorite spot has been discovered!  I have been taking another set of online photography classes and I really wanted to practice.  These boys are so patient with me.  They HATE photos, so I try to capture more lifestyle photos with them.  I love them so much.  (I took a lot of photos to prove it!)