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35 They were desirous to be baptized as a witness and a testimony that they were willing to serve God with all their hearts; Mosiah 21:35

"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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Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Friday, August 26, 2011

Science, Sleeping, & Surgery

This week has been an adventurous week for Edward. He had his first (and hopefully last) ever surgery to place tubes in his ears. We have been waiting months for this day and I am so grateful everything worked out well. Edward and I went to the hospital around 6:30 AM and were taken back to wait for the doctor. The doctor didn't show up until 7:30 and it was a little tough to entertain Edward and keep him from wanting to eat or drink anything. He kept asking for his bottle and some fruit snacks. Edward was given a little sedative to help with anxiety and was then whisked away in a wheelbarrow for surgery. It only took 15 minutes before I got to back and hold him while he woke up. He was not in a very good mood and in some pretty intense pain. The doctor told me that once he got in and actually opened up his ear drum he could see the damage to his right ear drum was much worse than he expected. Turns out his right ear drum was bruised and deflated. This means he probably couldn't hear anything at all.
After a day of recovery, Edward seems to be doing really well. We haven't had any hitting or tantrums, yet. I hope this is the fix we needed.
The day before surgery, Edward went to his "Grow a scientist" class with Stephen. He had such a blast. He loved making things and then painting. He didn't want to wear the apron but I guess you can't win all the battles with a 2 year old.
As a side note, Nolen did sleep 7 hours one night so I don't think all hope is lost, yet.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011


This is what I would like to sound like... here's hoping practice will pay off.

Friday, August 19, 2011

two point five

Edward is 2 1/2 today. In exactly 2 1/2 years, Edward will be off to kindergarten. That is a hard sentence to swallow. He is so grown up and the last 2 1/2 years have flown by for me.
Edward loves to laugh.
He loves trains, planes, cars, and monster trucks.
Edward loves to jump.
He loves jumping off the couch, off his bed, and off the hard bare floor.
Edward is sleeping in a big boy bed.
He is running and climbing and curious.
Edward loves to draw.
He draws the most meticulous pictures with an incredibly steady hand.
Edward loves pasta.
He loves to eat berries, watermelon, cantaloupe, and most of all pasta!
Edward loves his brother.
He will play with his brother nicely most of the day and he loves to give him huge hugs and kisses.
Edward is 36 1/2 inches and 32 pounds.
Edward is lovable.
He loves his nightly routine of bath, books, prayer, songs, and bed.
Edward is amazing.
He amazes me everyday. He is full of life.
He takes 2-3 hour naps and sleeps all night long expect when he has ear infections and new teeth growing. He is expected to be happy every minute of every day starting next Thursday after he has his tubes put in.
I love my sweet Edward. I love my days with him no matter how challenging they may be.
I am so blessed to have such an awesome 2 1/2 year old in my life.

"oh, botha"

We have been watching a lot of Winnie the pooh lately and this quote is exactly how I feel today. I might as well just vent it out and then feel better, right?
For starters, or should I say, the whole reason I can't get my act together is because we are still not sleeping. Nolen woke up 4 times last night. Bleh!
I auditioned to sing with the Opera Company I sang with last year and I got in and I got an understudy part. I am excited; however, I really, really, really wanted a part this year. I guess this is one step closer.
I gained 2 pounds. Bleh!
Edward is finally getting his 2 year old molars. Poor kid. On top of his ear infections.
Nolen is finally getting some teeth, I think.
Alright, I feel better.

Monday, August 15, 2011

It is worth all the pain, trials, and tears.

Nine Months

Nine months old, already? Nolen is a sweet soul.
He is kind and extremely patient with his older brother, Edward.
Nolen is 22 pounds and 27 inches tall. He is constantly smiling.
He loves to drive monster trucks all over the house and can be found inside the pantry.
It's no wonder he is 22 pounds, his very favorite thing to do is eat.
He still doesn't sleep through the night, not even close. He actually woke up 7 times last night; however, we sure do love him.
He can say, "Mamamama" and "Dadadada" and he really likes to yell.
His favorite food seems to be watermelon or yogurt bites.
I just can't get enough of my little "noners"!
He is a true joy and blessing to me.
I love him.

Sunday, August 14, 2011


I just love these two little guys. We are patiently (ok, not patiently) waiting for Edward to get tubes in his ears and his smiles are few and far between. I thought I would share a few...

Friday, August 12, 2011


Have you ever been or are you interested in Essential Oils for naturalpathic remedies? I have always been a bit skeptical of things like this, so I am testing it out for you. Check out my page dedicated to Essential Oils where you can read about things that worked and things that didn't. I plan to update every Friday. ESSENTIAL OILS
Happy Bloggin'!
Oh, here are two pictures of the boys as the compete for my attention while I type...

Thursday, August 11, 2011


Sometimes I wonder why we are given specific trials in our lives...
I have a tendency to have little to no patience. That's right. I admit it.
Edward has been sick. Real sick. He has basically been sick since January. Consistently going to the doctor to get more medicine for, yet, another ear infection. We have tried all different types of medicine. We have tried all at home remedies. We have tried just about everything. Edward got an ear infection right before we went to San Diego in June. I made an appointment to see a specialist. We finally got in to see the specialist and he confirmed that Edward should get tubes put in his ears. We had to see another doctor to test Edward's hearing and found out that he only hears about 70% of the time and when he can hear us it is as if we are speaking under water. Edward will get tubes August 25, 2011.
For now, August 25th might as well be in the year 2050! Every single day brings more excruciating pain for Edward. He screams, he cries, he throws tantrums, and worst of all he hits his brother. I am seriously at the end of my rope when it comes to discipline. I have tried everything. EVERYTHING. I keep saying silent prayers that once Edward has his tubes his attitude will change.
Has anyone every experienced something like this? What worked? What didn't?
Nolen is still not sleeping. We are no closer to having Nolen sleep through the night that the night we brought him home from the hospital. Actually, we are making steps in the wrong direction.
I feel like I am failing as a parent. I want my children to be well and enjoy their childhood and I really want to enjoy parenthood.
Can someone come and take over for me and get my kids well and happy and sleeping... I promise I will come back as soon as the hard stuff is over.
I really love my boys. There is nothing easy about my trial right now. I did read a book called, "the one minute teacher" and it has opened my eyes to making goals and achieving them. Today, I will change my attitude and keep on keepin' on.
Happy blogging!

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

To all my friends with comment posting trouble...

Here is the response I received after posting my comment posting issues. Good luck and happy posting.

I just left a test comment on "julieandstephen.blogspot.com". The blog uses a popup comment form, with all levels of authentication accepted, no CAPTCHA screening, and no moderation. Popup comment forms are a problem with folks who filter popups in their browsers. I recommend the full page comment form, rather than the popup form, for this reason.

The Security Needs Of Your Readers May Limit Your Choice Of Comment Form Style, On Your Blog:


If you are having problems posting comments on blogs which use an embedded comment form,
you have a problem with authentication, and with cookie filtering. If you have a problem with popup forms, you too have a browser which blocks popup forms.

First, try a different login procedure.

1. Login to Blogger using "www.blogger.com".

2. Do not check "Remember me".

If that does not help, try a second time..

1. Clear cache, cookies, and sessions (not just cache or cookies) - then restart the browser.

2. Login to Blogger using "www.blogger.com".

3. Do not check "Remember me".

enable (stop filtering) "third party cookies", in your browser and on
your computer. That's the best solution, overall.

Try the commenting / cookie test, by commenting on 2 of my blogs, if you like.

Additional advice:

Login To Blogger, Differently:


Why Third Party Cookies Are A Necessity:


Test For Cookie Filtering Problem:


Please, Don't Filter Web Content, Excessively:


Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Monday, August 1, 2011

S O L D ! ! ! ! Buyer beware!

I, honestly, can not believe I am no longer a home owner. I am so extremely excited. After Five years and Four months, I can not express how happy I am that it is finally over. I am sure you are reading this and wondering, who on earth doesn't want to own a home? Let me start from the beginning and maybe you will understand some of my anguish.
April 2006. I bought a home. $250,000. 1546 sqft. ONE HUNDRED SIXTY-ONE DOLLARS AND SEVENTY-ONE CENTS per square foot!
I loved every inch of that home.
As a first time home buyer, I had no idea what I was really in for while owning a home. I had many extra expenses that I wasn't fully prepared to pay. For starters, at the time of buying the home my salary was $33,000. That's all. Most banks will only offer home buyers a loan for double or triple the yearly income. That being said, I should have bought a home for just over $100,000. My price range.
With home ownership comes a lot of unexpected responsibility. HOA Dues. What are those you ask? The devils company. HOA is just a fancy way of saying you are getting screwed and there is nothing you can do about it. I bought a home that had TWO HOA's totaling a monthly amount of $124.58. My total for 5 years and 4 month = $7973.12 down the toilet. FLUSH!
Secondly, as a home owner you will have things that break or need replacing. Unfortunately, this is just a fact of life.
Third, there are many bills one will have to pay in order to maintain the property. I can't really count this as a loss as this expense would exist even in a rental home. Electric, Gas, Water, Sewage and Garbage. However, as a first time home buyer, I didn't really take in to account how much this would cost me monthly. Just to give you an idea... one summer our electric bill alone was over $400.00!!!
Last, but most important by my standards, is the down payment and monthly payments the new home owner will be expected to pay on the FIRST of the month with out fail or have risk of losing the beautiful home and ruined their flawless credit. I put $10,000 of my own money down and borrowed $40,000 from my parents as we both thought this would be a sound investment for the future.
My payment was $979 PLUS Insurance and Taxes. This rounded my payment out to $1141 a month = $73,024 over 5 years; however, we can take out 8 months worth as I didn't actually pay that so the total becomes $63,896. Not too bad, really. (note sarcasm) I also had my own insurance plan for which I paid $30 bones a month = $1920 over five years.
So, let us do the math together. How much was lost? Well we can do this the easy way and say, "the house sold for $100,000, so I lost $150,000"!!!! Or we can add up all the ACTUAL CASH I lost in this so called investment. Let's do it that way and cry together, shall we?
And, now you see why I will avoid buying a home for a VERY long time.
Please enjoy your evening.