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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, July 31, 2012

Best Part

The best part about not checking facebook every 20 seconds is that I get to be more creative with my children.  Today, Edward and I played hopscotch and went to the park (along with seeing two different doctors for his ears).  I have also been trying to come up with new fun things for the boys to do around the house to keep them busy.  I am on day two of no facebook and I have to admit, it feels better. I already have been paying more attention to my children.  I will also admit, that facebook does call to me! I hate having an addiction that isn't productive. 

Anyhow, Here is a picture of my boys side by side at 20 months... wow, they look alike!


I didn't realize until we were dressed alike until we were already out and about. Today we found out that Edward will need tubes in his ears again, along with his adenoids removed. Sort of hard to hear after what we went through last year with Edward. He has conductive hearing loss and can not hear out of his right ear again. Blah!

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Powering down

In an attempt to simplify my life, I am going to try and power down.  I love to blog, so that will be my main communication point; however, as far as facebook is concerned... I am going to try to let it go.  Difficult?  For me, yes.  I use facebook as a way to communicate with my friends and family, keep them updated on my life and, of course, play bejeweled blitz. 
So, here is my first week attempt at powering down.  I let you know how it goes.  It is, after all, a gigantic waste of time.

Friday, July 27, 2012

Skousen Family

This picture gives the illusion that we were all together in St. George; however, Craig and Kendra missed each other by a few hours.  Still, so fun to have everyone together!!

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Back Yard fun!

We just love our new backyard!  We have already had so much fun just being outside and enjoying the Albuquerque summers.  We also took a break from organizing our new home and headed to Explora for the day.  I just love summer! 

Monday, July 23, 2012


Toilette- 0

(A small gift from Nolen after his bath) Ground-1


Potting training is hard. Period.

Friday, July 20, 2012

More toys??

Where do toys come from?  OK, OK, the store, I know, but really, how do we have SO MANY!  Well I finally bought something to organize all the toys in and realized I might actually need TWO!  Or maybe I should just box up a bunch of toys and give them to Goodwill.  I am really good at that.  Edward and Nolen have been digging through all their unseen toys and it seems as if they are all brand new.  Anyhow, here is what I built today and, hopefully, the toys will stay organized in these nice little bins. HA!

Also, we finally finished putting up the TV and adding a shelf to the fireplace so that we could have a place to put the computer and PS3.  I have almost finished unpacking all the boxes so MAYBE, just maybe we can finally get things where they belong. 

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

It's easy

Something has been on my mind for a little while now.  I have been thinking about how easy it is to judge one another or to think that our lives are much harder than any other person's life.  It is easy to believe that we are the only people with "REAL" problems and trials.  Our lives are just SO difficult and no one else can understand them, let alone make it through our trials. 

A real selfish attitude. 

 I get caught up in that feeling sometimes and then have to put myself in my neighbors shoes.  It is easy to look at someones life and think, "They didn't work for anything they have."  Or, "They were just given that. They have never struggled like I have."  How easy to see from the outside of some one's life the good things and not know or realize they may have had some personal struggles in their lives that drove them to become a better person and reach beyond what they thought was possible.

For me, I try not too look and dream about other's lives unless I am truly willing to get to know them and find out how they arrived where they are today.  I am not perfect.  Let me repeat that, I am not perfect.  I do not try to show only perfect moments in my life.  I am real.  I have struggled.  I have cried.  I have felt real heart break.  I have laughed.  I have loved and I continue to love.  No, I have not felt your trials.  No, I have not walked in your shoes; however, I have walked in mine and to me, my trials are hard.  That is why they are my trials.  That is why our Heavenly Father placed them in my path and not yours.  I can handle my trials and you can handle your trials.

There is a saying that has gained popularity on Pinterest and Facebook lately that says "Be kind to your fellow men because everyone is fighting a hard battle." 

This is very true in my life.  I do not believe there is a single person out there with an "easy" life.  Maybe at certain moments their lives are easier than ours but there are also moments when our lives are easier than their life.  That is why we have each other.  To help one another when their lot is hard. 

When you begin to judge someone, take a moment and remember, their trials are hard, too.  Love them.  If you really want to be a good person, show love rather than judgement.

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Monday, July 16, 2012

Tired, blonde, dingey?

What ever you want to call it... I did it.  Today, I was sitting at a stop light waiting for the light to turn green.  Not exactly sure what I was thinking at that moment, but instead of waiting for a line of traffic to go straight, I went right on ahead and made a left right in front of them.  I realized I was making a mistake as I pushed the gas, but at that point it was a little too late to slow down or stop.  Maybe missing 3 1/2 years of sleep has finally caught up to me....???

Saturday, July 14, 2012


Well, we moved.  I didn't realize this ready to live in home wasn't totally ready to live in.  We moved on Wednesday with very little help.  I was grateful my Mom and niece, Amanda, drove over from Arizona to help out.  Stephen had three of his friends come and help lift all the really heavy things, but other than that, I lifted and moved it all with Elizabeth, My Mom, and Amanda. It took us about 50 loads! Ha! 
Upon moving in, I decided the pantry was just terrible.  We were used to a large walk in pantry that held WAY more food that I could buy.  The pantry in the new home was 18 years old.  It had sagging boards that were covered in multiple layers of contact paper.  I just couldn't do it!

I thought the project would be pretty simple.  It wasn't.  We didn't have the proper drill and I wanted the shelves to be bigger, much bigger.  After hours spent at Lowe's and hours spent in the cramped pantry, we screwed, glued, sawed, and put the pantry back together.  I could not have done it with out my Mom, Amanda, and my friend Elizabeth.  Since the doors slide by one another, you can't really see the improvements and well, I didn't take a before picture. But here is the finished beautiful project!

We moved

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

It sucks

When you find out all along what you believed was unfortunately true. I thought this person didn't like me... turns out, they hate me.

Friday, July 6, 2012

St. George

We had a wonderful trip across the west to spend a week with family in St. George, Utah.  All of my siblings came and I think we actually had a good time.  We went golfing, swimming, played racket ball, got a massage and pedicure, and saw a few awesome shows. 

I am one lucky girl!  I sure do love my family.