2018 Family Moto

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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Thursday, October 31, 2013

Happy Halloween!

This year I made the boys Thomas the train costumes! What? Yeah, me ! I am not crafty at all! It is a bit obvious as the details are missing; however, I am still happy with the results. Edward went as James the tank engine and Nolen is Thomas. 

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

A friend for Edward

This week we started our performances with opera southwest's Don Giovanni. It has been easy and fun this season. The best part about being in the chorus is no stress and we still get to have fun. This season, my sister in law, Michelle came to watch my boys. It was so wonderful to leave my boys in good hands. Here are a few pictures of behind the scenes. 

Saturday, October 19, 2013

A table for Nolen

A few months ago, Nolen started ABA therapy. He needed a quiet place to go with his therapist that would also be away from what the rest of us were doing. I had previously designated the loft as the library and had plans to make it my home school room. 
After a lot of thought and prayer, I decided to keep Nolen out of preschool this year. I came up with the idea to have a little class on Fridays to help him learn to be more social with his peers. The first Friday was a little cramped with his small table and the kids had to sit on stools. I saw a pin on Pinterest that had a coffee table as a kids table and the person made two small benches to go along with the table. 
We headed to goodwill and found an old table that was a bit too tall; however, my dad suggested cutting off the legs and making it shorter. Off to work we went. With my parents help, we made two benches and fixed the old table. I stained the benches and painted the top of the table with chalk board paint. And, voila! The table is in place and the boys love it! 

Friday, October 18, 2013

Leaves instead of flowers

Today, I spent the morning with my sweet little Edward. Our first stop was the audiologist. On the way over, we had a conversation that went like this:
Edward started, "Michelle is old, so she has to sleep in the day time."
Me,  "ok"
"Dad is old so he has to sleep in the day time."
"Nolen is new so he doesn't need sleep"
"Yes, Nolen is young so he likes to wake up with the sun. So, I wake up with the sun, am I young, Edward?"
He almost laughed as he quickly said, "No, Mom, your old!"
Instead of bringing me flowers, Edward finds dead leaves to bring me when I pick him up from school. I asked why he brings leaves and he said matter of factly, "because you love leaves, Mom."
So I guess that settles it.
After the audiologist, Edward and I met up with my friend holly for sandwiches and icecream, then I dropped my growing boy off at preschool. 
I love this little guy. He is becoming a gentleman and has been so respectful lately. These are the best days!

Saturday, October 12, 2013

Pumpkins with Grandma and Grandpa Skousen

We had a great little adventure today. This was our 4th year attending McCall's Pumpkin Patch in Moriarty, New Mexico.  We had such a blast.  The weather was great this year and we didn't really even need our jackets.  We spent the morning wandering around going down slides, riding the cow train, and playing in corn. 
This evening we tried to attend the Balloon Glow like we did last year.  However, it was an epic fail.  We arrived too late and the parking took forever.  When we finally got down to the Balloon Fiesta grounds, the balloons had all gone down.  We thought we might still get in on some action but then the fire works started going off.  Nolen screamed!  Screamed!  He hated it.  He said he wanted to go back to bed.  Poor guy.  So I started walking back to the car with him holding on to me for dear life.  Every muscle in his body was tight.  30 minutes of walking later, I was back to the car and the fire works show was over.  My parents bought a night helicopter so we played with that for a bit and ate donuts.  All in all, it was a pretty good day.  I learned that autism and fireworks should NEVER, EVER be mixed.  HA!