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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Wednesday, May 21, 2014

The end of Pre-school

Today is Edward's last day of pre-school.  It is so bitter sweet.  I am ready for Edward to grow up and experience all that life has to offer; however, I am so nervous for what the cruel world may have in store for him.  Edward has grown up so much over the last 9 months.  This pre-school has been the absolute best thing for him.  He was a peer model for a pre-school with children that have developmental disabilities.  I had originally planned for Nolen to be a part of the classroom but that did not work out.  Edward NEEDED this time away to be with his peers.  He learned more important things than letters and numbers; he learned to love and accept children no matter what they look like or what their limitations may be.  Edward is such a wonderful boy.  He went in to pre-school knowing all this letters and was able to count to 20 so the school side of it was less important.  He will move forward in his life with love and admiration for all of his peers.  If only I could bottle this year up and save it for him when he is struggling in the future. 
Edward had such a great teacher, Ms. Lisa.  She did everything right.  I know Edward will truly miss her.  She understood him and his love for cars.  Now on to an amazingly busy summer filled with memory making activities!

Sunday, May 18, 2014

A wedding

My older brother, Jared, got married this weekend.  I drove over to Kingman with Edward and Nolen on Wednesday and spent a few days there attending the wedding festivities.  It is NEVER easy driving with two boys that want to be free.  Nolen, in particular, hates his car seat with a passion, these days.  He likes the windows down all the time and wants to stop at ever single town.  I just don't know about all that.  I usually listen to a book while I drive so I can tune out what is happening behind me.  Luckily, both boys were super excited to go to "grandma's house"; however, the return trip was not so lucky.  Nolen cried most of the way saying I needed to turn around.  He kept asking to stop and just wanted to sit on the side of the freeway to watch the cars drive by.  He absolutely loves watching the wheels spin on cars.  If I wasn't so tired and in such a hurry to be done driving, I would have let him sit there for ten minutes watching the wheels spin. 
Edward and his cousin Logan are inseparable.  Edward followed Logan around all day every day.  They are so cute together.  Everyone should have a cousin their age growing up.  It makes for the very best childhood memories.  Nolen is getting big enough to play with them now, but he still prefers to play on his own half the time. 
I spent my time shopping and hanging out with my sisters.  I just love my family.  I have the VERY best in-laws.  They are a real part of the family.  I think, after 8 years, they are really starting to understand how a Skousen works.  The boys swam, rode bikes, fed the fish, and rode the dune buggy.  It was a fast weekend, but a lot of fun.
Jared and Sandy looked happy on their wedding day.  I missed the vows as Nolen chose that moment to need to poop.  I spent the ceremony in the bathroom trying to get him to poop in a pull up.  He didn't.  Then it was picture time.  Nolen then spent that time running around in his pink pull-up and no pants.  Yes, I am that cool of a mom.  Shortly after, he did poop and I got him dressed again.  Then he spilled on his shirt at the reception and wanted it off.  So he then spent half the reception shirtless.  Doesn't get much better than that. 
I am so grateful to have a loving, connected family.  We will do anything for each other.  Being a Skousen means doing things for others and being there for people when we are really needed.  Jared's best man, Steve, gave the best speech.  He talked about how Jared has always been there for him and that when Steve really needed him, Jared was there.  I love that about my family.  We are hard workers.  We will do anything for anyone if they are in need.  I was raised by such loving parents that taught us how to work hard and not expect praise or a reward.  Now, if only I could teach that same principle to my boys. 

Thursday, May 15, 2014


Today, my sweet little Nolen is 3 and a half.  I can not believe my "baby" is growing up so fast.  Nolen still loves to jump.  He has become very particular about certain things.  He loves to drive with the windows down and sing "Let it go" every night before bed.  He loves "Frozen" and his Anna doll.  He eats a little better and in general is very easy to get a long with.  He does show signs of being a bit of a bully and loves to get his way.  I have to say, that is not a trait of autism, that is a trait of Skousen-ism.  HA! He loves to watch the garage door go up and down and up and down, especially at my parents house in Kingman.  He is much more agreeable if you do what he wants.  He spends less and less time in time out and more and more time playing with Edward.  Those two boys have become inseparable.  I love my little man.  He is growing up right before my eyes.  He spends 2 1/2 hours in ABA therapy daily and starts OT at Kidpower this next week, twice a week.  It will be a crazy summer coming up with so many places to be, but I am excited to watch Nolen grow and change.  He will start pre-school in the fall and will, hopefully, be fully potty trained by then.  I told him he would be an official "Big boy" when he finally poops in the potty.  I will have to keep you updated.  HA!
I love this little boy. My life is forever changed because of him.  I am a Mom who is informed now.  I love you, my sweet Nolen.