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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Saturday, February 20, 2016

Friday, February 19, 2016

Seven! He's Seven!

This sweet little boy is 7! He is amazing! He loves so deeply.
Edward loves minecraft.  He plays it on the computer, the iPad, and the Playstation. 
He watches youtube daily to learn how to make mods (modifications) for the game. 
If you talk to Edward, he will tell you all about his minecraft obsession. 
This year, Edward has really started liking school.  He has grown so much at school. 
He loves his teacher, Ms. Tricia.  She has been so patient and kind with Edward.  Edward has been reading more, writing more, and loves math.  His favorite subjects at school are Math and Art.
Edward is still doing gymnastics and piano.  He hates both.  I do think he would like piano if it didn't interfere with his minecraft time.  HA!  Gymnastics is not very fun for him any more so we are currently looking for another sport.  He is finishing out this season and maybe start Karate. 
Edward loves his brother.  When he plays with a group of friends and Nolen is left out, he always runs back to check on him and help him.  It is so sweet.  Edward plays with Nolen every single day and they have become so close over the last year.  These two boys are inseparable. 
Edward will eat any and all food.  He has never been picky and continues to amaze me with his ever growing palate.  His favorite food is stake.  He asked for stake for his birthday.  I love him!
Edward still has a hard time falling asleep.  He takes a melatonin nearly every night to fall asleep.  He wants to change his bedtime to 8:30.  I say no way!  He needs all the sleep he can get.  12 hours is just enough.  Maybe when he turns 10 I will let him stay up until 8:30.
For Edward's birthday, he wanted a minecraft theme.  No surprise.  I stopped by Edward's school to give up a treat and the class went around and complimented Edward.  They said he was funny and friends with everyone.  We handed out Walker's Popcorn and the kids loved it.  He still loves amphibians and reptiles of all kinds, so he asked to go to Petland for his activity.  He invited his three closest friends and pet almost every animal they had at petland.  After petland, we went to Dairy Queen to eat ice cream cake and open presents. 
I love the simplicity of my boys birthday parties.  They are so easy to please.  Edward only wanted a stuffed Ender Dragon for his birthday, so that is pretty much all he got.  At this point, they would rather have us spend time with them than receive gifts.  Phew!  That is so much easier for me.  I am a terrible gift giver.  I love quality time over material things. 
Edward continues to amaze me with his intelligence.  He is kind, loving, smart, and innovative.  He is the little boy that made me a mom.  He has helped me grow so much as a person.  I love him to the moon and back!
Happy Birthday, Edward!

Thursday, February 18, 2016

Carlsbad, legoland, and the beach

We had an incredible trip to Legoland and Carlsbad California!  Before the trip, we surprised the boys with new iPads.  Nolen does not like his new iPad, but mostly because he doesn't like change.  These new iPads made it almost the whole 13 hour drive to California. 

We arrived a little after 7 on Saturday night and the boys learned to play Carccassone with Grandma!  Edward loved it.  He played the game with her until 10 PM.  The Cottage on the beach was so charming and perfect.  We had three bedrooms and the boys had bunk beds!  It was dreamy!  We were about a 10 minute walk to the beach.  It was a 5 minute drive to Legoland and the shops nearby had good food and yummy desserts!

When we arrived at Legoland, I went to the customer service desk and asked if they had a special pass for children with Autism.  YES!  They do!  And it was amazing.  You still had to wait between rides, but you didn't have to wait in the line.  This seriously saved us.  Nolen was able to walk right on to a ride every single time.  We just waited about 30-40 minutes between each ride.  We did have to wait 2 hours between one ride but that was fine.  Legoland offers a ton of fun things for kids to do instead of riding rides. 

The first day at Legoland was total bliss.  We ate lunch and played and played.  Both boys loved it.  I thought they would never want to leave.  That evening we walked down to the Carlsbad beach.  Then they realized the coolness of the ocean.  They played for hours! The sun finally set and we headed home with freezing boys because I didn't think they would actually want to get in the water so I didn't put on their swim suits. 

Monday morning I asked the boys if they wanted to go to the beach first or Legoland.  They picked the beach. I made an executive decision and we went to legoland first and only stayed until noon so we would have enough time at the beach that evening. 

We started at the Sealife aquarium and the boys really enjoyed it.  After walking through the aquarium they ate a Popsicle and we headed to the park to ride some rides. 

I paid $40 for the gold wrist band and was able to get every single picture we had taken at the park.  I love pictures.  I can't help it. 

Stephen didn't bring his swim trunks so him and I set off to find some and then stopped for lunch.  It was delicious food right by the sea. 

We went back to the beach Tuesday morning before we left.  The boys loved the ocean the most! It was so fun to see their excitement.  They could have played all day.  I am so grateful my parents joined us on our little trip to California.  We have not been on a family vacation (besides to my parents house) since Nolen was diagnosed with autism.  The financial burden has been too heavy.  My parents are truly amazing and they even braved all of the rides with us!! 

We stopped to eat and shop in Barstow and Nolen's ear infection was just killing him, poor kid.

This picture was on the wall at the cottage.  I feel like is sums up our trip.