2017 Family Moto


6 And I was led by the Spirit, not knowingbeforehand the things which I should do.

7 Nevertheless I went forth...

1st Nephi Chapter 4:6-7

"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, January 28, 2017

Student led Conferences

Friday, the boys had student led conferences at their school.  I love the idea of a student led conference.  Both boys were so excited to show off what they have been learning in school.  Nolen started off by pouring me a glass of tea and putting cookies on a plate.  Then he put it all on a tray and walked it over to a desk.  I was a little worried he would drop or spill something on the tray, but he did amazing!  I love that they give the kids glass to work with at school.  We sat and had our snacks then he cleaned up our stuff so we could look at the works he had chosen.  Nolen has been working so hard in school.  He loves math and reading.  He showed me a reading work that he had to figure out what the vowel sound was then a greater than or less than work.  He also showed me a planet work.  

I love the Montessori method!  Nolen is thriving.  He has gained confidence and loves going to school.  His teachers love him!  

Edward took Stephen to his classroom.  They spent the entire hour going through all of Edward's work.  He showed Stephen his multiplication work and his journal.  Edward's teacher is impressive!  She continues to challenge Edward.  She understands his needs and knows his strengths.  There have been some hiccups at this school but the positives out way the negatives.  The boys are learning and growing each day.  Edward loves learning the cello.  He has a big concert coming up in March and I am so excited to hear him. 

Thursday, January 12, 2017

These are a few of my favorite things!

A few years back I wrote a post about all the products I love and use daily!
Here is my 2017 favorite things list!

1. Doterra Essential Oils!

I still love and use Doterra essential oils daily.  They have worked wonders on my skin.  The Verage hydrating serum is not oily and keeps my skin hydrated all day long.  I use this morning and night.  A bottle usually lasts 3-4 months.


2.  Rock & Republic Jeans

These are not your average mom jeans!  They come in all different sizes and fit many different body types.  They fit a little higher on my hips but are not "high rise" jeans.  I love that I can bend over and not have anything show.  These Rock & Republic Jeans are great quality and Kohls usually has great sales going.  They are worth the splurge. 



My hair feels like silk!  Real silk!  I have tried so many different serums for my frizzy hair and this is the best!  Seriously, the BEST!  A bottle lasts about 6 months, so it is worth the splurge.  My hair feels so soft and looks so shiny.  



Tone it up is a game changer!  I real game changer.  I have been exercising consistently since 2004.  13 YEARS!  I have not taken any time off except for the mandatory 6 weeks after having a baby.   I have tried so many different things to lose weight.  Sometimes it worked, and sometimes it didn't.  Remember that one time I quit sugar back in May!  I didn't lose any weight.  I run 3-5 miles 3 times a week.  I lift weights 3 times a week.  I do fitness classes.  I work out with a personal trainer.  You know what I have learned? That no amount of exercise can make up for a bad diet.  I started the tone it up challenge November 1st, 2016.  In the first 6 weeks, I lost 10 pounds.  I am still so surprised.  I follow the plan exactly.  I never feel hungry.  The two girls who came up with the idea are extremely helpful and are so positive!  They are the best!  I feel amazing!  I feel and look better at 35 than I did at 25!!  If you try anything from this post, try Tone it up!!!  They give you every single thing you need to be successful.  



Follow my friend Laurel and I on our fitness journey on our Instagram account, Strawberriesandblondes!

 These shoes are the BEST running shoes.  I have tried so many different brands and these offer amazing support.  They have saved my knees.  I love them!!

Friday, January 6, 2017

Snow day play!

Today, we woke up to a fresh blanket of snow!  I quickly checked the news stations to see if school was delayed or cancelled, and guess what?!  It was cancelled!  I can't believe it!  I lived in Idaho for 4 years and never once was school cancelled.  So, today, my boys jumped in bed with me and we snuggled until we were all ready to get out of bed.  Stephen is out of town visiting his dad in the hospital.  John had a heart attack a few nights ago.  So scary!

The boys grabbed their snow gear and headed out side to jump on the snowy trampoline.  There really wasn't enough snow to build a snowman, but they boys still had fun!











Sunday, January 1, 2017

Happy New Year!

Happy new year!!
We kept our day pretty low key. We went to church the had dinner with friends. The moon looked amazing as we drove home so we set up Nolen's new telescope.  
2016 was a fun year.  I am sad to see it end; however, I am ready for new challenges and events that 2017 will bring. 
I do have a few goals, but they mostly remain the same.
1) Spend quality time with family.
2) Stop allowing unimportant things to rule my time
3) Love more, even when it's hard, even when it hurts.
4) Forgive 
5) Smile.  It just makes my day better.  
6) Spend less time on the computer.  Spend more time on projects.
7) Hug more.
8) Last but not least, pay off the last of the autism debt!