6.29.2014

Making Eggs

Violet has been begging me to teach her how to cook.  I let her help me sometimes, but she wanted to learn to do something all by herself.  I thought scrambled eggs would be perfect and I was right!  I told her what to do and she did it all and was so proud to make breakfast for our family.  They were delicious too!

6.26.2014

Monday Night

Violet gave a great lesson on the Word of Wisdom for family night.  She got out our big cannister of brown sugar and told us it isn't good for our bodies and then said that banana and cheese are.  She asked if you could eat rabbits and I said you could so she said she needed our rabbits there for family night to show they are a healthy food.  She is so cute!  After, we went out to Daybreak and fed the ducks and picked wildflowers.  The kids are so precious!  They could have stayed out there for hours if we let them.  It is amzing how much children love nature and are so observant of every little thing they see.  They really do take time to smell the flowers.

6.23.2014

Memorial Day

On Memorial Day, we went to the graveyard where Danny's Grandpa Savage is buried.  It was the childrens' first time to a graveyard so we talked to them about showing respect and explained to them what it was.  We picked up a book at Danny's parents house that his Grandma Savage had written about Grandpa Savage.  It was so neat to read.  I read some parts to the children at his grave site and we talked a little about him.  He seems like an amazing man.  He flew airplanes in the war and has some great stories from some of his flights.  We will have to make a copy of the book.  I would love to read from it at bedtime so the children get a sense of their ancestors. 

6.20.2014

St. George

For Memorial Day weekend, we went to St. George.  We met up with a bunch of Danny's family at The Abbey Inn and spent the next couple days swimming, talking, eating out, getting shaved ice, playing at the park, golfing and just taking it easy.  The children had been so excited to swim and especially sleep in a hotel room.  I love going to St. George because it is a nice change of pace, but you don't have to drive too long to get there.

6.17.2014

Dance

The girls had their dance performance the other day.  They both did such a great job.  Violet danced to "The Candy Man" from Willy Wonka and Lainee danced to "My Favorite Things" from The Sound of Music.  They enjoyed performing, but have both told me they want to do gymnastics next year instead.  I am a little bit sad because I think ballet has taught them so much.  They have become more aware of their bodies and what they can do.  They have learned stretching techniques and how to be more graceful.  I want them to do what they want though.  They did gymnastics for a little bit a while back and it was just so fun for them and they loved all the different events they would do.  They will learn so much there too.  I am excited for them!

6.14.2014

Popsicles & Bunnies

It's finally time to break out the popsicles!  We let the bunnies run around the yard while we enjoyed our frozen treat.  We have been loving the beautiful weather and are very excited for summer!

6.11.2014

The Seven Silly Eaters

I have a favorite children's book called, "The Seven Silly Eaters."  It is a fun, silly book about a mom who has seven children who will only eat one particular thing each.  At first it is kind of cute, but then it becomes very hard keeping up with each of her children's particular food choice.  It ends really sweet and is just a cute, humorous book for me to read with or without the children. There is one particular page that the kids just find hilarious and they compare her to me. 
They are probably right.  I am just glad they think it's funny and not sad!  I feel like this book is my life right now.  It is crazy, sometimes completely out of control, messy, busy and full of picky eaters.  But I also feel so much satisfaction in being a mother and being able to help these beautiful children grow and reach their goals and potential. 

6.08.2014

"Make Mistakes, Make Mistakes, Make Mistakes"

Thanks @amypoehlersmartgirls for this great quote! Thinking about making some business changes & I'd love tips, advice (& prayers! 😁) What's the best thing you did for your small business? #entrepreneur #businesstips

When I read this, I knew it was something I wanted to read over and over again.  I want to teach this to my children.  Things that will help us grow in this life are things that are not going to be comfortable. If we never do things that aren't comfortable we will never know what could have happened.  And if we fail, that's okay.  We are here to learn and grow and progress in ways we may not have expected. 

Sometimes the kids get frustrated with something we are learning because they want to be perfect at it right away.  I try to explain that if you already know how to do something, you wouldn't need to learn it.  Lainee is especially a perfectionist in her penmanship.  I started using a saying, courtesy of Ms. Frizzle from "The Magic School Bus." It goes, "Let's take chances, make mistakes and get messy!"  She has done so much better and rarely complains now when her work isn't perfect because she knows it's okay to make mistakes.  She has turned into an excellent penman, but even if she hadn't she tried her very best!

6.05.2014

Jack

This is my adorable little guy!  I am just loving Jack's age right now.  His personality is just blossoming.   He does this great smile for us and I was able to capture it.  He is talking more and more.  He says words like "bubble", "turtle", "button", "happy" and all of our names.  He loves hugs and is starting to give kisses.  He goes with the flow of things and is great at keeping up with his brother and sisters.  Him and Wyatt are becoming little buddies and are starting to get into mischief together.  He has such a sweet, cuddly side, but is also very opinionated and can be stubborn.  I love him so much and am so grateful for the sweet personality he brings to our family.

6.02.2014

My Baby

I finally got my baby back in working condition. The baby I'm referring to is my bike. I bought her about 9 or 10 years ago when I was in college. I used to ride her all the time -mountain biking, to school, and just all over town. Then when I got married, I started having babies right away and have been pregnant or recovering from pregnancy.  My balance has also been thrown off since having babies and the thought of riding my bike made me queasy.  Sad, I know.  I used to be the biggest rollercoaster fanatic and now I can't even go on the ferris wheel or the swing at the playground without feeling sick.  Finally, I decided I could handle balancing a bike and Danny and I got our bikes spruced up.  It has been so much fun! I feel like a college girl again when I am riding!  It is exhilarating and energizing.
Danny and I went on a ride together up to the Daybreak temple the other night.  It was so much fun!  I wish I would have brought my camera.  Here's some shots of the other day when I rode over to Mom and Dad Milar's house.