Thursday, February 28, 2013


We came down to CA so that John could be with Grandpa and Grandma and the boys and I are getting to spend our days at Legoland. The more we go, the more I love it! Plus its been awesome because there have been NO lines!

It finally got warm enough to enjoy the water rides!

And we got wet! When there are no lines you can just ride it over and over. Mom put a stop to twice with Splash Battle.

The boys really love the Fire show! Particularly the gangnam style part.

Beckham ditched when the water started!

We also went and explored the Build and Test Area and I loved it! So great for little minds. You can get wheels when you go in and then you can build whatever kind of car you want with all the Legos they have available. You can test it on a pinewood derby type of track and then change it. You can race and change it as much as you want. It was so fun!

Caleb our Lego King!

There was a Lego contest going on for the new Legoland hotel and Caleb wanted to enter. He didn't get chosen :( but these pictures are just darling!

Legoland has no idea what they missed out on!

Pinewood Derby!

We had our pinewood derby and it was a blast! I was so happy that Caleb's car did well this year. He came in 2nd place most races. He wanted a angry bird car and it turned our pretty darn good!

Davis also wanted a car so we helped him build a Star Wars speeder.

It was pretty awesome looking!

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Presidents Day Fun Run!

Our friend Beka threw a super fun Presidents day party! We had all sorts of yummy Presidential foods, a race, and prizes.

The boys were suppose to dress up as presidents so at last minute we threw together these George, Ronald, and Abe costumes.

Beckham did a great job and finished the half mile all by himself!

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Lost his first tooth!

Davis is growing so big so fast! I still think of him as a cute little 5 year old and yet he is going to be 7 in just a few months. This was him posing for John showing him how his muscles were growing as he ate his chicken. Pretty soon he wont believe in us so much and it makes me a little sad...


He lost his very first tooth today and is so excited!

The tooth fairy brought him 2 gold dollars as well as a light saber toothbrush!

The tooth fairy didn't think he was that close to losing his tooth and had to dig deep fast (with maybe a late run to Walmart) to come up with something for him. Note to self: keep spare tooth fairy toothbrushes on hand!

Monday, February 4, 2013

Lots of Shooting around here!

Caleb got a BB gun for Christmas and John got a 30-06 so we have been out shooting a lot lately! Not to mention that its more fun now that I feel that the boys are getting bigger. John just finished his hunter safely class and we will be putting in for Elk this year. It will save us next winter if he does! The other night we took our .22 out with Caleb's BB rifle and did some target practice on little green army men.


We did pretty good but we were super impressed with how well the army men stood up to our abuse. After several hits each this was about as bad as the damage got.


Friday, February 1, 2013

2 years later...

Today marks the 2 year anniversary of my Moms passing. Each year as my way of honoring and remembering her I think of what advice she would give me based on her life and example for the stage of life I am in. 

Dear Mom,

I can't not believe you have been gone for two years. I have healed a lot this year. You are not forgotten by any means but the pain of losing you is starting to be forgotten. I've been hearing you whisper to me for a while now to unplug from all the media that surrounds me. I have had several conversations continue to pop into my mind we had about the importance of you being home and available for us when we came home from school. I don't think I fully appreciated what a gift and sacrifice that was until now. I am a blogger now and so this is not always an easy thing.

One of the New Years goals I set this year is to unplug each day from 4-8. Scouts, sports, and carpools make it hard to do some nights but I am loving and cherishing that time each day. Most days I put my phone in my room where I can't even hear it during homework, dinnertime, and bedtime.  I find myself looking forward to that time each day because it's so relaxing to just be present with the boys and unavailable to the world. Its amazing how so many tiny distractions here and there interrupted the mood of the house. I find that I am much more patient because I can be totally present. We laugh more, play games almost every night, and in just one month I can see that my relationships have deepened with the boys and John.

The other thing I have been thinking about a lot is how much you used music to set the tone in our home growing up. You always had some sort of uplifting or gospel music playing. I remember you talking about that when you were sick. You told me you did that so even when you weren't teaching us, the music and the words were. I have (unfortunately) become extremely aware of how much music gets into the boys minds - dang that gangnam style song!

I've been looking for new and good music that is uplifting but also fun. Rachel introduced me to her husband's band, The Lower Lights. It's exactly what I've been looking for! You would have loved it! I also have several Pandora stations that play great music that we are listening to more. I should probably make a new station of Whitney Houston music, you LOVED Whitney. I can still see you tearing up while singing along to "One Moment in Time."

I know that you of all people understand how hard pregnancies and the baby stage were for me. Hormone imbalance can be hard, devastatingly hard. I feel a little hardened by those years. I also know how much fun you had with us at this stage of life and I'm learning to let the past go and hopefully the happy go lucky girl will continue to come back more and more.

I miss you!!! I miss calling you when I need someone to complain to who doesn't judge me. The loneliness is slowly fading but I miss your laugh. Most of all I miss how much you loved my boys, John included. You are not forgotten! We talk about you and we keep your traditions and memory alive. There were some changes I knew I needed to make this year and you have given me not only the direction to make them but I also pull strength from you and the courage and determination you lived your life with and passed onto me.

Love you Mommers!

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