Tuesday, November 25, 2008

I’m thankful for….

Here's a list of little things that I've been jotting down that I'm thankful for, or at least simple things that make me happy. Things that can make me smile during a ordinary, stressful day. I love my husband and children. They are always at the top of my list, but these are things that are a reminder that simple things can make a big difference.

  • New non-stick pans

  • Christmas music

  • Clean floors

  • Fresh sheets

  • Carmel apples

  • A not quite frozen Coke

  • A good book

  • Hand-me-downs

  • Fresh flowers

  • Long conversations with good friends

  • Cooking

  • Watching my children dance

  • Tacky decorations

  • Blankets on a cold night

  • Summer nights

Sunday, November 23, 2008

To the women in my life

I've had the same conversation with a number of women, all about my age, all with young children and busy husbands. I found out that we are all struggling with the same thing. How to balance it all out. How do you have a clean house, errands ran, children engaged with you and spending time with them, husband satisfied (and I don't mean just in the bedroom), church callings fullfilled, work, and then find a spare minute or two for yourself, plus a hundred other things?

I have also learned that each one of us is usually pretty good if not great at doing at least one of these things. For myself I believe that I'm pretty good at doing activities with my kids, (when none of the other stuff gets in the way.) Although I'm a horrible housekeeper, as anyone who has showed up at my house unannounced can attest to. But that's the point, I'm so busy trying to be good at all of those things I'm not being great at the one thing which I know I am. And the end result is that I do everything sub par.

So, back to the conversations. One subject was brought up. If Christ were to walk in my house right now, what would he think???? Is cleanliness close to godliness, or would he rather see 4 happy children making handprint turkeys and a cluttery, toy strewn house? I don't pretend to know the answers to these questions, but in preparing for my young women's lesson on change, I found these quotes from President Monson from a talk given during last October's conference, it's entitled "Finding Joy in the Journey."

-If you are still in the process of raising children, be aware that the tiny fingerprints that show up on almost every newly cleaned surface, the toys scattered about the house, the piles and piles of laundry to be tackled will disappear all too soon and that you will—to your surprise—miss them profoundly.

-Day by day, minute by minute, second by second we went from where we were to where we are now. The lives of all of us, of course, go through similar alterations and changes. The difference between the changes in my life and the changes in yours is only in the details. Time never stands still; it must steadily march on, and with the marching come the changes.

-“When I was around thirteen and my brother ten, Father had promised to take us to the circus. But at lunchtime there was a phone call; some urgent business required his attention downtown. We braced ourselves for disappointment. Then we heard him say [into the phone], ‘No, I won’t be down. It’ll have to wait.’

“When he came back to the table, Mother smiled. ‘The circus keeps coming back, you know,’ [she said.]

“‘I know,’ said Father. ‘But childhood doesn’t.’”2

-Let us relish life as we live it, find joy in the journey, and share our love with friends and family. One day each of us will run out of tomorrows.

-Said one well-known author: “Both abundance and lack [of abundance] exist simultaneously in our lives, as parallel realities. It is always our conscious choice which secret garden we will tend . . . when we choose not to focus on what is missing from our lives but are grateful for the abundance that’s present—love, health, family, friends, work, the joys of nature, and personal pursuits that bring us [happiness]—the wasteland of illusion falls away and we experience heaven on earth.”6

I love these quotes. Pres. Monson tells us to rejoice in the mess for one day they will be gone and we'll miss them. Childhood is only a blink of time in our lives. All too soon the messy little children will be grown up and gone. I know that I have to teach my children the lesson of a clean house, so they have chores and I'll keep trying to keep the house a managle mess. But as the prophet says they will be grown and gone all too soon, and when they are, I want them to look back on their childhood and remember those handprint turkeys, the paper plate spiders, home made pinata's, the wrestling matches, the times we made meals together and they spilled the whole thing on the floor or got eggs in the batter and mom laughed.

I would never judge another woman in the raising of their children. It is the hardest job on this earth. God gave women the ability to bare his spirit children and to care for them. To teach them and love them. It's my hope that we can all concentrate on the things we are great at, but keep working on the things where we struggle and that we can help each other in areas where one is more accomplished than another. And by doing that we may all be able to enjoy our little ones a little more.

I love all the women in my life. You each teach me something. You are all great at something and I love learning from you. I hope I offer something in return. Here's a pat on the back for being wonderful women, wives and mothers. Keep up the good work.

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Utah 48 BYU 24, BCS anyone?

After an outstanding season, the Utes ended the season the only way they could.... Beating the Cougars! JD and Easton were among the thousands of people that stormed the field after the end of the game. The goal posts came down even before the game was over. Father and son could not be happier than they are tonight.

New Years in Pheonix anyone, email me, we'll talk.


A beautiful site

JD and Easton were in heaven watching the Utes beat up on the Coug's

Nice pants J, are you the 8 year old?

Easton is reinacting Brian Johnson's kneeling on the field after the game.

I don't normally aprove of exploiting children...but come on, these are funny.

Sorry Dale and Tabitha

Easton with Alex Smith '04 team

Easton getting some football lovin from Bryce McCain

Rice, get it "Rice" eccles stadium

Paul Kruger didn't know he was posing for this one.

San Diego and the Utah game

We took an impromtu trip to San Diego with the kids. First to watch the Utes kill San Diego, second to spend some quality time with kids doing absolutely nothing. Here's some pics to prove it.


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The day we've all been waiting for, the rival week is here. Utah vs BYU football game. With Utah 11-0 and BYU 10-1 it should be a great game. But we all know who will be the winner!

I'm inviting all that could either not afford the $100.00 standing room only tickets or could but couldn't find any, to come over to my house to watch it on the big screen. Bring some snacks and your game face. Children welcome to attend. BYU fans, enter at your own risk.


Wednesday, November 19, 2008

How I'm spending my last 3 hours as a not really an adult

How I am spending the last 3 plus hours as an unofficial not quite adult.....

#1- blogging
#2- getting kids to bed
#3- pondering why Twilight has to still my thunder
#4- deciding where to go to dinner for my infamous b-day with the girls
#5- deciding what movie to watch at said girls night
#6- deciding what b-day gift I'm going to buy myself
#7- wondering what horrible things people will do to me tomorrow
#8- realizing that I probably deserve what ever I get, and that I should have thought better about all those black balloons that I've given over the years.
#9- downloading Nickelback's new cd for the above mentioned gift to myself.
#10- taking a tub and going to bed, after plucking the gray out of my hair and applying anti-wrinkle cream

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Mother of the Year

Have you ever had one of those days where you thought, if there was an award for Mother of the Year I would sooooo get it?

This was not one of those days....

It was 10:04 am. I was running late. I like to be at Costco when the doors open at 10:00 am to avoid all the lines and to make sure I'm back home by 11:20 when Avery gets home from school. So, I send the two little ones out to the car, when the phone rings. It was my sister, I wandered around the house gathering my things so I could leave. Purse, check. Keys, check. Shoes, check. Grocery list, check. Cell phone.....where's my freakin cell phone.... Oh I'm on it, check. I walk out into the garage, tell the kids to get in the car. I turn my back to them and open the big garage door. It starts going up. Once open about 2 feet it stops. I hear a cry from behind my car. I run to see what was wrong.

There was Carson hanging about 2 feet off the ground. The garage door had caught the back of his pants and pulled him up. It only stopped because he got wedged between the door and the bumber of the van. I couldn't pull him out because it was still caught on the door. I run back to the door opener and shut it. So he yells and says he down. I open it again.....yep, same thing happens again. Turns out he wasn't wedged anymore but his pants were still stuck. I was standing there not sure what to do because I couldn't grab him and push the button to open the garage at the same time. I decide to run and shut the garage door and try to make it back to him. Nope this time the door released him and he fell to the ground with a cry.

At that point I picked him up, kissed him, then laughed my head off. He just looked at me like I was an idiot. Which I am to do that to my kid....Twice.

So, all you mom's out there. Just a reminder that we all do stupid things to our kids. Even if we don't always admit it.

Sunday, November 9, 2008

UTAH 10-0. Go Utes!

JD and Easton went to the Utah vs TCU game. I have been told that it was the best game that either of them have been to. From home, the best part of the game was the last 1:30 when Utah played the clock perfect, got a touchdown, and intercepted a pass to ensure the victory! The boys said the whole atmosphere of the game was so exciting.

It was a black out. In lame mans terms that means everyone in the stadium, fans and players alike wear black. It was pretty cool to see on tv, and I guess even better live. It was cold, but I bundled up my boys from head to toe and they didn't even notice the weather.

Next weekend it's San Diego, in San Diego. We'll be there, enjoying the warm weather and cheering on the Utes. Then it's the big game Utah vs BYU. I can't wait to post 12-0. That would make for a happy husband.

Saturday, November 1, 2008

No such thing as TOO much Halloween

We started the evening at 3 o'clock at JD's work leaving with a full bucket of candy each. Carson was not happy about it until it was almost time to leave and had figured out that he was collecting A LOT of suckers. I was so flustered I forgot the camera. Ooops.

Trick or treating was a blast. Little Carson had so much fun running from house to house. Every time he would get a piece of candy he would say, "Thank you vewy much." Just too cute for words. Halle, Avery and Easton were thrilled with the house that gave them a full sized candy bar. Our church had a trunk or treat that we timed perfectly to make a quick round through.

After all that fun, the neighbors and family came over for hot dogs and witches brew. By this time I was so tired I again forgot pictures. Oh, well. The kids were outside playing with the neighbors who were also having a party until 10:30. At one time there had to be at least 15 extra cars in the circle. It was so warm, like 60 degrees. I just kept saying, these kids don't know what trick or treating in Utah really is. But they wouldn't have had that much fun if they did

Carving pumpkins

What a busy week. We carved pumpkins on Wendseday night. It has been so hot that we were afraid to carve the pumpkins for fear they wouldn't make it to Friday. We were right. Thursday was record breaking 77 degrees. It was a good thing we took pictures because they were falling apart by Halloween night.

Costume Parade McMillian style

Avery's first coustume parade and Easton's third was a big hit. There were some fun costumes and some scary ones too. The scariest were 4 boys dressed up as girls. Could you imagine if Easton wanted to do that what JD would say. Like I said, scary.

Halloween with the Rex's

The first real time the kids were able to put on their costumes was for Grandma Pam's Halloween party. With all the cousins it was too much fun. Grandma had pumpkin carving, face painting, cookie decorating and to top it off birthday cake for Jimmy and Conner.

Cookie Monsters

As another sort of tradition I have with the kids, we invited some friends over to decorate halloween cookies. The kids have so much fun doing this. There are haunted houses and pumpkins. Some of the kids love to decorate the cookie with every topping I have and some go straight to licking the frosting off the knife. Easton didn't do either, he just ate the unfrosted cookie. After two cookies full of frosting and candy they went outside to play in our yard and the million of leaves to work off the sugar high. It was about 75 degrees outside.....Can this be October in Utah?

Fall leaves

Thinking that time was running out for decent weather. My nieghbor and I took our kids to Wheeler Farm to play in the leaves. There were only a few trees that had dropped their leaves, but the kids found it and made the most of it. I love watching them play in mother nature, even if I was freezing my butt off.