When I feel the baby kicking and hear his heartbeat.
When my kids say "I love you Momma!"
When I have a full tank of Gas.
When I feed the kids a healthy dinner and they like it.
When I know that it is going to be alright.
When the laundry is folded and put away.
When the dishes are done.
When all of us are home.
When we giggle.
When Jarrod laughs so hard it makes us all laugh.
When my kids listen, I mean really listen.
When I feel the spirit.
When I know spring is coming.
When all the bills are paid.
When I know the kids are happy.
When the kids get along.
When Jarrod and I are in sync.
When I feel the heat of the sun after a long winter...
My list of things that make me happy can go on and on and that makes me happy........
Here are few quotes on Happiness....
~Happiness is contagious...when you reflect happiness, then all others around you catch the happy bug and are happy, too. by author Jennifer
~A happy person is not a person in a certain set of circumstances, but rather a person with a certain set of attitudes.This happiness quote by Hugh Downs
~Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy.This happy quote by ThichNhatHanh
~Happiness comes only from appreciating what you have right now. You can even be happy by appreciating your troubles because they are helping to build your character.This quote on happiness by Harriet Meyerson
This year science fair project was done by Brayden and her Girlfriend...They wanted to do it all on there own...Which they did, I thought they did a great job, they had a few hang ups and at the last minute we had to use a new board and start from scratch, but they did it.....Good Job Girls!!
Today is my now babies birthday!! She will be six!!! I can hardly believe it, I remember them laying her on my chest and seeing her for the first time. Looking at her and cuddling her, feeling her strong spirit and thinking how lucky I am to be her mother. She is such a light in our world...Her strong, yet quite spirit is so sensitive.. She wears her emotions, and we can always tell how she is feeling. At home you can hear her across the street she is so loud, and anywhere else she is quite and shy, especially around people she doesn't know...She loves being around people, yet she can entertain herself for hours....She loves her horses, and barbies..Pink has always been her favorite color....She loves having her nails painted, and dressing up as a princess. I think for a while there she thought she was the real little mermaid..She makes us all giggle and is rarely in a bad mood...
On the way home from Mallory's she was worried that everyone would forget her birthday...She wanted me to call and remind everyone....We are not having a birthday party for her for a little while, we are going to invite all of her school mates and friends to Jump Man Jump, so we were just going to have a small family birthday today, and take her to go pick out the fish she wanted and call it good until her party...However she was worried that everyone forgot, and it really hurt her feelings....I reassured her that everyone knows that it is your birthday...so no worries.....This birthday is a big birthday for her.. She really knows what it is all about and has been to other kids birthdays, so in her mind she has it set how it is supposed to be....We made cupcakes for her class, and gave her a little birthday present to start her day off.. As I watched her go to her class it is so hard for me to believe that she is already six. Where did the time go? .
What is the deal with trying to name your child...People will ask you what you are thinking of naming your child, we excitedly share and, have recieved mostly positive responses and some rude comments-- in regards to the one we like. (I do not remember such reactions when we named our daughters) The five of us have tried to pick a name that we like, and everyone has their opinions I know and you are intitled to that. However, just because you do not like it does not mean we do not love it and feel it is our childs name. When naming the girls we had picked them, pondered them and now feel that their names were meant for them.. The names are them....So, to those of you who know who you are, this is our choice. You have stated how you feel, now respect that this is our child and let it be..Has anyone else had this problem with people trying to change what you name your child?
Note: This is from an emotional pregnant women venting.....
Today my mom invited all her daughters to attend her Stake Relief Sociaty Enrichment meeting. The speaker was the Author of the following book;
If God Loves Me, Why This? and Finding Peace in God's Plan for Us by Kim A. NelsonSummery of his book; Sometimes, when life gets particularly painful, it's hard to believe that God cares about what's happening to us. In those trying times, we often jump to wrong conclusions: "Maybe I'm not very valuable to Him," or "He must think I need this mess," or "I must have done something (here or in the pre-mortal life) to disqualify myself from His love." Counselor and author Kim Nelson suggests that we need a clear understanding of four things to make sense out of the potentially painful puzzle of mortality: (1) the role we played in the process of choosing to come to earth, (2) the nature of God's parental affection for us, (3) the level of the adversary's commitment to keep us from these truths, and (4) what we can do to get the most out of our earthly test. His insightful stories and analogies shed new light on truths that will help us find happiness in God's plan for us.
It was a great conference that I am glad I went to. He was very down to earth, the spirit was there. We left feeling inspired to not be so hard on ourselves....to see ourselves in clear glasses, and know that we are doing the best we can. He talked abouth the differences between men and women, and I laughed so hard because I swear he was talking about me....He joked about how you can ask your husband what he is thinking, and his response be "nothing"....He said trust me there is really nothing going on there...Men and women are different. I know this, but it really made me laugh because, I think at least once a week after me being in deep thought about something, and him sitting there quite and I will ask him, "What are you thinking about?" his response is usually" nothing". To me that is unfanthonable....How can you be just sitting there not thinking about anything....He is just totally relaxed and content in the moment. Where as I may look relaxed, but if I am not sleeping, reading, watching t.v. or working, my mind is racing....Jarrod is so much more laid back then I am.....That is one I am going to work on......New Goal for the week, take a little time and think about nothing..Maybe I will try yoga again...He he....
Okay, since there is a boy in my future, I decided to start getting in that mode....My whole life I have just been surrounded by girls, except for my husband of course...Over these next few months, you will be seeing a lot more boy stuff as I gear up for this new adventure...we call boy.....Thank goodness, I have a wonderful husband who not only loves girls, but is a boy, so he can coach me thru this. I really do not know why, but not only am I excited for a boy, I am really having a hard time grasping that I AM HAVING A BOY. When we go shopping, I try to go glance at the boy stuff and then I see cute girl things and want to get those....This could be a problem......My experience so far is baby boy stuff, is just not as fun.....On the other hand Jarrod is having so much fun looking at boy stuff. Little micro tennis shoes, sporty things. Hats etc....Now I know how he feels when we by stuff for the girls....He supportive, but its just not fun for him.....although he fakes it well....After a eleven years of walking the girls isles in the toy and clothes section, he is finally in his element....Super heroes, Trucks, Car, BOY STUFF!! I really think he is the best dad. He has toughened up my girls, and also dressed their Barbie's........Jarrod has taken the girls fishing, hiking and to their many girls activities and has loved every moment of it...however, he needs a boy too....There is just to much girl at our house. We tried to get two dogs that were boys to compensate for the lack of boy ness in our house, but then the dogs were dressed up.....ughh...Poor Jarrod he has fallen asleep and woken up with his nails painted... and we kindo forgot to tell him and he went to work with it and did not notice till later in the day....Thank goodness he took the ribbing from his co-workers, and was not mad at us......He is a wonderful dad, and husband...We are looking forward to our new little addition, and our new adventure......
Kaylor's Birthday is at the end of the month and for almost a year she has been begging to get her ear pierced. We told her maybe for her birthday she can have it done. This last saturday we were at the mall and walked past a place were you can get your ears pierced. She was so excited. We walked in there and she said maybe when I am eight I will do it. (much to my relief) So we left thinking that would be it. Well after a couple of hours of being in the mall(Crazy I know) She decided she was going to do it. We walked over there she picked her birthstone and sat up in the chair with no fear at all, and got her ears pierced. She kept saying " I cannot believe I did it" I could'nt either. She was so excited. She has been taking such great care and doing what she is supposed to. She loves it, so I love it for her. My heart is a little sad knowing that it is one more thing that will be my last. All my girls have gotten their ears pierced. They are so big...What happened to my baby girls.....So many memories, and so many new milestones to look forward to. It is just happening to fast for my liking.
This is a cute and simple Valentines that I found on Skip to My Lou. The girls wanted to buy the the premade cards this year....I was a little sad, because I love to make them, and think homemade is so much more fun...but, Kaylor could not resist High School Musical, and then the girls found fun ones that they wanted. The below has a download so all you have to do is print cut out and add your sucker.
Here is a picture of a baby in utero at 22 weeks. I cannot believe in just a few short 18 weeks I will have a new baby to hold. We are so excited and I feel him move like crazy. Jarrod and the girls have felt him move now. He is strong and very active.
La la la laaaahhh! is hosting a birthday giveaway....Click to enter...One of my birthday memories that came to me, was when I was sixteen. My mom asked me to go help her gather pinecones at a local park for a Relief Society activaty. I said sure. It was a saturday and I was being lazy, not taking a shower or getting out of my sweats. She kept asking me to get ready, and I just wanting to be lazy would not. My hair was a mess and I problably was smelly from no shower, and besides we were just going hiking in the hills right? Well, off we went to Bowers Mansion Park, ready to go hiking up in the hills. When in the distance I see a bunch of laughing girls making a mad dash towards me... It was my friends. Not only friends that I had then, but friends from when I was a little girl living in Sparks. My mom had thrown my a surprise 16th birthday party. It was so fun. I was a little embarassed that I did not shower., and have funny pictures to show for it....
These cupcakes are a must have... Yummmm.. Filling: 1 package (8 oz.) cream cheese, softened 1/3 c. sugar 1 egg 1/8 tsp. salt 1 c. chocolate chips 1 c. peanut butter chips (or just use more chocolate if you want) Cupcakes: 1 1/2 c. all-purpose flour 1 c. sugar 1/4 c. baking cocoa 1 tsp. baking soda 1/2 tsp. salt 1 c. water 1/3 c. vegetable oil 1 Tbs. white vinegar 1 tsp. vanilla
In a bowl, beat cream cheese. Add sugar, egg, salt. Mix well. Fold in chips. Set aside. For cupcakes, combine flour, sugar, cocoa, baking soda, and salt. Add water, oil, vinegar, and vanilla. Mix well. Fill paper-lined muffin cups half full with batter. Top each with 2 Tbs. of cream cheese mixture. Bake at 350º for 25-30 minutes. Cool 10 minutes and remove from pan. Makes 18.