Wednesday, November 30, 2011

One Step at a Time....

It's gonna happen when it's Supposed to happen and we Find the reasons why One step at a time...
Another busy week, and we really did have to take it one step at a time, or it would have seemed overwhelming.
Nathan is so excited for Christmas he just had to make a countdown.
Still celebrating birthdays. We had a little ice cream social for November birthdays on the Funk side. It was some yummy ice cream, and we had to take it one step at a time, or we would have eaten a whole lot of ice cream.
Rachael worked on this for awhile. She finally finished it this week. Maybe here the song needs to be "one lego at a time...."
Doesn't Dave look tired? We had a Stake Split at the end of this week. During the week he was setting up to have it broadcast to all the buildings (except ours) in the area. It was quite a week for him.
While Dave was busy working, Jennie was busy playing. That seems to be a major theme in our house. I went to a late night game at BYU with my friend Mindi. We had a blast, and I was hoping I would beat Dave home late that night, but he beat me by a good hour. (I didn't get home until 1:00a.m.) When our stake did split one of our previous Bishop's was made the new Stake President, and another one was made one of his councilors. We were so excited!!

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Y'all ready for this?

This song was playing in the car the other day and I just had to use it.
On Adam's actual birthday we had a little celebration. It started out well, but soon turned rocky. He got home from school that day and had lost his Personal Diabetes Manager. Which is the machine that calculates and gives him insulin. Adam and I ran back to the school in a panic, and had everyone looking for it. We called around, and could not find it anywhere. Many prayers were said that day. By that night Adam was distraught. He kept asking me if he was going to get punished. I told him we now had to give him actual shots again, and that was probably punishment enough. When we finally got home from the school, still with no PDM, Adam came to me and asked if he could at least open some of his presents. We made a late dinner (Top Ramen, Adam's favorite) and he opened his presents--finally. I know I didn't sleep very well that night, and continued to try to have faith that the PDM would be found. We were so concerned it had gone home with someone accidentally and that they wouldn't know the value of it. On our way to school the next morning we got a call that it had been found. It was actually found by one of the staff who had been looking all over the school for it with us. Her little boy is in Adam's class and their backpacks hang on the hooks next to each other. It had been placed in his backpack by mistake. She didn't find it until that morning, but I was so grateful she was the one that found it. She knew right away what it was and called the school. There was a lot of cheering going on in the car that morning. And of course we made sure to thank our Heavenly Father for the best present Adam received. Certainly a birthday to remember,
Recognition night for the scouts and YW was this week as well. Jacob received his Tenderfoot Rank, and Rachael completed five of her YW Values.
Dave received the newest Iphone for his work. Jacob was the one that was thrilled. That is because when Dave receives a new one, they all get passed down. Now Jacob has his very own iphone. Let me point out that no one, except Dave, actually uses their iphone for a phone. It's more like a very expensive Ipod touch.
We also had pack meeting this week and Nathan received his Bear Rank. Yes we have been busy accomplishing our goals. But don't worry, we've had plenty of time to play.
Our weekend came, and with it a trip to BYU to attend another Diabetes Clinic. This time the food of choice was 'Y' donuts.

They Did the Mash

They did the Monster Mash....So I'm very far behind, but with Halloween comes many birthdays, much celebration, and little time for anything else. Now that we're on a break, and the kids are back in school, here was our November.
It was a great Halloween. The kids came up with their costumes all on their own. I just had to grab glasses for Jake. Nathan was a dangerous thing in a box. Rachael a clown, Adam--death, and Jacob a nerd.
Instead of carving pumpkins this year, we painted them. It was a lot of fun, and took way less time. I think we may transition over to this in the future. Also it was a lovely day outside--rare for Utah in October. So we were out in shorts. In fact as I'm typing this it is the end of November, and I can still go out side without a coat.
The day after, which means sorting and trading candy. We bribed the kids this year with promises of a movie and as much candy as they wanted if they didn't go trick-or-treating. Two of them took us up on it, and two did not. We'll see what happens next year.
I have a teenager. It's official. Yes I'm that old, and I have tons of gray hair to show for it. She had a lovely birthday and a lovely day. Isn't she cute?!
I also now have an eight-year-old. For his first scout outing he got to go on a field trip. This is a picture of his birthday.  We had to do it a few days before his actual birthday since every other weekend was full.  It has been a major busy month.  Can't wait until December when things will calm down drastically.  Crazy huh?!

Friday, November 04, 2011

Who let the dogs out?

Or in this case the kids.  Due to parent teacher conferences, my kids had 1/2 days all week (well the boys), so the party was pumpin'!
Pizza at Costco!! One of our favorite things to do. We had a few samples too, but the boys would only let me take them on errands if they were treated to one of their favorite foods. Win-win for all I say!
Cupcakes from Phil. He got in the spirit of Halloween, and brought us over these monster delights.
Red Ribbon week. The kids also celebrated being drug free. On this day they had to wear as much red as they could. Adam has on 11 red shirts, which is why he looks like a hunchback.
We have been cleaning out rooms. Nathan's was up this week, and I headed to IKEA for some organizing tools. I was so glad we found some boxes in green, since that's his favorite color.
This week I also had several things going on with our church. We have different positions, and the one I had was teaching the 11 year old girls during the week. Well I got released but stayed for a few more weeks while we finished a big recognition night. It was a success, but by the end of the week I was exhausted, since I was also starting my new position, or calling. This was the sweet thank you note I got from some of those girls. I'm sure going to miss them!

If you thought this week was pumpin', wait until you see what we've got coming up. It's a huge celebration!

Thursday, November 03, 2011

I need somebody (Help)

Not just anybody (Help) You know I need someone (Help)--John Lennon has some interesting songs. I like this one. We needed lots of help this week, and got it. Here's a few things:
Why would I need help with the primary program? Maybe because I started playing a song at the wrong part. It's a long and hilarious story, and one you can ask me about personally. But on here, it would just come across as some nutso lady trying to pull off her own solo in the middle of sacrament mtg.
It got pretty exciting in our house when the oven gave out. We called a repair guy, and in the process finally got our dishwasher fixed. It was a 2 for 1 special. Some boys were jumping for joy at the prospect of not doing dishes by hand for a long while...
The Nerf Wars. Either team would take all the help they could get.
Rachael in charge of her first YW activity. She made cupcakes, and we all pitched in and helped.
Try to get this big love sak down your basement stairs--lots of help required.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

I Can See Clearly Now

the rain is gone.....It rained most of last week. Our 5k was in the rain. But it was nice and cool. So I was grateful for that. But this week it was super nice. Rachael and I helped at a friends wedding. Rachael won a fish, which lasted for a little over 12 hours.
Our scouts fundraiser was pumpkins. They grew a bunch and then had donuts and hot chocolate and invited the ward to come buy. There were hay rides as well.
He got his Bear. After all his hard work, he finally did it. Nathan is now trying to talk me into not making him go to scouts for the rest of the year.
We had a couple of BBQ's this week as well. One was at our friends in Eagle Mountain. The other one was at Phil's. Sandy's kids were here to visit, and we were invited over to eat with them. Super fun times. It's so nice to have good friends and family to socialize with.

Monday, October 24, 2011

Hey Now You're an AllStar

Get your game on, go play....
A bunch of AllStars this week, that's what we were. Rachael worked really hard and finished this project for her art class.
Nathan made bird feeders as one of his last achievements he had to pass off in order to get his Bear.
Jacob finally got long pants. He's been growing by leaps and bounds, and is also notorious for putting holes in them. So here he is with a new pair--hooray!
Dave and I ran our 5K at BYU's homecoming. It was a lot harder this year as both of us have been injured. He had rib issues, and I had shin splints issues. I still got a good time (for me), but I did much better last year.

Monday, October 17, 2011

So tell me what you want

What you really, really want....Don't you love a little spice girls. Here were some of the things we really wanted.
Cookies. It took me awhile, but I finally got around to making cookies for lunches.
A good shave. We went on a field trip with Adam's class to Heritage Park. Adam also got aftershave, he smelled real gooooood.
A chi. I've been wanting one of these forever. The price was finally right, and now Rachael and I have strait hair
I really, really, really wanted BYU to beat Utah State. In the last 13 seconds, they pulled it off. I didn't see the tip and touchdown (I was told to sit down in my seat and quite watching by my husband), but I heard the roar of the crowd. It was awesome. All the kids were able to attend that game as well. A good time to be a cougar.
Peaches from our tree. YUM!

Friday, October 07, 2011

She's got a Ticket to Ride...

So sorry, I'm pretty sure it will work now.
We went to Williamsburg for a week, and it was wonderful.  Adam was asked to make a video for his class, so instead of posting pictures I've posted the link to the video (its five minutes).  But hopefully you'll be able to see all of it.  We also went to Busch Gardens and had a great time on all the amazing roller coasters.  I love the thrill!  It was definitely a grand adventure!

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Kinda like this thing

"but there’s something you should know
I just came to say hello"
I love this song because it's simple. I just came to say hello. I felt like this week was simple--busy, but simple. I love my life and all the fun, adventurous, and exciting things we get to do. Here were a few of them.
Our kids have been running. We are doing the program from couch potato to 5k. They are troopers, and I think they enjoy the runs.
Flowers for me? I walked in from a busy day Tuesday and these were sitting on my counter. I love when Dave says, "Hello"
Nate was 'King' in his class. He had to make a poster about himself--just to say hello.
Adam is in football and scored a touchdown. He was just telling the other team--hello
We had blue pancakes Saturday morning as is traditional before every BYU/Utah game. Unfortunately it wasn't a very fun game to watch--painful in fact. But I also got to participate in the 10K dirty dash up at Solider Hollow. A nice big muddy hug makes a wonderful 'hello'

Just go and do what you do

cuz there's nothin to prove. I'm just being me watch me do me.... For this week (I know I'm three weeks behind), we just did our thing. It was a busy week, and I'm glad we were able to do so much.
We had a BBQ to celebrate Labor Day. After coming home Rachael figured out how flexible she was. Of course everyone had to try it. I have pictures, but I thought Rachael's looked the strangest.
One of Rachael's Young Women Projects is a cleaning out project. She is going to do my whole kitchen. I was thrilled until I got the list of things I need to buy in order for everything to have a place. Hmmmmmmm.........
One of Dave's employee's kid (did you get that?) was diagnosed with diabetes this week. We went up to the hospital to talk with them, encourage them, and let them know we made it--you can too. I love that I have this knowledge to share with others, I don't love that it is because my little boy has diabetes too. Adam is a trooper and such an example of pressing on with joy.
Pack meetings are always, what's the word, chaotic. That about sums it up. All the adults had to link arms and travel in a line to go sit down around a 'camp fire'. (term used really loosely as there are no fires allowed in the church) We had an awesome Arrow of Light ceremony. Nathan is our only boy in cub scouts right now, until November.
Dude who is that cute kid?! That is our cousin/nephew Cohen. He came to visit us for a couple of days, and we were thrilled. Ben came too, and hopefully next time Melanie can as well.
BYU is having their diabetic classes again, and this time all my kids and I get to go. They actually pay us in gum, and five dollar gift certificates. The kids love it, and I get lots of good info out of it too.

Friday, September 09, 2011

Just Beat It, Beat It

No one wants to be defeated. Showin' how funky strong is your fight, and it doesn't matter who's wrong or right......This week was all about beating it. Beating what you ask? Well here are some things below.
Our activity for our Family Home Evening on Monday night was kickball. We had to beat the ball to get to base.
Our garden if full of yellow zuchinni. We had to find a way to beat that--so I chopped it up and made cookies, muffins, and broiled in the oven. So yummy!
Our road is still under construction and so muddy. Somehow I had to beat the dirt to get the BYU sticker nicely on our car. I did but now everyone thinks I wash off only the part of the car that holds the sacred BYU sticker.
Oh yeah and the most important thing we had to beat---'Ole Miss. We did rise up and beat them, but it was a tough game. My record still holds though, I was sent out of the room for all of the fourth quarter, you know the only quarter they scored in. The ugly truth is they don't really score unless I'm not around to watch it. We have tickets for the Utah St. game. My family is trying to figure out how to keep me out of the stands.
The wonderful headline on Sunday.