Tuesday, August 24, 2010


FHE Board, made out of whatever we had around

EVERY Monday we have FAMILY HOME EVENING. We clear our schedules and make time for just our family. We have done many things, some fun, some spiritual, some service orientated. We have through the years tried to come up with something that works for older and younger kids. Above is an activity we did on a Monday night. We used whatever scrap paper and stickers I had around. Which is not much, since I do not scrapbook. So we had to get creative on how we spelled things. It is a chart so we know who is in charge of which component of FHE.

This Monday Jacque was in charge of our activity. She wanted to have a coloring contest. We all had to draw pictures of a sunset. .

Emily was in charge of taking some of the pictures. Here is us discussing the way the pictures made us "feel". Max is so funny!!


On another note

Abbie has started Early morning Seminary. Our church (The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. aka Mormons)
Has a early morning scripture study group for all the High School students. If you are lucky enough to live where there are a lot of Mormons around, they offer it as an extra class during the school day. But we do not live in such an area, so our kids (and me... when I was younger) get to go early.... EVERY DAY. 6:15 -7:05. (I went at 5:45AM!) So my night owl daughter who didn't wake up before noon the whole summer is shocking her system.

This is what she looked like after her first day.

Stinker still didn't go to bed till after 10!

Thursday, August 19, 2010

First Day


I've been contemplating a blog for a very long time. We have a family one, Max has one of his own. I figured today would be the first day of my own.

Today is a First Day for school. This is significant because it is now the first day that I no longer have any of my beautiful babies at home during the day. I've waited for this day for 14.5 years. Here it is. I'm trying not to think to hard about it... I can say that I have looked forward to a quiet home for a while, but I have learned that I need to enjoy each moment that happens with my kids. I can honestly say that I have.

I remember when Abbie was little and Max and I were in the poor, student, stage of life and I kept looking forward to "when". I had a wise mom of 6 tell me that the floors can wait, take time to read to your babies, and play with them. I wasn't so great at the reading to them (I do have my limits :). But I slowed down and made time for them, and started to learn to live in the moment.

So here I am 14.5 years later and my babies at school. I've learned a lot and had lots of fun. Now it is time for some "me" focused things. I'm running a 1/2 marathon in a month. I've started doing Massages again/or for the first time consistently. I help at school, and I taxi my kids around. I'm busy, but not too busy for a nap here and there :)

A little explanation on the name. Max and I have several nick names we have made up during the past 16.9 years. After the Movie by this same name, Max a few months later started calling me this... occasionally... It has stuck. So thinking about what to call my blog, I think it fits.

Who knows what direction this blog will take, or how diligent I'll be with it in 2 months. I will most likely use it to capture the moments of my life that mean a lot to me, and a little journaling.