Monday, June 30, 2008

Family Reunion

Well, we just got back from our family reunion. What a blast!! I think I have the greatest family on earth. We all get along so well. It is just a total party when we get together. We stayed two nights at a ranch. We went horseback riding, fishing, and canoeing. The kids caught toads and rabbits. We watched movies, played games, sat in the hot tub, and ate and ate and ate!!! Each cabin had it's own hot tub and barbecue grill. One of our dinners included a roasted pig. Basically we went all out. There were 46 grand kids there and 23 adults. It was just one big huge party!! We sang songs around the campfire and had skit night. We only wish that Mom and Dad could have been there. Dad is still sick and going through cancer treatments. Maybe next year they can be there. I took 169 pictures while I was there! I just love taking pictures!!

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Summer Free For All

Well, when school got out I was really organized. I had my kids getting up and working on their "job charts". Basically it is just a list of things to get done in the day (clean room, read, piano, etc). At first they were getting it all done. Now things are starting to majorly slide. I think it all went down hill when it started warming up outside. They have spent the last three days out on the water slide, sprinkler under the trampoline, swimming pool, etc. Yesterday I bet we went through at least 10 towels. By the end of the day, I wanted to kick some rears, so to speak. At one point, Jace came in the house with a small wet spot on his shirt and he threw it into the dirty clothes hamper. I explained, "Jace I have been working all day doing laundry and cleaning. Do you think that it is fun for a Mom to work all summer while her kids are out playing?" He looked at me and without skipping a beat said, "Well, why don't you make Dad do something?" I told him that Dad was busy and would probably not be able to help me. Then Jace said, "Well just MAKE him." So, today I decided to be outside more with the kids. The house is definitely a major wreck and I will definitely pay for it. It just keeps reminding me of the poem that my mom likes to quote which always makes me cry...
Have you seen, anywhere, a tall little lad
And a wee winsome lass of four?
‘Twas only today, barefooted and brown,
That they played by my kitchen door.
‘Twas only today—or maybe a year?
It couldn't be twenty, I know,
They were calling for me to help in their game
But I was too busy to go.
Too busy with sweeping and dusting to play
And now they have silently wandered away.
If perchance you hear of this slim little lad
And this wee winsome lass of four,
I pray you tell me.
To find them again I would journey this wide world o’er.
Somewhere, I’m sure, they’ll be playing a game,
And should they be calling for me
To come out and help them,
Oh, tell them, I beg, I’m coming as fast as can be!
For there’s never a house might hold me today
Could I hear them call me to join in their play.

Friday, June 13, 2008

Music and the Spoken Word

While we were in Utah we went to the "Music and the Spoken Word". It was so amazing to see it live. The sound was beautiful and it was just a neat experience. I would love to go again sometime. John was nice enough to listen in a different room, (for kids under 8), with Jace and Haley. Riley, Brynn, Grammy (John's Mom), and I went in to the Conference Center to see/hear it.

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Family Trip

We just took a family trip to Utah. On our way, Haley had to stop for a potty break. We stopped at a McDonalds to let her go. In the parking lot there was a older man with a long white beard and white shoulder length hair. The wind was blowing and his hair was floating like a white cloud. Haley looked at him and said, "Mom, is that Heavenly Father"? All of us in the car had to bite our checks not to laugh. Then she said, "He looks a little scary". I have to admit he DID look a little scary. I love it when Haley says what she is thinking. It is always so very cute and funny. While we were in Utah we spent one of the days at Lagoon. It was a total blast and the kids all loved it. Riley and I were the ones that wanted to go on all the scary roller coasters. I was very proud of myself for not getting sick on all the rides. You know that you are getting old when you get the same sensation from a rocking chair that you once got from a roller coaster. That is me to a T! I have a hard time with just a swing these days!!