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Jaron’s 15th birthday

I seriously cannot believe this kiddo is turning 15 years young today!  I love him more everyday. 

I asked him what kind of cake he wanted and he said, I just want maple doughnuts. Soooo, your wish his wish was granted and he was to the moon and back that we got him a dozen just for him in addition to his gift. 

He wanted to go to IHOP for dinner tonight.  He has always been a big breakfast fan. 

Happy birthday Jer!

General Conference-Saturday

One of my favorite weekends of the year… General Conference. Oh how I love hearing from our leaders. This conference was especially historic in that three new apostles were called: Elder Ronald A. Rasband, Elder Gary E. Stevenson and Elder Dale G. Renlund. I am excited to get to know them better. 

There were so many spiritual insights and tidbits; however, here are some of my favorite take-away’s from today:

• We didn’t marry perfection, we married potential. (Elder Robert D. Hales)

• You are rich if you can live happily within your means. (Elder Robert D. Hales)

• We must be engaged in intentional parenting. (Bradley D. Foster quoting Boyd K. Packer)

• There is no darkness so dense, so menacing, or so difficult that it cannot be overcome by light. (Elder Vern P. Stanfill)

• Earth has no sorrow that heaven cannot cure. (Elder Dallin H. Oaks)

• Be peaceful. Believe in God. Be faithful. You are doing better than you think you are. (Elder Jeffrey R. Holland) 

The evening finished with my boys going to the priesthood session of conference. Love that Trevin wanted to go with the others even though he’s only eleven. 

Navajo Taco Day

Alton slept over last night and the kids had a blast playing together this morning. Each child begged for Alton’s undivided attention (in their own way).

However there was one occasion when all the kids hung out together to look at an older picture album turned into a book.  

Church was very uplifting and awesome. We had a combined Relief Society / Priesthood lesson on the Sabbath Day. I left the meeting with an increased desire to do more to make Sunday’s even more special and sacred.

(A snapshot of Andy and I at church today)

After church we started getting dinner ready. (We invited my mom and John’s family to join us.). While some of us prepared dinner, Ashlyn and Alton played the game Scattegories. Ashlyn loves that game!…but she loves winning even more.

Andy and Emmy worked on making the Navajo tacos together. It’s one of his favorite foods to make. He made it often while he was on his mission since it’s a food they never had in Taiwan. 

Once everyone went home and the kitchen was clean again, I could relax for a bit. Ready to start another week. 

They’re back!!

So the first part of my day was spent in Centerville at a meeting for Sugardoodle. We are launching a blog called the Soul Spa. I met some of the lead bloggers, went over contracts and took pictures and videos for the blog. (Don’t mind my triple chin! It’s hard to take a picture of seven people when your arms are only so long!)


I had to leave the meeting pretty abruptly because Jaron and Ashlyn’s flight was arriving. Flight 57 from Amsterdam had my two babies and part of my heart.

Even though their flight arrived early, it still took them a while to go through Customs. It seemed like everyone was mostly off the plNe and my kids hadn’t come out yet. Suddenly, Margaret (Mimi’s sister) appeared and was getting off her shift. She offered to go check on their status for me since I wasn’t allowed back there. 


A few moments later these two appeared… They were tired but in good spirits.


Our first stop after the airport was Grandma’s house. She had picked Emalee up from school so I could go to the airport. 

We visited with her and then went straight to Jaron and Ashlyn’s school (Riverview Junior High) to pick up homework. School was just getting out when we arrived giving them a chance to say hello to some of their friends and find their lockers. (Emmy and I decorated the inside of them lockers last week, so they got to see the treats and school supplies we left for them.

Meanwhile, Trevin had been invited to spend the afternoon with two of his good friends, Atti and Roman. They went out to dinner and then enjoyed a soccer game, where Trevin was thrilled to get his ball signed by one of the athlete’s!


By the time Trevin came home, both Jaron and Ashlyn were fast asleep. In fact, they were out no later than five o’clock. I let them sleep today but it won’t happen again tomorrow because they need to adapt to the change in time before school starts on Monday.  

However, I wish I could have video recorded Kai’s response to Jaron’s return. As soon as we opened the front door and Kai spotted Jaron he started whimpering and crying. Jaron was just as thrilled to see his favorite dog. He brought him home a dog bone and Kai was in heaven. 

Yeah, it’s off!

Emalee has had an orthodontic device in her mouth the last few month’s to help with tongue thrush. She was soooo excited to get it off!  We’ll go back in six weeks and make sure all is well. 

Trevin doing his homework…


…while Em and I made BBQ chicken salads for dinner. 

I just got a text from Quinn letting me know that these two are at the airport right now and will be boarding to go home in a few minutes!!!! So happy to have them back home. My heart can’t wait .


Productive for once….

Some days are more productive than others and today was very productive. It felt good to get back into a routine, now that the kids are in school. I really enjoyed summer with the kids but I’m ready for routine…which is the very thing summer lacks. 


Jaron sent me this picture today. I love his smile and the picture in general. Sure miss him but he and Ashlyn will be back home in a week. 
Most of me afternoon was spent on the telephone with my insurance company. For months now we’ve been trying to get Andy scheduled for an ultrasound of his liver.  Our doctor is concerned about some things and wants additional tests. However, each time we schedule something, the facility calls us back saying they are out of network and to call our insurance company. So I call them back and each time they tell me, “you can go there, it’s a participating facility.”  Back and forth, back and forth.  So it was no surprise really to get the call again this morning. Andy’s appointment is scheduled first thing tomorrow morning. So I made phone call after phone call to keep the appointment and document everything I could. We are set and planning on keeping the appointment. It’s only taken nine months to make it happen, yes nine. Good thing it wasn’t life threatening!
I made stuffed peppers with my uncle’s produce for dinner (that he shared with us from his garden). I also made zucchini bread, several loaves actually. I’ll shred the remaining zucchini and freeze it for future baking. I am doing the corn and beans tomorrow. Plus, I’m making peach fruit leather for Trevin tomorrow from my own trees. We are very blessed with more than enough food!


Where did the summer go? School starts tomorrow!

Trev and Emmy we’re excited to talk to Ashlyn on the telephone this morning. Ashlyn was in Verona , Italy today seeing a coliseum….listened to opera and ate at McDonald’s. Jaron on the other hand was able to visit the Swiss temple today and met a couple from Taylorsville and a couple from Bountiful, Utah (with the last name “Day”). He asked if we were related but I don’t know of any relatives in Bountiful.     

I went to my Zumba class at 9:00. I really look forward to going but worry they’ll cancel it because only three people show up each week (the same three every week). I try and recruit others, and they’ll come once and not return. I guess I’ll keep trying….
Later in the afternoon, the kids and I did a little school shopping. They already had backpacks and clothes….they just needed some folders, pencil boxes and markers…..and snacks for lunches….. and….and…..and….. It all adds up but they’re ready to rock and roll. 

While I taught piano to Diana and Daniella, Andy took Emalee to soccer practice. 

Afterwards, we headed out to pick up some vegetables from my cousin. She said if we wanted any corn, we could go pick some from my uncle. Well, yes please! So we headed over to my Uncle Jack’s house and added corn, tomatoes, onions and carrots to our veggie basket.

When we got home it was pretty late. Andy gave Em and Trev a priesthood blessing for school, a very special tradition in our family. They are both so excited for school. In coming days, it will be hard to get them out of bed but tomorrow won’t be one of them. It’s like Christmas….sort of.


It’s that time again….

It’s right around the corner…yep, Valentine’s.  Jaron and Ashlyn are too old to make Valentine boxes for school but it didn’t stop Jaron from helping Trevin with his.  Trevin wanted to make a minion and so they worked together to make one.  Emalee is still trying to decide what kind of box to make.

Jaron is a Teacher (in the Priesthood)


Today started off great….Jaron was ordained to the office of Teacher in the priesthood.  Those present in the circle are pictured here on the right.  (L to R: Darryl Oswald, Norm Nava, Rick Hanks, Andy, Jaron, Opi and my brother John.)  The bishop was out of town or he would have been in the circle as well.  Trent and Kristin would have liked to of come but couldn’t get away.

Something I thought was cute….  After Jaron had been ordained, he shook the hands of the men who stood in the circle.  Then the bishopric suggested he hug his mom and grandma’s.  While leaning in to give me a hug, he took the magnet that was hanging in the bishop’s office (with his name on it) and moved it from Deacon to Teacher.  (see below)  Although they didn’t spell his name right on the magnet, he was excited to graduate his name to a Teacher.

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Emalee also said she couldn’t wait to go to Jaron’s “Coordination” (aka – “Ordination).  She wondered which class Jaron would now be teaching.  We had to explain that Jaron wasn’t a “Teacher” (of a class per se) but rather, he would gain new responsibilities.  She was disappointed as she was secretly hoping Jaron was going to be her Primary teacher.

The rest of the day was quite calm and relaxing.  After church, I made a crock pot dinner, Andy gave Kai a (much needed) bath, we had our Family Home Evening for the week and we watched the Super Bowl together.


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{Jaron gets braces}

Before braces:



The day has come. Jaron got braces this morning (just on the top). He gets the bottom set of braces next month. Dr. Baugh was so good with Jaron, answering all his questions.






{Easter with Day Family}

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{Hollywood Connection}




Jaron and Ashlyn enjoyed their last day of Spring Break today. Jaron got a much needed haircut. Jaron, Ash and Grace (who slept over last night) went shopping for clothes and then we went out to lunch. After picking up Emmy, Trevin and Atti (Trevin’s friend), we went to Hollywood Connection and went rollerskating. Emmy and Atti needed walkers to help them skate. They had a blast.






{Time once again}


We found ourselves at the dentist’s office early this morning getting Jaron amd Ashlyn’s six month cleaning and exams. Ashlyn had two small cavities but both of them are in baby teeth that she is close to losing. One of them is pretty loose.  Jaron on the other hand had four cavities.  While that sounds pretty bad, it is progress for him….so yeah!

I spent a good amount of the day getting ready for our new exchange student from Japan. He’s 16 year’s old and his name is Jinya.  He doesn’t know a lot of English but that will come in time.

Trevin was really excited for the Pinewood Derby tonight.  Between Trevin, Andy and myself we put together a fun Pokeman car. He placed sixth in the race tonight. Mike Brimhall made each scout a keepsake to show off their cars. Trevin’s car was deemed the most creative.

{Mish-mash Friday}


After school today my mom asked if I wanted to go pick up some bird food with her from IFA. I said, sure. At the time I had Trevin, Emalee and Trevin’s friend from school, Atti.  When we got there, they loved petting the baby chicks and bunnies.



A bit later we picked the other two up from school and this is what they did most of the day….



It was nice to have a relaxing, kick-back Friday.  Great way to start out the weekend.

{My week in a nutshell…}

Since life has been too crazy to blog…I will attempt to catch up in one post (in no particular order).


Last Saturday was the Stake Relief Society day of service.  I was in charge of the nursery and making sack lunches for The Road Home.  With the help of several sisters we made 450 or so sack lunches foe the homeless.  It was one of many projects going on.  I was so grateful that Christine was there helping.  She took charge when I left to take the first set of lunches over. She also helped me out by taking me home a little early because I felt so sick.  Oh my goodness, I was soooo miserable. I’m glad everything else went well.


So, Emalee got strep from Jaron. We went in to the doctor and while she and I were waiting for him to come in the  the room, I looked down to see Emalee had chosen to wear her soccer shoes. She cracks me up.Never a dull moment with her around.


Round three was only a few more days away when Ashlyn woke up a sore throat. Took her to the doctor and guess what? Yep, it’s strep.  Boo!



I’ve been baking a bit more lately.  My mom loves carrot cake so I made some cream filled carrot cake muffins. They turned out good as well as some lemon raspberry muffins. 


I’ve been spending a lot of time this week at the temple.  More about that later.



Emmy had SEP’s this morning. While we waited for our turn she asked me to take a picture of her….  She has made reallt goid progress. …I am really proud of her.


This is just a random picture of Jaron playing with Parker at Mimi’s house a week or so ago….Parker loves playing with him