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{Easter with Day Family}

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{Keltie’s new dress}

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I was shopping the other day and found this adorable dress.  The size was too small for Emalee so I got it for Keltie….doesn’t she look cute?  She was so excited to wear it to church…this is a picture Trent texted me.  Love it!

{Keltie and Marissa’s dance recital}

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While Andy and the kids went to Tae Kwon Do tonight, Mimi and I attended Keltie and Marissa’s dance recital.  

Keltie was so fun to watch….she did a great job.  Parker had very little patience when it came to the program and kept asking Mimi if she had anymore treats.  There were more musical numbers than I expected and unfortunately I wasn’t able to stay and see Marissa perform her songs. 

I did bring them each a cupcake for later. 

It is fun to see them (and my kids as well) develop and enjoy their talents.  Glad I was able to go.

{Chuck E. Cheese – Trevin’s birthday party}

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{Day Clan Valentines}

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Marissa, Parker and Keltie got their Valentine’s today in the mail.  According to Trent, they were very excited.  Love you guys!!!

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{Here and there}

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The day started like any other, we’re pretty much in a routine around here.  However, mid-morning Mimi called and asked if she could come over for a minute.  She wanted to get out of the house and decided to take a walk down to my house with Parker and Keltie.  We chatted at the door for a little bit, but they were both pretty taken with our lego table.  Parker especially didn’t want to leave.  Mimi and I kept telling them both that they would be back at our house on Sunday to celebrate Jaron’s birthday and he could play with it again.  That meant very little to him as it meant he couldn’t play with it “now”.  Too cute.

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After school, I dropped Ashlyn off at Baylee’s house to play.  They were both SO excited to get some time together.  They haven’t had a play date in forever.

So I headed to pick up Jaron from school and then I took Emalee to her Mathnasium appointment.  While we were there, Jaron and I played UNO several times (I lost most of the time).

On the way home, I saw these fun snowmen on the side of the road.  They hold a sign saying something to the effect that snowmen can be rebuilt but that people can’t and to please slow down.  Next we headed to the grocery store and ran into my mom.  No, Trevin is not punching Emalee’s face….he was just goofing off.

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{Happy Birthday Marissa!}

This day was long yet wonderful.  Mid-morning I received a knock on the door.  It was Jamie Bailey, our Primary President.  She had an invitation in hand for Jaron.  I wondered what it was for.  Then I realized it was for the Priesthood Preview.  Really?  I hadn’t even thought about it much but here was my reminder that Jaron would turn twelve in a couple weeks.  I got his appointment set up with the bishop after the Priesthood Preview.  The following Sunday he’ll be made a deacon.  I am happy for Jaron and for the opportunity he’ll have to serve others and hold the priesthood.  However, I’m also sad because he’s growing up.  {{Mommy Moment}}

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Stake Conference was amazing today.  I sat and cried through most of it.  The Spirit just touched my heart and squeezed the tears right out of me.  One of my favorite parts of conference was the Men’s choir.  Wow!  All of their musical numbers were BEAUTIFUL!  One of my favorite moments was when they sang the closing number, “This is the Christ”.  Emmy was sitting on my lap and she could see the conductor of the choir quite well from our seat and could see how “in to it” he was.  So, she started swinging her arms imitating his every move.  She has done this on other occasions as well.  At first I let her do it but when she nearly whacked me in the face, I gently put her arms down and within seconds they were back up again with gusto.  As the number concluded the gentleman seated behind me leaned forward and said, “She’ll make a fine conductor one day.”

After conference I came home and wrote the missionaries…all seven of them.  I try and write them regularly simply because I remember how much it meant for me to receive a letter from…well, anyone.

Later in the afternoon, I met with Carol Higginson.  I was called to replace her in the Stake Primary Presidency as the secretary.  She asked to be released after having had her first baby.  She also finished nursing school at the same time.  Anyway, I met with her to learn more of my duties and to get some of her files and paperwork.  I also enjoyed visiting with her and her husband and meeting her son, Ben.  I will miss working with her.

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We finished off the evening at Mimi’s house to have Sunday dinner and to celebrate Marissa’s birthday together.  It was very enjoyable…as usual.  We gave Marissa a Barbie Veterinary bag.  The dog (which is sooooo soft) comes with all the things you would need to help it when it becomes sick.  Mimi and Opi gave her a Mulon fan (it’s what she wanted more than anything else).  Happy Birthday Marissa!

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{Becoming.}

While the day, in and of itself was busy, it was a good day.  Xina returned home from Fillmore for Christmas break (Xina is our foreign exchange student).  Emalee and I also attended Marissa’s 7th birthday party which was a carnival.  I was in charge of the face painting and I have very (very) limited skills.  The first child wanted a butterfly.  The second child wanted a sunset.  The next child wanted a peacock.  I told him I was terrible at peacocks and is there ANYTHING else that I could do instead.  He replied, “How about a lizard?”  I said, “I could do a snake.  That’s KIND of like a lizard.”  He agreed and then asked that it go over his nose, which I did.  Then, a couple more boys wanted a snake too!  Everyone had a good time and even enjoyed the magician at the end of the show.  The Davis family showed up at the end, so it was fun to visit with them.  We don’t get to see them very often…..

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My mom came over at 7:00 p.m. to watch our kiddos while Andy and I attended the adult session of Stake Conference.  Andy had been asked to give the opening prayer for this session, so we couldn’t be late.  The meeting was so wonderful and inspired.  Everyone’s talks were great but I felt that all of them had a common thread or theme…..the word “become” or “becoming”.  The first speaker (the matron of the Jordan River Temple) shared some of her trials and struggles through life and what she learned from them and why it’s important to endure to the end (or in other words continuing to “become”).  The next speaker was a gentleman who was recently called to be a second counselor in  a newly called bishopric within our stake.  He was called about six weeks ago.  He shared how when he was called to serve, he wasn’t worthy.  He drank coffee and had some concerns.  He knew however that the Lord had called him and so he qualified himself  (or in other words, he “became”).  A member of the Stake Presidency (President Gale) spoke next and discussed the natural man.  He emphasized how Mosiah 3:19 says we need to “becometh” a saint.  Others spoke as well; however, I felt that all of them shared how we can “become” perfect….how we can “become” like Him…..day by day….one step at a time.

The visiting area seventy, Elder Tate, shared some amazing statistics with us tonight.  He said:

-In the next month or so, there will be 80,000 full-time missionaries serving!  [There were 53,000 missionaries serving prior to the October announcement.]
– On January 13th (next week), there will be 2,000 SISTER missionaries in the MTC [the most ever at one time].
– Usually, two of the twelve apostles would sit down each week in front of the computer and issue mission calls.  Since the October announcement in General Conference, SIX apostles (half of the quorum of the twelve) now have the assignment to issue mission calls.

I also read the following information tonight when I got home:

– The missionary force could add 15,000 young men and 7,500 young women or more in the first year of the lower age requirements.  That could impact overall church membership significantly.  On average stats show that each missionary is responsible for five converts annually.  With our missionary force growing so quickly, it could bring 400,000 members into the Church in a single year.

After Stake Conference, Andy and I headed to teh grocery store to grab a few things.  When we got to the checkout, we realized neither of us had our wallets.  Andy had to go home and get money while I browsed and
waited.  I found these funny plaques in a gift section.  They made me smile.

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{Church, Family and the dreaded book report!}

As usual, church was wonderful!  It just fills my spirit after such a long week.  For one reason or another, I haven’t been able to attend our ward for weeks due to Stake business.  So it was refreshing to be back home!  Additionally, it was the first time I have been to Sunday School in years.  I have been in Primary so long that I haven’t been able to attend.  I was released from my second calling as Primary pianist the end of October and have been visiting other wards since.  So, it was a treat to go to all three meetings!

Afterwards, we had Sunday dinner at Mimi’s house and celebrated Emalee’s birthday with family.   My favorite part was when Parker kept trying to blow out Emalee’s candles and so Emalee would put her hand towards Parker’s mouth as she tried to blow out the candles herself.  Too funny!!

Xina’s brother, Conner, was visiting for a few hours tonight.  His babysitter was in town and let her watch him before heading home again.  She just lights up when her brother is around!

Last but not least, Jaron has had a ever approaching deadline coming up….a book report.  He has known about it for weeks and has procrastinated this assignment even with countless reminders to get his book read.  Well, he read almost all day….skipped Sunday dinner at Mimi’s and had started the report by the time we returned.  Andy stayed at the house with him but came for a minute to get food for the both of them.   There is such a difference between all of my children.  Jaron pushes things until the very last minute…..Ashlyn turns things in earlier if not earlier than early…..Trevin turns things in early or late, both…..and Emalee is doing good if she turns anything in.  That is where we are at THIS year.  Things can certainly change.  :   )

{Halloween 2012}


Holidays.  I always look forward to them; however, this month has just passed me by.  I woke up this morning completely unaware that today was Halloween.  I knew it was coming but my goodness…where does time go?  I spent the morning planting tons of daffodil bulbs along the park way fence and in my yard.  In the afternoon, I volunteered to help in Trevin’s classroom for his class Halloween party.  I wish I would have taken a photo or two.  Me and Jessi Brown (Trevin’s best friends mom) helped run the show.

After school was spent getting stuff ready for dinner.  We always have dinner in a pumpkin and this year was no different….

I also made homemade Root Beer….

This year for Halloween, Emalee was a cheerleader:

Trevin was a firefighter….

Ashlyn was a cowgirl….

Jaron was a big, scary thing…..see for yourself….

Andy was the “cool” trick-or-treat dad….

Even Charlie dressed up for the festivities…..he was a raccoon….


Andy took the kiddos around the neighborhood while I passed out candy to the trick-or-treaters.  We had SO many this year due to good weather.  I went through several bags of candy and ran out by 8:30 p.m.  Still, with the porch light off, the teenagers still came to our house until 10 something.  It was crazy.

Here’s a picture Mimi took when my family got to her house:

Here’s a picture of the Davis Family:

Here’s a picture of the Day clan:

{March Birthdays}

Today we celebrated Keltie and my mom’s birthdays at Sunday dinner.  Ashlyn, with my mom’s help, made the birthday presents for the cousins this year.  It is a bedside tote that holds books, pencils and she even put a pocket for a tooth fairy.  Convenient, huh?  You can see the tote rolled up and sitting on top of the toy Mimi gave her.

{Thanksgiving 2011}

Thanksgiving was wonderful yet again.  It has come and gone so quickly.  This year Thanksgiving was held at our home and we had, oh, 32 or so in attendance.  Jaron and Ashlyn helped me make mini apple pies this morning…I appreciated their help.  Andy and the wee ones helped clean while we prepared the pies and my other food dishes.  Jaron really enjoys cooking in general but he really enjoys recipes that have lots of steps and seeing each step through.

I was grateful to have Jeff here this year, we always enjoy his company.  As well as Heidi,  Jessica and her baby Carissa (my mom’s friends)…and Oma as well.  Both sides of our family were together, which was a treat….that doesn’t happen very often.  I made turkey name places for the kids and Mayflower name places for the adults filled with M&M’s.  All the kiddos were stealing the M&M’s from the adults when they thought no one was looking….especially Emmy!  : )

Some family members left shortly after dinner and family pictures; however, some of us lingered and played Yahtzee together.  Me and Libby lost in fashion! : )  It was a wonderful day spent with family and reflecting on our MANY blessings!

{The cutest toothless jack-o-lantern around}

Jaron had a dental appointment scheduled this morning…he has been watching the calendar…he has known it has been coming.  However, the anxiety in our house this morning was tremendous!  He was scheduled to have four teeth pulled and one cavity filled.  The dentist strongly recommended pulling the two teeth immediately to the right and left of the two front teeth.  Evidently, he is congenitally missing some teeth in his gums and they are not strong enough to push out the teeth below.  If they aren’t pulled then there is a good chance they won’t ever come in on their own.

We started driving to the dentist and I could tell how much anxiety was going through Jaron’s body….he was a nervous wreck.  Once we got to the dentist, we all sat in the parking lot for a minute and said a prayer that Jaron’s nerves could be calmed and that all would go well.  They got him back pretty quickly, which was nice.  When you are anxious and nervous, the worst thing is having it dragged out…   They got him taken care of and we were soon on our way.  Mimi came over tonight and gave Jaron a big hug and told him he was the “cutest toothless jack-o-lantern”.  Jaron smiled.

After the dentist we headed off to the bank.  I had some checks to deposit and so the boys sat in the chairs in the waiting room, while the girls went to the bathroom.  I finished up my deposit before the girls were done so the boys and I sat and waited for them to finish.  A few minutes pass and Emalee comes marching out of the bathroom with a kazoo….playing it like a trombone.  I immediately questioned her, “Where did you get that?”  When she moved her hands completely I could see it wasn’t a kazoo, but rather an empty tampon dispenser.  (((YUCK!!!!)))  I shrieked and told her to go put that in the garbage immediately and to wash her hands.  Just typing it up right now makes me cringe all over again.

Tonight, we invited Keltie and Marissa to sleep over at our house and Jaron and Trevin slept over at Uncle Trent & Aunt Kristin’s house with Parker.  It has been fun but these girls are still not asleep.  I truly didn’t expect them to go right to sleep; however, I thought at some point they would crash given they are still pretty young.  Guess not.  Fun times.


{Easter Egg Hunt at Mimi’s / Baby Animals}

This morning we had breakfast at Mimi’s house with the whole family.  Martina and Ryan had come from Logan and all the cousins got a chance to see each other.  After breakfast, we headed over to the Box Elder house for the Easter Egg Hunt.  The Box Elder house was where Mimi was raised and was our first house just after being married.  It is currently vacant and inbetween renters, so Mimi decided it would be fun to show the grandkids where she grew up.

Martina helping hide the goodies….

First, Mimi had all the kiddos stand on the porch for a quick picture and to review the rules.

Next she gave each child their own bag for the hunt with their name on it.  Inside each bag was a book she selected for that grandchild.

While this was going on, the boys were all working on Andy’s truck.  Andy’s truck window would not roll up and they were all getting it figured out (which they did thankfully!)

The hunters are on their way to the backyard…..following their faithful leader, Mimi.

The older kids wanted to watch the younger kids during their hunt instead of having both at the same time.  (Half of the backyard was designated for the younger kiddos only and the other half was designated for the older kiddos).

The older kids got a kick watching the younger ones; however, they were pretty anxious to get started themselves.


Trevin checking out his treasures….

Once we returned home, the kids put all their “goods” together and opened a store….except for Jaron who decided to have his own store.  He didn’t want to join together with his siblings and risk losing ANY of his candy!  :  )

After the fun ended, we headed up to “This is the place” monument.  We have a season pass there and they were showcasing their baby animals this weekend.  So my mom, Libby and her kids and our family enjoyed some time up there together.  (John was on an overnighter with the scouts).

We decided to take a train ride together….unfortunately, this first picture didn’t turn out:

Ashlyn and Amelia holding baby rabbits:

Emalee and myself holding a baby chick:

Here’s a picture of Spencer enjoying the pony ride:

More animals….

The kids enjoyed playing some pioneer games, pretending hanging up wash on a clothesline, walking on stilts and making some pioneer crafts.  Trevin and Alton did a great job on this game (I didn’t get a picture of Trevin in action, but they all had fun trying):

All in all, it was a very nice day!!  Then again, any time spent with family is a very nice day.

Is busy good?

In Stake Conference last week, one of the speakers referenced a quote that I’ve heard before…..she said, “If  Satan can’t get you to be bad, he’ll get you to be busy.”  I don’t know if that’s really true or not, but it made me think.  Today I was “busy” from the minute I got up until this very moment.  One thing led to the next.

My morning started with a marshmallow crisis.  What is that exactly?  Well, a gal in our ward is having an open house for their missionary son that just came home from North Carolina.  I offered to bring a salad and decided upon a Carmel Apple Salad.  One of the ingredients is mini marshmallows.  I had gone grocery shopping earlier in the week and made sure I had everything I needed.  However, when I got up this morning and started putting it all together, I noticed the WHOLE bag of marshmallows was gone….no where to be found.  It’s not like I could run to the store and get another bag….it’s Sunday.  Come to find out, all four kiddos devoured the bag together (no wonder they were REALLY hyper a couple days ago!…it had to be when they did it.)  Anyway, I called a few of my neighbors to see if anyone had a bag of mini marshmallows on hand…it’s not exactly an ingredient most of us have unless we bought it for a recipe.  Luckily I found a neighbor that had some.  She saved the day!

So I picked those up from her and rushed back to the house and finished the salad.  Whew….  Then I called the sister and asked her if I could bring over my dish to her house right then so she could have it for family members and others and they came by her house.  She said sure.  So I made a mad dash to her house and then came back home to get the girls hair done.  Because church fills up quickly when there is a missionary farewell, I sent Andy and the boys off to church early without us and I stayed home an extra ten minutes to finish up the girls’ hair.  So we ended up taking two vehicles to church….  Church was great though (as usual).  It is such a spiritual boost to my week.  I can’t imagine missing even one week.  I’m glad that the Sabbath is a day of rest…a day I can rest from worldly cares (to-do lists, schedules, meetings, shopping….) and slow down.

After church we headed over to Mimi’s house for Sunday dinner and Jaron’s birthday celebration.  I seriously can’t believe he is turning 10!  Where did my baby go??


Jaron with the traditional “Birthday Hat”


In this picture, Jaron is about to remind Trevin that the BIRTHDAY boy gets dinner first and that Trevin needs to get in the back of the line!


Even when Parker’s in his cage (so-to-speak) he is STILL trying to get into things.  : )


Me and Keltie


Oma and Andy


Kristin and Mimi


Jaron and Alton with mouths full of food…oops, bad timing on my part.


Trent, Marissa and Opi


Me and mom

After dinner, Jaron was given this pillow and pillowcase by his Aunt Kristin and Uncle Trent.  He can take it with him on Scouting adventures, sleepovers, in the car or just an extra pillow for his bed.  It is darling!

Andy and I had coincidentally set up Visiting Teaching and Home Teaching appointments at the same time, same day.  We asked if the kiddos could stay and play with cousins and family while we did our thing.  Before we left, we had Jaron blow out the candles on his cake.

Once we sung to him and he’d blown out his candles, Andy and I both headed out the door.  On the way up the stairs, I encountered Emalee who had about a million different faces for me….here are just a few:


I kissed her goodbye and headed out the door.  Right as I headed out the door, my mom came in and said Andy had just hit her car as he had backed out of the driveway.  He did some good bumper damage to her new vehicle.  (((SO SAD)))  Uggg!!

I have to say I have come to love Visiting Teaching.  I especially enjoy the sisters I am assigned to Visit Teach.  I have made it a personal goal to make or create opportunities outside of our home visits to show I care about them.  One of our sisters wasn’t home, but the other two were.

When I came back to Mimi’s to pick up the kids and meet up with Andy, Ryan had dropped by and was visiting with everyone.  It’s good to see you Ryan…even if it’s only for a few minutes.

So we headed home, got the kiddos changed into pajamas, had family scripture study and prayer.  Then one-by-one we put the kiddos in bed.

So….is busy good?  Today WAS busy, but a good busy.  Is that possible?  Other than wrecking my mom’s car, I wouldn’t change much about today.