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{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

{Conference concludes – birthday celebrations}

General Conference really touched my heart this weekend.  It was nothing short of amazing!  Instead of conference packets for my children, I made them each a set of conference cash.


Each child had their own color cash so we didn’t try and steal…just saying.  Anyway, after each talk concluded, we paused it and Andy and I would ask them questions from their talk.  They didn’t have to take notes but they could use them if they did.  Jaron soon learned he got more money when he took notes.  He was able to answer more of our questions.

I took pictures of their notes because I found it fascinating. ..

Jaron’s notes:


Ashlyn’s notes:


Trevin’s notes:


Emalee didn’t take notes but she listened to everyone.  She colored her own pictures and played with Legos sometimes but she wad in the same room.  However, because she didn’t listen 100%, she didn’t get very much cash.   Instead, Trevin shared his cash with her so she could get a treat.  He did the same for Jaron later on.  How it makes my heart sing!

I have to say that in years past, the Spirit of conference would put us asleep.  That is when I realized we had to have a plan.  Our advanced preparations have helped us avoid that now for years.  However, there was a brief moment that I noticed Andy had fallen asleep and Emalee had put a Hallowwen decoration (spider) on his head.


It is certainly a rarity to catch this moment but I couldn’t resist.  

Antway, I am so excited to read and study their talks again!!!  Each one was amazing in its own way.  Pure knowledge,  light and wisdom for our time.

After conference,  we headed over to Mimi’s to celebrate Opi and Parker’s birthday’s and to have dinner together.  


Opi opening our gift.


Jaron being a licorice walrus.




Parker opening our present.

Even Oma came to dinner.  It was good to see her.  She gave me a picture from her recent birthday celebration. …..


Before leaving, the boys gave Oma a priesthood blessing.  You should have seen all the kids’ faces when she removed her wig so they could annoint her head…especially Emalee and Keltie.  Their jaws were to the floor.  I guess none of them realized she wears wigs.  The blessing was beautiful and a teaching moment for all of us to remember to tap into the powers of heaven when needed.

It was a beautiful day.

{Keltie and Marissa’s dance recital}



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}


















{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.


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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{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:

{Parker’s 3rd Birthday Party}


We headed out to Trent and Kristin’s house for Parker’s birthday after General Conference was over.  Parker had a “zoo” theme and Kristin did a great job decorating and making it fun for the kids.

The weather was great and made it perfect for an outside party.  Before the party really ended, Ryan, Andy and Trent headed off to the Priesthood session of conference together.  Usually Opi joins them buthe had to work at the store and called Mimi in to help at the store.  So she missed the party, but that’s how it goes sometimes.


{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!

{Countdown to Super Saturday….birthday dinner and carving pumpkins}

Part of my calling at church is to be over Super Saturday….a day of crafts, inspiration, friendship and service.  It takes a lot of time and planning.  Today was the last day to sign up for the crafts, so church was a bit crazy.  People were handing me checks right and left.  I need a better way of doing it, but I have yet to think of a way.

After church, we all got together at Val and Christine’s house to celebrate mine and Trent’s birthday.  Good company, good food, what could be better?

The birthday boy and girl…..

I couldn’t get Parker to hold still for one second….but from this picture you can see the sticker on his forehead which he got for going pee in the potty for the first time.  He wore his sticker proudly all day long.

Martina made root beer cupcakes for dessert

When we got home, we decided to carve pumpkins as a family.  It was fun, but let me just say….we are not talented in this area by any means.  We were good to cut a normal pumpkin face…..if we could even do that!!

Dad and Trevin’s pumpkin

Mom and Emalee’s pumpkin

Jaron’s pumpkin

Ashlyn carved a pumpkin….sort of.  She watched everyone else more than carving her own.  When all was said and done, she poked the knife into her pumpkin a few times but never carved anything.

P.S.  While we were at Val and Christine’s house tonight, MaKenna gave me this for my birthday:

{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.

{General Conference wraps up – birthday festivities begin}

General Conference wrapped up today and as usual….it was wonderful.  I loved hearing everyone speak and becoming renewed and inspired from their messages.  One of my favorite conference moments was when Ashlyn and Emalee stood up during one of the practice hymns and started leading us all.  Jaron thought it would be more official if there was a baton, so he gave Ashlyn a chopstick.  Emalee didn’t want to miss out, so she went and got a chopstick too.  I love everything about conference.

Afterwards, we headed over to Mimi and Opi’s house for a little birthday celebration….actually two birthday celebrations…..Opi and Parker.  Here is Opi cooking up some bbq’d turkey:

Here is Opi opening his birthday gifts from us.  Because our food storage room is filled with bookshelves, doors and everything else under the sun (because of our recent flood), I could only reach in the room and was thrilled to of pulled out a Christmas/Santa gift bag.  Something was better than nothing!  We gave him some puzzles, a puzzle mat (so you can roll up your puzzle and move it) and several snacks for him to take with him to work….for when he has to work late.

Here is Parker opening his gifts.  Right before these pictures were taken, Oma had given everyone two suckers.  Most of the kids couldn’t decide which to have first so they put them both in their mouths.

Here’s the “Day” boys….

Here is a picture of all the kiddos watching  a movie together in the play room…..