Friday, January 30, 2009
Thursday, January 29, 2009
Wednesday, January 28, 2009
However, even I can admit that when the snow is freshly fallen and the sun is peeking through the clouds... and everything is sparkling... it is beautiful.
Then 5 minutes pass and I realize that, yeah, I really like green grass, warm days and the smell of freshly cut grass.
Tuesday, January 27, 2009
Monday, January 26, 2009
FOR TODAY 1/26/09
Outside my window... Winter still has it's hold on our part of the country. Although we have seen quite a bit of fog and rain instead of pure snow.
I am thinking... that healing can be a serious lesson in learning some patience.
I am thankful for... love.
From the learning rooms... we are studying the periodic table of elements and the 8th president of the United States of America.
From the kitchen... We will be having chicken tacos.
I am wearing... a jean skirt and brown shirt.
I am creating... an atmosphere of love.
I am going... absolutely nowhere.
I am reading... Bridges of Alaska.
I am hoping... to be up and moving around before many more days go by.
I am hearing... the quiet of a house where 3 of the 8 children are out.
Around the house... kids are playing games, painting art, and braiding hair.
One of my favorite things... hearing and reading about other large families. It is amazing how many things we all seem to have in common.
A few plans for the rest of the week: Heal, take it as easy as I can manage. Rent Fireproof.
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Sunday, January 25, 2009
At home today is... well... Me and Chey, Ari, Aubrey and Cheyenne. Besides my back issue (that is still slowly getting better) we all have a raging cold, allergy issue. Yucky noses, coughing, and major sniffles abound around here.
It is mixed rain and snow today. The rain of the last couple of days has helped to melt a lot of the snow that was outside. I think snow in the mountains is wonderful, but not here in my front yard. I know... I live on the side of the mountain, but, that is the "side" of the mountain. smile
Mark has been leading prayer in our sunday school class, but I have missed it all. The girls informed me today that it has been one month exactly since Christmas. That means that I have been hurt for one month. YUCK! At least, I am having more success at standing up straight and at actually standing for more than 30 seconds. I go back to the doctor on Wednesday.
Chey is on a major countdown to her graduation. Only 4 months! Way to go Chey... It will be really nice if my brother and dad get to come. My brother is planning on it, but he wants to try and convince my dad to come along. His business really starts cooking around that time of year, so we will have to see.
I have really been missing my mom the last few days. I just miss talking to her, you know?
We have a really busy week coming up. Every single day is filled with some activity that must be taken care of. I don't like those kinds of weeks, because it can start to feel like we are neglecting the kids, but sometimes you can't help it. I mean most of the activities are about them in one way or another anyways.
Brysen got a pair of handcuffs for Christmas... they came with a whole police outfit. Ari is currently walking around the house with her ankles handcuffed together. She is so funny.
Okay, I know this is a really rambling post... a little of this and a little of that... but that is what this day feels like so far.
I hope you are having a really great day!
Saturday, January 24, 2009
Runny noses, coughs and dark circles under the eyes! We can't breathe, people.
Closing the house up in the winter can be bad for your health, but the haze in our area can kill ya.
I guess we need a storm to come along and blow it away.
I would only wish for this to save my babies... truly!
Friday, January 23, 2009
By the time this hair-do was finished, their were blue, purple and pink additions to the hair and Aubrey thought she was stylin'. Is that a word still?
Thursday, January 22, 2009
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
Sunday, January 18, 2009
Mark took all of the kids to church, except Cheyenne and Ari. Ari has a really bad cough and runny nose. She is on the mend, I think. Chey and I went at the laundry like crazy people. I can't carry the basket, so I am stuck with just folding. We are at this moment down to only one load needing to go in the machines. Yippee!! I know that people with a regular size family don't understand the joy that comes from seeing you laundry room floor, but if you miss a few days of laundry in our family it will take you 3 weeks to catch up... literally! It has taken us 3 weeks!
When they came home from church, Cadi came with them and we got to spend about 3 hours with her, then she had to go to work. We played the guitar and sang a little.
Mark is making bbq chicken, rice (with our new rice cooker) and corn. Thanks, lovely husband.
Miranda and Chey went to the store to get some running shoes for Miranda and when they got home... TADA... they brought us coffees from Hastings! Oh so good! How sweet!
Well, that is about all for today. I hope your sunday was great too.
Saturday, January 17, 2009
We laughed and joked and enjoyed each others company.
I really feel bad for the people in the midwest who are having such cold temperatures. I am thankful, however, that for a change it isn't us suffering the incredibly cold termperatures. We have actually been having unseasonably warmer temps in the 40's. For January, that is really nice around here.
We went grocery shopping yesteday. I actually was able to make it through, with Mark's help. I was ready to sit and do nothing when we got home, but it was nice to get out of the house for a bit. This morning I had high hopes of making some caramel pecan sticky buns for breakfast (I can do this if I sit while I cook). However, I quickly realized that although we spent a huge amount of time shopping yesterday, we did not get butter! How do you make... well, anything in this house without butter? Oh well, maybe tomorrow before church.
This morning Brysen is walking around in Miranda's shoes while playing his "guitar" (a tennis racket). Ari keeps trying to get my house shoes off of my feet so she can wear them, but I am cold. The two oldest, in the house, are working on some chores and planning to go running in about an hour. Aubrey is doing some artwork in her room, since she is suffering from a grounding from all electronic devices for a couple of weeks. The litle ones are watching Sesame Street. Yep, it is Saturday!
Friday, January 16, 2009
I was reminded of the beauty of God's creation when I saw this sunset.
Sometimes, I can get so focussed on all it takes to keep a big family rolling that I forget to stop and smell the roses, so to speak.
We are so blessed.
Not only with the love of our family and friends, but more importantly by the love of God who "knit me in my mother's womb."
I have been focussing on Deut. 31:8 (NLT)
"Do not be afraid or discouraged, for the Lord will personally go ahead of you. He will be with you; He will neither fail you nor abandon you."
I wish I could share all of the things that this verse means to me, but even more, take the time to find out what it means to you...
We are never alone.
In this tiny floating speck of dust you can feel so very small,
YOU were knit together by God.
Thursday, January 15, 2009
I won't go into details, but I will say that 17 year olds should be placed in a padded room until mature enough to make good decisions!
Okay, enough said!
Just Pray for me and for some extra patience!
Wednesday, January 14, 2009
The back is doing better. This has been the slowest recovery from any injury that I have ever experienced. Thank goodness it is recovering, though.
Today I have been able to get up and move around a little. I can finally stand up straight... at least for a few minutes. I am able to fold laundry if someone brings the clean laundry to me. For any of you that are familiar with our home... that is huge! We have to do laundry every day or there will be huge mountains of it in a very short time... like 24 hours. We are working on it, though. Now that I can get things moving a little, hopefully we will have the mountain down to a hill in a few days.
There are so many things I can't wait to get to. It is funny that when I am able to move around, I don't want to do these "chores". Right now, I would love to do some of those "chores". All in good time, my family keeps telling me.
Tuesday, January 13, 2009
I was thinking today about how people in my age bracket... turning 40 at the end of the year... fall into some interesting categories.
When it comes to their children, they either started having a family around the same time we did...19 years ago. These people have a couple of kids who are both at the end of the "childhood" years. This couple is starting to run around a bit and take trips alone or in general, start their "after children" lives.
Another group waited a few years and they are in the dreaded middle school years. Once again, they have a couple of children and they are in the midst of pulling their hair out with the drama that goes along with that particular age group. These couples are looking forward to 4 or 5 years down the road, when they will be in the previously mentioned group... awaiting the exit of their children.
Lastly, there is the group that waited until their careers were in full swing and they might have had a little nest egg set aside before they started having children. This group is in the early childhood arena. They have small children. These parents are still kidding themselves into thinking they have this "parenting" thing figured out and it is going to be easy.
there is me.
I fit all three groups. (except the figuring this parenting thing out stuff)
I have children in all of the groups. Each one amazes me, changes me, makes me better than I would have been.
I don't want anyone to think I am criticizing any other parent for making different choices. I fully believe that not all of us are destined to take the same path... thank goodness. I mean, some of your lives scare the living daylights out of me.
I am just so thankful that God, in all of His infinite wisdom, put me right where I never could have seen myself... here, being a mom to this amazing group of people. Each day with them is a blessing.
And above all, I am so thankful that beside me walks the best husband and father I could have asked for... even if I could have thought ahead and forseen this amazing adventure.
Monday, January 12, 2009
So far today, my back pain is tolerable. No tears. I am taking it
r e a l l y easy and just resting... promise!
I will let you know how it is all going tomorrow.
I wish I could post some pictures, but right now I am relying on the kindness of my children to upload photos onto the main computer since I can't get to it.
Saturday, January 10, 2009
A fun Meme!
1. Started your own blog (ummm, ya think?)
2. Slept under the stars (many times)
3. Played in a band (for years)
4. Visited Hawaii (High School Senior Trip)
5. Watched a meteor shower
6. Given more than you can afford to charity
7. Been to Disneyland (many times)
8. Climbed a mountain (when I was a kid)
9. Held a praying mantis (Yes, and my daughter was bit by one)
10. Sang a solo (That was my job for 13 years)
11. Bungee jumped
12. Visited Paris (c'est la vie)
13. Watched a lightning storm at sea
14. Taught yourself an art from scratch (many)
15. Adopted a child
16. Had food poisoning
17. Walked to the top of the Statue of Liberty
18. Grown your own vegetables (tomatoes, peppers, lettuce, cucumbers)
19. Seen the Mona Lisa in France
20. Slept on an overnight train
21. Had a pillow fight (I'm a girl, I have kids... of course!)
22. Hitch hiked
23. Taken a sick day when you’re not ill (sadly, yes)
24. Built a snow fort (I grew up in Alaska and currently live in Utah...so about 100)
25. Held a lamb
26. Gone skinny dipping (no further info... my kids read this)
27. Run a Marathon
28. Ridden in a gondola in Venice
29. Seen a total eclipse (when I was a kid)
30. Watched a sunrise or sunset (one of my favorite things...)
31. Hit a home run (I was a great ball player in my day, sonny)
32. Been on a cruise (When I was a kid... sort of... long story)
33. Seen Niagara Falls in person
34. Visited the birthplace of your ancestors
35. Seen an Amish community
36. Taught yourself a new language
37. Had enough money to be truly satisfied (God supplies all of our needs)
38. Seen the Leaning Tower of Pisa in person
39. Gone rock climbing
40. Seen Michelangelo’s David
41. Sung karaoke
42. Seen Old Faithful geyser erupt (an amazing site, I want my kids to see it, too)
43. Bought a stranger a meal at a restaurant
44. Visited Africa
45. Walked on a beach by moonlight (yup)
46. Been transported in an ambulance
47. Had your portrait painted
48. Gone deep sea fishing
49. Seen the Sistine Chapel in person
50. Been to the top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris
51. Gone scuba diving or snorkeling (my dad used to have a dive shop)
52. Kissed in the rain (yeah, baby)
53. Played in the mud (the mud pie queen)
54. Gone to a drive-in theater (many times)
55. Been in a movie
56. Visited the Great Wall of China
57. Started a business (2 of them)
58. Taken a martial arts class
59. Visited Russia
60. Served at a soup kitchen
61. Sold Girl Scout Cookies (those mint ones are great!)
62. Gone whale watching
63. Got flowers for no reason (someone must love me)
64. Donated blood, platelets or plasma
65. Gone sky diving
66. Visited a Nazi Concentration Camp
67. Bounced a check (embarrassing!)
68. Flown in a helicopter
69. Saved a favorite childhood toy (I am a sentimental girl...)
70. Visited the Lincoln Memorial
71. Eaten Caviar
72. Pieced a quilt (working on one now)
73. Stood in Times Square
74. Toured the Everglades
75. Been fired from a job
76. Seen the Changing of the Guards in London
77. Broken a bone (only about 6 times)
78. Been on a speeding motorcycle (I used to like speed, too)
79. Seen the Grand Canyon in person
80. Published a book
81. Visited the Vatican
82. Bought a brand new car (a mistake I only made once)
83. Walked in Jerusalem
84. Had your picture in the newspaper (singing stuff)
85. Read the entire Bible (a few times... not sure how many)
86. Visited the White House
87. Killed and prepared an animal for eating (my husband says fish counts)
88. Had chickenpox (when I was 2)
89. Saved someone’s life
90. Sat on a jury
91. Met someone famous
92. Joined a book club (more than once)
93. Lost a loved one (too many)
94. Had a baby (does 8 count?)
95. Seen the Alamo in person
96. Swam in the Great Salt Lake
97. Been involved in a law suit (hit by a car when I was 12)
98. Owned a cell phone (several)
99. Been stung by a bee (several)
100. Read an entire book in one day (several)
My back continues to plague me. In fact for a few days it seemed like it was getting worse... if that is possible and still be able to walk.
The doctor and my loving hubby have me laying on the floor with my legs up on the couch. I am trying to be good, but really, how long can one person be this still?
I know, I know... patience.
Friday, January 9, 2009
Brysen loves helping daddy with this job!
Most of all, he loves to play with daddy's hat.
Brysen thinks these boy jobs are fun... at least for now.
Thursday, January 8, 2009
Wednesday, January 7, 2009
Tuesday, January 6, 2009
...to remind all of those, like me, that are currently snowed in, what a summers evening looks like.
If you would like to participate...
I don't function well without my morning shower.
It got too late last night and the stores with the supplies were closed when we needed something to do the job.
Hopefully this morning it will be fixed... please, God.
UPDATE: The pipe has been fixed. Now, the floor is being cleaned, the wall needs to be repaired (as well as a small portion of ceiling) and we have to do some major clean up... BUT... I have had a shower!!!! That is the most important thing, right?... right?... I don't hear you...
Monday, January 5, 2009
Needless to say, the husband had to be woke from his slumber and the journey to fix a broken pipe in the horrible weather has started.
We have now torn into the ceiling and the wall in that particular bedroom. Pipes are being replaced and hopefully the water will be on soon.
Ten people in the house usually mean someone has to use the bathroom. Water is needed here people!
The wonderful and sad thing is that my husband leaves for work at 2:30 in the morning. At the moment it is almost 11:00... the work isn't done... you do the math. I feel so sad for him... and yet so proud that he is able to fix... anything! What a guy. I know how tired he is, but he does this for us anyway. I just love that guy!!!!
Hopefully this will be resolved soon and he will get a couple of hours to sleep before facing the snowcovered roads that caused a huge number of accidents this evening including a 20 car pileup! I am so thankful all of my people were safe at home.
I feel so helpless. When I tried to go help, I was "ordered" to sit on the couch and not hurt my back anymore! That is so hard to do!
Mark is shoveling snow... yep... and as fast as he shovels, the snow keeps falling and covering up his beautiful work.
Why is he shoveling then?
For those of you who don't get the kind of winters that we do...
If he doesn't clear as much of the snow as he can now, it will be ten times deeper in the morning. Also, it packs down and becomes icy and impossible to move. That is when your driveway becomes impossible to get in and out of.
The kids are sledding on his mountainous piles. My son is also shoveling... but... he may not have gotten the memo from dad that the snow is to be removed from the driveway. He seems to be working in the oposite direction.
Miranda just finished a practice drivers permit test. She is almost ready for the real thing. Now the is getting ready to make mac-n-cheese for dinner (homemade of course... we really don't like the blue box stuff)
Lily and Ari are playing with a car and magna-doodle. I haven't figured out the game, but when you are 3 and 2 does there need to be a purpose?
Chey is lost in her room again. Who knows what goes on down there.
Cadi is back at her dorm. I will have to check in with her and see how things are going. She may be getting a new roommate.
What am I doing? Blogging, ofcourse. What else can you do from the chair where your back has forced you to stay for days?! Actually, my back seems to be a smidge better today... I think. Maybe that is just the pain killers talking, though.
Sunday, January 4, 2009
(If you know me, you know I hate the cold weather!)
They have such a blast.
No one complains about having to buddy up with one of the little kids either.
That is such a great aspect of a large family... somewhere along the way, your children learn not to be selfish and think only of their needs and wants. They learn to think of others and they can run a house with the best of them!
Luckily, Mark captured some fun moments so that I could be a part of the action.
Way to go, Miranda!
No one caught those moments.
They either would have shamed the kids or showed the old man how "old" he really is.
I think I caught a picture of half of his body sliding off of the sled on the way down the hill. Who knows maybe it was a figment of my imagination...
Saturday, January 3, 2009
They told me that my back is having severe back spasms. While at the hospital they gave me valium, tordal and morphine. WOW!!!! I don't even remember leaving the hospital. Aparently getting me in bed was something out of a comedy. I was feeling zero pain! I woke in the middle of the night and threw up (sorry that may be TMI). Mark said he had trouble staying asleep because I was shaking so hard I was shaking the bed and my teeth were clicking together. I don't think the heavy stuff is for me! I don't like feeling that way... although the zero pain thing was good.
Today they have me on three other meds to try and get my back to settle down. I am not allowed to do.... well, anything. Anyone who knows me, knows that isn't very easy to do around here, but.... well, I need to get better!
I have slept a lot!!! The meds make me dizzy and sleepy so... turn out the lights!
Mark is taking a nap now because he didn't get any sleep last night. Poor, good husband.
So... if I don't get on here very much for the next few days, you can make an educated guess that I am sleeping.
Thursday, January 1, 2009
declares the Lord,
"plans to prosper you and not to harm you,
plans to give you hope and a future..."
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