Friday, February 13, 2015


My goodness time is flying by!  I can't believe I haven't posted in 2 weeks.  Well since I announced my desire to RUN it seems like everything has been stacked against me!
I have been up to my eyeballs in "Mommy Duties"!  At my house we have had wisdom teeth out, double ear infections, head colds, stomach bugs, bad head aches, possible lactose intolerance (still investigating that), plus all our regular activities,  add to the mix a traveling husband and as you can guess...
I did not run as much as I wanted to!  Ha!
Hopefully the next two weeks will be better:)
In happier news this week..
Love is in the air!

 This is one of my favorite family traditions!  I love to read what boys consider "love notes"

A bowl full of candy motivates them to all kinds of poetic declarations!!

And more happy news--my boy is getting ready for his mission!  We started his papers a couple of weeks ago--wisdom teeth out, dentist and doctor appoints done and even a MISSIONARY HAIRCUT!!  Woo hooo!

 Pretty soon little brothers followed suit and I have myself some clean cut boys again:)
I even got my hair done.  Brad was out of town and wanted to see my new do and obliged since it never looks so smooth when I do it:)
Last but not least--Connor gave the best Family Home Evening on the Atonement and what it means to him.  He used the Preach my Gospel book and taught with the Spirit and a lot of heart.  It was awesome and I will never forgot it.

I hope you all have a wonderful Valentines Day!
We have are attending a couples party on Saturday and celebrating with the boys on Sunday!
I LOVE this holiday!!

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

To Run

Last year I joined a little tiny gym close to my house and it was great for awhile, but I need a change and more importantly a challenge.  As I thought about this new year and what I want to accomplish, I came to the conclusion that I wanted to do something hard, really push myself and feel that sense of accomplishment.
I decided that I want to RUN a half marathon.  It makes me nervous to type this but I need to be accountable! I also had the idea pop into my head that maybe this is something my boys and I can do together.  Running is hard--for me it is a mental exercise more than a physical one.  I remember the first time I ran a 5K and the sense of accomplishment I felt and I want them to experience that too!  I started to research races in my area and found lots of options.  I wish they weren't so expensive, but I am thinking that instead of paying for a gym pass I can pay for some races--especially if I can convince some of my sons to run with me! It would be worth every penny!
I found these pictures here on and was inspired to make this happen:)
Of course this is not always possible like early this morning when the only time I could squeeze in a run, it was too dark and cold to be out! Even still,  I am craving being outdoors with the wind in my hair!
So this is what I am planning:
I have found a 5k the end of February, a 10k in March, a 15k in April and I have my eye on a Half Marathon in July!  I haven't registered yet because I want to make sure we can work our summer plans around it BUT I have this idea growing in my mind and heart and it is getting me very excited.  So excited that I ran on my boring old treadmill this morning for 2 miles without walking.  Pretty huge for me!  I am really not a "runner"  My idea of running the last couple of years has been running/ walking like interval training--not really all that hard most of the time:) This morning was the first time I have run a couple of miles without walking and it felt GREAT! 
Do you run?  If so do you listen to something?  Any music or book recommendations?
I would LOVE any advice you have!

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Winter in the South

 This winter has been very mild so far here in Tennessee. In makes me crazy that most days, my boys come to breakfast in shorts that they have dug out of the carefully packed away drawer of summer clothes:)  I am sure people wonder what kind of Mother they have but sometimes I don't want the battle and think 'love and logic-ly' ( have you read that parenting book? It's a good one!) about it and hope they will be so cold they will go back to wearing pants! With such a mild winter though the natural consequences aren't really having an impact!
Last Sunday was one of those lovely days that you should be outside and we were feeling a bit antsy after church so we all went for a walk on the "greenbelt" a beautiful walking path not far from home.

We of course got stuck playing at this particular spot on the trail for a LONG time. The boys never seem to tire of skipping rocks and watching twigs get carried away in the currents.

My older boys didn't want to photographed, but I was a little sneaky on this shot:)

 Brad is in Niagra Falls on a business trip so the boys wanted me to text him a picture of our mighty falls and see how it compared to the falls outside his hotel!

Moments like this melt my heart...

We have REALLY been enjoying this winter. 

We even had a "snow day" last week where the kids didn't have to go to school due to the worry of icy roads.  It ended up being the best day of the week--blue skies and sunshine! 
They spent it...

sledding, in shorts no less!
Only in the South!!
Gotta love this crazy place:)

Monday, January 12, 2015

Luncheon with my Girls

 I am so thankful to serve in the Young Women's organization at church.  I get to be with these cuties every Sunday and Wednesday night.  I recently invited them over for a little luncheon to chat about our new theme this year and do some planning.  We talked about what we wanted to do this year at our weekly activities and made some decorations for an upcoming event called New Beginnings.
It was so fun!
 I love these girls so much!!
This scripture is the theme for our Youth this year:
 I LOVE it! As I prepared the first lesson of the year to introduce the new theme I was really inspired and filled with a desire to serve God with all my "heart, might, mind and strength" I know this is the key to true happiness. 

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