Thursday, November 28, 2013


Happy Thanksgiving!  I love this day!  For one, Michael usually has the day off and we love having him home with us all day.  He also always smokes our turkey.  There is nothing better than a smoked turkey.

Look how beautiful it is!

For another, we get to bake.  I love baking and the kids love helping.  We bake rolls.  Two batches this year - 8 dozen.  One batch to keep and one to give away.

Those are beautiful too aren't they?

We also get to "bake" fried pies - apple, cherry, lemon, blueberry, apricot and strawberry rhubarb.

And pumpkin rolls.  I made several.  One to keep and the rest to give away. 

I love pumpkin rolls!

We also get to spend the day thinking about the many blessings we have.  We all write in our thankful book and look back on past years of the things we were thankful for.

This year we also did something different.  We wanted to teach our children that there is a least one thing, even on a bad day, that is good that we can be thankful for.  Heavenly Father blesses us each and every day.  So I made a thankful tree.  A big one.  We put it up on our wall in the living room for everyone to see.  Then I cut out a bunch of leaves from my scrapbook paper.  Every night we each took a leaf and wrote something from that day that we were thankful for.  Something personal.  Not "I am thankful for the grass" or "I am thankful for air" but something with more meaning.  "I am thankful for a high five from a friend" or "I am thankful for a ride to the bus stop when it was cold" or "I am thankful I got to help Dad today." Specific blessings from that day. The kids really got into it.  They looked forward to it each night and seemed excited to be able to share what they were thankful for from that day.  There were days where they had to think really hard and couldn't seem to come up with anything.  On those days Michael and I would help them see things that maybe they had overlooked.  Michael and I also wrote on the leaves.  The kids liked reading ours too.  Over the weeks our tree grew and took up most of the wall.

I am so glad that we did this.  Some days life is hard so it was good to sit down at the end of the day and focus on the good that had happened even if the overall day was a frustration.

Monday, November 11, 2013


Today was a Monday for sure...  It started out with me subbing.  In the high school.  I have never done that before!  No big deal right?  Wrong!  In high school I was a very shy, unconfident girl.  High school was hard and I disliked most of it.  So when I got the call last night to sub there, I immediately reverted back to that shy, uncertain girl with sweaty palms and shaky hands.  Luckily it was for PE and things were pretty laid back and the kids were pretty good at doing what they were supposed to do.  It was also nice because the day started out with entertaining the elementary kids in the gym while we waited for the assembly to start. 

Anyways, so while I was adjusting to being in the high school (which by the way ended up not being so bad) I got waved down by the secretary telling me that I needed to call the elementary school.  She said something about Dillon falling and hurting his arm and maybe it being broken.  Yay.  So I called the school.  Dillon had fallen at the assembly and was not able to use his left arm. His elbow was swollen and they thought I should probably take him to the doctor to have it checked. 

He is my tough little boy.  He doesn't complain or cry.  If he gets hurt he'll mention it once and then not say anything about it again.  I guess he did mention it to his teacher when they got back to school but it was when everything was crazy and they were trying to get kids off the bus and in the classrooms.  Then he never said anything else about it.  During lunch they noticed that he wasn't using that arm and was keeping it tucked in close to his body.  The principal pulled him aside and asked him if he had hurt it.  He told her he had.  She asked him if he could move it.  He said yes and then grabbed it with his right hand and moved it!  (So Michael...) She asked him if he could move it without using his other hand and he couldn't really.

The high school was nice and they let me leave early so I could go get him and take him to the doctor.  On the way to the clinic I asked him why he didn't say anything else to anyone.  He said he didn't know.  He said it only hurt when he moved it so he just didn't move it.  I asked him what he did at recess knowing that every recess he plays a very intense game of football!  He told me he just played one handed.  Then, with a huge grin on his face, told me that he made a one handed catch and made a touchdown!  This is the same kid that went a week last year before we figured out that he had broken his arm and then still played basketball with his cast.  He is one tough little boy!

Anyways, results came back clear.  They aren't 100% sure but it looks like there is not break.  There is swelling and obviously pain.  He couldn't straighten it to get the x-rays taken.  They put it in a splint and wrapped it and then gave him a sling.  He has to leave it on through Thursday.  Then we can take it off and see if he can move it without pain.  If there is no problem then we can leave it off.  If there is still a lot of pain then we have to put it back on and go in for more x-rays.
While I was sitting in my last class I wrote this poem about Dillon.  He is such a sweet boy.  I love all my children but he has always held such special place in my heart.  There is a bond there that I can't really describe but it has been there since the day he was born.
Tough as nails this little boy
He never cries or makes a noise.
A broken nose or banged up knee,
He never says a word to me.
He just keeps going on with his day,
Whether it be off to school or out to play.
Gentle as a lamb this little guy,
With a kiss and a hug whenever I cry.
A helpful hand that reaches out
Always to be counted on, without a doubt.
A tender heart so full of love.
A special gift from Father above.
Tough as nails yet so gentle too.
My dear, sweet Dillon, I love you!

Sunday, November 3, 2013


We made our traditional Halloween sugar cookies this weekend.  It was a few days late but Saturday was the only day that we had time to do it!  We ended up making 14 dozen cookies.  We had a few friends over so I had 8 little helpers doing the decorating!  They all seemed to have fun and loved being able to taste test their work!  Here are a few pictures:


We sent some home with our friends, took some to the neighbors, ate some :) and saved some later.  Michael has enjoyed them for breakfast and lunch too (and snacks and as a side dish at supper)!  I love making sugar cookies with the kids.  It is one of those times that there is no fighting, everyone is happy and getting a long and good memories are made!

Friday, November 1, 2013


After a day or two of rain it was so nice to see the sun come out on Halloween!  It was a beautiful night for trick-or-treating and the kids had a lot of fun.

We started out our night with our traditional spaghetti dinner.  Michael's family did that when he was growing up (he doesn't know why) so we do it too.  It's fun to keep those traditions alive, even if we don't know why we do them!
This year with the kids being older and having more friends around we kind of all went separate directions for trick-or-treating.  Two of Zane's friends picked him up after supper and he went out with them.  Makenna went home from school with one of her friends and they went together.  Dillon had one friend come home with him and then we met up with two more.  They went along with the rest of us, but ran ahead so they didn't feel like they were with us!  Maddi was nice and stayed with Zeke and Olivia as they went from house to house. 

I think we hit every house in town.  The kids were really in to it this year.  They came back with their bags full!  They had candy, pops, popcorn, chips, cookies, fruit snacks, crackers, toothbrushes, pencils, rings and play dough.  They had quite the haul!  I didn't get a picture of them with their candy because they didn't want to pile it up this year - they wanted to keep their own, do some trading and not put it in the sharing pile.  Michael got the Almond Joys, I got the Snickers (some of them anyways) and they got the rest.

Here are pictures of them in their costumes:
Olivia, our dancer

Zeke, one of our rodeo clowns
Dillon, our number 2 rodeo clown
Zane, our third rodeo clown.  None of them planned this out loud either!  Dillon got his costume from his friend at school.  Zane and Zeke each came to me on their own and asked to be rodeo clowns.  I thought they would all be upset when they found out that they were all the same but they were ok with it!  I think they are pretty cute!
Makenna, such a cute little nerd.  She had already changed out of her costume by the time I got home so she had to put it back on for pictures.  She had some high socks on that stuck out of her shoes that were cute too but she didn't want to go through all the work of getting them back on again.

Maddi, the cowgirl :)  She was such a good sport hanging out with the little kids.  It paid off though - she got a ton of candy! 
I dressed up as a tired mom in sweats and a sweatshirt :)  Michael dressed up as a dad that works at a feedlot.  He even had genuine cow poop on his clothes to make it more believable!  We go all out here out our house on Halloween!