A beautiful sunrise behind the Tetons!
Friday, October 31, 2008
Our cute, little Jack-O-Lantern
And all three at Trunk-Or-Treat!
Thursday, October 30, 2008
Plumbing is hooked up to the sewer line
Electrical is hooked up to the house
As well as water to the house
And the trench to the corral is doneHere are the kids helping dig the trench
Almost half-way up
The brick is now done on the garage!
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
I think we'll have friends for life!
Monday, October 27, 2008
Here's Aubree pulling out the guts!
Here's Austin showing Brett what scary face he wants on his pumpkin
Brynn's having fun too!
Here's the end product - two scary jack-o-lanterns and two polka-dot ones.
Fun, fun, fun, FUN!!!
All of the windows are in!
Here is the trench Brett dug, which was called, just this morning, the worst trench our plumber has ever seen! (Kindly joking, but not really.)
Here's our garage and the braker box that was the big job last Friday that's almost done!
Here's the other end of the garage with the windows in
This is looking into our Family room
Here's the kitchen with our pocket door framed in
This is the entry way
This is one of the arches in our doorways
Today our brick-layers are here as well as the plumber. I'll be sure to snap some pictures while they are working on those things. How exciting!!
Saturday, October 25, 2008
Don't even ask about the hair. Like I said, we haven't been feeling well. And can you see that Aubree decided to cut her bangs? Nice, huh?
To get details on the pizzas, check out my food blog! (www.all-things-delicious.blogspot.com)
Friday, October 24, 2008
A List of 5's:
5 Things I'm Into:
2. Working out
3. Miss Falls Valley - the pageant I co-direct
4. Picking things out for my house
5. Learning ways to be better than I am
1. Losing a child
3. Brett not selling any cars
4. Not being prepared for an uncertain future
5 Things I Would Do If I Were A Millionaire:
1. Have a maid
2. Have a nanny to watch the kids for an hour or two each day
3. Pay off the house
4. Build Brett a shop
5. Save for college for my kids
1. Lists, lists, lists - I'm obsessed with lists!
2. I will NOT cook if there are dishes in the sink! I can't wait to have two dishwashers!!
3. Schedules - I have to know what is going on
4. I collect recipes and cookbooks
5. I'm obssesed with making (and eating) restaurant-quality desserts
5 Places I've Lived:
1. Augusta, Georgia
2. Merced, California
3. Sugar City, Idaho
4. Boise, Idaho
5. Rexburg, Idaho
5 People I Tag:
1. Valerie R.
2. Diane P.
3. Kathy R.
4. Lisa C.
5. Alli W.
Have fun with it!!!
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
In the adult session of Stake Conference, a mother of 5 boys shared tips for taking the downs in daily family life and neutralizing them so they don't damage the spirit in our homes. When something goes wrong and everyone is silent waiting for you to explode in anger, remember Tolerance, Humor, Do Over, and Control.
Tolerance--Don't point out every mistake. Be tolerant of each other. It's ok to make mistakes. Everyone does. We're here to grow & learn from our mistakes. Don't get into the blaming game. Just move on and do better next time.
Humor--When you fall down, spill something, or goof up, don't get mad, LAUGH about it. Children take their emotional cues from their parents. When parents act outraged, everyone else is tense around them. Humor helps diffuse the anger and makes the problems more bearable.
Do Over--Before you lose it, remember PAUSE, REWIND, & PLAY IT AGAIN, SAM! This strategy gives the problem maker an immediate second chance to recognize and fix the mistake and move on without any damaging rucus.
Control--When we react instead of acting, the natural man shows his ugly head and we lose the spirit in our homes. Control is all about suppressing the natural man. Mosiah 3:19 counsels us to become as a little child, submissive, meek, humble, patient, and full of love. Remember that you love your child more than you love the bowl he broke!
The most important work we will do in this life will be raising the next generation in righteousness. Happiness is achieved when families are founded on the Savior. We may not be given immunity from trials and problems but we do have the gospel that guides us in handling our challenges. Tap into the strength of the spirit each day with prayer & scripture study. We can do all things with the Lord's help. We can make home a bit of heaven on earth!
Pretty good, huh? On top of that, I played Primary songs all day to invite the spirit into our home, thus making it harder for me to get mad and react. That doesn't mean that kids will never get in trouble, it just makes it easier for me to dicipline with love and not over-react. But the most important thing that I did yesterday and today was to pray, first thing in the morning, for Heavenly Father to help me have more patience with my kids and to show them more love. I truly believe that was the biggest reason why I had such great success. Hope this helps!
But last weekend, while I was in Utah, my mom told me that my brother, Nathan, gets paid when he helps with the house or babysits my kids. I didn't realize this and can now understand why kept begging me to let him watch the kids. So, we've worked out a schedule where he comes over three times a week to play with the kids for an hour while I go work out! YAY!! It's a win-win situation here.
I can finally start getting back into shape and not be quite so disgusted with the way that I look. Curves is made specially for women and it truly works wonders; I highly recommend it! I LOVE good food and cannot stand to diet. And due to the fact that 90% of diets fail, I'm not going to torture myself with one. I'd rather work out for 30 mintues three days a week. I cannot wait to see the pounds melt away like they did when I first joined. We'll see how next month's weighing and measuring go, but until then, I'm gonna work it!!
Monday, October 20, 2008
Like I said, it is something I have struggled with for a long time and while I was in Utah this last weekend, I made the comment around my mother, that I thought I was a bad mom. A couple days later, she called me and repremanded me for thinking such a thing. We had a serious conversation about this and after a great deal of council, uplift, and tears, I got off the phone with her. Austin and Aubree had come into their room (which is where I was talking on the phone) and asked me why I was crying and I told them it was because I needed to be a better mommy. Aubree hugged me as tight as she could and told me that I was such a good mommy and Austin said, "You don't have to be a better mommy; just be the same mommy." I love my kids. They love me even though I have faults and that means everything to me.
But I have to say, that today I tried some suggestions my mom gave me and it made the most amazing difference. Not once today did I get mad, I looked at every situation from a loving standpoint and I couldn't believe that difference it made in Aubree! She was such a good girl today! She listened and obeyed almost everything I said. And the one time the kids did have a timeout today, I was very calm and collected about the whole situation. So today was a huge breakthrough for me and I owe it to my Mom, my kids, and Heavenly Father. I plan on doing the same thing tomorrow and the next day and the next day and the next until this becomes second nature to me because it is so worth it! Today I was the mom I have always wanted to be.
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
Yesterday morning, Brett brought in our anniversary gift - a new computer! Our current one makes all sorts of aweful noises and is SOOOOOOOOO slow!!! I'm excited to get using the new one as soon as I can get our internet program and a few others downloaded onto it. YAY!!!!
Last night for our anniversary date, Kathy watched the kids so we could go out and buy wiring for the house. That, in and of itself, will make our eight year mark unforgettable. We actually had a really good time, just the two of us. We were able to look for lights for the house as well and that was fun. Afterwards, we went out to eat at Outback (thanks Jenny and Dave for the gift card!) and just enjoyed being together. I realized yesterday that it has been eight months since just the two of us went out on a date together. Hopefully it won't be another eight months before we do it again!
We've had a wonderful eight years together so far and expect many, many more to come.
Monday, October 13, 2008
Thursday, October 9, 2008
IT’S SPUD HARVEST!!!
My husband’s family owns a farm in Newdale. Though all of the children are grown and moved away, spud harvest is what brings the boys back together (usually – we miss you Marc and Shan). There’s a flurry of trucks going to and from the fields and the potato pit, tractors slowly go back and forth digging up each row of spuds, and workers doing their best to put the potatoes into storage - everyone hoping that all runs smoothly and that nothing breaks down. Once the potatoes are ready to be harvested, it seems like a race against time and the weather, to get all of the spuds out of the ground before anything freezes and ruins the crop.
It truly is amazing what happens during this time of year around here. So to help others have a better understanding, I took a few pictures and videos for you to get a small glimpse of what it’s like during Spud Harvest!
Unfortunately, I wasn't able to upload the video of the crossover. What the crossover does is it digs up four rows of potatoes and puts all of those potatoes into one row for the digger to pick up. The digger digs up two rows of potatoes and the row left by the crossover and puts the spuds into trucks. Take a look...