Wednesday, January 23, 2013


Jim had pretty rough day.  He drives a truck delivering parts for a local car parts company.  He drives up north Texas and over into eastern New Mexico every day.  This morning his truck's tire blew out at 8:30.  He was safe, but his cell phone didn't have any reception and he was about 15 minutes outside of the next town.  But a sweet older man stopped and asked him if he needed help.  He let Jim use his phone and then this complete stranger drove Jim to the nearest tire place. Kindness

Jim didn't get the tire changed until 2 this afternoon, so he waited on the side of the road for over 5 hours until he could finish his day.  But while he waited several of the near by places that he delivers to asked if they could come pick up their parts from him, and several of them offered to bring him food and water.  He doesn't really know these people, but they offered their help and they were thoughtful of Jim's situation.  Kindness.

Jim finally rolled into one of his last stops almost 12 hours after his day started.  A wonderful company that he delivers to (Shipman's Auto Body Shop in Muleshoe, TX- please, if you're in the area see them for any car needs) basically forced Jim to take $20 to bring home some Happy Meals to his boys.  This is the same company that Jim has been telling me about since he started this job almost a year ago.  Shipman's is not only good and caring to its employees, but they do many services and volunteer work for their community.  What a wonderful company and what good people.  Kindness.

Today, my prayers have been filled with much gratitude.  I've had nightmares nightly for about a week because all I hear on the news before bed is about shootings, nasty politics, and cruelty, but I wish small acts of kindness like Jim has received abundantly today were aired.  I wish that we heard about the good, the kind, and the thoughtful.  How grateful I am that so many random people, basically strangers, who came to the aid of my husband today.  Thank you, kindness.

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

I need to get in the picture

Awhile back there was a wonderful article in the Huffington Post about mom's shedding their fears of imperfection and getting in the picture with their children more.  And then today I was reminded of the article again when a friend shared this blog post.  As I read this blog tears filled my eyes as I thought of my own sweet babies and how precious and perfect they are to me.  One of my greatest fears is that my terrible memory will erase all the moments I want to remember.  I fear that I will forget what Austin's head feels like nestled in my neck as he sleeps on my chest.  I fear that I will forget Jackson's first smile that early morning when it was just the two of us and he only 6 weeks old.  Or Austin's gentle and wise smile that shows more wisdom than his little 21 month old life will allow.  Or how Jackson's little face glowed by the light of his biliruben bed when he was born with jaundice.  These are the moments I want to keep deep inside forever, so that I can relive them over and over again as I need.  I am guilty of shying away from the camera because I don't want to be remembered with my hair in a ponytail and no make-up.  I hide from pictures because I hate how much I weigh and I'm usually in a pair of yoga pants and a t-shirt anyway, but the reality is that that tired woman that I'm afraid to capture in hard copy is the same woman that is the mother of my children.  And no one will ever love them like I do.  Thank you to the women who remind me of the importance of capturing moments in pictures no matter how much I knit-pick at myself.  I can still feel what it was like sitting in my own mother's imperfect lap and how much I loved listening to her breathe and talk.  Looking at pictures of the two of us when I was small and she, too, hated being in pictures takes me back to when I was a child at that moment and I relive it all over again.  How grateful I am for her and for the pictures I have of the two of us.

Here are a few of my "mommy moments" that, thank heaven, have been captured.

Jackson (3 weeks) and me

Jackson (1 year) and me

Austin (1 year) and me

Monday, January 7, 2013

I'm excited!!

I found this on Pinterest.  It's a journal all about the Primary theme this year for little ones.  I made one for Jackson and Austin.  It's a little too much for Austin at this age, but if I make something for one child I need to make one for both.  I printed out the journal pages and put them in a braded folder in plastic protectors. I plan on working from this journal the first FHE of the month.

I'm always excited about new FHE ideas, but I'm really excited because the journal challenges children to memorize one scripture a month.  I think this is a GREAT idea!  I made a flashcard for each monthly scripture and I used some clipart to help Jackson remember the scripture on his own.  The plan is to use the flashcard every night when we read the scriptures as a family.  I have to say I'm quite impressed with my idea and the outcome.  If you'd like a copy of the flashcards just let me know and I'll send you a copy.

Here's their folders and flashcards

Here's a close up of Jackson's first journal entry.  The question was "What choices have you made that are pleasing to Heavenly Father?".  His answer was:  sharing, praying, getting dressed, listening, and giving hugs.  He's such a good boy, but the best part is the pictures he drew.  On the right is a picture of Jackson with big ears to represent his listening skills, and on the left is a picture of Austin, Jackson, and Daddy giving each other big hugs!  so. flippin. cute.

Friends, fish, and fun!

Jackson's bestie at school is a little girl named Emily.  She is the adorable friend that sent Jackson a get well picture in the mail when he missed school.  So so so cute!!  Today we met Emily and her brother, Jacob, at the Science Spectrum for a fun playdate before school starts on Wednesday.

First, we started with the bubbles, of course, they are Jackson's favorite.  I didn't get a picture of it, but Emily and Jackson were holding hands as they ran to the bubbles.  love.

Next, we headed downstairs for some fishy fun!  Here are all the kiddos checking out Dory, Nemo, and Marlin.

I think this is adorable because everyone was looking at Emily, she must have said something VERY important.

Next we all crowded into a boat.  I couldn't get everyone to look and smile at the same time.  I don't know how big families take family pictures.  boggles. my. mind.

Then the littlest boys took a minute to look at the snakes.

ALL the boys checking out the fish.  Jackson was telling the little boys the story of Nemo and pointing out his dad, Marlin.

Next, we headed to the ginormous teeth.  Everyone hung out in the big mouth...

While Austin brushed up on how to clean teeth.  "Brushed up"- I am hilarious!  ...even if I am the only one who appreciates my English humor.  

Next, we went back upstairs for some preschool room adventures!  Emily and Jackson played in the grocery store.  The conversation went a little something like this-
Jackson:  Emily, it's time to pay for the food!
Emily:  No!!  I'm still shopping!!
That sounds about right.  Women love to shop.  Men love to get out asap.

Then Austin discovered he could see his brother through the window of the Veterinary room he was playing in.  He was so excited about this discovery!

Ball goes in...

Ball comes out.

We had such a good time with Emily, Jacob, and their mom, Amelia.  I've known Amelia for years, but we lost touch, so I'm so glad that Jackson and Emily are in the same class this year so we could all be friends (again).  Thank you, Emily, Jacob, and Amelia!!

Friday, January 4, 2013

Stamping messy fun!

I do a lot of crafts with the boys.  They love it and so do I.  It also allows them to get a little messy which isn't a norm in my house because even if they get messy I'm quick to clean them up.  And Jackson, being my mini-me, doesn't like to be dirty.  at. all.  Big Poppa LOVES to be messy and the only thing he loves more than being messy is making the mess.  I'm teaching him to clean up and he's teaching me to loosen up.  Austin has definitely made me much more lax when it comes to cleaning.  I've learned that it doesn't hurt to leave toys lying around all day (most days).  Anyway, each boy got a stamp set for Christmas and Jackson has asked me every day since to play with his stamps.  Well, we finally got around to it.  It was a huge mess, but they had a good time.  And my Magic Eraser and homemade detergent got all the ink off of everything!  Phew!

Jackson stampin it up!

Austin getting the hang of it...

Messy stamping fun!  Notice Austin had more fun stacking his stamps than actually stamping.  But he sure loved grabbing the ink bad and rubbing it all over his hands.  He's a mess.  ;)

Finished products-