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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…

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'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

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 tellin…

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 s…