Thursday, November 12, 2015

We bought a house!

We bought a house in Riverton.  I am hoping we move in the first week of December but I have been assured that is a pipe dream but I am sending that hope to the universe in hopes it can still happen.  I really don't want to move around Christmas.  Every day I spend in this tiny house the more I get excited to move.  It is just down the road close to 12300 south.  We can still be close to Kay and our friends.  We are thinking we will live there for 2 years and then move back to our new home.  I am working on started developing this property in the spring so I really hope we can make that happen.

Our new house is over 4000 square feet and it is fully finished.  We will have lots of room to spread out.  It has every thing we wanted except a powder room but the trade off is totally worth it.  We will have an amazing master suite which was super important to us.  We also have a great laundry room and a wonderful kitchen!! Yay!

The rest of October.

We still don't have a computer so I haven't been able to post as often as I would like.
The week after the Potter Party I took the kids to Disneyland for a really quick trip so we could see Disney all decked out for Halloween.  We went on a Tuesday morning and came home Wednesday  night.  We even rented a car.  The kids loved it.  We brought the money they had been saving in their bank.  Merrill got a buzz light year doll which he regretted like 15 minutes after.  I knew he would and tried to tell him but he wants everything he sees.  He saw some cars he really wanted but he had to learn a hard lesson.  Scarlett got some cool ears.  Eva got an Elsa and Anna doll.  I am also getting them a charm each time we go for a necklace.  It was fun but too crazy and fast.

During the weekend Clint and I went to California for Kimi's 40th birthday.  I flew out Friday afternoon and Clint came Saturday morning.  He ended up taking the kids to Kay's Halloween party.  Originally Michelle was going to take our kids but plans changed so Clint stayed home.  It was a fun weekend.  We sat by the pool, ate good food, had a dance party.  It was too short.  We did eat at Crab Cooker which was awesome. 

The night before Halloween we went to the Garth Brooks concert.  It was such a great night.  He put on a great show.  We went with Jenner, Kimi, Alyssia, Shane, Kevin and Hayley.  We went to the 10:30 show because he had an earlier show at 7.  It actually didn't get started until 1130 and we got home at 3.  It was amazing.  He played all of his hits and some others like Amarillo by George Strait and The Piano Man by Billy Joel.  Trisha Yearwood sang a few songs too.  I sang at the top of my lungs the whole time.  We danced and screamed and my voice was sore and my ears were ringing the next day.  I want to go again!!!

Halloween was fun.  Scarlett was Ariel, Eva a mummy, Merrill was Rocket Racoon, and Mayla was a Bee.  Natalie and Joe brought their boys and we just went around the horseshoe with the neighborhood kids.  Heber and Gabe were Giants players.  I will have to post a picture.  It was a pretty warm night too. 

Friday, October 16, 2015

Potter Party

Last night we attended our first Harry Potter party.  Merrill and Mayla didn't go and the girls haven't really watched the movies or read the books yet but it was still really fun.  We started at April Judd's and our wands picked us and then we went through platform 9 3/4 and we were sorted by the sorting had and had a quiddich game.  We then went to Royce's for the feast.  I made chili and butter beer floats.  And I have to say I make really good butter beer.  I hear in the park it is just butterscotch soda but that's not how I imagined the taste of butter beer.  So I made my own and it is amazing.

I dressed as Draco Malfoy and the girls and Clint just as wizard and witches.  It was a lot of fun.

In other news Mayla is just about walking.  Her legs are getting really strong and she can squat up and down.  She is also really smart.  Right now she is playing with my phone trying to plug it in to the charger.  Kids notice things you don't even realize they notice.  She also loves to color.  She gets anything to write with and scribbles on anything she can.  She can actually hold a pen pretty well too.   She says "mama" and "dad" and loves to point and clap and wave.  She loves our cats a lot and zeb lets her pull and yank on her.

Merrill is feeling better today.  I got him a great spiderman costume at savers and he is so happy.  I can't figure out if he is actually into super heros or if he is just doing what other kids do but he is super cute.

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Detroit, St. George Marathon, Mayla is 1

I'm having computer problems.  We have a laptop and a desktop.  Both are really old and struggling.  So therefore I have been failing with my goal of writing more.  I will do a quick update.

A few weekends ago Cling and I went to Detroit for a few nights.  Kay took Eva and Scarlett and my mom took Mayla and Merrill.  It was the first time I left Mayla overnight.  All went well and we had fun.  We went to a Tigers game and Lions games.  I love baseball but football is way more fun live.
Detroit is a cool city but I don't think I will ever need to go back.  I did see Canada and would like to go there.

My mom and I picked almost 300 pounds of grapes and made grape juice.  I love it in my kombucha.

A couple of weekends ago we went to St. George to run the St. George marathon.  We stayed with Lex.  Kimi came with us and my mom and Welby came down and took the kids for the night so we could wake up early and run.  It was so nice of them and very appreciated.  The marathon was horrible for me.  I did not train well though.  I got a hip injury and lost steam.  By the time I was healed I didn't feel like training anymore.  The first 8 miles of the marathon were amazing and I felt great but I went downhill fast.  My feet hurt and my groin was so stiff.  I just ached but didn't cramp.  I probably should have stopped it was really, really miserable.  At one point I had to just yoga breath and try to escape my body.  Clint did great and beat Lex.  My time was 4:31.  Seriously horrible.

I have been doing yoga more and love it so much.  One day I would love to teach it.  I am thinking about challenging myself and doing yoga everyday for 1 year.  Even if it is for just 5 minutes.  To just take the time to breath and be.

Mayla started getting sick on Sunday and Tuesday we went to the doctor and she has Hand Foot and Mouth.  Poor bug.  No spots on her body just in her throat.  She was drooling so bad and wouldn't nurse because her throat hurt so bad.  She got over it quick though but now Merrill has it.  Same thing, no spots just a sore throat.  I think by tomorrow he will be over it.  I am rubbing oils all over him.  He is so sweet.  He always says,"Thank you Mama" after I rub all the oils on him.  He just want me to "nuggle" him.  I love him so.  He is finally off the binky.  For like the 5th time.  He had one last night though because he is so sick I can't say no and he saw it but we took it from him in the night and he hasn't mentioned it.

Mayla turned one on the 9th.  I can't believe it has been a year.  A lot has happened in her first year!  She is truly a sunshine!  Such a happy girl and she is really healthy.  No stomach issues like Scarlett and Merrill.  She is almost walking.  She is standing on her own and practices a lot.  You can see that she knows what to do and working on doing it.  She is sleeping through the night and now for the most part all of our kids are in their own beds and me and Clint are getting much better sleep.
Sometimes Eva will wake up because she has to pee but for some reason finds us rather than the bathroom.  Scarlett just pees the bed or a pull up.  We are trying to work with her on it.  Merrill is potty trained through the night too.  It is so wonderful.  Clint talks about having a 5th baby but I don't know about that.  I feel old.

My dad and Carolyn brought Mayla a cupcake and a couple nights before we celebrated Sarah, Nat and Mayla with a dinner at Tsunami and my mom made each of them a gorgeous cake.

Yesterday we went to Gardner Village with Nat and the boys and my mom came up.  It was just a last minute thing but it was fun.  I love it there and will go back again because Scarlett wasn't with us.

That's all for now.


I need to go to Disneyland!!!

Saturday, September 26, 2015


I yell too much at my kids. It's something that racks me with guilt. As soon as I'm done I feel guilty. Sometimes while I am yelling I think "Jeez, why are you yelling!". I'm just so sick of it being a part of my life. I am making a commitment right now to stop. Maybe I can do it cold turkey and maybe not but I promise to improve and get it out of my life. My game plan is to put myself in time out. I think it's this weird "my kids can't win" thing but they are kids. I can't argue with them. They are just kids. I definitely can't yell at them. It is a problem and it needs to stop. I love them so much. I just love them so much. Motherhood is really really hard.

Friday, September 25, 2015

September 24, 2015

OK I'm doing this on my iPad I'm talking it out and my iPad is typing this is going to be interesting.

Today was just my typical runaround day. I did yoga in the morning which is really nice I'm trying to do yoga every day I'm thinking about trying to do yoga every day for year and chronicling my experience. Yoga really helps me to be a better mom I have a way more patience my brain just feels better and my body feels better. It helps my mind, body and Spirit.  I would love to be a yoga teacher and that's on my list I just I've got to get some other things out-of-the-way.

One of those things is I'm doing my uterine massage class in February in Belize!  I am super excited about it my original teacher Rosita is going to be teaching it and it's going to be great. Now I have to find the time to really study and to get my 10 case studies which really shouldn't be a problem but I'm trying to decide if I actually charge people because they're getting a professional massage so money is always hard because as soon as you give something away for free people don't value what they got so I'm thinking that through.

I'm in a do a paragraph about each one of my kids what's going on with them right now.

Eva: Ewa is back in tumbling she is really doing well and she loves it. She loves first grade she loves her teacher she has lots of friends. She is reading well. I go in and volunteer once a week in her class and that's really fun to see her in that environment. It's also fun to see where she is at with the other kids and she's like in the top eight of her class on reading so that's good. She is confident and fun she's really responsible she is a really good older sister I can trust her she's honest and and likes to do the right thing. She is a really good friend and it's really concerning to her when other people are not good friends. She is very aware of other people and and it is kind of devastating to her when friends aren't treating her well. She has a few friends who will be really good friends to her and then as soon as they're in a group of people they kind of turn on her and that's hard to watch and try to walk her through that and it's just hard to watch your kids get out in the world and have to learn what it's really like I can't protect her from it and it's hard.  Eva, A couple months ago went on a trip with my dad and Carolyn they went to Oregon.  She really wanted to see a peregrine falcon and my dad took her to see one and she was gone a week she did great she didn't miss us and had a blast doing all this Oregon stuff. So then last week she went with them again to Northern California and they saw Sequoia and redwoods and other fun things and she loved it. She is old enough to ride the airplane alone as an unaccompanied minor so she did that and she isn't afraid and she's really independent and confident and it makes me really proud of her. She's also grown really close to my dad and Carolyn much I really appreciate.

Scarlett: Scarlett is in dance. This will be 2 1/2 years in dance. She is very good and seems to like it although sometimes it's hard to get her to go but then when she gets home she's happy she went. Right now our friend Allie is her teacher and it's really nice because Allie picks her up and drop her off home and it's wonderfully helpful. Scarlett is a stubborn a ball of sass yet she is sweet and fun and silly. She is learning to be a good friend she likes to be the boss and sometimes she says mean things but it's usually because she's got her feelings hurt and she's lashing out or something. She loves make up and everything girly.  She loves watching make up tutorials on YouTube. Right now she is in a rock star phase where she likes to dress as a rock star and be sassy. Scarlet also loves wearing swimsuits sometime she just wants to wear it all day. She especially loves two piece suits. I promised the girls half birthday parties this year because both their birthdays are in the winter and they both wanted summer parties. Well I just did aScarlett's the other day and it was a mermaid party. We invited three girls from the neighborhood and three girls from her preschool and did nails and makeup a mermaid piƱata. It was fun and she loved it. Natalie came and helped me and she was a lifesaver I am so grateful that she helped me. Scarlett was in Montessori preschool last year and they upped their prices so we decided to put her in just a preschool of someone who does it out of their home and she was recommended by some friends and she finally likes it it's a good school she's doing well. Her teachers name is Miss Jean.

Merrill: Merrill, is all boy. He does not have any interest in girl things whatsoever. He will play with the girls but he usually plays on his own with his trucks. He currently loves monster trucks and the Disney cars. He definitely needs a brother and Clint talks about trying to have another boy but I don't actually think that will happen. He loves Clint the most. He loves going outside I'm getting dirty. He is potty trained he was very easy to potty train very glad. He still has a Binky and loves it very very much. We are currently trying to rid him of that habit. We just signed Merrill up for soccer he has been asking to do that for a while. He had his first practice the other day and did very well. And he is very excited for his first game on Saturday. Me and some of the girls in the neighborhood are doing enjoy school for Merrill and his friends. He loves it he was asking to go to school because the girls were going and it actually is really fun I teach twice a month and it's just fun to see how they interact and fun to watch them learn. Merrill does not pronounce his 's' when he talks it is our favorite thing. Like Scarlett he says "carlett", spank is "pank", stool is "tool", store is "tore", scared "cared".

Mayla: Mayla, is almost one. She is almost walking. She has her two top and two bottom teeth. She is a super sweet baby. She loves nursing and I don't know when I'm going to wean her because Merrill and scarlett pretty much weaned themselves and it was so easy and I don't know how I'm going to do it with Mayla.  When Clint walks in the door Mayla squeals with delight and get super excited. But I am her favorite which makes me happy because all the others have really loved Clint. I think it's because she's my first baby that I haven't left at six weeks to work. She is a really good sleeper. She is not quite sleeping through the night yet but it's pretty good. She knows what kisses are and give wonderful open mouth tongue kisses. She loves playing with her brother and sisters. She loves animals and get super excited kicks her legs and squeals when she sees animals. We have a cat named Zeb and Zeb lets her grab and pull her and grab her face and whatever and Zeb has kind of a ruined her for other animals because other animals don't like Mayla grabbing at them.

OK I'm going to end now because talking into this iPad and then correcting all of it stupid mistakes is bugging me. Please excuse all the grammical errors and all the punctuation errors and all the everything Errors it's really irritating.

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

This is my only journal/outlet.

I haven't journaled consistently since I got married.  I have kept a journal since I was 8 almost on a daily basis but for some reason I got married and stopped.  It is one of my biggest regrets.  Then I started to blog and it was a way of journaling but I stopped blogging and I regret that since I started reading some of my old blog posts.  I haven't read a blog or blogged myself in about a year and a half.  I need to start up because I think it is the only way I will journal my life.  I want to remember these times.  I want to remember my kids and what they were like and what it was like.  When I read old entries it takes me back to the day and I can picture everything.  I know I am going to want to do that when I am all alone and miss my family.

My mistakes with blogging before was that a lot of the time I was worried about what other people might want to read and hear from me.  Let's be honest, no one is really reading this.  I will never have millions of followers.  I don't have some platform to influence lots of people.  If anyone reads this they know me and have some interest in my life and I appreciate that.  Hopefully one day someone will learn from my experiences and from me keeping track of the goings on in my life.  If anything my kids will have something to know me better by and possibly understand themselves better as well.

So I resolve to use this blog as my journal.  To get on the computer daily even if it is for 5 minutes to keep a record of what is going on in my life and the life of my family.

Today we are in Spring City at my mom's to process our grapes.  We picked 126 lbs of concord grapes on Sunday.  It is purple gold.  Me and my family love it so much.  I love making my kombucha with it.  We arrived late last night and have been processing them all morning.  I am currently waiting for the next batch.

My kids love coming here.  Merrill is outside doing farm chores with Welby.  Mayla is finally napping.  She has been hard lately.  She wants me to hold her and usually only wants me.  She is very attached to me and I think it's because she is my first baby I haven't left at 6 weeks to work.  She really loves Clint a lot though.  She squeals with delight when he walks in the room and loves to climb all over him.  Mayla will not take a bottle unless I am not around.  She loves nursing.

Eva got back on Saturday from going with my Dad and Carolyn to the sequoias and red woods.  She loved it and loves spending time with them.  Scarlett is looking forward to being old enough to go with them.

Today is our old anniversary.  It would be 16 years!!! Do we still celebrate?  It's funny to me.  My mom told me happy anniversary.  I wonder what she thinks about it but don't really care to have the conversation.

We are running the St.  George Marathon in a couple weeks.  I am not ready at all.  I am too addicted to sugar.

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Hello again.

I am revisiting my blog to see if I can keep it up.  So much is happening to me that I want to chronicle.
Like what I ate for lunch today was a great peasants lunch.

But really we are starting the process of developing the land we live on.  I am learning a lot and want to keep track of the progress so I figured that this  would be a great place to do that.

I am working with the city now to get our property approved to move forward to the subdivision stage. Just with the little I have worked with our government leaves me frustrated and irritated.  It is slow, silly and selfish.  Meaning the city is selfish not me of course.  I guess a city should look out for their own interests but it is frustrating that they hold all the control over property that isn't theirs.  Do we ever really own anything anyways?

Please remember when I say our land I really mean my mother-in-laws land but we told her we would take on the headache for her.
Please remember when I say "we" I mean mostly me.  Clint is working 2 jobs so this is my adventure to tackle.  Not that Clint isn't helping just that I am lead on this.

I have hired an engineer and surveying the property is finished.  I need to evaluate a water drain/underground river before anything else can move forward so right now things are at a stand still which is frustrating.

I have had lots of thoughts bouncing around and some great experiences I would love to share and document so hopefully I get get them all down.


Monday, November 4, 2013

Adults should be really grateful that....

You can flush the toilet every time you use it.

Seriously.  It is a treat to be able to flush the toilet.  It is so fun!  I didn't realize it until I started getting in trouble every day for accidentally flushing the toilet for Scarlett.

It's the simple things.

Happy November everyone.  It is the month that reminds us to be thankful so I hope that flushing the toilet is on your list.  More than the fun of it plumbing is pretty great.

I was sad to see October go but November has a great feeling all it's own.


Tuesday, October 15, 2013

I quit my paying job to work much harder without pay.

Today marks one year since my father-in-laws death.  I can't believe it has been a year and yet there is a a bit of relief with it.  A lot of things have changed in my life since his death and most of those changes are because of it.

I quit my job at the beginning of September.  I am not a working mom anymore.  I worked for my father-in-laws company.  This last year at work has been really hard without him.  I won't/can't go into details about exactly why I left the company but I will say that I felt that it wasn't really my own decision to leave.  I didn't want to leave.  I loved my job and had lots of goals and plans for the company and the direction of the position I was in.  But alas, that enthusiasm and love was not shared by others.  I fought for a year to stay there.  I fought for a year to get others to see my vision.  It was a hard year in that part of my life.  I finally decided to give it up.  I still have a lot of mixed feelings about it which I am trying to work through.  Some days I am at peace and I say happily,"The Universe has other plans for me and I am excited to find out what is next!" and then there are other days where I am full of anger and spite and I want to shake certain people and yell at them.  I know God works in mysterious ways.  I have to believe that this has a purpose and that in a few years I will look back and be so grateful that it all happened this way.  Right now it is so hard to just give up my anger.  I want to for the most part but sometimes the justice loving feminist side of me just wants to keep fighting just out of vengeance  which I know is not the healthy, happy option.  There is more to say but I will say it another time.

So this last month has been a hard adjustment for me which is a whole other post but for now this is my update.

I am home full time with my 3 kids and so far it is the hardest job I have ever had.

I have had my computer off since I quit.  I have missed blogging and reading the blogs I follow but struggled to find the time.  I have finally caught up on my reading so I figured it was time to post again. I am so happy to do it.  I felt a little lost.  Like I had given up too much but just because I quit my job doesn't mean I quit my life.  I am desperately struggling to find balance in this knew life I have and I think getting back to things I enjoy is a very important step.

Hopefully there are still people out there who read this thing.

Love to you.
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