Friday, September 28, 2007

No root canals!!

I'm in Bryan's office right now where he just gave me two fillings. He thought at first I might need two root canals but thankfully I didn't!! I am numb up to my eyeballs, though, and I had to have lots of gas. I'm still a little dizzy so I am hanging out in his office for a little bit.

Not much else is going on at the moment. I'm so glad it is Friday. We had a pretty stressful morning and night last night. Mostly because I was so nervous about my appointment today. Isn't that weird that I am married to a dentist but I do not like going to one. Does anybody enjoy the dentist, really??? He did a great job, I do have to say. Very professional and gentle. He was super fast, too!!

Thursday, September 20, 2007

Be Not Idle....

The other night when I was reading my scriptures this one just popped out at me. I guess that is the message I needed to hear this week. I have been struggling with a sense of laziness. I just have not wanted to do much. A lot of that had to do with my illness and the kids' being sick. We are all better now, I am happy to say, so this has been very enlightening.

Alma 38:12
"......see that ye bridle all your passions, that ye may be filled with love; see that ye refrain from idleness."

Believe it or not, this has really helped me. I think back to our pioneers and all that they had to do. They were never able to sit around all day and type on the computer or read a book. They had to work. I believe that this is still the desire of our Father in Heaven. Yes, we have a lot of modern conveniences but does that mean that we have to be idle?? Why is it that when we have all the time in the world we still are not able to put a hot meal on the table for our family? This is what I am going to work on first. I am going to really try hard to think about dinner and making it a great time for my family.

Food for thought...

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Bread........ Take Two!!

Yesterday was a great day! I got caught up with some chores, cleaned the kitchen, and made some bread. My family has been living off my homemade bread now since the end of May. For some strange reason when I took the bread out of the oven and cut it it was complete dough in the middle of both loaves! I don't know what I did wrong but I tried again this morning and they seem to be perfect. I'm thinking I might have set the timer for 20 minutes instead of 30 yesterday. I must have gotten a little relaxed in my cooking mode.

We have been TV-free now since Saturday night. My boys are actually playing with their toys ALL morning long and have not once came to me crying that they were bored. It's funny how having the TV on makes them feel a sense of boredom. The girls have not even asked for it to be turned on when they got home from school. Instead they have been doing their homework and then going out back to play until scripture time & bedtime. I don't miss the TV at all!!! It is nice having General Conference in my home, though, so it will be hooked up for that in a couple of weeks.

My Book of Mormon reading is going great!! I'm in the end of Alma and I am just so amazed at the Anti-Nephi-Lehi's (Lamanites) and their conviction to live the word of God and the covenants they themselves made. I read a few days ago that once these Lamanites were converted they never went back to their old ways or fell away. The Nephites, of course, were a different story. The way I can liken that to my life is that I need to be careful with all the blessings the Lord has given me and to not take them for granted. I want to be a Lamanite or better yet, an Anti-Nephi-Lehi. Isn't that weird to hear?? Most of our children pretend they are Nephites and do not want to be a Lamanite but weren't the Nephites destroyed from off the face of the promised land??? Food for thought.

Monday, September 17, 2007


It has been so quiet around here today. The boys are playing with blocks while the baby is sleeping. I have been able to get two chores done that I have been needing to do for a long time. You can actually see my piano now from all the clutter and I changed the shower curtain in the kids' bathroom. I look around my house and try not to feel overwhelmed. I have so many "hot spots" now that I can hardly believe it. Where did my energy go?? I still feel like I am fighting off that infection I had 2 weeks ago. My throat has been sore for about 3 weeks now but I can deal with it.

This past week was great. Here is a small recap....

Katelyn stayed home from school because she had a major headache & her eyes hurt. I took her into the doctor and found that it was just a virus that needed to run it's course. I also took Brayden in for his 9 month checkup. He weighs 19 pounds 11 ounces which is only in the 25-50%. He used to be in the 90%. He is really slimming down just like all my kids seem to do.

Monday night we had a fun Family Home Evening. I taught the lesson on Pioneers and I even used my Cricut to make little Pioneer people. The kids really enjoyed it and I actually felt like it went well. Usually it is a struggle to get all the kids to even sit down for a little lesson.

Tuesday I let Katelyn stay home again because she still had a headache. I really don't get as much done when I have a sick kid at home. It just throws everything off. It is okay, though, because a mommy needs to take care of her babies.

Wednesday not much really happened. I decided to stay home from Young Women and let Bryan go and do the cubscout thing. I had a terrible night on Tuesday getting a certain child to bed and I really wanted to get things in order this night. It's really hard coming home late on a school night because by the time we read scriptures, say prayer, brush teeth, use the bathroom, read for 20 minutes it is almost 10:00. I really pay for it in the morning when the kids are super grumpy.

Thursday was wonderful!! I went to Institute at the Edmond building on the Book of Mormon. I am learning so many things. I felt the Spirit very strongly and really got an understanding about Lehi and his family. A friend and I are trying to finish the Book of Mormon by General Conference the first weekend of October. I usually read from the BOM every day but not 5 chapters a day, so this is a great experience for me. I did this with my friend Tana a few months ago but I was ready to do it again. I feel the blessings in my life from doing it again.

Friday I took the girls Taco Bell for their lunch at school and sat with them while they ate. Madelyn was so happy that we were there and didn't want us to leave. I think I am going to go have lunch with the girls every Friday. It wasn't that bad at all with the other 3 boys. It was great!

Friday night I went to dinner with some friends for Terre's birthday. We ate at Charlestowns and was yummy.

Saturday we took our kids to the state fair. Here are some of the highlights.

Saturday night Bryan went to a Stake Youth activity and I stayed home with the kids. I was able to work with Katelyn on her volcano for her school project. I can't believe I have a child old enough to do this sort of assignment. I really don't feel that old yet but I guess it is creeping up on me. Here is the beginning of her project.

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Bryan's Office

Bryan took my camera into his office yesterday to take some pictures for a brochure he is having made to send with his referral packs. Here are some of them....

Monday, September 10, 2007

Funny Stuff!

My friend, Eliza Brock, just e-mailed me this clip. Wow! It really sums up my day as a mom. Very funny!

Thursday, September 6, 2007

Sick, sick, sick!

Well, it's official. I have a really bad head cold. My throat has been scratchy for about 4 days now and it has all come up to my nose and chest. I actually feel a little bit better today than I did yesterday but I still have absolutely no energy. I feel really bad because I am missing my Institute class this morning but I just need to get back to normal.

Not mush else to say. I've got much to do but I don't feel up to it at the moment.

Wednesday, September 5, 2007

Quote of the day....

"I will speak ill of no man, and speak all the good I know of everybody."
- Benjamin Franklin

Tuesday, September 4, 2007

What my boys do for fun!

Our little vacation

On Friday we left for our little vacation to Branson, Missouri. We hit some construction right before Tulsa which slowed us down for about 2 hours so we decided to stay in a town right before Joplin. The kids had fun swimming and this was the first time our family needed two hotel rooms!! The girls & baby stayed in one while daddy and the boys stayed next door.

On Saturday we got up and continued our trip to Branson. We stopped along the way to explore some underground caverns on a jeep tour. It was really cool!! Here are some neat pics.

When we arrived at the Windmill Inn in Branson we discovered that Brayden had a fever. I went out and got a thermometer and some medicine. His fever was a little over 103 degrees. He was very lethargic and not acting like himself at all. Bryan decided to stay in the hotel with him and Thomas while me and the oldest 3 went to Ride the Ducks.

Saturday night we went to see the show Magnificent 7. When we went with Mom and Dad Cardon 18 months ago that was our favorite show because of the singer Amanda who appeared with them. Much to our disappointment we found out that she is no longer performing with them. We left during intermission and felt that was about the time to get home and get the kids in bed.
Sunday morning we got up and Brayden was still feeling sick with a fever. Bryan and the kids got ready for church and went and found a chapel. They only arrived a little late and had a really good time. While they were gone I read a ton from my scriptures and even worked on two Personal Progress experiences. They baby slept the entire time. After they returned from church I fed the kids lunch of PB&J sandwiches with chips. Bryan and Thomas took a little nap while the kids watched a Sunday movie in their room in the loft. After they woke up we had a small dinner of Cup O' Noodle soups and some more chips. We bought everything the night before so we wouldn't have to shop on the Sabbath. After dinner we went for a drive and stopped at a park by Table Lake Dam. We took a nice family walk and had a great time.

Monday morning we woke up and went next door for a breakfast buffet. It was pretty yummy. We decided to go down to the lake again and look for seashells. The kids LOVED that!

We had one show lined up for us on Monday morning before we headed back to Edmond. We saw the Brett Family Singers at 10 am and as soon as we arrived I knew that we were going to enjoy it. First of all, we had front row seats! The kids were super excited for that. The singers came out and had us participate a couple of times. How much fun!! We stayed and talked with the family afterwards and found that they were LDS, too, and they thought we were the instant they saw us. Funny how people view large families! Anyway, they were really neat and we will be going back every year to watch them perform. We recommend them to you all, too!

We arrived home in the evening yesterday and so glad to be home!