Friday, May 23, 2008

Moving across the country one more time...

When we picked up the U-haul, we were a little nervous about how SMALL it was. I knew I would have to leave lots of things behind, but I prioritized pretty well and made piles of "definitely goes," "maybe goes," and "probably won't fit." Well the Radio Flyer Spring Horse Madeline got for Christmas was last on my priority list (sorry Maddie). It is just so big and I figured the kids could still enjoy it when we visited Nana. But never underestimate the value of a good packer! I thought Shan was good, and now I can see where he got it. Doug fit everything in there with precision. It was almost like Tetrus. No holes.When I went out in the garage and saw that he had dismembered the Spring horse, I about died laughing. It's legs are sticking out all over the place and it's upside down. Poor thing. But it fit!

Reading stories with Mimi.

We are so happy for you Jakob!

Shan's brother, Jakob entered the MTC on Wednesday. He will be there for two months before going to Romania on July 21st. The kids were so thrilled to be able to see him off and be a part of his special day. Ryan asked if he could wear his tie and it was so cute how they matched! I was amazed at how happy and calm Jakob was- I could tell he was truly prepared to go. We are so proud of you Jakob. You will bless the lives of so many.

Our missionary with our future missionaries.

Write him at:

Elder Jakob Grimmius
MTC Mailbox #110
ROM-BUC 0721
2005 N. 900 E.
Provo, UT 84604-1793

Our last days in Utah

Well we all have mixed feelings about leaving Utah. It has been a wonderful year for our family and we are so grateful to the many people who have made our lives full and happy. The ward here has been fabulous and the schools have been perfect for the children. I have enjoyed catching up with old friends and especially spending time with my mom. We can see now why we felt inspired to spend the time in Utah and we're so glad we did. You have touched our lives in so many ways and we won't forget you.

Magical Beginnings preschool graduation hat... fruit loops, card stock, and a paper bowl.

Ryan's class had a special presentation for the parents today of poetry and songs.

We LOVE Mrs. Otte!

A special surprise visit from an old friend, Becky and her adorable 6 month old baby, Ellie!

Monday, May 19, 2008

Soccer Season is OVER!

I know soccer is really great for the kids and I usually do enjoy it. It's just sort of difficult once you have to keep up with a practice and 2 games per week per child. That equals 6 soccer engagements per week! Madeline and I survived. And Ryan and Emma loved it.

Beauty and the Beast

For my birthday, my mom gave me and the kids tickets to Beauty and the Beast. Ryan and Emma had a wonderful time! It was a fantastic production.

Sunday, May 4, 2008

Only in Utah...

This is what I saw on the freeway while driving home from Provo. Jen and I were laughing so hard and I had to take this picture out my window. No kidding.

Find Joy in the Journey of Life

Well this mama is a new woman! This past weekend, I was blessed to be able to attend BYU's Women's Conference with my sister, Jennifer. Our amazing mom took our children for three days. There were six kids under six years old! Not only did she survive, but the kids had a blast. They made cookies, went to the park, read stories, held contests, learned math, and played with play dough, chalk, and markers (a novelty for my kids- this mommy prefers crayons). Jennifer and I were totally impressed and extremely grateful!

Women's Conference was truly amazing. The speakers were so inspirational, the food was wonderful, and the company (Jen) was exceptional. We got to hear musicians like Hillary Weeks and Kenneth Cope, and even the Mormon Tabernacle Choir sang to us from the conference center in Salt Lake. At the closing session, we got to hear our beloved prophet, Thomas S. Monson. It was the first time I have seen him in person since he became the prophet, so that was special for me. We had a great time! Here are some of my favorite quotes from the weekend:

"If our lives are so busy, that we don't have time to worship, then something needs to change."--Sheri Dew

"Just say no to 'parent peer pressure' (So and so's kids do this...)." --Patti Freeman

"Driving your children to clubs, sports, and activities is not spending quality time together. What your children want is you. Not all recreation is of the same value. How we spend our leisure directly impacts the eternal salvation of our family." --Mark A. Widmer

"There is nothing more important for us to do than the work within our families. You can't decorate it, you can't put a theme to it. It's the hard work of every day consistency and good choices, hour by hour." --Julie Beck

"The windows of heaven are wide open for mothers who pray." --Leialoha Paongo Hingano-Pakalani

"Be careful when you desire things to be better for your children than they were for you. Don't unintentionally make things worse for them by removing the requirements of work that helped make you what you are. When you teach your children to work, to serve, and to sacrifice, you are giving them the greatest antidote to the plague of selfishness."-- Lucy Beutler

"Find joy in the journey of life." --Thomas S. Monson

Henry and I.

Nana Camp!

This one's for Shan. His favorite place at BYU!