Monday, April 21, 2014

A girl, her dog and a hat.

This hat made the rounds on sunday. Anna was especially enamored with it. Stephen...not so much. Which is why there are no pictures of him in the hat. For stephen, it's strictly a baseball hat and that's it. I got some really great shots of everyone else in it though. 
Annabelle wore it the most and posed like Michael Jackson.
If you look closely at Emily in the hat, you can see her chin dimple which I love!
And Josh looks like a beach bum wearing it.
And the picture of trevor and I is just that. A picture of us with no significance to it except that it's us.
Which I love.
I'm so glad I get to be the other half of him. (I choose you-Sara Bareilles. Great song.)

Easter Sunday.

We had a really great Easter spending the day together as a family. There was no egg hunt, no egg dyeing but we remembered our Savior and His atonement and that is the only thing that matters.
I hope all of you had a very special Easter as well.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Out my window.

The moon looks pretty amazing. That's cause its an Idaho moon and Idaho moons are always amazing.

We had a really great night tonight. Trevor took control and got all the kids to happily help with laundry so I wouldn't have to do it by myself tomorrow.

We're going to bed early tonight. I think I may be getting sick...bummer. At least it's before our vacation and not during.

Sick or not, when an evening is as great as this one's been, it's pretty-close-to-but-not-quite-perfect.

Monday, April 14, 2014

A teenager...bububummm

Emily turned 13.
Emily turned 13.
13.
13.
13.
I can hardly believe it.
She is a happy, healthy, full of life kind of girl.
She had a good day. We ended up in the cemetery first thing in the morning...on accident of course. And the first grave we saw was that of someone who was born on the same day of the same month as Emily only in 1885 instead of 2001. It was kinda creepy. 
And then we watched I Am Legend to celebrate her special day.
Cause nothing says I love you and happy birthday than a movie about the end of civilization and blood sucking humans.

I'm so glad she's my daughter.

Monday, April 7, 2014

Home

I feel so much peace living here in Rexburg, Idaho. 
It's our home and it's where I want my children to grow up. 
I've thought a lot about peace lately. Especially the amount of peace that is felt in my home. I sometimes wonder if my kids are the only kids in the world to not get along. I know they aren't and that all kids argue and fight, but in the midst of it, it's hard to realize I'm not alone. This past weekend while watching general conference, I was inspired with some ways to make my home more peaceful.
I need to have a home where the spirit feels welcome. Listening to conference talks, uplifting church music, or just nothing at all, is one way to invite the spirit. If the spirit is present, during those times my kids feel frustration with each other, they will be better able to come up with ways to handle it that don't include yelling or kicking each other in the shins or pinching...(the list could go on.)
Lately we have gotten off track with our scripture study. I think that's one reason there's been so much contention between our kids. For a week now, we've had consistent,  meaningful scripture study and the feeling in our house is much better.
Something else I'm working on is treating my kids the way I want them to treat each other; with a softer, kinder voice, with patience, and with apparent love. At the general womens conference, we were taught to "love each other more, love each other better." I want my kids to learn to do that and I know that it starts with a good example.
I know that if I can continue doing these things, trying harder to have the spirit feel welcome in our home, then we will have so much more peace! There will still be disagreements but we will know better how to handle them.
And it will be so worth it!

Thursday, April 3, 2014

I'm bringing the high pony back!

Better be quick ya'll and jump on the bandwagon cause you saw it here first...Ok maybe its been around forever. At least since the 80's. Unfortunately I've been wearing my hair like this a bit too often lately. It could be because my hair is going dark and I just haven't adjusted to it yet.
Except today I tried to change it.
I dyed my bangs all blond.
Just my bangs.
It looks ridiculous.
Don't ask me what I was thinking cause I have no idea. Luckily bangs grow out quick. Although I think I'm going to have to fix them.
Soon.
Like before our vacation that's in three weeks...
P.s. candice- that selfie's for you. I hate taking them but I did it cause I know you hate them too.

Emily went to poland.

She did a really nice job on her missionary report. She is to the age where she needs no help from me or Trevor. Like I said in past missionary posts, I love to have my children teach us the gospel. I think it helps to deepen their understanding and to strengthen their own testimonies.
At the end of the lesson, she told us her testimony which was wonderful.
I can't believe she will be 13 next week. I hope that we are being good parents to her. I know that she's had to be patient with us while we've figured parenting out (and we still haven't figured it out) but luckily she is an easy-going, super fun and delightful girl!

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

My emergency room kid.

At least this time I was able to take him to urgent care. Joshua cut his head open at school today on the playground. Luckily a good friend of mine is the receptionist and was able to help him and call me to come get him. She was so matter-of-fact on the phone that I didn't even panic. I'm so grateful for good people and for Libby.
His cut was so deep, to the bone, it required two layers of stitches. And lots of needle pokes to numb it.
But he was so brave.
And I only cried during his needle pokes too. It was torture to see him in so much pain. Absolute torture.
I love that kid.

Friday, March 28, 2014

Anna went to Haiti

She did a great job on her Haiti report. She worked so hard to find the right information and taught us a great lesson on obeying the commandments of the Lord. She is our power point girl! She loves to use that program and every FHE lesson that she is in charge of usually involves a power point. As she taught us, we could feel her sweet spirit and her strong testimony. I always love to hear my children bear testimony of the gospel...they're Haslems so they probably won't do it in church for awhile yet but that's ok cause they do it here...
Thank you belly for doing such a great job!

Monday, March 24, 2014

Work.

It seems sometimes thats all we do at our house. Especially for the last few months. But it's slowly dwindling down. The kids have been troopers; so patient and (mostly) willing to help when asked...Trevor made all the meals yesterday and at one point asked me how I don't spend all day in the kitchen. Sometimes it feels as if I do. But I like it...the kitchen is my own space. Unless the dishwasher needs to be emptied then it's the girls space.
Or like yesterday when trevor made the kids make each others lunches. It was a genius idea so he didnt have to make it and they got to do something nice for each other...a win-win.

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Trevors weekend face.

He was super excited for our weekend...at least for last night cause we went and saw Divergent. WOW. It was so super good. Trevor read the book and so he was anxious to see it. I haven't yet read the book but now I am anxious to read it.
I think I may have enjoyed the movie more since I didn't know what to expect...
Now that our date night is done and over with (sad) Trevor gets to go unstuck someone's van and then finish tiling the bathroom.
Happy weekend...

Calgary Canada, eh.

Stephen went to Calgary for his mission. We realized that Canada is much like the US, at least food wise. So we had corned beef and cabbage, stuffed lemony potatoes and crackle for dessert (delicious). He did a fantastic job teaching us about the restoration of the gospel. And his testimony at the end was sincere and inspiring.
I'm really going to miss my boy when he goes on his two year mission...and by the look on his face, he's going to miss me too.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Yoga

Most of you know my love for yoga (and don't understand why) but I really do love it, despite my on and off again affair with it.  However, right now, me and yoga are very much so, on again. And it's in large part because of a group of videos I've found on youtube. The instructor is Sadie Nardini and she's absolutely great.
So if you want to try yoga, go check out her videos. I promise you will love it (unless you really don't like yoga then chances are you will hate it).
Since my practice today, I've been feeling very grounded and strong.
But my toes are cold and this patch of sunlight has warmed them right up.

Happy spring everyone!