I never got why the "baby" of the family was spoiled, but now I think I understand. When it's just me and Nora all day everyday, it's easy/convenient/inexpensive to say 'yes' to anything and everything. "Mom, can we go to Cafe Rio for lunch?" Love to! "Can we go to the park and library?" Yep. "Can I do preschool (even though none of our other kids did)?" Why not. "And dance class?" Sure honey. "And can you buy me this Rainbow Dash pony costume since we're at Costco and they have it?" I suppose since you mostly get hand-me-downs, poor girl.
Sunday, September 25, 2016
Monday, September 19, 2016
When we bought this house, there were a couple of projects we wanted to do: 1) finish the basement 2) paint a couple of walls (check!) 3) put in new carpet (check!) and 4) backyard landscaping including putting in a patio and planting trees. We decided to start on the outdoor work while the weather is still nice. We wanted a back patio that went the length of the house and since we had all this really nice rock along the back of one side, we decided to shovel it into buckets and save it for a firepit. Shoveling all that rock took a couple of hours with all of us working on it.
Once the fire pit area was cleared we brought the buckets of rock over and just let them hang out for about a week until we got the fire ring and cement blocks in from home depot.
My good friends neighbor does concrete so we hired him to come and do the cement patio. He came in with his bobcat no a Monday, tore it all up, laid down gravel and by Friday it was all done!
We all loved watching him work the bobcat.
Friday he did some cutting and in the morning and then it was done!
Saturday we had all of our supplies in for the fire pit so we spent a few hours out back putting that together. We'd like to build some benches, but that might need to wait until a future day. For now we can use camping chairs. I always underestimate the time I'm going to be spending working outside on projects and so true to form, I go sunburned on my face, ears and neck which made for a very warm evening :). Whoops!
And now we're waiting on the sprinkler guys to come and finish what Scott and I started when we tried to redo the sprinklers ourselves after we had to move them from where we put down the patio :).
Next up on the list will be the basement, and that's going to be a very long, big project, and who knows when it'll be done, but we're hoping in around about a year if we (meaning mostly scott) work hard.
Friday, September 16, 2016
I have a friend that lives in south jordan who I see probably a couple of times a year, and we message about that often as well. She's the same age as me, has 6 kids, her husband is the bishop plus he works for the church and often travels to south america, so she's busy! Anyway, I don't usually remember dreams, there have been a couple of times where I've had a meaningful dream with a message or something for me, but mostly I don't remember even having dreams. Early Thursday morning I had a dream that this friend needed me to babysit her kids. The feeling was so strong and the message so clear that when I woke up at my normal 515-530ish am time, I immediately told Scott about the dream and told him I'd try and contact her soon and see if she needed my help. Then I went on to study my scriptures but as I read I kept thinking that I needed to contact her soon so I finished. I felt like it was too early but finally around 630am I sent her a text message saying that I'd been thinking about her and that if she needed a babysitter today, tomorrow or next week or whenever to let me know because most of the kids are in school now and I'm pretty free; and that if she didn't need help we should still get together soon. I didn't want to sound crazy but texting at 630 in the morning offering to babysit sounded a little that way, but I knew I needed to do this.
Once I sent that message off, I went downstairs to exercise and after a short time I heard my phone making noises and when I checked she had responded saying that the following morning her 8 year old daughter needed to go into the hospital for eye surgery and that if I was available that would be helpful, and an answer to prayer. I later told her about the dream and we both felt grateful and amazed at the goodness of the Lord and his watchful care.
All three of the oldest kids are working on duets right now for recitals that are coming up soon. I love hearing them play!
Wednesday, September 14, 2016
We planted 11 trees this week, 9 on Labor day and 2 another day. Six of the trees were babies which only took about 2 hours for all six but then each of the other big trees each took about an hour a piece. We were so tired and sore by the end of Labor day; when we dug our last hole that day I was literally on my knees as we dug because my body was exhausted and my hands and forearms were sore for the next two days. Whew! I had no idea how much work was involved with planting trees and digging large holes (especially in our rocky Utah soil)!
The newly transplanted trees need to be watered every day, the bigger ones need 5 gallons, so Nora has been my helper and each morning after we get the kids off to school we go out and water all our trees which takes about 15 minutes.
Monday, September 12, 2016
Our friends the Hansen's invited us to stay in their parents vacation home with them over the Labor Day weekend in St. George. We got there Friday night and we let the kids swim in the pool for a bit before they went to bed. Saturday morning Elisabeth and I got up at 6 and went to the St George temple (which is the first temple where people did ordinances for the dead).
After we got back to the house we packed up some lunches and headed to Snow Canyon where we went on a couple of hikes.
After the hikes we came home for a couple of hours so the little ones could nap. Some of the big kids went for a swim and some of us watched the new Jungle Book movie.