Sunday, September 8, 2013
Friday, June 7, 2013
Wednesday, May 8, 2013
Day 2: Mom challenge- go the whole day without yelling
Marriage challenge- go the whole day without correcting your husband
Day 3: Mom challenge- Hug your kids three times
Marriage challenge- Hug your husband three times
Day4: Missed- I'll make up this one! I love the idea!
Mom challenge- Kiss your children while they are asleep
Marriage challenge- Kiss your husband the first time you see him in the morning
Day 5: Mom challenge- Say to yourself, "He/She is only _____ years old. He's still a child" Then treat him that way.
Marriage challenge- Tell yourself, "He really loves his family, and he is doing his best for us."
Day 6: Mom challenge- Bake, make or buy them their favorite food. (Really hard to do with five kids!!!!)
Marriage challenge- Bake, make, or buy his favorite food.
Day 7: Mom challenge- Leave a sweet note for them
Marriage challenge- Leave a sweet not for him
Day 8: Today
Mom challenge- Calculate how many weekends are left until your child graduates from high school.
Marriage challenge- Put at least one date night on your calendar this month.
Day 1 answers: Something you would like to do in the month of May
Taylon- It's no surprise that Taylon said, "Play with Nana and go to school." However after hearing the other kids responses, he changed his to Play with Nana and go swimming.
Dayton- Go swimming and make a pizza
Abbie- Play family games and go swimming
Savannah- Go to Nickelcade and ??? I'll have to ask what the 2nd was
Ellie- Play outside family games and ???? I'll have to ask. I guess I waited to long to blog.
Aaron- Go to the park
Me- No one asked but I wanted to take the kids to icecream (which we did that same day) and do a Cinco de Mayo dinner which we also did!
Yeah for my goals checked. Now I guess we have to plan a date to do swimming.
Wednesday, May 1, 2013
The last two and a half years have been filled with many challenges for our family. We have faced obstacles that I never dreamed I could overcome or we as a family could overcome. I can honestly say that some of these trials, I have not faced with very much grace. However, as I look back I have learned something from each of these experiences.
The last six months have been filled with anxiety, depression, and a lot of fear. With some advice from many concerned parties, I realized it was time to take back my life. When this decision was made, I realized I REALLY wanted to become a better Wife and a better Mother. This has been my mission and will continue to be!!!
Being 31 and having five kids under the age of 12 has not been easy. I have struggled with being a mom and not always a healthy Mom. I have always cared for my children. However, it is embarrassing to think that it has taken this long to realize that I not only want to care for my children but I want to really get to know them on a more personal level. I now look and my kids and think of how much I have missed the last three years. My youngest, Taylon, was only one when I faced the challenges that came with the psedotumor ceribri and the medication side effects. He has grown leaps and bounds as have all my children. My oldest, Elizabeth started Jr. High this year and is about to turn 13. Oh, how time flies!!! Over the next couple weeks as I begin blogging again, I hope to update you on my children and how they have changed since my last posts.
My new challenge: Getting to know my husband and children on a more personal level.
A few weeks ago we started several new "traditions" I guess you could say. One of my favorites takes place at the dinner table. I have always loved family dinner time. Since Aaron and I married 13 years ago, we have always felt it was important to have meals around the table. We turn off distractions (t.v. however, we need to add cellphones to this because lately they have become a HUGE distraction) and we enjoy each others company. We go around the table and ask, "What was your worst part of the day, and what was the best part of your day?" It is fun to get to know what bothers someone in the day and what makes them happy. We have learned that at every meal Taylon is going to say the exact same thing. His worst part of the day is not going to school and his best part of the day, everyday, he says, "Playing with Nana."
I have wanted to find some new ideas to start with the kids. I have loved finding ideas on Pinterest so I searched out kids activities. I came across a couple 30 day challenges. Being May 1st, I decided it would be a great time to start the 30 Marriage/30 Mom challenge I found at www.imom.com.
May 1st Marriage challenge: Ask, "What can I help you with today?"
Mom challenge: Ask, "What is one thing we can do together this month?"
Tomorrow, I will post the results from today. As well as an update on Ellie.
Saturday, August 29, 2009
I have to admit, I was one of those people who texted while driving. After viewing this horrific accident that took place from a driver texting, I have changed my mind!
I am part of the HCD Survey Panel and have been participating in MediaCurves.com studies. MediaCurves.com conducts many surveys testing TV commercials. They just conducted a study with 300 viewers of a Public Service Announcement (PSA) from the U.K. illustrating the dangers of texting and driving. Results showed that majority of viewers (80%) reported that they are less likely to text while driving after watching the PSA. The study also found that 85% of American viewers reported that the PSA should be aired in the U.S. The majority of viewers (87%) believe that the PSA is appropriate in nature, and 86% also indicated that the PSA was extremely effective. More in-depth results can be viewed at http://www.mediacurves.com/NationalMediaFocus/J7508-PSA/Index.cfm
Click here if you would like more information on this commercial.
Saturday, April 18, 2009
You only live once right? I decided it would be fun to celebrate Aaron and Abbie's birthday in a new and exciting way. Several years ago when they were opening Ifly in Ogden I saw an episode on t.v. advertising Ifly. Ever since that time I have remembered that episode and could not wait till the time when I decided to share and show my family this experience.
Aaron had no idea what I was planning so it was fun to see his facial expression when we walked in to the ifly room and he saw the wind tunnel. In fact when we saw the ifly tunnel, I was ready to book it out of there without giving the kids a chance to fly. I was very nervous for them. After seeing others fly I felt better about the situation and decided it would be fun for them to try.
Here are some clips of Aaron, Ellie, Savannah, Abbie, and Uncle Jon's experiences.
This was Aaron's Birthday gift. I asked him the other night what dreams were on his "bucket list" knowing he would say flying or skydiving. I hoped this would accomplish the task or at least let him see if he would really like to go skydiving. He had a blast. I think Aaron really liked the idea of doing something different but also that he was able to share the experience with his kids. He caught on rather quickly during training and did well during his flight time!
Ellie was so scared to go skydiving...she was practically crying. I explained to her that in life sometimes the scariest things are actually the funnest things to try. I also explained that if she lets her fears get the best of her she won't experience anything new. (Maybe good Mother's advice but I didn't go because I was scared. Don't tell Ellie.) Ellie ended up being the best of the children. This is why the instructor let her fly with him. Ellie also had a great time at ifly and wanted to go again!
Uncle Jonathan is the only one with us that had really been skydiving. He was afraid he wouldn't be able to go because when they gave us the forms to sign where you sign away your life...Jonathan actually edited the form to say what he wanted it to. The guys who saw the form didn't say anything so it's a good thing that nothing happened or they have been in trouble. Jonathan had a blast and said that it was a lot of fun!
Friday, April 17, 2009
Savannah was so exited to go skydiving. She practiced her form before we went in. As she was stuck in the wind, she struggled a little bit in ifly. She looked like a swimmer the way she kicked her legs. When she came out she told us how much fun she had! She loved skydiving.