Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Bye Bye to Busy Bliss... for now :)

Time is precious.  And so are these little dears.  This is just not my season to have a blog like this :).   It's causing me to be way too "busy" and stressed ironically.  Motherhood is sacrifice.  It is work (whew, is it work!), but it is the GREATEST WORK on earth!  What a great adventure it has been to have a voice for mothers who deeply desire to be intentional and to thrive (haha, not just survive!) in this most challenging, most paramount work!  I will forever cherish all the comments and the wonderful women I've meet through this blog.

With three kids three and under, I need less distractions (even the really good things) and more MOMENTS to focus on THEM.  This is my greatest life's work and I don't want to miss it!

I'll be posting from time to time to update  with pictures, but I leave you with my conviction that:

The greatest gift you can give your children is YOU.  If you're human than you're going to have really hard moments (even to the point of tears) but I believe that mothers can learn and grow and TRY AGAIN every day.  We truly have the most influential job on earth.  Choosing to have daily moments of teaching and connecting will be our greatest investment!  I hope we all can find JOY and our desperate need for CHRIST in the midst of all our motherly mayhem.

Maybe there'll be another season for me to spread my feelings through writing.  But here's the little dears that need MORE of me.  And Steve that includes you too babes :).

And here's my favorite video that reminds me what matters most.

Much Love,


Thursday, February 14, 2013

Love Story

It was my freshman year first semester at BYU and I lucked out to have this boy in my ward.  Unfortunately, he was the ONLY boy I didn't talk to!  I remember walking out the glass doors of my Deseret Towers dorms and seeing that red head playing pool in the lobby.  I thought to myself, man I wish I had gotten to know that guy.  But it was too late as he was quickly leaving on his church mission to Tennessee (my home!).

So two years passed and I had an incredible college experience.  And... luckily I had memorized everyone's name in the freshman ward directory so I recognized this red head when we ran into each other ... me on my way to the computer lab and him on his way to the gym.  Typical.  And on a cute side note, the exact place where his grandparents met - the Smith Field House.

We ran into each other a few times and I conveniently needed a ride to my brother's in Bountiful and found out Steve's family lives near there.  So, I found many reasons why I needed to visit that sweet brother :) which meant we were trapped in a car together for hours... no dates, no awkwardness, and yes... no dates.  For a long time.  I couldn't quite figure out if he was ever going to ask me out.  He did come over to fix my bike :), to pick up my roommate's dying fish, to give me rides, but I finally challenged him to a taco eating contest.  He ate 10.  I ate 2.

One weekend I was in the middle of a "girls' night" - ice cream, chick flick and all when Steve left a message that the fish "missed me" and was wondering if I had some time to see them! So we hopped on our bikes and met in the middle at some point finding ourselves at the local elementary school climbing these trees and eventually playing football and dancing on the school rooftop!

 One day while riding my bike down a steep hill south of campus, a girl came out of nowhere!  I swirved and barely missed taking her out and instead skidded my face all down the pavement.  My first thought was Am I alive?  Then my next thought was "Call Steve."  So I hobbled home and Steve rushed me to the doctors.  He was so overly concerned - it was cute.  He even took me out for ice cream and bought me a bunch of groceries.  That week I was homebound and Steve came to visit me everyday... with PB & Js (haha, that was a great prelude to the food he eats), Jamba Juice, and just making me laugh.  But oh it hurt to laugh.

 I landed a job at BYU's Center for Service so we found ourselves doing a LOT of service.  We didn't have money and I just loved watching that boy help others.  I thought Wow, he's sure going to be a good daddy someday...

Plus, he was super good looking...

And I knew that if he could tell me he loved me through Blokus, then he'd be an amazing husband too :)

So we dated a year, and then I decided I wanted to go on a semester abroad to Jerusalem (which Steve totally supported, even though that was the hardest day of my life to say goodbye).  We got married, and I did discover what an incredible husband and daddy I had chosen for our family.  I love Steve for so many reasons, but I think my favorite thing is watching him play with our kids and seeing how they adore each other.  


I grabbed the video camera last night as the kids were super excited that Daddy was coming home :).  And whew, I was happy too :).  I love you babe.  Thanks for being my bestest friend and for being the kids' best friend too.  Happy love day!

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Meet "Sharie"

Do you ever feel like all you are doing is telling your kids to stop yelling, stop hitting, stop making messes...?  When I get distracted I find that I'm only intervening and giving attention when they are misbehaving.

We don't have to read a parenting book to know that telling them what they CAN DO and praising the positive usually is more effective.  So meet "Sharie" our Melissa & Doug cheerleader puppet who only comes out when we see the kids "sharing" or doing something great!!  She cheers and dances and gets super excited as she praises the children for ... when they do share, use their kind words, clean up their rooms, help a friend...  We all love to feel appreciated and encouraged, right?!  

Brayden and Hailey love Sharie and get so giddy every time she comes out!!  Haha!  It's hilarious.  Just an idea in case you feel the need to have more "Positive Discipline" - I love that book.  And I love Sharie.


Thursday, February 7, 2013

Green Smoothie - YUM!

In trying to trick our kids to eating healthier foods, I tried another green smoothie recipe (from Steve's mom), and this one has been my favorite so far!  Well, the kids didn't go for it quite yet, but I loved it!  


fresh spinach
vanilla protein powder (from Costco)
1 T. lemon juice
frozen fruit (pineapple, peaches, strawberries, etc)
Juice (I used orange juice)
yogurt (I used Dannon light & fit vanilla)

Blend very well and enjoy!

Monday, February 4, 2013


Steve was drawing Hailey a picture of "Madeline" (after reading that cute book).  And all the sudden with paper and pencil in hand Hailey drew her very first little person.  Tears began to well up in my eyes as I was completely overcome with immense joy.  I felt so proud of her.  I can't help but think how much our Heavenly Father must rejoice even in our small and simple triumphs!

My little Hailey Roo Roo is growing up.  I love the way that girl sweetly says "one minute" when she just wants us to cuddle all cozied up with her pink blanket a little longer before putting her down for bed.  I love how she wants every day to do "booty parlor" to paint her nails and fix her hair and put on mommy's makeup.  I love how she counts ... one, two, three, eleven, twelve.  I adore her dimpled beautiful smile with her shiny red, curly hair (that I just chopped off, oh I miss it!).  I will keep this picture forever and remember those tears :)

Sunday, February 3, 2013

They Are Watching Us :)

I'm amazed at how these cute little people of mine just want to be like Mom and Dad - to do exactly what we do and be all "grown up."  I'm sure not done growing yet - still have so many things to learn and re-learn every day, but... I do believe strongly in the power and influence we have as parents.  

It's okay, if you feel down and discouraged when you have tantrums alongside your child's tantrum... you're are not alone.  If you feel funny that you shoved your children apart from each other to try to "teach" them to be soft and kind :).  If you with frustration tell them to "BE PATIENT" when you've completely run out of patience!  If you get distracted with all your to-dos and forget to look your children in their eyes and delight with them in the smallest of things.  If you feel hopeless to ever have clean clothes or a clean home.  We all have been there and will likely be there again most days.  

BUT, we can renew to remember over and over again to have those moments to get on all fours, to work along side them, to laugh and squeal over their excitements, to take them with us to help others, to turn to prayer and the word of God, to try again when we make mistakes, to show them a deep love for learning...

They are watching us.  And I know, as we partnership with God, we will be their greatest strength and most powerful example - through all the bad and all the good!


Saturday, February 2, 2013

Chocolate Chip Cookies that Melt in Your Mouth

I've been in a rut lately.  So in an attempt to snap out of it, we tried doing something new.... finding a way to run outside in the cold snow with three little ones!  ... and making sure everyone got good, early naps :), because that just makes ALL the difference.  So we bought these snow suits, played outside, and came in to eat chocolate chip cookies (my fav recipe from Steve's mom... see below)!  It felt rejuvenating and so stinkin' fun!!  Humans were not made to be cooped inside a house all day.  And yeah for chocolate... I think I'll make some more :)

The BEST Chocolate Chip Cookies

2 eggs 
1 c. sugar
1 c. brown sugar
2 sticks butter (the key is to NEVER melt it, only softened)
1 t. vanilla
In a separate bowl, sift together:
3 1/2 c. flour
1  t. baking soda 
1  t. salt 

Mix together dry and wet ingredients separately then add together, then add the chocolate chips (Ghirardelli is best). Bake at 350 for 8-9 minutes (and not a second MORE!  It will seem that they are not done but just take them out and they'll be perfect).