Friday, May 18, 2018

Friday Five: Birthday's A Musical, Home

Happy Friday everyone!  Hope you have a fun weekend planned.

5 Thoughts

1.  Ryder managed to survive waiting one more day to celebrate his birthday (Mother's Day was hard for him).  He had a great birthday and we were able to open presents early, since Eric got home early, and then went out to dinner at Culvers.  I cannot believe he is 8 years old.

2. All this week Alex has been participating in her class play.  She did an awesome job and actually had three roles, including singing a solo.  She didn't want me to see her solo before, but I was at a dress rehearsal and so then was able to give her some tips on her movements while singing.  I don't think I would have been brave enough to do a solo at her age.

3. Alex also had a soccer game on Saturday, they ended up tying.   She had an amazing save at the end to persevere the tie.  She played a great game despite the rain for the second half.

4. This week has been a bit hard for me... for the first time since moving I have just really missed my friends back in California.  Alex's old class is doing a lot of end of the year stuff and getting ready for their 5th grade graduation.  She is doing great in her school year, but I am sad for her missing out on that with the kids she had gone to school with since kindergarten.

5. Lucas said he wants to get his Eagle Scout before the program ends next year.  I hope when it comes down to the work and things he needs to do he remembers he is the one that said he wants to do it.

5 Pictures
eggs benedict

Mothers Day 2018
captain America birthday cake

eating at food trucks

Monday, May 14, 2018

A Special Birthday

There were tears yesterday, lots of genuinely sad tears.  "Why can't I open my presents today?"   Last year, for the first time, Ryder and I shared Mother's Day and his birthday.  This year my day came first, and his excitement and anticipation was more than he could bare.

Today- today finally my son is your special day, your 8th birthday.

Ryder had a spectacular entrance into the world, coming 8 weeks early when we were over 600 miles from home.

When we finally arrived home a month later, the adventures continued, troubled feedings, horrific reflux and low iron levels; but we loved him.

When he finally was able to sit up the reflux seemed to magically go away, though still to this day if he laughs a lot he will get the hiccups-every single time.

Time seemed to fly.

Life was filled with joy and the cleverest sense of humor.  He could stack a tower of thin blocks perfectly at 1, could hit a ball with a bat at two, he just continue to grow and amaze us.

I have always said he seems to be a combination of his brother and sister.  First approaching things a little tentatively, a little unsure, a little shy even- but once in jumping in fully and succeeding at the things he does.

He is one who knows what he wants once he knows it, but sometimes has a hard time figuring out what that is.

He is still my cuddle bug to this day, and as my children are growing older and taller than me, I truly love having one who still wants to cuddle.
boy and a bear

Now he is eight, I can hardly believe it.  Next month he will get baptized and I know it all just seems to go so fast from there.
ice cream

Too my youngest, my baby.  I love you and hope you have a truly wonderful birthday.

Friday, May 11, 2018

Friday Five: Hope of America, Cinco De Mayo, School

Happy Friday!  What are your Mother's Day plans?

5 Thoughts

1. Our school year is winding down and I cannot believe it, time really has gone so fast.  The kids all had a good school year and I think next year will be even a little better and easier for them since we won't be switching schools and moving halfway through the school year.

2. Ryder earned his first stripe on his white belt in karate.  Once he gets enough stripes he will advance to yellow belt.  Last time they broke boards, it was fun to watch.

3. On Saturday we went to some friends house for a Cinco De Mayo party, it was a lot of fun and Eric and I took 2nd place in the Cornhole contest, which we got so close to totally winning.

4. This was my last week of helping in my kids' classroom as the year is winding down.  It was great to be able to help though it did make make miss our old school and how much I knew the office staff, the teachers, just everyone.  But we have only been here half a year I just need to be patient.

5. Last night we went to BYU to watch Alex perform in the Hope of America performances, it was with other 5th graders from about 20 different schools.  It was an incredible performance that truly honored this country.

5 Pictures
Cinco de mayo party

hitting a pinata

hitting a pinata

silly kids

Hope of America performance

Friday, May 4, 2018

Friday Five: Spring, Karate and the Titanic

May the 4th be with you!  Won't be watching any Star Wars movie tonight, finally going to see Infinity War.  What are your weekend plans?

5 Thoughts

1. Yard work.. that sums up this week pretty well.  Did so much of it yesterday.  Our yard is looking better and better but still feels like such a long way to go.  We are trying to fix it right and not just a quick fix as it will make life so much easier in the years to come.  It would help if I really knew anything about plants and what half of the stuff planted in our yard is!

2. Alex had a soccer game Monday night and they won 10-1.  We haven't had a lot of wins this season, so while I was begging to feel bad for the other team it was also pretty dang awesome.

3. Ryder got his Karate uniform this week.  He is loving it and last time even got bonus tickets for being the student to the day!  Glad he has found something he enjoys doing.

4. When I was checking out our book club book from the library, I also checked out two random books.  Not only was it until I finished one and began the second that I realized that both are historical fictions about the Titanic.  Kind of makes me want to watch the movie again.

5. Speaking of movies we are finally seeing Infinity War tonight!  Have been doing everything I can do avoid any spoilers!

5 Pictures
date night at temple

trying to fly a kite

karate uniform

making a barricade

flowers on tree

Monday, April 30, 2018

The Glamorous Life of a Mediocre Midwife

I love reading and do it a lot.  Often I can predict the entire plot right from the start,  when I find a book that throws me for some loops I love it!   I was recently given a copy of The Glamorous Life of a Mediocre Midwife by Crissy Sharp, which took me on a ride that I loved!

The Book 

Lotty Brooks’ days consist of avoiding thoughts of her failing marriage, changing diapers, and trying not to eat chocolate brioche for breakfast and lunch. However, everything changes when her perfect, lakeside Montana neighborhood begins bustling with crime and she seems to be the target. 

Jason Brooks wants to know what happened to the woman he married. Lotty’s a mere shell of her former self. When she becomes the focal point of neighborhood threats, and the town seems to question her innocence, he must decide how well he knows his wife. 

As Jason and Lotty try to get to the bottom of the threats and find those responsible, they’ll need to remember what they once loved about each other. Otherwise, they may lose everything and everyone they care about.

My Review
  Lotty's life is falling apart and now their once quiet neighborhood has become overrun with crime, much of which points right back to Lotty.   The book takes you for a ride with great twists and turns as Lotty tries to prove her innocence and decide if her marriage is worth saving.  
   I got sucked into the book very quickly and immediately found myself pulling for Lotty and her husband, wanting things to work out.  The book continued at a fast pace and surprised me with twists I did not expect or predict, which I love when a book can do that! 
   The book is what I call a clean book- free from graphic imagery and language.  If you love a good clean murder mystery with relatable real characters, then I definitely recommend this book.  This book made my "Can't Put Down" list.

The Author