Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Tired Boy

I put Brayden down in the playroom about an hour ago while I quickly started doing things around the house. He usually cries after about 5 minutes because he is sick of it. Well, I'm cooking dinner in the kitchen and I thought "Where is Brayden?" I went in the playroom and here he is. What a sweetheart!! He's at a really fun age. He will be 3 months next week. Can you believe it??


I just thought I would post pics of what my playroom and living room look like right now. For those of you who think I'm some sort of "Superwoman" or "Supermom" maybe this will open your eyes!! I have given up on having a clean house 24 hours a day and I quite enjoy having the little messes. Ya right! But, there is nothing I can do but do what I can. I know that I will look back on these pictures some day and miss when the messes were just toys and not other junk!!

Tuesday, February 27, 2007


Watch this link from CNN. This is another testimony to me that the Gospel is true......

Thoughts and Prayers

Over the past few months I have been following the blog of a young girl (25) who has breast cancer. What an amazing woman she is to be able to endure so much affliction with such a positive attitude. If you have a minute check out her blog and think of her tomorrow while she goes in for a mastectomy.

My aunt also has this terrible disease and my thoughts are always with her. I really wish I could do more for these ladies. I feel so helpless sitting in my house why they have to go through so much. I hope that if I ever have to go through a disease like that that I will handle it the same way both of them have. What shining examples they are to us all.

Monday, February 26, 2007

Dinner was a SUCCESS!!

I just want to thank Kerry for posting this link... . I printed out the sample weekly menu and went shopping with the shopping list today. Tonight I made the Monday meal and ALL of it was sooo yummy. My kids ate it all. My favorite was the salad and the chicken. Wow! That marinade was incredible. So if you are getting kind of bored with the usual dishes give this menu a try. I saved lots of money with the shopping list that I just printed out. It is great!!

Sunday, February 25, 2007


I am feeling like I might be getting sick. I am just so on edge and really tired. Hopefully it's just today and I will not be coming down with anything.

Today we had Stake Conference but it was a Regional one. We got to hear from our Prophet Gordon B. Hinckley. It was wonderful. I took really good notes.

For my Personal Progress project in Individual Worth I have written two songs. They just came to me, music and all. I have NO experience in writing music or songs. I feel like I have been blessed with a hidden talent. Bryan bought me a little tape recorder on Saturday so I can tape the song so I don't forget how I want it to sound. Writing the music on paper is going to be the hardest part. Bryan is going to help me with the piano part. He is speechless that I wrote two entire songs in 6 days. It's really strange but I am excited for this new challenge. My kids already know both songs and have been singing them.

Saturday, February 24, 2007

Individual Worth Experience

For one of my Personal Progress experiences in Individual Worth I have to record some goals for my future family & personal goals and then share them with a friend or a family member. Well, since both friends and family visit my blog I thought I would just list them here.....

*To get organized in my household chores
*To prepare a weekly meal menu and stick with it
*To be more frugal
*To love my family and to serve them
*To implement a daily chore chart for my kids
*To start a daily schedule and follow it regularly
*To become the kind of person I want to be by serving others regularly

I know there are more goals that I have but I didn't want to list them all. Yaaaa! I just finished another PP experience!!

Friday, February 23, 2007

Mt. St. Helens Memory

From the time I was 5 until I was 12 I lived in Battle Ground, Washington. Those were great years of my childhood. Probably the best I can remember. One of my memories was in May of 1980 when Mt. St. Helen's blew. We watched it errupt from our front yard. It was amazing. I remember that we had ash as deep as snow and we had to wear masks to school for a month. I also remember that when we got snow the next winter it was gray instead of white. My dad owned a coin shop at the time and had a special Mt. St. Helen's silver dollar made. I don't know what happened to them all but I wish now that I had one. Memories......

Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Finding my place...

Right now I am serving in two different church callings. I am the Beehive Advisor and the Enrichment Leader. I have never had either calling so I am trying to figure them both out. For the Young Women we have "New Beginnings" coming up and for the Relief Society we have the Relief Society Birthday coming up. This is going to be a busy time for me. I'm really excited to find my "place" in these callings. They are both a little different for me. I have a Counselor directly over me and I have to learn to work with them and do what is delegated to me. I just want to do my best. I love both the girls I get to work with and I admire them. They are great role models and I need that.

What I am most excited about right now is making the posters for Relief Society. It is something I can use my Cricut for! I don't think I've ever made a poster for Enrichment. I have done the postcard fliers many times but never something big. This will be a challenge but a fun one.

Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Sticky mess!!!

Well, I guess it really is one of those days!! I went to get ready in my bedroom while I left the boys watching Noggin. I came out and couldn't believe my eyes. Thomas, my 2 year old, had grabbed the bottle of pancake syrup from the table and had squeezed it out EVERYWHERE in our living room. He even squeezed it on the wall, on Katelyn's Hannah Montana CD, on the CD player, the fireplace, his blankie, ALL over the carpet. Then he had the nerve to cry why I took him to time out like he didn't know what he did was wrong. Give me a break. You had it easy, kid!! You are lucky I'm not a mom who likes to spank. Honestly I'm not really mad. I am past that point. Kind of like a shrug my shoulders, what can you do, sort of feeling. Wow!! We've got a big mess to clean but I can't do it now because I am on my way out the door!! I took pics so I will upload them with this later.

Personal Progress

Well, I have officially finished one experience in "Individual Worth". I stood up in Young Womens on Sunday and just said what I did. Then I got to pick a piece of candy out of the jar. I feel like such a kid!! Anyway, the experience that I did was look up a few scriptures about how Heavenly Father knows each one of us individually and how we are all children of God. Then I wrote in my journal about what that means to me. One thought that came to me during this reading was that I am not just another person put here on this earth among millions but I had a personal relationship with God before and he knows me now. Because he knows me he can help me with my individual trials. I know that when I pray I am talking to my Father in Heaven. I am a child of God.

Wrong side??

Is it true that you can really wake up on the wrong side of the bed?? I believe that is what has happened to me this morning. I just woke up as a grump. I really don't even know why. I didn't stay up too late and I only got up once with the baby. My body just feels drained and I have so many things to do. I have a YW's meeting this morning and I have to run to the PO. Then the bug guy is coming and I HAVE to mop up my sticky dining room floor or he is going to think we are pigs. I promise, we just mopped it a few days ago. That is the way it always goes. We mop the floor and then one of the boys spills something on it. Oh well, that's the life of a maid, I mean a mom. I hope I can snap out of this mood. I want to be a positive happy mother to my children.

On another note. I got a REALLY good deal on some Cricut cartridges at Walmart yesterday. They were almost half off the normal price. Now I have TOO many cartridges!! But..... I will use all of them. They are a great investment. I use them more than my stamps. YIKES! I can't believe I said that. I have a gazillion stamps that I haven't been using since I got my new machine. Will life ever be the same again?? Anyway, I am loving my Cricut because I am getting things done!

Friday, February 16, 2007


Tonight I took the three oldest kids to go see the movie Tarabithia. I have never read the book so I was surprised at how it turned out. It is a really good movie but it is sooooooooooooooooo sad!! If you are going to see it remember to bring a box of tissues. I haven't been this sad about a movie in a long time. I keep thinking about it. My 4 year old even cried during the movie and he's a boy!

Thursday, February 15, 2007

Breast Cancer

I feel that we are all connected in one way or another to someone suffering from this horrible disease. I hope you all will take the time to read the following......

THE STAMP Please read the following story and follow the instructions at the end! Thank You . Like most elementary schools, it was typical to have a parade of students in and out of the health clinic throughout the day. We dispensed ice for bumps and bruises, Band-Aids for cuts, and liberal doses of sympathy and hugs. As principal, my office was right next door to the clinic, so I often dropped in to lend a hand and help out with the hugs. I knew that for some kids, mine might be the only one they got all day.One morning I was putting a Band-Aid on a little girl's scraped knee. Her blond hair was matted, and I noticed that she was shivering in her thin little sleeveless blouse. I found her a warm sweatshirt and helped her pull it on. "Thanks for taking care of me," she whispered as she climbed into my lap and snuggled up against me. It wasn't long after that when I ran across an unfamiliar lump under my arm. Cancer, an aggressively spreading kind, had already invaded thirteen of my lymph nodes. I pondered whether or not to tell the students about my diagnosis. The word breast seemed so hard to say out loud to them, and the word cancer seemed so frightening.When it became evident that the children were going to find out one way or another, either the straight scoop from me or possibly a garbled version from someone else, I decided to tell them myself. It wasn't easy to get the words out, but the empathy and concern I saw in their faces as I explained it to them told me I had made the right decision. When I gave them a chance to ask questions, they mostly wanted to know how they could help. I told them that what I would like best would be their letters, pictures and prayers. I stood by the gym door as the children solemnly filed out. My little blond friend darted out of line and threw herself into my arms. Then she stepped back to look up into my face. "Don't be afraid, Dr. Perry," she said earnestly, "I know you'll be back because now it's our turn to take care of you." No one could have ever done a better job. The kids sent me off to my first chemotherapy session with a hilarious book of nausea remedies that they had written. A video of every class in the school singing get-well songs accompanied me to the next chemotherapy appointment. By the third visit, the nurses were waiting at the door to find out what I would bring next. It was a delicate music box that played "I Will Always Love You." Even when I went into isolation at the hospital for a bone marrow transplant, the letters and pictures kept coming until they covered every wall of my room. Then the kids traced their hands onto colored paper, cut them out and glued them together to make a freestanding rainbow of helping hands. "I feel like I've stepped into Disneyland every time I walk into this room," my doctor laughed. That was even before the six-foot apple blossom tree arrived adorned with messages written on paper apples from the students and teachers. What healing comfort I found in being surrounded by these tokens of their caring. At long last I was well enough to return to work. As I headed up the road to the school, I was suddenly overcome by doubts. What if the kids have forgotten all about me? I wondered, What if they don't want a skinny bald principal? What if. I caught sight of the school marquee as I rounded the bend. "Welcome Back, Dr. Perry," it read. As I drew closer, everywhere I looked were pink ribbons - ribbons in the windows, tied on the doorknobs, even up in the trees. The children and staff wore pink ribbons, too. My blond buddy was first in line to greet me. "You're back, Dr. Perry, you're back!" she called. "See, I told you we'd take care of you!" As I hugged her tight, in the back of my mind I faintly heard my music box playing . . . "I will always love you."We need those of you who are great at forwarding on information with your e-mail network. Please read and pass this on. It would be wonderful if 2007 were the year a cure for breast cancer was found!!!! This is one email you should be glad to pass on. The notion that we could raise $35 million by buying a book of stamps is powerful! As you may be aware, the US Postal Service recently released its new "Fund the Cure" stamp to help fund breast cancer research. The stamp was designed by Ethel Kessler of Bethesda, Maryland. It is important that we take a stand against this disease that affects so many of our Mothers, Sisters and Friends. Instead of the normal 37 cents for a stamp, this one costs 40 cents The additional 3 cents will go to breast cancer research A "normal" book costs $7.40. This one is only $8.00. It takes a few minutes in line at the Post Office and means so much. If all stamps are sold, it will raise an additional $35,000,000 for this vital research. Just as important as the money is our support. What a statement it would make if the stamp outsold the lottery this week. What a statement it would make that we care. I urge you to do two things TODAY: 1. Go out and purchase some of these stamps. 2. E-mail your friends to do the same. Many of us know women and their families whose lives are turned upside-down by breast cancer. It takes so little to do so much in this drive. We can all afford the $0.60. Please help & pass it on.

Wednesday, February 14, 2007


"To the world you may just be one person but to one person you may be the world."


This morning for Valentine's Day I made my children a PINK breakfast. They had strawberry milk, strawberry frosted mini wheats, strawberry yogurt, and I also got them, but they didn't get a chance to eat it, strawberry cream cheese & bagels. Both the girls wore pink to school. I really love Valentine's Day but mainly because of the color PINK! My one big time of the year that it is okay to make everything my favorite color.

It's going to be a very busy "pink" day today. We have a Valentine Brunch this morning at 9:30 with a few friends. I'm going to both my girls parties at school and I am bringing all the Fry boxes I made for them. Then tonight I have Young Womens where we will be eating some goodies (I am going to bring pink cupcakes for the girls) and practicing a skit for New Beginnings.

Sunday, February 11, 2007

What's going on?

Today was such a crazy day at church. The boys were really rowdy during sacrament meeting and the baby needed to be held. At one point Thomas started screaming at the top of his lungs because Andrew was kicking him! I looked up at Bryan sitting on the stand and mouthed the words "I need help". I guess the Relief Society president must have sensed my pain because she came over and took the baby from me so I could take Thomas out. After Sacrament was over she brought Brayden over to me and told me that she thought he went to the bathroom. Little did I know that he had a FULL BLOWN blowout on the RS President!! I'm so glad that I brought extra clothing for him but did she have any extra. LOL! Anyway, I gave the young women their little Fry boxes and they loved them. I am so glad I get to serve them. I feel like I am friends with each and every one of them but I also feel like I am their parent. I love them so much and I want the best for them. I am so blessed to be able to have the opportunities that I have.

Last night my friend (hi Shawna) came over for a bit and we had pizza, chatted, and I showed her my Cricut. We had a great night and it was just so fun to hang out with a girlfriend. Now, if my kids would have been under control and calm the entire night would have been a success. Well, I guess that's just the way it goes for the next 18 years. No peace and quiet until they are off to college, right??

I'd better get off to bed. A friend of mine is coming over in the morning to play with the Cricut ( I think she might even be bringing hers over, too!) and our kids are going to play. Did I say play?? I meant tear up the house!! But at least they can have some fun!

My daughter

I just wanted to post this picture made by Madelyn. It's funny how our kids perceive us. I'm the big, round one on top!!

Valentine Goodies

I made these last night for all the Young Women in our ward. The tins are for the Young Women leaders. Aren't they soooo cute!! I just love PINK!

Saturday, February 10, 2007

Scripture Moment....

As I was reading my scriptures a couple of nights ago this passage really had an effect on me.

"Therefore, cheer up your hearts, and remember that ye are free to act for yourselves -- to choose the way of everlasting death or the way of eternal life." 2 Nephi 10:23

We all have free agency which means we are the only ones who can make our own decisions. Noone can force us to act any certain way. We all have the choice...... to choose good over evil.

Just my thought I wanted to share. So next time I make a poor decision I can't blame it on anyone but myself. :)

Friday, February 09, 2007

Mommy & Me Page

I just whipped out this page in about 5-10 minutes using one of my new cartridges with my Cricut. I LOVE the look of the font on this. Please excuse how I look. I just had a baby and all!!

My kids....

Here are my happy kids. Aren't they sooo cute??!!

I must be crazy!!

I've decided to make French Fry boxes for ALL my girls' classmates. I can't believe I am going to do it but they are just going to be soooo cute! I'll upload a pic when I am done. Here is the template if anyone wants to attempt one.

Wednesday, February 07, 2007

"Got Done" List

So often I find myself writing a "to do" list of things that need to be done for the day or for the week. What happens with that is that I feel a sense of failure if I don't finish what was on the list. What I've been thinking about for the last few weeks is making a "got done" list where I put on there everything I did for the day. Most of the time I veer from my "to do" list and do other productive things. I think it will help me see where my hours are going during the day and feel a sense of accomplishment. So here are a few things on my list today.....

*Fed Brayden
*Cleaned the guest bathroom, including the toilet AND mopping the floor/wiping the walls
*Brushed my teeth
*Folded one load of laundry and started another one
*Picked up the living room
*Got Thomas dressed for the day
*Read the Young Womens Motto two times

Wow, it's only 8:30 am and I've already done so much!! I like this new "got done" list idea!!

Tuesday, February 06, 2007

Personal Progress

As a Young Womens Leader I can personally participate in the "Personal Progress" program and receive my own Young Womens Recognition Award. I'm really excited to set these goals for myself. Here are a couple I am setting for experiences....

*Write in my journal every day for 30 days in a row.
*Memorize the Young Women Motto
*Memorize the Articles of Faith

I haven't decided what I am going to do for the projects. I only have to do 3 of them while the Young Women have to do 7. For those of you reading my blog who are not familiar with the Personal Progress program, here is what it is.....

What Is Personal Progress?
Personal Progress is a goal-setting program that helps a young woman develop a testimony of Jesus Christ and His gospel. A young woman can work on Personal Progress even if she is the only young woman in her ward or branch.
Personal progress gives a young woman activities to do that will help her:
Know she is a daughter of God.
Rely upon the Holy Ghost.
Develop personal religious behaviors, such as prayer, scripture study, obedience to commandments, and service.
Keep her baptismal covenants and prepare and qualify for temple covenants.
Develop talents and skills that prepare her for her future roles.
Establish a pattern of step-by-step progress through her life.
She will have a pattern of progress for her life that will bring her joy and happiness!

I am going to use these goals to help my life stay more on track. I am excited for my girls to turn 12 so they can participate in Young Womens. I did not grow up a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints so I did not have that opportunity. I think it is wonderful!!