Tuesday, January 19, 2016

 I have been on a "I need my spaces to be clean and organized" kick the last little bit. I worked on the boys room on Friday and got it totally beautiful. Yesterday we tackled Marc's office. I understand that the "man cave" need to be free to express its self. ie be as messy as he wants. But I can only handle it for so long. 
Yesterday became that day when I was done with the disaster zone. So we ripped it apart (under much duress from the boys) and put it back together in this awesome, new configuration. They are all very happy with it. And my brain feels a little less cluttered.
Today Nik's wisdom teeth got pulled. He did really well. It only took just about 20 minutes to get it done! I was amazed. Here he is waiting in the car for his prescriptions.

 You have to have at least one embarrassing picture when you get your teeth pulled. This was Nik's. He was eating his yogurt and didn't know he had it running down his chin.
 His teeth were taken at 10am this morning. Here he is all showered at 8pm this evening. Not to bad for the 1st day. We will see what tomorrow brings.

Sunday, January 17, 2016

Sabbath Day

I'm pretty sure my lovely children are crazy. We spent non-electronic time together today. We are working at making our Sabbath Days more meaningful at home. Whomever came up with the idea that the Sabbath was a quiet, serine day has not spent time in our home. But even with that, they worked through their squabbles, only licked each other a few times, and where on a whole pretty funny. We survived it at any rate. 

Poor Sam hasn't gotten his growth spurt yet. Hyrum is 5'8" now and skinny like Nik. Sam is almost as tall as me. Otherwise they all have me beat. :)
They had to get a picture lined up straight so we could get their height shown correctly.

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Hold on a Moment

So this is actually happening here in just shy of 6 months. My eldest will be graduating from high school. Sure is crazy to think about. This summer has been a hard one to contemplate. I think about visiting family and then remember that it will just be me and 3 kids instead of 4, with Nik headed on his mission soon after he graduates. It is sure a crazy thing to have adult kids.

On a side note our family has been asked to participate in a panel discussion on keeping the Sabbath Day Holy in our homes for Stake Conference. We had a family council on it last night and the kids decided that they would be willing to do it. It's for the Saturday adult session. We are supposed to be keeping it "real". My kids should have no problem with that. My favorite yes vote came from Hannah. She said that she didn't really want to do it, BUT the felt like we should do it and that we would be blessed for it...so her vote was yes. It was super cute.

All the kids are getting so grown. Hyrum even gave me a hug and a kiss before he left for mutual last night. Granted it was a bit like getting hugged by an overgrown stick, but was wonderful nonetheless. (Hyrum has stretched! 5'8" and skinny, skinny, skinny, now.) I never thought that I would have to teach my boys how to hug short people. Not that I didn't think they would be taller than me, but that it was something I would have to teach. Nik has gotten much better, but Al is still working on it.

Monday, January 11, 2016

Our Quiet Bench

This was our first official Sunday without Matt and Megg and the littles here for church. We sit in a long middle bench and it has been filled with Catanzaro's for the last year. Now it is half empty. Marc couldn't stay awake and I actually missed being mauled by Paige. :)

I miss their car in the driveway. It's a funny thing to drive down the street and think... "I wonder where Megg is off too?" Only to remember that she's off to North Dakota.

They get to come back for a weekend here in another 2 weeks or so, to pick up the rest of the stuff. I have decided to consider their departure as a mini vacation at this point. Maybe I'll be okay that way.

Thursday, January 7, 2016

New Year...Time to get Bloggling

I've been sitting hear for 10 minutes trying to figure out what to write. My brain has obviously not done this in a while. I'm working on being more consistent and with my release from Relief Society President, I have lots more time to get back to some things that I have let slide by because of my business. Blogging, cross stitching, spending more time with Marc and kids, ect.

I teach the 8-10 year old girls at my church now on Wednesday nights. It's called Activity Days and last night was my first class. I really loved it. We talked about goals and made 'goal banners'. I made one before so they could see it put together and I had to work on some of my goals for this year.

A good goal has 4 parts to it. It has to be specific, measurable, written down, and accounted for (or you are held accountable in some way). So in the vane of being accountable I'm going to write out and keep track of some of my goals for myself.

#1: Be a 100% visiting teacher
                -december done, January appointments made :)

#2: Learn to play the piano
                -teacher found and set up, both just have to
                  get healthy before we start.        
                -bought piano key stickers and books.

#3: Run the Leprechaun Scurry Feb. 27
                -begin running 3 times a week, working up
                 to 3.1 miles aka 5k

#4: Participate in Hayden Triathlon Sprint July 9th
                 -continue taking swim class at the Kroc
                  to improve in strength and
                 -run the Leprechaun Scurry in
                   preparation for 5k portion
                 -participate in Krocman Triathlon as a
                  trial run and base for Hayden Tri
                 -begin biking when the weather is over
                  50 degrees
                 -start open water swimming no
                  later than June

#5: Bike the 84 mile portion of the FONDO CD'A in September.
                 -bike at least 100 miles per week by the
                  beginning of July

I have a lot of other goals for myself. But this is a good place to start. I always have the goals of personal pray, scripture study, and temple attendance that are always on the forefront of my life. Those thinks keep me grounded and able to work through all the other things life throws at me.

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Senior Pictures

Well I have officially submitted Nik's senior picture to the year book. Make me kinda sick to my stomach to think of him out and about on his own being an adult. I just can't believe he's almost grown. My sister-in-law, Meggan Catanzaro, took these wonderful pictures for me. TwoGPhotography for anyone interested in the CD'A, Idaho area.


These two last ones are my favorites. I ended up submitting the one of him in the checker shirt because it fit the criteria of the yearbook committee the best. Plus you can see his handsome face really well. He is really turning into an adult. I am amazed at his growth and what a plain, good kid he is. 

Love my Nik.

Tuesday, August 11, 2015


Sometimes life is just that life and you run so fast that you don't realize that you haven't touch something for a long time. And my last year has been like running a super fast marathon.

So here are some pictures from these months. Mom had two knee surgeries, Everett, my nephew, was born, Matt and Meggan's family moved 2 doors down, and about a million other things have happen.