Thursday, March 31, 2011

March Facebook Status Updates

March 3, 2011
This "Volcano mom" can be dormant for a while now that the RS activity is done, but if you want to read the blog post about this that we shared last night check out: http://theporchsitter.typepad.com/tamaramcfadden/2011/01/volcano-mom.html that I originally find via April Bean

March 9, 2011
Just finished a fun tour of Pixar! Thanks McKay!

March 14, 2011
What do you do with a broken down car that you owe more than it's worth, you can't affort to fix it, let alone make up the difference of what you owe but you really need the car to drive to your various jobs around town?

March 15, 2011
Anybody have any opinions or feelings about beagles?

March 21, 2011
OK new question: any thoughts on pugs?

March 22, 2011
yorkies?


March 24, 2011
your thoughts on schnauzers?

March 31, 2011
Spent most of the day doing things for three different kids' classes and ended up with a sunburn, mosquito bites and a slurpee!

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Pixar

One of Sam's classes at the Art Institute only has two students this term. He was showing them the picture of his brother holding Pixar's Oscar for Toy Story 3 and they all decided that it would be a fun field trip to visit Pixar. Eden, Tucker and I were able to join in and had a lot of fun with Mckay giving us a tour. Only employees can let you in and give you a tour.
Tucker was a little scared of the large statues at first but eventually he warmed up and would let us take some pictures! Eden loved them right away!




When I asked Eden what her favorite part of the tour was, she said "cereal!" The employees have an open cereal bar whenever they want and as soon as Eden heard about it, she was asking for it the whole time. She was very excited to finally get some cocoa puffs!




Thank you Mckay!

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Life with kids

When you have kids, there is always something to be working on. Here are a couple of things we've been doing lately:

  • Kolby made a pizza cake for cub scouts
  • Brady is finishing up his Math Olympiad club and Yearbook at school
  • Eden has been busy making pictures and letters for people at school with very important messages like "don't forget to bring me a chocolate bar"
  • Jordan recently finished his Mission report, his goal was to have the biggest timeline
  • Brady just finished up his state report about Virginia, he especially loved planning his imaginary trip there and making his powerpoint presentation
  • Jordan dressed as Dumbledore for character day during Dr. Seuss week

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Menu

Eden seemed to think that if she changed the menu board then we would have to have whatever was written.

Just in case you can read her writing or can't figure out the translation, this is what she wrote:
Sunday: Pasdu (pasta)
Monday: kids cos (kid's choice)
Tuesday: Lusony (Lasagna)
Wednesday: Salid (salad)
Thursday: Pisu (pizza)
Friday: Green beaz (green beans)
Saturday: mac and chees (mac and cheese)

I should have gone with her Friday dinner!

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Dog Tales

We have had some dog situations going on around here so I better mention it for memory's sake. We had to give Buddy away because he was becoming a little too aggressive for our family. We talked about it and agreed as a family that it was the right thing to do. Sam found a good place for him and although Sam was pretty sad to say good-bye, it worked out. I thought we agreed that we would get another dog but that we would wait a little while until things were a little more settled for us, but then Sam came home one night about a week later with another dog!
I was a little upset about this but he was a cute dog and I agreed to give him a shot and we were told that he was totally trained and well behaved. I definitely didn't mind him as much as the big dog alright, but then the first day I left for about an hour and I came home and he was in the back yard in the rain. He did have a habit of sneaking out of the house as one of the kids went out the door but I was pretty sure he was inside when I left. When I came in and looked around I found a whole in our window screen, I realized that a window had been left open and he had jumped straight through it. On top of that he was leaving little "presents" all over the house. At first we thought it was just adjusting to the new place but nothing had changed after a few days. Sam had agreed with the previous owner that we would try him out for a week and we realized that he was not the right fit and so she was able to give him to another person that had replied and was better able to train him. These experiences have really helped us narrow down what will be a right fit for our family.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Wordless Wednesday

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Times and Seasons

Every year the Women's organization at church, which is called the Relief Society, celebrates the birth of the Relief Society in March. As I mentioned my calling right now is to be in charge of these activities. I was very overwhelmed by the work and especially the decisions that were involved in putting this together because I am pretty indecisive but I have a great committee and presidency and because of them I think we turned out a successful activity. We chose the theme "Times and Seasons" and we decorated the tables with the different seasons. They came in to tables labeled by decade and were asked to sit at the table for the decade they were born for the salad course. During that time we had a baby picture game they could work on and a quiz with generational pop culture questions to work on. We also had a young mother speak for a few minutes. Then they switched tables of mixed generations that were numbered and each spot at their original table had a different number so it divided them up for the main course of potato soup and they had get to know you questions to talk to with the other people at their table. They were having such a great time talking, it was hard to interrupt to move to the next section. We also had a mom of teenagers speak for a few minutes. The final switch was to tables with the season in which they were born where we had dessert, gave quiz and game answers and had a great-grandmother speak. We finished up with the presidency reading this story called Volcano Mom that talks about the different seasons of life and also sharing about how the original Relief Society organization was made up of woman from all different stages of life. Our Relief Society Presidency's goal this year is to strengthen friendships with the sisters and I really feel like we were able to help with that goal in our small way and I am really, truly grateful for all the hard work everyone did to make sure it happened!

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Valentine's Day

I know that we are way past this, but we did have a nice Valentine's day. Sam took me to breakfast on the Saturday before and Tucker and I brought him lunch at work. Sam made strawberries on waffles and cool whip for breakfast and I surprised the kids with pink rice for dinner (the picture doesn't look great because I forgot to take one during dinner and it was from later in the evening when Sam got home). Eden insisted on dressing up in some way, she really wanted to wear a fancy dress, but finally she decided a pink poodle skirt would do!

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Monster Golf

***warning: cell-phone pictures in the dark are not great but you get the idea!
We were so excited that Sam's Grandma Borgia was in town for a few days and that we got to spend some time visiting with her. We went to Monster Miniature Golf which is black-lit if you couldn't tell already! This was Eden and Tucker's first time and after the got over being scared of the monsters, the loved it!



They had some fun music playing the the background so the boys all decided to give a performance with their golf club mircorphones!
We had a great day and we only wish we had more time to spend together!

Friday, March 18, 2011

5K


Once a week I go help with Jordan's class while they run in preparation for a 5K. They run at the park next to the school so Tucker gets to come and play on the playground while I keep time for the runners. When the kids are done they all go sit down on the wall to wait and I thought it was really cute how Tucker sat there in serious conversation with Jordan and his friend. Sometimes he really does believe he is just the same as the big boys in every way!

Overwhelming

"I know God will not give me anything I can't handle. I just wish that He didn't trust me so much." - Mother Theresa

It's been long enough since I last blogged that people are starting to ask where I am! I know, I know, I have several things to post, but life has been a bit overwhelming lately. The job situation is still stressful, not that Sam doesn't have work, he has more than his share, but financially we are still up and down some things don't pay, some things take a while to pay and some things are quite sporadic so in the least it makes planning a challenge, and if you know me, I need a plan!!

Sam has actually been working six jobs since the end of January, he is still working on getting the new company "Say-Hey" going and is starting to see a lot of his hard work paying off, slowly but surely and is still very excited about where it is heading. In the meantime, he is also interpreting at two different colleges, doing free-lance interpreting, continuing to teach his career development class at the Art Institute along with two added internship classes and he also started teaching a sign language class at Sac State which he is having a lot of fun with. People ask me how I manage without having Sam around, but I've always been asked that because he has always been about this busy, so I deal with that OK, but there is a different stress level that has kept me overwhelmed this time.

On top of that, my calling at church is to be in charge of the Relief Society activities which is all the women and I do enjoy the calling, but at the same time it overwhelms me to be in charge and to continually have an activity to work on. On top of that, there have been a few other things that are minor or involve other people so I won't get into them and I should also include the long list of things that have broken during the las few months but I don't need to go through every detail. I only want to say that this is one of the most overwhelming times of my life.

At the same time, I hesitate to write this because I don't want to always be pointing out my challenges because I know everyone has challenges and many much worse than mine. In contrast to what I just wrote about it, I have been overwhelmed by the love and help we have experienced from the people around us, particularly our families. I'm overwhelmed by Sam's ability to keep going and to work so hard so we are taken care of and the fact that he has so many skills that he is always able to find ways to work in these challenging times. I'm overwhelmed by the blessings we have received and continue to receive, just when we aren't sure which way to go, we always are given a way. I'm overwhelmed by the spirit that I have felt in places like the temple, church and personal challenging moments where I have turned to the Lord. I am completely overwhelmed by the love of the Lord and the reminder that he has a greater plan for us. I know that this is just a small speck of time and there are many great things ahead of us and I can't wait to see where it goes!

So that is my update, now watch for some regular posts in the coming week or two!

Thursday, March 17, 2011

St. Patrick's Day

I don't generally make a big deal out of St. Patrick's day but the kids do get a kick out of the green foods for dinner so this year we had green grapes, green turkey wraps, green mash potatoes with gravy, green jello and pistachio pudding for dessert. Kolby and Eden said they want to have this meal every year on March 17.