Emma came to me and said I am speaking Spanish mom! I thought I would do a little video clip so that I could show it to Jeron when he got home from work. When I finished it I decided it really needed to go on the blog! I hope you enjoy Emma's version of Spanish!
Thursday, January 28, 2010
This is Maycie and Afton!
At church on Sunday I decided it would be so cute to get a picture of the 2 of them together! That proved to be a little more difficult then I thought! You would think that as a mom of 5 I would get how hard this would be! Silly me, I actually thought that they would just sit there for me! Ha!
Last night Jeron and I wanted to take Jaxon to the temple to do baptisms. We had the most difficult time trying to get a baby sitter! I haven't had to do that in a long time and now I remember why I love Jaxon being able to do it so much! When Megan (Afton's mom) found out she offered to take the girls for me. She has been wanting to have Maycie over so she could get to see them together anyway. When we got there to pick them up she was amazed! She just kept saying over and over, "They are so cute together!"
I hope she always thinks it's cute when Maycie starts teaching her the naughty things!
Sunday, January 24, 2010
I truly thought that moving to 11:00 church was going to make it easier to get there on time! We had a whole extra 2 hours and the boys didn't need to be there half an hour early to help set up chairs. We were golden! In fact, I was kind of excited because we haven't had an 11:00 block in YEARS! We are now almost a full month into the New Year and barely slid into a pew "on time" for the first time! I got all flustered because the pew we usually sit on and that Jaxon had put his stuff down on (he was already there and had been since 9:30! Jeron has a meeting every Sunday at 9:30 and this was one Jaxon had to be too.) was occupied by another family on the other end that didn't leave us enough room. I quickly found another bench on the side that I knew would crowd us but didn't see any other options! Jeron was taking care of coats for me and came in a minute after me looking VERY confused! We even had a sister comment about us sitting in the wrong place! We are creatures of habit and sit on the same pew every week! We would be okay on room until Jaxon was done passing the sacrament and so I warned the others they were going to have to scoot over when he came back! I also warned them the my patients were low so to WATCH OUT! And then the opening hymn starts and I look down to see what it is: Welcome, Welcome, Sabbath Morning! I think to myself: are you kidding me?! So I pay very close attention to the words as we sang this morning. I would like to tell you some of my thoughts as we sang this opening hymn.
First line of the hymn:
Welcome, welcome, Sabbath morning; Now we rest from every care.
Already we have a problem. Rest from every care? As the mother of 5 kids trying to get us all to church on time do you think that I really get a rest from every care? I don't think so!
Welcome, welcome is thy dawning, Holy Sabbath, day of prayer.
Loving teacher kindly greet us As we meet in Sunday School,
Where they labor hard to teach us By the Savior's golden rule.
Believe it or not I am actually okay with the rest of the first verse! As a Primary Teacher I like that the hard work ALL teachers go it is acknowledged! I do always try and greet my class kindly, I may not be happy by the end! But I do always try to start out on a good note!
Hark! the Sabbath bells are ringing; Hear the echoes all around.
List! the merry children singing! What a pleasing, joyful sound!
I am not going to even finish the second verse! Merry children singing? My boys are not merry children singing! In fact I had to threaten Connor to open his hymn book today or he would be punished! Even getting through Sacrament meeting is not restful!
I actually really like the third verse:
Here we bow in meek devotion; Here we sing God's holy praise.
Here our hearts, with fond emotion, Seek to learn his holy ways.
From the books of revelation We are taught while yet in youth.
Words of heavenly inspiration Guide us in the path of truth.
And I remember the days when this used to be going to church for me! I know these days will come again, but right now I am lucky if I hear half of ONE talk! I feel so rude some days! Shhhing my children and trying to keep Emma sitting in ANY way that MIGHT be modest so that when she is 12 she already knows how to sit! Not to mention Maycie climbing all over Jeron and I so that she can stay awake because church is now in the middle of her nap!
And then we hit verse four!
Here we meet with friends and neighbors; Parents too are in the throng.
We are earnest in our labours. To God's kingdom we belong.
Trials make our faith grow stronger; Truth is nobler than a crown.
We will brave the tempest longer Tho the world upon us frown.
We have only been in our "new" ward just over 18 months and so feel at home there. The people we meet with are our friends and neighbors in the truest sense of the word! Our Bishop's parents live in our ward and are able to sit with his wonderful wife and 4 small children so she doesn't have to do it all alone. We truly belong to Gods Kingdom! I may not welcome all that the sabbath morning brings but I know I am helping my children learn the things they need to know so that we can be together forever! These trials will make me stronger and I will be a better person-mom-wife for it! Together with these wonderful brothers and sisters in the gospel I will be able to brave the tempest longer no matter what else comes my way!
So bring it on Sabbath Morning!
Thursday, January 21, 2010
Maycie WON'T walk but she can shake her bootie with the best of them! As soon as she hears music she just can't hold still! But of course as soon as she knows anyone outside of our family is watching she gets shy! So that the world can she her talent and know that I am not a liar here is Maycie shankin' her bootie for the world! Hope you enjoy what we call boogie woogie!
Tuesday, January 19, 2010
This is Grandma Collins holding Connor as a baby!
Maycie only got to know them in Heaven. Thankfully she can be told story after story and not just from mom and dad. But from at least her big brothers too!
Grandma Rose with Connor!
This is one of VERY FEW pictures I have of Grandma Rose! She hated having her picture taken! We must have bribed her with the baby to get this!
I am so thankful for the heritage I am able to give my children through these wonderful people! I am also thankful to have the pictures that I do so I may keep their example alive always and not just for my children but for the generations to come!
Thursday, January 14, 2010
And when she won't hold still for a picture you can't really tell either!
Now, if I had been a good mom and taken "before & after" pictures you would be able to tell a difference in this picture! See how behind her ear is nice and blunt! Before it was stringy!
Now it is a cute little bob! The best part is that as it grows it SHOULD stay one length! I know, I live in a dream world, don't I! But at least for now it isn't driving me crazy!
Monday, January 4, 2010
Not that there wasn't PLENTY under the tree!
Emma was so cute!
She had been waiting for this ALL day! So much so that earlier in the day she was naughty and was very worried she had blown her chance to see Santa!
Porter thinks he is pretty cool, but are you ever really too cool to sit on Santa's lap?
Connor asked Santa for coal! Yes, that is right, coal! He told Santa he wanted it to sell on the Internet to make money! Connor always has a plan! (The best part is on Christmas morning and his coal was chocolate he was bummed! =) )
Maycie was totally cool with Santa - until Daddy set her on his lap!
But don't worry, she still got excited every time she saw a picture or anything!
Getting a little big, aren't you, Jaxon!
Jaxon actually got in and out of line over and over again! In fact it wasn't until a bunch of older boys from the ward showed up and got in line that he did too!
This wonderful woman in our ward doesn't just have everyone into her home! She makes sure that every child leaves with a pair of gloves! When there weren't any gloves to fit Maycie she went and found her a hat!