Tuesday, October 30, 2012

"You're Only a Baby for a Year, But a Kid Forever!!"

That is what Tyler told me the other day when I was telling him he was still my baby.

 7 years ago today my baby boy was born!  We were nervous at first because the doctor found black spotting on his kidneys at our first ultrasound.  They kept checking him and the spotting wasn't going away.  They told us that when he was born they would check him again cause sometimes it corrects its' self after they are born and go to the bathroom the first time.  They checked him and the spotting was still there.  When he was 18 months old he had to have surgery.  It was the scariest thing for me!! What was supposed to be an overnight stay, ended up being a 2 night stay.  His uretors were kinked so he couldn't release the urine when he would go.  Instead he would retain it.  He started to swell so big that he could barely open his eyes.  They took him and put a stent in his kidney.  They told us that if they slipped there was a possibility that he could die.  I was scared out of my mind!! I prayed so hard, and cried so hard! It was the most scariest thing I ever experienced.  When they were done he was back to normal and thankfully he didn't die. 

You couldn't tell at looking at him that he had surgery, a broken leg, stitches in his head, stitches in his hand, and fell out of a second story window onto the cement!! This kid is the definition of boy!! If you were to look up boy in the dictionary you would find his picture!!  He's my boy though! My baby!! He's soo smart, funny, happy, WILD, energetic......heck everything that I wanted in a boy!!
I love my 7 year old!! I'm proud to be his mom!! I hope he knows that I love him, and that he makes me SUPER happy!!


Thursday, October 25, 2012


Justin gets a call at work from our Branch Secretary.  He says he wants to meet with both me and Justin.  I was thinking in my head...we just got put into callings; we can't be released already? Then Justin and I got talking and we figured that since it was a Branch that we were going to get another calling. 

So we sit down in the Branch Presidents office and he tells me that he is releasing me as the Relief Society Meeting Coordinator.  I got sad, and then he said "Would you be willing to be the Second Counselor in the Relief Society?"  I was a little shocked.  I have never had a calling like this before, but I was so willing. 

Two nights previous to this interview I helped a lady in our Branch (who is a hoarder) clean her apartment.  Child Protective Services were going to take her daughter away if she didn't clean her living space.  I felt so much love for this sister, and I was so willing to help her in any way that I could. The next day she told us that the agent that came to check her apartment was VERY impressed and she gets to keep her daughter!! :) :)

Immediately after he asked I smiled and said YES!! I was so excited to be working with 2 GREAT ladies in our Branch, and with the GREAT sisters in our Branch!! The sisters here need so much help, and I'm so glad that I can be here to help them.  I love my Branch so much, and I am so glad to serve them!!

So that is the update....CRAZY!!!

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Ho Hum............

Well, We still haven't been able to find our camera charger in the move or my car keys might I add, so the pictures I will be able to post will be from my phone.  And as you can tell they aren't the best.  So just bear with me and use your imagination.... :)

There hasn't really been much going on up here.  Justin and I got new callings in our Branch.  Justin is the 1st Counsleor in the Young Mens, and I am the Relief Society Meeting Cordinator.  Fun times for us both.  Both our callings are pretty demanding.  I have been working on the Super Saturday that is coming up, and trying to put together a committee for it.  Justin has been busy with Youn Men Activities and Meetings and such. 

Last Sunday we went to the Brigham City Temple Dedication.  It was really neat.  It has been a while since I've been to a dedication to it was nice to go again.  I love the Temple and I'm glad that I'm worthy to attend the Temple.

Zoey has made a new friend.  Her name is Phoenix.  She rides the bus with Zoey.  They aren't in the same class but they both go to afternoon Kindergarten.  She is really cute and nice.  Zoey really likes her.  So naturally I am friends with her mom, Shauna.  She's really nice.  We meet at the bus stop and visit until the bus gets there.  Then we walk a little ways talking for like a half hour and then go home.  We did do a play date one Friday.  It was fun and the kids really had fun together. 

Tyler has made a couple of friends.  First there is Logan.  He is so nice a friendly.  I'm actually glad that he has him for a friend.  They are in the same grade, but he goes to a different school.  His mom didn't want take him out of his school that he was already in when they moved so she kept him there.  But we have his number and they play together all the time!! They are so funny and cute together.  Then there is Tyler.  Tyler is in the same grade and class as my Tyler.  Funny right? He is a good kid, but I'm not so sure about his sisters.  Tyler comes home and tells me some things that they do to him that are mean.  So, when they play they play at my house. 

As for Lexie, she is growing bigger everyday!  She is talking a lot more!  She says mama, dada, bye bye, night night, some, more, mine, all gone, yay, grandma, and Abby.  It's really cute to hear her talk.  And she understands what you are saying too.  Example, if I told her to get her binki she would.  Or if I told her to find Zoey she would.  It's fun.  This is the funnest stage right now.  She is soo funny and always puts a smile on my face.

Well, that just about sums up our lives thus far.  Clearfield is an interesting area.  VERY different than Nephi, but there are a lot of nice people that I have met.  Our Branch is great, and our family is doing GREAT!! That's all that matters right? 

We are happy, what more could a girl ask for?

Thursday, September 6, 2012

First Day Of School!!

This year I have been soooo excited for school to start!  The kids really needed a routine and something to do during the day.  They were excited for school to start too.  So September first Tyler came running in our room at 7:00 A.M. He was all dressed and had his backpack ready.  The bus didn't come til 8:15 so he had plenty of time.  He didn't need to eat breakfast cause they eat in their classroom.  We did give him a little snack so he wouldn't be hungry.  When it got closer Justin did his hair and walked him to the bus.  The Next day I walked him to the bus and got a little sad cause he was growing up!  I mean, my first born is in the First Grade!!!!  ;(  

Then it was Zoey's turn!  She was super excited!! Oh my goodness.  She was all dressed and ready to go by 7:30 A.M.  We gave her breakfast after Tyler left then talked with her on what to do.  Justin went with her to school cause it was only a half day so they were orientating the Kindergarted parents.  Justin said she was nervous at first, but then had so much fun when she got in there!  Now everyday she keeps asking, "Is it time for school yet?"  She loves schoo!!! yesterday was her first day to ride the bus there and back!  She met a friend that rides the bus with her to school.  Her name is Phoenix.  That was nice so they both wouldn't be scared to ride the bus.  She rode the bus home with Tyler.  He was pretty protective of her!  He helped her on and sat next to her.  (I LOVE hearing that!!)

When they got home from school they both wanted to do their homework because they LOVE homework!! (That's what they told me!)  I love it!! I hope they both continue to love school the rest of the year.  Zoey's teacher said that they are going to be reading by the end of the year!! This excites me! This school seems to be advanced and the teachers seem to love their jobs! 

It's going to be a GREAT year!  YAY for school!!!!

Monday, August 20, 2012

5 Years Old!!!

My how time flies!!! Our little Zoey is 5 today!! She is soo excited!! Yesterday at church the Primary sang to her and gave her a treat and told her that her birthday would be today. When we got home she said,"Mom! My birthday is tomorrow!! I can't imagine how big I'm going to be!!!" Ha Ha! She makes me smile!

Today we are registering the kids for school! Ya I said kids. Zoey is going to Kindergarten! I can't believe that I'm old enough to have 2 kids in school, and 1 in First Grade!!! WOW!!!!

Well, we are so happy to have Zoey in our family! She is sweet and makes us all happy and smile. She says the funniest things and makes me laugh. She is a great big helper too! She loves to help me cook. When we cook she HAS to wear her apron that Grandma Bailey gave her for Christmas!
I love her and I don't know what I would do without my Zoe!!!


Wednesday, August 1, 2012

We Finally Made It!!!!!!

After 9 months of commuting, missing Justin, and being alone we are finally together as a family!! On July 21 we hooked our cars up to our moving trailers and headed to Clearfield Utah at the Oakstone Apartment complex. It was pretty hard to say goodbye to my hometown. I mean I grew up in Nephi. Tyler and Zoey grew up there. Justin and I lived there for 6 years! That was the longest Justin has ever lived in one place. It was time and we are enjoying the new chapter in our lives.

We moved into a 4 bedroom town house. It's definitely smaller than our house but we love our home. Tyler has his own room. Zoey and Lexie share a room, and the other room is a toy room. Justin and I have a bathroom in our room which is pretty cool. And since we sold our bedroom set before we moved we got a new one. Not a king unfortunitely but it's nice all the same.

The kids have enjoyed the park that is across the street and the pool that is across the street. It's also nice having a car again and having everything so close and at my fingertips. We went to our new branch on Sunday. Ya I said branch. It's really small but everyone is so nice and friendly. Yesterday we went to the library and the kids got their own cards. They were pretty excited about it. We finally got to enjoy the perks of Justin working at Lagoon on Monday! Leah and her kids, and Becky and Matt came with us. It was a blast! We had so much fun! We are going back next Monday and hitting the rides we didn't get to go on.

Life is pretty good. We LOVE our new place!!! Who could ask for more?

Thursday, February 2, 2012

My Feelings Through Song

Life is tough.  Just when you think that you've got it all figured out something happens.  I understand now that, that is just how it's supposed to be.  Some things are supposed to be that way, but the true test is how we handle the hard times when they are thrown our way.
I can't change everything, and I can't fix everything.  The Lord has been trying to teach me a few things in this transition, and I think I have finally figured it out:
1.  Patience.  My patience is very thin.  This whole transition has taught me to wait on the Lord.  The Lord's time table is completely different than mine, but in turning things over to the Lord we are trusting him that what will be will be and we will be happy for it.
2.  FAITH.  This is HUGE for me.  My faith has faltered A LOT!!! It's sad to say, but it's true.  There have been times that I've asked why?  Why are you doing this to me?  Why is this happening to my family?  Why is this so hard? Why? Why? Instead I should be asking what can I do?  Faith without works is dead.  The Lord can not help us if we don't have faith.  In turning things over to the Lord we have to have Faith that this is what the Lord wants WHEN he wants it.
3.  Endurance.  I think this is the final test that I am facing.  I'm turning it over to the Lord.  I am laying it at his feet and I WILL handle whatever is thrown my way.  "I didn't say it would be easy, I only said it would be worth it."  I am reminded of the scripture in D&C where Joseph Smith is in Liberty Jail and the Lord told him that it was all for his experience and good.  This is for my experience and just think how much stronger I can be when I'm done with this portion of my test?

So with all of this said, many emotions have been high.  I've been happy, sad, stressed, angry, confused, fallen, and depressed all rolled into one.  It's rough, but I have to keep reminding myself that this is all for my own good, and experience.  ENDURANCE!! To finish I would like to share some Lyrics to a GREAT song by Lifehouse.  It pretty much says what I've been going through these past months, but I'm here and I'm hanging on and will continue to hang on till the end!! You can do it! I can do it! We just need to keep hanging on and keep the Faith!


The broken clock is a comfort
It let's me sleep tonight
Maybe it can stop tomorrow
From stealing all my time
I am here still waiting
I still have my doubts
I am damaged at best
Like you've already figured out

I'm falling apart
I'm barely breathing
With a broken heart
That's still beating
In the pain
There is healing
In your name
I find meaning
So I'm holding on, I'm holdin' on, I'm holdin' on
Barely holding on to you

The broken locks were a warning
You got inside my head
Tried my best to be guarded
I'm an open book instead
I still see your reflection
Inside my eyes
That are looking for purpose
There still looking for life


Hanging on another day
Just to see what you will throw my way
And I'm hanging on to the words you say
You said that I will, will be OK
Broken light on the freeway
Left me here alone
I may have lost my way now
Haven't forgotten my way home

I'm falling apart
I'm barely breathing
With a broken heart
That's still beating
In the pain (In the pain)
There is healing
In your name (In your name)
I find meaning
So I'm holding on (I'm still holdin'), I'm holdin' on (I'm still holdin' on), I'm holdin' on (I'm still holdin')
Barely holding on to you
I'm holding on (I'm still holdin'), I'm holdin' on (I'm still holdin' on), I'm holdin' on (I'm still holdin')
Barley holding on to you