Thoughts From Dad....

>> Thursday, June 30, 2016

Jared has been working very hard the past couple of years. He's working full-time, has a crazy busy calling at church, and is going back to school almost full-time! I don't know how he does it and still manages to make time for our family!

For one of his classes he shares thoughts about what they are learning with other students on a forum. He's attending a LDS college (BYU-I) and this was for his religion class. He sent this to me and I thought it was too good not to remember. I wanted to put it here so we can look back on it. Being a parent is a tough and scary job sometimes!

my post today....
   Tomorrow, my oldest kid is turning 16. There have been a lot of worries and feelings of excitement going on as I think about him driving and even more so, dating. He is quite excited to get out there and date. Before school ended, he got a girl's number and told her that he was going to call her near the beginning of July. The girl is not a member, but she does have plenty of LDS friends, and she understands that he won't be able to single date.

While this is what we have prepared and taught for, it is a scary time. It is impossible not to wonder if we have done everything that we could to send him another step out into the world. Have we demonstrated our love for the Lord, for the gospel, for him. As he is immersed more and more with those who do not hold to our faith, have we taught him enough and given him freedom enough to stand firm on his own testimony.

I know we are all at different stages, and we are all taking something different from this class, but that is what I am getting from it. I have to be the best father and husband that I can be so that my family as a whole can be happy. My son may have a girl get mad at him for opening the door for her. He may have another boy ask him on a date. He may have someone make compelling "arguments" for him to violate covenants he has already made or jeopardize future covenants. He may see a respected church leader being hateful or dishonest. And everyday I ask myself if we have created a home and environment for my kids that they will have the strength to know and do what is right. Do they know that I am there for them? Do they know that they are loved by their parents, their Savior, and their God?

(Sorry for this bit of off-topic post, but it has been all I have been thinking about as I go through the talks and other materials this week.)

I'm so grateful to for the man Jared is and the father he is to our children. I love that he thinks about these things and does his best to be his best for them. Gets you right in the cockles! :)


Learning New Skills

At the end of the school year Alayna and I hatched a plan. She wanted to learn how to sew but because of all the crazy stuff in June we haven't had a chance to get started. We finally got ourselves organized and she decided she wanted to start out by making a crazy quilt! :)

As with most beginning sewers you don't really think about all the steps involved before you get to start the sewing portion of things. She was a little disheartened to find out we had to make a pattern and then cut out all the pieces first. :P 

This will take us a while to complete but I'm really excited to start this project together! :D I'll keep you posted on her progress!


The 100 Meter Medley

>> Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Alayna's Swim Meet was the 100 Meter Medley. They do all 4 strokes; butterfly, backstroke, breaststroke and freestyle. It was exhausting to watch the kids practice during the week. I can't imagine doing it myself!! LOL!

I love that she gave us a big smile before heading back! :P

Her final lap back she was gasping for air. She swam most of it on her side trying to breathe! :P 

She was so tired by the end of the race she couldn't breathe! LOL! She did awesome though and placed 3rd!!!!! Way to go our little mermaid!!! :D


Swim Safety- Activity Days

>> Monday, June 27, 2016

Last week the Activity Day Girls met at Sis. Esperson's home for some swim safety instruction. Sis. Williams taught the girls all about being safe around water, taking care of your skin in the sun, and how to save someone! They had a great time!

I'm grateful for such wonderful leaders giving of their time to help our girls!! <3


Father's Day

>> Sunday, June 26, 2016

 Since Jared's 40th bday wasn't all he had hoped for with celebrating early because I was going to be at Girls Camp, and then ending up in the hospital and still being there on his actual bday, I didn't want Father's Day to be a bummer too. 

I was chatting with my wonderful friend Chris Packard and told her how I needed a plan for Father's Day but I have been leery about driving still and I just didn't have the gumption yet to wrap my head around shopping. 

She came to the rescue and got me a few groceries so I could make Jared a couple of yummy meals and then she went above and beyond and make the Coconut Tres Leches Trifle Cake I had made for her son's wedding, for Jared!! He had been begging me to make it. I told him when I get to feeling better I would. It takes a while to make and standing and baking in the kitchen all morning was a little more than I could handle. She knew he was hoping for it and she made his wish come true! Actually, both of ours!! :P

We actually hatched a plan and I had Jared take the boys to a movie so he would be out of the house while she delivered all of the goodies the day before. He had no idea! It was perfect!

Jared absolutely LOVED it!!! I'm so grateful for Chris and all of her help! I couldn't have made his Father's Day as great without her!

Happy Father's Day Honey!!! <3


Call Me Shorty!

We were standing in the kitchen last week and I looked over at Eli and said, "I think you're taller than me now!"

He just turned 13 in April. Jared helped us decide with photographic proof. Yep!!! It's happened again. Another son has passed me up!

I'm only taller than Alayna now, and by her measurements, she'll probably pass me up too!! :P I'm not short either. I'm 5'6" that's above average. LOL!!

How are my babies so grown up already? 


Alayna's Swim Meet- Butterfly & Breaststroke

>> Saturday, June 25, 2016

June 16th, I still wasn't feel up to getting out in the AZ summer heat. Alayna competed in Butterfly and Breaststroke at her meet. Somehow she missed her age groups' race for the Butterfly and ended up competing in the older age group doing the 50 instead of the 25!!!!

She did AWESOME!!!!!! It was twice as long and against much older kids and she placed 5th!!! I couldn't believe it! She's a rock star!!! Woohoo!!!!

She got in the right race for Breaststroke though! :)

 She placed 4th! Not too shabby! She probably would have placed even higher but of all the strokes the butterfly is one of the toughest and racing double what she is used to it tuckered her out!! Look at that smile...she's so proud of herself! :D

Way to kill it Alayna! It is so much fun to watch you give it your best!! Love you sweetie!


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