Friday, November 30, 2012

Finishing my month of Gratitude

23. Thanksgiving.
I'm thankful we have a holiday especially for sitting down with family and taking time to be grateful. It's a much needed reminder to us all that we are so blessed and can find something even in the worst day to be grateful for. My Thanksgiving was great and I'm thankful for all I've been blessed with.

24. My boss, Kathy.
Kathy is more than a boss she is also a friend and even like another mom to me. She is fantastic and I love that I've gotten to know her so well over the past few years. She is so good to me and I'm so appreciative of all she does for me.

25. Prayer.
I'm thankful for the power of prayer and that we have the gift of having prayers answered. I have been so blessed recently and am so grateful for the prayers that have been said on my behalf.

26. Christmas Lights
I love Christmas lights! They make me happy and excited! They are twinkling and pretty and people get so creative! I'm grateful we live in a place where so many people decorate with Christmas lights!

27. Music.
I have no musical talent what so ever (this is not an exaggeration at all!) I seriously don't even know how to lead music BUT regardless of my own talent I have such a love and appreciation for those who do have musical talent. I love how music can instantly change your mood, bring back an old memory or change your perspective. Music is powerful! I am thankful to have so many different tastes in music and for the effect it has had on my life.

28. Service
I'm thankful for the opportunities I have to serve others. I'm thankful my children are learning already how important service is and that they are developing a love for it. I'm thankful for my husbands example and the opportunities he has had to serve. I'm also grateful for the service that has been given to our family. The meals that are brought when needed, the prayers that are said and the willing hands that come to our aid whenever needed. Service is love and I'm so grateful to have been on both ends of it and for the role its played in my family's lives.

29. The seasons
I'm thankful to live in a place where I get to see all 4 seasons. Hot summers, beatiful falls, snowy winters and rainy springs. After having lived in a place that doesn't get to see the beauty of all 4 seasons I'm much more appreciative of this.

30. Lastly My blog.
I'm recording our memories, what we are grateful for and different things we've endured. I'm thankful to have found a place that I am able to keep up (for the most part) on little things that are going on in our life. I started scrapbooks for all my kids but am horrible at keeping up on them and haven't done anything in them for years! It's so hard to pull out all the supplies and take the time to make it all cutesie but I've found it easy to try to sit down a few times a month and jot down a few things that are going on. I already love looking back to see how we have grown or remember cute things the boys have done and said. 

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

More Gratitude

What did I tell ya? I knew I wouldn't keep up. Not because I'm not grateful. I most definitely am grateful every day for so much. I just have a hard time making time to sit down at the computer to type it. Here is another be-lated list of gratitude for the past week.

13. My mom.
My mom is in town visiting and I have been super sick. I woke up one morning and it looked like a laundry fairy had visited. ALL my laundry was washed, dried and folded. She stayed up all night to get it all done. She has been a huge help the past week and I'm so grateful for her!

14. Amazing people I've met through PTA.
I've made some awesome friends through PTA! My current president at the moment is especially awesome! she is so understanding and kind. I'm so thankful she is so understanding about my current situation and what my availability is. I'm blessed to know somebody so genuine and kind.

15. Thoughtful friends.
2 friends in particular have been so thoughtful this week. They each have so much going on in their own lives but they have taken the time to do some very thoughtful things.

16. My husbands job.
As more and more people are losing their jobs and it hits closer and closer to home I am reminded how lucky we are that my husband has a good job and is able to support us while I stay home with the kids.

17. Twinkies
I'm thankful to have grown up in an era with Twinkies! What will the world be like without Twinkies?? :) Better go stock pile some so my kiddos will know of the fattening deliciousness of a Twinkie.

18. Laughter.
More specifically my ability to laugh at myself! If I weren't able to laugh at myself or the things we are sometimes dealt in life then I don't know how I would survive. Laughter is the best!

19. My Health
Overall I don't have any real health problems and am able to do whatever I'd like. It's nice to feel good enough to keep up with my kids or even just do simple tasks like cleaning the house or making dinner. After having been sick I am always more grateful for little things I'm able to do and for my overall health.

20. Modern Medicine.
I don't typically take medicine because I don't usually need it for anything. It's such a blessing to live in a world where there are helps though for when we are sick. Not to mention without modern medicine my father in law wouldn't be with us today.

21. No homework days!
Some days I feel like I spend all my time nagging my kids and I hate it! They come home from school, I give them their spelling test make them do another sheet of homework, make them all read for 15 minutes, rush them off to an extra curricular, come home eat dinner and go to bed! It is so nice that on short weeks they get to come home and relax and hang out with me for a while. It is so nice to not stress about getting their homework done with them. I as a mom definitely hate homework as much as my kids :) I appreciate it and want them to do it but man it is sometimes time consuming.

22. Short weeks at school
I love when the boys have a day off from school. I love hanging out with my kids. I love not rushing them out the door in the morning. I love having their help during the day. I love everything about short weeks!

That will get me through to Thanksgiving :) I have so much to be thankful for I could sit down and completely finish out the month right now but it's been really nice to sit down at the end of each day and make a mental note of what I am thankful for that particular day. So I'm going to continue doing that and then writing down (even if I'm late doing so).

Monday, November 19, 2012

Girls Night

I was lucky enough to have made friends in my childhood that were so amazing they are still my friends today. We grew up together and have been there for each other through good times and bad. I am truly blessed!
Each month we do a girls night. This month we decided to dance. It was great except for the fact that I built a fire during dinner and then when we were dancing we were sweating to death :) But Oh it was fun to be childlike again with my childhood friends! Most all video was banned from facebook but I've decided to put the less incriminating photo's and video on my blog :) Unfortunately nobody got video of the bird dance which is by far the best one haha
I love these ladies!

Sarah, Melissa, Tecia, Lindsay, me and baby Becca

Sarah, Tecia and me

Tecia, Melissa and Lindsay

Melissa and baby Becca



Sunday, November 11, 2012


I haven't been on facebook much the past few weeks but the one or two times I have decided to get on I've noticed a lot of people posting what they are grateful for. I love it! I have thought about joining in the fun myself but am a total slacker and never get around to it and am now almost 2 weeks behind. But today I'm bursting with gratitude and love and just have to join in. But I am going to do it here on my blog.

So Today is the 11th and I'm going to name 11 things I'm grateful for and then hopefully be able to keep up on it.

1. I am thankful for Primary. Mostly for my calling in Primary. 
We've been working hard writing the program and helping the kids prepare. Today was the big day and it went great. We heard a few stories from the kids own lives. One about a burned cake and a prayer, one about a broken picture frame and telling the truth, and one about choosing the right by not opening presents early with a friend. It was great for the whole congregation to see these simple but true testimony's. I am extra lucky though, because I get to hear awesome stories like this every week! I get to see the simple truths of the gospel in action. I watch these tiny kids start gaining their own testimonies and then see them mature as the kids grow. It is amazing and I never want to leave Primary! I love all those cute faces and fun personalities!

2. I am thankful for the opportunity to serve with such awesome ladies.
While I'm on the subject of Primary I can't help but mention how awesome the women I work with are. I am definitely the weakest link in our presidency but we make it work :) The women I work with are so passionate about their callings and I learn constantly from them. It has been a blessing to work with them, learn from them, have my own testimony strengthened by them and get to know them better.

3. I am thankful for great neighbors who watch out for my family!
Today while at church one of our non-member neighbors came and poked his head into Justins class. He motioned for him to come out. Justin was worried something was wrong with this neighbor's family and quickly went to talk to him. The neighbor asked if anybody was supposed to be at our house. He said there was a woman with dark hair outside who went around the back of our house and then never came back so they assumed she got in the house. Justin explained that my mom is in town visiting and it was probably her he saw go in through the back door. The neighbor then called his wife and told her she didn't need to call the police. I'm so thankful for such a good neighbor who would take time to come to the church, find my husband and warn him that somebody might be burglarizing us. We have awesome neighbors!

4. I'm thankful for my kids school teachers.
I say it all the time but my kids really do go to the best school in the world. It's a special place filled with amazing people. I can honestly call my kids teachers my friends. I love working with them, talking with them and seeing the love they have for my kids. They are understanding, caring and I love them!

5. I'm thankful for snow.
Snow can make grown ups feel like kids again! It's magical and means sledding, hot chocolate, snowmen and Christmas is coming!

6. I'm thankful for the example my kids set for me. 
Kaiden broke his toe. He was using a baseball bat as a cane to hobble around with lol. Monday I told him he couldn't take the bat with him. Karson said "don't worry Kaid. I'll help you get around today" He then put Kaiden's arm over his shoulder so he could help him walk :)

7. I'm thankful for my friends.
My friends are the absolute best! A lot of them I've been lucky enough to have known practically my whole life! Others I've met just in the past few years. All of them old and new love me and help me whenever I'm in need! I love my friends!

8. I'm thankful for technology.
I made a video for my father in laws 15 year celebration of surviving cancer. I loved looking back over the years and seeing old pictures. I also recorded the kids saying a message to their grandpa. It will be a treasure forever. When they are grown it will be so wonderful to look back and see their cute faces and hear their cute voices thanks to today's technology.

9. I'm thankful for my in-laws.
My father in law is a spiritual giant with the funniest personality ever. My mother in law is a perfect example of being selfless and compassionate. I've learned so much from both of them and love and respect them both so much!

10. I'm thankful for my siblings.
My sister is the most insane person I know yet somehow she is the one person who keeps me sane. We laugh till we cry and confide everything to one another. My brothers are also so amazing! I love knowing I can call any of my siblings at any time for advice, for a laugh or to vent. They are the best!

11. I'm thankful for thoughtful ward members.
One of our fantastic ward members brought a delicious treat to us out of the blue. It was so thoughtful and so delicious and made everyone in my family smile. When we were rushing this morning that particular treat made the perfect breakfast :) We live by some amazing families. 

12. Last but certainly not least. My husband.
I could go on and on about how amazing my husband is but for the sake of space I'll try to be brief. He picks up the slack around the house when I'm not feeling well (the past week or two in particular). He makes me laugh EVERY day of our life. He loves me unconditionally (no matter how irrational I'm being). He takes such good care of me and the kiddos. He is a hard worker and always finds time to do something with me and the kids. I could not have been blessed with a better husband than Justin.

That is 12 not 11. Well that is because I know myself and I know I probably won't post anything tomorrow so this buys me an extra day so that hopefully I don't fall too far behind again :) 

Monday, November 5, 2012

A little more Halloween

We gutted our pumpkins Sunday, carved them Tuesday and Halloween was Wednesday. We cut it a little close this year but Halloween night they were out glowing and awesome!

Monday night was our Allen Halloween family party. I took some witches fingers for a creepy snack and we ate a delicious dinner. It's been such nice weather the kids all played in the back yard while the grown ups made donuts. We were able to bribe them inside with the donuts and did a craft then Grandma and Grandpa loaded them up with treats, coloring books and coloring supplies. They had so much fun!

witches fingers

making/eating donuts

cousins in the leaves

having fun throwing them in the air

enjoying the warm donuts

Logan and his pumpkin

Karson's pumpkin

Kaidens pumpkin

the cousins with their pumpkins and cute treat boxes
Wednesday came around and the kids got to wear their costumes for the parade at school. I always love seeing all the kids costumes. Some are so creative and some are just stinkin cute :)
The day was filled with class parties and all kinds of fun then that night it was trick or treating time. This year was freakishly warm! It was so nice not worrying about wet weather or coats. Unfortunately it was a school night so the boys couldn't stay out as late as they would have liked. They still brought in a ridiculous amount of candy! We'll be giving candy away for weeks now! All in all Halloween this year was a fun success :)

Logan at the parade

Kaiden at the parade

Karson at the parade

The boys in character and ready to go trick or treating!

Friday, November 2, 2012

15 Year Celebration

This October marked Shawns 15 year anniversary of is bone marrow transplant. His body rejected the bone marrow but thanks to modern medicine, Shawns will power and a few miracles he is still here with is. I am so thankful for the gift of time.

The thought had crossed my mind that we should do a party. Then Emily called and said she wanted to do a party. It must have been meant to be :) We decided to do the planning and let Shawn and RaeLene relax and just come enjoy it.

Emily came up with the perfect theme. A Garden theme. We all have memories of him gardening or spending time with him in the garden so it worked out perfect.

Justin wrote the quote for our party.
"Today we celebrate the many beautiful memories that continue to grow from the roots of service and love that Shawn has planted in us all."

Emily and I cut and assembled invitations, carrot boxes, thank you cards with seed packets, a surprise dvd and came up with a Garden/Shawn themed Scattergories game. Lucky for us Emily works at Stampin Up and was able to print the cutest things on the cutest paper at work. It was a lot of work but a lot of fun and definitely worth it in the end.

Shawn thanked Brenda for donating her bone marrow.
Justin talked about how the garden theme tied in with Shawn's life and the great example he is to all of us.
Logan memorized a poem and recited it. I was so proud of him!! He was so nervous but he did it!! The twins sang a song and gave Grandma and Grandpa a great big hug!

We ended the party with the hundreds of garden themed cookies and dirt pudding I made while watching the dvd.

It was great to spend the day with family and celebrate Shawn. Here are just a few of the hundreds of pictures that were taken that day.

The cute sign in table Emily put together

His first guests to sign in :)

carrot boxes filled with treats

Thank you cards with seeds and dvd

Shawn and I

Lots of family enjoying lunch

Brenda and Shawn

My amazing inlaws

Logan doing his poem

Kaid and Kar

singing to Grandma and Grandpa

Justin and Shawn

Logan playing with uncle Paul

shovel, carrots and tomato cookies

dirt pudding

RaeLene and Shawn

Family photo