Sunday, March 11, 2018

Blessings Blessings Blessings

I freely admit that I am a sinner. I know I sound like my Yaiya, but I make so many mistakes it's ridiculous.

My biggest problem are my thoughts. My thoughts tend to spiral and I get so upset. It does no good to get so put out in my mind. But what does this have to do with blessings?

I asked Jody if we could get the kids a basketball hoop and he gave the go ahead. I worked on it and ran into a problem within 2 hours. A big problem. I said a prayer and not 5 minutes later my neighbor, Dave, appears. He grabs a few tools, makes a few adjustments and voila... the axel and wheels are installed on the bottom of the hoop. SUCH A BLESSING!!!

Day 2. I am having more problems. The screws aren't fitting right. 2 hours. I said a prayer at the beginning of the 2 hours and by the end I was ready to call it a day and try again tomorrow.... when Shanna and Dale show up. Bearing beautiful clothes for Maria. They of course, being the most wonderful Christ-like people EVER help me out. AND THEN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Put together the entire rest of the hoop for 2 hours, in the dark and cold, and haven't even eaten dinner. And it's their daughter's birthday.

There is a story in the Book of Mormon where The Lord sees fit to "chasten" a group of people, Alma the Elder and the followers who believed in Abinadi. The Lamanites capture them and enslave them. They give them grievous tasks to bear. But God hears their prayers and delivers them. Granted before He delivers them, He strengthens them and makes it so their burdens feel lighter.

The past 2 days have shown me that God is the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow. My burdens were made so much lighter by good friends who have good tools and good hearts! Who were willing to help with a beast of a project just to make my kiddos happy. My thoughts were spiraling... I can't do this. Why can't I have help? Why does this have to be so hard?

Not only did Buzz put it together, but he really got the kids involved. Shanna and him were praising Eli for hammering, giving fist bumps, telling the girls how wonderful they are. If only the whole world could have a Buzz and Shanna in their life.

I feel so blessed. I know God watches over us. And sometimes we won't get the way we want, but He will help us and find another path for us. A better route. A miraculous blessing for our eyes to be opened and to know. He lives. He loves us.

Monday, March 5, 2018

Spirit Week at Van Gorder

Monday: Take a Cruise

Tsum Tsum Insanity

We had a nice treat!! Mya came over to spend the night!! We played all sorts of games and Tsum Tsums. Mya really loved Twister!

They needed a little help with the balancing. Not going to lie. It was intense.

Saturday, March 3, 2018

D Squared- Discovery Museum & Doughnuts

I love my kiddos. They are my everything.
We had a great time at the Discovery Museum.
The littles just ooooozed excitement!!! Their eyes were wide and the energy was scaled high!

What a coincidence Eli just happened to wear his jet fighter plane vest.

The museum has changed quite a bit since we were last there. I got free passes from the library!! So that was awesome!! 

The little ones really enjoyed the anatomy exhibit. I liked seeing my veins!! And also, randomly, learning about how much sweat our feet make. Eeew!

Body temps!!!

Ella was allllllll about the cloud. No fear. Up and down! Up and down!!!
(Needless to say.... early bedtime tonight. Ha!)

Every room was so entertaining! So much to do and play!! And boy, are my kids polite. I'm so proud of their kindness and the way they treat others.

Fish for dinner! Smells delicious!!

Eli was enamored with the flying tunnel. He was giggling and jumping up and down seeing how high things could fly.

A great way to end our time.... dougnuts next door!
My mom would have LOVED this place!!!

Lots of cake doughnuts, which were a little heavy. But overall, everything was really tasty!!!

Such a lovely day!!

VSA Free Art Day - Snow and No Show

We had a HUGE snowstorm last night- Nevada standards. About 5 inches. Fortunately, the snow deterred a lot of people from coming today and it wasn't too busy!! Plenty of space to work and move!!
Plus, it's so nice to have Ram in town and to go to events together!!!

Beautiful projects as usual and the kids enjoyed creating!

Home Depot: Periscopes

This one was a little confusing, but we got it... finally!
And now we can spy on our neighbors! Hooray!

Friday, March 2, 2018

Dr. Seuss's Birthday

We had quite the treat at 5:30AM. A phone call from the district saying it was a SNOW DAY!!!!!!


We spent a lazy morning (and day) in our jammies.
We enjoyed a special breakfast.

Then made some Seussical Landscapes.

The kids have been doing Seuss art all week and we've been reading lots of his books too! Yertle the Turtle was a favorite this go around.

We wanted to watch The Lorax at my dad's but it wasn't on Netflix so we ended up binging on the end of season 1 and all of season 2 of Stranger Things.

Glorious fast foward button!!!! 
The funny thing was Ella was really into it. She cuddled me the ENTIRE time. And thank goodness Papa had a spare arm for Maria to lean in too!!
He always spoils us with dinner and a yummy dessert- lemon meringue pie!! By the time we left my dad was shoveling 5 inches of snow off my car windows.... no joke!!! Thanks dad!!!

I love my kiddo's friends

We sure have been blessed in the friend department!! I love the girls my girls choose to hang out with. They are jewels and AHHHHMAZING!!!

This is Addy, one of Maria's best friends. They had spent a Saturday together and tried out a new doughnut shop. They love Tsum Tsums and talking about Stranger Things and google chatting in the mornings.

Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle

I will say, we do good in the clothes department. I feel like we mostly buy used and donate 95% of all our clothes.

I found 3 gorgeous dresses (all name brand) for the older girls for $1.50 each. Such a score!!! I love the thrift store by Smith's and will be donating to them from now on. I love that they are there truly not to make a profit but to help the world go round.