Monday, October 31, 2011

Love this!

I stole this from Jason’s Aunt’s Facebook page. 

I love it – so like our lives!


Sunday, October 30, 2011

Our Week

Flu hit Becca, Sammi and I this week.  Becca missed four days of school.  Unheard of!  Sammi went to a special Beehive activity where they made caramel apples and carved pumpkins.  It’s a fun time of year!

Going for a walk,                                               Making birthday party invitationsIMG_5303IMG_5311

Bubbles!                                                             Pumpkin pies – from pumpkins (not a can)IMG_5315IMG_5321

FHE – Carving pumpkins!


Beautiful Joy and a beautiful ladybug in our garden!


Sweet girls


Sammi is supposed to exercise daily, which is something she does not enjoy doing.  So she decided to spice things and pretend she was doing quidditch.  Funny girl!  Kathie and Elizabeth stopped by.  Bella absolutely LOVED having them here!  You’ll have to come back Kath!


Sammi has drawing lessons with Miss Chloe on Wednesdays.  They are currently working on perfecting her owls.  Lizzy went to Activity Days this week.  She brought home a special cup cake for Jessi since her birthday is coming up.IMG_5370IMG_5373

IMG_5376This is what fifty pounds of chocolate chips looks like!  Too bad you can’t smell them – ahhh!!  I gave a handful to our PT (who had never seen fifty pounds of chocolate chips in one place before).  She just kept talking about how good they are.  Yeah!  We made a batch of cookies, and they are yummy!

Sammi, Becca, and I bagged up all 50 pounds.  Becca wouldn’t smile at the camera!


My girls!


Sister Hecker’s Annual Halloween Carnival – we took Bella!IMG_5389IMG_5391IMG_5399IMG_5401IMG_5404IMG_5410IMG_5411

Jason wanted to make sure we got a picture for his Dad of the golfing!  Texas size!IMG_5414IMG_5423IMG_5425IMG_5431

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Our Week

My cute little girls….and Lizzy lost a tooth!  She came home with a loose tooth and she was so afraid that I was going to pull it, she did it herself!

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Homework time……                                       Therapy time.

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Swinging with Daddy      Bubba reading to the girls

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Book Fair buys                                              Sammi’s OT says she needs to exercise.  This isn’t something that Sammi enjoys, so she was walking on the trampoline.  I thought Joy had a great idea.  Since we are walking, we should bring along baby.oct 24 034oct 24 037

Jessi learned some Hawaiian hulas and songs at Activity Days.  Here she is sharing them with Joy.  If Bella’s wheezing keeps her inside, she can still swing in her Johnny Jump UP.

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The magic of the ipad.                                   Soccer game

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Time for Violin lessons:

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Jessi had a friend come over

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That evening we went to the Ward Fall Festival (Jason and Bella stayed home).  I committed the grossest sin -  I left both cameras at home.  (Hanging my head in shame)  I always keep at least the little one in my purse, but no.  Nothing.  I have a couple of phone pictures, but that’s it.



My cute girls                                               So much candy – it was ridiculous!

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Fitness Club and 5th Grade Choir started this week

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My other job in life is as Becca’s (and her friends) personal chauffeur.    She volunteers four days a week.  The High School gets out at 2:30, and the 5th Grade Strings program starts around 3.  Sometimes Becca and her friends have to run to get there in time, but she loves it!               This is a picture of four different instruments in my van.  I am also a cargo  hauler.  When the kids leave home, my career options are limitless!

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Poor Joy – she gets hauled everywhere.  This is how I found her when we got home one afternoon.  She is belted, believe it or not.  She has just manipulated those belts till she could curl up in a ball and go to sleep.             Crazy Becca!oct 24 121oct 24 122

My life can be hard sometimes.  Very lonely, in fact.  There really isn’t anyone that understands the world that Bella has brought us to.  No one to talk to about the ups and downs.  But you know I have a couple of thoughts about this.  One, it’s about perspective.  When I think through the lens of eternity, things are easier.  When I focus on myself and have a pity party, life is harder.  Second, it’s all about progression.  All of us, everyone, has a plan on this Earth.  Each of us is to progress, to grow, to become better.  All of us have trials and opportunities to grow.  We really are extremely blessed as a family.  I feel so grateful for six girls, a kind husband, and a home to live in.  And prayer.  I am so grateful for prayer – I have my Heavenly Father to talk to.   He always understands.