Thursday, December 15, 2011

The Bubble Monster!

Tori loves to take baths and showers. Every day -- several times a day -- she sniffs her arm and tells me that she had better take a bath/shower because she smells like dirt. Sometimes I give in, other times I don't. Today, I had no problem with it so she got in the tub. I gave her a little bubble bath and decided to fold some laundry while she was in the tub. I heard her turn on the jets in the bath and thought that she might be surprised at how many bubbles she would end up with. It turns out, I was the one who was surprised! She thought it was great fun. I thought it was time for some pictures.
In these pictures, we had already let out the water and she was playing in just straight bubbles.

2 loose teeth + 2 pieces of floss = I need $2 tonight

Tyler and Nicole both have teeth loose. Multiple. Nicole has three loose and Tyler has 2 loose. I hate pulling out teeth! That is a job I happily reserve for my husband. Unfortunately, he's not home tonight and the kids wanted these teeth out NOW. It has gotten to the point where they don't want to eat because it hurts to bite on those teeth. So, I tied some string around the tooth, counted one... two... PULL! and out it came. Nicole went first (to show Tyler how to be brave) and then Tyler followed only a couple of minutes later.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Phone pictures

I just realized that I have over 400 pictures on my phone from the last few months. Instead of blogging about each one and noting the significance, I'm just going to put them on here. The thought of doing dozens of blog posts is overwhelming and I probably won't do it. So, here's some fun pictures of my family from the last few months.

Christmas Program

Tori had her Christmas program at preschool today. She was the loudest one! In years past, I have never been able to pick out my kids' voices when they sing with their class. This was not the case with Tori's class! Watch the video and you'll see what I mean:

She looked so pretty!

 This picture was going to be so cute, until she decided to fall over backward and throw her feet in the air.

Sunday, December 11, 2011

The Gratitude Challenge

I was reading in The Ensign just now and found a "Gratitude Challenge" that was directed to the youth of the church. I decided that I should do it myself.

10 physical abilities I am grateful for:
1. I can see, hear, smells, touch, and taste without troubles.
2. I had free surgery on my foot so now I can walk with less discomfort.
3. I am tall enough to reach the highest cupboards in my kitchen.
4. My body is healthy enough to keep me free from medications most of the time.
5. I have steady hands.
6. I can breathe without the use of an oxygen tank or inhaler.
7. I have a healthy back which enables me to lift and carry my children.
8. I have 10 fingers and 10 toes which help me to run farther and type faster.
9. I have strong fingernails to scratch my itches.
10. I can do 10 cartwheels in a row down a hill before I fall over.

10 material possessions I am grateful for:
1. My 1999 Midnight Blue Jeep Cherokee that always gets me where I need to go.
2. A home where I can raise my children.
3. My laptop and iPhone that help me stay in touch.
4. My refrigerator and freezers that keep my food from spoiling.
5. My camera that helps me capture memories.
6. My bed. It is so unbelievably comfortable. I want to be in it all the time.
7. My dog. He loves me for me.
8. The Calvin and Hobbes artwork my brother-in-law made. It makes me smile every day.
9. My clothes that keep me warm, modest, and cute.
10. All of my hair products that help me control this curly head of hair.

10 living people I am grateful for:
1. My husband. He's the best. :)
2. My family. (if we share blood or I'm married to someone who shares your blood, you are included in this.)
3. My beach girls. They build me up, make me laugh, and help me stay sane.
4. My Young Women that taught me so much about who I want to be.
5. The teachers I had in school and church.
6. My ex-boyfriends that taught me how to stand up for myself.
7. The doctors that help me when someone I love is sick or hurt.
8. The wonderful men and women that teach my children.
9. The leaders of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
10. The people who are mean to me. They help me learn patience, tolerance, and humility.

10 deceased people I am thankful for:
1. My Great-Grandma and Great-Grandpa Loe for being some of the most loving people I ever met.
2. Joseph Smith for being brave enough to do what he was told.
3. The countless men and women that have died defending our country.
4. My Grandma Lenz for singing me funny Australian songs.
5. My Great Grandma Lenz who taught me that eating raw pork sausage off the floor won't really hurt you.
6. The Founding Fathers of our nation.
7. Robert Jordan, for writing some of the greatest books I've ever read.
8. My childhood pet, Sam. I know he's not a person, but he was the greatest dog ever and I still miss him.
9. Adam and Eve, for their understanding of the plan God had in store for them.
10. Jesus Christ, who suffered and died for my sins so that I can be saved.

10 things about nature that I am grateful for:
1. Sunsets and sunrises.
2. Warm summer wind and cloudless, icy, winter days.
3. Green grass that lasts all year long.
4. Flowers of all shapes, sizes, colors, and scents.
5. The beautiful colors of autumn.
6. Fog.
7. The ocean and it's beaches.
8. Water in all forms: oceans, lakes, rivers, streams, ponds, rain, snow, ice, waterfalls, etc.
9. The beautiful and diverse animals in this world.
10. Rainbows.

10 things about today that I'm grateful for:
1. I got to go to church and feel the Spirit.
2. My husband helped me with a birthday present for my dad.
3. My kids all hugged and kissed and and wanted to spend time with me.
4. I got to see my friends at church.
5. Baxter let me brush his hair without trying to eat the brush.
6. I made super yummy chicken noodle soup with homemade noodles.
7. I beat Tyler at air hockey.
8. I painted a sweet picture of the "snowman house of horrors" from Calvin and Hobbes.
9. I had a pretty good hair day.
10. Everyone is asleep and I have a few quiet minutes to myself.

10 places on earth I am grateful for:
1. Multnomah Falls.
2. BYU's Provo Campus
3. The beaches of Oahu.
4. Lincoln City, Oregon.
5. Vancouver, Washington.
6. Portland, Oregon.
7. Victoria, British Columbia, Canada.
8. The Caribbean.
9. Disneyland.
10. IKEA.

10 modern inventions that I'm grateful for:
1. Cars.
2. Digital cameras.
3. Microwaves.
4. Running water.
5. Computers.
6. Cell phones.
7. Christmas lights.
8. Hair dryers.
9. The Slap-Chopper.
10. Treadmills. Because I'd hate to have to walk outside and get fresh air.

10 foods I am thankful for (I LOVE food):
1. Pasta.
2. Meatballs. BBQ, swedish, sweet and sour, spaghetti and m. I love them all.
3. Soup.
4. Fruit salad.
5. Roasted vegetables.
6. Chicken curry.
7. Breakfast burritos with eggs, hashbrowns, ham, salsa, and cheese.
8. Nachos with olives, guacamole, sour cream, refried beans, lots of cheese, salsa, and lettuce.
9. Ketchup.
10. Mashed potatoes and gravy.

10 things about the gospel that I am grateful for:
1. The atonement of Jesus Christ.
2. The resurrection.
3. The Bible and Book of Mormon.
4. The law of Tithing.
5. The Relief Society program.
6. The Priesthood.
7. Our sweet prophet, President Thomas S. Monson.
8. Temple ordinances.
9. Baptism.
10. My testimony.

Well, I made it. It took me an hour, but I had a wonderful time thinking of all of these amazing things that are part of my life. I am truly grateful for so many things in my life and I could never write them all down. It is my hope that I will be able to keep these things in my heart and try to be more diligent about counting my blessings so that I can keep a positive attitude and outlook with me always.