Thursday, September 29, 2011


Me: I am still a busy mom and wife. I am still collecting coupons and am actually enjoying doing it :) On my first attempt to use the carefully cut scraps, I saved 50% on my shopping trip! Nice! It's been a month since I started a new book. I started one, but it didn't hold my attention... I'll try it again, soon. I open my doors each morning with the hope that the air will be brisk... no such luck, yet! I keep having great ideas for projects around my home, but seriously lack the vision to get them going. That frustrates me. i hope to be finished with my Christmas shopping before Halloween... doing very well so far! I have a friend who calls me Pollyanna. I like that.

(R and I with Dr. Richard Carmona, former Surgeon General of the United States)

R: now Chief of Physical Therapy at work. It was a long time coming! He's definitely the brains of this operation. R organized a day trip for us all to the Tonto Natural Bridge last weekend. It's one of our favorite family outings! He also takes very seriously his responsibility to lead and guide our family's spiritual growth. He is the one who makes sure we have family home evening and study the scriptures together. That is such a huge blessing for our family.

K: She's in her 2nd year at BYU. K has a great condo and great roommates. In her choir, Singers, she is singing alto for the first time in her life. She loves it, and it gives her a great opportunity to focus on training her soprano solo voice. The Singers will head to England this summer, so K is looking forward to that! Granny & Opa are picking up K tomorrow to spend the weekend with them in SLC. The following weekend, she will be here with us so she can be here for a friend's wedding. Hooray!

L: is as busy as ever. Drum line is pretty much the coolest group on campus. It is so fun for him, but is also a huge time commitment. Marching competition season is upon us. That means extra evenings and Saturdays. He's doing really well in his classes and choir, luckily! L just passed the board of review required for him to receive his Eagle Scout award. Hooray, again! I guess the next project will be driving...

J: Started wrestling at the Jr. High. Unfortunately (for him, not me), he broke his right pinky finger in the first match. (I had to explain to J how fortunate this is that his dad can make his splint in the kitchen and that people pay lots of money for custom splints. He still didn't think it was cool...)

This boy is an excellent student. His teachers really love him. Sometimes, he surprises me in the middle of the day by bursting through the front door and then out just as quickly as he's forgotten a book, or paper, or something. Lucky for him classes are right across the street and he is really fast during his 5 min passing period!

L: Is progressing in karate pretty quickly. His sensei says he's a natural! L just worked hard and received his arrow of light award in webelo scouts. L is my best and fastest dishwasher emptier and potty scrubber... although not simultaneously... ewwww! L likes that his teacher has a lot of their 5th grade homework posted online because it gives him a great excuse to use the computer.

T: has started pre-school 3 days a week. He is in angel school at Rita Lyon's and has fun new friends there. He pays attention well and writes well, too. At least it's legible, so far! He thinks he's outgrown naps, but is sure exhausted by the end of the day. I can still get him to snuggle by me for a bit if I promise some time playing Wizmo's Workhop or Wii. Funny boy! I love that he loooooves to help!

T: takes a ballet class on Tuesday mornings. She absolutely loves it, and that is probably an understatement. She will sit and apply lip gloss or chapstick for as long as I let her. A couple of weeks ago, as she and I watched the homecoming assembly at the High School, she grabbed my face between her 2 hands and said "Mom, I want to be them!" as she watched the pommies and cheerleaders perform. She was mesmerized. T just turned 3 and got a small version of Ariels wedding dress. She wears it whenever and where ever she can!

We are healthy, happy, and mostly, oh so very blessed. xoxoxo


Laraine Eddington said...

I loved the snapshot of your family. What great things you are accomplishing. Congrats to Mr. W. for the job recognition. I respect Carmona alot. I just don't want him to run against my brother Jeff for the Senate :)

mama bear said...

Enjoyed the updates on all your cute family...what a bunch of talented, motivated people you are...makes me happy to know you and be able to call you relatives!!