For our little family … we are getting back into a routine with things.
My oldest son goes to kindergarten Monday-Thursday, and I’m learning how to teach him on Fridays… and it’s been fun!
My son has learned a lot this year —it’s crazy to see him sounding out words and recognizing words. He doesn’t always want to do school work, and I don’t push him too much because at the end of the day, I want school to be fun for him.
Cade, our boy, has a neighbor friend that comes to play most days .. and he looks forward to playing everyday. Cade is our social boy and loves people.
Makell— (3 years) our middle child and oldest daughter, she has enjoyed preschool two days a week.
Makell loves to be like her big brother so she feels pretty special to be in school.
Makell loves art and drawing and has learned to write an “M” and an “O” and an “A” on papers.
Makell is so nurturing and caring. Nobody takes care of their dolls better than Makell. Makell’s baby dolls are always wrapped up nice sleeping ..all over the house.
Makell also has a sassy side and I would put money down that she has the loudest cry of all the girls out there.
We love our sweet Makell and it’s fun listening to her talk and grow.. her vocabulary has grown so much in the past little while.
Taya can be summed up as cute and busy!
She started taking a few walking steps at Thanksgiving and is walking longer and longer now.
She opens and dumps out anything she can, she tries to eat everything, and she is copying many of the words we say.
Taya is known as “smiley” because she truly is smiling about 90% of the time.. and we love that about her.
Yes she can get mad when she doesn’t get her way, but we love her so much.
My husband stays busy with a busy job, church calling, and he’s such a hard working father and husband.
My husband, Brad, is handy and can figure out how to build or fix about anything.
He has learned to bake bread and that is our family’s Sunday activity… and then we deliver a bunch of bread to people who may enjoy it.
Brad is so good at serving others, his focus is always on how he can help others.
Brad is great to get a workout in, and he also takes time to study his scriptures daily and write in his journal.
As for me.. my cute little family keeps me busy! There is never a dull moment with three young kids.
I always challenge myself throughout the day to tidy something in the house … just because these days we have a lot of toys everywhere and if I can find a few spaces to de-clutter, I feel accomplished and more organized.
I love to cook and enjoy trying new gluten-free recipes.
I also stay busy with a church calling. My goal this month has been to strengthen myself spiritually and it’s been so good for me to focus on my spiritual goals.
I am in a workout class and have enjoyed building and strengthening muscles .. as well as losing weight.
This blog always keeps me thinking —and I enjoy the challenge of this blog. I also just love to write.
I have had fun putting makeup on faces … as some of you know I’m a Seint artist.
I have enjoyed watching “The Crown” while folding laundry or while running on the treadmill.
And honestly I can say , life is busy —yet so wonderful all wrapped in one.
I will note, the winter time can be a bit hard on me mentally. Perhaps it’s the lack of sun and being indoors more… but I’m trying to be aware of this factor about myself and push through it.
I talk to my sweet mom pretty much everyday and she is such a sweet and uplifting voice for me.
And I can’t forget how nice it’s been to visit with friends lately, even if it’s Marco Polo.
Our life lately has been wonderful… we look forward to this upcoming year with positivity and happiness.
Part of being a mom is learning to do laundry so that no one can tell that there was a red popsicle stain all over that new shirt right ?!
Here are my favorite laundry cleaning items!
Let me know what you would add to my list.
It’s always so frustrating when you or someone in the family has a nice new shirt and within hours of wearing it…BAM! The new shirt has a NEW stain!
What I use for stains:
Fels Naptha--It truly gets out most things. It’s basically a bar of soap, you scrub it all over the stain and then I have it soak in water for a bit. After it soaks, toss the stained shirt in the wash and 90% of the time you come out with a clean shirt! Fels Naptha works particualry well for baby blow-outs, blood, and ketchup.
Norwex- I was first introduced to Norwex products a few years ago and I can tell you that I didn’t think I would like the products…but I truly do love the products. Their spot remover works great. I pour the remover over the stain and scrub it out as much as I can, and then throw it into the wash. Most of the time, this spot remover works great!
I love washing my whites with this but you can wash all colors with it as well. The clothes come out looking less dingy and more vibrant which is a huge plus.
Lemon Juice (who knew?)
Another trick for whiter whites is to add about a tablespoon of lemon juice to your load. It’s crazy, but the lemon juice helps your whites look even whiter!
Spray n Wash
My trick with spray n wash… often times I use fels naphtha first and to be honest.. it usually gets the stain out. BUT– if there’s still a trace of the stain, I always spray the area with spray n wash, let it sit a minute, and then toss it onto the washer.
I hope you enjoy some of these laundry products! And even more .. I hope you don’t have too much laundry to fold this week!
Let’s be honest, there is A LOT that I don’t know about parenting.
Even when three young kids, somedays I roam the parenting life oblivious to what I should be doing.
However, I always remind myself that the things I DO KNOW about parenting, help me get through all that I don’t know.
So let’s start with what I don’t know about parenting.
What I don’t know about parenting is how to get all of my kids to sleep through the night, in their beds, period. We have tried the books and the help and we still end up with one…sometimes two kids in our bed.
Our kids are young…5 years, 3 years, and 1 year old.
We had a big earthquake here back in March and I can honestly say my three year old daughter has never slept the same since then.
So I admit, I don’t know how to get my kids to sleep well through the night.
I also don’t know how to deal with the different emotions and personalities that each child has.
All three of my kids are very different from each other, and they respond to discipline, love, and all things differently.
It’s a learning curve, maybe one day I will figure it out, but not right now.
What I don’t know about parenting is how to get my kids to eat every meal without a fight, or without having to fix a separate side meal for some of my kids.
I have picky eaters, and I don’t know how to make them like certain foods.
Is it possible to make kids like certain foods?
I don’t know that.
What I don’t know about parenting is how to make sure I am meeting all of my children’s emotional needs.
There is no sign or signal that let’s us know if we are helping our children emotionally to the capacity that they each need. Is it possible to know that?
What I don’t know about parenting is how to be a kind, patient mom when trying to get kids packed into the van to get to school on time.
I am sure some parents have this figured out, but I don’t. I can bribe kids…that way I am not raising my voice as much, but I’m not sure that quite counts?
What I don’t know about parenting is …a continual thing.
What I DO KNOW about parenting is that the love a parent has for a child is indescribable.
And if we as parents can transfer that LOVE into every interaction we have with our kids….
Then we have EVERY part of parenting figured out.
We won’t have all the answers … raising children takes me to my knees a lot, asking Heavenly Father what I can do to be a better parent.
And what I feel from Heavenly Father is LOVE— and that is always the answer.
Love your kids through everything.
Love them through the tantrums and the heartache.
Love your kids through successes and honors…
If we love our kids through every decision and every move they make … they will FEEL that love in their hearts.
I felt it from mine.
That love will carry your children through all the pain and all the happiness.
So when it’s hard to know just how to discipline or work through a disagreement with your child.. stop and think of how your actions show love?
Love will change the world, one child at a time.
It starts with how we parent. When we parent with LOVE as the goal everyday… our children will benefit through indescribable ways.
That’s the only thing I know about parenting …that loving our kids through thick and thin is the key.
And guess what?
As long as that’s all we know… To love our children unconditionally … it all works out in the end.
With the holidays around the corner ..this is a fun time to enjoy family and friends company while enjoying some tasty treats.
When you love a gluten-free lifestyle, often times the common treat isn’t usually something that passes as gluten-free.
Well— don’t worry!
Below are two recipe links to our delicious gluten-free oatmeal chocolate chip cookies, as well as our favorite homemade hot cocoa.
Here is our Gluten-fee cookie recipe. Keep in mind, when you take the cookies out of the oven they may not look quite right, but as you let them sit for a minute on the cookie sheet you will see they make great cookies with a delicious texture and flavor!
And for the hot cocoa recipe, you can find that here.
I have always enjoyed homemade hot cocoa better than store bought .. the flavor is more rich and vibrant!
However – if I do get a store bought hot cocoa, my top choice is Stephens mint hot chocolate.
We hope you enjoy these tasty treats… and even more, we hope you’re holidays are fun and memorable!
In today’s world, with a major pandemic … there has been a lot of change.
Change is not always comfortable.
And yet, it’s inevitable in life that things will change.
As I have pondered different ways I have dealt with change, I decided to make a list.
Hopefully this list can help you with whatever change you are dealing with.
Just remember “comfort retards growth.”——G. Henry
Therefore— change can be a good thing. Just learning and adjusting to change is key.
1- Find your support system.
Any kind of chance is hard, reach out to others that you are kind and loving towards you. Lean on them to express the struggles you’re dealing with. Also let them know if all the good that is happening omg because of the change.
2. Keep a daily gratitude journal specific to why you’re grateful for the “change” you experienced.
There is always something small that you can be grateful for. Even amidst the current pandemic I know I have personally been grateful for the extra family time we’ve had together.
3. Don’t set unlikely expectations.
Meaning, don’t think that because you moved somewhere new. all your previous issues will melt away. Take things a day at a time.
4. Embrace the idea that there will hard days. Yes— embrace it.
Somehow this change, this uncomfortable hard thing that you’re experiencing … will shape you into the person you will be.
5. Remember that “tomorrow is a new day.” Or the age-old saying of “things get easier in time.”
So give yourself TIME to accept the change. And truly — GIVE YOURSELF A BREAK!