This sweet little adorable girl is counting down the days until she turns 12. How on earth did this happen? She's my baby. My last kid. Wah!
She's still pretty sweet. She keeps her room so clean. She is a minimalist with her clothing- she truly has so few pieces, and definitely wears what she has. It is kind of inspiring to me, honestly.
She loves to sing and dreams of being on broadway, or voicing a Disney princess someday.
She still has a few barbies on her shelves, and stuffed toys on her bed. ❤️
I work at a little cafe and kids play place, and I was talking to a mom who was there one day, and having a hard time with her very active kids, and I said that I really didn't miss those days of wrangling small children, but later she was sitting at the table with a little one cuddling on her lap, and I said- that is what I miss. The little ones who cuddle on your lap, and the snuggles. Ahh.
That's when I need to remind myself that kids that can wipe their own bums are really great too. Haha.
nothing major has happened, but a lot of fun little stuff.
Life keeps going on. Kids grow up and move out. It happens. Even if you try to stop it. My second oldest will be leaving later this week to head to a new city for University. At least we think he will. he hasn't arranged a vehicle, or really a place to live, so who knows. Maybe he'll stay in my basement forever. (every Mother's dream, right?)
I had a small role in 7 Brides for 7 Brothers. that was fun. not sure if I want to make show business my business though.
For 2017 we want to live more frugally. pay off debts (mortgage. -probably won't be this year, but hopefully in the next couple of years) I've been reading/watching posts on minimalism, and it is very appealing to me to have less stuff (mess) and spend less money. win/win!
I will try to keep you posted on the progress, and this in turn will help motivate me into action!
this vacation was in our minds ever since we got married. You see, Cory served a mission for our church back when he was 19/20 years old. He went to Florida, but luckily ended up serving in the Bahamas for the last few months before he went back home.
So, when we were married, we always said we would come here.
first we were thinking for our 10 year anniversary, but then the kids were still little and money was tighter. Last August was our 20th anniversary. the kids are bigger, and we have a bit more extra money, so this was the year. yay! This time last week we were in the beautiful Bahamas!
The water is the most beautiful color turquoise that you can imagine. clear and beautiful- and super salty! We stayed at an all inclusive resort- but it really wasn't too fancy- but just fancy enough for our first big getaway!
The bus rides into town were an adventure in itself. and getting used to the driving on the left side of the road took a while!
I learned that I definitely get sea sick- and I really need to try snorkelling again, but on a calm day- definitely not with 6 foot waves out on the ocean!
all in all, it was an amazing trip. I would definitely go back there again!
a couple of weekends ago, us girls took a little road trip. you see, Beyond 5- the best new boy band out there was playing in the city close to our Grandma's house, so really, how could we not go!
The girls took a day off school, and we packed up with a friend and drove for hours and hours.
but was it worth it! expecially since Maggie got to "cheek touch" her favorite guy- Tanner!
After the concert was over, they let everyone who wanted to, line up and go through and get one thing signed, and have a few seconds to talk- or snap pictures with the guys. It was kind of a blur, and sadly this is the only picture I took! but we got posters, and a CD signed, so it was all good!
When I told some of the guys that we drove 6 hours to see them, they were shocked- and asked if it was worth it. I said yes- it was great, and thanked them for singing fun, good songs that I don't mind my girls listening to. except over and over for that 6 hour drive home. that was a bit much.
and sorry for the pictures being all over the place- I need to learn how to do that in an orderly fashion!