Wednesday, March 02, 2016

So proud of my boy!

This darling child called me today while he was spending time with his dad and other loved ones. That alone brightened my day. He then went on to tell me 3 awesome things among other sweet details! 1. He's in a play at school and invited me to come see it in a couple weeks! 2. He told me how much he likes his mainstream class and how comfortable he is now. He fits in, is making a lot of new friends, and feels happy with himself! 3. He told me he's been staying out of trouble on the bus this week because he's reading the book I gave him Monday morning. He's excited for the second book and wants ME to read the first one to get on the same page with him! He is a dreamy little dude. I needed that conversation today!

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

A lotta love

I love this boy with my whole heart and my whole soul. He teaches me in ways I never thought were possible and with big stuff I never thought I needed. He and I refine ourselves bit by bit and grow closer together as time goes on. As a mother, I'm reminded regularly how spiritually immature I am... which is humbling and essential so I aim higher. May the Lord bless all you parents as you strive to raise your babies with love and understanding (with them and yourselves). They are ours to impress upon for only a short time.

Monday, October 26, 2015

Liam's 10th Birthday

 He had a great day!  It was a beautiful Sunday!


Saturday, June 06, 2015

One Year

Exactly a year ago these young sweet kiddos met each other for the first time.  They have each come a long way to calling each other siblings and showing true concern and kindness towards one another. I am so grateful for darling children who enrich my life and help me grow right along with them!

Jenna, Liam, and Ben at Liberty Park in Salt Lake City, Utah

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Color Me Rad 5k Fun Run

We had so much fun this morning running and walking and playing in the colors!  Liam is the best sport and I sure love spending time with him!!!!

Before & After

Friday, May 22, 2015

I took the day off work

I feel so fortunate to have been able to walk Liam though one of our beautiful temples today and explain the special and sacred things we can do there. His favorite room was the Celestial room... mine too. The Spirit was felt so strongly. I am so grateful for these kind of experiences with my Liam. — at Payson Utah Temple.

Monday, May 18, 2015

He's just so darling...

As Liam and I were walking downstairs for breakfast this morning he said, "I had a fun weekend!"  And I said, "Really?  What was fun?"  He said, "Yesterday."  "Are you telling me you had fun scooping leaves and pine needles?"  "Yeah, I guess I am!"  (Today was our yard waste pick up day and we didn't get to that task Saturday... Liam and I kicked butt at dusk trying to get everything we could to the curb.  Was so proud of him for helping me so much - and proclaiming his love for me all weekend too.  He melts me.)

--I posted the above to Facebook this morning.  The entire weekend was pretty dreamy.  The kids were great Thursday night when Liam got back to us and then Friday we all went to see Cinderella at the Megaplex (in our haste to make/eat dinner prior, I managed to slice the tip of my finger off - which was an adventure to say the least, but I got some sympathy from the kids so that was nice).  After the movie we got Coldstone ice cream!  Saturday was a lazy morning watching Indiana Jones then I took the boys to a Lego event and Tadge took Jenna on a date to Red Lobster and Justice for Girls.  We all got back to the house around the same time and hung out the rest of the day.  Got a lot done on our list of things to do before Tadge left town Sunday morning.  Sunday morning we rushed to get Tadge to the airport then I rushed to get the kids to church. Church was a success and everyone came home with a great attitude and Ben especially seemed gratified with his attendance which isn't the usual since the last hour of church is not his favorite.  I took Ben and Jenna to their mom's and all three were so cute and nice in the back seat... which isn't the norm.  I complimented them all.  It's so great to see them jive and not compete with each other.  I told Liam on the way home that I was needing a nap badly and he asked nicely if we could build a fire and roast marshmallows.  I said yes, but I'd be taking a nap afterward.  He was excited!  We managed to build a fire in the rain and roast a few mallows.  It was fun to be with him and work together.  He even went and got me a drink of water while I roasted a mallow for him so it was perfectly brown and melty in the middle!  We cleaned up our mess and went upstairs together.  He said it was time for my nap now!  So cute.  I laid there for awhile and yelled to him (in his bedroom) that I couldn't fall asleep.  He came in and adjusted my window blinds to darken the room and suggested a melatonin.  I laughed.  He was so sweet and thoughtful!  When I woke up we made popcorn and watched some TV as he built a fort out of couch cushions.  Then I got the gumption to finally go do some yard work since the city clean up day was this morning and all material that goes to the dump needed to be put out to the curb... and we had no time for that work on Saturday.  We worked together to rake, scoop, and sweep up leaves and pine needles around the property.  Even got some debris out of the playhouse that has needed attention for years it would seem.  We met the neighbors and talked to them for a bit too.  It was a nice evening of hard work.  When it was time for bed we snuggled and talked for awhile.  He started reciting an older YouTube video that we both loved and made me laugh (Dear Kitten).  He told me he loved me and I'm the best mom... I melted many times the past 5 days in his company.  I love my Liam so very much!  He really is a good little man through and through.--

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Terrarium Class

I signed Liam and myself up for a terrarium class this morning! I was totally excited to finally learn this art I've seen on Pinterest for so long and Liam got on board once we arrived and he realized what it was! Totally fun and we'll be making a bigger version next time... maybe a bonsai garden!


Sunday, April 13, 2014

The Hunt

Liam's Aunt Alicia would be proud. He really cleaned up in about 45 min of walking around. The perks of living near a golf course, exercise, and free golf balls.

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Friday, October 11, 2013

Dream Liam Weekend

Liam and I went to a baby's 1st birthday party Friday night and had a great time watching that baby be as cute as can be. When it came time for the baby to smash his cake, Liam got curious about his own reaction on his first birthday. We ended up getting into the photo/video archives and smiling together as I held him on my lap like when he was little. Love my almost 8 year old boy!

Saturday I really wanted to spend the whole day with Liam. I had some church stuff to do in the morning, but everything else that I/we were invited to do that day was declined.  When I got back from the items I had to do that morning, we got ready to cruise up the mountain and check out Oktoberfest at Snowbird Ski Resort.

We had a lovely lovely drive up the canyon.  The fall colors were glorious! I took a risk and took photos with my phone out the windshield... Liam took a few out his window too.  Thank you, Liam.

I asked him to keep his eye out for the color red because there isn't much that had changed color that far yet.  I remember there was a tree in our complex that was completely red already and asked if he knew what I was talking about.  He replied, "Yes!  I pointed it out to my friend JJ (13) and said 'isn't that beautiful' and he gave me a weird look, but said it was."  My heart leaped a bit that Liam isn't afraid to verbally notice beauty in front of his friends.  Oh so sweet.

 At the entrance of the Oktoberfest, Liam got friendly with a gingerbread guy.  Okay, I made him smile with the pastry.

After a game of bean bag toss, we browsed at some vendor booths, then we headed into a big tent where there was German entertainment going on the large stage.  We stood in line for the authentic food - well I did.  Liam stayed close to the tent and played in what little snow was outside! 

As we were eating our yummy German food,they announced it was time for a game of musical chairs!  According to Liam I made him play.  He did really well on each round as he made eye contact with me each time he found a seat... "I'm still here mom... and I'm doing good" is what those sweet eyes kept saying.  He ended up in the top two with a gal named Leah and she was also a Tae Kwon Do kid!  Funny!  Leah took the victory as Liam was on the wrong side of the chair when the music stopped.  He got a bouncy ball consolation prize!

And these cute guys all humored me for a photo!

We packed up and started walking out of the tent to go on to the next thing when Liam checked his wallet to ensure his $5 and the birthday voucher for $3 from Toys R Us were still there.  He discovered the gift card was gone.  He was heartbroken.  He went back and looked all over the floor and also asked the guys above if they saw it.  No dice.

As we stood in line for the tickets for the ropes course and the tram ride, Liam continually got worked up over that $3 now gone.  I said, "Let's not let that ruin your whole day.  We'll go to the store and see if they'll understand you lost it and maybe they'll help us."  He cleared his tears and we marched on to the highly anticipated ropes course.

He was rigged up to start the course and given directions on how to guide his rope along.  He seemed confident that he didn't need any help up there. 

He was doing so well.  I was cheering for him and clicking away with my camera.  Then I went to the other side of him and discovered something I didn't expect.

Sad face!  Oh no!  "What's going on?  Are you okay?"  Nope.  He was scared of the height and was frustrated with the other kids going around him and making things tougher than he had imagined.  I rushed over to the workers and one gal volunteered to go up and do the course with him.  BLESS HER!  

He did just fine from there and I was so proud of him for conquering his fears!!!!!!!!!!

Look at him go!!!!!!!!!!

 I was really impressed with the time he spent up there to try a few different ways to cross the ropes.

Next, the tram ride!  We had to wait in line for about 15 minutes before we tightly loaded up!  That little sweatshirt Liam wore strummed up conversations left and right.  We stood next to a lady that has a son that goes to the same studio for Tae Kwon Do.  A year after quitting the sport, we are still meeting people because of it!

It was a fun ride to the top.  Gorgeous views!  It took a ton of convincing for Liam to put on his coat and hat and mittens... but shortly thereafter he was grateful for all three!  He got right to work when we arrived at the top of the mountain!

 We had riden up a couple of alpine horn players.  They set up and the music was glorious!

Snowman in progress.

After he played in the snow for awhile, he spotted some icecicles forming under the tram platform.  So he start throwing rocks towards them to knock them to the ground.  He was successful many times and collected a few good size ones.

Then he started making snow angels!

See that lovely snow angel?

Then I attempted to take self photos.

Whoa... too close!

There we go.

I then asked a stranger to take one last photo of us before we loaded the tram.  Liam doesn't like it when I talk to strangers.

Tram ride down - photo out the window and between lots of folks.

Liam got a huge pretzel with cheese and then we stopped to watch Dale the yo-yo guy show us the evolution of tricks!
I stopped the car on our way down the mountain to capture the beauty!

Liam was determined to stop by Toys R Us and see if they would give him another $3 towards his purchase that day.  Amazingly we got a very helpful worker that agreed to his plea.  Loved that Liam initiated the sob story with, "My mom made me play musical chairs..."

He picked out a Pokemon sorting binder and we checked out.  As Liam laid his cash out and waited for his discount, the worker asked if he wanted his birthday balloon and crown.  He looked at me in amazement of the offer.  So I answered yes for him.  I sized the crown and placed it on his head after handing him the giraffe balloon.  Right there in the store he said, "THIS IS THE BEST DAY EVER!"  I cracked up.  And then my heart sank because my phone had died and I couldn't take a photo of this grateful little guy!

When we got home we carved Liam's huge pumpkin together! He had been asking to do this all week long.  So glad he did more than half the work this year!  He even sorted all the seeds so I could roast them. 

It took a bit of encouragement to get Liam to finally do his bedtime routine.  I ended up kinda grumpy by the time I tucked him in after reading and prayers.  I went to lay in my own bed and yelled out to him, "I love you, good night!"  He replied the same thing back to me.  I then shouted back, "Sorry I am grumpy!"  And he replied, "You aren't grumpy, you are awesome!" - my heart melted.  I love how resilient and unconditionally loving he is towards me.