This Is Really Happening

Twas the night before I take my oldest daughter to college…

car is packed for college

The car is packed.  Yep!  I’m so exhausted.  I need to head to bed and get some shut eye before arising early in the morning to drive for 11 hours.  I’ve been wanting to sneak some time to blog about this important milestone in our family’s life and it just didn’t happen.  The only reason I am typing this up now is because I’m waiting on some cd’s to burn.  I’ve been writing letters to her.  These letters include a playlist of songs about the subject of each letter.  I plan on sharing this on the blog sometime.  Anyway, it is taking an eternity to burn these playlists for some reason.  So I decided I would hop on and capture what I’m feeling.

Earlier when we were in my oldest’s room packing, I glanced over at my youngest to find her crying.  She had just said before, “I can’t believe she’s leaving.  I don’t want her to go.”  She ran into my arms and sobbed causing a chain reaction…as I then began to cry.  I honestly didn’t realize how much this was going to effect my 2 younger children…the oldest leaving.  They both adore her.

It is going to be weird for all of us not having her here.  So many people have asked me recently, “how are you holding up?”  “Are you ready, mom.”  I think I am ready.  I am really excited for her.  I know she’s ready and I know she will have a wonderful time.  It will all be in God’s hands.  I recently told a friend of mine… to be a mom, you have to be willing to have faith.  Otherwise, you will be a nervous wreck and stressed out all the time.  I’m so grateful for the opportunity she has to go to BYU in Idaho.  I went there and received my associates degree when it was called Ricks College.  It will be so fun to go back and see how the campus has changed over the 20+ years since I was there.

Getting everything into her car was no small feat.  I have to admit we ended up leaving a few items here, but they are easily able to be purchased there.  We made 2 trips to the store for more space bags today, but we did it!  You should have seen my 2 girls and I as we very carefully shoved her memory foam mattress topper into a space bag.  It took a while before we were able to seal the bag shut so we could suck the air out of it. {I put a video on Instagram today of us using a space bag.}  We took turns sitting on it and punching it.  I’m sure it would be a funny sight to behold, but I was not backing down.  Where there’s a will, there’s a way!

My disks are done so I’m headed off to dream land.  I hope to plop a few photos on here tomorrow and keep in touch with our travels.  I really do appreciate all of you who have expressed support of me during this monumental time in a mother’s life.  Some of my dear friends on Instagram, who also have kids going to college, have been so sweet and we help each other.  That means a lot.

Kids bring joy,

Wordfilled Wednesday’s First Day Smiles

First Day of School 2013

Our family tradition on the first day of school is taking the kids to the doughnut shop for breakfast.  Today is my 5th & 9th grader’s first day of school.  So here we are outside the doughnut shop.  I’m grateful my oldest could take this photo of us together.  Interesting tidbit…my 5th grader will be having 5th grade at a local college in town.  A water pipe busted yesterday at her school and it flooded. :(  Fortunately, they are still having classes.  A, my youngest, was teasing my oldest daughter saying, “I’m going to college before you!”  It is quite funny because it’s sort of true.  K, my oldest, will be headed to college in 4 weeks.  The countdown has begun!

my three kids 2013

K didn’t want to miss out on our family tradition of doughnut breakfast, though.  Here she is with her arm proudly wrapped around her sister and brother.  I think the huge grin on her face is her happiness at knowing she wasn’t going to school today.  Or maybe it was the sugar high from her 2 doughnuts?  True story…she is sacked out asleep on the recliner in the living room right now.  That sugar low hit quick.  Doughnuts always do that to me too.  I was a good girl today and didn’t eat any doughnuts.  I woke up at 5AM so I could run.  I didn’t want to cancel out all my hard work of running 3 miles this morning.  It was a nice cool morning in the 70’s so I was able to run all 3 miles without walking.  Yippee!

I want to give a little shout out to one of my oldest daughter’s besties who is going to college today.  We love you C and are super excited for you!  We will come and visit before we take K to college.

How about your family?  When do your kids begin school?

I’m determined to finish my over due Haven recap post today and will publish tomorrow.

Have a beautiful day friends!  Thanks again for visiting and you are always welcome to leave comments.  They make my day! 😀

School Brings Joy,

Jumping For JOY

Vertigo…I’m not talking about the song by one of my favorite bands ever, U2.  I’ve been suffering from vertigo for the past couple of weeks.  Normally this might mean I have an ear infection or a UTI.  Both were ruled out, so it’s been unexplained.  Hopefully, {knock on wood} it is finally subsiding.  It’s quite difficult to sit at the computer when your head is spinning.

In any case, I decided to post a few family photos we took after my daughter’s graduation for Wordless Wednesday.

family jumping

I love this jumping pose my kids did with their aunt and uncle, my sis and bro.  This is also a sneak peek of our new pergola and outdoor living area. 😉


It’s not often I’m able to be with both my sister and brother at the same time.  Even more so, get a photo.  I love them both very much.

I hope everyone is having a wonderful time with their families this summer.

Take photos of your family,

The Dancer And The Graduate

Last night was my daughter’s dress rehearsal for her dance recital.  I always love to go and be able to take close up photos.  We don’t normally get there early enough to get seats this close for the actual recital, which is tonight.  Oh how I love the dance recital.  I look forward to it all year.  I was about to post some photos for some friends on Facebook and decided I would put this photo on the blog.

Dance Recital

I adore how she is set apart in the middle and is making a beautiful pose.  I’m a pretty proud Mom seeing her toe pointed and great form.

Before I go, I survived graduation.  I’m in the middle of packing for our special family trip to celebrate our oldest graduating from high school.  This is our gift to her and it’s one we’ve been planning for many years.  The destination is very special and I can’t wait to tell you all about it when we return.

My graduate

I probably shouldn’t leave out my son.  He began summer baseball this week.  However, I have no photos to share yet. {He doesn’t usually let me take many photos of him anyway. :(}  So, I’ll see you in a week! Until then…oh and thanks for stopping by! 😀  You’re awesome!

Daughters bring joy,

I Have A Life

You know how sometimes when you are looking at other people’s life via their blog, Instagram or other social media, you think to yourself, “they have a life.”  Well, maybe you don’t think that, but sometimes I do.  {I’m not saying I don’t have a life or that I don’t treasure each beautiful day I’ve been given.}  Usually, I think this during periods of my life when I don’t have much going on.  Well, this month is NOT one of those times.  As a matter of fact, I’ve been so busy living my life that I haven’t had much time to visit my friends’ blogs, etc.

I really shouldn’t even be taking the time to write this post because I have so much to do.  However, a very wise woman shared some good advice with me yesterday.  My Mom reminded me I should still take some time out for me amongst the hustle and bustle.

I’m embarking upon one of the most busiest weeks of my career as a mother.  Not only that, but one filled with lots of emotions.  If you’ve been reading my blog you already know what I’m referring to…our oldest daughter is graduating from high school.

Yesterday was my youngest daughter’s birthday and Mother’s Day.  On top of that, I taught a lesson at church and we went to my oldest daughter’s Baccalaureate service.  Tuesday morning I will be attending my 4th grader’s school talent show.  She and one of her besties are dancing in it as a duet.  We will also be attending her 4th grade graduation banquet Tuesday evening.  Wednesday there are 2 church activities scheduled at the same time for both of our daughters.  One of those occasions where hubby will have to go to one while I go to the other.  The church is hosting a special reception for the 3 seniors graduating this week.  Our new 10 year old’s church activity is a parent’s night where they share what they {equivalent to a girl scout group} have been working on throughout the year.  Family will begin to come on Wednesday and Thursday.  {looking forward to having our parents and siblings here to celebrate}  Thursday is the last day of school and graduation will be held that evening.

Today our pergola was supposed to be delivered.  Just found out it won’t be here until tomorrow…one more thing to add to Tuesday.  Today will be filled with cleaning and finishing a paint project in my youngest girl’s bedroom while the kids are at school.

I can hardly believe the time has come to see our firstborn graduate.  It was only last night as the band played “Pomp and Circumstance” {the beginning of the Baccalaureate service} and we saw our daughter walking down the aisle with her cap & gown that I saw emotion from my hubby.  A tear trickled down his face.  It wasn’t until the closing prayer of the service that the salty liquid came pouring down my cheeks.  “I pray that these parents can let their children go.”  It’s not like we’ll never see her again.  We still have all summer with her {thank goodness.}  It’s just the beginning of a different phase for us as parents.  It’s so weird this feeling.  I’m so excited for her, yet so sad to know it will not be the same after she goes to college.  She won’t be here in our home all the time.  I can’t go up to her room and check on her.  It won’t be the 5 of us here.  I have to trust that all the training and teaching we’ve done will be sufficient for her.  I have to practice faith and trust Heavenly Father will protect her…that she will go to Him when she needs help.

Well, I think that’s enough for now.  Time to get back to work.  It pains me I’m posting this without a photo. :(

Life is a blessing…through it all,

The Taming of the End of School Year Schedule

pixie shan familybringsjoy.comIt’s just me…with shorter hair.  Yep, I finally got up the nerve to try the pixie cut.  This is plenty short and don’t plan to go shorter.  But, I love it!  If you had as thick hair as I do you would too.  I’m grateful for people telling me I have the perfect face for short hair instead of exclaiming, “what did you do to your hair!?” lol 😉

first graduation card

Her first graduation card

There’s only 23 days until the last day of school which is also graduation for our high school senior.  Her school prom is this Saturday.  We’ll be hosting 4 youth for a pre prom dinner in our home.  I’m happy to do this…even though in my mind I’m thinking of all the stuff I’d like to do in my dining room before Saturday and realistically know it’s not going to happen.  Between now and the last day of school we will also be attending graduations of our 8th grader and 4th grader too.  The schools here have 1st grade through 4th grade in one school, so when they finish 4th grade they have a “graduation” for them.  Our junior high is 7th and 8th grade so they also hold a “graduation” for those students.  This means 3 graduations for our family this year.  Geesh!  It’s not like one is not enough!  I can’t begin to list all the events we’ll be attending because I think the overwhelming monster might take up residence and I don’t have time for his visit.

new LG washer

Our new red washer

Yesterday started out well, until the washer repairman shared the ill fated news {cost me $60 too} of our washer needing a new part, which would set us back a few hundred dollars.  We already had this part replaced once on this washer.  I didn’t want to sink more money into it.  This required me to shop for a new washer in hopes it could be delivered ASAP.  If I go too many days without doing laundry it begins to pile up.  Fortunately, Sears had the washer I chose on hand and they delivered it this morning.  I’m loving the red.  It has a sweet little chime when the load is finished washing.



Baseball is now over until the summer so I guess that will free up a little time.  Unfortunately, not enough but I’m trying to stay positive.

prom chaperones


A few weeks back we chaperoned our 2 oldest kids to church prom.  I was excited to meet my daughter’s new boyfriend.  He lives about an hour away.  He is very nice and polite.  It took a little getting used to him calling me mam.  I was grateful he decided to wear the boutonniere I made him even though it was somewhat embarrassing to my daughter.  She was a little timid with me taking formal pictures of them together. She’s regretting that decision now.  I sneaked a photo of them, yet he saw me and smiled:

new bf

Aren’t they cute! Son is pictured to the right of her

sheet music boutonniere

Boutonniere I made for her BF

My church prom dress

My prom dress for chaperoning

Hubby and I danced to exactly 4 slow songs.  According to our son that was 4 too many.  He told us we weren’t allowed to chaperone any more dances because we embarrass him.  Whatever!  We enjoyed watching him dance to the YMCA…which reminds me…I have video of that!  Hmmmm…maybe I should share that?  I’m such a bad mom, huh?

Church Prom our princess

Our princess

5k family

A family that runs together stays together

me at finish line

Finish line!

I’m still running.  In fact, our whole family just ran a 5K.  It was my first 5K in a couple of years.  I was grateful to finish 5th in my age group.  I haven’t been timing myself while running.  This is a strategy I use as to not sike myself out when I see how slow I’m running compared to how fast I used to run.  I am just trying to get where I run 3 miles without feeling as though I’m finishing the last 3 miles of a marathon.  I think it’s getting there.  Just a lot slower than I’d like.  Our 2 oldest kids and hubby received trophies for placing 3rd in their age groups.  I’m happy we all ran and feel it was a great family activity.

I’m very happy to report I lost 6 pounds while participating in a 21 day cleanse/detox made by Standard Process!  One habit I developed while on the cleanse I am keeping…I only drink water.  Except for the too frequent visits to the restroom I think it helps to lose weight and is much healthier than drinking diet drinks.

I’ll be teaching my second adult craft class this Saturday and my first kid’s craft class.  So happy my supplies just arrived via FedEx.  I can’t wait to share the tutorials for the crafts with you next week.

Well, glad I could catch up a bit with you.  I hope this finds you and your family doing well.  I truly mean that. :)

Enjoy the journey,