Thursday, March 25, 2010

Thankful Thursday

I've got my four year old sitting on my lap. We were playing on (great site!) when I remembered it was Thursday. I thought, "time for my first guest blogger!" But it takes way too long for me to spell out what Jonz wants to say so he can find and type each letter.

So I'm going to type out our thankful conversation for you as Jonzy's very first "guest post" on this blog.

Me: K, Jonzy. What are you thankful for today?

Jonzy: Pick up toys?

M: You're thankful for picking up toys?

J: Yeah!

M: Why?

J: Cuz I love toys and I'm thankful for you giving the toys for our house, inside our house.

M: Do toys last longer when you take care of them?

J: Yep. I love to take t-t-toys. Toys starts with T!

M: That's right. You know what else starts with t?

J: What?

M: Thankful.

J: Thankful?...No.

M: You don't believe me?

J: I think I do believe you.

M: That's good. I'm glad you believe me because I'm telling you the truth.

*And then he kisses my face:)*

M: Is there anything else you're thankful for today?

J: Loving everybody?

M: Does it make you happy to have people that love you?

J: Yep.

M: Does it make you happy to have people to love?

J: Yep.

So there you have it, folks. Jonzy is thankful for toys and love today. My son is wonderful:)

What are you thankful for today?

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Thankful Thursday

Euphemism, it's Thursday again already! I've recently learned that many of the "filler" words I use are actually euphemisms of taking the Lord's name in vain. Whoops:/ So, I've decided that euphemism is actually a pretty cool word and I'll use that instead. Or perhaps I should just learn to speak more intelligently, eh?

To business. It's Thankful Thursday and therefore time to share some gratitude. I am thankful that, though he has injured his knee to the point that he will probably need surgery, that Bret is not completely incapacitated from his volleyball accident.

I'm thankful for good doctors and insurance (though I'm sure we'll be dealing with another round of insurance woes and hoops again, as we do whenever we make more than a well child visit claim; but it's better than paying out thousands of dollars all the time!).

I'm thankful for the priesthood and the blessings that come with it.

I'm thankful for my van. I would have been required to walk more than I am capable today if we didn't have a good reliable van.

And I'm thankful for a soft bed, that I would very much like to crash into right now. But at least I have that to look forward to tonight!

What are you thankful for today?

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Thankful Thursday

Ah, Thursday. Welcome, welcome. What a gorgeous day it is outside.

Today, I am thankful for a "moral compass." More specifically, I'm thankful that my moral compass isn't broken and hasn't been confused by the magnetic pulls of the world. I think without my trusty compass I would be so utterly confused. I wouldn't know where to stand on so many issues.

As I look at arguments for and against different issues with an objective mind (don't laugh or think I'm lying. I really can be objective!), I honestly can see valid points on either side. Without my moral compass, I think I would be such a fence sitter.

But I DO have a working moral compass! It shows me the way to go. It makes the right path more clear and certain. I am so thankful to have direction.

In parting, here's something to think about:

"For behold, the Spirit of Christ is given to every man, that he know good from evil..."
-Moroni 7:16

What are you thankful for today?

Monday, March 8, 2010

More kids=More $$?

I don't think so!

Here's why:

-When I had one child, I bought name brand diapers.
Now I have three children and I buy Walmart brand and I've found no difference in quality, especially when I don't have newborns.

-When I had one child, I bought new clothes for him as often as I could.
Now I have three children and I buy new clothes when the sale cost for three items is as much as the normal cost for one item. In other words, it rarely happens.

-When I had one child, I could leave the house any time I wanted to as long as it wasn't nap time...and leaving the house usually involves spending money somewhere.
Now I have three children and every time I think, "Oh, I need to buy a ____," I remember how hard it is to take all three boys somewhere, how guilty I feel leaving my husband with the boys at the most tiring time of the day (bedtime), and how much I don't like trying to shop after kids are in bed but before stores close. I've found that most of the "oh, I need to buys" are actually quite unnecessary.

More kids?

It's like money in the bank!

...That is until we start paying for all three boys to play little league, soccer, music lessons. Oh, and that little expense called college. Missions. Teenage boys on our car insurance plan.

I know kids are expensive, but it's not as bad as many people make it out to be. In my opinion- if you can afford one, you can afford more:)

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Thankful Thursday

Holy cow, it's Thursday!...for about two more hours.

It's been a busy day, a fun day, a rewarding day, and a long day.

Today I am grateful for friends who have tread paths before me and come back to guide me.

I'm grateful for children who speak so sweetly that my heart melts even though I have no idea what was said.

I'm grateful for a generous mother who sacrifices her time so my husband and I can attend the temple without worrying that our children might be crying themselves into a frenzy or the babysitter is being driven to insanity.

I'm grateful for the temple.

I'm grateful for my husband.

And I'm grateful that I have a wonderfully soft bed to crash into soon.

What are you thankful for today?

Monday, March 1, 2010


Throughout today I have gone between loving and hating line drying our laundry.

This morning the sun was shining and the temperature was over 40 degrees. I thought, "Perfect! I can catch up on laundry! Yay!" For those who don't know, it takes all day and then some for clothes to line dry inside and a couple hours outside (30 minutes if there's sunshine AND a warm breeze; come on, summer!).

So I caught up on laundry. I highly enjoyed hanging the clothes outside in the sunshine while the birds sang. I loved watching the clothes sway ever so gently in the breeze, thinking of how fresh and clean they'd be soon.

But after folding and putting away the twins' clothes, I put them in their freshly laundered pajamas and found that my youngest children smelled like dogs. Whaaaat? Dogs? Really? Of all scents to catch on a breeze did it have to be dogs? We have one dog nextdoor, how in the world did that scent attach itself so strongly to my boys' clothes. Zapped all the fun right out of it in one fell swoop.

And then, while hanging one last load inside this evening, I stuck a clothespin in my mouth and managed to get the minutest sliver in my lip that continues to bug me.

Why world? Can't I at least have clothesline drying remain simple, fun, and rewarding? Does everything have to have some level of emotional roller coaster attached to it?