Friday, May 8, 2015

Little Passports


My kids have not been a fan of geography. Looking at maps is not fun apparently. But when I seen a post about Little Passports I fell in love with the idea! Got the first box today. Hailey and Cati can't stop reading everything and matching the countries with the fun fact provided. Next month we'll get a box filled with facts about 1 country. They are so excited to learn! Best $ spent. :) 

Monday, May 4, 2015

Missionaries

One of the many things I love about my job is being able to look at art work all day. This piece really struck a cord in my heart and spirit. 
2 elder missionaries. Walking on a dirt road; only sure that they are going where the Lord wants them to go. This walk might of seemed bleak or wasteful almost. Like what could they possibly encounter at the end of this dirt road. But because of their faith they took that walk. 

This piece fills my heart with gratitude and love. 

 If it weren't for the two elder missionaries who approached me in a Target parking lot my life would be on a very different road. They took my name and phone number and since I lived in a different area they had to passed my info along to missionaries in my neighborhood. So they never heard from me again. 

 They don't know that because they took that bleak walk only sure that God wanted them to talk to me that they changed my life. I'm thankful they were being obedient in their guidance from God . I pray that they know I was baptized a few months later. Sealed in the Salt Lake Temple to my eternal companion. Witnessed two of my children make the choice to join The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Have my children sealed to me. Witnessed miracles. 

They asked me in that parking lot over 8 years ago if I was happy. At the time I said no. But today, Yes Elders I am very happy. Thank you. 

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Reward Date

As of late my kids have been.... challenging. 
Arguing.
Tattling.
Punching.
Slamming doors.
Lying.

All things that we teach them not to be.


 However Ducati has been choosing the right. She's our kiddo that tells the truth no matter the consequence (which usually isn't anything since we tell our kids if they are honest there will be no punishment).
She's the only one who takes advantage of this "get-out-of-jail" free card. 
She's been helpful. Been doing her chores. Hasn't fought back when someone else picks on her. Just all around been a shining light so to reward her good behavior Ducati and I had a Mommy/Cati shopping date. 
 
I got a Kohl's gift card in the mail the other day which are always nice. :) So we headed there first where she found this pink, glitterly, sparkly Queen Elsa dress. She loves anything Frozen so of course she fell in love with it and was added to her shopping cart :)

 And she also found her favorite accessory, umbrellas! I have no clue where this obsession comes from but I hope it never goes away. She's so adorable with all her umbrellas. So when she seen this Cinderella one she just had to have it. :)

With the gift card and my alotted budget she was able to pick up both items and still have a few bucks left to find a princess rug at the thrift store. :)

It is so nice to spend 1-on-1 time with my kids. But this afternoon was peaceful, happy, filled with giggles and cuddles.  A nice break from the tension back at home. 

side note: I'm one of those parents that will reward good behavior. Small praise works just fine. But in our house we want longevity. And words can only go so far. If you are doing a great job at your workplace you'd get a raise or some sort of recognition (Employee of the Month, a longer break, a pizza party, etc..... this happens at Mike and I's workplace) so we took this mindset and applied it to our kids. They work hard they get rewarded. And so far it's driven our other oldest to get their act together in hopes to be invited on the next reward date.

But right now I'm just soaking up all the little moments I had with my little princess today. 

Monday, April 20, 2015

Fight The New Drug

Last night for Family Home Evening we had first of many talks about pornography. 
I've been putting it off for some time now feeling that our kids are too young, especially Lily and Ducati, but I kept feeling prompted that I needed to do this. That we needed to talk to them about it. So I finally rolled up my sleeves and did it. 


 I ordered this booklet from fightthenewdrug.org which gave some great pointers.

So after dinner we sat everyone down and  Mike and I talked about sex. 

The sacredness of sex between marriage. 

How Adam and Eve found out they were naked and sewed fig leaves together to cover themselves. 
Which lead into Satan "Ok'ing" immodesty. 

How babies are produced slightly. How they are made from sperm and an egg but not how they come out since they already know this.

Where to find pornography.

What pornography looks like from mild to extreme

The science fact that your brain only allows a 3 second window to make a decision to watch or run before their brain starts to physically change. Your brain will start to rewire itself into thinking that what is being viewed is what love, intimacy, and relationships are all about. 

We talked about the harmful effects of  what happens to a persons brain if porn is viewed again and again. That this road is called addiction. 

How the feeling of love will be distorted and love making will not exist in their marriages

How some marriages will lead to divorce. Which can also lead to child custody, two households, etc. Mason and Hailey related to this part since living in 2 different households has caused them some stress.

But most importantly how to repent if pornography is ever viewed. That through Christ's atonement he made it possible to be given a fresh slate if we ask for it. 

 Even though there was giggles and some blushing Mike and I push forward and opened those lines of communication. I will admit I felt embarrased when our kids asked us, "Do you have sex since you're married?"..... An awkward silence hung over me.  But I know that I need to be 100% honest with my kids so they can trust me to tell them the truth. So I......WE....had to answer that question :)

But through all of this I am thankful we did this. Afterwards in private some of our kids and told us how they have seen things like what we describe during our FHE while on the internet. There was no shame given to them; only love and forgiveness. 
Of course afterwards, once everyone was in bed, we updated our filters, put time blockers, and website blockers, etc on all our computers. 

 Mike and I fought this fight when we were getting help for this addiction. We know the harmful effects it brings into relationships. So I'm glad we did this. We know there is no age too young to start talking about the harms of pornography. We're standing together as a family to keep this drug out of our lives.

Friday, April 17, 2015

Q&A

This morning Ducati comes up with her chair and a notebook and begins to interview me

" would dad love you even if you were sad?"
Yes.
" would dad love you if you thought you were dumb?"
Yes.
" would dad love you if you were dead and in heaven?"
Yes.
"Would you love dad if he was sad you died?"
Yes.
" would you always love dad since he's always loving you?"
Yes.
I passed my morning interview with Ms. Cati. Where does she get these questions? Lol



Friday, April 10, 2015

National Siblings Day

I had no idea that it is National Siblings Day. This was not planned but just worked out that way.

We (Me, Julia, Daina, Sara, Sue and Katie) all went to see the new movie, Cinderella, in theaters.
This was such a cute movie.

"Have courage and be kind"

 That's such a great reminder to everyone on how we should live. But it was nice to just get out and have a girls date. :)

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

I got a job!

Yes it's been close to 7 years or maybe 8 years ( I don't remember anymore ) that I have been unemployed. It's by choice not because I couldn't find a job.
I dedicated 100% of my time, energy, and focus into my children. Husband. Home. Homeschool. Church callings. Service. Couponing. and anything else life sends my way.

But Mike told me about a position with the church for a part time graveyard shift. The hours would be perfect since I can still focus on everything I want to focus on and work while everyone is asleep.

So I applied, interviewed, and got the job! I know it's mostly since Mike's my husband and everyone knows him. So 100% nepotism!  Whatever.... he might of gotten my foot in the door but I kept it there. :)

So our plan is to live off his salary still and save all of mine. Since we zero out our savings more often than we'd like my paycheck will be going into savings and retirement. That's it!

I just wanted to post this amazing new milestone in our lives. :)