Sunday, May 24, 2015

L Floral Studio

This is NOT a sponsored post, I have just been blessed with some pretty incredible people in my life. One of those people is Delene, whom I have known long before children came along. That lady is the best of the best. She works at L Floral Studio, and graciously invited us to hang out with her in the studio one afternoon.
I went in thinking Savannah would love making floral arrangements, but I wasn't expecting much from the 2 littles. It turned out to be one of our favorite afternoons of adventure.
Delene had cute little glass vases with floral foam ready for the kids to make their own arrangements. She had a wide variety of flowers, and the kids oooh'ed and aaaah'ed over every one...and maybe even fought over some of the unique ones. Delene was so nice to teach the kids the names of flowers, and show them how to make the flowers look good in the arrangements.
They were all so proud of what they made. Devin was under the impression his arrangement would grow when he watered it, and was disappointed when it started dying a few days later.
It was so fun to try something new, and absolutely love it. We went away thinking we need to invite friends next time. There is something awesome about the smell of fresh flowers, making something with your hands, and hanging out with people you love. It made for a perfect afternoon.
Thank you Delene, and L Floral Studio for having us! Get ready for us, because we are comin' back soon!

Sunday, May 10, 2015

brush myself off.

I let someone on the internet hurt my feelings.

There. I said it. 

I cried. I vented. I gave that person space in my head they didn't deserve. I let them control my actions, second guessing every move I made on the world wide web. Saddest part of it all, they probably went on about life without ever thinking about me again.

I forgot the reason why I share my pictures, my stories, my life. It isn't for someone else to tell me I am important, or matter. It isn't so I can show my kids they got so many likes, because they are stinkin' adorable. I do it for me, I do it because I love looking back on my blog, Instagram, and Facebook. 
I was at dinner with Cathy, and she gave me a good talkin' to about changing my ways. It really was something I needed to hear. 

Not everyone will want to be my friend. Some people will "unfriend" me, and instead of wondering/worrying what I did wrong...I am going to move on with the people who want to be there. I won't change because of the fear of losing a "follower". My life is more than a blog, or a number.
So, here I am. Ready to catch up on all the happening in our little house. Share the large amounts of pictures I take, and with Summer right around the corner...we are gearing up for another round of "Adventure a Day".

Monday, April 20, 2015

soccer spring season

when i signed savannah up for soccer in the fall, i didn't realize devin would be so enthusiastic about wanting to play. i promised him fall next year i would most definitely sign him up. well, when spring rolled around, i received an email from the league asking if anyone had kids interested in playing U5. we totally lucked out, and devin was able to sign up for this spring season.
it has been so fun having both kids play, although a little hectic on saturday mornings. devin has slept in his uniform every friday night, and all week leading up to it asks when he gets to play.
#4 is our little guy
both kids really enjoy being on the field, and are confident being there. devin asks me to scream loud for him on the sidelines, because it helps him. savannah is one tough cookie, and although she plays great defense...she is learning to be more aggressive in the offensive role as well.
love that my kids are learning a sport that is new to both paul and i. half the time i am lost as to what the rules are, but i do enjoy being a soccer mom. 

Friday, March 27, 2015

Funtopia Utah

I like adventures, and I like to try new things. I want my kids to have lots of unique experiences, and try everything at least once. Even if they don't end up falling in love with it, I want them to be able to say they tried it.

My kids tend to be a little more timid when it comes to things like heights, water, and rides.

When I saw the opportunity to go to Funtopia Utah, I jumped at the chance. Haven't heard of it? Neither had I until I saw it on the news {click on that link, watch Casey Scott do the slide and picture my face}, and I am so glad we were able to experience it. 

Funtopia Utah is a place with 26 different themed climbing elements, you are sure to find something you love doing. We didn't know what we were doing, and the employees were so helpful and patient. Honestly, Tanner made our experience what it was, and I was so thankful for him.
My kids were totally hyped up to climb, and then they got 2 feet off the ground and were terrified {there were tears!}. I hooked up to a wall, acted like my legs weren't shaking, and scaled that wall. I got to the top, and I am not gonna lie...I did not think that rope was going to catch me when I let go. It did, I am here to tell about it. Phew! See kids, so fun! Now stop crying and start trying!
Tanner was so good at encouraging and helping Savannah and Devin. I admit, I lack patience when I see my kids just give up. We all learned some valuable lessons in that hour at Funtopia Utah. Instead of getting lots of amazing pictures of my kids conquering walls, we worked hard on setting goals for going a little higher each time.

We may have found a new hobby for Devin, he has asked numerous times the past week when he gets to go back. If you have an adventurous kid(s), this is right up your alley! It is such a fun way to stay active. Try it, and tell me what your kids think!

Information:

Name: Funtopia Utah
Address: 401 S 850 E Lehi, UT
Admission/Cost: $18 for 1 hr of climb time

Sunday, March 15, 2015

highlights of the Classic party

Devin has been asking for close to 2 years to go to the "skate park" aka Classic Skating. It is all he really wanted to do for his 5th birthday party. His excitement was contagious, and he really did have a little sparkle in his eyes all day.

We reserved a table, ordered pizza, got unlimited soda refills, ice cream, cupcakes, a giant card for everyone to sign, tokens, skating, free bull ride, yada, yada, yada. Totally worth the money!
Devin got to request a song for the DJ to play, and a shout out that it was his birthday. When I asked him what song he wanted played, he said "Mom, I want something from Annie!" Yeah, that is my sweet kid. They didn't have the Annie soundtrack. I know, I am shocked too. hahaha. He went with something a little more popular, and was still happy.

Paul, Jackie, Devin, Savannah, and myself all took rides on the mechanical bull. Some of us needed help on to the bull, and our rides were short. Totally worth the laughs, pulled muscle, embarrassment, and bruises.
Devin got to go in the Prize Cube {wind tunnel to catch tickets}, plus he got lucky with a jackpot win in the dimecade. He ended up carrying out a sweet skateboard from the redemption counter.
We didn't realize Jackie and Taylor had only been skating a few times combined in their entire lives. They were such good sports, and we were so happy they braved the skating rink with us. 
Kyle was totally in his element, and our kids loved every minute of him being there. Sabrina loved how fast Kyle went while she was in the stroller. They were spoiled by his entertainment, cotton candy, lazer lights, etc. And he still has crazy impressive skills while wearing skates.

It was one of those days that you want to bottle it all up so you don't forget how fun it all was. I loved having our brothers there, and Taylor made a quick buddy in Sabrina. Sabrina doesn't fall in love fast and hard, but she did with Taylor. 

Even though this day was all for Devin, we definitely all scored! 

Monday, March 2, 2015

confidence: try something new

A few months ago the Bishop asked me to be in charge of our Young Women's girls camp, and to be their sports director too! I laughed when the words came out of his mouth. Uh, I don't camp, we don't even own sleeping bags. I have never played sports, and can't remember the last time I even exercised. I still can't believe I said yes.
I remember thinking that if I wanted the girls to get excited about playing basketball, I needed to be excited about playing too...not just coaching them.

I was so nervous the first week I walked in to that gym to play. I thought I could put on a jersey, be a really good cheerleader, and be that constant player to come so we never had to forfeit.

Something unexpected happened in that gym for me though.

I wanted to learn to play. I wanted to win. I liked the exercise. I fell in love with the women, and had fun being a part of their team.

I am so glad that I had the confidence to try something new, because it gave me new people to love. I honestly can not wait until next season, even though our team will probably look totally different. 

Who knew trying something new would be so much fun. Take that confidence!

Sunday, February 8, 2015

a goal for confidence.

Last week as I was driving to a Dr appointment for the 2 littles, I had a thought hit me light a bolt of lightning. It was odd, really. I had not been thinking about anything in particular, but this thought was clear as day. I decided to choose a "One Little Word" for 2015 right then and there.

Confidence.

As I sat in the office that day, the kids playing at my feet waiting for the Dr, I thought of this word. The Dr came in and made small chat with me. She casually mentioned how smart Sabrina was, and used the Lord's name in vain in the process. Devin immediately perked up, and told her that wasn't a word we use. Well, what should have been a PMM, it turned into something very different. The Dr immediately questioned Devin as to who taught him this, and that it wasn't something bad to say. 

I was embarrassed. I wanted to crawl in a hole. I didn't know how to handle the situation. I tried to change the subject, and Devin went back to playing.

I couldn't help but realize as I loaded the kids back in the car, I did indeed need to work on my confidence. Of course as I drove home I thought of a million things I could have said, but none of those came out when I needed them to.

Although people see me as an outgoing person, and some even were baffled at the idea that I need to work on my confidence...I really do. 
I have always had a hard time standing up for myself. I have definitely gotten better at it, but I would like to think I can always strive to become something more.

So, 2015 is my year to be confident. I want to try new things, meet new people, be good at standing up for something I believe in. I want to be confident in my body, and the way I carry myself. I want to have confidence in my knowledge of parenting my children, and decisions I make in our home. 

I have a good feeling about it, I will keep you posted.