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Oliver's 4th Birthday

Oliver turned 4 years old on February 17th!
Here he is just 4 short years ago:



And Oliver now:
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My Little Cowboy


Here's a photo of Ian, that the cubscout leaders took of all the boys. They made frames and posted the pictures on the tables, as decorations during the Blue and Gold Banquet. It was a Wild West theme. They turned out great!!

Pocket Edward takes a vacation




So Lauren over at Busy Bee Lauren, took her darling Pocket Edward on vacation to Disneyland. I must say the seat belt shot is hilarious. I am tempted to get my own Pocket Edward to keep me company while Levi is gone. Although his life with me would not be as exciting as it is with Lauren, cooking together and the bubble bath and all. But it might be an adventure for him to do laundry with me. Thanks again for a laugh, Lauren.

Dreams


"Dreaming" Etching by Kate Walsh


I just finished a lovely novel, The Blue Bottle Club by Penelope J Stokes. It was about the dreams we start out with when we are young and how our lives don't turn out how we thought they would.

I got to thinking about when I was 16 and what my dreams were. To go to college to be a psychologist, live in a busy city in an apartment, and putting off marriage and children till I had truly "lived".

How selfish was I? And how merciful God is, that despite my selfish desires and incredibly stupid mistakes, he had a plan for my life.

I used to wonder what would have happened if I'd given Josef up for adoption, or if I hadn't married Levi-how would my life have turned out? Would I have joined the LDS church? I realize I have not wondered these things in a very long time. I am so glad I kept my baby, my son, who is 11 this year. How proud I am of who he is becoming. I am so glad I married his father, whom I loved at first-sight. I remember I was 15 and we were at Meridian Pool with friends. I was actually there with my boyfriend at the time (not Levi). I remember turning my head and seeing Levi, truly seeing him, and a faint voice said "You'll marry him" of course I thought I was insane and shrugged it off. But after being married to Levi for 10 years this year, I could not imagine anyone more perfect for me. As if he was created just to be my partner in this life.

I didn't start out thinking that for my own happiness, I would want to be a wife and mother. I would have never guessed that staying at home with my children and educating them myself would be my deepest joy and passion in life-but it is.

My life is not how I dreamed it would be-but it is how it was meant to be. I am not rich, or famous, nor is my life without problems or struggle. I am not successful in a worldly sense. I am truely happy and grateful. I love and am loved in return. I live without regret. I no longer live to fullfill my own dreams, but to live the life God planned for me.

BFS # 121 - Obey Your Thirst (Sprite)

Blogger Friends School #120


BFS # 121 - Obey Your Thirst (Sprite)

Memory Verse: Psalm 69:21 They put poison in my food; in my thirst, they gave me vinegar to drink.

Introduction: Obey Your Thirst (Sprite) In this Psalm, terrible things are plaguing David. He’s seeking the Lord, as he has that sinking feeling, that desperate thing of alienation and abandonment… and they try to poison him and give him vinegar - GROSS! How Vile! Sometimes when we’re sick, we have that sinking desperate feeling, we call out to God, we call out for healing.

Assignment: Tell us the most vile “remedy” you’ve ever had to consume in order to be rid of that “plague”. Was it something prescribed by a Medical Doctor? or was it an herbal remedy? We all know that Buckley’s commercial, it tastes awful, but it works. Would you take this remedy again? Did it work? Can you get your children to take it?
Oh Ladies, I’d love to see you in a photograph making that sourest of faces, - remember that remedy and remake that face.. or get your kids to make that face with you.. can you do it without laughing? Laughter makes the best medicine.

I really haven't tried too many odd remedies, but I have been trying more natural medicinces, like homeopathy and herbs. Some have tasted pretty bad, espeacially the liquid herbs. You want to scrape your tongue off afterwards. The yuckiest was probably Kava-Kava, it has an awful after taste.

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Small Towns Fuel OCD




A Little background first-So if you know me, you know that I went through a bad postpartum depression after my last child Oliver. I spent my time in therapy and on Prozac. I highly recommend everyone go to therapy at some time in their lifetime-it was a truly enlightening experience for me. Not that I was crazy or anything, you just learn lots about yourself and relationships. Of course a good therapist is needed! Thankfully I have gotten things under control now and am able to keep depression at bay with St. John's Wort, exercises, and a little TLC when I feel down.

So about therapy...I was told I have an Obsessive Compulsive Personality, this does not mean I have OCD (obsessive compulsive disorder) like Monk. It does mean that I have a tendency to seek perfection from myself and others (type A), I have high expectations. I naturally pay close attention to details, which can cause anxiety. I like to know what to expect of myself and others, this makes things like meeting new people and going new places stressful sometimes.

All that being said, I am so grateful to live in a small town that caters to my OCD! I love that every time I go the gas station the same man is there at checkout, along with the bag boy at Ridley's, our Payette librarians and the postal workers at the Post Office. I love that the gas station guy always knows that I buy a Sunday paper when I fill up on Thursdays and he adds it to my total before I even tell him. This and other conveniences of routine, help to alleviate my anxiety and worry and fuel my desire for sameness life.

So I say, OCD people of the world-move to a small town! You'll feel SO much better.

Just Like Daddy

"I'm Dad." said Oliver.



BFS #120-You Deserve a Break Today

Blogger Friends School #120

Introduction: You Deserve a Break Today (McDonalds) –After all this crazy weather, the economy ups and downs and now a new President for the United States you all do deserve a break today. I want to give everyone a ‘break today’ and have the ANNUAL SHOPPING SPREE!!!

Assignment: I’d like to stick with a theme for the spree though. The marriage bedroom! I’m also being a little selfish on this one because my husband and I are getting ready to demolish our room, my office, and our ‘guest’ room and make ourselves a master suite. I need some great ideas on linen, wall colors, curtains, pictures…anything that would help me to decorate our new room. I do want a soft and sanctuary type theme. Are you willing to help me? Your budget is $1500! I gave you a raise from last year…since the economy is so bad right now…LOL. Make sure you use the banner and code on the right side of this page to show us your assignments!

Ok here goes, with my virtual Marriage Bedroom Make-over:
I like blues and greens for a calm feel.


The Walls



Aqua Spere by Sherwin Williams


The Bed:


Fieldcrest® Luxury Stripe Duvet $109.99
Bed-skirt $49.99
Embroidered Pillowcases $24.99
Coverlet Set $99.99
Sheet Set $69.99
Sham Set $34.99



Green Woven Area Rug $174.99


2 Night Stands $140.00



Dresser $149.99



Bookcase $89.99

Windows:

4 Sheer Curtains $52.00




2 Iron Scroll Table Lamps $80



2 Scroll Sconces $30


Candle Garden $15.59



Green Ferns II by Steven N. Meyers - 18.25x18.25"
$89.99



Right Action I Canvas - 19.75x19.75" $39.99

Round Capiz Leaf Mirror $50.00

February's Organization Round-up-Recipes



Organizing Blog

I must say, I am not a huge recipe collector or used, so this is not a huge challege for me. I know people with far larger recipe collections than mine. I just purged my cookbooks before our move so those are really down to bare bones. I do need a better system for storing the recipes I have and the ones I may want to save though. So far I just have this binder that I made when we were first married 10 years ago, it is pretty full and tattered. My plan is to clean-it up and oraganize the recipes so I can find them.

BEFORE:
 
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AFTER:
I threw away almost half of the recipes I'd collected. I put in new dividers, they are actually binder pockets, with stick on divider tabs. This will work out so much nicer for me, since I only like to put in tried and true recipes into my binder. I can put the ones I want to try out in the pockets, until they graduate to the binder. I put all my 'tried and true' recipes into sheet protectors, this helps because I am a messy cook...lol.

 

 

January's Organization Round-up



Organizing Blog


So I am a little late posting these, but I just joined the Organization Junkie blog and I liked that she was doing file cabinets in January. My file cabinet has been very neglected, since our move I have not even filed anything.*gasp* It has all been sitting in a pile in my to-do basket. This really wasn't too dramatic of a change, since I go through my files at least once a year. I was due to get them cleaned-out and it was a good excuse to take the opportunity and make them look nicer.


Well here is my before picture:


I used this challenge as an excuse to buy a label maker, I have been wanting one for a long time. I reassessed what I wanted in our household files, and then went through each file and cleaned out old papers that I didn't need, then printed labels and used all the same color folders for a tidier look. Then I filed the pages in my to-do basket. Ta-daa!

Return to Cub Scouts




It has been exactly one year since I was in cub scouting last. Last February we moved from Kuna, where I had served for two years as a Wolf and then Bear leader. Today after church, I was called to be the Cub-master. We had an amazing Cub-master in our old ward so I hope to use her as my example and make our pack meeting great for the families.
Not sure this makes sense, but I have a strong testimony of Scouting. It is an amazing program and helps boys grow and transition into good citizens. Although it is lots of work ,I enjoyed my time as a leader and I loved the boys I served. I look forward to this new calling and the challenges and rewards it will bring.

Pay It Forward

Got this from Emily's blog, super cute idea!! This should be fun

The Rules:
1. Be one of the first THREE bloggers to leave a comment on this post, which then entitles you to a handmade item from me - something crafty or yummy, who knows?!.
2. Winners must post this challenge on your blog, meaning that you will Pay It Forward, creating a handmade gift -anything!- for the first THREE bloggers who leave a comment on YOUR post about this giveaway!
3. The gift that you send to your Three Friends can be from any price range and you have 365 days to make/ship your item. This means you should be willing to maintain your blog at least until you receive your gift and have shipped your gifts. And, remember: It’s the Spirit and the Thought That Count!
4. When you receive your gift, please feel free to blog about it, sharing appropriate Linky Love!If you are not one of the Top Three Commenters on this post, you can still play along. Go ahead and start your own Pay It Forward chain, and encourage your blogging friends to do the same! SO, REMEMBER... it is good... :) Pass it forward.

A Simple Woman's Day Book: February 2, 2009


A Simple Womans Daybook


FOR TODAY February 2nd...

Outside my window... The sun is shining, sparkly on the snow covered field. The boys are wondering around with the dogs.

I am thinking... I have gotten so much done today-wohoo!

I am thankful for...my family

From the learning rooms...we've already done most of school today. Ian says he loves his new handwriting book, because he read the note to the student in the front and Jan Olsen told him he could color the pictures if he wanted.

From the kitchen...we just had chilli and Amish Friendship Bread, I am planning on making Lasagna for dinner and Ceasar Salad.

I am wearing...no make-up, hair in a ponytail,red t-shirt, black yoga pants, tennis shoes

I am creating...a new blog called Homeschool Idaho

I am going...no where today, Levi will be home around 5 and then we will have FHE and play SpaceAge Reality

I am reading...just finished The Independence of Mis Mary Bennet by Colleen McCullough. And reading Shiloh to the boys at night.

I am hoping...to have the house all organized by Spring so I can focus on my garden.

I am hearing... the boys helping Ian write a story in his notebook.

Around the house...Laundry is going in the washer and dryer, Oliver is building a train town in his room, Josef, Ian and Kaleb are on my bed writing stories and drawing pictures.

One of my favorite things...easy to cook meals!

A few plans for the rest of the week: Tuesday- , Scouts for Ian, Thursday-Trip into Boise, Kelly's Cents of Style Party,Sunday-Church

Here is picture thought I am sharing...

Chubs our cat wanting to play