Stepping Back

This past weekend was General Conference and there were so very many amazing and inspirational words spoken. Most memorable to me was Sisters’ Participation in the Gathering of Israel by President Nelson. He invited the women of the church to do 4 things:

  1. Take a 10-day fast from Social Media or any other media that brings negative thoughts to your mind and pay attention to how you feel and how your priorities shift.
  2. Read the Book of Mormon between now and the end of the year and share what you learn about Christ with family and friends.
  3. Go to the temple regularly, or if you’re too far away to go regularly, learn all you can about the temple.
  4. Participate fully in Relief Society.
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Getting Settled in Our New Home

We are officially all moved in to our new house! It feels like a dream. This is literally our custom dream home. It’s the perfect size for us, it’s gorgeous, and we’ve got lots of land to play with. It’s starting to sink in, but I still can’t believe it sometimes. It took a lot of hard work and a lot of patience, but we feel so incredibly blessed to be where we are now. After almost 8 years of marriage, we built our first home! I can’t wait for all the years of memories we get to make in this beautiful house.

The finished product:

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House Updates: April 2018

Progress on Our House

Our house is really coming along, and the progress is so exciting! The concrete guys finally poured our porches and the insulation guys finished up yesterday. Paul and Ryan are working hard the next few days on some big drainage thing we have to have outside and installing our doors. Ryan took some really good panorama shots yesterday:

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Power Cleaning, Good Moods, & Pinteresting Ideas

Last night I power-cleaned the house while the boys were in bed because everything smelled and it was desperately needed. It was exhausting, but, I listened to an audiobook so that helped make it more fun. I got halfway through More Than The Tattooed Mormon by Al Carraway. So far it gets a thumbs up! I love hearing other people’s stories in their own voices. I loved Stephanie Nielson’s audiobook too. Anyway, I feel like the cleaning made a huge difference today! Everyone just seemed to be in a good mood.

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Rhett is almost 3, but I think he will always be my baby. He’s such a snuggly little teddy bear! And he wants mommy to do everything for him. Even walk. He knows he’s cute enough to make it happen. All he has to do is bat those big brown eyes at me and say, “Mommy? (Insert request here)”

I’m pretty sure I won’t be able to carry him on my hip when he’s 18 though…

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It was yet another beautiful sunny day today! I think tomorrow is our last decent day before the rain comes back… I guess we better make sure we enjoy it! Even though we do have A LOT of grey days, I’m grateful to live in such a beautiful place. It makes the sunny days that much more wonderful ♥

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Kender and I have been butting heads a lot lately. We’ve always seemed to butt heads, but it’s been worse the past couple months. He’s stubborn, smart, sensitive, and a total perfectionist. We decided to take a long Christmas break from school so we can both get a break and come back more prioritized and refocus. I don’t see myself as a great teacher, but I love that kid so much it hurts, and that has to count for something right? I want everything for him, and I think I had more expectations for him than I realized. So far taking a step back has been really good. We’ve been working together on trying to help each other not get so frustrated (haha – my 5 year old is the real teacher. He teaches me that I need more patience).

All the struggles and tantrums aside, I’m so grateful for that boy. I’m so grateful that he’s mine, and that Heavenly Father trusted me with such a sweet and tender little heart.

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Kender is such a good helper. He grabbed these pruners & bucket of his own free will so he could cut the perimeter of the lawn for Grandpa (Kender says that part is hard to get with the lawnmower). He filled the bucket up halfway with grass by the time he was done! I miss when he used to help me with chores all the time.

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I made something I saw on Pinterest today! It looks nothing like what I saw on Pinterest, but it’s functional and that’s what matters right? I hate that our sunglasses take up so much room on the counter so I wanted a better place to store them.

(FYI, I did not make the heart wreath)

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I had a square wire wreath thing (not sure why I bought a square one.. or a circle one for that matter. I don’t really have any desire to make a wreath). I got some fabric I had lying around and tied two strips across the middle for the glasses to hang on. Then I wrapped the rest of the wire with fabric.

It didn’t hang very well like that, so I used paper clips and another strip of fabric to make a little hanging strap. Ta da! I’m just glad the sunglasses are off the counter!!

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This was also a (sort of) Pinterest idea. It was supposed to be a DIY mantle, but hey it’s still functional. The stockings and cards are hung!

And just for fun:

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I tell him a hundred thousand times not to climb on the counter and what does he do? Climbs onto the counter to weigh all the food. And sometimes you just have to laugh about it.