My phone broke and I lost everything a few weeks ago, and we spent two weekends in St. George so I haven’t posted in a long time. One of these days I will be able to devote more time to this blog and the things I write.
We are so lucky to live next to my mom and dad. I feel like my kids are so blessed and they don’t even know it. My mom tries to take Hadley and Hazel once a week so I can run errands and get stuff done. They love it. They go straight in, curl up on her bed to watch a show while she gets ready, and then have fun all day until 2 when I pick them up. They ask almost everyday if they can go to Grandma’s house. Sometimes I look at Hadley and Hazel and think about all the little kids out in the world who aren’t cherished and loved like they are, and it makes me sad.
Macy has been such a sweet sister lately. She is so responsible and good with her little sisters. I definitely wouldn’t trust everyone to babysit when they are 10, but she is amazing. Chelsey calls her the “Child Whisperer” because she interacts so well with little kids and knows just what to do and say to get them doing what they need to. She just bought some professional face paint and has been having fun practicing for Hadley’s upcoming birthday.
Hadley loves her “Honey with Toast!” She is a great helper to me. John says her and Hazel are addicted to me and have to be around me every second they can. She loves to take charge, learn to do things by herself, and help Hazel. If I’m not around and Hazel has to go the bathroom, Hadley just takes care of it. And she was really excited yesterday when I said I would teach her how to make popcorn by herself.
I love me some good organization! We bought dressers to put in our closet and it makes me happy whenever I go in there.
I’ve been trying to make green smoothies on the weekdays. Carston and Kate are stinkers and won’t drink them. But I think they help us all.
We did the Valentine’s Dance at Macy and Kate’s school. I’m not so sure about how much time this FSO President position is taking, but I do like the school and want to help them. These girls are happy to be there and enjoy all the different things they are learning. Kate tries to take as many drama and art classes as she can, and Macy likes the math and drama classes. She’s also excited since she just started a flute class.
Macy loved going with her friend from school for a birthday breakfast!
Carston had a birthday sleepover with Grandma and Grandpa. They went to Red Robin, Dillard’s, played Ticket to Ride, and watched the Olympics. Avery joined them the next morning to do some baptisms at the temple. I love that my 14 year old son enjoys his grandparents and didn’t think he was too old or cool for a birthday sleepover. He’s a pretty great teenager.
My emphasis for the year is to Elevate and Eliminate. I want to elevate and give more attention to things that really matter, and eliminate those things that don’t. One of the things I’ve felt like I needed to elevate is my relationship with John. Our lives are so busy, so many kids needing and wanting things from us, that too often I feel like John and our marriage just gets whatever is left. So I’m trying to prioritize and give US more attention. So for Valentine’s Day, I planned two different dates. It was so much fun spending time with him doing things we don’t normally do, like swing dancing! He was a pretty good sport about that. I sure love him. I love this life that we’ve built together.