April in Review

I kind of think I should just unload my camera’s pics at the end of the month and then blog a recap of important events to go along with the select few pictures.  Sounds easy and organized in my mind at least!

Well, let’s start where we still remember what was happening:

Anniversary- Mike and I have been married for a mere 5 years.  All is well in the Cox House of Fun.  We spend more time apart than together, but nightschool ends soon and I definitely have more time with my new calling.  Do we argue and disagree?  Of course, but when it comes down to it, we love eachother and have only knocked out 5 years of an eternity.  We are so in this for the long run.  Love you babe!  And since the “traditional” gift for a 5 year anniversary is wood, Mike was creative and got me a gift card to Home Depot knowing I would buy my materials to make my square foot garden boxes.  He also got me a gift card to Michael’s craft store to maybe buy some wood craft project and a gift card to Old Navy to buy something to wear that’s not wood!?!  Combine that with my $45 dollar off coupon and you’ve got a great deal to go shopping!  I love creative thinking for presents outside of the box- ha ha, no pun intended

Daddy's Little Helper
Daddy’s Little Helper

 

Boys Hard at Work
Boys Hard at Work

 

Square Foot Garden Box #1
Square Foot Garden Box #1

Easter: We have a tradition to invite Mike’s ATech HS friends and their kids over for an potluck picnic and Easter egg hunt at the park behind our house.  This was our 3rd annual Easter Eggstravaganza and we opened it up to our neighborhood group and church friends and had a record 45 people!  I didn’t even say hi to everyone, because I was making sure the food table was well stocked, but everyone ate, kids got to hunt for eggs, and then they all left!  Worked out great in my opinion =o)

Lightning McQueen Easter Basket
Lightning McQueen Easter Basket Josh and the Fox Family
Walking on the Wall

Walking on the Wall

The next day (real Easter Sunday) we went to the Lee’s who are in our ward and our kids and us adults have become really great friends.  We made homemade pizza and had a great Easter egg hunt.  Nice laid back time for all to enjoy.
My 3 Boys

My 3 Boys

 

Sharing the Loot

Sharing the Loot

Maddy, Joshy, Mikey, Rachel

Maddy, Joshy, Mikey, Rachel

 

My 1st Homemade Pizza

My 1st Homemade Pizza

Ta Da

Ta Da

 

Hidden Eggs in the Playhouse

Hidden Eggs in the Playhouse

New Calling: On Easter Eve I had a thought pop in my mind before I went to bed that the new RS presidency would be called the next day.  I bawled like a baby.  I have never had such an intense calling that pushed me to my limits, out of my comfort zone, and really made me question my beliefs and testimony.  Nothing can prepare you for a calling like that (in the RS presidency) more than going to the temple and being assured that you are doing this all for Heavenly Father and that He will provide a way and means for you to handle your calling, family, and other obligations.  I have never experienced such excruciating headaches than those on a Sunday afternoon, but I have never been able to say that I know a name and face of more than 75% of the sisters in my ward personally either.  I loved my calling, especially getting out and really getting to know the sisters.  There were struggles- food orders, a never ending revolving door of move ins and move outs like no other, and the occassional overscheduling of meetings on a school night, but I loved it.  I made up the rest of the diaper cakes (Mikey attempted to help) and was so excited to clear out my binders, manuals, and other RS things getting passed on to the new couselor which made some space in my house for food storage- yay!

My new calling is a Primary worker specifically in the nursery.  I’ll admit that I was a bit resentful at first since I would go from knowing everything about events and happenings in RS to knowing nothing since my 2 hours of the block would now be spent with 18-36month olds. But thanks to a wonderful Bishop who gave me a blessing, I can now rest assured that this is where I am supposed to be. All my worries and doubts have faded away and I honestly look forward to my huge classroom with 12 little kiddos ready and eager to learn of Jesus. The Lord needs me at this time to help foster the bity testimonies of His little ones.  I love a challenge and this is for sure a challenge!  So far I’ve relied on my college degree to help me in this area, but more importantly I’ve relied on the Lord.  That’s an important lesson right there!  I’m ready and anxious and seriously want to teach these kids to read!  I’ve got the 1st hour down as far as books and singing songs and now we just need some fine tuning to the second hour to make this little ship run smooth.  I am 1 of 3 teachers in this class actually so the extra help with crowd control really works wonders, thankgoodness for that!  This coming Sunday will be my 3rd time in there and it gets better (less behavior problems) each and every time!  Another important lesson is to take the initiative to still do the things you did before as far as reaching out to other sisters to make them feel welcomed to the ward.  And knowing about the RS activities might be a bit more difficult, but I still do what I can to find out and attend and do my part.  I am enjoying my Sunday calling and while I do miss my RS calling at times, I do know that it’s someone else’s turn to shine and serve the Lord to improve the education in RS at this time.  It’s someone else’s turn for serving and dealing with everyone else’s issues!

Mikey's Creative Touch
Mikey’s Creative Touch

 

Diaper Cakes Galore

Diaper Cakes GaloreYum Strawberry Group Order

 

Murder Mystery Dinner: Did you know that the Hotel at Mt. Charleston is super cheap and is starting to offer discounts and fun events to Las Vegas locals?  Well Mike is director of IT (fancy name for being their computer fix it guy) for the company who owns and runs the place and he came across their deal to attend a Murder Mystery Dinner up there.  Add on the employee discount, invite the Lee’s to come along for the fun, get a room for the Stevensons so they could babysit the kiddos for 2 hours, get all fancied up for a real date without kiddos in tow and you’ve got yourself a really nice grown up party! 

We were told shirt and tie, but apparently our idea of formal dress and the rest of the guests ideas were way off!  Oh well!  We were the best dressed couples that evening and had fun socializing with strangers and figuring out if Cougar the golf star, London the rich movie star, the cupcake baker, or the recently unemployeed lawyer did it in the ballroom with the snow globe!  None of us won, but we had fun trying!  Oh, and Mikey got sick on the way up and puked all over my car!   And then it happened in the middle of the night on the comforter, but at least he was in his own bed at the hotel and not sleeping between us.  I don’t handle vomit very well, but this poor sick kid I think has gotten me over being afraid of puke- I didn’t have a choice really!

The Sitters-Working for Food (and a Free Room)

The Sitters-Working for Food (and a Free Room)

My Hot Date!

My Hot Date!

 

The Bar- 21 and Older

The Bar- 21 and Older

The Morning After

The Morning After

Little Cheifs

Little Cheifs

Rum Tum Tum Banging on Our Drums

Rum Tum Tum Banging on Our Drums

 

Whew!  That’s a bunch in April, but I think I’m on to something doing this unload pics and blog all at once!  Stay tuned for more!

Simply Ornamental

 I have a friend who is really talented and creates jewelery.  Check out her website (simplyornamental.net) for some amazing pieces.  And even cooler is that she is doing a give away for Mother’s Day (you read that guys?) so go check out that site. 

She has a cute blog (she’s the only Mac blogger I know) which has more info about the giveaway if you’d like to enter as well!

Some Unfinished Projects, Finally Finsihed!

So my mom was in town last week so I recruited her to help me finish some unfinished projects so I could check them off my list. 

We spray painted a little entry table black and converted it into a work station downstairs.  The laptop sits on it now and the idea is to work at this little desk and file receipts into the file bin.

Thanks Lees for a real picture that isn’t churchy or of our family.  Such a nice peice of art work.  It matches our front room AKA the home teaching room since it’s all formal and as far in as the home teachers get!

We found some curtains in the clearance aisle in WalMart which saved us having to sew a curtain to go under the baker’s rack to hide the food storage buckets.  The spring tension rod was purchased the day before at Big Lots just for this project.

I finally sewed around the edges of the little characters on my dish towels so they wouldn’t peel off in the washer.

And I got a pair of jeans patched up and back into wearable condition. 

Oh yeah, it’s March so my mom and I marched right in to Mike’s office and took everything out.  We rotated his desk and he really likes it.  Now to go through all the stuff and put it back in or trash it or file it or…..

Oh it’s good to have some outside help to give fresh ideas and be excited to help with projects.

I Heart You

 

Love Pie

Love Pie

 

Not hurt you, heart you!  My hubby always teases me with silly things like that.

I made him an apple pie with my FREE pie crusts I got by using coupons on clearance items.  Oh, I just couldn’t resist getting a post in about couponing =o)  Obsessive- of course!  And I used cookie cutters for the fancy decorated top.  Sure beats trying to cut out letters free hand.

I love you hubby #1.  Thanks for being such a computer geek and for spending all day fixing other people’s problems.  We sure love you Daddy Cox and love spending time with you.  Thanks for all you do!

Last Minute Gift for He-Who-Has-Everything-and-Needs-Nothing!

This coupon good during the month of:

January

     Because I love my hubby Cox, an email a day awaits your inbox!

 

 

 

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February

      To make sure that you can sleep tight, you get hugs and kisses and snuggles every night!

 

 

 

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March

   Turbo tax madness will soon be due, so I’m assisting with taxes, yes it is true!

 

 

 

 

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April

     You’re studying hard, graduation is near. I’m

           making you breakfast in bed every Sunday morning my dear!


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May

      The taxes are done- hip hip hooray.  Wifey will now help you file all those papers away!

 

 

 

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June

      Date night each weekend so we can get reservations.  I’ll book the sitter, you pick the locations!

 

 

 

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July

   You get to sleep in every Saturday.  No alarms, no boys, no wifey nagging, okay!

 

 

 

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August

       You get a full cookie jar every day.  Check it often I promise there’s quite an array!

 

 

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September

     Dinner’s ready every night, a hot meal

I am making.  Come  running fast, it’s especially

for you my handsome king!

 

 

 

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October

      Your feet rubbed and lotioned every night in the bed. 

And maybe if you’re lucky, I’ll massage

your shoulders and your head.

 

 

 

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November

    A swiffer sweeper is the new me! I’ll be picking up

your dirty  clothes, cleaning your messes-

where ever they may be!

 

 

 

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December

       Diaper duty free, you read it right.  Don’t lift a finger, mommy will change them alright!

 

Wild Thing, I Think I Love You!

So I was checking out a cool website about fun photo tips for Valentine photos and thought I would try them out.  I got all excited and then realized that I didn’t have my camera, because hubby took it to Idaho.   So, I couldn’t wait and I took pics with my cell phone camera, because I just had to try the techniques. 

Well, my kiddo didn’t quite follow the directions given, but here’s the result we achieved while trying.  It was a neat little bonding experience and he had fun saying “cheese” every time I snapped a shot.  He’s such a ham! 

I see you!             Valentine’s pic 2008

I’m all by Myself…

So the hubby is out of state with his entire family for a funeral, minus a few inlaws, and I am surviving day 2 being a bachelorette (with a kid). So we’ve eaten out a lot and been shopping all over the place and we still have a few more days to go. It isn’t so bad except for the part where my kiddo refuses to take a nap and that means mommy doesn’t get a nap either, such a bummer. I’ve gotten smart though and sort of doze off while he’s playing in the living room or watch his Jesus DVD as he calls it.

Today we had some Valentine making fun at the Krafty Kreations store which is closing its doors unfortunately. It was the coolest little store for letting kids do arts and crafts. And they clean up everything. I will admit that I ended up making most of the stuff b/c kiddo was too enthrawled in eating his candy bracelet and pointing and the ink smudges he had made on the table from rubber stamping Valentine cards for “Ammah”, “Ampah”, “Unkee Biyee”, and “Daddy”! We had a blast despite the distractions and the sweet treats from Costco that were totally free and delicious kept us around a bit longer. Note to self- Capri Sun drinks go straight through a kid who normally drinks water and milk… don’t let an entire juice box get devoured in 1 sitting.