The Armor of God

We’re visiting St. George this weekend and always love attending a different ward.  Even after a terrible night of kids waking, hubby with allergies, hardly able to get some real sleep we somehow managed to crawl out of the house and get to church!  I really honestly still wonder how or why that happened.  I’m notorious for ditching church any Sunday we aren’t attending our home ward!

The boys wore their matching purple ties and were completely surprised to see that Grandpa Cox also had a purple tie!  They got quite a few compliments!

Mikey insisted we go back to the primary room after church so he could pick up his shield! 

Well, apparently the presidency made enough shields for each primary kid so here’s Mikey sporting his new favorite dress up attire!  Don’t you love when people go above and beyond the call of duty to serve?  I guess I needed a little lesson to make sure I’m always putting in 100% and doing all I can!

The Armor of God

Hey RS Teachers!

I am going to make your calling easier!  Well,  Trina is actually!  You’ve got to get this book if you’re in a presidency or if you’re a RS teacher. Trust me!  I was called to be a teacher (that’s a whole story for another day) and my mother-in-law said I had to get this book, because another sis-in-law used it to teach last year and just loved it.  So I get it, use it, love it, and then my other sis-in-law gets called to be a teacher and calls me to find out “what’s this book all about I’m supposed to get?’  Look out other sis-in-law who isn’t a RS teacher… yet!

Make sure to get volume 2, because those are the 2011 lessons and they are incredible!  There are great ideas to use as object lessons (many per lesson so you can choose) and Ensign articles related to the lesson and handouts to copy for each sister.  I could go on and on, but what I really have come to like is Trina herself! 

She signed my book!  At my house!  Ahhhhh!  It’s almost like the “I’m debt free” scream, but maybe not quite as intense, maybe a little more high pitched squealy like.  She is so nice!  I wonder if she coupons?  I’ve got to find that out!  She came over to pick up a ham radio and take our turtle off our hands (thank you!) and she’s so fun to chat with.  I still had pjs on and she totally didn’t care.  Don’t you love people like that?  I did some research. Well I clicked on the find out more about me link on her blog, and she was young mom of the year in CA.  So she totally knows about pajamas-still-on-at-noon days!  It was only 10am actually, but you get the idea!

So pajamas on all day or not, you’ve got to get this book!

Hannah’s Name

Wahoo, 2 kiddos asleep and it’s not even bedtime!  That means it’s time to catch up on the blog!  Oh my beloved blog, how I’ve missed you!

  While I was pregnant with Baby GirlI was at my in-law’s house reading one of my m-i-law’s many many books.  (Seriously, she has a library room in her house with books that overflow into other rooms).  I think I was reading Return of the Christmas Jars and I was having a very difficult time following all the character’s and everything going on with them.  I was enjoying the book, just not really trying hard to figure out who was who and what their relevance in the story was.  Then I read a page about a character named Hannah and had the strongest feeling that I should name my kid Hannah.  Seriously, like a loud voice talking to me right there on the bed in that room where I was all alone!  I remember thinking in my mind, yeah right!  Hannah isn’t what I want to name my kid.  It’s not even in my top picks.  It’s not even on the list, because I never even considered the name.

But then the voice came again and said strongly that I should name your kid Hannah.

Uhhhhhh, Hannah.  I had to think hard and I really couldn’t remember the story of Hannah- you know, was that a Bible or Book of Mormon story and what did she do and all that stuff.  So I went to the source for all things knowledgeable and of good cheer and asked the all knowing hubby to tell me the story of Hannah.

He said Hannah was an amazing person.  She told the Lord that if He would allow her to have a child then she would dedicate the child to Him to be His servant.  So Hannah was able to have a son, Samuel, who served his life serving the Lord.  Hannah knew that in the big scheme of things that she would be reunited with her son again in the life hereafter and so that reassured her in this life.  She had faith and patience. 

Well that sounded good to me so I thought to myself, if I follow this prompting and do name my kid Hannah then she better be one really good kid!   That reminded me of a conversation I had a long time ago with some gals in the pool during water aerobics.  One said that you consult the Lord through the spirit on what to name you kids you will be blessed.  She had done it and she was very pleased with her 2 sons. 

So, I followed the prompting and named my kid Hannah!  And so far I really like the name and really like having a cute little girl!

There’s Still Nice People

I had such a wonderful morning today, like something out of the Pay it Forward movie that I just had to share. 

We were in and out of our freezer meal swap in no time today so I headed to the bank and then to the CVS right across the street to stock up on bottled water.  There was a limit of 2 cases, but the cashier let me buy as many as I wanted.  GrocerySmarts must have a typo, because $2.22 for a case of water is the 2nd lowest price I’ve ever seen for bottled water, so I’m stocking my sis-in-law and our family up for the summer!  Despite the 8 months prego belly, I was on a mission to get me some water at a great price!

So I go to check out and this lady says she’ll help me to my car.  I know I know, beware of strangers!  And then this man says he’ll help me too!  Long story short, he wheels my cart to my car, the lady makes sure I’m okay and he loads the cases into my trunk.  I tried to tip him the only bill I had and he wouldn’t take it!  I couldn’t believe it- that people were willing to help me and that they wouldn’t take $$ for their help.  I’m still in shock and I know this little incident is pretty insignificant to most, but to me it was an incredible act of service that reminds me that there still are nice people around.  Lately I’ve had a doom and gloom we’re all on our own attitude, so this was just what I needed to get myself back in check.  And you better believe I’ll be paying it forward.  Here’s to hoping you are having a really great day too!

I’ve even done a ton of dishes and cleaned the guest bathroom today!  And so far no nap for me- I’ve got energy and a ton to do before moving/ delivery day, which ever comes first!

I’m a Big Girl Now

So guess what I did today?  I got a babysitter for my kids and went and got myself a massage.   And guess what?  The boys did just fine and I  feel great! 

Moral:  me time is much needed so just bite the bullet and get your kid(s) a sitter and go do something for yourself.  Seriously, a mommy who feels good is a happy mommy and happy mommies have energy to play on the ground with kiddos all day long.

Cheers to a New Year!

2009 was a good year, but it’s always nice to have a restart to all the things I didn’t finish, lose, start, or accomplish.

I started off last year with attempting to really clean the house 1 room at a time.  I did start, but didn’t finish.  This year I think I’ll try that again.  I’ve already sorted through all the boys’ clothes and managed to fill 5 Space Bags and 1 under the bed storage bin with any and all clothes related to newborn- 5T sizes.  Next up are their toys- yikes!

And after watching the movie Julie and Julia and can’t help but be inspired to give new cooking a try!  From new recipes to just making more homemade foods more frequently, I just want to do more in the kitchen.  Using the crockpot or sunoven for Sunday for lunch/ dinner is also something I want to do to.  1 crockpot Sunday meal down, like 50 more to go!

Groceries and shopping- think I’ll try the cash method this year.  Well, I’ve already charged a bunch, so maybe we’ll just stick to spending no more than $50 a week.  That means no going overbored when diapers at TRU go down to $1.50 a jumbo pack and I want to buy the whole display in every size possible!  Restraint girl, I’m going to have restraining power during my super shopping trips.  I’m also going to keep up on my coupons!  When they come Sunday I will look though and clip the ones I won’t use.  That way I can send more than I am now to the Expired Coupon Queen in Colorado.  She sends them to overseas military bases where expired (and unexpired) coupons can be used.  I really slack when it comes to clipping my coupons on time and keeping them up to date.  This shall help me be even more efficient.

Of course there’s always excercise more.  I don’t want a gym membership to Gold’s since they are walking distance, have a pool, and kid’s club, but have obstructed my view of downtown.  I just  want to get out of the house more with the kids and go for walks or trike rides.   Maybe we could even start walking to the close stores by our house.

Me time- at least once a month I’m getting a sitter during the day (you should see how many babysitting bucks I’ve racked up) and going and doing something alone!  Shopping, pedi, haircut, whatever! Just kid free is the way to be.

Date time- maybe I should just plan what the heck hubby and I should do and take matters into my own hands as far as the execution.  Attend the temple at least once a month, go see a movie, go out to eat…  Friday date night swaps anyone?  I’m serious!

Crafts- if they get started then they have to get finished!  That’s all there is to it!  I have 2 pillow cases, 1 layered skirt, 1 truck pillow, a big mending pile built up again, and some cards and scrapbooking things that need to get done.  There’s some magnets, Gospel ABC books, nursery CDs, and felt puppets still waiting for my time and energy too. 

So that’s the big stuff.  Nothing too big or small.  Nothing that can’t really be accomplished realistically.  I’m feeling good in 2010 and I’m hoping to make it a great year.

Oh yeah! And actually plant something in my garden boxes this year rather than have them be the kids’ favorite dirt piles for digging and such!

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!

Oh Happy Days

Can I just tell you that I have had a wonderful day today?  Lately I feel like I have been a bit frazzled and on the pessimistic side with a lot of sarcasm and fake happy emotions going on, but I am loved!!  Someone brought me flowers today and a box of goodies, but it wasn’t my husband.  Don’t worry, it wasn’t from another guy!  And then I had an awesome talk with a friend.  And then came the call from another person in the ward who was thinking of me and has some more goodies for me to go pick up for my kiddo.  And I found someone to watch my kiddos during a double meeting night.  And then I scored 2 Thomas train DVDs at the library when usually there are zero!  And then I scored free 8 foot shelves on Freecycle to hang in the garage.  And even though I’ve only seen my hubby for 45 minutes which was for dinner, car ride to library, and then HOA mtg, I’m not feeling bitter and upet.  He left for work today before I was even up and took off for another job after the HOA mtg.  So thank you people for making my day really pleasant.  I’ll have to pay it forward, that’s for sure!