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

Oh What a Week

Mike and I were the speakers in church today.  Are Mormons the only ones who have their congregation members give the sermon each week?  That probably would be weird, but kind of nice for a person-not-of-our-faith to experience.  I’m glad I won’t have to do that for a few more months at least!  I read my favorite faith promoting story about THE FILE ROOM and talked a bit about food storage.  I love those things! 

On Sat. I’m hosting a Grocery Smarts class to teach people how to use a free website  to help them buy groceries at the lowest price possible!  I love this kind of stuff.  And I’ve had a few people already RSVP which really settles my nerves as to whether people will show up or not.  Why would you not show up?  You learn how to shop smarter and save money!

My mom is making the boys matching St. Patty’s Day ties and Hannah will have a matching St. Patty’s Day dress made from the same material.  I’m excited that she’s excited to do those kind of projects, because I’m just so not in the mood.  I did however finally finish the rag quilt I’ve been working on for 3 years!  It’s washed and delivered to my sis-in-law with a note stating: Happy Birthday and Merry Christmas for the rest of your life!  So glad that big ole pile is out of my closet.

Oh, got diapers B1G1 Free yesterday at Walgreens!  Can I even write a post, have a regular conversation, speak to a stranger without mentioning shopping and getting a good deal?  I’ll get back to you on that question once I finish my shopping trip =o)

We need to do our taxes still!  Pretty sure we’ll owe money, since we prefer to have money collect interest in our bank acct every year rather than someone else’s, but maybe just maybe this will be the year we get a nice hefty check from jolly ole Uncle Sam!  I’m pretty sure I’m dreaming, but it’s a good dream at least.

I need to collect moving boxes this week.  There’s a chance we will be moving an entire house full of furniture/ belongings out this weekend and it falls on us to do it.  We are not moving, someone else already has and left everything behind.  Packing up someone else’s treasures actually sounds like fun to me except that we can’t have any of their stuff.  So basically we’re the free packers and movers.  We should be really good at this by now!

Hannah Bear is scooting.  Not crawling or pushing up off her stomach, but sitting (you have to sit her up) and stretching out and somehow moving across the room.  She really is such a good baby.  I’ve decided that babies at 7 and 8 months are finally wonderful and exciting and worth keeping.  Oh, she can sleep through the night too!  That’s totally worth mentioning, because the other 2 kiddos were closer to 18 months before we finally saw eye to eye on the whole sleeping at night issue.  She’s done it all by herself.  And she only sleeps in her carrier.  I mention this, because I’m sure there’s some new mom in blogger land who’s fretting over her child never seeing the slats of a real crib.  This one’s for you dear fretting mother!  My kid sleeps in a  carrier and not a crib either and I’m going to keep on doing it until she’s too big or I really see signs of flat head and require a baby helmet to shape it back to normal.  She seems fine to me!

Mikey has informed us what he wants for Christmas already!  The kid just had a birthday last month, but I guess when you become aware of holidays and months and stuff then you start planning early for the next big present receiving celebration!  He has covered our entire house in art work from preschool, primary, and his own original creations.  It was bothering me, but now I just embrace this arts and crafts movement and proudly display his creations.  Well, actually he is well versed in tape dispensing so he tapes his work where ever he wants!  And he somehow knows if I’ve removed piece 217 from his ongoing collection spanning in the six hundreds, so I’ve just given up.  They are pretty cute and I’m sure it won’t last forever so if you’re ever visiting our museum, make sure to check out the train tracks that span all over the house and view the art work, hung appropriately at a preschoolers eye level!

Josh supposedly has asthma and now has a nebulizer and does a breathing treatment every morning and night.  He’s fine in front of the tv, but starts hacking up almost phlegm as soon as he takes off to see who rang the door bell, who moved his train, or what Mikey is doing to tease him from the other room.  We’re trying to get a grasp on things, but it’s hard!  You want your kid to be active, but when they cough till they hurt from doing so, and the only thing that keeps them calm is being stagnant, then you start to wonder and worry.  He’s started defying nap time and I have unfortunately caved in and agreed.  Must do better this week…

Well there’s some little amusing tidbits from our life this week.  That reminds me that I need pineapple since I’m down to 2 cans and the whole talk of produce prices rising  50-90% in the upcoming weeks has me nervous.

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!

Freedom!

A new RS presidency was called today.  I’m NOT in it!  So, now that I have all this spare time I think I’ll get a hobby.   Does Facebook count??  Well congrats and good luck President Curtis!  

As for my next calling- I have no clue!  The VT coordinator is now vacant, the RS secretary is vacant, a counselor in Primary is coming up soon, oh and about a million and one primary worker callings need filled!  There’s a few over with boy scouts.  We have no Activities Committee chair people  since they moved.  So, only time will tell, but I’m not complaining, because I have free time!! So, uh, we can be friends now… I’m not off limits anymore!

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Just Randomness

I need to post, but that means unloading pics to the computer- that takes a while.  I’ll just write what I’ve been up to.

Joshy turned 1… yeah, pictures coming soon!

Go google Diva Cup- brilliant, but I don’t think I could handle that.

I’ve got some unfinished projects crossed off my list- pics coming soon too!

So someone once asked me a while back what I like and what my hobbies were.  I am not the same person I was in hs, that’s for sure.  No exercise, no clubs, no parties, no cultural anything going on.  I seriously couldn’t think of any thing to tell this person besides the “oh I am a mom” answer.  Then finally I came up with clipping coupons and bargain shopping.  And then I realized that I need to get more involved with something, anything, and RS doesn’t count in my book. 

Although RS does keep me busy.  I love spreadsheets and keeping track of data like names, addresses, and phone #s.  I also retract my statement about wanting to go to nursery next.  I don’t want to be out of the loop so I hope my next adventure allows me to stay in RS for third hour.  I haven’t heard a thing, but I’ll put in a great word for all you who think it could never be you.  The RS  president is such a great calling.  I think you’d do well at it =o)  Or maybe we’ll just continue to run the show for a few more months. 

My 3 year old asked me to stand up so he could put pillows around where I was sitting on the couch to make me a pillow bed.  I chose to keep typing away on my laptop and he then asked me why I wasn’t obeying!!

Some day my kiddo will be potty trained.  It really doesn’t bother me to keep changing his diaper. 

I did the coolest FHE tonight.  We toured the church bldg with some other families in the ward and some investigators.  Talk about so cool!  I think this idea will stick.

I had a free $10 coupon to Wags that expired today.  I bought diapers and a few other things.

Morning Moos is at Costco for a really good price right now.

I’m pretty sure I’m getting neighbors.  And they will be in my ward.  And they don’t have any kids.  But they are the grandparents to someone in my ward.  Hope that means they will be my pseudo grandparents as well =o)

I think my weakness is Reeses anything!  PB and chocolate is a perfect combo.

I used to watch Big Love.  Then it got too raunchy so we canceled cable so I couldn’t and wouldn’t be tempted.  So far so good.

My only sibling, my younger brother, is getting married in November.  It’s so, like, whatever, since  it’s not my own wedding.  Been there done that so we’ll just show up to yours bro and eat the food and smile for family pics.

I enjoy making to do lists. 

I don’t know the last show I watched on tv. We’ve really gotten used to not watching it and don’t even think to turn it on anymore.  It’s great!

I’m looking out for a good deal on lawn chairs.  Just those simple plastic white chairs to go in the backyard.  Keep an eye out for me.

I’m tired now and need to go to sleep since baby still gets up in the night multiple times.

Leave a Message and I’ll Call You Back

So the RS president was released today in church.  Not so bad except a new one wasn’t called!!  So normally the counselors are released too, but not this time!!  We’re running the show and got a reminder about oxen and yoke- no one is in the front, they all work together side by side.  We’ve divided up meetings, we’ll be tackling VT routes soon, and hopefully a new presidency will be called sooner rather than later.  Surprisingly I am not nervous like I used to be. 

So if I don’t answer the phone, know that I am screening phone calls  hoping it’s not the Bishop!  =o)  I do hope my next calling is in nursery so I guess I’ll have to answer the phone to get a new calling though!!

Hallelujah!

I am burning the very last CD right now!  Thank you to everyone who helped burn a set of 25 or so.  Sure helps to divide and conquer when it comes to big #s like 300!  And by the way, we only have 2 CD burners working at the moment.  1 is gone 15 hours a day with hubby, so little ole me was left with 1 burner, but I can now add CD burning to my list of accomplishments!  Hip hip hooray!  CD burning is done today!  Just got to pick up CDs from 3 people and we will be all set for the Emergency Preparedness Fair on Saturday!  Thanks once again everyone for your help!

I Heart TVP

So I was making a chicken with veggie and stuffing covering the top casserole for dinner last night and the chicken was showing no signs of thawing out!  (Yeah, I pulled cooked frozen chicken out of the freezer 10 minutes before starting on dinner!) My solution= ditch the chicken and throw in some TVP sausage from a can that’s in my food storage!!

Results= totally delicious and flavorful!  I will be making this again. And the spices are such a nice treat since I only use salt and pepper pretty much.  So daring, I know!

So I’m totally thinking this would be a great casserole for that sister in the ward who just had a baby!!!  I loved this dish and I think the rest of my ward would too!  I just can’t figure out why I never get called to take in a meal!?!  And I think Dream Dinners should start using TVP meats in their casserole dishes too! A lot more of us would try this dinner service if the price was cheaper.  The more cheaper chicken is called TVP people.

Read more about TVP meat here.  It’s pretty easy reading and just may change your mind about it.  I am half tempted to ditch meat altogether and go TVP all the way baby.

I’ve TVPed the sisters at Enrichment and put the sausage bits in a nacho dip and they loved it.  I’ve TVPed the missionaries and some friends who came over for breakfast for dinner.  Those scrambled eggs had TVP sausage bits in them my friends =o)  And now I’ve TVPed my family members who had no complaints about my casserole.

Who’s next?  Oh, maybe 2 wards at our Emergency Preparedness Fair next month (mwah ha ha ha)!