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
- Boys Hard at Work
- 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 Josh and the Fox Family
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
Sharing the Loot
Maddy, Joshy, Mikey, Rachel
My 1st Homemade Pizza
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
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)
My Hot Date!
The Bar- 21 and Older
The Morning After
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!