"If you are still in the process of raising children, be aware that the tiny fingerprints that show up on almost every newly cleaned surface, the toys scattered about the house, the piles and piles of laundry to be tackled will disappear all too soon and that you will—to your surprise—miss them profoundly."
-Pres. Thomas S. Monson

Tuesday, February 3, 2015


Most of the posts on this blog lately have been about the house.  It is mostly consuming our lives, but not completely.  We still get out occasionally and see friends and family as well as doing fun things together.  We got to go to our cousin Natalie Kaiserman's homecoming from Saipan.  She told us all about the snake police that kill all snakes on the island so it doesn't end up overrun like Guam, and how you get used to the bugs just crawling all over you in other people's houses.

Alli Robinson was baptized and we spent the weekend in Logan to support her.  She was a doll in her little white dress, and we felt the sweetest spirit.  Jenn, Grandma and I stayed up until the wee hours of the morning playing Scrabble and Bananagrams and laughing until we cried.  It was a great weekend!

Will has finished the first two Harry Potter books on his own!  I am so proud of him.  After his parent teacher conferences I learned he is reading at a 5th grade level, and comprehending what he is reading.  I love sharing this fun outlet with him!  After he reads each book we watch the movie together.  It has been the best.  His teacher also told me that Will is such a good boy, and kind to everyone- even when they aren't being kind to begin with.  What more could I ask for as a mom?  Will is a master builder and has been creating some amazing things with his Legos without instructions.  Building has replaced coloring again, at least for the time being.

Annie is doing so well in school as well!  Her reading has really started to take off and she is where she should be by the end of Kindergarten.  What I was most proud of was that her teacher said Annie is the only student in the class that listens quietly and follows directions every single time.  I guess her class is really rowdy, but her teacher said Annie is the best example and doing so well in spite of that challenge.  Annie always wants to help with Paige and will even get her out of bed and give her a bottle in the morning.  I am so grateful for my little helper!  She loves to cook with me, and will offer to do extra chores.  I can already see that she is going to be an awesome mother one day.  We have been making things with perler beads lately and been having so much fun doing it!  We made a set with herself, Will, and Grace to give to Grace for her birthday, as well as a perler replica of Teddy.  They are so cute!

I just wrote a lot about Paige the other day.  We just love that babe!

Dallas and I have put some of our other hobbies aside (running, shooting guns) as we focus on the home, but there is joy in it.  We love working and learning and becoming laborers.  It's even better knowing that we are actually going to have a home at the end of this- a place to live, and love, and grow with our family.  It will be our little piece of Heaven on earth.

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