Thursday, November 27, 2008

HAVE A WONDERFUL THANKSGIVING!

Today we will be pondering on all the blessings we have in our lives and I hope all of us will be thinking about the little simple things that we take for granted on a daily basis. Like the people we see everyday or that are miles aways (family, friends,The Prophet, Church Leaders, cashiers, co-workers, school teachers, police officers, firemen, doctors, and The soldiers that protect our great nation on a daily basis that give us our freedom, and etc), the oxygen we breath, the trees that provide it for us, the sound of the ocean waves, the singing of the birds, clean water we have to drink, the food on our plates to eat, and so many more lets lift them up in prayer and give Thanks for these wonderful things we are so fortunate to have in our lives. With all this said have a safe and wonderful Thanksgiving.

With Love,
Annetta, Mark, Alexandria, Cord, Dylan, Jacob and Jared

Monday, November 24, 2008

Goodbyes and Departures

Yesterday my little men left to go spend the Thanksgiving Holiday with their dad, Jeff, his wife and their kids in Alabama. Each time the boys leave it seems to be getting harder instead of easier as the years go by. The anxiety seems to really start the week before they leave with all the preparations going on for them to go. Making sure they have everything they need, packed and that the luggage isn't overweight or you will have the extra charge. It seems like the boys start acting out around this time as well, maybe they are excited about going or they are just feeding off my stress and anxiety over the whole situation. This entire experience might not be so bad if their dad and I had a better relationship but reality is we don't. I am always praying that one day we will become the mature adults we need to be and have a better relationship for all the children involved in this matter. I know it bothers the boys even though they don't speak of it often. At the airport is when I feel it the pain/loss the most. Watching them walk away from me to get on the plane. It is like someone hit me in the gut, all my air is gone and I can't breath. I try to hold back the tears but they always seem to come. After they are gone I try not to focus on their absence but when I am at home alone I start moping around wishing I could see them, hear them fight with each other, laugh, love/squish on the dogs (Summer and Daisy), fuss with them about homework and chores. I just really hate goodbyes and departures. They tear at my very being. I know my Heavenly Father is always with me to give me comfort in my time of need. While the boys are with their dad they will be celebrating their Christmas with them in Alabama. So this year I have decided we will be making all gifts that will be handed out. So we had a day of baking before they left and this is what we made. I really do want my boys to have a great time with their dad and his family. I want them to have a great relationship with them as well but I just really miss them so much when they are away. I want to be selfish at times I do look at it as I didn't have them to be a part time mom and for that I ask forgiveness. Thanks for reading about my woes.

Saturday, November 22, 2008

I have messed this blog up!

Today I was trying out new templates and backgrounds all the while I messed this blog up completely and lost most of my favorite things on it. Give me a couple of days to figure out what went wrong and to get my blog back up and working properly.
Thanks for your patience in all my confusion.
Annetta

Monday, November 17, 2008

School Projects

This past week has been about doing science projects that the boys had due. I have three boys and they decided to wait till the last minute to accomplish these big project. I decided this year since they are in middle school now they had to do them (any projects that came up) on their own unless there were dangerous tools or chemicals involved. It just seems like when big projects are handed out it is more work for the parents to get it accomplished along with a bunch of money out of pocket. With that said I am on strike from these projects and unless we absolutley have to buy certain things they will use what we have in the house to complete the project. Jacob who is in 6th grade advanced Science has known about his project for over a month. He didn't have an option not to due one. The option he did have was to do a report project or a display project. He chose to do a report. Either way the experiment had to be done. It was driving me crazy that he was just acting like he had all the time in the world to accomplish this. I stuck to my word and didn't lift a finger to help. Jared is in regular science so he had the option to do one or not. He chose not to do a big project. Dylan is in 8th grade science. He had the option to do a poster and draw his FE Iron atom diagram or make a 3D model of the atom. He chose the model because it would earn him more points. He had a week to do it. Since I like things done neatly and in a certain order it was stressing me out how scattered he had everything. I still stuck to my word even though by now I really wanted to help get it done. I know they will feel better about doing it by themselves and not having mom doing it or making them do it her way just becasue I see it one way and they see it another. I am growing up and letting go. It is so hard because they are my babies. Here are a few picture of Dylan's model.


Monday, November 10, 2008

TO SHAVE OR NOT TO SHAVE THAT IS THE QUESTION?

Let me tell you the reason for this question. This past weekend we had a yard sale. You know getting up earlier than you normally do to haul stuff outside and set it up so a bunch of strangers can come by and rummage through your old stuff. At this moment you don't care what you look like. You are not trying to win fashion show and you don't have to be pretty to have a yard sale either. So with my hair shoved on the top of my head. sweat pants and sweat shirt on(it was cool first thing in the morning, no make-up just natural ole me running around at least I put a bra on or I really would have been a site to see. After we were set up and the crowd slowed down I needed to change into something a little cooler since it was 83 degrees out now. Sometime later in the day as I went to sit down and prop my legs up to relax for a few minutes. There it was I noticed my legs they were as hairy as a gorilla and I had been strutting them around day in my shorts I never wear. The hair was longer than the hair on Mark's legs (my boyfriend). I made a little joke about it but left it at that for the rest of the day until my nice HOT relaxing Bath! Why hadn't I notice these hairy thing before. Well first thing the hair on my legs is blond (Thank You God for that nice feature you gave me!) and it doesn't bother me since I wear long pants all the time. so I started thinking while I was relaxing should I or shouldn't I? Am I the only one or are there others out there just like me? I had to decide whether to shave or not since unless you are really closely looking at my legs or touching them will you notice the hair that you could brush. Then the thought came to mind I have church in the morning! I have to shave my legs are likely to be hanging out and I can't have that. So I shaved. Now for the second question. Am I the only one out there that lets life get so busy that they forget to shave and are just very thankful that they even get to clean themselves or are you like my daughter that states she can feel the hairs growing on her legs. So she has to shave everyday and some days a couple times a day. Let me know your thoughts on shaving!

Sunday, November 2, 2008

JARS OF THANKSGIVING


I just love this time of year. The weather is cooler and the holiday season is just beginning (my favorite). Keeping Thanksgiving in mind I wanted to do a positive project with the boys this month. So I decided to do the Jars of Thanksgiving. Every evening before bed we will write on a slip of paper one thing we were thankful for that day and slip it into our jars. I want us to stay focused on the positive things in our life. Sometimes it is so easy for think about the negative side of things when the positive always out weighs the negative. Since my boys will not be home for Thanksgiving as they will be spending it with their father Jeff and his family in Alabama this year this is how it is going to work. During the month of November we will put our slips of paper into our jars every night and on Sunday evenings we will each read what we were thankful for that week. I will keep each slip of paper all month and at the end of the month make a poster of all the things we gave thanks to our Heavenly Father for and so we can see the many wonderful things we do have each and everyday in our lives that sometimes we forget and take for granted on most occasions. I hope Everyone has a wonderful Holiday season and I will keep you posted on how this is going. I am very anxious to see all the wonderful and interesting things the boys can come up with to be thankful for.

Saturday, November 1, 2008

TAGGED!!

I have been tagged. So here are 6 random interesting facts about myself!

1. I love being a MOM! My 4 children are the most important things in my life after My Lord and Savior.

2. I really love working on cars. Not that I would let Mark know this. I have always wanted to take a mechanics course. I don't like the getting dirty part of it but love the part about being able to work under the hood of a car, figuring out the problem, fixing it and it working properly. The satisfaction of being able to say I DID IT!

3. I am a true optimist. Always having Faith, Hope and a true belief in everything is possible and can happen even see it when it looks really gloom and impossible. I always see the positive. I do have breaking moments but the Lord is always there to guide me letting me know I am not alone. All things are possible in Him!!

4. I am an Adventurer/World Traveler (at least in my mind). I would love to travel the world to expereince new cultures, beliefs and ideas. I am always telling my kids that when they grow up I want them to spread their wings and fly. There is so much to see and expereince. My kids have been very fortunate to have been able to experience traveling on a regular basis. My daughter has been to most of the states and overseas. The boys travel to visit their father and his family where ever they are living at the moment.

5. I want to go to college and finish when I GROW UP!! I think I am almost there.

6. I AM IN LOVE WITH THE MOST AMAZING MAN!!

If you have read this you are Tagged!! Annetta