YES, We Really Do Have Eight!

I love babies. When my babies hit their first birthday, I long once again for that tiny helpless little person that smells like baby powder and doesn't squirm away when you're staring at his beautiful little face. Now don't get me wrong. I love the other stages too. I laugh out loud when I hear the jibber jabber of his first words (Jackson). I giggle when I see one dance hysterically when she hears a Justin Bieber song (Bekkah). I beam with pride when she puts gospel principals into action as she prepares for her upcomming baptism (Emily). I am amazed over and over as he accepts and conquers challenges far beyond his years (Ammon). I burst with pride as I watch his determination and drive in all that he sets his mind to (Zane). I melt when I see the empathy, and concern she has for others (Mckenzie). I have to catch my breath when I see him snuggle with his baby brother (Zachary). I am amazed as I read his letters from his mission (Tres). I guess I just love it all. And this is why I have, despite my horrible pregnancies, we have eight beautiful, talented, amazing, wonderful children!

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

College Kid!

Can you believe I have a kid in college? I can't, I'm not old enough!! Ok, I am and yes Tres started college at MCC today. He's taking Philosophy, Biology, Food and Culture, and Pharmacy Technician Prep. The tuition was free because Dan works at the District. The fees and books are not covered so it cost him most of his savings, but he's excited (and nervous) about going. Dad takes him in the morning on his way to work, and he rides the city bus home in the afternoon. Good luck Tres!

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Jury Duty

I received THE letter in the mail a few weeks ago (amazing because we lost our mail key and only get it when we happen to see the mailman out there). I thought about trying to get out of it. I went through the excuses. I have 8 children. I have no sitter. Jack's still nursing. Bekkah's got a heart problem and I can't leave her too long. The younger kids get out of school first, no one will be home for them. The list goes on and on. But sense of duty won out.

The day before you serve you are told to call a number and listen to see if you are still needed. I made my call at 4:30 pm and the recording said to call back again the next day at 11am to see if I was still needed. Apparently they think I sit around all day by the phone. I called again and the recording told me to be there in an hour. So I left Tres in charge of Jack and Bekkah, along with the phone number of a close friend in case of emergency (like a diaper change! Thanks Trinity!!) and headed off to court.

I've never sat on a jury, never made it past that phone call, so I was very glad I brought a book. There is a lot of waiting involved in the American legal process! I was finally escorted in to meet the judge along with 30 other people. This is where we were all asked a lot of questions to see which lucky nine of us would spend the next few days together deciding a man's fate. Ok it wasn't that dramatic, apparently a guy stole a piece of farm sprinkler equipment. Our tax dollars at work!

Each of us had to stand, tell what we did for a living, what our significant other did, how many children we have and their ages. Most people seemed to work for banks or fast food. Some were full time students, others were retired. I was the only one in the room who was a homemaker (I guess all the other ones got out of it!) When I got to the part where I said I had eight children there was an audible gasp from the other jurors. And when I struggled with the ages (hey, that's a lot to remember off the top of your head) there was a little giggling. Oh well. Apparently the attorneys don't like unemployed housewives with 8 kids, because an hour later I was excused to go home to my family with the assurance that I would get another opportunity in no less that two years. Maybe I'll fulfill my civic duty in 2011!

Friday, August 14, 2009

Utah Vacatation

We spent a great week in Kanab Utah with Grammy last week. We swam, and took walks. We went to Pipe Springs, and to the movies. We visited an animal sanctuary and drove to Toquerville to visit cousins. It was a nice relaxing week playing games and hanging out. Thanks Grammy and Papa Oscar for the fun time!

Thursday, August 13, 2009


At the Priest camp out last week Bishop Walker challenged the young men to "be nice" for 24 hours. Being nice was defined as, no rude comments, no yelling, punching, pinching, or teasing, no tantrums, and definitely no sarcasm. President Hinckley said the following: "I am asking that we look a little deeper for the good, that we still our voices of insult and sarcasm, that we more generously compliment virtue and effort." So Dan thought it was such a great idea that he challenged our whole family to do the same. Not as easy as it sounds. I've started over many times. I was so close last night. Then a little sarcastic comment slipped out, only a couple hours before bed. So I'm starting again this morning. Wish me luck!

If you want to read the talk by President Hinkley here is the link:

Monday, August 10, 2009

The Loooong Drive Home

Question: What possesses a mother and her eight children to drive the 7 hour trip to southern Utah? (Dad had used all his vacation for youth trips) Answer: EFY in Cedar City and a visit with Grammy.
The drive home had it's ups and downs:
Downside - Friday night 5 year old starts vomiting
Upside - Finally settled down about 2am
Downside - Had to wake at 5 to drive to Cedar City (1 1/2 hr drive one way) to pick up 18 year old at EFY by 7am
Upside - Had a great time talking one on one with a young man who had a wonderful time.
Downside - Already getting sleepy
Upside - Kids were nearly ready to go when I got back (thanks Grammy)
Downside - 5 year old still sick
Upside - Thankful she can use a barf bag
Downside - Sometimes she misses
Upside - 2 year old falls asleep within the first hour
Downside - She closes her eyes right before the first rest stop (sorry guys, you'll have to hold it)
Upside - Four month old falls asleep too
Downside - Both babies wake up before second rest stop (and they aren't happy!)
Upside - Everyone agrees on McDonalds
Downside - Costs us a fortune!
Upside - 5 year old eats a little and feels better
Downside - 4 month old throws up in high chair
Upside - Made a new barf bag at McDonalds for the 5 year old - just in case
Downside - She had to use it!
Upside - Smart enough to double bag it - wet french fries are heavy
Downside - Backseat is starting to smell a little funky
Upside - 7 year old spills his chocolate milk - seems to diffuse the odor
Downside - My eyelids are getting heavy
Upside - 11 year old wakes me up with a bloody nose
Downside - He uses the whole box of kleenex - and needs more
Upside - He was traveling in a old shirt
Downside - Blood freaks him out and he throws the tissues out the window
Upside - No police were around - sorry to all the drivers on the I-17
Downside - Missed the turn off to the 202
Upside - Hopped on the 60 just in time
Downside - The two year old is DONE!
Upside - Whole family starts singing Popcorn Popping and other primary songs to distract her
Downside - Construction
Upside - We made the trip in 6 hours and 53 minutes - 7 minutes ahead of schedule!

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