Saturday, May 27, 2017

Sierra's here!

 This morning Hannah and I went to Burbank and picked up Sierra!!  Love when the chickies come home!!
We got home and everyone was ready to swim, and swim and swim.

 Dad and Papa went on a jeep ride, they came home and we had a late lunch then they told us that the cheery orchards were open!

 So we hopped in the car and went.  Dani and Moe stayed home to nap (Dani has an upset stomach today) and Mom's friend Sister Ferrari came to visit her so those three didn't come and the rest of us did.

When we got home we did some crafting and now we are going to make cherry pies while Papa and Grandma go to a graduation party for Charlie Bennett.

Friday, May 26, 2017

They're here!!

 We've been waiting for the family to arrive for graduation next week.  The Utah contingent is mostly here!

I spent the day getting ready.  After school the kids helped and then around dinner time they arrived.
Hannah and I made a delicious dinner.  

 Then people hot tubbed, blew bubbles, went to Ulta (Hannah and Dani) and hung out together.

 We end the night with a four generation scripture reading time.  Which was lovely.  It's going to be a busy but wonderful next few days.

Thursday, May 25, 2017


The boys were at our house swimming.  Except Ethan and Noah, they were at soccer practice.  (the tournament team not the travel team or the AYSO never ends)
 This is Tyler Higa and I love working with him.  He is an awesome YM president.  Sadly they are moving to Simi Valley next month.  His will leave big shoes to fill.  The boys love him a lot and really relate to him.
So back to soccer.  Last weekend was the big game(s) with the club team.  Super fun to watch and to play in.  Then we were so excited because they wanted Ethan to join.  This has never happened because we honor the Sabbath and give that day to the Lord.  We believe this means the whole day...not just an hour for services.  The coaches were so impressed with Ethan and said they really wanted him to play.

Fast forward to Monday night practice.  I take him out to the field and wait to talk to the coach and say "hey you want him here right?  Knowing we will not play on Sundays?" and he's like yes, yes we want him.

Then after practice Rob picks him up and the coach says, "Ethan's great! we love how he plays, we want him on the team...BUT we need you to compromise a little and play on Sundays sometimes and we need you to sign the contract that says you will put soccer first, above family activities, other sports, church activities or he can't play".   So Rob called me and we were heartbroken for our good boy who has so many talents.  Rob doesn't want to tell him about it alone and when they get home we talk to him together and tell him the bad news.  Which he takes really well. He says "I can't chose soccer over Sunday" and we move on.

The next day he tells me he is sad about it..of course.  This is really hard.  It has been hard for many years.  I feel like I run around wearing an "honor the Sabbath day cape" and keep running into obstacles over it.  I did not intend to be that cape wearer, it just happened as I am a raising and athlete and a man of God, those two things clash from time to time.

That said, I know this is what God wants.  I know that my boy will be blessed, I don't know how or when but I know it'll come.  Worshipping at the church of soccer is akin to worshipping false idols.  We can not do it and stand blameless before God at the last day.  So is it hard? Yes.  Is it right? Yes.  What other people choose to do is their business and I have no judgment about that but to quote Joshua "as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord".   The thing that is sad for me is the great joy that they are missing out on.  "They" being people who chose the "world" over God.  They may have more fun from time to time, and in the short run, but they do not have peace and joy that comes with living the gospel. I'm so grateful that Ethan is not bitter or mad, that he obeys and does what is asked of him.  I worry about him, and all the children~ are we teaching them well?, do our short comings and mistakes blind them to the truth?, are they gaining a strong and firm testimony? but I also have great hope that they are doing what is right and are being blessed and will continue on in the paths of righteousness.
Amen.....stepping off the soapbox :)

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Fiesta Farewell

Shelby, Madi, Hannah and Katie
 For YW tonight we had a farewell fiesta for our seniors.  It was a really fun.
 I asked each of the moms to make a poster about their daughter (we invited the moms). Each mom got to get up and talk about her daughter, which I really enjoyed and I think the girls did too.
 We had a nacho bar that was delicious and cake and brownies and lemonade.  Yumm!
me and my beautiful friend Ramona
 I brought supplies so that everyone could make a headpiece to wear.  It was harder than it looked but the girls liked it.
 We had a pinata and ate and the girls gave advice to the younger girls.  We also gave each of the graduating girls a framed picture of the temple to take with them as they embark in life.  It was a good night.
the whole gang...even Rachel who was taking the picture but managed to get a fingertip in too :)

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

pool's open

 With temps in the 90's it is swim season.  The water isn't really too warm yet because it takes a while to catch up but the kids don't seem to mind.

Sarah, Madi and Hannah hopped in right after school and when Grace saw them she joined in the fun.
Also I would just like to say that our animals are confused.  Steve fetches like no one's business and Ziva sometimes uses the litter box for her business.  Very role reversal behaviors...yet Ziva is still a dog, and Steve a cat.  Just saying.

Monday, May 22, 2017


 Grace had her choir concert last night.  It was at the exact same time as Hannah's graduation from seminary.  I was SUPER sad to miss it.  Luckily I had heard them sing before but not the full show :(

Rob and Ethan went and they said she did great.  The music was fun and complex and sounded amazing!

Next year I'll be there!
 She had a cute part in a video introducing the music too :)
 Hannah wanted to make dinner tonight, which is so awesome.  This always requires a grocery trip for her.  Don't these ingredients look inviting?!

Funny Hannah quote, while cooking this evening she got hot, it is hot outside (mid 90's) and so she asked R to turn on the AC. She said "I'm sweating like a sinner in church!".  Which made us both laugh.  We're going to miss that girl
So there is nothing for me to do but watch the iron chef battle :) (while vacuuming and sorting and taking out the trash and folding a load of clothes).

Also in a surprising turn of events Ethan and his friend Brody swam today.  Usually it's Grace that's the first swimmer of the season.

And speaking of Grace I subbed at her school today and sat in the lunch room with two of her teachers, which was fun because it's always nice to hear how smart your kid is :)
Jenna and Clayton completed their annual back county backpacking trip.  They didn't see a live bear again. Maybe next year.  But they had a great time.

And in not so great news she has a node on her thyroid that needs to be biopsied. Alarming with our family history.  So ick.  Of course we're hoping for the best but it will be a tense couple of days while we wait to find out what it is and why it's there.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Seminary graduation

 Tonight Hannah graduated from seminary!! Whoo Hooo! This is a big accomplishment.  It means she has read all the standard works: the Old Testament, the New Testament, The Book of Mormon and the Doctrine and Covenants.  Passed the tests each year and attended at least 80% of the time.  (that was the first three years, this year they made it 75% to match institute).  This is a big commitment of time and effort.  Especially the 6am start time.  Yay!!!
Now I only have 6 years left to get Bub and Grace through!