Friday, April 27, 2012


The family has been so excited for the Kansas City Temple Open House.  On the way down we decided to make a few extra stops at some church-history sites along the way.  This was our first stop.  Although not much was there, we loved getting to enjoy the atmosphere of this place.

This grove of trees is the type I would envision Joseph Smith praying in.
I really loved all the different rocks that were in this area.

The scenery was beautiful.

The Temple was so neat.  Ashlynn was so excited to go inside the Temple.  She has ALWAYS had a thing with Temples.  Her excitement as we walked through the front doors was so adorable. My emotions almost got the better of me.  The lady giving our tour bore her testimony of her gratitude for Temples and eternal families (at the end of the tour) .  She mentioned how she had recently lost a little girl and was so thankful to know she will live again with her someday.  It was really a neat experience.

We stopped inIndependence also.  I was surprised how long we stayed here.  In the basement  was a fun little activity area.  The part we enjoyed the most was the family video.  IT WAS SO INSPIRING!!!  I knew as we were watching it that all my children could feel the spirit.  It definitely made me think about some things I need to work on as a mother also. 

Then it was headed home.  I am sooooo cheap when it comes to buying food.  I had made food for the ride down and we forgot it ,so we already had to stop one time more than I wanted.  We stopped at Wendy's.  As we were ordering I am sure the people inside thought are these people for real????  A kid would yell from the background I would yell back "NO YOU CAN'T have pop."  Another kid would yell "I WANT."  I would yell "That's not from the 99 cent menu."  YA I'm that cheap.  Then Jers asks what do you want?  I reply I will wait to eat till later.  They hand us our food and the bag is LOADED with FRIES.  Plus the kids fries are larger than the ones we ordered.  To top it off they also added an EXTRA sandwich.  LAME!!!!  But LUCKY.  I gobbled that thing down so fast because I was starving. But here is the thing.  10 minutes later we stop at Baskin Robbins for ice cream.   I have Alyssa order this IN-SANELY huge thing for her and I to eat.  It had 3 different flavors in the one we shared.  I thought nothing of us spending more money on ice cream than dinner.  ISSUES.  I have ISSUES.  A girl knows her priorities and when I decide to eat bad, ice cream is a delicious part of those issues:)  It was a wonderful day.

Monday, April 23, 2012


TOTAL picture overload!!!!!!
My boys are not in the Easter dressed-up pictures due to the fact that they had  play clothes on the second we walked in from church.
On Saturday we had fun at a friend's house.  The kids ran around crazy, had an Easter egg hunt and a fun meal.   We were so EXCITED to get together with others.  We really miss family on holidays.
Being part of such a GREAT ward family makes it so much easier.

Trampolines are the BEST!!!!  I guess if I were a doctor and was privileged:( to see all the crazy things that happened to kids on them I may not be such a fan.  As it is, I grew up with one, tons of kids on it, we are all fine and I love them.  Kids love them!  They are great for a good time.
 Ashlynn and I had a great time making these fun little treats.

Easter Egg hunts are something these 2 are a huge fan of.

I LOVE EASTER.  I Love how the Savior's Resurrection symbolizes a rebirth. I am so thankful that the Savior would make it possible for us to be forgiven when we are human.  Repent and in a way have a re-birth.   I am so thankful for the reminder it gives us;  a sure knowledge that we will live again.  It makes me feel so thankful that someday I will be blessed to live with my loved ones again.  I know and appreciate DEEPLY  this part of Easter.  I find joy in spending the week before Easter having evening activities & devotionals on the week leading up to the Saviors crucifixion
 from this wonderful book.
I LOVE LOVE  Easter baskets.  I LOVE shopping,  I mean helping the bunny put them out the night before.  I LOVE the treats that go inside the basket.  I love the little toys that are so simple that kids get so excited about.  The bunny left a basketball this year due to the fact that Brittons parents drove over his NEW one a few days before:)  I also LOVE the little books about Jesus and other gospel stuff.  I remember some of my MOST FAVORITE memories of Easter was Egg hunts out at Stuart and Cindy's-and real baby chicks.  I LOVED the year the bunny left the book "I wonder when he comes again", a few other church books and homemade coconut nests.  Man, the Bunny who came to my house was so AMAZING!!!!

I LOVE all the little kiddos at church being all dressed up.
I LOVE that this year Ashlynn got to wear the dress her Grandma Jo made for Alyssa when she was little.  It made me smile all day.  I have to admit it made me a little teary eyed at times as well.
I LOVE that this year was nice enough to have a picnic outside.
I LOVE how I still have ONE little enough to still enjoy dumping out ALL her little treasures to see what they are for the thousandth time:)
I LOVE that no matter what age my kids are they LOVE egg hunts.

I LOVE how Alyssa has her scriptures next to her in this picture.  She is such a good girl. We are not sure how we got so blessed.  She ALWAYS wants to do the right thing- usually to the point that she gets after her parents if she thinks they are not:)

She recently earned her Young Women Medallion.  This was really a neat thing for her to receive at 15 years old.  I feel so blessed by the decisions she makes every day.

 BACK to the EGG HUNTING... I notice that the older the boys get, they enjoy the Easter egg hunt  MORE or LESS depending on the amount of money I put in the eggs:)
But I figure that's a good thing.  It's never to early to be money conscience:)