Day of love…

Although this picture appears to have been taken this morning since everyone is in there pajamas – It was taken just after dinner tonight! Our traditional family Valentine’s dinner at a restaurant was thwarted due to sickness. Instead, we were all in our pajamas before our dinner of homemade french bread and chicken noodle soup – because nothing sounds better when you don’t feel well.

Today was definitely one of our more low-key Valentine’s celebrations and everyone was okay with that.

The kids were beyond excited when they found someone had heart-attacked our yard and door. Even better was they left some delicious cookies. Such a simple gesture that was so thoughtful.

Luckily, Steve and I get to continue the Valentine’s celebrations when we go out for date night tomorrow sans kids. We love them to pieces and love to celebrate with them, but we love each other even more!

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Little sickie…

Briggs is the third one in the family to fall ill with a deep chest cold. Hunter was down for four days, then Cannon followed and was down two days and now Briggs. He’s miserable. His nose is running. His eyes are watering. And he’s starting to sound hoarse from coughing.

Last night he was struggling. I went in at midnight to take his temperature and he was so warm and uncomfortable. I pulled him out of bed, gave him a bath and snuggled with him in the chair for almost an hour. His legs dangled off my lap and his head sat past my shoulder and rested on the chair.

It wasn’t that long ago I sat in that same exact chair, in the middle of the night feeding him, night after night. I seem to have more energy now for an occasional midnight call knowing the next night I’ll sleep without interruptions. So I enjoyed the moment and at the same time prayed that his little body would fight this illness quickly so we can enjoy his happier moments.

He’s an angry sickie. Here’s to hoping the illness will end with him…

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Cowboy Cannon…

He came home beaming – he and his horse “Super Star” came out victorious at his preschool horse race and he was proud as could be. He was decked out out from head-to-toe complete with marshmallow guns.

His teacher makes new costumes every year for her preschoolers. We have quite the collection by now!

Here’s a younger version of cowboy Cannon.

And because it’s always fun to stroll down memory lane – here’s a couple of Bennett in his younger years as a cowboy. And as usual Hunter somehow escaped his cowboy picture!

 

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Valentines…free printables…

Download all the Valentine’s and even more at the resource library.

This is usually how school Valentine’s go down at our house. I’m usually thinking about it fairly early – and I think – this is the year that I’m going to walk into Target and buy a box of valentine’s and go on my merry way. And every year, I walk down that aisle and find several that would work great. Only to realize that there’s 24 valentine’s in the box and there’s 27 kids in the class. Very sneaky.

You think I’m going to buy two boxes and be stuck with 19 extras?? Nope. Not going to happen. I keep hoping one year I’m going to walk down and see a box that caters to a classroom of 30. Until then…I’ll be making my own!

Here’s some we’ve done in past years…

Valentine Printables

Valentine Printable

Valentine Printable

Valentine Printable

Valentine Printable

Valentine Printable

Free Valentine Printables

Free Valentine Printables

Free Valentine Printables

Valentine Printables

Valentine printable

Valentine Printable

Valentine Printable

Valentine Printables

Valentine Printable

Valentine Printable

Valentine Printable

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President Nelson Devotional…

Two months ago we learned that the prophet of our church, President Nelson, would be coming to Phoenix for an evening devotional with President Oaks and I knew at that moment I wanted to be in the stadium when he spoke. Tonight was that special night.

We packed our family (aside from Briggs) into the car and made the hour drive to the Cardinals football stadium and joined 65,000 people to hear the messages that had been prepared. None of my kids had been in the same room as our prophet and this was unique opportunity that we were excited to share together.

Before President Nelson entered the stadium – everyone stood in reverence waiting for him to enter the room. And when he did, Cannon’s face lit up. “That’s President Nelson, I’ve never seen him before.” He then turns to his friend sitting behind us. “Do you see him? That’s really President Nelson.” He’s seen him on television but to see him in “real-life”, as he put it, was so exciting for him.

I was just as excited. Even as he entered the room there was a feeling of peace and confirmation in my own heart that he was called of God to serve as the prophet. His wife shared some experiences they’ve had in the last year as he was called and has served in this capacity and it made me admire and appreciate her even more. Every opportunity we have to hear from them is a spiritual treat.

Hallie’s experience trumps just about everyone’s as she sat on the floor in the front row with her cousins. (They happened to be doing a news article on Steve’s sister’s family and they wanted to film our niece and nephew with their cousins when President Nelson came in – they had the best seats in the house) She was beaming when it was through. I loved her excited voice as she recalled different moments as we made our way back to the car. “During the closing song we waved at him and he smiled and waved back at us.” 65,000 people and she got him to wave.

She won’t soon forget tonight. None of us will.

(Well perhaps Cannon – he’s young and fell asleep!)

Here are two pictures from Deseret News from the event. The first one you can see Hallie and her cousins front and center. The second one gives a good look at the stadium as a whole. 9,000 youth on the floor and 56,000 in the stands. It was a packed house.

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