Friday, May 27, 2011


Wow! I can't believe how much rain we have been getting lately!  Right now as I look out the window, it just looks like a sheet of water falling from the sky!  It sure is keeping everything pretty and green, but I am ready for some warm weather!  Hard to believe it is almost June and it is only about 60 degrees outside.  CRAZY!  It even snowed a little bit just about a week ago.  But, I will be thankful for the rain and cool weather now because I will really be missing it when it is 100 degrees outside later this summer.  I am also thankful for our somewhat mild weather here in Idaho, as many states in the country have been enduring tornados.  Just this week, on Sunday, there was a tornado in Joplin, Missouri, that killed at least 125 people, and hundreds more are missing.  Since then, just about every day this week, there have been deadly tornadoes in other states as well.  It just makes me realize how close the second coming really is!

Thursday, May 26, 2011

A New Look and an Update!

It was definitely time to update the blog, so I also decided to give it a whole new look!

Porter graduated from 5th grade at Endeavor Elementary on May 24th, 2011. His teacher, Sonia Galaviz, put together a graduation ceremony for the entire 5th grade, which was a lot of fun. The students even got a "diploma" with the picture, taken in a cap and gown. It is hard to believe he will be in middle school next year!

Mandi is just about done with 7th grade at Pathways Middle School in Meridian. She has had a good year and has done very well but, because of outrageous gas prices (almost $4 per gallon), we are going to send her back to East Valley next year. Driving back and forth to Meridian twice a day 5 days a week is really taking a toll on our pocketbook! I think she has gained some valuable study skills, though, and she is very excited to return to her old school!

Aubrie is just finishing up finals for 10th grade and is excited to be done with school for the year. She has also done very well academically in all of her classes, including Seminary. It is fun to help her pass off her Scripture Mastery scriptures, and I am so happy that she is gaining a testimony of the gospel.

Nick finished up his first year at CWI. He will be 19 in August and hopefully will be turning in his mission papers soon. I know it is a big decision for him, but I also know the most important thing he can do with his life right now is to serve a mission for Heavenly Father and share the gospel wherever he may be called.

Krystal just finished up her second year at CWI. She has not yet decided on a major but is thinking about Business Management, as she and I will be starting a boutique soon (if we could only think of a name for it!)

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Happy Mother's Day!

I had a wonderful Mother's Day today.  Porter gave me the cutest card he made at school...

Nick made belgian waffles for breakfast, and the kids all made dinner for me.  I got to spend the day just relaxing after church, and it was WONDERFUL!  I am so thankful to be a mother to 5 beautiful children.  Thank you for making my day so special!

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Soccer Season...Yay for #23!!!

Porter and Mandi both played Nampa Kids Soccer this year. They were both #23 on their teams.  Porter's team was the Red Devils.  Porter absolutely loves soccer and is quite an incredible player! His coach nicknamed him the "Sleeping Giant" because he always surprised the other players. He is smaller than most of the other players but can sure keep the ball away from them! He constantly tells us that he is going to grow up and play professional soccer, and at the rate he is going it wouldn't surprise me.

Mandi doesn't have the love for soccer that Porter does, but she had fun and is really good too. Her team was the Pink Pumas.  She played goalie most of the season and can kick the soccer ball more than halfway down the field with those powerful legs of hers!