Sunday, May 7, 2017

BYU women's conference week

I attended the BYU women's conference this year and Jordan watched all 4 kids.  He did so good, I wanted to remember what the schedule of things he had to remember looked like. I know in a few years, it'll be even fuller. Right before leaving, I received a letter from the kid's school, letting me know that school had been cancelled the rest of the week, due to a virus that sent many sick children home that week.
So,  Jordan's schedule freed up a lot, but it also meant that he would have all 4 kids at home while I was gone. He did awesome! 
 My aunt Josefa, she's my mom's older sister took the bus with her daughter Barbi from L.A to Vegas on wednesday morning. That afternoon, we all drove together to Provo, UT.  My aunt joined the church when she was a teenager but left the church in her early 20's, she's now in her late 60's and recently returned to the church and went to the temple last year for the first time. 

It was a great experience to be able to share a room with my sister Mara and have her as my roommate for 3 nights. It brought back many great memories of us growing together. 

Hannah and Britta were also roomates and we were all in the same group. 
It was so fun to stay up talking and share what we thought of the classes we all went to. 
We stayed at the heritage halls, and my mom's groups was like 2 doors down the hallway. 

Sunday, April 23, 2017

General conference

We did it! Jordan took Massey to a live session for General Conference this year. A couple years ago we thought it'd be a good tradition to take our kids to General conference during their 8th year, we tried last conference but we could not make it work. Massey just turned 9 in February and it was such a great experience for him.  We thought inviting his cousin Nigel would make it more meaningful.  They boys had a great time.  Massey is developing his own testimony of the Gospel in such a natural way. This parent gig is not easy but it's so gratifying and fulfilling.

We spent half the time at Uncle Micah and Aunt Camille's home. We got there on Friday afternoon and they were so good to take us to this fun children's museum. The kids loved it, expect for Ezra, he wasn't a big fan of the water table, he kept frowning the whole time and didn't quite learn to enjoy it. It was cute.

cousin Bradley kept telling us how much he enjoyed watching General conference. Aunt Camille was so nice to let Rebeca set up a whole table with fun treats and activities. I didn't come prepared so this was really great and fun for the kids. 

On Saturday afternoon, after meeting my brothers, David and Rudy at the Cheesecake factory. We headed to Bountiful to visit and spend our last night with our friends Aimee and Brant. 
Our kids get along so well, and Aimee and I feel so comfortable with each other. We have similar parenting styles and simply love each other, despite the fact that we live far from each other. We have so much to talk about. I truly feel bless to have her in my life. 

Having all 8 kids sit at their small table brought so many good memories of the time we used to live in Portland. We did a bilingual co-op preeschool and we would hang out at each others apartments all the time. 4 years later we have twice as many kids and being around each other again made us all feel very happy. 

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Soccer season has begun

Zion's youth spring performance

Tonight we attended the Zion's Youth Spring performances with Massey and Rebeca. Jordan took Massey and Rebeca and I went together.  Tara Skouson was very kind to get me two tickets the day of the concerts for the 5pm perfomance so Rebeca and I could go. I found out tonight that she is the company's manager. Her husband had already promised me two tickets for the 7:30pm performance but Jordan told Massey he would take him.  It worked out so well having gone separately, it was a mommy-daughter and daddy-son date. We feel deeply grateful for the opportunity we have to be surrounded by and know such talented people. I currently am taking piano lessons from David Skouson, who directs the orchestra and is a very accomplished concert pianist. To say that this it has been a great experience would be an understatement. The Smith's center is a beautiful building and tonight's performance was really spectacular. Massey and Rebeca very much enjoyed it especially since they recognized a few of the youth from our current ward, "the Dove Canyon ward".  

Papi and Massey being all handsome and happy together
                                                                  Cute Rebequita with Mami
                                             We had to get a picture with this colorful background.
                                                      Rebeca will be 8 yrs old in 4 months.

Love these two!

Sunday, December 18, 2016

Christmas is a week away

We have been enjoying this time of year so much. I love doing things with our children, they're so excited about everything, they love being with us and have the greatest attitude. I really hope that they stay that way, otherwise, I don't know what I'll do. We took this picture with Santa and Mrs. Clause at the Gilcrease Orchard last night. We've gone the last couple of years and it's really great. There was hardly anyone at the orchard since it was so cold. For those of us who are used to hot weather most of the year because we live in the dessert, 38* is pretty cold.  They make these really good small apple cider donuts and kettle corn and we love eating a couple of them when we go. The kids like to eat the kettle corn while riding the wagon. Ezra screamed while he sat on Santa's lap for like 3 seconds. I think everyone of our kids as babies have cried while being held by Santa.

Massey this past wednesday at Pack meeting got a few belt loops and is only a requirement away before finishing his wolf rank, after that he'll just be working on his electives until he turns 9 yrs old and moves on to Bears. He loves Scouts, and having his friends there really helps.

Ezra is starting to look more like a boy, we went to the park last week, the weather was beautiful and he loved playing in the sand pit. He was crawling everywhere, he tried eating a handful of sand once but after he learned that it was gross he stopped putting it in his mouth.  I love this little baby, he's growing too fast and some days that makes me sad; however, seeing how fun it is to have kids a little bit older and experience the freedom of not having to worry about naps.. it's kind of great. So big news for this kid is that he finally takes a bottle, he's been drinking whole milk for a couple weeks now since he hated formula.  This is very huge since Jordan and I in about 3 weeks will be going on our 4-day anniversary cruise in January and I've been working really hard to wean this baby.

I am so happy to have the blessing of being a mom at this time. I'm very tired right now but I feel at peace. All four of our children are currently sleep and I love that tomorrow and the next two weeks I get to have them all home. The house gets super messy in like 5 seconds and there are little messes everywhere. Everyday I make them pick up all their messes and it's not fun but I hope that one day they'll thank me for teaching them to clean up after themselves. Tomorrow, we'll go to Aunt Britta's house to decorate gingerbread houses and like always, it should be lots of fun.  I'll post some pictures next week.

Saturday, October 8, 2016

Many reasons to celebrate

So much has happened since I last wrote on our blog; however, much was documented using "instagram".  One of these days I'll print all those pictures on "chat books" and create little journals for our kids.
Well life is wonderful. Having four children is not as hard as I thought it would be. Jordan is such a wonderful husband and having his love, support and companionship makes it a wonderful experience for me.
Here are some pictures that I absolutely love.

We took family pictures before Grandma and Grandma left for their mission to Stockholm, Sweden. 
It was so wonderful seeing all the cousins play and having wonderful conversations with all my beautiful sisters.

Baby Ezra is 8 months and is such a loved brother and son. 
He brings such joy into our lives and our family feels blessed with his presence. 

Aunt Esther leaves for her mission to Charlotte, North Carolina at the end of October. 
We also had a wonderful time spending time with all my family. (the Garcia's)

Jacob is my buddy at the moment. He's not old enough for kindergarten, so I do a small co-op with my friend. Most of the time thought, he spends it with me and baby Ezra. Jacob is such a loving son, and a hilarious brother. 

I just love each of these faces

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

New baby on the way!

It's true we are bringing another little baby into this world! I don't even know how far along I am, should find out soon and then we'll announce it to the whole world :) We found out the morning on the 4th of July while visiting family in Reno and announced it that evening while camping at Stampede during a skit that our family did for my family. It wasn't really planned but it couldn't have turned out more perfect.

I have some pictures that I'll post later.  Here is a picture of my parents and their 3 grandchildren, Rebeca, Jonathan and Massey.

During this trip we were able to see almost every member of Jordan's family, except for Britta's family. All of my siblings were able to go camping on the 4th, except for my missionary brother Sammy.  It was a very special time since we spent good quality time in such a short period with both of our families. 

We are so blessed to have come from such good families who love us and have taught us so much and continue teaching us about how to find joy in our lives. 
And speaking of joy, I don't think I posted about my mom being back, she returned to the U.S on the 29th of May after being in Mexico for  10 long months.  It was a glorious day and we wished we would've been there with most of my family, my beautiful sister-in-law Talia took amazing pictures of that day and captured some of the first hugs my mom gave my dad and sisters. 

Life could not be better for us, Jordan is doing his best to finish school and pass all of his required tests, graduation is mid-December and we are thrilled to continue moving forward as he graduates and gets to  practice as a Doctor in chiropractic medicine, maybe in Las Vegas, NV, but it's not a sure thing yet. We'll know as he gets closer to being done.  
As of my life, I'm feeling great, I love being a stay-home mom, and no longer feel bad for having quit our managing job, I'm glad I worked for 13 months, since the money we saved had a purpose, but now my purpose is to support my husband through these last hard months and continue enjoying every moment with our two wonderful and special children. We are well aware that trials are important for our spiritual growth at this time and are doing our best to overcome them when they come with the Lord's help.