Thursday, December 30, 2010
Emer turned 8! I actually have a post dedicated to her, but I haven't been able to finish it up. Maybe one day! :) She had a good birthday. Then on that same day (the 23rd) we had a big Steve Murphy family get together. It is always fun to see all the bros and sisters! We missed some this year.. Hopefully next year we can all get together!
On the 24th morning, my Gramps woke me up at 5 because my Grams was feeling really sick. So I ran up to check on her, and immediately called 911. She was having a heart attack. It was a scary morning, and scary day. We figured that she had 2 heart attacks before Gramps woke me up then had two more while I was on the phone with 911, then she had 2 more at the hospital. NO FUN! We were all really worried. I was sure this was going to be the worst Christmas ever! BUT, after some quick surgery she was on the mend. Well I guess as well as can be mended. I got to bring her home on the 26th!
Christmas was okay! I didn't take one picture because I was taking only video so my Grams would be able to see all of the morning fun! All of the kids got so many things! It really was a true blessing that we were able to have a good Christmas.
This last week has been tough. I must say that my Grams really runs a tight ship! I have been doing her regular things each day, because she is on a NO work order from the docs. Let me tell you, every night I hit the pillow and I don't MOVE until 7 am the next morning.
I am so grateful that everything worked out for the best this Christmas. I'm so grateful that my Grams is alive. There was a point where I thought for sure it was her time. I wasn't ready for that, so I am glad the Lord has let her stay for a bit longer. I'm sure my Gramps is really grateful too.
Tuesday, December 14, 2010
Just kidding.. I really do, but the Internet really doesn't want to hear them all!
SO, Happy Birthday to my amazing hubby! He brings me joy every day and I am so excited I get to be with him for all of his birthdays!
Friday, December 10, 2010
So to my greatest pleasure, two weeks ago he started to like to watch movies.. (yea) Mainly Toy Story 3 (which by the way if I have to watch it with him once more I might go crazy). I was SOOOO happy! It was actually nice to have 90 or so minutes to get things done! Now he likes to watch Finding Nemo! WHEW...
I would say that it isn't great parenting on my part to ask him if he would like to watch "NEMO" or "SLINK"every time he is under foot, or wanting to destroy something but I would just like to state for the record that he is still getting his daily exercises in!
Thursday, December 2, 2010
My "Martha Stewart" veggie tray for Thanksgiving! I really thought it was cute. Also, note the beautiful purple punch bowl in the back ground. That was my yummy attempt at making LimeRickies... SO SO SO GOOD!!!
Here is my fist attempt at an Advent Calendar. My Mom has accepted it. (thank goodness) I like the size of it. Not so much the color choice...
Wednesday, December 1, 2010
PTC: The girls and Korban all did really well on their report cards and all of their teachers had great things to say about them during PTC or SEP or o my goodness what could you possible have to tell me that I don't already know... SO, we decided to have an Ice Cream party for all of their successes. El and I took all the kids to Dans and they got to pick out all of their yummy favorites. While checking out the young man who was ringing us up asked what it was all for and I let him know it was for good grades. He nodded in approval and then asked when he could show up.. :)
SNOW: There was a flurry of excitement of the proposed "Blizzard of 2010" yikes! The weekend before we got about a foot of snow, so I was SO excited for the upcoming blizzard. The city shut down! Schools were closing! It was going to be a Thanksgiving Miracle. It really just turned out to be the biggest weather disappointment of the century! I am sure it had effects all over the state, but East Millcreek! But to my greatest enjoyment, on Sunday it started to snow and it didn't stop until Monday afternoon... 12 more inches later and we are well on our way of having the greatest snow ever!!!! I hope that the snow keeps on coming and that on Christmas morning we will all be able to enjoy the warm snow gear we will be getting...
December: I woke up this morning feeling anxious! I LOVE December! We have 4 of our own little families birthdays this month on top of about 300 others in both sides of our families...
But there is a sadness about it. Samantha will be an official TEEN! That breaks my heart abit. I look at her everyday and still see that little baby... El will be turning 35.. He told me yesterday that he feels that 35 is an OLD age. I have to agree. I never thought that I would like a 35 year old! HA... But I do like him. Emer will be 8 this month. She is so over the moon about being baptised. This is my baby girl... O how I wish she would just stay little..
As for me I will be 33 this month. What should I tell my almost 33 year old self? TO TAKE A CHILL PILL... 33 isn't that big of a deal! Embrace it! Love it! o and don't forget to go out of the 32's with a BANG!!!
Christmas: What can I say, I love Christmas! Who doesn't? (EL!) We have been decorating and I have been crafting. I have yet to post pics of my crafts, but before I divvy them up today I will take pics and hopefully post them before 2011!
Sunday, November 7, 2010
When did my baby grow 5 feet 6 inches? I'm not talking about Helam. I'm talking about Samantha. All of a sudden she is growing and growing and growing.. I am 5 ft 6 and she is just barely taller than I am... yikes! I would like to just state for the record (while i'm having a tantrum) IT'S NOT FAIR!
Tuesday, November 2, 2010
I remember being a kid and thinking THIS is the LONGEST day ever!!! Or this is the longest drive ever (when just traveling up to the Zoo). Does this happen to everyone?
In just a couple of weeks Thanksgiving will be here then shortly after that Christmas then shortly after that NEW BABY will be two years old!
I sometimes wonder how long the days feel to my kids. Are they wondering why the days are just dragging by? Or are then wondering why they are flying by? Who knows!
I really love this time of year! I have started to draw out some of the projects that I am going to be doing in the next couple of weeks and I am so excited about them. I have decided that I will do a bit of a craft section once they are all done... So if any of you who read this mess of a blog would like to send me some ideas of projects that would be fitting for the Holiday season that would be awesome...
Til next time here is a little quote "don't stop make it pop DJ blow my speakers up"
Thursday, October 28, 2010
I am so grateful for my extended family and their talents. Because of the things that I see them all do, I put my shoulder to the wheel and I give it my best effort. I have decided that I am going to make some of these lanterns for Christmas, and I am going to do a Nativity Set with the clay pots.
Monday, October 25, 2010
Then the girls broke off into teams and went on a scavenger hunt around the neighborhood. It was so much fun to see them running all over the place. They had to find birthday party items. I wish I still had the list so I could put it all in the blog and a picture of all the things they were able to get, but alas, I'm a looser!
Then they all came back and we had pizza, cake and ice cream and did presents! The twins made out like little bandits! They got everything the could have wished for and more!
Morgan and Kylah both had so much fun and I'm so glad. I was stressing like crazy over this party. They both also told me that this was the best birthday ever!
Friday, October 22, 2010
Tuesday, October 19, 2010
Below is El and Helam reading "If you give a Cat a cupcake". He loves to be read to. But his FAVORITE BOOK is "Green Eggs and Ham".... We all (meaning El, Gramps, Grams, all of the sisters and myself) read it to him ALL DAY!
I woke up in the middle of the night dreaming about reading it... Then, this early morning when he crawled into bed with El and I he asked for his boook. I told him no books, it was time for sleep. He cried a bit, got a drink of water and laid there gabbering about his booook... I'm glad that he is starting to love to read. But my favorite part of reading "green eggs and ham" is when he says "i SAM!"... So cute..
Monday, October 18, 2010
Sunday, October 17, 2010
Friday, October 8, 2010
Wednesday, September 29, 2010
The other realization is I am sad! There I said it.. (this is like therapy) I am overly sad that I am not having any more children. I know that I should be happy with what I have. I am! But I still feel like there is a huge chunk missing.
I cry every day. I'm selfish. I keep hoping for a miracle.
I also feel horrible because I know there are so many people in this world who have troubles with having babies and it makes my heart break for them. It also makes me feel like a total jerk because here I am with 7 and there are people who would give anything to have just one. But here I am a selfish person who just wants more.
Yesterday I was having a "terrible, horrible, no good very bad day". I laid in bed most of the day with Emer (she isn't feeling well) and I looked over and saw that she was sleeping. She looked so peaceful. She looked like a miracle. It was then that I realized that I have so many miracles and I need to focus on them and not the I wants.
I need to focus on the things that I have! I need to remember that my Father in Heaven loves me! I need to remember that El loves me and my kids love me.. Most of all, I need to remember that I love me.... I think this will help me through this ick time...
Monday, September 27, 2010
What is the deal? Is it something that just "happens"?
Does anyone else have this issue?
I know El doesn't. Last night, I woke him up because I couldn't' t go back to sleep. So he talked to me for a few minutes and was back out. I finally fell back asleep at about 6:30, then was back up at 7.
If anyone has any help for me, please let me know!
Saturday, September 25, 2010
Thursday, September 23, 2010
Samantha did great! All A's and B's.. What else did I expect? Nothing other than that! She is a great student and she did well..
What was crazy was the amount of people there. We got there at 4:15 and didn't get out of there until 6:42!
I don't remember ever going to PTC as a Jr. High kid. Probably because I wouldn't want my mom to go! :)
Tuesday, September 14, 2010
This Friday, September 17th would be my cousin Eric's 23rd birthday.
I have been thinking about him a lot lately and wasn't sure how to celebrate his "earthly" birthday this year. So I thought that I would make him a movie.
This movie is really more for myself and my family and anyone who wants to experience his awesomeness first hand!
I can't help but wonder what the last 2 years in pictures of him would look like. I am sure that Heavenly Father is making a great scrapbook of Eric memories for all of us to view once we are reunited.
The song choices.. Well the first is one that I LOVE and the second one is more for my Aunt Lynda. It is a song that she learned how to play on the piano when Eric was a young boy.. I put it in more for her, because I love her and I think she is one of the bravest people on this planet! She is a ROCK!
Happy Birthday Erk... I love you and miss you!
Wednesday, September 8, 2010
Thursday, September 2, 2010
Hopefully it won't be stormy.. But, if it is I will be okay because I will bring my coat! :)
Tuesday, August 31, 2010
It was one of the worst days for me. I just knew something would go wrong and well it kind of did.
Saturday, August 28, 2010
Morgan 1st day of Kindergarten
Kylah first day of Kindergarten
Here is Morgan, Emer and Kylah. Morgan and Ky are in 5th and Emer is in 2nd.... WOWI just wanted to post some pics of the older girls to see a comparison on what they looked like then and now.. They are all still missing some teeth! :)
Saturday, August 21, 2010
O RIGHT! We were everywhere..
I am so grateful that we were able to do so many things together this summer. It seems like El worked harder than ever (and he didn't even have a job). He has lost a tun of weight. He just shaved his face and he has a bony chin... I am pretty sure that he isn't supposed to loose all of this weight without me. But, I guess it is okay since he has really be working out hard!
I took Samantha to Jr. High orientation on Friday. Can I just say that I am really not excited to have a child in Jr. High. It seems like yesterday I was holding this little person and freaking out that I would break her. But now she is this 5'6" tall supermodel!!! She is so tall and so skinny. Before long (about a week or so) she will be taller than I am... BOO HOO!
I took Emer, Morgan and Kylah all to their classes to meet their teachers and get the lay of the laws for each class. Luckily I like all of their teachers and I am sure they will all have such a great year! I am mostly looking forward to seeing them all grow with their talents in academics.
I take Korban in for testing on Monday. I am really not sure how he will do. He is so stubborn and I am just fretting how he will do. I am super glad that I kept him home last year. I am hoping that will make the difference for him!
Gannon will be sad that all of the kids will be gone for the day. But maybe he will be okay with it, once he realizes that he won't have to share a computer with the kids all day.. That just might make him happy.
Helam will go crazy without Kylah. She is his little mother! He clings to her like no other. I will also miss her during the day, because with her, I can get some projects done!
It makes me sad to think all of my family is just growing so fast. I wish I could keep them all little Kindergartners forever...
Thursday, August 5, 2010
I am so excited for all of the kids to be able to go to school and have a great time. I think they are ready too.. But, it makes me sad to think that I will only have 2 at home. What will we do??
Some big news is that El went to SLCC to talk to them about how many credits he could carry over if he were to go back, and they told him that he gets all of them! SO, he only needs to take two classes and then he will have his Associates.. That is so awesome! He applied that day and we should hear back anytime if he gets to start. So if he does, then he will start of the 25th.. Then his hopes are to transfer to a University to get his Bachelors. He isn't sure what he wants to major in so I will have to keep that updated.
Now the question is, should I go?? I think that if I were to go, then I would just take a couple of classes online and just work slowly.. I'm not sure if that is something that I want to do. If you have any suggestions please feel free to comment!
That is really what is going on with life here. I am just hoping that we can go to the 240 once more before school starts and get some last minute fun in!!!
Tuesday, August 3, 2010
Thursday, July 22, 2010
He just started this, and I decided not to miss the opportunity and I was able record it (whew). Now I have proof that he can talk and if he decides to stop talking all together I am going to extort him for all of his cuteness with this video.
O.. And El buzzed Helam's head... Now, I like to refer to him as Zebra Boy.
Sunday, July 18, 2010
We traveled from Utah to Wyoming, Nebraska, Iowa, Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky to Indiana! WOOZERS! Prior to this trip I have been to Oregon, California, Nevada, Arizona, Wyoming, New Mexico and Colorado.. SO, i'm not well traveled.. But this was such an eye opener to this Country that we live in! I LOVED Nebraska!!! The smell was wonderful and the people that I met were so fantastic! The tiny part of Iowa that I saw was flooded, but still very green! I could go forever without having to travel back to Missouri. Don't get me wrong, it was a pretty state, but the major cities that we traveled through were scary! I also LOVED Illinois, Kentucky and Indiana! They were all so GREEN and beautiful! I have decided the heck with the desert, I'M moving to Kentucky! Well not really, but I just fell in love with it!
Here are a few little observations about my trip:
*Hitchhiking is still in practice AND against the law! I saw a couple of people trying to hitch a ride, and more than a couple signs that were telling you it was a NO NO!
*Utah is so LAX when it comes to speeding in "work zones". I think it was in Nebraska I read a sign that said "if you hit a worker in a zone, $10,000.00 fine and LOSS of license". And in Illinois a sign that said "workers hit in zone = $10,000.00 fine and 14 years in prison" I told El that I think I would rather loose my license!
*CORN is everywhere!!!!
*Humidity causes major pimples! Seriously, am I 16???
*Humidity and the heat ='s sweaty boys!!! EEEWWWW!
*The smell of Indiana and Kentucky is WONDERFUL! To me it smelled like eucalyptus and peppermint.
*I'm not sure that the Prophet Joseph Smith knew what he was saying when Zion would be built in Missouri... (I have NO doubt that he knows what he is saying, but I WAS TERRIFIED of Missouri!)
Here is a little slide show of some pictures! It was a great trip and our Country is BEAUTIFUL!!!
I couldn't find a great song to put with the show, so just sing whatever song you would like in your head!
Wednesday, July 14, 2010
Please don't be offended if your picture isn't in it... I tried to put as many as I could to fit the music....
I am going to send pictures out to everyone of their families that I have in email..
I hope you enjoy!
Thanks to everyone who made the reunion awesome!!! And for everyone who wasn't there, NEXT year!!!
Sunday, June 20, 2010
This is my Grandpa Roy. He passed away when I was 3 years old. I don't remember much about him, but I do remember sitting in my highchair and he would read me the funnies.. He would also play his ukulele and sing to me... I can't wait to be able to sit with him and talk about all that I want to know...
This is my Gramps! He is my hero!!! I love him so much! He has been my daddy when I didn't have one. He is such a special person who has such great love in his heart.. I am so grateful that he married my Grams... I can't imagine my life without him!
And to my sweet husband! He is the greatest dad... He took on my 3 as his own. They are just as much his as the other 4.. Who in the world besides my gramps would do that??? I love him dearly....
Monday, June 14, 2010
RECAP: El and I had our 8th anniversary. It has been an amazing 8 years. I don't have any of our wedding pictures scanned in, but I will do that one day. This is what is sad,this is the most recent picture of El and I together, and it was taken September 2009. At least I didn't post in one from 04... That is what happens when you have a million kids and you or your husband are the ones taking all of the pictures..
The kids had their last day of school on June 4th. They were all glad to be done so they could start their summer vacation. But it really hasn't seemed like summer. The weather has been yucky..
We just got home from a camping trip with my Mom and family and it rained the entire time. YUCK.. So, I didn't take any pictures. Mostly because I was lazy... SHOCKER!!!!!!!! We took our travel trailer out for its maiden voyage. It was great.. There is nothing like being hunkered down in your camping trailer while the rain in pouring. And the best part, we have a furnace so I stayed warm!
Onto the changes.. Our house is due to be finally sold in this next week. That is a huge relief. We are so ready to be all moved out of there and not have to deal with the stress of our house selling.. :)
*quick story* In December of last year, I told El that I had a really strong feeling that he was going to be laid off from his job. Well nothing happened, and he probed around and he didn't hear of any layoffs so it was all good. Then in March, he got a call from his boss about how their company is doing a re-organization. So, El and I went to the temple and we were reassured that whatever happens, happens and to just be prepared. So that is what we have been doing. We have been preparing. Last week he got the news that he is going to be laid off and that this Friday is going to be his last day. WE are not worried! So please don't be concerned for us. We have a plan and we are going with it. (more on that to come later)
I just wanted to put it down that I am so grateful for a Heavenly Father who loves me and my family so much.. We are truly blessed and we know that as long as we do what we are supposed to do, he will take care of us...
Monday, May 24, 2010
Doesn't he take great pictures???
Thank you honey! I love you!