Saturday, December 15, 2012

So sad :(

I have been torn up inside ever since I heard about the terrible tragedy on Friday. All those sweet innocent children, and teachers who tried to save and protect them. I literally was just sick to my stomach thinking about it, and have been avoiding the computer as much as possible because it is everywhere. 
As a parent of young children I cannot imagine what could be the thought process of going to an elementary school with that much anger. All I can think was that he was a coward and figured they wouldn't be able to fight back.
I am getting more and more scared to one day put my children in school. Although currently even going to the mall is an unnerving thought as there was a shooting in the mall about an hour from our house. How can I protect my children? How do you come to terms with so many innocent lives being taken in such a horrific manner? I am at a loss and grasping for some sort of understanding. 
The only comfort I can find is that they are safe with our Heavenly Father. I pray for comfort and strength for the families of the victims. I pray that we will always remember the heroic teachers who did everything they could to protect the children in their care. I pray that as a nation we will find some understanding and a way to heal, and that we can figure out how to stop these terrible acts against one another.

Thursday, December 13, 2012


I love my little boy!

The picture above of Matthew is a good representation of what I feel my house looks like right now. I just don't have the motivation to do anything about it.

Below is a picture of Emma Lee abusing our Christmas tree, the bottom strands of lights are all crazy now, oh well I guess it is to be expected with small children. I do stop her from playing with them because I know they are dangerous and have lead ect... but I thought I would get a picture or 2 first :)

On a completely unrelated note I was reading a friends blog, she has ads that are between her posts. I have always known that she gets money when people click on the ads, well it just hit me that I should click on the ads and that simple click will give her some money, however little it may be, it all adds up right?

Friday, December 07, 2012


Life has a way of throwing curve balls just when you think you have a plan that will work. I have been working so hard at establishing a daycare here in Forest Grove and it just has not worked, we are struggling and if we stuck it out it may eventually pay off, but we can't afford the interim anymore. This realization hit me a couple weeks ago and I was not sure what I could do about it, because every alternative I came up with involved me working outside of the home and putting the kids in daycare.
Well then last week I got a random job offer from someone who had found my profile on Linked In, she was recruiting me to be a center director for a corporate childcare center. This was a part of Knowledge Learning Corporation who I had worked for in the past (Kindercare). It would have been a long commute, working in a childcare center, and not something I really want to do. At the same time it was a job, and it was not entry level which was a selling point. 
But then I also found out there was an opening at some apartments to be the apartment managers for a 50 unit complex in Banks (about 7 miles from where we are now). This was amazing, I would be able to stay with the kids, rent is paid and not taxed and there are a few other stipends, plus bonuses if I choose to clean empty apartments ect. The only downside is that it would require moving into a two bedroom apartment, switching wards, and not being able to care for the kids we watch now (who we love, they are great!). However the blessings and stability are something I couldn't imagine passing up, we were referred to the position by a manager we know from another complex and we interviewed today and were told we have the position! (pending drug, credit, and background checks which shouldn't be an issue).
What a relief and a huge blessing to know that we will be alright! We have a job, a way to stop accruing so much debt, and a just plain great opportunity. We are excited about the changes to come, a little nervous, because there is a lot to learn but I know we will get it down and be just fine. Our huge curveball came in the package of a nice new perfect job for our situation, and I am just thanking Heavenly Father for looking out for us, and giving us the answer and solution we needed. It is an unbelievable turn of events, and we couldn't be more grateful.  

Wednesday, December 05, 2012

8 Months

I have been very lazy at keeping up with the blog :( Hopefully I will get back in the habit of it after the holidays.

I just had to do a post about my Emma Lee, she is such a sweet fun and happy baby. She constantly is amazing me with her spirit and smarts! This morning she was playing in the front room with all the other kids and I was making breakfast (yummy apple cinnamon pancakes), when I checked on her she was sitting surrounded by toys and having a BLAST!

(A picture will go here but I have to go get rid of some of the pictures)

At 8 months she is:

Pulling to stand
Walking the furniture 
Eating more and more solids
Loves Graham crackers and yogurt
Balancing on her own for a few seconds
Gets super excited when she sees people she knows (she squeals and bounces - so cute!)
Loves bath time with brother
Hates diaper changes
Is super wiggly and