End of the School Year

2015-05-may1-webWow… the end of the school year is busy-crazy-busy. Why must they shove everything into one month. Final projects, graduations, more final projects, more graduations. And my kids aren’t even out of elementary school! But many of these events have been fantastic experiences in one way or another.

Abe earned his Arrow of Light for cub Scouts. He has worked so hard on these requirements. It takes many to keep things going in scouts. Today is his 11th birthday. Grandma & Grandpa gave him a Pogo-Stick. We all gave it a try last night and boy-howdy was it fun. Haven’t seen a smile that big on Jimmy in a while. Abe enjoys laughing and playing with friends. He is so talented as a builder of Legos. I believe he’ll grow up to enjoy engineering or something of the sort someday. He has a tender heart and a great soul. The past bit, he’s been willing to play minecraft and let Truman and Max watch. They love that!

On that same night Truman graduated from preschool. Jimmy attended that event, but I saw the cute videos and pictures. What a delight! He said, “Hi, my name is Truman and I’m 5 1/2. When I grow up, I want to be a dad!” He has a great little soul deep inside! We’ve perhaps had the hardest 6 months with behavior and aggression with this kiddo. Challenges… and lots of “stretching opportunities” as parents. But when we see the real Truman shine, we know there are great things in store for this strong leader.

Hannah had a time machine presentation/skit. She was the Hindu Goddess Lakshmi, “the Goddess of wealth, love, prosperity (both material and spiritual), fortune, and the embodiment of beauty.” We spent oodles of time on her costume. She is more of a perfectionist than I am, if it’s possible. She loves the extra mile! It turned out fantastic though. After school I told her she had to be done being a glorious goddess and start being a worker bee. It takes the entire family doing their part for us to survive these days. She definitely pulls her own weight … plus covers for the others who don’t. I tear up at the thought of her growing up and away. Boo… but Hurray!!! for her, too.

Scotty learned to crawl for reals (graduated from inch worm!) today. He loves going under the table. Our floor is definitely not baby proof. We need to mop … and sweep … and sweep some more… crumbs galore. He reminds me of a puppy because he is always crawling under everything to get to the cords to chew on… only he’s not quite as fast as a puppy yet. I feel this boy has energy… waiting to be unleashed as soon as he is confident in his mobility. He has a cheerful disposition which might save him… he seems to gain energy from people (extrovert) and cheers hearts wherever he goes.

Max… favorite thing about Max lately is his Polynesian Warrior Dance for the school dance festival. He loved it. I loved attending that event. So great to see the kids learn new dances. Abe did an African Dance. Hannah actually held a boy’s hand (andrew) and did the swing. They were pretty great at keeping the rhythm.

Eliza… oh eliza… she is the queen of drama (I won’t let the kids say it to her… but it’s true). She gets hurt about 20 times a day and comes wailing to mama. We focus on courage. “God made you strong, Eliza. He gave you courage.” She is also a delight and says super funny things that I wish I could catch on video. Her latest is that instead of having to go potty, she says, “I am wiggling, mom.” Today she said, “I don’t want to go home.” I told her that dad was at home. “Oh, I love dad. But, I love you too mom. I love you too.” She has a darling high pitched 3-year-old voice. She’s Miss Bossy and has a bit of spice in her. Gotta hold her own, I suppose.

The weather is dull to comment on. But it’s significant! RAIN! Green everywhere! Rain! Love it. We’ve had more rain this May than in the past 3 Mays combined. I’m hoping some of the water restrictions will be lifted so we can have green grass and a plentiful garden this year. We live in a beautiful place. The ponds, the skies, the mountains… especially when green… are so amazingly wondrous.

Jimmy. Oh, my love! He works so hard for our family. He digs the dandelions out of the lawn. It is looking fantastic. And … drum-roll… He finally found a new job that seems like a good fit. He worked for the LDS Church for nearly 7 1/2 years. We’ve wanted to move East for the past year or so but none of the jobs have panned out… not in Maryland… not in North Carolina (that was my winter dream location), not in Texas (Jimmy always wants to move to Texas). He applied for a job on LinkedIn with Treehouse Interactive (changing name soon to ImPartner), a small company that was just bought out for 17 million… and is expected to grow rapidly in the next 4 years). He’s always wanted to work for a small company and we feel like this is the least-risky way to go as far as small companies. I’m so grateful for the work experience and associations and growth Jimmy had working at the church. So grateful! It was a splendid time for many things. He grew so much. And though it’s time to move on (and though I’ll miss DMBA insurance … and free SLC office building parking), I hope this is another new learning experience that will provide new opportunities.

As for Heather. This is perhaps the hardest year of my life. Many challenges and mountains to climb. Health… parenting aggressive and disrespectful boys … so many who need all at once… physical tiredness from children pushing on my body (“Yes, I must be old” said the 39-year-old mother of 6 under 12), learning life’s spiritual lessons and how to apply gospel principles to challenging situations. But we receive many blessings. Many blessings are given to us daily and I seek to see these tender mercies. Quiet hour after tots go to bed is a tender mercy and time for rejuvenation. Good, happy moments as a family! A good spouse. Good kiddos who are trying. God is good to us.

Jimmy turns 38

09 september 20141The kids were delighted to celebrate Jimmy’s birthday. He had the fanciest of wrapping jobs in WALMART GROCERY BAGS! (really…. why do the last-minute wrap if you’re just going to open them right away). He received peanuts in shell (from Truman), gummy bears for stay-awake treats in car, assorted chocolate bars for stay-awake at work snacks, deodorant (very important! haha), Mormon Maps book that he wanted. That’s about as magnificent as Jimmy likes his birthday. Oh – cake! Chocolate Chip pudding cake which was devoured by all. Aunt Christine was visiting on her way to BYU-I so she celebrated with us (Miss Hannah was at Lagoon and thus not pictured)

Earlier in the week Jimmy & I had a date to use Jimmy’s free Tucanos Birthday Meal coupon. I was so sad that the grilled pineapple didn’t taste quite right due to my new blood pressure medication that makes everything taste metallic. But Jimmy seemed to enjoy his meal that was full-of-meat. Aunt Amy was here to babysit the kiddos. We also saw Maleficent at Water Gardens Theater. I was glad she had a change of heart and was able to love again. It was so weird to go on a date after being home with a newborn & recovering for so long. But we knew we wouldn’t have the chance for a long time; it was fun to be with Jimmy!!

Happy Birthday Love!

i love him


despite my cranky pregnant-woman nature lately, i do love my jimmy.
i ought to write it down for posterity sake.
he is a precise, analytical, hard-working, worthy fellow.
i am very glad he is a part of my life.
(and I’m glad he still puts up with me after 6 pregnancies and my cranky-pants days!)
{first picture together … stewart falls hike … may 2000}

sweet song & style {all of me loves all of you}

Sunshine on my Shoulders & a Baby in my Belly

announcement #6The past few days have been warm (as in high at 65!) and full of sunshine! Today when I was dozing at 5 a.m., I felt HOPE. Sunshine & warmth makes a huge difference in our life. So grateful that spring is coming. Our tulips are starting to poke their leaves out of the ground. So great!

In other news… yep, a baby! When the Spirit prompts, we try to listen & obey. The feeling that we had yet another little Spirit waiting to join our family didn’t go away, so despite my ripe ol’ age of 38, 6th c-section, etc, we are moving forward in FAITH! The docs are great and watchful. Dr. Bean makes me laugh, though I also know he is cautious. The high-risk perinatologist group at Utah Vally Hospital have been helpful.

Every time a nurse takes my blood pressure, they stare at the screen (while I hear it beeping alerts!). They say, “Find your Happy Place, and we’ll take it again.” I assure them it’s probably correct though higher than we’d all like. They aren’t going to give me meds until my blood pressure is 160/110. It’s sitting around 140/90. Anyhoo… let’s see… Placenta parked itself right up front. We’re all hopeful that as the uterus grows, that placenta will move up and out of the danger zone of 5 other incisions. Fun topics.

We finally told most of the kids. We’ve needed the oldest 2 to step it up a little as I’ve been quite under the weather… either so tired or trying not to barf. They have done well to help a bit more. Jimmy is the best husband ever and helps manage the home when I’m sinking. Hopefully in 5 more weeks, I’ll feel much, much better!

This will be a stressful and physically demanding year!
Yes, indeed it will.
But the blessings will exceed the trials.
So grateful for miracles and Tender Mercies!
Good thing we know that we can do hard things together as a family WITH GOD on our side!
we can do hard things with god

Help Them Aim HIGH

help them aim highPresident Eyring’s message from October 2012 General Conference during the priesthood session focused on us, as parents, and leaders helping the youth see and act on their potential for service in the kingdom of God.

Jimmy felt impressed that he needed to do a similar thing as President Eyring and make an item for each child to help remind them of the potential they have.

He decided to hang a church picture in their room with a scripture that was specifically for each child. We painted and mod-podged (just so ya know – the church pictures do NOT mod-podge well onto canvas… they get too saturated and start buckling). We decided in the end that though they weren’t perfect, they would be just fine and hopefully the message would still get across to the tots.

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for Abraham …. Abinadi… COURAGE & boldness in doing what is right and proclaiming truth

for Maxwell … Ammon … be an example of valiant service and missionary efforts to those around you.

for Truman … LIVE PEACEABLY – be firm and unmovable in your faith and diligence.

for Hannah … through your Faith, you will be guided by the Spirit in your journey.

12th Anniversary

Jimmy and I went on a fun extended anniversary date a few weeks ago. Here’s a quickie recap:
2012 12 december 15 anniversary dateIt was a very much needed rest from parenting. Love Ya Babe! Thanks Auntie Julie (& Kota) for watching over the tots so we could enjoy ourselves.

We love Jimmy!

Tonight let’s focus on 3 of Jimmy’s talents. This will be a good one for the kids to read someday.

1. Most people throw out the dysfunctional remote and buy a new one. My husband pulls out his electrical engineering soldering kit and fixes the remote. He laughed about me taking a picture of this.

2. Optimizing Websites. This is what Jimmy does for his job. He has a Masters in Business with an emphasis in Marketing so he combines his techie/computer skills with marketing to help websites perform better. Today a cohort at the Church emailed Jimmy this,

“I’ve been tracking the top ranking sites across 1,000 keywords related to the Church. Within that keyword set is a “missionary” category that contains keywords related to our missionary program. In analyzing that data your site www.mormonmissionprep.com has the highest number of top ten rankings and is the most visible domain in that keyword set.”So what that means is that Jimmy’s site is more awesome than lds.org when it comes to finding “missionary” stuff on google. (uhhh… is that right Jimmy?). p.s. have you ever tried to describe what your husband does for a job? I’m unskilled in this area. Basically I know that if you build it right, your site will be easier to find and will perform better.

3. Spinning a basketball on his finger. The kids are amazed by this. Here’s the video to prove it: