Tuesday, September 8, 2009
Recently, I attended the funeral of a family friend. The feeling at the funeral was a mix of sadness and . . . I wouldn't say joy, because I don't think anyone feels joy at the death of a loved one, but there was something of relief because he had been fighting ALS for the last three years and was deteriorating rapidly. There were wonderful things said about him but the thing that really hit me was something that his wife said during her remarks. She was talking about their early life together and how difficult it was for her with young children at home. She spoke about feeling restless and agitated with her life, thinking that this was not the direction that she envisioned for her life. Then she talked about how she woke up one morning and made a conscious choice to choose joy. Those words really stood out to me, "CHOOSE JOY". I can sit aaround waiting for the stars to align and everything to work out like a Disney movie, or I can look at the life I have (which is pretty dang good when I sit down and think about it) and find the joy already there.
I have been making an effort to "choose joy" lately and it really has made a difference. I feel happier, more able to tackle the difficulties that inevitably come, and I feel like my relationship with my kids and husband is going so much more smoothly. I am making a cute crafty sign for my bathroom to remind me every day that joy is a choice and one I am going to make!
Friday, August 14, 2009
I set the timer on the camera to capture this moment with Kadin in our kiddie pool on the deck. We spent quite a bit of time in that pool when the temperatures hit the 100's for a while.
Playing in the pool at grandma's house. These two kids LOVE the water and love to splash each other.
Thursday, June 25, 2009
Sunday, June 21, 2009
Kadin thrilled to be in the pool!
Kadin was pretty proud of his "crazy hair" after dunking his head
To go with the pool, I got Kadin some goggles. Instead of being used in the water, he has dubbed them "woggle-goggles" (in honor of Scott's Wobble-Goggles from Imagination Movers, one of his new favorite shows) and decided they have more application in watching TV and looking for missing items.
Monday, June 15, 2009
Sunday, June 14, 2009
Oh, well I guess I can think of a one thing. Opus Interactive (Jeremy's work) has been doing some reorganization and restructuring of the employees and in the process, Jeremy got a promotion! He is now VP of Sales and Operations (I hope I got that right!). He is really excited about the opportunity to help steer and build the company; I know he is going to do great! Congratulations to him!!!
Other than that, we have been pretty low-key lately. We have some fun stuff coming up in the next month or so. I am really excited to head to the beach with lots of family to celebrate the 4th of July and then we fly out to Utah to see Jordan get married. I am still amazed that my little brother is getting married . . . guess he's not so little anymore! I am thrilled to have another female added to the Theurer ranks (we will still be outnumbered, but every little bit helps) and I think Molly and Jordan are so great together! I am so excited for the two of them.
Thursday, May 7, 2009
A little while ago Jeremy got me a Flip, a tiny handheld camera that I can use to take quick little videos of the kids. I LOVE it! We have a larger handheld camera that is great for extended videos, but for everyday use, this Flip is amazing. I can leave it on the counter, throw it in my bag, tuck it in a sweatshirt pocket. and it is right there, ready to grab when the kids do something funny; such as . . .
The first video is the first big laugh that I heard out of Kylee. She was laying on the bed and Kadin was jumping around next to her (with me constantly guarding that he kept jumping around and not on). He jumped up, landed on his butt and she just busted up laughing. They kept going for about 5 minutes and I finally realized that I should get it on camera. I got this last really good one and then she decided that it really wasn't funny anymore.
The second video I took today when I was feeding her applesauce for the first time. We have been giving her rice cereal for a couple weeks because the doctor suggested it might help her cut down on the barfing (which it hasn't) and I decided to try her on something maybe a little more appetizing. She kept making the funniest faces! I love my little baby girl!
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
makes something as disgusting as this?!?!?!?!?!
Friday night we had one of Jeremy's old college friends, Amy, come and visit with her husband, Jared. Their story completely breaks my heart and inspires me all at the same time. Five weeks after they got married Jared was in a car accident and was severely brain damaged and paralyzed. Now Amy has full time care of him, while she is trying to finish up her degree at Utah State. Just watching her manuever him out of the car and into our house made me marvel at how much she has taken on and how much I admire her for stepping up to the challenge. This was certainly not the life she signed up for or imagined, but she seems to be rising to the challenge and making the best of what she has been given. I wish I could deal with my own small trials with as much strength.
Saturday, Kadin got up at the crack of dawn (it is a sad day when your 3 month old sleeps longer than your 3 year old!) and came into bed with us. Since he got up so early, we knew he was going to take a nap earlier, but unfortunately he crashed right as we had to go to our ward activity. Both kids were screaming as we headed to the church and I have to admit, it was pretty tempting to swing the car around and head home. But we went, and it turned out pretty well. Kadin got to play with his new favorite person; Matthew. He lives down the street and every day Kadin tells me how much he loves Matthew and how much Matthew loves him. That night Matthew came over with his dad so the boys could play while the dads watched the Lumberjax game. The boys got to dye eggs and fight clankers (Star Wars) and the Lumberjax won; pretty good night.
Sunday we did an Easter egg hunt for Kadin in his room and I got to take a huge nap on the couch with Kylee. I slept a little too long and ended up being totally rushed for church. I didn't get to take the cute pictures of the kids all dressed up like I had planned, but oh well. I can always dress them up during the week! After church we went to Mom and Dad Sherwood's house and had a fantastic Easter dinner with them and Jason and Andi. We love living so close to our families!
Fun pictures from our fun weekend:
Kadin and Matthew dying Easter eggs
The finished products
Kadin goes after the presents with gusto!
Andi made Justis and Kadin matching superhero capes and masks! How cute are these two?!?
Monday, April 6, 2009
For spring break, my mom took me and the kids with her on a whirlwind trip to Utah. The car ride down there was a little rough; 12 hours stretched into 14 because of antsy kids and several unplanned stops at McDonald's playplaces to stretch legs. We stopped in Logan first and visited with my Uncle Greg and family and Grandpa and Karen. I was a little paranoid having my active 3 year old in my Grandpa's house (it is a beautiful house and full of gorgeous things just waiting to be broken!), but he did pretty well. Karen invited her kids and grandkids over for dinner while we were there so Kadin got to play with some other kids his age. It was crowded and a little crazy, but so much fun!
After Logan, we went down to Provo to visit the three boys. We were a little frustrated because the snow that wasn't supposed to be there had followed us from Logan to Provo! I was so tired of being cold!!!! We had a great time going out to dinner with the boys, Molly and Hyrum. Everyone came over to our hotel and hung out with us for a while. It was so fun to have everyone together. It was also great to watch my cute little brother Jordan and his fiance Molly together; they are so cute and I am so excited for the two of them!
After another quick stop in Logan, we headed back for home. The ride home went a little bit better, but I still am in no hurry to jump back in a car for an extended period of time with those two kids! They are great kids, but neither one of them travels well. Looks like we'll be sticking close to home for a while!
Fun Videos from our trip:
Kadin and Grandma Theurer playing ball
Kadin playing with Uncle Ben at Apex offices
Monday, March 9, 2009
Our family finally caught the dreaded cold that has been passed around everywhere, but only half of us have been afflicted. Kadin and I have been sniffling and coughing for the last couple days, but Jeremy and Kylee are thus far safe. Let's hope it stays that way; I really don't want to have a sick baby!
Other than that, not a whole lot has been going on in our lives. I am trying to think what is new or exciting and the answer is, truthfully, not much. I am getting antsy for spring and warm weather; both because I hate being cold all the time and because Kadin really needs to get out of the house and be outside to burn off some of his excess energy. But I think that is still a little ways off seeing as how it snowed again today! Nothing stuck, but the gently falling flakes have lost their charm and I would be plenty happy to not see them again anytime soon!
I have found a new obesssion; making bows for Kylee. Thanks Annie and your great online how-to book! I went to the craft store this weekend and picked up a ton of different kinds of ribbon to make Kylee bows to match all her cute clothes. I think I am getting the hang of it and they are turning out pretty cute! I am totally going to be that nerdy mom that has a different colored bow for every outfit, but I'm only going to have a little girl once, so I might as well enjoy it and live it up! I will have to post some pictures of her modeling her clothes and bows; I think she is pretty darn cute, but then again I am biased!
Wednesday, February 25, 2009
The first Three people to comment on this post will get something made by me! My choice--but just for you.This offer does have some restrictions and limitations:
1. I make no guarantees that you will like what I make!
2. What I create will be just for you.
3. It'll be done this year
4. You will have no clue what it is going to be.
5. I reserve the right to do something extremely strange.
The catch? Oh, the catch is that you must re-post this on your blog. The first 3 people to do so and leave a comment telling me you did, will win a marvelous homemade gift by me! Let the games begin!! Oh, and I have to be able to contact you with mailing information!!! I promise it will be something good!
Friday, February 20, 2009
Jeremy and I had a wonderful Valentine's day weekend at the beach (thank you a million times over to both sets of parents who made it possible for us to have three days of escape). We went to Lincoln City, an old Sherwood/Theurer vacation staple, but we stayed in a new house Jeremy found for us. It was gorgeous! We got to go shopping at the outlet mall (since we were given so many baby clothes, Jeremy was pretty firm on not letting me buy any more. It was so hard to reisist all the adorable baby dresses!!!), eat at our favorite restaurant Mo's, go to my favorite bookstore in the world, Roberts, and just spend time together. The house we stayed in had bikes to ride, so when the weather got nice we took a spin around the neighborhood (until my thighs started to burn and I remembered how out of shape I am). We also got to soak in the hot tub . . . mmmmmmm.
When we came back, I was ready to go back to the business of being a mommy. It's amazing how a little time away can recharge the batteries and remind me of the good things about being home with the two kids. We've had the normal ups and downs like always, but I have a little bit more "oomph" to ride the roller-coaster again.
This is the house we stayed in: "Siren by the Sea"