Monday, October 27, 2008

Who Knew?

For those of you who knew how much of a pain it was to get ready for college and didn't tell me...YOU ARE GROUNDED!

Seriously though! I had NO idea how much stuff you had to go through to go to college! And it's just the community college! I applied for financial aid, applied to the school, went in and did my placement test (which was horrible...especially my math, but I expected that...I was never good at math), talked to a counselor and got a "Course Planner" filled out for the next 2 years, got a letter from SLCC saying that I was missing this paper, and that paper and I needed to take in my diploma. So, after I got Eran from school, I ran back to the college, filled out this paper and that paper, gave him my diploma, and blah, blah, blah and now I have to go to orientation, then in December register for my classes. Whew! Is anyone else blue in the face?!? That's hard to say all in one breath!

I am excited to go back though. I wish I had done it after graduating from good ol' WJ High and used those scholarships I had to the U of U. But, live and learn, right? I'm doing it now, and now is better than never!

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Primary Halloween Night

Last night we had our Primary Halloween activity. It was such a blast! They had games such as a Pumpkin Walk, Pumpkin Seed Spitting (which I believe my son got the farthest on that one!) and they even did a Spook Alley at one end of the building. Eran went through it and came out crying because it scared her so bad. Grady went through and came out laughing. Payge refused to go through. She got to the door and ran back to her daddy. Emma laughed at it. The only part she pointed at and said, "Ooh! Scary!" was someone dressed up as this really, freaky, freaky clown. One guy told her he lost his snake and pulled a string and this rubber snake came up behind her and I thought she'd get scared. Nope. She started hitting the snake and saying, "Look Mommy! A snake!" Our Stake President was there with 2 of his grandkids. I've never seen a man take so many pictures! WOW!

Eran (A.K.A. Midnight Fairy)
I don't know what that circle is by her, unless it was a ghost.

Grady (A.K.A. Jeff Gordon)Payge(A.K.A. Fairy Princess Butterfly)Emma (A.K.A. Tinkerbell)
Or as she calls her, Ti-Ti-BellI was trying to get Emma to come back to me, but she decided to go the other way, so I got a picture of her Tink Wings.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

The Sweetest Words From A Child

I realize that I've all ready done a blog today, but I had to post a blog on the sweetest words that a child can say to a Mother.

Now I'm sure most of you are thinking, "I love you" is what I was going to say. But no. The sweetest words to ever hit a Mom's ears are, "I need to go potty".

When your baby finally tells you that they want to use the potty, you feel like jumping for joy and singing the Hallelujah Chorus!

It's a big day in a Mom's life, when you can walk into your local Walmart and skip the diaper/pull-up department and save that extra $15 - $20 each week by NOT having to buy those things for your child. Instead, you get to buy cute little panties for your little girl that have Dora the Explorer on them, or Princesses, or for little boys, you get to buy the boxer briefs (that's all my son wears, he doesn't like "tighty-whities") with Disney/Pixar's Cars, or Batman or Spiderman on them. Of course, it also means more laundry, but doing more laundry is worth have a child go a whole day without making a mess in their pants that you, as the parent, get to clean up.

Important Decision Made

The last few weeks I've been doing some serious, and I do mean serious, thinking and praying and fasting and finally, FINALLY, I got an answer that I'm satisfied with. In the even that Grady is not ever going to be able to go back to work, or get his health back, or whatever it may be, I have made the decision to go back to College. I met with someone over here on the campus on Monday, filled out an application for SLCC and for FAFSA, and will get an answer for it sometime next week. Here's hoping I can start soon! I'm going to transfer to the U of U after I get my Associates in Nursing, and get my Bachelor's from them.

The best thing is, I have very supportive friends and neighbors, who have offered to pick up kids and take them to/from school, babysit them at night as needed, and I have accepted every offer of it. I'm no dummy! :)

Friday, October 17, 2008

Happy 10th!

Happy 10th Anniversary to us! It's hard to believe that 10 years ago today, we were married for time and all eternity in the Mt. Timp. Temple. (And, I was about 50 pounds lighter...but I'm working on that!)

To celebrate, we decided to send the kids off for the entire night...YAY!...and we are going to watch a movie and eat Taco Bell.

Now, the story behind Taco Bell. I'm not a big fan of Taco Bell, but after we got out of the ceremony, we were starving. So, after we went home for a few minutes, we walked down the street to Taco Bell and had our first meal as husband and wife. Corny, I know.

Grady, I just want you to know that I love you, and I cherish you and I've never been so happy in my life than when I'm with you. You are my eternal companion for years and eternities to come.

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Daaron and Nikki Bleyl - October 11, 2008

Nikki's wedding is FINALLY over with! I do have to admit, it was a lot of fun, and not just for the kids. There was dancing, and dinner, and it was just, well, fun! Nikki looked gorgeous, and Daaron wasn't so bad himself. It was a long night, and Emma fell asleep in my dad's arms while he was dancing with her right before we left. Payge was a flower girl, and she did a wonderful job of spreading out the petals. Emma screamed so much that she finally came and stood with me in the wedding line. All in all, it was nice to see family I haven't seen in a long time. Craig and his son came from Idaho. His wife, Pepper, had other things going on that she couldn't get out of. And at the end of it all, I got myself another new niece, Mallori, and a new nephew, Eric. But best of all, Nikki has someone that is so good to her and treats her wonderfully. Something we've been hoping for her for a long time. And I know, I posted a lot of pictures, but it was a wedding! A big, huge PAR-TAY!!!

Nikki and Daaron Bleyl after the ceremony

Eric and Nikki

Dad, Nikki, Daaron and Mom

Chelsey, Nikki, Daaron, Mallori and Eric...One big, happy family at last!

Nikki almost passed out from lack of eating all day

Mom and Grady dancing

Daaron and Nikki's first dance as husband and wife

Emma and my dad dancing

The traditional cake-in-the-face moment

Nikki dancing with Eran

Friday, October 10, 2008

Wedding Bliss

Tomorrow is Nikki's big day! She's finally getting married, and to someone that we all love and who loves her and treats her the way she needs to be treated.

Helping her with her wedding reminded me of how lucky I am to have Grady. Even if his hobbies are quite pricey, I still love the cute lug! Next week is our 10th Anniversary. It's hard to believe that 10 years and 4 kids ago, we were married in the Mt. Timpanogas Temple. In fact, today marks an anniversary as well. Ten years ago today, I got my endowments out in the Salt Lake Temple.

Time sure flies when you are having fun!

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Brilliante WeBlog Award

I don't know why Brittany gave me this. I don't think my blog is all that brilliant, but I'll say a gracious thank you anyway. Thank you!

Here are the rules: I have to answer the following questions with one word answers and one word only! Then I must pass it on to seven others!

This award comes with a list of questions:

1. Where is your cell phone? POCKET

2. Where is your significant other? ROOM

3. Your hair color? BROWN

4. Your mother? SHARRON

5. Your father? IVAN

6. Your favorite thing? GRADY (Sorry, but he is!)

7. Your dream last night? STEVENTYLER

8. Your dream/goal? SCHOOL

9. The room you're in? MINE

10. Your hobby? MAID

11. Your fear? DROWING (I agree Brittany!!!)

12. Where do you want to be in 6 years? GRADUATED

13. Where were you last night? HOME

14. What you're not? SKINNY

15. One of your wish-list items? HOUSE

16. Where you grew up? UTAH

17. The last thing you did? SHEETS

18. What are you wearing? SHIRT

19. Your TV? NEW

20. Your pet(s)? NONE

21. Your computer? SUCKS

22. Your mood? TIRED

23. Missing someone? ALWAYS

24. Your car? DIRTY

25. Something you're not wearing? SHOES

26. Favorite store? GAMESTOP

27. Your summer? HOT

28. Love someone? ALWAYS

29. Your favorite color? PURPLE

30. When is the last time you laughed? AFTERNOON

31. Last time you cried? WEEK

I'm supposed to pick 7 people, but I don't think I have 7 people that even read my blog, so do it if you want, otherwise, whatever!