Saturday, February 2, 2019

Scott's 13th birthday

Scott turned 13 on Monday.  He got lots of fun gifts but his favorite were the Apple airpods.  He also got a tech deck set, a schampa, Monopoly speed pack, gum, a 5-in-1 charging station, and other incidentals.  He was in a good mood all day and that was nice.  

For dinner we had Chinese food, Scott's favorite.  

Things he likes:  ideas on how to make money without actually doing the work, Fortnite, Nike shoes, long hair, pancakes, long showers, singing in the church choir, and the Office.  Generally he's a good kid.  Happy birthday, man!   

Sunday, January 20, 2019

Scott's band performance at Northgate High, Walnut Creek

Scott's jazz band had a clinic at Northgate High in which they did a performance and then sight reading clinic.  He played piano for "Take Five" and seemed to do well.  When he's not on piano he plays this xylophone instrument.  

They got a pro photo but it was printed on ink-jet and I was more interested in buying the jpg, so I did a bad iphone photo instead.

We took the VFR home and I don't think he enjoyed it as much I did.

Saturday, January 19, 2019

Incredible Youth

Kaela and Maeci got baptized today.  I thought it would be so cool to see the youth participate in the program since two youth were getting baptized.  They have amazing friends, I sent out a quick text yesterday and everyone wanted to participate.  Shawna thought the missionaries were doing the program so in our true fashion we did it last minute and it was perfect.  That is what I love about Shawna.  If we want to go skiing, yosemite, the beach in a day or two, we go!  Planning a baptism is no different.  It was the coolest thing to witness.  These incredible youth, eager and excited to give talks, lead music, say prayers.  3 boys gave the talk on baptism and 4 girls the talk on the holy ghost.  They coordinated it, wrote it and it was awesome to see.  These youth are incredible.  I just love that the church is focusing so much on them being our future leaders.   I am so excited for them! Shawna had a great party afterwards filled with so much friendship and love. Blake did a co-op with a lot of these families and feel blessed to have some incredible friends in the 1st ward.  It was a gorgeous day.  Scott and Tyler were at piano during the party so missed out but I came home feeling very fortunate for an extension of my ward family!  Incredible moms, dads, friends and kids.  So excited for Shawna and her family!!

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

River Otters

I am joining a really small swim team in Discovery Bay in April and super excited.  It is fairly new and I am so impressed with the families I have met.  I feel like I have done everything in swimming that I want to do.  I have no desire to be a college coach.  I have done USS, rec, different age groups, different teams, different philosophies, part-time, more full time, clinics, learn to swim, lessons galore, no lessons.  It has all been great.  I have been blessed that I have been able to go and do what I want and at different capacities with what worked with my family and schedule at the time.  I have been really lucky to work with incredible coaches!  It is really liberating to be able to be where I know I should be and do what I am passionate about.  Right now I am passionate about helping to grow swim in a community where it isn't that big alongside other passionate coaches in our area. 

My new team is getting a new pool which will be done next year.  In the meantime we will be working out at a brand new high school pool.  I live in an area with so many beautiful, new pools being built but not that many teams.  I came from an area with ancient pools which produced masses of swimmers.  The cities with the masses of swimmers aren't willing to build new pools.  It is so backwards in someways.  I have heard coaches say swim will never be that big out here because it is a different culture, but I want to believe that is a fixed mindset approach. 

So that is what I am going to do.  I am not worried so much about how this year will look but instead excited about growing a great program.  Starting small and making swimmers and coaches realize how fun swim can be.  That is something I have realized I really enjoy doing.  I like creating programs.  I like trying new things. I like seeing what works and what doesn't work.  I really enjoyed developing the otter pup program at Dana Hills and helping our spirit squad start coaching.  I look forward to hopefully making swim a really fun swim program for all the kids who do it.  We only have water for about 2 hours in the spring which will be nice for my family but also exciting to be able to make those 2 hours really quality.  Super excited!!!

Monday, January 14, 2019


Tyler got the priesthood on Sunday.  It was really special.  The 11 year olds in church now get the priesthood in the beginning of the year so we had a couple get ordained.  What a historic event.  I thought of all these 11 year olds across the world being ordained to such an amazing calling and power.  I am really proud of him.  Since his surgery he has been doing really well emotionally. 

Scott and Tyler will be Deacons together for a year which I think is pretty special. Every other year they will be in the same quorum.  Scott and Tyler are serving in the presidency together which is a great opportunity of service and learning.  Scott had his first meeting and came home to tell us that the beach trip is now in August instead of September since he thinks it is warmer in much to! 

Their setting aparts reminded them what great responsibilities this was and how they can serve their family, their friends and their quorum.  I feel really blessed that it came at the same time that we are doing Come Follow Me to increase the Spirit and learning in the home.  It all goes hand in hand.  It is pretty incredible how changes all correlate and how prepared these youth are.  I feel lucky to be the mom of so many boys in the home who will one day be able to hold the priesthood and for my girls to be blessed by that so much. 

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Come Follow Me

This was the first week of Come Follow me and 2 hour church.  The program is focused on a home centered church which is what church really should be in the perfect world.  It should be a supplement to what you are doing in your daily lives and at home.  I LOVE it!  I feel like I need to fill my kids with the spirit and the gospel and doing that everyday in our home will help them and help our home.  We learned about being responsible for our learning and responsible for filling our lives with the Spirit. I am so excited for the new program.  I am excited to fill our home with more gospel learning.

Everything is streamlined in church, focused on the essentials and cutting out a lot of wasted time.  3 hour block is HARD with young kids.  Especially when they are my kids.  I don't produce calm children!  But more than that, I am excited for what it means at home.  I am also excited for the importance of the time spent at church.  I have 20 minutes to teach these sweet 3 and 4 year olds.  I feel like that time is so important.  It goes so quick so we have to make the most of it.  The most of focusing on what they learned and helping them applying that for the week to come.  Helping them feel the Saviors love for them and recognizing Him in their life.  So overall I am so excited.

I really want to encourage others to participate in the program because I think it is awesome.  I want to do a family bible study so we will see if that comes to fruition.  At home we have been taking 15 minutes here and there going over the lesson and having great discussions.  Just opening up the book or reading a story opens up to great discussion.  I know it is the Lord's program.  It is incredible to see it in action.  Sooo grateful and blessed.  I already see great things coming from it and it has only been a week. 

Parker is in my class.  He exhausts me.  I am pretty sure has some type of ADD or hyperactivity.  He goes from morning to night, non stop!  Somersaults, dancing, moving, go go go.  But he is happy and carefree.  When I think of Blake and how angry and sad he was this summer, I realize endless energy is something I should be grateful for.  Sometimes it is just hard to be grateful for it because I am so tired.  At first I wasn't that excited to be his teacher because it is hard teaching your own kids.  At least for me.  I feel like they listen to other teachers so much better, but I know it will be good.  But then I realize how that hour with him is quality time.  Something special that we get to share together and I realize that will be wonderful.  He is pretty immature for his age.  He barely talks, he sucks his thumb, is crazy.  Today he sat and listened great and then wanted to sit with me. Part of me wanted him to just sit and listen and the other part of me realized that was quality time.  In class, he came over and sat on me and almost went to sleep.  I know he won't listen as well, will be more distracted with me than another teacher, but I am going to focus on the good, the blessing of being able to teach him.  With 6 kids who all have dominant personalities, my solution for almost everything is quality time so I am grateful that for that quality time.

Hour sacrament went so fast!  It will make it so much easier with the kids.  Today was really hard because Blake was so anxious to get new teachers. His anxiety manifested when he couldn't find his shoes but I knew it was because of getting new teachers.  He gets upset, angry and teaters on the edge of raging.  That hasn't happened since the summer and I think a lot of it is recognizing his anxiety and learning the coping mechanisms.  At least I can now identify what is irritating him.  When I noticed he was getting more and more anxious, I told him we were going to go for a walk during sacrament so we walked the halls.  When he was distracted with something, like reading or playing with something he was ok for a couple minutes, but as soon as it was over, he was stressed.  He kept verbalizing not wanting new teachers..

When kids get severe anxiety doing something that won't come to an end is helpful. Going on a walk, reading a book, going on a bike ride.  So we decided to go on a walk.  He just wanted to leave. I didn't know how it would all pan out but prayed that it would.

Sacrament came, I distanced myself from Blake, and he went way far away from anyone.  I had no idea if he would come in but he did and did fine.  I was so grateful. He is really challenging.  Sometimes I think it would be helpful for him to be on medication.  Either daily or just when we know it will be a hard day or something he will be anxious about.  It seems like everytime I think that would allow him to function better, I hang out with someone that day who tells me how it makes their kids not feel great.  At least it is an option if we need it but for now I am grateful that he is doing so much better than this summer.  Kids are so hard!  Each is so different and has their own unique challenges.  Sometimes I feel like my kids got their fair share of difficult traits and some.   I know some it is nurture.  I can do so much better at so many things. Lately I feel like I have been trying so hard to dedicate my time and energy to my kids which is a good thing, but also exhausting. 

 I know they have amazing strengths and talents.  I just need to find the energy and wisdom to get through the next 20 years to help them focus that energy and drive in the right direction...LOL!

Sever's Disease

Scott was so excited for running club to start.  After breaking his arm and not knowing what to exactly do with swim, I told him to dedicate time to running.  He really likes his running club, has a great coach and great teammates.  I am super impressed with Delta Limitless and Coach Eric.  He is a great coach and runs a great program that is about so much more than running.  The kid are all so kind and supportive and inclusive.  He does a lot of activities with them and Scott has made some good friends. 

He decided to sign up for 6 days a week which he has never done and was really excited to start doing something after he broke his arm.  On the second day, he could barely walk.  He said his ankle really hurt.  I felt so bad for him. He limped around and just walking caused so much pain.  He had to walk on his toes.  He ran once or twice a week and it started to feel a little bit better, but never felt all the way better.  Over break, he didn't run at all.  He went to the socials that the team had and after two weeks off said his foot felt better and decided to go back and take it easy.  1.5 miles in he said he walked back to the school where they were running.

He had a sharp pain in the medial side of his achilles.  Almost like a bone pain.  It didn't hurt with mobility but was so painful to press on.  Apparently Severs Disease is like Osgood-Shlatter's but of the ankle instead of the knee.  It affects boys around Scott's age who are growing.  So he will have to rest, soak and ice his ankle for next couple of weeks/months. 

It has been weird for him to not be active.  I feel bad for him because that has always been such a great outlet for him but sometimes being away from something also makes you really appreciate it.  I know he will get back into Delta.