My camera on my phone isn't great sorry about that. We are now in Oklahoma! That is why I named this blog the moving girl. We are at it again. We are here to go to OU. I am finishing a degree in Radiation therapy. I really love my medical classes. Randy is planning to get a law degree when I finish mine. He has a new job working for Citizen's bank of Edmond. He is loving it. It is a smaller bank so he has a lot more influence on policy which he loves. I just finished my first semester at OU and I have another class starting in Monday. It is a music class so I am pretty excited. The kids are all in school which is really weird. Right now I am sitting in a silent house. I hate it!!! I love the sounds of my family. (Good and bad). I will be glad when school is out.
Jacob is doing great at his new school. He says he thinks he is in the cool crowd but he's not sure. Kids (girls) are paying him a lot more attention because he is new and that is cool. :)
Nic says he has made a ton of new friends and they are all exactly like him. He is so cute. He bought an Ipod for his B-day and he has turned into a zombie. I think we may need to hide it once and awhile.
Josie has discovered her passion. She loves to run. She competed in a track meet for the district and got third overall for the 200m. She wasn't even going as fast as she could. She had so much fun. I think I see many track meets in my future. She is excited for summer break.
Caleb is very into minecraft. I keep losing my ipad or phone and mysteriously find it under his pillow. I still don't know how it keeps happening. He assures me he doesn't either. LOL! He is loving scouts and school and has lots of new friends.
Hunter is doing awesome! We are sticking to his new diet. Avoiding all the foods on his allergy list and his behavior is great. We are noticing we are having to retrain his way of thinking. He still has bad days but they are fewer and fewer. He loves school, especially music, and he got to be the red pepper in a school program a few days ago.
Matthew and Naia are two happy twins. They both love school and their assistant teacher Miss Tasha. They run up and give her a big hug every morning. I am so grateful for good teachers that help my kids become independent. It has been so tough letting them be there but I know I need to go to school so I'm glad for the opportunity.
We are still getting used to the storms here. They sometimes keep the kids up and they are the best shows I've seen ever. People here are the friendliest I've ever met. Randy said I have found my people. He is so right. I no longer feel loud or too happy. I love it.
So my little sister came to church with my family yesterday. It was so nice to have her there. She brought her kids which helped my kids be good during sacrament meeting. It is the first meeting and it is for the whole family. I lead the music and Randy sits in front so I leave my kids usually with a younger girl who sits with us. Having Liz there was so much easier. I hope she comes every week!
I am not much for talking about religion because it is such a personal thing but I should at least let you all know that I belong to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. I am a Mormon and I love it! It has helped me in ways I can't even express. Speaking of which Randy gave me a blessing last night because I have been needing some guidance about what I am doing with my life. It was awesome. I feel better and I feel like I now know exactly what I should be focusing on. Believe me with eight kids focus is essential or nothing gets done.
If you are saying to yourself, "what is she talking about?" just go to mormon.org it is the best source of information that comes from members themselves. I don't like learning about something from someone who is a former member or someone who has never been to my church. It usually is a bit jaded because of hurt feelings or other misconceptions. I like to go to the source.
Have a great day!
I can't believe a year has gone by! I usually blog once a month but I have been crazy busy. I'm always busy I know but I have been even more crazy busy if you can believe it.
We are still in Wilder Idaho which we love and it has been nice to be out in the middle of no where again. We bought horses and chickens and another dog so that is lots of new fun stuff to do. We have been fighting with the weeds again because that is what you do in the country. In the suburbs you fight with your neighbors and in the country you fight with mother nature. I also started back in school. I am studying International relations with an emphasis in African cultures which is what I wanted to study in the first place so I'm doing that now. It's so much fun to learn about stuff I actually care about. It is a huge contributing factor in my busy life though.
Everyone is doing well. All the kids keep getting older even though I strictly forbid it at home. (They do it at school when I'm not looking)
Ricky is living in Boise with his sweet fiance' Brooke. They are blissfully happy. We are so glad. They plan to marry next summer or whenever anyone has enough money. :)
Jacob just turned 12 and is now passing the sacrament. Weird that he is so big. He is going on a week long leadership training camp in Washington DC next month by himself on a plane and everything. He is terrified and so am I but he will love it and I will get over the fact that he is growing up too fast. He also loves the kung-fu class he, Nic, Caleb, and Randy have been taking. They all love it.
Josie is so helpful and sweet. She is always looking for ways to be given more responsibility. She can't wait to get older. I remember those days. She wants to start dancing which I am really excited about. I just need to find a dance company that is good and not too far away. Unfortunately I'm picky because I have cousins who are professional ballet dancers so I know what dancing should be. She is still young though so maybe I can compromise.
Nicholas is as sweet as ever and loves to do cartoons. He is really good at it. He is having a little bit of a lesson in hard knocks this year with school but he will figure it out. Assignments are not optional for a good grade. You have to actually turn them in. He is usually pretty jovial but he takes Karate seriously.
Caleb is very compassionate and always concerned with others. He is also a good friend to our neighbor and they love to jump on the tramp and play war or something like it. He just switched rooms and now gets to be with the big boys. He is so excited. He thinks they are like rock stars. So cute. He also loves Karate and he gets to be in the Adult class.
Hunter continues to be a lot of fun to watch grow up. He is so curious and always asking questions about why the world is the way it is. He feels very passionately that things should be a certain way and lets us all know when we are not living the way he thinks we should. Any time life isn't fair or just he has a very hard time coping. I think it is because this life isn't fair but maybe the one in heaven was. I remember my Aunt saying life isn't fair to me at about the age of eight and I was shocked. I thought well it should be. Ha
Matthew and Naia are the best of buds. They really are twins. They do everything together and love to spend time playing together. I'm so glad we have the girls. They fit so perfectly into our family. I didn't even know there were holes but Heavenly Father did. So glad I listened. Matthew is so cute it's really hard to punish him. He has a way of making our hearts melt and we just start to laugh. It's terrible the things he gets away with. Naia has a very infectious laugh. Anytime she starts to laugh we can't help but join in.
Well enough gushing about my perfect children:) I really do have it good. I'll just gush about my perfect husband. :)
Randy is loving his job at Zion's bank here. He is also loving Karate with the kids (although I think he wishes it was a little cheaper to take them all). We celebrated our 13th wedding anniversary last week. Wow! Lucky 13. He is awesome. He likes being in the bishopric but I think he has a different opinion about those leadership callings now than he did before. He is busy.
Overall we are good. We are loving life as always and are living it to it's fullest as much as we can.
We are starting to come out of the unpacking marathon that has been going on this past month. We really are almost done unpacking thanks to so much help from friends and family. Randy's new job is great. He is traveling a lot more which I don't love but he loves his work which is always a plus.
Here is another great photo from our session with my good friend Eva Barnett. Her website is firstname.lastname@example.org. Check it out. She works anywhere in the Boise area of Idaho. I just love that picture.
The girls are doing great. Josie has started in her journey of becoming a young woman... (girls you know what I mean) It was a very hard day for her. She was totally freaked out. I guess all our talks about what was coming didn't quite get through. She is definately not 8. I'm guessing she is at least 11. We still need to have a dental exam to really know.
I am starting another grand adventure. We are homeschooling all the kids starting in the fall. I have enrolled them in idahoidea.com it is an online charter program and it looks like just what we are looking for. My friend Janet is involved with it and it sounds great. I am really excited.
We continue to get the house closer to all cleaned up and usable. There are still quite a few weeds to battle with but I know by the end of summer it won't even look like the same yard.
I hope all of you are doing well and enjoying life. I know I am. :)
We had our last birthday of the season on Sunday. Thank goodness! I love birthdays but seriously 9 in a row gets a little old. I'll post pictures from each if I remember to load my pictures from my phone before I post next.
I just got back from women's conference in Provo. I love going, and this year I got to bring a dear friend. It was her first year to go and we had a blast. I also was there with three of my sisters and my mom. We got to run around BYU and get spiritually filled. What better way could you spend a couple of days. SO fun!!!
Randy has yet another interview on Thursday so wish us luck. It is going on ten months of paying for two mortgages and things are a bit tight. We are still trying to get back to Idaho so we can rent the house here and live in the gangsta house in Wilder. Hee Hee. Look to an older post about it getting shot up if you aren't sure what I'm talking about.
The thing I remember most from conference besides not getting any sleep was that God appreciates the things we do for him. I had never thought about that before. If you are feeling under appreciated just remember that the eye in the sky that watches all you do also is thankful for your efforts.
Have a great day!!!
I am the moving girl. Our family has this bad habit of moving every year or two. The longest we have ever lived anywhere has been two years. I guess we just get bored easily. Our family loves laughing and snuggling. With my husband Randy, eight kids, three horses, 14 chickens, two dogs and one cat with me in the middle there's not much rest or quiet going on, mostly just playing wii, lightsabers and dolls. Although I wouldn't mind having a break once and awhile, I love every minute of it!