Thursday, December 30, 2010


I have been so busy this past week. I started working last Wednesday and I worked both Wednesday and Thursday. Then I spent Friday getting the house ready and cooking up a storm for Saturday. We also had a great time at our Christmas Eve party with my in-laws. Saturday was a whirl of gifts and wrapping paper. I wonder how many batteries get purchased in December. We were too spoiled. Then my Sunday is always a busy day with church and family gatherings. Then on Monday my mother had an extensive surgery on her neck and back that lasted most of the day. I was at the hospital from 11 until 8 that evening. I worked Tuesday and Wednesday which brings us to this fine wintry morning. I am grateful for the brake I have the next few days. I am grateful that my husband has been helping out so much with the kids and with the house. We both agreed that it is good for us to trade places once in awhile so as to appreciate one another. It is also nice to appreciate the tranquility of being home. I am listening to my angles play with their make believe food basket and tea party set. I am basking in the warmth of our fire and the joy of the day. Life is precious and great!

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Sleep Deprivation and Faith

Have you ever had one of those night you couldn't sleep? Chad said it was because I was excited for my job interview. I said it was because I was excited, scared, worried, nervous, and happy about the job interview. As I lay there thoughts started racing. I'm talking race car track racing. Going as fast as they could around my head in a circle for large amounts of time using lots of energy and time, yet not really going anywhere. I thought about the interview itself. What if I do bad or if I don't know the answers? What if they look at me and figure the little marshmallow puff can't help with behavior modification? What if they offered me the job, what would the hours be? Will it interfere with play group or scrap booking or my church calling? How many hours will I work? What if I let my job consume me and my family gets neglected? What if I wake up one day and I have helped all of these other children yet mine are gone and didn't teach them? How can I teach other people's children when mine are such cute little stinkers? What if I can't find some one to entrust my sweet girls to? I have already made some bad daycare mistakes with them before, what if it happens again? See what I mean? These are just a few of the major ones. I did have the typical what do I wear fear too! Then I prayed and calmed myself down. What will be will be. Staying up until 3 am will not help me. I need to allow myself to let go and remain objective. I need to rely on my family and my faith to help me make the best decision for us. I need to be still!

Monday, December 13, 2010

Sunday, December 12, 2010


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Saturday, December 11, 2010

Friday, December 10, 2010

All about me

So I often talk about my two wonderful kids, but today I'm going to talk about me. If you get bored you know how to exit out. First of all, after Chad lost his job in May, I gained about 15 pounds. I was already over weight, so this was really bad. I have lost 10 of those pounds and I am feeling really great about that. I received a hair cut. Yep, I haven't posted it yet because I keep forgetting to have Chad take a picture but I cut it all off. I don't think I have ever had this short of hair. Last, i received a call from my old boss. She now works in Idaho Falls and wondered if I wanted to work again. The hours should only be 10-15 hours a week which is perfect. I have had work hard on getting my training up to date. I have been a stay at home mom for 3 years so I need to have 36 hours in training. Thankfully I can do most of this at home. I am about half way there. My official interview will be on Wednesday. hopefully I will be able to know what my hours are so that I can start looking around for someone to watch my kids. It is only for 2-3 hours a day, so I hope someone will be willing to do it. Of course I will pay them but, I won't stress about that until after I know more. I feel blessed. I feel like it has been a tough 6 months and I am seeing the blessing of faith pouring in. With the little bit of extra income we can get health insurance, pay the daycare, and hopefully put the rest into savings. Go team Porter!

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Funny Things

Do you ever have things that happen at your house that you find funny, but wonder about sharing with others for fear they will think you are crazy. Well, I am sharing. Yep, I believe that my kids are wonderful, crazy, wild, and all mine! So, story number one. McKayla asked me who our prophet was. (Our prophet is kind of like the Pope. Only different.) I told her President Monsen. She then looked sad and said "I thought it was the guy with the baby." As I pondered in my head what could this mean I realized that she was talking about our Bishop (kind of like a minister over our ward.) I had to chuckle and tell her that he was our Bishop. I thought it was cute. I may have to mention it to him on Sunday. The second story is about Ariana. She is so stubborn. Sometime she would use the potty and other times she wouldn't. I noticed a smell in her room and I tried to locate the source. Yesterday I discovered that she has been taking off her wet diapers, storing them in a basket, and then putting on a new diaper. Yep, that's right. The kid won't use the potty but she can put a diaper on herself!!! Really? So, I hid all of the diapers and told they were all gone. So far we are doing pretty good today. I hope that some of you can relate or at least have a chuckle.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Friday, December 3, 2010

Tooth fairy

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Mckayla has lost her first tooth. She noticed it was loose on November 22. She has been pretty good about it, but yesterday it was driving her crazy. Last night it was so loose we were afraid she would swallow it in her sleep. We asked her to wiggle it one more time and it came right out with no blood. We can see her adult tooth coming in. Good job miss McKayla!

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Potty Training Part 2

So, I have had it with diapers. No more push over mother for me. I stripped her down and made her sit on the potty every hour until something happens. She did a good job. I still let her run around in pull ups, but hey it's a work in progress. I think she is stubborn and often her behaviors are to see if she will get away with it. i started thinking about my education and work experience. I have dealt with way worse children and I have never lost a battle of wills, why should my own child be any different. Of course she is not abused. She has her potty chair in front of the TV with pop and chips a plenty. Also she gets chocolate once she uses the potty. She also has my undivided attention while she is on the potty telling her how special she is. I may be a tyrant, but I'm a nice tyrant.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010


The craziest, most fantastic month of the whole year is here. Now I'm now a big fan of all the gifts and hoopla that comes with this month. Instead i am a fan of the decorations, the music and when people are in good moods. It seems we are all too busy talking on sell phones or listening to music to notice that there are human beings surrounding us. With the technology to connect us we have been driven further apart. Sometimes, this time of year years people look up and notice each other. they may even smile a little or say "Happy holidays!" I must admit that I enjoy all the little acts of kindness and service that I see. Most of all I enjoy getting together with friends and celebrating the gift of our Savior. I feel so blessed and while the presents under the tree may be few in number, our blessing and love are abundant and overflowing.