Sunday, March 27, 2011


So here is a run-down of today's happenings:
  • Church and Sunday School were canceled thanks to our wonderful winter in March.
  • I took Josh's pick-up in to Fairview to check the roads and pick up a few more groceries that ran me just under $50 for practically nothing...again.
  • Major snow drift so there was no way we would get out with the van.
  • Canceled Brooke's Music @ The Hall event, due to the bad roads.
  • Realized after I got home from the grocery store that I forgot to buy Josh his coffee...again.  We only had enough for a 1/2 pot and if you know him, that is not nearly enough.  Sent him to work tonight with an extra Pepsi.
  • Busted Lydia in the bathroom giving herself a haircut.  She took a little off of both sides, a pretty good job actually.  However, good thing I caught her when I did because it would have gotten ugly real soon.
  • Road report shows that Josh will more than likely being driving home on "no travel advised" roads again tomorrow morning.  
  • Neighbor stopped in and told me I wouldn't be taking Brooke to school tomorrow thanks again to the snow and wind.
  • Cancelled fiddle lessons for tomorrow.
  • Emily has a boil on her leg that really, really hurts.  Poor girl.
  • Sophia is coughing like crazy.
  • Lydia sat in bed and whined until after 10:00 tonight.
  • Yeah, I was crabby.

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Brooke's Little Buddy

Brooke and Lydia really bonded on our trip to Rapid City.  They shared a bed for the three nights we were gone.  Usually at bedtime Brooke was sitting in bed using the laptop and Lydia would snuggle in with her until she would fall asleep in Brooke's arms.  It was so sweet and just melted mine and Brooke's hearts!  So today Brooke was cleaning her room and I went in and there was Lydia sitting on her bed.  She was all snuggled in with a book and a little container of Chocolate Teddy Grahams that Brooke gave her.  Brooke was busy cleaning away and Lydia was just so content watching and snacking.  It was adorable.  It reminded me of me and my sister.  I have fond memories of my sister cleaning her bathroom at home when we lived in Minot.  She used to put me up on the chest that was in there and play games with me.  She would tell me to pretend I was in a boat or a car and to drive fast!  I don't know exactly why that sticks in my mind so vividly, but it does.  So seeing how Brooke and Lydia have bonded lately just brought back such good memories.  The only difference is that I was a little older than Lydia so I can remember where as Lydia probably won't remember.  But hey, isn't that what this blogging is all about?  Preserving memories.

My Littles

It was a lazy Saturday here since we are basically snowed in with no four wheel drive.  Allison and Lydia went through numerous outfits today.  It will be fun to show them these pictures when they are older.  I love the picture of all three standing with Sophia in the middle with her arms around her sisters.  She saw me take a picture of Alli and Lydia and went up behind them and said how about this mom!  I loved it!  It is a rarity for her to be able to do that without one of the girls getting mad and wanting her to back off!

Lydia Being Cute

What can I say?  She was just in the mood to have her picture taken so I snapped away while she let me.  I also posted a picture on my POTD blog if you want to see another cute one, as if all of these aren't enough!

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Sophia's 6th Birthday

Sophia had quite the birthday this year since we were on vacation in Rapid City.  We took the kids to Mount Rushmore and Crazy Horse on her birthday.  Supper was a quick stop at the McDonald's drive thru.  Luckily at her age she still thinks that is a treat!  We found a grocery store and she picked out a cake.  It was so delicious.  She opened presents and spent the rest of the evening in the hotel room playing with her new toys and getting ready for bed.  It was a fun day for her.  She is still waiting though because this is the year she gets a birthday party.  I'm hoping to get that done in a couple weeks.  I'm hoping she picks bowling since that seems to be the easiest party for her age.  She seems so big now that she is six!!

Saturday, March 12, 2011


It's not very often that Brooke lets me take her picture.  But she had to let me this day because she had to send a picture in for winning that essay contest.  Here are a couple of them...figured I better get pics of her up while I had the chance!

Brooke's Essay for English

Qualities of a True Hero   

      In present day, what, in the eyes of society, is considered to be a hero?  Fictional characters from comic books and television series have corrupted the minds of young children by causing them to believe that a true hero must possess superpowers and a cape in order to save the world.  Even adults can be brainwashed into believing that the heroes only exist if their good deeds have been publicly displayed.  But a true hero, such as my dad, must present qualities of wisdom, a good work ethic, and unselfishness.
     Wisdom is a quality that is overlooked by people in society.  While strength and courage are given characteristics of the common fictional hero, oftentimes people ignore the need for wisdom in the actions of a hero.  My dad is an excellent example of how wise decisions can affect the lives of many.  For several years now, my dad has made important choices for our family according to what will best benefit us in the present and the future.  He plays a fair, unbiased referee in family arguments and sees the point of view from each side.  Also, when politics become an issue at work or at home, my dad avoids making judgments before he has heard the defending arguments of the opposing parties.  Even when tempted by the luxuries of one decision, my dad shows true wisdom by doing what is right.
     Along with wisdom, a good work ethic is also a highly respected quality of the modern-day hero.  A person must be willing to work hard to make a difference in the world.  In his five years in the oilfield business, my dad has missed only one day of work because of icy roads due to a recent blizzard.  He works hard to support our family financially, and also does his share helping out at home.  Most importantly, he sets a good example for my sisters and I by teaching us that willingness to work is an imperative factor of contentment and success in life.  A hero that shows a good work ethic proves to be a reliable role model for  children and adults looking up to him.
     Last but not least, unselfishness is a value that is often hard to find.  Unrealistic heroes have a sense of pride and selfishness about them, but true heroes are humble and considerate of others.  My dad has devoted his life to supporting the thing he cares about the most; his family.  Through good times and bad, he has always focused on what matters the most.  If a friend, or even a complete stranger, is in need of help, my dad doesn't hesitate giving that person what he needs.  He shows consideration for others in the simplest of ways by showing common courtesy at all times.  By showing unselfishness, an ordinary person possesses the most necessary quality of an extraordinary hero.
     While a fictional hero displays desirable qualities that anyone would want, sometimes we need to take a few moments to reflect on what a true hero is.  Wisdom, a good work ethic and unselfishness are all excellent qualities of a hero.  Ordinary people, including my dad, who possess these qualities, often make the greatest heroes of all.