Sunday, May 29, 2016

Sunday afternoons

We are trying harder to keep the sabath day holy. It's wonderful to have a day where we can rest from the daily responsibilities. Our bodies need to be renewed. I'm grateful we have this day and I want to try and observe it more closely!  This month has been a busy one. I've taken more pictures than I would have wanted to. Marci is graduating, Cyrus is getting his arrow of light, pictures need to be delivered for lanas dance studio, running my half marathon is this Saturday, kids proms, kids talent shows ... It's been a little over whelming. At the beginning of the month I was really feeling it so I decided that something needed to go. I dropped out of the class I was taking through byui. I'm so glad I did that. I would have cried everyday. 😁. 



Sunday, April 10, 2016

Sarah comes to visit!


This past week the Stewart's came to visit. It was so great to see her. She has been such a great friend to me. We always have the best gospel discussions and I feel like I try to be a better person because of her. It was super fun to see her. On Thursday we celebrated Cyrus' 11th birthday!  I can't believe he's that old!! All done with cub scouts and on to Boy Scouts. We had a fun birthday!  The Bigelow and the Stewart's were her and we had some yummy food. He got a kindle and some money for his scooter. It was fun. 
On Friday we took Chloe and Mackenzie to mission beach. It was such a fun place   The 3 girls rented some bikes and rode around while Sarah and I went for a walk. I miss our walks!  We use to walk every day. She would talked to me about her seminary lessons and I would pretty much just get to listen. She's an amazing teacher so it made those walls pretty awesome. She was one of the first people I mentioned that I might want to have a baby and she was so excited and supportive of that. She said that if she could have had more then she would have. It was really nice having her to talk to about things. 
On Saturday we attended the funeral for Becky cook. She lives in the Mapelton ward. My kids are friends with Xavier, aysiah and tionah.  They are all still in high school. It breaks my heart that they lost their mother at such a young age. I truly believe that the lord was preparing them for this. Less than a year ago they were sealed in the San Diego temple. Only those three were sealed to them. Her other children were not worthy to be there but the others were ready for this. All things considered they are doing surprisingly well. They are happy and seem like they will take it in stride. 

Sunday school... Jacob

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Jacob was commanded to keep a record. Brother phillipson showed a few pictures from his family history and just reminded us of the importance to keep a record of our spiritual experiences as well. 
Today is fast and testimony meeting and Cyrus was able to bear his testimony.  It's always nice to hear from my husband. Today's testimony just seemed very heart felt. He gave thanks for the service the ward members give and how much easier his job was because they sacrifice their time, talents and money. The lord asks many things from us and it's not always easy. He talked about tithing. The other day he found an envelope of Marcis money that was labeled "not tithing". He thought it was funny that it didn't just say "spending money". He was grateful that she understood that principle that everything we have comes from the lord. It is kind of a funny system "tithing" and " not tithing".  
Jane was so cute today. She is growing up and crawling around. Today during sacrament meeting Liam was up on the stand as the bishops helper and she saw him and started crawling towards him. It was pretty cute. She made it to the stairs before we picked her up. She's such a happy cute baby!  

In March sister Kaas asked me to help with a young women project. all the girls picked a value and dressed up in the color and we took pictures outside. Sister Simmons put all of them up on the bulliten board for this month. It looks beautiful!  


Tuesday, January 12, 2016

FHE

Some Mondays are crazy and some are just normally busy.  Yesterday wasn't too bad.  After eating dinner (everyones favorite broccoli chicken and rice) I asked dad if he had a message to share.  Of course he did.  I love that at any given time my husband can open the scriptures and teach us something we didn't know or help us understand something better.  Last night he taught us about Lazarus being risen from the dead.  He talked about how in order for us to see miracles in our life we must do all that we can and all that is required of us.  We read about how Martha did those things.  She called on the Lord, she believed in him, she rolled the rock away others took off the bandages.  I thought about how when we want to see changes in our lives we can't just expect the lord to grant us those things without us putting forth the effort.  This morning after I worked out I had to go to Ralph's to pick up some things for dinner.  I bought some "soft batch" cookies and I ate quite a few of them.  As I ate I was reminded of last nights lesson.  I pray at night that I can have the strength the lose weight, exercise, attain my goals BUT the Lord won't help me if Im not even strong enough to not eat a cookie!!! I haven't committed to that yet and I know I need to.  He give us strength to do anything we put our heart in to! His lesson also made me think of the Cook family.  Becky cook was recently diagnosed with stage 4 stomach cancer!  So sad.  They give her 2 months to live.  She is doing all that she can to see if a miracle can happen.  She is doing chemo treatments and has a lot of faith.  I can't imagine if that were me!  She's a pretty strong lady.  
Life is good!  I love my family and the blessings we have.  Sometimes I start to worry that we have it too good and that something tragic is headed our way!  I know thats a terrible way to think and I try to put those thoughts out of my head and just give thanks for the blessings.  I know trials will come and I pray that at that time I will be strong enough to turn to the Lord!
Last night the girls and I were going through my blog.  We got all the way back to the beginning.  It was so much fun!  It made me want to blog more and to post more pictures.  Here are some of sweet baby jane at 5 months.  She got a whole set of stance socks for christmas.  She's such a cute baby!  





Sunday, January 10, 2016

Flashback to "We're having a baby!"

Thought I'd start to tell you a little bit about our little Ms. Jane.  Around October of 2014 Cyrus and I talked about having another baby.  This would change my life pretty drastically.  My baby was then 7 years old.  A few things that crossed my mind when we started thinking about adding Price #7:

  • been out of diapers for quite some time.
  • no need for baby food  or baby toys
  • Don't own any baby furniture
  • All my kids can swim (I love this feeling... especially since we have a pool in our back yard.  After we put it in I thought, well, I guess I won't be having any more kids.)
  • Cyrus and I being able to go anywhere whenever we'd like.  We have enjoyed the freedom of having our kids be pretty self sufficient.  And at least 4 baby sitters available at any time.  
  • all  my kids in school.
  • I am in school and hope to finish my degree in a year and a half so that I can go and substitute teach. 
  • I'm in pretty good shape and the thought of being pregnant kinda made me sick
The list could go on but those are the sort of things the crossed my mind.  We thought we would give it 6 months.  Endometriosis had been bothering me and in order to fix that I would have to go to drastic measures that would close the door to having other children.  At my age we thought it might take a while to get pregnant so we left things in the Lords hands.  I thought about it 24/7.  I didn't mention it to too many people.  At the time I was walking with Sarah daily so I did mention it to her.  She thought it would be a fabulous idea.  I loved hearing that because at my age it really wasn't the most practical nor wisest thing to do.  Around Dec. 3 I thought I MIGHT have a chance of being pregnant.  It was still a little early to test but I was anxious to know.  I went to the store and bought a test from the dollar tree.  As I I was driving home, all of the above thoughts crossed my mind.  Fear started creeping in and I told myself... "If this is negative, I'm going back on the IUD. I don't think I want to do this!!!!"  I was pretty worried and sick to my stomach.  I went home, took the test, it took a few minutes to show 2 lines (positive).  BUT... it was a dollar tree test so I had my doubts.  I went back to Ralphs to buy another one.  I was freaking out a bit by this time.  I went home and tested again... SURE enough... Positive.  I remember the feelings all too well... For about a minute, probably not even that long, I freaked out!  I might have even shed a tear, but no more than 2!  My fear was soon gone as I dropped to my knees and turned it over to the Lord.  All of those worries and selfish reasons as to not have another baby were gone!  All of it turned to excitement and joy!  I was going to have another baby!  This was the beginning of a very LONG pregnancy.  It wasn't a difficult one.  I was fairly healthy. I walked almost every day.  My iron dropped again, so there were a few days where I was weak.  Because of that I became very faithful at taking my iron pills.  They helped immensely.  Because of my age I had worries I had never had with any of my other pregnancies.  The doctors wanted to check me for birth defects and down syndrome.  I allowed them to do the first test because it would tell me the gender.  This occurred around the 12th week of my pregnancy.  I worried a bit on if the baby was going to be healthy or not but I also knew that if the results showed problems that we would be fine and deal with things then.  I was helping sister pain with her kids one day and an email arrived from Kaiser Permanente.  It was the email that would reveal the gender of my baby! I read it and it stated that everything came back normal and that I was having a GIRL!  WOW! I was so thrilled.  Secretly I wanted a girl REALLY bad.  I knew there were going to be many years alone with this last baby of mine and I wanted to have the kind of relationship I have with Marci and Chloe and soon to be Charly.  My teenage girls are a joy to me.  I love being their mom.  I love my boys as well but they don't seem to need their mom as much as the girls do.  (I love being needed.. someday they won't need me and that makes me really sad).  So with I read that it was a GIRL!  I cried!  I was so happy!  
Backtracking a bit.... For Chloe's 14th birthday I was about 12 weeks along and so I wanted to announce to the kids that we were having a baby for one of her presents.  Sarah and I wrapped up 6 balloons in a big box.  3 blue and 3 pink with words like 'Price Baby #7, boy???, girl???, make room for baby'.  It was so fun.  The box was beautifully wrapped and Chloe had no idea what it could be.  I told her it was something she had to share with the whole family.  It was so fun!  The kids were pretty surprised... Well all except Cyrus Grant.  He yelled, "I knew it!  No one would believe me but HUDSON!".  It was so funny.  (A few weeks earlier charly asked me if I was having a baby because Cyrus had told her I was.. darn apps on my phone gave it away!) 
Sister Gray had mentioned that she would make a reveal cake for us.  So I emailed her and she said she could get one made for that night!  I didn't even tell my husband what we were having!  
She was so sweet to get one baked up for that night.  It was so fun watching my kids cut it open.  A few were disappointed but a few others knew it!
The word was out.  I even announced it on Instagram.  Everyone was happy for us.  I was happy but was still slightly in disbelief! Was this baby going to make it here?  Was she going to arrive healthy?  I mostly kept these fears to myself.  Cyrus and Sarah would listen to them and calm them, but they were still there!  It was hard to not think those things.  It drove me crazy!!!  Towards the end of my pregnancy when I was feeling weak on low on iron Cyrus gave me a blessing, this calmed my nerves.  He mentioned how wonderful it was that I would be unselfish and welcome another baby to our family.  He talked about her arriving healthy with no complications.  It was really nice and reassuring to hear these things!
In May Sarah and Cortnie threw me a baby shower.  It was so sweet! So many in the ward spoiled me rotten!  It was wonderful.  I love the sisters here and I felt very loved that day.  Sarah make me a beautiful cake and other goodies.  The placed was beautifully decorated and everything was more that I could have ever asked for.  THIs was the first shower I had ever had so I didn't quite know what to expect.  




Monday, January 4, 2016

New Years resolutions!

Tonight for FHE we all thought of our goals for the new year.  I'm recording them here so that I won't forget them!

Cyrus (dad)
1.  Read the Book of Mormon and complete a rough draft with my notes.
2.  Get 3 apps on the app store
3.  Get to 200 pounds

Leanne
1. Run 1/2 marathon (yikes!  I was very hesitant to put this one down.... BUT ... I can do it!  I miss it but I'm also very nervous to commit to this! I want to be ready for Fontana days by June 4th)
2.  Pray and Read scriptures daily
3.  Save $10,000 for our trip to England.  (i'm excited for this... but nervous as well!  I told the kids that I need their help with this one.  No eating out when we can eat it, no spending money on frivolous things)

Marci
1.  Loose ___ pounds before college
2. Do monthly spiritual goals.
3.  Get straight As again.  Get a 4 on AP bio test

Garrett
1.  Go on splits with the missionaries twice a month.
2.  Learn how to program
3.  Run a 1/2 marathon

Chloe
1.  Never go a day without praying (or pray everyday)
2. Strengthen my relationship with my siblings
3.  Exercise everyday

Liam
1.  Get to STAR in scouts
2.  Read the whole Book of Mormon
3.  Run 2 5ks

Cyrus
1.  Learn how to tail whip
2.  Learn more coding
3.  Read the Book of Mormon every night.

Charly
1.  Improve on Homework and writing
2.  Read scriptures.  A few verses every night.
3.  Invite non-member friends to activity days.

Jane
1.  Learn how to walk
2.  Learn 10 words
3.  Learn how to swim



2016 Catch up! (Mick reunion july 2014, Christmas in Idaho Dec. 2014)

I have made this resolution many times... hope to keep it for this year.  My goal is to write at least once a week.  Sundays should be the best days for this.  Here is a list of things I need to write about...in no particular order

baby jane
texas
elder scotts funeral
the stewarts
marci applying to schools
Garrett and soccer
Charlie and volleyball
Chloe and volleyball and musical talent
Cyrus and Liam soccer season
Marci guitar talent,  Jared
2015 Christmas gifts
Liam getting the priesthood
Charlie getting baptized
Jane's blessing
baby shower
Christmas in Idaho 2014 X
Mickelsen Family reunion 2014 X


My list could go on forever!!!!


I'll start with Christmas in Idaho 2014 and then switch to Family Reunion july 2014

We had decided to go to the Cabin for Christmas a few months before going.  We were planning on meeting the Scotts up there for some Christmas fun.  I was so excited to spend time with them.  Our children all seem to get along despite their differences.  Thats what cousins do.  Even though they may be different and the chances of spending time together are few and far between they are friends right from the start.  Its a lovely thing.  I love the opportunities mom and dad make for the cousins to be together.  Early that year in July of 2014 we had a family reunion for all of mom and dads kids.  Most everyone was there.  All of my siblings at least.  A few cousins were missing due to serving missions but it was so wonderful to spend such a great time with family up at the new cabin in Island Park.  Mom and dad spent a year building this amazing cabin for their posterity to enjoy.  (Early they had gifted all of us a portion of it.  It now is owned by all 9 of us... hope things don't get sticky with this decision.)  We spent a wonderful time together that summer.  Here are some pictures of the reunion.  Marci had just gotten this jeep from her grandpa Price (we purchased it for her, sold the seibring to audrey) She had so much fun up in Island park taking everyone for rides in her cool new off road vehicle.  We even took it our for a photo shoot.  This girls were so cute out there.  I love that Audrey, Camilla, Anna and Marci had such a tight bond.  They all get along so well.  It also strengthens the relationship with my sisters.  Such good girls with strong testimonies.  I had the chance to design the t-shirts for the group.  It was so much fun!  I put everyones number on the back of them.  Here are my families numbers.
Me: 10
Cyrus: 38
Marci: 40
Garrett: 43
Chloe: 49
Liam: 53
Cyrus: 55
Charly: 59
Jane: 95
Mom loves her numbers.  We are now over 100!  I love seeing my family grow.  Although with grow also comes distance.  Im grateful that as of now I still get my kids to myself (no in-law sharing).  I sound selfish but I know that when the time comes for me to share I will love it as well.















Back to Christmas!!!

We had a family party on the 23th.  Mark and Stephanie brought up a bunch of "White" elephant gifts.  Every year they purchase a whole bunch of gifts and everyone gets one of them.  Trading, fighting, cheering, and even a few tears all come with this game.  They are so good to share with all of us.  I think I ended up with a new appliances (sandwich maker, griddle, shake maker, no cake pan..).  It was a really fun party! 
For Christmas Eve we opened presents from our cousins.  The kids each drew names for each other.  So Marci had Camilla and Garrett had Spencer and so on.  It was fun buying things for their cousins.  The kids had a great time with that.  We also performed the nativity.  I believe I have some of those pictures on Instagram.  marci was Mary and Garrett was Joseph.  We had to use a doll for baby Jesus but I knew that by next Christmas I would have a real baby to use in the manger.  I knew I was pregnant But at this point no one else knew.  Marilyn was curling my hair and I was pointing out to her how strange it was getting.  I was getting curls. She said, Maybe you're going through menopause.  I said... No... thats not yet.  Then jokingly she said, "Maybe you're pregnant."  I grinned and said.. you're right!  It was fun to tell someone.  I was only 7 weeks along so it was still pretty new.  I also told mom while we were at the cabin.  She was quite surprised.  It was fun!  She said, "Grandchildren are different than great grandchildren."  Many of my nieces are having babies so those will have to be Jane's cousins! I love spending time with family.  When ever Cyrus and I go back to visit Idaho we talk of how much fun it would be to move back and be close to family.  I love our life here in Menifee but I know I would also love it there.  My kids think Idaho would be the BEST place to live.