Friday, October 31, 2008

Happy Halloween!

Well, it's been a fun evening. Cyrus was almost home when he got a hospital call for a Halo. Those take a long time and they are pretty urgent so he had to turn right around and head back to San Bernardino. Poor daddy! He works so hard and he missed out on the trick or treating! So, since I am home I decided to do some photoshop work. My kids had fun dressing up.
  • Charlotte was a ladybug, by choice of course! Somebody told me she should have been a spider. It took me a minute to get it... got it?
  • Grant doesn't really care for this whole scary holiday. Last weekend we went to the trunk or treat at the church and he thought everything was way too scary so tonight I asked him what he was going to be and he insisted on being "Grant". That was easy. (I can see you all pushing the little red button right now!)
  • Liam picked his out and put together by himself, an awesome army dude! I love it when they put it together by themselves! Makes life much easier for a mom who has 6 kids to get ready. I must say he was a pretty cute army guy.
  • Chloe has been so excited to be Gabriella from HSM. (that is High School Musical for those of you that are not with it!) I only caught her a few times singing in front of her mirror.
  • Garrett wanted to be Indiana Jones so I pulled out my highschool leather jacket. I'm sure many of you recognize it from back in the day!
  • Marci made for a very cute, danty kitten! Shelby was her twin of course... they looked pretty cute together.
Anyway, I'm up posting because my hubby is still not home. Wish he were here... soon enough. Hope you all had a happy halloween and don't get too sick eating your kids candy!

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

What the Prices have been up to!

This blogging thing is tough... it takes time to record some of the events that happen in our little family's life! Wish I had more time all together to enjoy them and record the wonderful things we do together... but life is not always that way. Lately I have seen my days go by so quickly and I often wonder what was accomplished. I want to record a few things that we have been doing and that has kept our lives so busy...

  • Prop 8 has been consuming everyone's lives here in California. Our ward has been so good about informing people about it. I have had the opportunity a few times to go door to door and let people know what it is all about. I really had a good response from most everyone. It was a little scary though. I would knock on a door and I would think to myself "oh, please don't be home!" Yes, I know, that is the wrong approach. After getting used to talking to people and educating them about Prop 8, I notice that fear go away. I know this is so important for us, for our nation, for our children, for FAMILIES and mostly for God's plan. I believe Satan's main goal is to destroy the family! I sure hope Prop 8 passes because if it doesn't there will be many tears shed. So many people have put their heart and soul in this. This past week people have been standing at corners with signs. I saw the bishop's wife out there with a home made sign that helped explain to people what prop 8 is all about. (see sample below!) I went out for an hour or so and held signs at Freedom Crest Elementary and for the most part I got a good response there as well. People would honk, and give us the thumbs up yet there were a few shaking there head and fingers at us! We are planning on going out tomorrow and holding signs at a busy intersection. I think Cyrus will be able to go with us this time.
  • PHOTOGRAPHY! Yes, it still consumes me daily. I have to limit myself to computer time. This darn computer just sucks me in every time I walk past it. For those of you who don't know, there is more to photography than just a good camera and lenses (although those things are a lot of fun and help immensely) there is a lot of post processing involved. After every shoot I am so excited to process the pictures and see the possibilities with every memory I captures. The post processing is an art in itself and I hope to become better at it all the time. I really enjoy it and I have a few shoots coming up next week that I am pretty excited about them. Here is a little clip that made me laugh... I have yet to have a shoot like this... but I'm sure I am over due for one!

  • The kids are off track... This takes up quite a bit of my time as well. On Tuesday we finally came up with a schedule. They only get 3 hours of electronics a day (Wii, computer, tv) I know that may sound like a lot to some of you out there... but remember there are 6 kids here and its great because during those 3 hours they have to share all those things and when that time is up... they know they don't ask me if they can play or watch TV. Another rule for those three hours is "don't bug mom time!" I quite like that rule. So far it is working out great. In the morning they all have jobs to get done, then there is reading, playing lego time ect... it's been good for them and good from me. there are a few things I love about it and there are a few things I don't. For starters: I don't have to wake up at 6:30, get kids ready, get kids breakfast, make lunches and get them out the door (happy) by 7:15! The happy part doesn't always happen but I try. The other day Chloe was stalling and kept asking my to find her sun glasses.... I hate it when the kids come up with last minute things they have to do for school. I just don't have the patience nor the time to do that. So I sent her out the door, the others were way ahead of her and so she left crying... but at that point I didn't care. I know, I sound like the meanest mother around. I guess the neighbors think that as well, apparently they saw her and picked her up. I felt kind of bad after that but not that bad. So, anyway, when the kids are off track we tend to wake up much happier with less things to hurry and get done. There is one thing I don't like: "mom, where are we going today?, we don't go anywhere when we are off track!" They don't understand that going on an outing with 6 kids doesn't sound like any fun to me!
  • My Mother came to see me last weekend. Dad had a mission tour in Tijuana last week and so she took a few days to spend with us and the Davis family. It was good to see her and have her in our home. We went to Lowes the day she was hear and picked out some flowers, and palm trees for my yard. It was so much fun. Cyrus has been anxious to make our front yard look nice so he started cutting down trees and planting new ones. I was so happy with the end result. There are still more things I want to add but you all know, "little by little" I post a pic when I have most of it done. We also were privileged to see Aunt Jean and Kylee. They came down the weekend before mom did. My kids love their Aunt Jean. She has so much love and they feel it. She is a wonderful lady who needs someone to love her back (not just cute nieces and nephews!) I hope some day she can remarry and feel that love that comes with a good marriage!
  • Garrett started playing flag football. This gets us out of the house most Tues, Thurs, and Saturdays. He usually has one or two games a week and then practices. He's enjoying it and for the most part we enjoy watching him play and socializing with the other families that are there. The kids especially like it when I remember to bring money for the snack bar!
  • My sweet husband who is so busy has decided to go back to school once again. He applied to the University of Redlands for an MBA. They accepted him and so now is is even more busy. I am so proud of him. He doesn't stop learning. He has such a mind for so many things. If there is something he wants to learn about he reads all he can about it and actually understand is and applies it to his life! He knows education is important and doesn't want to be stuck anywhere in his life... he always wants there to be more doors open for him! He does it so well. I love him dearly!
Well, in a quite lengthy post, here are a few things that have been consuming my life... no, I don't sit at the computer all day long, I do try and get a few things check off my list!

Monday, October 27, 2008

Check out this cutie!

I love doing these composites... they are way too much fun... and they take way too long, but I like them still the same. This baby is so cute... I could have taken pics of her all day!

If you want to see more of this cutie... click HERE

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Kuzma Family Photo Session

I met this great family yesterday when they came for their fall portrait session! It was a blast, cute kids and very easy to work with. I was happy with the outcome, learned a few things, next time I'll probably do a few things differently, (which is the case every time I go out) but I thought they looked good... here are a few I want to share...

Friday, October 17, 2008

Day at the Beach!

One of the joys of living in So Cal is being able to go to the beach in October. Cyrus took the day off for Marci's birthday and we all headed to Oceanside. It was a beautiful day and it being Monday afternoon hardly anyone else was there (we usually have to go on Saturdays and it is packed!). Marci was thrilled that her cousins Audrey and Lauren and Aunt Karen came with us. Karen and I got to sit and enjoy watching the kids play. We stayed for over three hours... We even brought hotdogs to roast at a camp fire... but sadly enough we couldn't get the fire going. The wood was too wet. We had so much fun though that I didn't even let the parking ticket I got at the end of the day ruin it. (yes it was a bummer but I'm trying not to get too work up about those things)

Photo Tag

Here is how it works. You go to your picture files, open the 4th folder and the 4th picture file. That is what you post. If you are looking at mine you are IT! I want to see lots of pics! This was November 2007!

Thursday, October 9, 2008

October 6, 2008 Happy Birthday Marci!

WARNING: long post full of sappy motherly love words!
11 years ago I gave birth to a beautiful little girl. 6 pounds 12 ounces. I was sitting in my living on conference Sunday watching Money Pit in between sessions. I started having contractions... or at least what I thought were contractions. I told Cyrus to start timing them because that is what we were told to do in the prenatal class. First babies are an interesting thing... you don't have a clue what you are in for. But with every twinge I felt like I needed to run to the hospital. I really had no idea what to expect. The night before we went in thinking it was time... I hope all first time moms do that at least once. It's pretty sad when they send you home when all you want is that baby to be OUT. So, with the consistent contractions I assumed it was time. The first call I make was to my mother of course. She said, "get to the hospital quick before you can't get an epidural!" So, I called the hospital and they said to come in and get checked. Before I walked out the door I had to at least put one curl in my hair (how vain of me!) and put some makeup on. Two days earlier I had gotten a perm so the hair was looking pretty crazy. Anyway... I got to the hospital and I was only a 3. They almost sent me home but they monitored me for an hour and the doctor said, "go ahead, let her stay!" So, I got the epidural and all was well. She was born about 4 hours later at 1:00 in the morning. My mother was there waiting outside and as soon as she was born she came in to see my beautiful little girl. What an amazing moment. Cyrus and I couldn't have been happier. This little girl was now part of our little family!

Marci is a wonderful example to her older siblings. As far as I can remember, Marci has been very obedient. I remember once when she was probably 14 months old she grabbed a few eggs out of the fridge and took them and dropped them on the living room on the carpet. A mothers first reaction (at least mine) was "no, no..." I was not very happy with my little baby. I even think I slapped her hand. She looked up at me like "I'm so sorry, let me fix it!" She didn't know how to talk but she immediately bent over and started cleaning up the eggs. She has always been obedient and had the desire to please everyone. Another instance I remember was around the same time we had a coffee table in our house and she loved to climb on it and stand on it. We were teaching her to stay off and she was learning. I know she was tempted but we could just say, "Marci." and she would turn away and do something else. Well, one day I climbed up on the table to fix a light bulb and as soon as I hopped off she was so pleased. She went right up to that table and climbed up on it... it was so funny. Man, as adults we have to be so careful with what we tell our kids they can't do and then we turn around and do it ourselves! "practice what you preach!"

She has also been quite shy. Even when she was a baby she did not like strangers to come near her. She was very much attached to her mother. Even when people would come to the house she would start to cry. My mother called her a little watch dog. BUT... I think she has always had the desire to overcome that. When she was in kindergarten I remember going to her classroom and helping out. She would hardly speak to another soul. At nights we had been reading the "little engine that could". Didn't we all love that as children. One day she came home from Kindergarten so pleased with herself. During art that day she had to paint something and she was nervous about it. She came home and said "mom, in my head I just kept saying 'I think I can, I think I can' and I did it! Even a few kids told me that MY painting was the best!"

Another instance where Marci overcame her shyness out of obedience was when she was asked to give a talk during the primary program. She was a little Sunbeam (not even 4 yet!), and a young one at that. She was asked to give a talk on "our bodies are temples" I can almost remember the whole thing:

My name is Marci Price, I'm going to talk about bodies are temples. I'm going to read in the scriptures. "Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you? For the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are." (1 cor 3:16)
I will keep my body holy by eating and drinking good food, by reading the scriptures and?????. In the name of Jesus Christ Amen.

Cyrus and I sat in the audience about three rows back right smack dab in the middle. I told her that if she got scared, to just look at me. Right after she said her name with no help from a leader, the whole audience let out a chuckle. This sort of threw her off, she looked at me and continued with all the confidence in the world. (yes, we had worked on this for DAYS, if not weeks). We were so proud of our little 3 year old girl giving her first talk in Sacrament meeting with no help! I can't even imagine my 4 year old doing this today... not a chance... there is just something about that first child, parents expect so much from them! I'm so grateful Marci is happy and obedient about it all. She truly does live up to those things that are expected of her.

Well, I could probably go on and on about my marci, I will probably add more later but I am pleased to say that she is becoming a beautiful young lady. She is agreeable, she's outgrowing her shyness (she even ran for treasurer this year and came home, "well, I tried my best and I had fun", she didn't win) she can laugh at herself. For instance she was coming down the stairs the other day and she fell about half way down and got up laughing "I'm okay". She makes the best of any situation. She is also a wonderful help to me. She is now my babysitter and a quite cheap one for that matter. We went to Saturday's stake conference the other night and she watched the kids till 10:30 (she loved it because she got to stay up late and play Indian Jones lego WII all by herself after she put kids in bed) I know I can trust her. I hope our relationship is always this good... She's a fun one to have around. Love you marci and thank you for being so good despite my downfalls!

Lifes experiences... man i've got to get out more!

I stole this from Bridgett's blog... bold are things I have done... the others are things I have yet to do!
1. Started your own blog
2. Slept under the stars
3. Played in a band
4.Visited Hawaii
5. Watched a meteor shower
6. Given more than you can afford to charity
7. Been to Disneyland
8. Climbed a mountain
9. Held a praying mantis

10. Sang a solo
11. Bungee Jumped
12. Visited Paris
13. Watched a lightning storm at sea
14. Taught yourself an art from scratch
15. Adopted a child
16. Had food poisoning
17. Walked to the top of the Statue of Liberty
18. Grown your own vegetables
19. Seen the Mona Lisa in France
20. Slept on an overnight train
21. Had a pillow fight
22. Hitch hiked
23. Taken a sick day when you’re not ill
24. Built a snow fort

25. Held a lamb
26. Gone skinny dipping
27. Run a Marathon
28. Ridden in a gondola in Venice
29. Seen a total eclipse
30. Watched a sunrise or sunset
31. Hit a home run
32. Been on a cruise
33. Seen Niagara Falls in person
34. Visited the birthplace of your ancestors
35. Seen an Amish community
36. Taught yourself a new language
37. Had enough money to be truly satisfied
38. Seen the Leaning Tower of Pisa in person
39. Gone rock climbing
40. Seen Michelangelo’s David
41. Sung karaoke
42. Seen Old Faithful geyser erupt
43. Bought a stranger a meal at a restaurant
44. Visited Africa
45. Walked on a beach by moonlight
46. Been transported in an ambulance
47. Had your portrait painted
48. Gone deep sea fishing
49. Seen the Sistine Chapel in person
50. Been to the top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris
51. Gone scuba diving or snorkeling
52. Kissed in the rain
53. Played in the mud
54. Gone to a drive-in theater
55. Been in a movie
56. Visited the Great Wall of China
57. Started a business
58. Taken a martial arts class
59. Visited Russia
60. Served at a soup kitchen
61. Sold Girl Scout Cookies
62. Gone whale watching
63. Got flowers for no reason
64. Donated blood, platelets or plasma
65. Gone sky diving
66. Visited a Nazi Concentration Camp
67. Bounced a check
68. Flown in a helicopter
69. Saved a favorite childhood toy
70. Visited the Lincoln Memorial
71. Eaten Caviar
72. Pieced a quilt
73. Stood in Times Square
74. Toured the Everglades
75. Been fired from a job
76. Seen the Changing of the Guards in London
77. Broken a bone
78. Been on a speeding motorcycle
79. Seen the Grand Canyon in person
80. Published a book
81. Visited the Vatican
82. Bought a brand new car
83. Walked in Jerusalem
84. Had your picture in the newspaper
85. Read the entire Bible
86. Visited the White House
87. Killed and prepared an animal for eating
88. Had chickenpox
89. Saved someone’s life
90. Sat on a jury
91. Met someone famous
92. Joined a book club
93. Lost a loved one
94. Had a baby
95. Seen the Alamo in person
96. Swam in the Great Salt Lake
97. Been involved in a law suit
98. Owned a cell phone
99. Been stung by a bee

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Sunday, October 5, 2008

Isn't Confence weekend the best?

I don't have a lot of time to post much right now but can I just say "I Love, love, love conference weekend". For two whole days I get to be spiritually fed in my own living room. I thought it was really interesting to hear from so many General Authorities from different countries. The church continues to grow so quickly. And a temple in ROME! Wow... maybe Cy and I will have to go to that dedication... Yeah, I wish! Anyway, all of the talks were wonderful, I might record a little more in detail later, but I love our Prophet. He is such a humble, loving man. And like he said, change is inevitable... I loved his talk on Change. I think my kids favorite talk was Elder Wirthlin's when he talked about his daughter's blind date... they all laughed out loud.
We even had the missionaries over for dinner today. That is always a blessing to have them in our home. It's great for my boys (and girls for that matter) to be around them. They know they need to prepare now to become a missionary, there is no question in their minds, and I love that! Anyway, also, we took a family outing again... we snapped a lot of pictures for Marci's birthday (she'll be 11 tomorrow), but I have to post one of my favorites. I'm sure to post more later... hopefully another potw!

Oh and check out my website... I've revamped it again.. let me know what you think... and those of you with Internet Explorer need to tell me where all the glitches are. For some reason, Internet Explorer has a hard time with web sites... so any feedback would be great. Thanks in advance!

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Life, Faith and Family!

Way to go Catholics! I nabbed this video from my awesome sister in law's blog.... take a look... it really made me think about what our nation is becoming. I'm not into Politics at all... my husband informs me of various things and I occasionally understand them. BUT, I really liked how this video put everything into perspective. Especially with all the Prop 8 stuff going on. I hope we've done enough... well, I don't know, could it ever be enough? I guess we'll find out.