In Mothers We Trust

About a month ago, my family thought my dad was going in for an outpatient angiogram at the hospital, and then were informed that his heart was in much worse shape than the surgeon thought it was, and that he would need at least 3 bypasses.  He was then taken by ambulance to another hospital where he spent the night, and then went in for open heart surgery the next day.  The night before his surgery, I spent a long…

Delicious and Delectable Maddox Rolls

I have a confession to make...  I LOVE CARBS!!!  And when it comes to rolls, I am a little bit obsessed.  My whole family is the same way.  When we have a family dinner which includes rolls, we have to make dozens and dozens of rolls.  Granted, I have 5 siblings, who are all married, and most have kids, so there are a LOT of us.  But, even still, we should NOT be able to put away as many rolls…

Disconnect to Re-Connect

On Mondays, I like to write about things I have done to make my days count (scheduling, goal setting, etc.).  Today, I am going to write about something that has strengthened my marriage SO MUCH.  Now, I feel like Jeff and I had a pretty good marriage before, but this has still been a game changer for us.  And it's so simple....  We just charge our phones in the kitchen.  You guys.  I'm not kidding.  It has been the best…

The Shoulders Upon Which I Stand

Because we have been moving and unpacking for the last 2 weeks, my amazing little sister has given me permission to repost a blog post she wrote this week.  I love, love, loved it!  Let me know what you think!  And, for the record, I have added the pictures. ***This post is dedicated to those people, both named and unnamed, who have had a powerful impact in helping me to become who I am. All stories have been used with…

Healthy, Delicious,Whole Wheat Pita Chips

Jeff and I have been trying REALLY hard to eat healthier lately--and we've been doing pretty well.  Except for when Jeff convinces me to eat ice cream at least 2 or 3 times a week.  Oops!  Last week I made the most delicious healthy snack, and I've made it a couple of times since because I'm so obsessed!!  Here it is: WHOLE WHEAT PITA CHIPS Ingredients and Materials: Whole Wheat Pita Rounds Kosher Salt Cooking Spray Cookie Sheet Instructions: Preheat…

Surviving (and Enjoying) Sporting Events with Kids

I attended my first Brigham Young University football game when I was 3 months old, and have been to countless games since, mostly due to the fact that my parents have been season ticket holders for over 30 years, and I attended school there.  Some of my fondest memories from my childhood, teenage, and college years come from BYU games I have attended.  This is especially true because when I was attending BYU, going to sporting events WAS my social…

Teaching Self-Worth

Last week, Jeff and I were talking about the particular challenges that parents today face as they raise their children.  Jeff said something to the effect of, "How are we going to instill in Adeline a feeling of self-confidence and self-worth?"  As per usual, my answer was to start by reading her books about the importance of being yourself, and not being worried about what other people think of you.  Of course, after that, I've got no idea.  ;)  But…

Fostering Early Literacy

For today's What to do Wednesday post, I thought I'd write about something super simple, but also something that is really important--fostering literacy in our young children.  Let me tell you why I feel so strongly about this. For 4 years, I taught school in Title One, low-income schools.  The first one I taught at was here in Arizona, and I taught only English Language Learners.  I loved those kiddos with all my heart, but oh, boy!  They were so…

Lessons from Dad

In honor of my dad's 66th birthday, I have compiled a list of important things I have learned from him (either because of his example, his words, or his actions) that I want to teach my own children.  Here they are, in no particular order. You don't have to be perfect at everything you do, as long as you do your best.  I vividly remember the first time I brought home a B-.  It was really traumatic for me, and…

The Ones We Won’t Hold

A couple of months ago, Jeff and I found out that we were expecting our second child.  We were thrilled!  Adeline has brought us so much joy and we were so excited to have another baby to dote on, adore, and love unconditionally. We told a few people we were expecting... Mostly because I am lucky enough to have a titled uterus, which makes it painfully obvious that I am expecting from very early on... from approximately 5 weeks.  I…