gratitude list a plenty

in no particular order, here are the things i am grateful for that i EASILY OVERLOOK.

i am grateful for my fridge, it works. it keeps my food cold and from spoiling! it's awesome! same goes for you freezer. props.

i am grateful for my vacuum, it sucks! it sucks so good! i am always amazed at how much dirt 4 kids, a hard working husband and 2 acres with pets entails.

i am grateful for my dishwasher, a mouse chewed through the cord, so only two settings work, but hey! i get to deep clean dishes every night while i SLEEP. amazing.

i am grateful for my oven, it gets hot, really hot! and when i put food in it, it bakes it! yay!!!!! i am so lucky to have that.

i am grateful for my clothes. many moons ago i was very particular about how nice of clothes i purchased and what brands. and you know what? I couldn't be happier that i was picky and snobby. I have a collection of nice, quality pieces that are still timeless 8-10 years later, and will be for many more. considering i hardly even splurge on target/walmart clothes for me at all, i am grateful for this fact.

i am grateful for our ROKU, netflix and amazon prime. we no longer have live tv in our house and i love it! we can carefully pick and choose what is shown in our home and more importantly, what is not.  this is such a blessing for me as a mom.

i also love my free pandora stations and how happy music makes our home. speaking of music, i am grateful for our piano. it is old and beautiful and hearing my children play on it everyday warms my heart. 

i am grateful for our property. sure, we didn't realize how much work it takes to upkeep 2.5 acres, but it is beautiful. we are so happy with our mature trees and pasture and green grass! our pomegranate trees are amazing also, and i won't lie, i think we have the best pomegranates in town. hehe

i am grateful for my washer and dryer. they are AMAZING. they are one of the best purchases i have ever made. i kiss them on a daily basis.

I am grateful for our few Thanksgiving decorations. We have our "native american" (i can't say Indian) candle holders, and some pumpkins and some pilgrims and fall leaves. it isn't much, but it's enough that my kids can know what it is about and that we do celebrate a season of THANKS. yup, i think it's crazy that people put up Christmas decoration before Thanksgiving. There, I said it.  But I also have noticed they are mainly women who don't LOVE to bake and cook, so I can kind of understand that. And they are more than welcome to think I am crazy for not decorating.

i am grateful for Thanksgiving. It has always been a special holiday to me, probably because i love to bake and cook. I love having family together and I love baking pies with my daughters. And mostly because thanksgiving dinner is one of my favorite meals. Hoemmade cranberry sauce, sweet potatoes, mashed potatoes, peas, turkey and stuffing in one bite! Oh momma. 


a trip to the mall

signs you are getting old:

-you think the music is too loud in the mall and in every.single.store. 

-you do a double take at almost every other person's fashion choices walking around the mall. It should be known that I was at the trendy mall with a saks fifth avenue and half the European tourists in Vegas. 

-Almost all the girls under 30 were wearing something like this, except all but a few didn't have the body to pull it off. Sounds harsh, but for real, crop tips are back? Gah. 

-you scoff at all the prices and fashion trends for sale.

-you are confused at the pointy fake nails every woman is wearing.

-you realize that said fashion mistakes and pointy witch nails are all a direct repercussion of people watching the Kardashians and beyonce.

-you sigh with delight when you go to bed at night in your old fashioned bed spread and look lovingly at your short, round natural nails. 


Veteran's day etc

veteran's day parade this year was as cute and quaint as always. The kids captured an entire bag worth of junk candy (blech) and the veteran float is getting more empty seats every year, but it's still one of my favorite parts about our little town. I only wish there were more equestrians in the parade, considering how many we have around to participate. Someday right? Kristen?? Ha

We didn't have school Monday or Tuesday and that is always my favorite. I love spending lazy days at home with my kids, lots of uno (thanks rachelle!)

In other news Abby lost her front tooth and couldn't look cuter!
And our pomegranate harvest was huge this year!! Baby Ruby stopped by and let us compare sizes with her cute head.
This is always, by far, my favorite time of the year. Chilly at night, warm in the day and getting ready for Thanksgiving brings many feelings of gratitude for all that we have and are able to do for others because of our blessings. 



the rest of the day at zion was just perfect, and i have to share all of the photos because, well, i have to.
i hate how the camera never can capture the enormity of a full moon over a mountain

just breathtaking all day long
this one is my favorite 

i can't wait to go again, and i especially can't wait until we can do a curvy and windy road trip through utah without giving all the kids dramamine! ha, luckily we have that to save the day. i would love to go for a romantic weekend alone with ty and not have to worry about anyone tossing their cookies on every turn. one can dream can't they?


ups and downs

i spent some time reading over some of my posts from the last few years, something that is fun to do, but scary at the same time. my one goal on here has to always be honest and candid. my life is not perfect, but it really is beautiful. most of my old posts make me want to gag, they are either overtly bragging or giving some kind of dumb advice! ha! i obviously wasn't in a good mood when i read them.  some ups and downs happen every hour, day, week, month and year.

some ups and downs lately:

the weather has finally turned to fall temperatures and i can feel like i can breathe. that is a definite UP! we went to Zion National Park for my birthday and it was chilly enough for light sweatshirts and jeans, heaven in my book right there.

i had to run a TON of errands around town the other day, and rodney was such a trooper. he loves riding in the car and looking out the window. unfortunately, he also gets car sick just like his 3 sisters and i pushed the stop and go for his tummy too much. i can not count how much puke i have cleaned up in 10 years.

i coached lucy's soccer team this year and i learned so much. 1. 9-11 year old girls are dramatic! ha! i didn't expect to have to deal with "feelings" and stuff as a coach already. 2. lucy learned how to be aggressive on the field! and she scored her first goal! 3. i had a great assistant coach, she helped run all of the practices smoothly and calmed me down when i couldn't figure out subs : )

halloween was just as wonderful as always. i do like that holiday. This year we had a ninja turtle, Aphrodite, cleopatra and Elsa.
i was a stinker and didn't help out with any class parties AT ALL. i just stayed home and cleaned and worked on some articles and braced myself for the next day. we had the 31st off of school for Nevada Day and spent it at a party up the hill at great grandma and grandpa's. rodney napped and then we visited our neighbors and trick or treated around the neighborhood. we always bump into other families in our ward and have a fun time catching up and watching the kids happily run from house to house. the weather was PERFECT!

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