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Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Celebrating Our Anniversary

First off, I just wanted to say HAPPY ANNIVERSARY to Captain America and I. 15 years ago today, he and I were married in the Portland Oregon Temple for time and all eternity. Best decision I ever made! I love you forever, sweetheart!

Great day yesterday! My Monday was really very good! It started off at 7:40am. I read scriptures, then got on some workout clothes, then woke up the little boys. And shaved their heads. Joe had SUCH long hair, it was WAY past time for a haircut. Then Jim.

Then I woke up Jake, and shaved his head. Then Tom. And here's the BIG pile of hair. hehe. No one was particularly happy to be woken up to get a hair cut, but they sure did look a lot better when it was all done.

They all jumped in the shower, and got ready for our SUPER busy day. We needed to leave the house at 8:20am, and at 8;30am we finally left. I couldn't find Eme's inhalor. I looked EVERYWHERE and couldn't find it. SAS won't let her stay without it. I was SO upset that my "kid free" day was gonna be "ruined" with kids. hehe.

I said a quick prayer, and found it within 2 minutes. Thanks, Heavnely Father, for helping me look in JUST the right spot! I grabbed it, loaded up the kids, and off we went.

First stop, Milam SAS to drop off Joe, Tom, and Eme. Tom was SUPER mad that he had to go to "childcare". I knew he'd had fun once he was there. They were going to the Franklin Mountains to go on the Nature Trail for a field trip! The same one that we did last Friday. The one that Tom and Eme missed! Sweet, huh?

Next stop, Milam CDC to drop off Jim. The kids were outside playing, and it was a BIG playground with tons of fun stuff. Jim was pretty excited.

I just HAD to pull into this parking spot in the Suburban and take a picture. Too funny, huh? We're DEFINITELY not supposed to be parking here...

Last stop, Milam Youth Center to drop off Jake for Horse Camp. I filled out some paperwork, and they were ready to go. All the teens looked a bit sleepy. hehe. It was a little after 9am when I finally headed back home.

Because I hadn't "boxer-proofed" the house in my mad dash to get out of the house, Boxer had trashed the trash can. There was garbage EVERYWHERE.... And I still hadn't cleaned up the hair mess. And the house was just messy in general...

I decided to go on a walk with Boxer. He was SO excited when I grabbed the leash that he was practically dancing around the house. hehe. And off we went.

He was pretty gung ho the first half, but the last part, I think he was getting tired. He's not used to being walked. I turned around a tad bit before the 1/2 way point. Because he kept stopping in the middle of the trail and laying down. Yeah, that's not a good sign. hehe. I made sure to walk him through a few sprinklers on the way home to cool him off. Poor dog. I'm gonna go earlier tomorrow. Less hot that way.

And sometime during my walk, my phone freaked out. Could be because I was talking to my mom, and sweating on the thing. But the home button stopped working. And anyone with an iPhone or iPad knows, that's how you navigate between apps. So I had to turn the phone off EACH time I wanted to use another app. And somehow, the phone took a picture of my home screen. Strange, huh?

I got home around 10am, and Boxer was SO done. He got a HUGE drink of water, and sprawled out on the floor. Silly dog. Yeah, maybe he won't dance around so excited tomorrow when he sees the leash. hehe. I think we'll just walk to the tank and back. Shorter walks at first...

Anyway, I hopped in the shower, and got all pretty. Figured if I was gonna shower, might as well look good, right?

Amanda came over to pick me up at 11am, and we proceeded to go and get Maggie and Kari too! And off to L&J's Cafe for lunch! It was Terra's birthday party AND graduation from college party! Way to go, Terra~!

Charlotte, and Terra and Eryn met us there. We were seated right away, and had SUCH a nice lunch. Chatting and laughing and eating. What could be better???

This is a GREAT picture of Kari!

Amanda ordered a HUGE plate of Guacamole. Nasty stuff.... But everyone seemed to enjoy it :)

This time, the dubbed "White People Salsa" was SUPER hot, and this red salsa wasn't. Go figure...

Charlotte and Maggie
I LOVE L&J's because they have DDP...

It was SO cold inside the restaurant, that after we were done eating and chatting, we stood outside and warmed up. hehe. Then we all headed back to post. Amanda dropped of Kari first (And I snapped a quick picture of Captain America's truck for him - Brian, Kari's hubby, has been keeping it running for him), then Maggie, then she dropped me off.
I changed clothes, and got to work. I spent the next 3 hours straight cleaning. I did dishes, and counters, and sinks, and floors, and decluttered and straightened and swept, and organized, and sweated, and drank water, and sang REALLY loud to all my songs. hehe. And my house looked SO good when I was done. hehe. It needed it SO bad. I also started some Crock Pot chili. Amazing what I can accomplish with NO kids around :)

At 4:15pm, I got in the truck, and headed over to Biggs to retrieve the kids. I got Jim first, then went to get Joe and Eme and Tom. And Tom LOVED it! He said it was SO much better than the Logan SAS. hehe. Good to know. At least I don't have to feel bad about dropping him off there anymore, right? hehe. They ALL wanted to come back tomorrow. Sorry, guys, we only get 16 free hours a month... The next day planned is Next Tuesday.

I called over to the Youth Center to see if Jake wanted to come home, but he didn't. So we headed back to post. And swung by the Commissary to pick up a few essentials. 4 kids at the commissary is a little stressful, but they did pretty good. And we headed back home.

And Terra and kids and Amanda and kid came over for an evening Pool Party! I fed everyone chili and chips, and then they all got in to swim. The moms didn't, but the kids did. I filled up the little pool for the twins, and Eme had a friend from Purple Camp who lives on our street who's name I don't know yet come to play. She seemed like a very nice girl.

This swimsuit is SO old. It used to be my moms. hehe.
She wanted in the big pool SO bad, but couldn't go without Eryn. Eryn went in with her for a bit, but didn't wanna be in there with all the crazy kids. hehe. Don't blame her :)

Joe's Dorito hands, and the HUGE mess Jim made with the Sunscreen. Turd...

At 6:40pm, I left Terra and Amanda in charge, and drove on over to the Youth Center to get Jake. He'd had a GREAT time at Horse Camp, and then a fun time at the youth center from 1-7. He seemed in a great mood. Yeah!

He didn't wanna get in the pool when we got home, so he just ate some chili and hung out and watched a movie on the couch with Boxer.

The party wound down around 8pm, and I had everyone change and get ready for bed. Joe and Jim went to sleep, and Jake and Tom and Eme did their chores, then wanted to hang out in the living room and talk. Can't say no to positive sibling bonding, right? hehe. I retreated to my room to blog, and it's now 9:35pm. I'm finished here, and am gonna go check to see if they ever went to bed.

Jake goes back to Horse camp tomorrow, a little earlier this time. 8:25am. And I have therapy on the West Side at 9. So it should work out great. Tom is babysitting. And then we're doing free lunch at the childcare center at 11am, and a Slip N Slide party at Amanda's house. FUN times! I'm excited :

Click on the link below to go to my account to download the PNG file, and leave some love if you like my work. Thanks!

OMHeavens, Sharon, this is PERFECT! Totally gonna snag it and make it my profile picture in honor of my anniversary for Facebook. *Hugs*


Pam said...

I think you did a screen capture one your IPhone. You press and hold the Menu button while hitting the power button. It is one of those undocumented features.

CBH said...

Thank you so much for this post. I want to let you know that I posted a link to your blog in CBH Digital Scrapbooking Freebies, under the Page 5 post on Jun. 14, 2011. Thanks again.

Anonymous said...

Just a quick note to let you know that a link to this post will be placed on CraftCrave in the DigiFree category today [15 Jun 12:00am GMT]. Thanks, Maria

Ginny said...

glad to know someones life is more hectic than mine..lol...just letting you know it does get easier as they get older mine are now 24,20,18,16 (my Brent, lol) and 6 the 24 year old has left home but I have another 19 year old living with us..lol

Happy Anniversary

Sandy_in_MD said...

Happy Anniversary to you & Brent! Glad to see everyone having such a good time too.

Thanks for today's word art!

jprose said...

Happy Anniversary! Thank you for the beautiful wordart x

Marilyn said...

Hi Bethany, So sorry I missed your special date. Happy Belated Anniversary to you & Brent! Hang in there. Pretty soon he'll be back home with you and the kids. Thanks for all you do. Marilyn

benziengirl said...

Happy anniversary Bethany!

Sue said...

Thanks so much for the lovely word art! I love the layout of you and your hubby. :)

deb said...

A very late Happy Anniversary! May you have many many more!