It is going to be an awesome year in 2015, I can feel it. My goal is to post once a week, but as I was getting my other goals into habits, it won't start until February, so for now, it's a monthly re-cap again.
I love my sweet family and 5 kids!! Sometimes it doesn't really hit me that I have 5 wonderful, beautiful, awesome kids until I see it in a picture. :)
As we were finishing up eating, Rylea puked all over my pant let. I made Nicole come with me to the bathroom so I could wash out my pants and try to dry them with the hand dryer...didn't work, but once we got hiking again, they dried out and I wasn't too cold. Ah, what fun memories. Don't you just love it when things go wrong so you can remember them better. :)
I'm trying to be less camera shy for the sake of my kids. And, really, it makes me happy too when I see myself with my boys and not always hiding behind the camera.
My boys are trail blazers and I love that they love to go hiking. They were bummed that we didn't stay longer at Zion this trip.
One more quick story: The other day I was going to take the kids to the park to play for a little while. Tragon had just gotten home from a friends house and I told him to stay at our house and play while the boys finished up homework and then we could go. Well....when I went out to go get him, he was gone. He was with a friend that tends to roam the neighborhood pretty freely, so of course I have no idea where he could be now. I decided to make this a teaching opportunity (something I'm also striving to be better at this year) and I gathered the rest of the boys together and told them, "guys, Tragon is gone and we don't know where he is and we need to find him, we are going to say a prayer" We said a prayer and got in the car to look for him. As we started driving down the street we decided to check the empty lots that they like to play in, but no luck. At this point I let Logan be the guide and tell me which way to go. We followed him until we reached two little girl at a lemonade stand on the corner. We were about to turn up the street, but they told us they had been going a different way, so we followed where they told us. Sure enough a couple houses up the street I found Tragon's bike. He had gone to another friends house. We got him and as calmly as I could, I grounded him for a week. At that moment I made sure to tell the boys that Heavenly Father had answered our prayers; we had found Tragon safe and sound. I don't know if they will remember this little incident or not (Tragon will, he hated not being about to go outside without a grown up or riding his bike for a week), but I would hope that someday when something comes up, they will remember that the Lord did answer our prayers that day, however simple it seemed. I know our Heavenly Father loves us and watches out for us and I pray that my kids will come to know that for themselves one day too......I'm sure I've missed more fun stuff this month, but until next time.....
Updating with Morgan's phone pictures too...