Saturday, June 20, 2009

Happy Popa's Day!!!

My children are so blessed to have their father! When Ran and I were dating I sensed his patience and fun loving spirit but I never truly realized what a wonderful blessing these traits, and many more, would be in the lives of our children. I am so grateful for ALL the time and love he shows them, for I know it will forever bring them comfort and strength. I can not give thanks for Ran without thinking of his father, our beloved Grandpa Bob. He was a blessing to Ran's life and influenced him tremendously in the father he is today!
I interviewed the kids and wanted to find out a few of their favorites about their Popa:
***What do you like most about Popa?
Rae: He gives me piggy back rides!
Ali: He's nice :)
Randee: He's fun!
Nate: He's hard working and a righteous example~
***Name a favorite memory with Popa:
Rae: Going shopping with him at Walmart. (?? she insisted this was her answer)
Ali: When we went to the World's Largest Yard Sale with Grandma, Uncle Rob and Robby
Randee: The trip to Pigeon Forge, Tenn. last month.
Nate: Knottsberry Farms amusement park in California.
***What is your favorite activity to do with Popa?
Rae: Ride bikes
Ali: Go to Cabbage Patch
Randee: Swim
Nate: Going mountain biking

As you can see from the sweet answers, Ran is a fun father and is very involved in making great memories for our children. I love him and thank Heavenly Father daily for the father he is!!!!

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Go, Speed Racer, Go..but not too fast!!!

Way to go, Nate!!!!

Nate got his learners permit today! Of course I had NO doubt he would pass! (some things are just easier being a boy, I see lots of studying and tears in the future w/ my girls) He actually turned 15 the end of April but he has known for a while that his eyes were bad, so he finally gave-in and got them checked :) No surprise he needed contacts, which has been quite the experience! Then he was gone for a full week to scout camp. So finally we were able to get him tested! Honestly I do feel old having a child that can legally drive with an adult in the car but as I sat in the HUGE waiting area today with all the other mom's and dad's hovering over their teenagers, I couldn't help but think back to 15 years ago......all of us parents in that room couldn't imagine this day would come so quickly!! How blessed I was 15 years ago to be reunited with someone I'm sure was my friend in the pre-existence!!
Grow he must, We couldn't be prouder!

Friday, June 12, 2009

She's Home!!!!!

Hip-Hip Hooray!!!!!
Randee made it home safely from Girls Camp!!!!! She had a WoNdErFuL time with all the girls! She is blessed to have great leaders that made it extra fun ;) She camped at Lake Hartwell in northwest GA. They had a pretty strong thunderstorm roll through last night; Randee's tent actually blew away (not lost "away", but in the air, end over end "away") everything got wet and they had to sleep under the pavilion on the cement floor!! I'm sooo proud of Randee that she was able to experience ALL this and still say she had a WoNdErFuL time!! This is the girl that I jokingly call "The Princess and the Pea" because she is SO particular about her sleeping conditions!! Her sleeping on cement, in the open air, all wet is HUGE!! She talked nonstop all the way home from church, after picking her up. About an hour later, her exhaustion caught up with her.......

Most of the girls had their hair french braided when they arrived at the church, it was so cute!! The theme was......... Be Beautiful, Be You!
~You are Beautiful, just by being You~

Monday, June 8, 2009

~Family is my Anchor~

Ran and Nate are gone for a FULL week to High Adventure :( They left Saturday and starting today (Monday) there will be no telephone service, cell or I will be doing something I have not done in over 17 years!!!! Not speak to or see Ran for 5 days!!! I know to some this is silly or even trivial but to me it's HUGE!!!! He's been gone A LOT over the past 3 years as Scout Master and I've actually gotten better with him being away, but not being able to speak with him daily will be a struggle! When he is gone it is always hardest for me to go to sacrament meeting without him. I know it sounds crazy yet as I sat on our short pew yesterday (the entire family would never fit) I felt like we were too light and like the pew may just lift off the floor. I felt this again as we four girls sat down for Sunday dinner. I know this sounds odd, but the more I thought about this I realized that our complete family, ALL six of us together anchors me.....when one or more are missing I feel the void, the hole, the "lightness" of a lesser number. Our sweet Randee actually leaves tomorrow to go to Girls dinner the two younger girls and I may truly float away :) I am thankful for the wonderful activities my children are blessed to attend and the terrific job Ran does fulfilling his calling, yet it does not change my longing for when we can be together again. Complete. Anchored.

Monday, June 1, 2009

HaPpY BiRtHdAy, Sweet girl!!

Our sweet Ali turned 9 years old last week!
I can not even believe she is that old already!! I remember how terrified I was to have child be out numbered as parents seemed so scary!! Yet, she has been such a gift!! I fell so in love with her from the first moment I saw her! She was the easiest baby (although ALL my babies have been very easy, lucky, I know). The past 9 years have flown by; she will be grown before I know it. Having her in our family with her loving, caring, righteous spirit is one of my greatest blessings~

A few years ago we started a tradition of giving homemade cards to each other on our b-days. This has turned into a favorite for everyone and so special to read the kind words from each family member.

Make a wish!!!!!

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For her party she took a few friends to see the movie "Up". I highly recommend it! It was touching and funny! We then came back home for cake and then went to the pool for HOURS!! It was a fun day!! ~Happy Birthday, sweet Ali Page~