Friday, February 12, 2016

A few pictures...

Last summer (2015), all of my family was together for the first time! So my mom did a photo shoot with all of us and then as families. I only got copies of our family this week so I thought I'd put a few up since we haven't had family pictures taken in 3 years! Unless you count Disneyland then 2. So these are the most recient and they are 6 months old. So that is pretty good! These were all taken in my parents back yard. It's like a magical place my kids love to play!
 Not ONE picture had all of us looking the same direction and not making a weird face. This was the closest one and it just looks like Brock is just a head...
 Sassy Ruth age 5 1/2
 Hayden 8 1/2
 Brock 13
 Ethan 15
 Amelia 11 1/2

Just the two of us!
 A few funny ones with a few of the cousins. I wish I had some of everyone. But I thought Johnnie would like these.


Thursday, February 11, 2016

Elephant hooded towel

This is my first attempt at a craft post. I love to craft and do regularly but I never have posted a tutorial. So I thought I might try one today since I actually had to make this one up as I went. I searched pintrest for a pattern and couldn't find one so I winged it and figured I'd share.
So I made this elephant hooded towel. It is for a baby shower I am going to next weekend. I doubt she will see this so I'm not worried about sharing this. So I bought a large grey bath towel, hand towel, and wash cloth. I also used some scrap minky fabric I had in my stash and 2 black buttons.
I started by cutting the hand towel in half. The fat way so you have 2, almost, squares. (I thought I took a picture of this step but it isn't showing up.) Then take the washcloth and cut it in half corner to corner like this
These are for the ears. I took a piece of paper and drew a large B
Then I cut this out on both of the triangles. I also cut it out on the minky. You can use any fabric, I suppose, or another towel, Or you could just serge the edge and leave the ears at the shape you cut them out!
Then I sewed the ears together right sides together (leave a small opening on the straight edge to turn them right side out) Then sew the whole shut turning edges in.


Next I took the left over piece of hand towel and cut it at and angle like this...

 Then you are going to fold it over so it looks like and ice cream cone. Like this.
Then I cut the tip off. This is the trunk.!
 I laid it out and folded it like this and sewed the side edge shut.
 I took a tiny piece of the minky and tucked it into the tip of the trunk so it will show at the bottom of the trunk. I know sooooo technical. But again I was winging it and that's how I roll. I sewed it into the bottom of the trunk as well
When you turn it right side out it will look like this.
Now you have your ears and trunk ready to attach so first I attached my elephant ears so that I wouldn't have to try to attach them while the hood was already a triangle. So I folded the towel, like it is going to look when it is the hood. Like this
Then I pinned the ears to the fold don't pin through both layers of the towel! You are only going to sew it at an angle pin it on like this.

My ears were bigger then the triangle but I planned it like that. I wanted to add a few pleats so that the ears would be big and floppy. You can cut the ears so they are the same size as your triangle if you want. Then open the triangle and sew it just like that. (I wanted the seem to the back of the hood and the ears to be able to flop forward.)
Now both my ears are on like this. Be sure to leave a little space at the tip of the triangle so that you can sew your hood shut with out having to sew through your ears.
The next step was to sew the hood shut so fold the hood shut with the right sides together. (Ears in side like this.)
Sorry I didn't realize that was blurry! But you are going to sew the top of the triangle together. Then turn right side out.
Next pin your trunk where you want it to lay
I sewed it on right there. Then add your button eyes (sorry I missed taking a picture of that one. I'm assuming you can figure that part out!)
Next I folded my towel and my hood in half to find the middle and pined the middles together and sewed the hood to the towel!
That is it! I rolled it up to show the head for the bottom one. I hope this was helpful. Since I couldn't find a pattern anywhere.

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Thoughts...

So my baby (Ruth) started school in September. Kindergarten is all day! That just started this year all my other kids went half day so we really ripped the band aid off with our last one! I have had kind of a strange adjustment to this and I wanted to put a few of my thoughts about this down before they are gone forever. 1st off I am just NOW adjusting to the empty house during the day in a few ways. In the fall I am super busy preparing for the Holiday Bazaar. So I spent every minute while they were at school doing bazaar projects, paper work, advertising.... work. That or I was teaching dance (I do have one day time class for preschoolers), helping in the classroom, or helping out with Grandma Lucy. Then as soon as the bazaar was over I go in to full Christmas mode. I am doing all the things that mom's do to make Christmas magical for their family. During that time we got the news of Larry's mom's cancer and I knew I wanted to help more. So right after Christmas (even before kids went back to school) I started spending many of my days in Salem helping Glenn and Nadine or Grandma Lucy. Then after Nadine passed I spent the next week doing things to help with funeral arrangements and such. After the funeral was over it was the first time I really had my days be so free of structure that I could really look at my days and decide what I wanted, or needed to do. There is still plenty of things to do trust me but as I do these things with NO ONE here with me my mind has been thinking of somethings that I am surprised at. After 15 1/2 years of always having little ones here to fill my day I thought I would feel so lonely that it is quiet I wouldn't be able to stand the quiet and I would have music playing all the time. For the most part I LOVE the quiet. Which really surprises me! Once and a while I do listen to music but it was mostly during Christmas time and it was all carols. If I listen to anything it is usually another conference talk or a lecture from "Mother's who know". Which I highly recommend!!! Another thing that if funny to me is that every time I vacuum (which is a lot lately), when I am done I realize I miss having a little kid run to unplug it for me. Not that I can't do it, it was just a fun thing my kids always loved to do. I thought I would miss sitting at the table listening to the chatter at lunch and some times I do, but I also am enjoying the fact that I can "work" through lunch. Grab my shake and just keep going! I remember being overwhelmed one day (ok probably more then one day) and calling my mom, feeling exhausted and like the diapers, fits, and way to short of naps to get anything done, and always trying to put shoes back on every time we get in and out of the car would never end... I remember her telling me it was going to go by faster then I thought and I honestly didn't believe her. I thought yeah right 10 years is a LONG time. Well here it is 15+ almost 16 of me being a mom and I can't believe it. I think I blinked and here it is. I remember thinking the mom's with teenagers, or all their kids or even some of their kids in school were so much older then me. Now I think I am the same age as the mom's just starting out and forget that to her I am the "old mom". I spent my WHOLE live wanting to be a mom. I remember taking a doll to school on "career day" because I wanted to be a mom. I dreaded them all going to school because then what would I DO! Well I still DO a lot and I love it and I wouldn't trade one minute of it! It is the best job the hardest job, the most exhausting job, and the most rewarding. My heart is full with the gratitude I have for the privilege I have of getting to do this most amazing thing that I always wanted to do. It fulfills me in more ways then I ever dreamed of. I get to live, do, love, and grow as an individual as I get to help these other 6 (yes I am counting my husband not because he is my kid but because in all honesty we help each other grow in more ways then I imagined as well). I am full of gratitude and love and just happy to be living my dream! I have many goals of things I still want to learn to do and I will start working on them as well. I just wanted to stop and take note of these thoughts that have been bumping around in my brain for the last few weeks before they were gone. (That tends to happen to me, after 5 kids I don't remember things all that well unless I write them down).

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Amelia turns 12!

Twelve years ago this happened. Two little boys met their baby sister for the first time! It's funny how things can seem like they flew by but at the same time that feels like forever ago! I can't imagine my life with out this amazing girl in my life. She is such a kind, loving, fun, sweet, girl who has filled our home with love from day one!

She gets to have a slumber party this weekend with her friends and tonight she gets her favorite dinner (spaghetti) and ice cream cake! Then she will be off to Young Women's activity tonight! BUSY day!

Monday, February 1, 2016

Valentine's day

In 2014 I made these Valentine bags for my family. I put them up on February 1st and all month we are suppose to write a note to tell each person one thing we love, appreciate, or an act of service given to show love for one another. This helps strengthen our love for one another, and reminds us to show love for one another. I some times put little treats in them too!  I have a bowl filled with paper hearts for them to write on. Let the love fest begin.

Friday, January 29, 2016

End of semester breakfast

This year we started a new tradition.  At the end of each semester my kids get a day off school for grading. So I told my kids to celebrate I'd cook breakfast and they could invite any friends they wanted over. So today I served 10 kids crepes!  Afterwards they stayed for some ping pong, and board games. Good ending to finals.

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Dotty

Our dog Dotty went to the groomer today. EVERY time she gets a hair cut someone asks if we got a new dog. So no we did not get a new dog but she looks new.  The funny part about her going to the groomer is how she acts about it.  If she hears me say ANYTHING about the groomer before it's time to get in the car she won't come to me. Usually she loves to go anywhere. Today she heard me say on the phone that I was taking her to the groomer and when I got my keys she just laid there I called her again and she rolled over to show me her tummy.  I had to carry her out.  Silly dog!

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Guilt....

So many things have happened in the last year and a half that are now undocumented for my family. The longer I went with out posting the harder it got for me to want to post again because I felt like I needed to "catch the whole thing up". Which got more and more overwhelming of course. But after this month of events I decided I was going to attempt to just pick up and start from here and not feel like I had to post about everything that has happened. I might touch on a few things that have happened because they are big but mostly I just need to start again. Not because anyone ever reads this but because I need to to document our life as the Davis family.
#1 Event worth Posting about was in December of 2014 Hayden was baptized. It was a very special day and I can't actually find any pictures of it right now... (this is WHY I need to do this so things don't get lost!) After her baptism we went and cut down our Christmas tree and went to the carousel to see Santa with all our family.
#2 Everyone had birthdays, Ethan got his divers permit, I've gone to girls camp, was released from Young Women's (after almost 6 years of serving with these amazing girls). Larry was put into the young men's presidency and now is the Young Men's president. Ruth started kindergarten which is ALL DAY! Funny thing is after 3 days of that at dinner she asked, "is tomorrow a school day?" I said yes everyday is school except weekends now. She said, "this is really cutting into my playtime." Just this week she has turned a corner and hopefully it will stay that way but she is enjoying school now and not saying she hates school. So that is exciting!
This is a picture of her on her first day!
But the thing that has inspired me to get back into this is the passing of my mother in law. After she passed away I was gathering picture of her to put together for a slide show at her funeral. As I looked and looked through all our photos I was seeing my children grow and change so quickly that I hardly believed they were who they are now because in my mind they are still these sweet little kids but yet they are not at the same time. I realized I was missing out on a lot of what I use to capture on my blog of memories. I post very little on Facebook and what I do post there is not very informative. I don't share overly personal things but maybe a few funny stories here and there. Not that I over share here by any stretch of the imagination but I do tend to journal a lot more when I do post on the blog (which I am sure part of why I stopped... it was more time consuming AND I can't figure out how to do it with my phone and I don't love sitting in front of the computer.) But now that all my babies are in school maybe I can sacrifice a few minutes a week to just update! That is my hope! So on to the passing of my mother in law.
We found out in July that she was diagnosed with terminal bone cancer that stemmed from the breast cancer she had had in 2000. They didn't give us a timeline but we knew this was going to be terminal. We spent some time with family and they all came out to see her in the last few months. 
Very close to Christmas things started to get much worse for her and the doctors told her probably 3 to 6 months. Christmas Eve was a bit scary we thought we might loose her then, but she really wanted to spend Christmas with her grand kids and family. So we all prayed she would get to do that and she did. She was strong enough to come out to our house Christmas morning, and spend some time with our kids. That was the last time our kids saw her and the last time she really left her house. After that she was on hospice care. Scott and Brenda (Larry's brother and sister) had come to be with her during the holiday. After they left I would go and spend days helping care for her and Larry spent several nights there to help his dad as well. It was a very emotional time but also very special. I felt heaven very close each time I was with her and felt the veil was thin for her as well. On Jan 10th I spent the day helping her and it was the most painful day ever. For her and everyone involved. I cried and cried as I helped care for her (as did the hospice nurse). I cried the whole way home with my heart breaking that she was in so much pain. Jan 12th Larry called to let me know that she had passed away about noon. There are many aspects of my relationship with her I won't go into a lot of detail but I will say this. Even though some times we may not have always seen eye to eye and had disagreements I grew to love and respect my mother in law. I saw her many attributes and how she blessed me and my family. Our last afternoon together we hugged and cried and I told her I loved her and she said to me "I love you so so so so so so much." This still makes me teary but I know that the Lord has blessed us, healed our relationship and has left me knowing that I do love her and will try to keep her memory alive for my children. 
I had the privilege of writing her obituary, and dressing her after she passed. These blessed me more then I can really say as they were the last way I got to serve this woman who served me in so many ways.
Her funeral was very nice and we got to see lots of family we haven't seen in a while. We spent that evening with Larry's brothers and sister and their family. We got to hear all the great stories of them growing up. We laughed so hard we cried and I just felt blessed to be surrounded by these people. 
So now my goal is to try to post something at least once a week (maybe every other if there isn't anything to exciting going on) But mostly I just don't want to loose all the memories that are to come like I have many of the past year and a half.  Some of what we have done in the past year and a half have been painful and private enough I probably wouldn't have blogged about them anyway but I should have at least documented some of what was happening. I will do better!
This is my favorite picture we found while I was putting together the slide show. This was Nadine with their daughter Brenda. I think she looks so beautiful in this picture.
This picture was taken in our back yard a year or two ago. She just looks peaceful and happy.

 This was the last camping and boating trip we took after her diagnosis in July. Scott and his family came out and we had a wonderful weekend just being together and having fun!
I took this picture of Nadine in 2000 Ethan is that baby. She use to come and help us work on our house that we had to totally gut. Here she was still going through Chemo, just barley healed from her mastectomy and she would come and help work on my house projects. On this day she needed to rest and often times would take that time to snuggle the baby and they both took a very deserved nap. It brings me to tears and humbles me to look at this photo and realize all the many ways she served and blessed my life. 

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Missed a few things.... Catch up

So I am going to go backwards in time in this post. I haven't posted in WAAAAY to long and want to touch on a few of the things we have been up to. The problem is I just never sit down at my computer any more so I don't get to this much. But today I was working on some contracts for the bazaar and finished up and realized I hadn't done this yet so here we go....

 These pictures are from a performance my dance camp and past dancers did on the 5th of July. It was a lot of fun to do some old pieces and do some fun new group pieces. At summer camp we learned dances to "Dance With Me Tonight" "Roar" and "Feeling Good" We also performed some tap pieces from before and some Jazz from last year. It was lots of fun! And HOT!



 4th of July was a blast! I realized late in the day that I hadn't even touched my camera. This happens a lot lately! We started our day with flag raising at the church and cinnamon rolls, the Parade and then a huge BBQ at our house! We counted later and there had been around 75 people in and out that day. There were lots of Hamburgers, Hot Dogs, and chicken eaten that day! And LOTS of fun. The Pool needed about 100 gallons added to it afterwards too!


 Last weekend in June we wanted to go boating but the weather was going to be yucky so we decided to use our Wildlife Safari Tickets we bough on Groupon. We have been before but Ruth was tiny last time we went so it was all new to her.  Getting to drive right up to the animals is way cooler then walking all day to MAYBE see something in a cage!



 Yes that bear is eating what it looks like he is eating!
 This is the first time we have gone when they had feeding cups and since our Groupon tickets included it we did it. It was lots of fun getting the deer and emu to come eat out of our hands.

 First week in June my oldest "graduated" from 8th grade. He is now officially a High Schooler! I don't like that that makes me feel OLD! I'm proud of his hard work though.

 Also in the first week of June we had another dance recital. This one was a Lilo and Stitch theme. It was so much fun doing choreography to Elvis music. We even got to do a HULA for the grand finale.




 Brock turned 12 the end of May. May 22nd that is. He had a pretty quiet birthday since we were so busy. I felt really bad that the only time we could do a birthday party none of his friends could come. It was kind of sad but he was thrilled with the present he got. He had been asking for a telescope since Christmas. Larry had done a lot of shopping around and found the perfect one. They have got to spend a few nights looking at the moon and stars and he loves it. He is hoping to work on his Astronomy merit badge for Scouts too.


 We also did an over night trip to the beach in May. It was pretty stinky weather (shocker). So we went to the Marine Center. We love that place it is free and they have some pretty cool stuff.



 We spent about 15 minutes on the beach and were so covered in sand from the wind we moved on.
 Beverly Beach is one of our favorite places to camp at the beach. There is a fun nature trail, easy access to the beach and these awesome trees!

 Easter was way back in April. I made these skirts and ties for the kids. I was pretty excited . I had never done ties before and I got lots of practice with my zipper foot doing these skirts. I did some for my nieces and nephew too.






 Ruth Dancing of Course!!! I hardly ever get a still shot of that girl!
 Amelia did spring Volleyball and loved it of course. She has improved so much. They only lost one game all season.

 This is from Hayden's spring concert for school. What a cute Giraffe. My nephew Hyrum is the elephant above.

 Also in March I took a trip to Utah with a few of my Young Women. It was such a fun trip! We saw lots of fun things. Shopped, ate yummy things, laughed a LOT, and got to go to the Women's Broadcast. It was incredible!


 This was our March recital.We did music from Princess Diaries. The girls did a beautiful job and I am loving getting to do this with my girls!


 Ethan turned 14 in March!!!! Unbelievable! He asked for Lemon pie. YUMMM!!! He actually didn't ask for any presents. Not because he didn't want anything, but I think he wanted something he thought there was NO WAY we were going to get him. Man was he shocked when not only did he get the new movie he wanted but he got a CELL PHONE! The funny thing was he was opening it and I called it so it was ringing in the box he thought it was my phone ringing. He was pretty excited. He loves it and I am loving getting to give him a little freedom because he can call and check in. It helps when I am waiting for that BUS every time there is a track meet too. No more waiting just a call when they get close.

So we have been busy just not documenting as well as I should. maybe I can get some more of our summer in here soon....