Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Happy Memorial Day

 I found the picture below on Facebook and I think it really explains the military holidays very well. We had a nice day, spending time together as a family and enjoying our freedoms. Tyler read a poem that he wrote about serving in the military to protect our freedom and we had our FHE (Family Home Evening) lesson on Memorial Day and what it means.


Tyler at his softball game.


I made Homemade Cherry Vanilla Ice Cream. I have been missing cherry vanilla ice cream every since Blue Bell pulled their ice cream off the shelves. 

Tyler grilled some steaks. Silas kept coming out to help.

For lunch, I made homemade GF corndogs. It was really fun!

Recently, Tyler took the boys on an overnight campout. I took my girls out for some shoe shopping and some Chick-Fil-A. 


Then we came back home and painted toenails. I love being a mama!

And this little gem of a picture is to remind me how overstimulated Iryna can become at church and how if I am not watching her, she can disassemble anything, including her dress. :(

Friday, May 22, 2015

Homeschooling Anna

Anna has been asking to be homeschooled for several years now. Because she struggles in the social department, I never consented to the idea. I figured that she needed to be around other people. However, I thought that if I ever did homeschool my kids that it would be during the middle school years. After Anna was evaluated by the psychologist, we learned that Anna suffers from depression and social anxiety. This explains several behaviors, especially in Young Women's. When things started getting pretty bad, we decided to look into homeschooling. I prayed about it and Tyler also prayed about it. We felt good about it and have decided to move forward with it.

Wow! Homeschooling is not an easy thing to begin! There are so many resources and programs, online vs paper, etc. It is a daunting task, but I am excited about it. Anna will be in the 8th grade. I am looking for good curriculum for her and would welcome suggestions, websites, programs, and encouragement.


My latest project. BIG THANKS to Brittany for helping me do the maps. I love how it turned out. Forgive the reflection of Tyler in the middle picture. ‪#‎familiesareforever‬



The yellow chart is our regular chore chart. I made the red chart for the summertime. No electronics in the mornings. If you get all your check marks before lunch, you earn electronics in the afternoon.


We recently switched to sonic care battery-powered toothbrushes and they have made ALL the difference in our teeth. 6 months ago, every child had a cavitity. This month - NO ONE DID. I'm sold!



It has been cloudy lately and homemade crockpot applesauce has been so tasty. Yum!

I am getting ready for summer. What fun home ideas are you doing?

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Happy Birthday to Keith!

Happy Birthday to my second-born in the wilderness. Keith has been a light in my life ever since we adopted him at age 4. Keith's favorite color is yellow. His favorite meal is macaroni and cheese. His favorite cake is chocolate. Keith loves motorcycles. Keith doesn't want for anyone to be upset with him and tries to mend the situation, usually by saying: "I like you." Keith is tender hearted and an obedient child. He is a joy in our family. 


Keith wanted breakfast casserole this morning. It's also called Baked French Toast. 


Macaroni and cheese with salad for dinner. 


Steve is in our ward and owns a motorcycle. He was kind enough to come over and give Keith a ride. Keith was over the moon!



Nichole made this AMAZING motorcycle cake for Keith. He got to eat the bumper with his name on it. 



So many presents! All of them were motorcycle-based, except for some clothes I gave him. 





Keith's teacher came to surprise Keith. We also had Nichole's family and Amie's family come to celebrate. It was a great day. I love my bugaboo. 

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Cub Scout Hike

Tyler took the younger four kids on a Cub Scout hike. I am so grateful for a husband who is physically able and who desires to do outdoor activities with our kids. 






And then he comes home and needs a nap. I don't mind the snuggles. Snuggles make the world go 'round. 

Happy Mother's Day

I have been a mother for 14 years now. Motherhood has become more important to me with each passing year. I love being a mama to my kids. I love seeing them grow and improve. I feel sad when I imagine my kids growing up and moving away. 

Being a parent is a humbling experience. And I am not just talking about when your kids misbehave. �� I am talking about the huge responsibility to raise a child. 

I feel like I am more in the moment now. My kids are growing up and we can do more things together. I love that. 

Today at church, I kept tearing up when the speakers talked about the importance of motherhood. I feel very blessed to have the opportunity to patent five amazing kids. 

Me and my five fabulous kids before church. 

I found a pin on Pinterest that talked about writing letters to each of your kids for Mother's Day. I loved the idea! Here are my cards. 








For dinner, we had the elders over. I made a new recipe of orange chicken with rice that I found on Pinterest (professional picture below) and I made another Pinterest recipe of coconut tres leches cake trifle for dessert. 

This is my picture. It was delicious!

The kids got me some White Diamonds perfume and a mini Bluetooth speaker. 

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Keithisms

Me: Keith, what are you eating?
Keith: Dinner. 
Me: Yes, but what specifically?
Keith: Eggs. 
Me: What kind of eggs? (Looking for scrambled eggs)
Keith: Eggy-poos.




I was snuggling my oldest son, Keith, this afternoon. I told him that God meant for him to be my son. He said he knew that and I asked him how he knew that. His reply: Because I love you.  #sosweet #mademecry#heisagiftfromGod


Sunday, April 26, 2015

Happy Easter

I thought I had already posted an Easter post, but not so! So here we go! Easter coincided with General Conference weekend, which was lovely. In the Pierce Household, the Easter Bunny comes Saturday morning and then we celebrate Christ's resurrection on Easter Sunday. Josh & Nichole's family came down on Sunday and we also had the Elders over for dinner. It was a wonderful weekend.

GF Carrot cake










The Easter Bunny hides the Easter baskets so the kids have to look for them Saturday morning. We had a great time!