catching up

Sep 9, 2012 by

Yes, it has been a week since I have posted. No time. Not a second to pound out a post. So, now I will catch you up on the happenings of my life.


Church services were wonderful, the Spirit was strong, our ward felt unified, and I tried to share the love of Jesus with my ward members. Then we had Grandma’s birthday party that night. I read stories from her life and shared her testimony of Jesus with our children. Then we ate some delicious rice pudding…recipe coming!


We went to Bear Lake for our almost annual sand and swim adventure. We kayaked, played volleyball, built a huge sandcastle, ate lots of food, swam to the bouys, got sunburned, hunted for frogs (and brought said frogs home), and had a wonderful time with my extended family.


I realized that iFamily was beginning in less than 24 hours so I hurriedly put all the last minute stuff together for my two classes and all my board duties. Then, I started a new learning adventure for ME! I am taking a class from the Ten Boom Institute and Tuesday was our first conference call. Ahhh, it fed my soul! My brain and my heart were challenged and renewed. The best part of all? My dear friend, Heather Burton, is also in the class with me. It was a complete surprise to hear her voice and I admit, I shrieked a passionate hello and frightened all the other class members.


FIRST DAY OF IFAMILY!!! Yes, I am screaming. It was such a splendiforous day! All the classes went well, children made friends, moms made friends, hearts connected, smiles were shared, and all the Boards’ hard work paid off. My two classes, Hullabaloo and Further Up and Further In, went well. Hullabaloo is going to be a blast. I have 25 children I get to teach new games to each week. This week we learned Cat & Mouse, Crossing the Brook, and Drop the Handkerchief. We had so much fun running around in the sun!

Wednesday evening Blythe’s lifelong dream to take ballet came true as she and Keziah started dancing in their pink tights and black leotards. A woman from iFamily has a ballet studio in her home less than one mile from our home and started a Beginning Teen class after months of my begging and pleading got through to her heart. Blythe danced and smiled and danced and smiled and danced. She has such good form that part of me wishes I had allowed her to do ballet years ago, but it never felt right and now it does, so I am going to try to make peace with the choices of the past. Keziah doesn’t love it the same way Blythe does, but I enrolled her because I think it will give her a good workout, grow some muscles which will help her running, improve her posture, and be challenging in a good, supportive way. She needs to be challenged by someone other than me. So many things come easy for her that when things are hard she sometimes stops trying. It is a trait I share with her and one I don’t feel is serving her well, so this is a small way of rooting it out.


EEEEEEKKKK was how I felt Thursday morning when I realized gymnastics was starting the next day and I had a gazillion things to do to get ready for it. The children read and studied and built things around me while I got everything ready for our first day at gym. It was sooooo long. But it was worth it because gym went really well on Friday. Thursday night we had our adult book discussion at our home on Kisses From Katie. Let me shout it out. READ THIS BOOK. Today. Read it and let your heart be moved to follow Christ with all your being. I love Katie. I love what she has taught me and shown me and given me. I love her example of loving Jesus.


First day of gym. Wowsers, was it busy and hard and busy and wonderful and busy and pretty much exhausting. I vowed I would not DO anything. That I would direct and guide, but not move or jump or roll. Five minutes into the first class I broke my promises. I ran and jumped and rolled like a pro. I enjoyed myself thoroughly. It was so, so healing to my soul to be back in the gym with my students and to be able to DO things. For my body to work. And then, I hurt. By the fourth class I was limping and stopped jumping and rolling. My entire hip area was on fire and the pain radiated across my back and frightened the daylights out of me. I felt as if I had stepped back in time five months to when my back ached so terribly I couldn’t move faster than turtle pace. So I made it through the last couple of classes by having my assistants do everything and the pain settled down quite a bit. A few hours later it returned with a vengeance and I spent the evening lying on Jessica’s couch with an ice pack on my hip. Our friend, Jessica C., from Colorado, was here visiting Jess and I, and we ate pizza and laughed and caught up on each other’s lives while the children played Knights and Prisoner and Legos and chased goats for hours on end. Fun times.


Oh my. What a long, busy, wonderful, and awful day. I need to share my thoughts about it in a separate post, but for now I will give you the highlights.

Farmer’s Market for the first time of the year…and last year as well. What used to be a weekly occurrence has become a biennial event. How did that happen? Oh yes, we have been in survival mode for the past 18 months. We bought some of our favorite tortillas, some corn on the cob, and some yummy dipping sauces and sampled fudge, chicken sausages, and bread. The kids found some awesome stuffed lizards and dragons made by the cutest little Asian woman, but they had no money so they just had to window shop (booth-shop?).

Dress shopping for Blythe for her upcoming date..huge success, beautiful gown, and lots of fun.

Huckleberry Ice Cream and playing in Fairyland…another former weekly occurrence that hasn’t happened since 2010.

Temple trip for me. No words for how wonderful it was.

Symphony in the park…great music, great friends, so nice to lie in the shade and listen to our amazing orchestra put on a rip-roaring show.

Children fighting, arguing, whining, complaining, yelling, blaming, and hurting one another…did me in. Last night I went to bed and told Richard I was done with mothering. I was obviously completely failing and I was done trying when the results were oh, so awful. Awful nightmares all night long, broken heart, and no hope.


I am ready to try again at this whole mothering thing, but have come to some new realizations about what I need to do. More later.

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7th semiannual headstand contest

Nov 20, 2011 by

7th semiannual headstand contest

How long can you stand upside down on your head? Me? Not anywhere close to as long as I once could. Yesterday we held the Seventh Semi-Annual Headstand Contest at my gymnastics classes and once again, my students amazed me. Each time I hold this contest, they find some inner reserve of strength and balance and stay up for far longer than they ever have before. I am so proud of each of them!

In the 5-to-6-year-old class, Paige stayed up for five whole minutes and looked rock solid the entire time. This little Paige is one of the babies I have been blessed to help enter this world and it brings me joy every time I see her do hard things. She started out her life on earth by being life-flighted to Primary Children’s Medical Center because of a heart arrhythmia and that day we had no idea what her life would look like. I forgot to take pictures in this class, but I will try to get one from Paige’s parents.

In the 7-to-8-year-olds, Paige’s older sister, Adrienne stayed up for 7 1/2 minutes, barely beating Trey, who has won several times in the past.


In the 9-to-11-year-old class, we had a quite the competition! These students were required to keep their legs straight in the air and it was a challenge for most of them. Keaton was able to stay up the longest, but lots of students gave him a run for his money.



In the 12 and up class, there is a fierce competition between Caleb and Spencer (the reigning champion with a time of 31:29) and somehow Spencer pulled it off again. Eilee, Grant, Keziah, and Courtney all stayed up for a long time as well.







We had an impromptu adult contest and Ryan, father of six, stayed up the longest with a time of 3:15. Green-smoothie Liz was a close second at 3:08. Two minutes did me in. If my life depended on it I could have stayed up longer, but it didn’t, so when my shoulder started throbbing I lost my balance and came down.





We had so much fun! All the children won prizes and the winners in each class received a Jamba card. I am proud of their courage to do hard things and to push themselves to improve. Way to go gymnasts!

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back handsprings

Sep 23, 2011 by

Today I did four back handsprings.

I cannot tell you how much joy it brought to my heart to do them…to prove to myself I could still do them.

I don’t always (or perhaps even often) show just how much this whole breast lump experience has rocked my world and made me question my body and its abilities. I was in a lot of pain for several months and at times was completely unable to lift my arm at all. I was in pain while sleeping. I was in pain while driving. I felt weak and tired and completely not myself.

I feel like I am coming back. Almost like being born again. As each day goes on I feel more and more myself. As I do things, the old things that were once easy and regular for me, I feel like I am returning to the me I know.

Perhaps it doesn’t make sense to anyone else. No one else was in my heart and head for the past many months. No one else knew how absolutely terrified I was of dying…or even of living WITH breast cancer.

I still may have to make that journey with cancer. I am full of questions about my breast and the general health of my body…I don’t know what is going on and I don’t know what I need to do. One thing I do know is today’s back handsprings will help me on that path.

For they reminded me of just how strong I am and that I can do hard things.

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and now there are three!

May 29, 2010 by

Welcome With Love

Remember this?

Remember how it is my favorite birth book ever?

Remember how I lost it?

Yesterday at gym I was SHOCKED (yes, screaming and crying and jumping up and down and totally shocked from head to toe) to be given THREE copies of it!!! I am so, so happy to have these three wonderful books. My children love this book and I use it all the time in my childbirth classes. I love the artwork, and the language, and the message, and the clothing, and the lack of clothing, and the cute little baby socks, and, and, and…I just love it!

Thank you so much to the Gale and Lamoreaux families for being such good friends to give me something I will treasure for always.

I was given a myriad of other fun goodbye-for-the-year gifts from my fabulous students, including dark chocolate truffles, a TJMaxx gift card, a plant (that I will try to keep alive), judging cards with the number 10 on them (that all the kids surprised me with after I did a forward roll!) and precious notes from the kids on the back, drawings, hugs, and lots of love from everyone. We had loud music, crazy games, and lots of demonstrations of everyone’s favorite tricks.

Yep, I love teaching gym. I love interacting with so many neat people and having a day once a week to hang out in sweats and exercise. I especially love helping children realize they can do hard things, they can progress, they can show courage, and practice will bring improvement over time. I love watching their eyes light up with pride when they finally conquer a difficult skill. I love seeing them cheer each other on. I love how funny they are and how much they love me. I love helping them learn that adults can be silly. I love being part of their hearts and part of their lives.

I even did some back handsprings and a back tuck…not bad for a 36-year-old mother of four!

I will be offline for the next week…off to Homeschool Swim Camp…hoping it doesn’t rain all week long, but bringing lots of rain gear in case it does.

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the winners!

Apr 27, 2009 by

Drumroll please…

Headstand Contest Winners:
5 – 7 year-olds: Anna Dye – with her legs straight up!
8 – 10 year-olds: Logan Rowbury – AGAIN!
11 and up: Kaylie Wall – 9 minutes, 40 seconds!!! Totally Amazing!!

I decided to give the winners a $5 Jamba card, instead of ice cream…it’s all about health, right? Enjoy those jambas! Congratulations to everyone who participated! You have all improved so much and I am thrilled to pieces at your progress!

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headstand contest

Apr 27, 2009 by

Today at gym we are holding our 2nd Headstand Contest. All the children ages 5 and up are participating. The goal is for them to have been practicing their headstands at home a lot and to have improved their balance significantly. The bonus is a trip to the local ice cream shop for the winner in each class. Good luck to all my little gym kids!

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