February 10, 2015

Music Muse Tues: Boyce Avenue, Blackbird, Say Something

I can't get enough of Boyce Avenue's acoustic interpretation of songs! I absolutely could listen to their music all day. I love their original music as well! Check out some of their videos below.

February 9, 2015

Video Monday

Field Day 2015 from Mostwhatmatters on Vimeo.

What could be better than attending your first child's field day on a sunny, 73 degree morning!? I brought Calvin and Gordon and we enjoyed the games, relay races and music. Calvin and Gordon even found a couple friends that were the same age to kick a ball around while I watched Oliver.

After field day, we celebrated good behavior with doughnuts, Calvin's choice. He was thrilled. I forced a cake doughnut on Gordon and he stared at it wondering what it was with the absence of icing.

February 7, 2015

Newton's Law

Some thoughts from my journal:

November 19, 2014

Jan15 2b

This day and age, we are burdened not so much physically, but mentally. The ability to process emotions, thoughts, battle mental disorders and illnesses, fill voids and figure out which quick-fix to fill it with.  With new diagnoses and specifications published daily. Don't forget to Compare and contrast yourself and accomplishments against the person in front of you and beside you and above/below if we are talking social media feed.

Jan15 1b
A time when it is normal to live a day in this world and feel defeated. At least that is what the world deems socially acceptable. And while you're at it, "wash down those feelings of despair and regret with one of these."

For those of us who walk the earth described as "worry-warts, planners, preppers, etc." our gait is mindfully measured, reviewed, and analyzed. And the weight of the world's biggest problems sometimes falls upon us (in our minds).

"Not only am I responsible for the physical well-being of my children, but the mental (emotional), and spiritual well-being, all while trying to let them 'be themselves' and form a trustworthy, two-sided relationship with them?

This overwhelming feeling of impossible is all that adversity wants. Because while I'm fighting a good fight against it, my mind, emotions and physical body are too.
And here I am distracted from what anchors me.

Jan15 9b

God never intended us, as parents and siblings and friends, to prevent every bad thing from happening to our loved ones. He does want us to protect them, but not take the responsibility necessary to prevent. Teach them to "put on the armor of God." Those days when I may feel sorrow, as Nephi did. He cried out with angst and humbly admitted that he thought his adversities were most important above all, we are allowed to feel this way. We can have ups and downs and attempt to conclude with ups.

NOV 2014

You have to wonder if Newton’s Law really applies to everything, for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction. When horrible things happen, can they be prevented? And if so, will I be rewarded if I can spend my days worrying about it? The answer is seemingly not always, with a clause in fine print regarding the agency of others. The beautiful thing about our individuality is our free-agency and free doesn't mean it doesn't cost, because it has been paid for. Free refers to freedom to act and choose for ourselves. Unfortunately, Newton’s Law applies here. As much as we can act for the betterment of mankind, we can also skate on a fine line down to hell.

At some point in this mental discussion, I have to throw my hands up in the air, or rather kneel down and pass my sorrows and genuine worry-filled thoughts over to my Savior. Though he is great, he also felt those same feelings and quickly brings me back to my feet with strength.

February 6, 2015

Friday's Letters #1 2015 Series

Check out the "label" or tag at the bottom of the post for some of our past Friday's letters. Hope to keep up this good habit.

feb15 3b

Dear Florida,
I am in love with you. I know you probably realized this a long time ago. I try not to complain about weather patterns or humidity levels because the beauty and nature you possess overpower any downfalls.

Dear Gordon,
I'm not sure I've ever written to you on here so... I wish to share how much I adore your cute attempts at opposition. I almost keep a straight expression each time, but inside I'm close to laughter. It's an honor to watch you progress and help you up when you fall.

Dear Calvin,
My favorite thing you told me this week so far was this, "Mom, I don't want to go to school, because I don't want to be all alone." You shared your softer side. I'm grateful for all you do as mommy's helper and will miss you when school begins.

Dear Lover,
Thanks for working and playing so hard. At the park yesterday, I was sad when I saw a family with 3 kids our children's ages get out to play and the father stayed in the car on his phone. I know there was probably a valid explanation, but I felt super grateful that when you are with the kids, you are playing.

My sweet Oliverie,

Just keep smiling. I can't wait for that tooth to pop out! I better take more pics with all your baby teeth, because it's the last time they will all be together!!

February 5, 2015

Thankful Thursday#1 2015 Series

I'm thankful for parks.
What a wonderful thing for our tax dollars. A place to gather, outside that is clean and maintained. A place to observe the things that God put on this earth to bring us joy. A place to unite as a family outside of the house! It's especially great for apartment dwellers.

feb15 1b

I'm thankful for facial expressions.
Did you know that facial expressions come to earth with our bodies? They are not learned. If you are born blind, you still have natural expressions for happiness and anger. What a blessing it is to have a way to read other's even if some can hide how they feel easier than others.

I'm thankful for the internet!
Wow, we can connect to anyone at anytime. As invasive as it may seem, the internet does provide a way for me to work while caring for my babes.

I'm thankful for you!
If you are reading this, thanks. That makes me happy. Feel free to comment or like or offer criticism to anything on here.

February 4, 2015

C'est La Vie Friends

This week has been a hot-mess kind of a week, but I haven't really noticed. Monday, my car broke down. My sis jumped it. Got home safe. Jason fixed it. Spent three hours cleaning two rooms of the house with kids (which is normally torture). Didn't even notice.
Spring 2015

Today, walking through the library, three kids in tow (3 boys 5 and under) my perspective mattered. An umbrella stroller holding together my sanity, a thin plastic Publix bag full of books about to bust, a tired-of-waiting-and-being-strapped-down 19 month old, my purse (overpacked and heavy). We hit the threshold of "hanging out" in our new library 15 minutes prior. I just had to check out the 25 cents books for sale. Mistake.

We get to the library check out counter and attempt the self-checkout to save face, even though everyone was staring at this point. Probably wondering [read this in Jim Gaffigan's audience voice], "What is she doing? Why did she bring ALL those kids? Does she always let them walk all over her? Poor thing. She has way too many books. She has way too many kids." I fumbled. Oliver carried 5 books, Calvin 3 books. I had a couple piles myself and realized the self-checkout printed individual receipts for each book.

"No way am I standing here going through 19 books like this." 

There were three employees waiting for me. Looking on and wondering the aforementioned thoughts. At least that's what I gathered from the vibe set forth. Gordon starts yelling out nonsense phrases. The soundtrack to my life lately. Oliver puts his books down and decides to climb the wooden security fixtures straight out of the 1980. Calvin was walking in circles until he fell down in laughter and dizziness and boredom. I just tried to focus on checkout procedures through the confusion.

We were done. The employees politely commented how happy the boys were, offered some more plastic grocery bags to carry my books out to the car. I took a deep breath and we were off. Then I knew Gordon did not have his "Ruh Ruh" (toy dog) that was tightly grasped in his hands and always is. It keeps him content and adds patience to his scale.

"I have to find that dog." I tried to gather the boys and they didn't want to go back into the library.

Spring 2015"This is possibly the most disastrous library trip that ever occurred," I dramatically let out and it was like I popped an awkward balloon, giving permission to all of my pity-party observers to let me have it.

They laughed and agreed and somehow, in that moment, I didn't cry or get offended or smolder with anger stomping all the way to my car.

I laughed too. It was comical. The whole trip. The failures are hilarious and what's more entertaining is that adversity thinks he can stop me and my disastrous trips. And that is when I realized, when I was inspired by the Spirit of God. I LOVE LIFE! C'est La Vie my friends.

Spring 2015

February 3, 2015

Music Muse Tues: I lived

This one goes way out to my sis, WhatTheAbby. Oh how I miss her and think of her everytime I hear anything about:
rhode island
cold weather
any old pictures
any cool songs
when the kids mention her name
how it will all be worth it

She loved One Republic through and true. She defended them, anytime I dismissed their talent. She was right.

Hope you are staying warm and sharing the love of God out there in blizzards Abbs! If you want to learn more about LDS missionaries and the message they share, email me.

Campus Book Rentals

We are at is again folks. CampusBookRentals was there to rent books for the Spring semester. It was so easy. My husband typed in his required list of books on their homepage and found them easily. It was SO much cheaper than buying from the bookstore and even renting from other companies, like he has in the past. He has a lot of Science classes and do not find it necessary to keep book that will be outdated soon. Easy, affordable, and ideal!

A new trend in the college world is to rent textbooks... So this goes out to all college goers!

One reliable site we found is called CampusBookRentals.com.
Here are the perks of renting textbooks with CampusBookRentals:
-save 40-90% off of bookstore prices
-free shipping both ways
-can highlight in the textbooks
-flexible renting periods
-They donate to Operation Smile with each textbook rented
-etc...(you can find more perks at our website :)

Operation Smile is an international children's medical charity that heals children's smiles, forever changing their lives. Campus Book Rentals is keeping their partnership with Operation Smile and have committed to donate a minimum of 80 additional surgeries between June 2013 and June 2014.

They are an incredible organization that forever changes children’s lives through reconstructive cleft lip surgeries. The long-term improvement in quality of life for the children that receive these surgeries is almost incomprehensible.

They also have a new addition to their site: RentBack is new initiative that allows students to rent the textbooks they own - to other students... which is awesome because it makes you 2-4x more money compared to what they'd make through buy back options! (selling their books back at the end of the semester) Isn't that awesome?!

CampusBookRentals.com RentBack:

Let me know what you think! I would love to hear from you! I know we will be using them for the Summer semester coming up! Registration has already started for most colleges, so get going with your textbook rentals!

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