Thursday, March 22, 2012

Who says you don't still need your family?

I love these two little girls.

Are they not all so beautiful.

Our little June Bug

Sammy K would get so mad and then with in seconds she was gone. It was so funny.

Sammy K

Poor Reeses fell off a chair and bonked her whole face.

Not much I can say other than I love this girl.

I loved these babies, but if I, going to be honest I was a little glad they werent mine.

This is the greatest man ever with his four daughters who he loves unconditionally.

We have all heard a million times that " your sisters are a girls best friend." Well with mine there is no doubt. They are truely the greatest women I know. My brothers not so bad himself. I also have the greatest parents. That is just a known fact!!!! There is no question that I have struggled immensly these last few weeks or even the last year. I have felt like I have lost who I was, no only as a person, but as a mother and a wife. Lucky for me, I have a very patient husband who loves me. I have found it hard that at the age of 30 + you can still struggle and feel so alone. Well I found out very quickly that is not the case. My sister Megan and Lesli, both of who just had babies called and said they were coming home. I talked to Jeff and bless his heart said it would probably be a really good thing for me. Jeff's grandma ended passing away and they were having the funeral a couple of days before I was supposed to go to Rexburg. So we all headed and the funeral was beautiful. She was an amazing lady and I was very grateful to know her. Jeff, who I need to say again how amazing he was took all 4 kids back to Utah and left me in Rexburg to spend some time with my family. I really love him.

I was the only one there yet, so my parents took me to dinner. I loved spending time with just them. They talked and listened and just let me vent. It was amazing. We headed to Idaho Falls to pick up Meg and little Sammy. By the time we got back to the house, all my sisters were there and I was beyond grateful for the family I am apart of. I truley missed my sisters. We got kids settled and went to bed.

My poor dad was full of a house of very emotional girls. Majority of the time I am in awe of the man that is my father. He is a man that I love and always will.

It was an amazing weekend. We sewed, (ok they sewed because I don't , but had fun watching) we laughed harder than i have for a while, and we ate way to much. My mom always makes sure we have plenty. Really, My mom is my idol. She is the reason I am the mother I am today. My sister's cornered me and wanted to know how I was. It was a great talk. Again, I missed my sisters. In fact I get teary eyed even writing this.

My sisters are all moms now and I couldnt be more proud of them. They are amazing. I actually caught myself tearing watching them and who they have grown up to become. We owe that to my mom and dad. I will forever be grateful for a weekend with my family. I don't care how old you get, you still need home. Beware of the picture overload. I love you Michelle, Megan, Lesli, Shay, and even Mike. Mom and Dad there are no words. Believe it or not you saved me that weekend.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Flippin bird

About a year or so ago, I ended up with a huge cyst on my right middle finger knuckle. At first it was no big deal, but then it started to get painful. If it got bumped it swelled, after i ran it swelled. I finally had a hand surgeon look at it and he said it had to come out. He wasn't sure how bad it was so he thought it would be best to put me under. So under I went. He thought he could scope it at first but ended up being sliced open with 15 stitches later. It is healing pretty good, but dang has it hurt. Jeff has been a great nurse.


Thanksgiving at the Mendenhall house is anything but calm. This year was no exception. When all of us sisters and Mike get together, it seems to get a little loud. Ok alot. I love thanksgiving at home. There is nothing like it. Is it crazy? YEs but I love it. The food was amazing as always. We attempted black friday. That was hilarious in and of itself. I really do love being with my family. I think my mom only had one tantrum and us girls only had a few. The good thing is we get over them fast. I know our husbands wish we could get over our tantrums that fast with them. We also decided to attempt family pictures with our camera. Note to self: do not attempt in freezing cold weather, a new born, a very tempermental 34 week pregnant lady and no professional camera man. All in all they turned out ok. Lesli and Dan blessed little June on Sunday. She is beautiful. I didn't want to leave her. The weekend was amazing. It was defintely time to go home, but the next day I was ready to go back. Sweet baby June. I love her, but am so glad I got to hand her off.

All the grandkids with Santa and Grams and GRamps

No words. I just love them all.

Luke loves his gramps

Can't be thanksgiving without bowling.

Don't ask, but boy does he make me laugh

The weekend before Thanksgiving I had an amazing opportunity to go to Time Out For Women with two pretty amazing women. I have decided that girl friends and girl weekends are a must. I met these two beautiful girls many years ago. They loved me for me and have always no matter what. We have been through some difficult times to say the least. There strength is amazing and inspiring. The weekend was full of food, tears, laughter, and late nights. I also learned that I snore really bad and they thought that was pretty dang funny. It was a weekend to always remember.

The weather was so awesome for Halloween. We had just got home from St. George, so we kinda through together costumes. Andrew was a baseball player, lauren was a punk rocker, morgan was a witch and of course the little man was buzz light year. The Beals and Garsides came over and we had a great time. Can't believe halloween has come and gone. It was fun to see the kids growing and going out on there own.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Trying and Failing.

I have so muc to catch up on it is scary. I will get there. In the mean time you will have to be patient. I have this sweet friend, who i so open and honest and I want to be just like her. Life has been harded the last couple of months. I have cried and yelled and even thought about getting in my car and not coming back. ( yes I came back) I love my children, I love my husband and I love my life, I am just really tryiing to figure out who i am! I am struggling with it. I dont like change, I dont like me. It is coming. Please stay tune for good blogs. Fun ones are to come. Lots of love.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Fall Baseball!

Andrew played his last tournament of the fall in St. George. The weather was fabulous and it was a much needed mini vacation. I have become such a baseball mom. I love to watch it. More than anything I have loved watching my son love baseball. They beat one of the best teams in there pool. Andrew caught two of the fly balls and RBIied the only run of the game. The smile on his face said it all. My mom and dad were able to come with us and they always make the trip fun. My parents are my heros and I'm pretty sure my parents loved watching baseball as I was. Andrew has been put on a great team. He has many some really great new friends and loves baseball.
We got a little bit of fun in between baseball. My mom pushed my dad in to the pool only to realize that his wallet and phone were in his pockets. How great is my dad? He just handed to my mom and went on playing with the boys fully clothed. We are still not sure the phone will work but he has 10 baseball boys that thinks he is the coolest. Poor Luke didnt feel good before we left so we hand long nights and cranky days, but by saturday he was his silly self. We took the kids hiking and swimming, shopping and yogurt. I was so grateful to have my parents there. I know we are all biased, but I have the greatest parents. They are amazing and my kids think they are the greatest. There was this little crevis that the kids walked in. They were so silly.

I love these two boys.

I have no words for how amazing these two are.

My cute little family on top of our hike. Minus Andrew but it was still fun.

Poor Luke felt like crap the whole time so this is what he did. Love you.

Love Her!

Love him!

Andrew up at bat! So serious

Luke and I just hung out.

Go Lynx!

I am so proud of my son. He has come along way and has practiced really hard. He is turning into a mighty fine young man. His little brother worships the ground he walk on. Thanks Andrew for letting do this with you.