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Mommy’s key

written in April 2012- Welly sat next to me in the front seat of our car while we waited for Dad to come out. Welly was playing with my keys in the ignition and saw a strange looking key.

“What’s this key for?” he asked grabbing it.

I explained to Welly the best I could that it helps me remember to say my prayers.

I thought back to years ago when I bought it along with two others. One for me and two for the girls I visit taught at the time. The lesson that month was about prayer and there was a quote in the lesson that particularly stood out to me. It was by Boyd K. Packer, it said, “Learn to pray. Pray often. Pray in your mind, in your heart. Pray on your knees. Prayer is your personal key to heaven. The lock is on your side of the veil. And I have learned to conclude all my prayers with ‘Thy will be done’ (Matthew 6:10; see also Luke 11:2; 3 Nephi 13:10).” I thought that getting the keys would help me and the girls I visit taught to remember to pray. I gave each of the girls a skeleton key with the saying, “Prayer is your personal key to heaven. The lock is on your side of the veil.”

I mentioned that part of the quote to Welly, that prayer is the key to heaven, I think I said, “heaven’s door” he really liked that part, and gave a big smile and you could just see the wheels in his head turning.

I went on, “when we pray, we’re talking to our Heavenly Father, and He lives in heaven…..and” Welly interrupted my explination… “Can I talk to Heavenly Father?” I told him, “Sure, but we better turn off the radio”.

Totally un-helped, bowing his head and folding his arms in the front seat he started,

“Dear Heavenly Father…Hey, How’s it going? Is is fun up there…in heaven? (pause) Yeah? (pause) How’s it going? (longer pause) In the name of Jesus Christ, Amen”.

We talked about after HOW Heavenly Father answers our prayers and how it’s different than if he asked me a question.

It was such a cute kid prayer. I was one proud Mom. I was also thankful to take that question about the key and use it to teach him about prayer. I hope that I’m not too busy to miss those opportunities when they come up. I know it’s those little times, those little teaching moments that happen naturally, and unforced, mean the most.

Happy Birthday Wellington!

It seems crazy to me that Wellington is 5 now. Where has the time gone?

Welly had requested a pirate party this year and Saturday, a few days before his actual birthday, seemed like a convient day for his cousins and friends to come over. I love throwing parties, I have fun getting decorations, planning food, games and party favors all centered around a theme. I got a lot of good ideas from Mark’s cousin Kezia including a freebie of some cool pirate invitations (Thanks K!). Sister-in-law Heidi also had a ton of piratey stuff I could borrow (Thanks too!) I found some great stuff around town and by Friday night, the night before the party, I had the house decorated and everything ready to go.

In the middle of the night Welly woke up not feeling good and threw up a little. When Welly throws up its hard to tell sometimes if its him being sick or if it’s his incredibly sensitive gag reflex. In the morning he threw up again, but this time it was by the kitchen garbage which was full, and again it was hard to tell if he was sick or if it was because our garbage was stinky (he is way sensitive to smells too).

Mark and I decided we better do the right thing and call the parents and let them know he might be sick. I felt bad and wasn’t sure how to break it to Welly that he wasn’t having a party. He was so excited and psyched up for it. In the morning, he kept asking me when his friends were coming over. We decided that we’d go ahead and have his party with just us.

We had invited two cousins to the party, Mark’s sister’s boys, Holden and Gray. After Mark talked to Heidi on the phone to let her know Welly might be sick, she said it was fine if they came and could her two other kids come too. My Mom also came, which it was way nice of her to come.

It was fun and worked out. Welly had fun with his cousins. We made eye patches and spy glasses. They decorated cardboard swords. Got tattos. They played in the cardboard boat I made out of a refrigerator box. We turned on Sponge Bob too for a little while while they were playing.

We had a light lunch of Octopus hot dogs on a sea of macaroni and cheese. We had sea blue drink (kool-aid) and Blue jello cups with orange wedge boats. The kids all seemed to like it. Then it was back to more sword fighting.

At this point Welly started to cough here and there. Making me a little worried. We had presents next. Each of his cousins gave him a present (way nice Heidi and Gary). He got root beer, a personalized licence plate for his bike, a mario guy, a Tin Tin book. From us he got a sand digger, a bunch of wooden 3D puzzle things, walkie talkies, and a few other little things. Grandma gave him a cool taradactle guy that shoots things and a wooden kit to build a barn. I think he really liked all his presents.

We then had cake. We had all the kids sit back at the table so that we could sing to Welly and he could blow out his candles at the table. Well when he saw the cake, he started to gag. And gag a lot. I had him go outside to get some fresh air. Mark had already lit the candles and then had to blow them out because I sent him outside. Welly ended up throwing up outside (lovely). We all waited for him to calm down, he came back in and sat on the edge of the couch near the door and we decided to just bring him one little piece of cake on a plate and have him blow out his candles from that. We sang to him and he blew the candles out. He was fine after that, but didn’t eat any birthday cake till later that night.

After all that fun, we had a pirate treasure hunt where the kids all followed clues to a treasure map, then they followed the treasure map to a suitcase full of treats and prizes.


The kids trying out one of Welly’s presents. A sand digger, which because of the season, it’s a snow digger.

Welly had a good birthday party and it was a good thing we had all that fun on that Saturday because he soon got a lot sicker. Late Saturday night, early Sunday morning, he woke up gasping for air. Welly gets croup about once a year, although I was hoping he would have grown out of it by now. We all stayed home Sunday since I wasn’t feeling great anyway.

Sunday night Hilyard started not to feel good and in the middle of the night he started the same thing. His croup seemed to be worse than Welly’s or maybe it’s because he’s littler and can’t really communicate very well and that made it seems scarier. So for the next three nights Mark and I took turns sleeping on the couch with the boys with the window open so that they could breathe better. It was pretty unfun, but I’m sure it was really unfun for Mark who had to go to work in the morning.


If your going to be sick, it’s funner to be sick with your brother. Here they are kicking each other and laughing.

It was so cold!!!! and uncomfortable for us all. There was one night Hilyard was really bad. I couldn’t get him to breathe very well even with the window wide open and us right by it. Mark took him outside a few times to walk around. That night Hilyard would get about 30 minutes of sleep at a time then wake up. After that really bad night I took the boys to the doctor. By that time Welly had lost his barky, tight cough and moved to a more wet, loose cough. It seemed like Welly was on the mend. Hilyard was prescribed steriods and they helped so much. They were in pill form and we ground them up and hid them in some ice cream. It worked great and he ate it all up. We tried the same trick with Welly’s over the counter Little Colds medicine, but he was wise to us.

The boys have been getting better. They still both cough a lot (that is supposed to last for another week) and we’re still trying to avoid people for the most part, except for spending 4 days in the house and not going anywhere is driving me and the boys crazy. I’ve been feeling better during the day, but at night and in the morning I’m still all stuffed up.


He looks so sad here.

On the 14th, Welly’s birthday we spend it mostly on the couch watching shows. We did puzzles and played legos. I felt bad Welly was sick on his birthday and I tried to make it fun and do all the things Welly wanted to do (legos).


Such a cute picture!

I sure love that kid. He’s my buddy and we’re sure lucky to have him in our family. Happy Sick Birthday Welly!

Waiting for more snow.

Wellington and Hilyard Fall 2011

We’ve enjoyed fall. I always do. The cooler weather, the fall leaves, the colors, Halloween.

But I think we’re all excited for the snow to come. It snowed a little the other week. The boys wanted to be out in it constantly. Hilly wanted to eat “no” each chance he got. It seems were back to fall for a little while though.

We’ll do more leaf kicking in the mean time while were waiting for more snow.

Kitchen Renovation Part 4: Counter tops and faucet.

Cabinets are all done, shelves in and hardware on! Thanks Brady! Took a few days longer than expected but the counter tops are finally in! I love them. Valley View Granite did a great job and we were very happy with their install. At first I thought they were the wrong shade (creamier than I remember)… I liked them, but the back splash I had already picked out didn’t go with the counter once installed. It was no big deal, I just went to Lowe’s and picked out a few other choices of tile for the back splash that I thought would go better with the counter top.

One thing I really love about the new counters is the bar. They put a bit of a bow on that side instead of just going straight across. Since the cabinets are a bit longer too, the whole counter seems so much larger now. I don’t have a good picture of it yet, but will try to snap one soon. Also, to keep it looking like there is more space, we plan to not store out slush machine on the counter. We may get a cart for it, or we may just store it in the garage and only bring it out when we use it (that would be too sensible). I’d like to make sure we don’t clutter the counters too much (take a look at the before picture on the first post to see what I mean :) ).


(The under cabinet lighting is highlighting our awesome torn up backsplash, can’t wait to get the new backsplash installed, should make a big difference. You can also see some of the new paint on the walls there and the in cabinet lighting on the new larger window cabinet.)

To pick the new backsplash, I got a couple different choices from lowes and then placed them up on the backsplash area and had everyone that came over vote on which one they liked. It was pretty much unanimous, it’s going to be a beige-y marble subway tile. We plan on starting the install tonight, I can’t wait!


(Love the seamless farmhouse sink!)

Gary and Mark got the faucet in. It took some doing they said, but it’s in and working great. I love it and am glad we got it.

We were so excited to give the boys sink tubbies. They loved it and every time I’m doing dishes, Hilly starts taking off his clothes thinking its time for a tubby.


I was worried that the faucet was too big! I think it fits in well and I can still easily open the window in spite of the humongous faucet in the way now.

I love how its all coming along. And I look forward for it to be all done. After the back splash goes in, its time to work on clearing out the rest of the kitchen (two pinballs, an arcade, kitchen table) so that we can rip up the floor to get ready for tile. This will be a big job because we want to put the two pinballs in the garage and to do that, we need to clean out the garage. And it is basically frightening in there.

He must be legit, he has his own business cards!

It’s official, Marky is a Licensed Hearing Instrument Specialist! He’s technically been licensed since the 5th of April, but they took awhile updating their web site.

Marky made some business cards for everyone at the clinic a while back, but didn’t make any for him since he wasn’t finished with the board certification yet. Once he finished, I went over and took a picture of him so he could make his new business cards. Welly was there “working” that day, so we took some pictures of him in his work clothes too (so cute).

Welly likes to go to work sometimes and help his dad “make hearing aids”. He basically plays on the computer and looks really cute in his little “lab coat” his aunt Barbie made out of an old DI white church shirt, but he ALWAYS makes sure that everyone that comes in gets a business card (usually one with his pappy on it). We ordered up some business cards for Welly too and he is going to be so cute handing out his very own business cards with his cute picture on it to patients!

We’re so happy Marky is finished with this part of his training, but he still has lots of school left up at USU to finish his communicative disorders and hopefully get into their Audiology program, but this makes it easier for him to work at the clinic while he’s finishing his other schooling.

Our sensitive Wellington

Tonight Welly was so cute and made me laugh. We had left Lowe’s after being in there a while (going in when it was still light and coming out when it was dark) and in the parking lot Welly started fussing and being really uspset about something. I finally caught what he was saying, “The sunset! We missed the beautiful sunset!” I love that goofy kid. It totally reminded me of that part in Bedazzled, when sensitive Elliot keeps crying every time he sees the sunset…”When is that darn thing going to set?!”

Underneath the Christmas tree.

Since we put our tree up this year, I’ve found Welly a few times laying underneath our tree. I think mostly he’s under there to push the button that changes between how fast you want the lights to flicker, but still…I love that he likes to lay under the tree like I did when I was young. I have fond memories of being little and laying underneath our Christmas tree. I loved looking up at the lights and at the familiar ornaments, year after year. I think I did it till I was pretty old, because it brought back such fun Christmas memories (when I say old, I mean I might have joined Welly under our tree this year).