Friday, June 10, 2011

Quick catch-up!

I just realized that it has been almost 3 months since I posted anything... and a lot has happened! I don't know why I have such a hard time keeping up with my blog. Well, actually I do... Life is BUSY!! And I feel overwhelmed!! I keep thinking (and hoping) that life will slow down and get a little easier, but it doesn't. I LOVE being a mom and I am so grateful that I can stay home with my kiddos and enjoy watching them grow up! It just gets so crazy and busy and sometimes I just don't know how to deal with it all!! I'm learning though and hopefully someday I'll have it all figured out! I just hope it's before all my kids grow up and leave me!! ;)

So here's a quick overview of the Stoddard happenings for the last few months-
Masen played football for his second year. He loves it! In fact, he told me that football is his life! It surprises me that he likes it so much because he is such a shy kid. But put some pads and a helmet on him and he transforms into an aggressive little nugget!! His team didn't win a game which was kind of sad but Mase told us at the end of the season that he was the second best player on the team! :) I'm glad he has so much self confidence!! He played guard the whole season. He loves defense because he can tackle. It's pretty fun to watch him!!

Braedy had another great season competing in gymnastics. She only made it to 2 out of the 3 meets, but her team took 1st and she took 6th overall at both of them. She is taking a break from gymnastics this summer. She has been doing it for five and a half years and she is a little burned out. She's debating weather or not she wants to go back. She wants to try some new things so I don't care either way. I just want her to be happy!!!!!

Braedy also went on her first temple trip! (Which is why she missed the third meet.) The youth in our ward travelled to Draper, Utah and performed baptisms for the dead. They stayed overnight in some of the leaders' parent's homes. She had a really good time and loved being able to go to the temple! She has been waiting all her life for the opportunity! She can't wait to go back!

Jayden got his braces off! He looks great! It was a little traumatic because he was supposed to get them off in March but he didn't wear the elastics on his braces like he was supposed to so he had to keep them on for another month. When he finally got them off, he was so happy! Now, it's a struggle to get him to wear his retainers! If it's not one thing, it's another, right? I can't believe how fast he is growing up! He starts HIGH SCHOOL in the fall! And he is going to be starting driver's ed soon!! In Colorado, kids take driver's ed at 14 years old, get a learner's permit at 15, and their driver's license at 16. I am dying! I don't know how I got so old so fast!!

Kaylen and I wrapped up our year of rotating pre-school. It was so fun! I loved having her and her friends in my home every few weeks. It was so fun to see her interact with her peers! She is going to an actual pre-school in the fall. Still just 2 days a week but it will be good for her to be in a different environment and without me!

Masen finished 2nd grade, Brae finished 6th, and Jay finished 8th!! They had lots of fun end of year celebrations and field trips. None of which I got any pictures of! I have been terrible!!

Jayden went to another week of Scout Camp. He loves it. He loves being outdoors and everything that comes with it. He fished for his dinner twice. The first night, he didn't catch anything so he didn't get dinner! But the second night, he caught a 12 inch brook trout, cooked it over the camp fire and ate it! He said it was one of the best things he's ever eaten!!!!! He's so funny! I thing he brought home most of the dirt from the mountain! ALL of his clothes were so dirty!!

Braedy is currently at her first year of Girl's Camp! I can't believe it! I have been a wreck all week! I worry about her because she has such terrible allergies and she has a hard time dealing with things when they aren't perfect! But the Young Women's President was only up there for a day so I got to talk to her and she said Brae was doing great and having a wonderful time and she didn't she any signs of allergies!! Yay!! She comes home tomorrow and I can't wait!!

Scott is in Moab right now playing with a few of his partners. They are mountain biking and river rafting! He told me that he might die on this trip but his life insurance is paid up so I should be fine! Ha ha! He is soooooo funny! The Colorado River is really high (pretty much flooding) and that is the river he is going on! They are crazy!! He texted me last night and told me that he hurt himself mountain biking. He is getting so old!!!

There has been a lot of other things that have happened too. Small things, just all the day to day happenings. It has been chaotic! But I love it! I just need to figure out how to deal with it all without getting down! Depression has been an issue off and on in my life, and I have been seriously struggling lately. I don't know why, I have so much to be grateful for! I just need to learn how to enjoy the journey! Life is good! God is great! And I am so blessed!