Friday, December 24, 2010
I don't see my sisters NEAR as often as I would like. But let me just tell you, when we are together, watch out!!! As Mari says, "I think our maturity levels go down when we are together." Yes ma'am I believe you are right. We do some of the funniest (and stupidest) things when we are together. I laugh so hard I...well nevermind, but my sisters know what I mean, even James knows, but he's kind of like a sister. Love you James. :)
My sisters can make me do things I didn't think I could or would ever do, (actually James can get me to do things I NEVER thought I would do, James are you sure you aren't my sister?) we laugh with each other and at each other, we call each other when we need a shoulder to cry on, or just need to talk. They are honest with me when I ask them if I look ok, or if I need an opinion about an outfit or things of that nature (husbands aren't allowed to give honest opinions in that department, that's why God made sisters!)
I can't imagine my life with out my 10 sisters (and James). Each one of my sisters is beautiful and has been such an inspiration and example to me. I have learned so much from each one. I am thankful for each of you and hope you know how much I love you. The Lord has truly blessed me by allowing me to have 10 awesome sisters to love and that love me, even when I am a turd.
And James, I know you aren't my sister, obviously, but you are there just as much as they are. You are an amazing brother that would do anything for his sisters! I love you too brother!
Tuesday, December 21, 2010
Wednesday, December 1, 2010
Tuesday, November 16, 2010
In Presdident Monson's talk He said, "My brothers and sisters, do we remember to give thanks for the blessings we receive? Sincerely giving thanks not only helps us recognize our blessings, but it also unlocks the doors of heaven and helps us feel God’s love. My beloved friend President Gordon B. Hinckley said, “When you walk with gratitude, you do not walk with arrogance and conceit and egotism, you walk with a spirit of thanksgiving that is becoming to you and will bless your lives.”
As we draw near to Thanksgiving and Christmas, it is my prayer that we all will take the time to sincerely thank Heavenly Father for all the blessings we each recieve daily, even if life isn't going just as planned (it never does) try to remember what you have at that moment, and what you have been blessed with in the past. Life can and is rough, I know I have had my fair share of trials, and will continue to have them, but I am going to try more diligently to be thankful. There is always something to be thankful for even if it is the dirty dishes in your sink, the dirty clothes in your laundry room, or the messy house. Because if you have dirty dishes, you have full bellies, if you have mounds of laundry you have clothes bodies, and if your house is a mess (like mine always is), then you have a roof over your head and place you can call home.
Saturday, November 6, 2010
I love looking at sunsets. I try to count all the different colors and the beautiful shapes the clouds make. When I look at the sunset I am reminded of how beautiful this world really is. We just need to stop for a moment, walk outside, and allow ourselves to see the beauty the world has to offer. Each time I look at a sunset, the day seems to melt away, and I know that I can handle another day, good or bad! It's art at my fingertips. I don't have to visit the Louve (although I would love to), or an art musuem to witness the array of colors blended together to form a masterpiece! I don't have to leave my home or spend untold amounts of money to see one of life most spectacular masterpieces form before my eyes. Life is great!
This year we have had some pretty awesom sunsets. I have been able to capture a few of them. Although the camera just doesn't do it justice. Nonetheless, they are still beautiful!
Jayce and Grant fished a little ways down from where Alek was swimming. Jayce caught his first BIG fish. It was probably around 3 pounds and put up a pretty good fight. Jayce was all sorts of excited, that is until Grant handed him the knife and told to clean it. Then he wanted to throw it back. Unfortunatley the fish was already dead so we had to keep it. Jayce did a great job gutting and cleaning it, even if his cute little hands were shaking the whole time. He was proud of himself after is was done, and Alek just kept saying "man I am glad I didn't fish, Jayce you should have swam with me!" Funny boys!
Wednesday, November 3, 2010
Beautful, but shy!
Super hyper and runs all over the coop sqwaking!
She is supposed to be sweet and calm,
but she doens't really like us to touch her,
look at her, or talk to her. Especially when
she is laying an egg! Watch out...
the sweetest chicken in the world!
She runs to us everytime we come out
and always thinks she deserves a treat!
And, she usually gets one!
Six is our favorite chicken!
Thursday, October 7, 2010
When I picked him up, I told him I was sorry that he wasn't feeling well. He told me when he was on the bus he closed his eyes hoping that the headache would go away. It didn't go away before he got to school. So when he got to his locker he put his head inside and said a little prayer that he would be able to make it through the day. He told me that he didn't know why his prayer wasn't answered. I explained to him that only Heavenly Father knows what is best for us, and even though we may not get the answer we are hoping for we need to trust that He knows what we need. He just looked at me and said, "hmm, Heavenly Father must have known I needed to spend a day with my mom." I love that kid!!!
It was fun to have him home even though he was sick. I enjoyed being able to take care of him.
Alek is a sweetheart and I love him so very much!! I am glad he is feeling better, but sad that he won't be home tomorrow with me. I will never get used to my boys not being home with me. I cherish every moment that they are home, even if they are sick!
Monday, September 6, 2010
|Grant likes his cotton candy...|
Over the weekend I canned 16 bottles of salsa, 18 bottles of zucchini relish, 19 bottles of corn, 7 bags of freezer corn, and 40 bottles of applesauce. My feet hurt and my hands have a strange new tint and smell to them, but the end result was this...
|corn and salsa|
|Some of the canned goods. I am still trying to find a place for the rest. |
Tuesday, August 31, 2010
Lately it seems as though life has been throwing a lot of curve balls. I have been surprised at how well I have been able to keep up! Then tonight as I was sitting here watching TV, I realized that all I am doing is keeping up. I'm not doing anything extra, I'm not striving to do anything better, I'm not going above and beyond. I am simply sailing by. I don't want to just "get by". So I am re-committing myself to being a better wife, a better mom, a better sister, a better daughter, a better friend, and a better example, A BETTER ME.
So I asked myself, how can I achieve this? This is what I came up with.
1. Be more patient with my sweet, amazing husband and wonderful children.
2. Tell those I love that I love them more often.
3. Call my family more often just to see how they are doing.
5. Be less judgmental
6. Be more forgiving
7. Be the kind of friend that I would want to have.
8. No more carrying grudges. (It's to exauhsting)
9. Be more thoughtful.
10. Read my scriptures more faithfully.
11. Remember my morning AND evening prayers.
12. Fulfill my church calling with a little more dedication.
13. Exercise a little bit more often.
14. Be a little more forgiving of myself.
15. Remeber that no matter what trials I have been handed, I will never be given more than I can handle. And if I am having a tough time handling it I can always turn to my Heavenly Father for help.
And that's pretty much it. The list seems a little bit long, but I think I can handle it. I like lists. I am a "to do list" kind of girl. It gives me a challenge and helps me to stay on track.
I hope to notice changes with in myself. I hope to feel like I am going above and beyond what life expects. I don't want to leave this life and be known for not going the distance. I want to be known for smiling when life gave me a challenge, and being thoughtful and kind. I have a lot of work to do, but I know I can do it. Life is good. I am blessed WAY beyond what I deserve. I have 2 of the most adorable children known to man, I have the most supportive, sweet, kind, loving husband a girl could ask for. I really have a great life. I love it and I am going to enjoy it.
Tuesday, August 10, 2010
I can't believe 12 years ago today I met my boys for the first time!
August 10, 1998 was a whirlwind of a day. I went into labor at 12:01, 10 weeks earlier than expected. Nervous and scared we packed up and left for the hospital. When we got there the nurses and staff weren't really sure what to do. They called my doctor, and he came in to check me, he looked at me and said these guys are going to be little and they will have a rough start. Baby A is stressed and his heartbeat is fading in and out. Baby B is breach but doesn't seem to be stressed. The doctor gave us a few options. He said we could stay at Alta View Hospital and hope for the best, or we could be transferred to U of U hospital where they were a little more equipped to handle premature babies. We left the decision up to Dr. Larsen as we felt he knew best. He decided to call life flight to have them on hand just in case anything went wrong but he felt confident that he and the hosptial staff could handle their births.
After 14 1/2 hours of labor Jayce was born. He was so beautiful. He was wide eyed and content. He didn't cry, he just looked around at his new surroundings. I got to look at him for just a minute then they whisked him away to make sure he was healthy. A few minutes later Dr. Larsen explained that Baby B was more breach than he expected and was being very stubborn. He had to literally pull Alek out. He was born feet first, face up and not breathing. He was purple and lifeless. I didn't get to see him but Grant said it was very scarey. The nurses were all quiet while the doctor's worked on Alek. It seemed like an eternity. Finally I heard them say he is breathing, then I heard a tiny little whimper, then they whisked him away too! Because of his condition I didn't get to see him until he was almost 2 hours old.
Jayce was 3 lbs 11 oz born at 2:33 p.m. and Alek was 5 lbs 3 oz born at 2:38 p.m. Only 5 minutes apart.
Shortly after they were born, Alek was diagnosed with Hyaline Membrane Disease and a broken left clavical. It was decided that he would be better treated at Primary Children's and that he needed to be placed on life support to sustain him. It was heart-wrenching. When Alek was 8 hours old he was hooked up to a life support machine and life flighted to PCMC. I had to say goodbye to him without ever getting to hold him. Jayce was as healthy as could be, but iddy bitty! So he stayed at Alta View with me. Five days after they were born I was released from the hospital. Jayce had to stay because he was struggeling with keeping his body temperature up.
Grant and I drove up to PCMC as fast as we could. When we got there Alek was hooked up to all sorts of machines, but the doctors re-assured me he was doing great and that if all went well he would be off life support with-in a day or two. Alek surprised everyone and was taken off life support the next day! He's a fighter! I was finaly able to hold him.
After many long days in the hospital's Jayce and Alek both came home. It was a happy day.
Now 12 years later, it's hard to believe that they had such a hard start in life.
I am so proud of you Jayce and Alek. I can't believe you are 12. I love you! Happy Birthday!
Wednesday, July 28, 2010
Jayce and Alek ran two booths. Alek ran the merit badge memory game, and Jayce manned the nail stacking booth. They both got their pictures taken for the news paper, but only Jayce made the final cut!
The three boys also marched in the Vernal City parade in honor of 100 years of scouting. It was very fun to watch them walk down main street with about 100 or more boys shouting "BSA, 100 years" It actually brought a tear to my eye.
Below is the newspaper article that was in The Vernal Express about the Scout-O-Rama.
Scouting celebrates 100 years - Vernal.com - The Vernal Express
Monday, July 26, 2010
Friday, July 9, 2010
Thursday, July 8, 2010
Monday, June 21, 2010
Tuesday, June 1, 2010
First of all, because they are growing up to fast. Second, they are on to new and different experiences, some good and some bad. It's the bad that has me scared. Jayce and Alek are so smart and so ready for this next chapter. They are excited to move on to "teenagerhood". I, however, am struggeling with it. So much, that I actually ALMOST home-schooled them next year. After many restless nights, many long prayers, and much counceling with Grant, I decided I was taking their right away from them to become mature, responsible adults, and that I was hindering them by not allowing them to have these new experiences that are about to come their way. In essence, I would have controlled their every move. Not allowing them to grow and have the life experiences they will recieve and that they will need so they can teach their own children. And though "the bad" that they will have the pleasure of seeing each day in the halls scares the you know what out of me, I have come to the realization that they need to experience the bad so that they will know the good, and be able to choose for themselves which way they want to go.
Thursday, May 27, 2010
Wednesday, May 26, 2010
To whom it may concern...
Lately it seems like too many people that I LOVE with all my heart are faced with intense trials and challenges. I wish I could do or say something to make everything go away, or vanish into thin air. I wish I had that power, but I don't! I am so sorry!
I know this won't mean much, or even really help! But I love you and I continue to pray each and every day for the well being of those I love! I pray that you will find peace and strength in Heavenly Father. I pray that you will find peace with in yourself, and I pray that you will know how grateful I am to have you in my life.
I am not going to name names. But you know who you are! And though I don't call as often as I should, and I am not the best sister/friend that I should be, I truly do thank Heavenly Father for you!
Be strong, be brave, and endure to the end. The Lord knows your needs, He knows your heart, He knows how to bless you, and most importantly He knows YOU and He loves YOU!
Monday, May 24, 2010
Tuesday, May 18, 2010
The only problem I am having is the stinking animals. I have a skunk, a racoon, a couple thousand cats, a couple rogue dogs, a coyote, a few field mice, and a possible deer or two. I have sprayed my plants with garlic water, and soap water, but it isn't working as a deterant for what ever animal is nibbeling in my tomato leaves. If you know a miracle cure for keeping the wildlife out of my garden I would love to hear it! I want my garden to produce nice, juicy, plump veggies, and my furry little friends are making it hard for me!!!
Monday, May 10, 2010
Disclaimer...these are not our chickens. We have bought our chicken's but they have not arrived yet, but hopefully they should be here this Wednesday or Thursday.
It's been an adventure, but it's been fun! We are very excited to have a grass (FINALLY). The boys aren't very excited about the garden. Mostly because we turned it over to them to weed, water, and tend. However, they are excited for the chickens. I am too. We have meat chickens and egg layers. I am not sure what we are thinking! We will see how well it works!
Wednesday, April 28, 2010
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Thursday, April 15, 2010
I have made pigs in a blanket more than a few times and my kids have never really enjoyed them. They pick out the hot dog, or they eat the bread, or sometimes just stare at them. So yesterday as I was thinking about what to make for dinner, I thought I would try again. Except this time I used the boys favorite bread recipe and cheese stuffed hot dogs. I don't know why I didn't think of this sooner. For the first time in a really long time Jayce and Alek ate dinner (all of it) without complaining. I even served pea's with it and they ate them. I don't know maybe it was just a fluke, maybe the stars were aligned just right , or maybe it was the moon phase, who know's! I am holding out hope though that I have found a dinner that I can make often and that my kids will enjoy.
Schiess family favorite dinner...
1 lb gorund turkey (or beef)
2 cups water
1 pkg Taco seasoning mix
2 cups minute rice, uncooked
1 cup shredded cheese
2 cups shredded lettuce
2 cups chopped tomatoes
Brown meat in a skillet, add water and seasoning mix, bring to boil. Stir in rice. Sprinkle with cheese; cover. Reduce heat to low; simmer 5 minutes. Top with lettuce and tomatoes.
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