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About Brianna

I'm 27 and the mother to four beautiful and wonderful children. My dream job is to be a stay-at-hom-mother, and my husband works really hard to make that dream a reality. My husband and I have been married for 10 years and couldn't be happier or more in love!

Jesus’ Atonement Talk

Today Benjamin had a talk to give in Primary.  I love when the kids get asked to speak close to a holiday.  It makes finding a topic so much easier.

I don’t know if you knew, but I’ve been collecting all of the kids’ talks as well as mine for a couple of years now.  I don’t have any of Jared’s amazing talks because he never writes anything down.  Me on the other hand, I get so stage fright that I must have every word written down or I get lost and start to mumble and make no sense.  My talents concerning public audiences lie elsewhere.  But I’ve stored the talks up for a rainy day, or for when we get the chance to read back over them and possibly have one of the kids share it for FHE one night.

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DAY 30

… a picture of you today & 20 goals you want to accomplish.

  1. Find out who I’m supposed to see (orthopedic or orthotist) about getting Jacob’s braces.
  2. Make appointment with orthopedic or orthotist so that we can finally get these bad boys on my son’s legs!
  3. Set up an exercise schedule either in the evening (preferred) or get up early 😛
  4. Finish reading The Princess Bride the Good Parts Version before book club.
  5. Start taking undergrad classes again next year when all the kids are in school.
  6. Get Jacob transferred over to the school district without interrupting his services!
  7. Wash my two-story windows!  Inside and out!!
  8. Finish the master bath curtain enclosure that I designed but am still waiting on the wood to be cut.
  9. I read 28 books last year and I want to beat that number!  Hopefully with more classics.
  10. Go through the 30 some odd episodes of $10 Meals and find/write down any recipes worth having.
  11. Check credit report and make sure everything’s looking good.
  12. Finish caulking the baseboards that were installed about a year ago.  Really dropped the ball on that one.
  13. Come up with a creative way to finish teaching “Scripture Power” to the Primary.
  14. Clean my car, inside and out, at some point this year!!!  I don’t know why that’s so hard to get done.
  15. Finish painting the downstairs closet doors.  Maybe I’ll roll the paint on one night while watching a movie with Jared.  Has the potential for being a great date night activity 🙂
  16. Make it to the Neurologist this week!  I’ve had to reschedule three times now. Ugh!
  17. Get my meals planned for the next month.  I normally do this, but the wedding threw me off my game for a while.
  18. Take a photography class and finally get a grasp on what I’m doing with my camera!
  19. Pull out the kids spring/summer clothes and put away the winter stuff.  Also, sort out what’s too small for Jacob and give away to Thomings.
  20. Ah!  I just found them!  Send out the backpacks we packed for Japan.  We are notorious for misplacing packages and then finding them months later!  I need to get to the postoffice A.S.A.P.

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Snuggle Time


I got to take a nap with this!  Don’t you just love his little squished face?  So much fun!!!

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DAY 29

… in this past month, what have you learned.

  • How good the sun feels, even if the wind is blowing!
  • How never to use spray adhesive in your family room!
  • How to properly install my children’s car seats!
  • How spiritually stirring it can be to hear 30+ junior primary children sing “Scripture Power”.
  • How much I love to sit next to my two-year old even though he can’t carry on a conversation!  Sometimes talking is overrated!!!
  • How much I took a crib for granted.  You don’t really notice how much you love it until your child comes and climbs in with you at 3 o’clock in the morning, ready for the day!

I’m constantly learning and growing and pushing my boundaries but these are just a few of the more standout things that I learned the past couple of weeks!

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Playgroup Therapy

We added “playgroup” to Jacob’s IFSP (Individualized Family Service Plan).  In two months Early Childhood will begin transferring Jacob into the school district.  Unfortunately, once he reaches the age of three he can no longer receive serves through Easter Seals.  The whole process takes about 4-6 months to complete so they start all the paperwork and transitioning him at 2 1/2 years.  As part of that transition, his DS wanted to give him an idea of what working with other would be like.  Since all of his therapy sessions are at home, the only outside exposure he gets to other children is on Sundays during nursery, and let’s face it, sometimes that’s not the best place to be learning people skills 🙂 .

Each Friday, for the next 10 weeks, Jacob will be attending “playgroup” at the main office.  I keep using parenthesis around the word playgroup because it’s not like any playgroup I’ve ever been to.  It’s much more regimented than our weekly playgroup sessions at the park.  It’s more along the lines of preschool.  That’s what they’re gearing him up for.  In December Jacob will be going to the kids’ school Monday through Thursday from 9-12 in their Peer Program.  They match up special needs children with a peer child to help them learn social/emotional skills.  This Peer Program is what will be replacing Early Childhood.  He’ll get all new therapists and they’ll have lessons at the school instead of at the house.  I’m really nervous about the switch, but I still have 8 more months until it actually happens so I shouldn’t stress myself out just yet!

I’m really excited that Joseph is allowed to come with us.  He proved to be a great example and helper for his little brother and the other disabled children there.  At one point he was playing with a little boy who had only one ear and you should have seen the lengths Joseph was going to to play with that little boy.  Joseph even sat and watched and encouraged Jacob when we started making playdough.  It’s more characteristic of Joseph to dominate or throw a fit if he’s unable to dominate things, but I think being put in the situation of being the example child he really worked hard to cooperate with others!


1 cup sifted flour
1/2 cup salt
3 Tbl. cooking oil
1 pkg.  unsweetened Kool-aid
1 cup hot water

Mix all ingredients together and knead until smooth.  Add more flour a little at a time if needed!

I’m looking forward to the next 9 weeks of playgroup and all that my two little men will be learning.

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DAY 28

… a picture of you last year and now, how have you changed since then?


This is a picture of me last 4th of July, so not quite a full year ago, and me just this past March at Amy and Michael’s wedding.

So much has happened in the last year.  I don’t think there are a lot of change to see on the outside but I have been stretched and flexed like a rubber band.  I’ve learned how to go with the flow of life.  I now try to not worry needlessly about things that I have no control over.  I was always pretty good at that but with things that have cropped up with Jacob I have really learned that it’s more important to stay cool and even.

On top of that, I enjoy whatever moment I’m in.  I used to think I knew what other parents were talking about when they would say “Enjoy your children while they’re young” and I always assumed that I was doing just that.  With milestones and health issues of late, I’ve really had to put on the brakes.  I realize now that, although I might have thought I was taking it slow and enjoying my children, it hasn’t been until I was forced to do it that I can see how far off I was.

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What a beautiful day today!  When the kids got home from school we spent a few hours outside playing and basking in the sunlight.  At one point I caught Emma and Joseph lying on the grass with their hands behind their heads.

It wasn’t long after that I saw Jacob squeeze his way in between them and try to mimic what they were doing.  He’s progressing so much physically.  I’m so grateful the weather is warming up so that he can spend more time outside running around and working on his muscle development.  Can’t wait for it to get a bit warmer so that we can start swimming.  I’m sure we could go now but I think 60 degree water might be a bit too cold.

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