SMILE because...

Your day goes the way the corners of your mouth turn.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

"That's a Really Funny Story!"

Alright. Funny story time. After a much needed bath (we roasted hot dogs and smores at a campground tonight), the kids were getting pjs on and getting ready for bed. Jopes went back to the kids' room to check on their progress and came back with this story:

The camping pads have been pulled out for a few nights, and the kids had slept on them and the floor last night. Jopes told the kids he wanted them to each sleep in their own beds tonight though, and Everlit said, "Here's the thing. I'm gonna sleep here (on the camping pads) and Eva sleeps up there (on Joseph's top bunk)..." and she didn't get to finish because try as he might, Jopes just couldn't keep from laughing and she stopped when she heard him.

Yes, our children get away with way too much. We know. But you know what? Sometimes you've just gotta laugh and go with it because all too soon, they will not be 4 years old anymore.

Have a happy rest of the week!

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Little Moments

Recently, Jopes and I were talking about our favorite parts of family get-togethers and reunions. Almost always, we agree that the best parts are the small moments when we're casually visiting with someone, rather than the big events. I've been thinking about those small moments in the home lately as well. As I was looking through some pictures tonight, I happened upon some and thought I'd share.
The time my mom went sledding with me and the kids. 
It was probably the last thing she wanted to do, but I'll always admire her for it.

The times my hubby and I get to snuggle each other or the kids.

Time with extended family.

Spontaneous family adventures.

The girls and the boys.

And especially these moments when my children are helping each other and playing happily together. 

"[Families] are that they might have joy" (2 Nephi 2:25).