Oh my goodness - can you believe it - it has already been a year!!!! This little gal has brought so much joy, sunshine, happiness, laughter, excitement and LOVE into our lives. We are so thankful that she is part of our forever family. We love you Gracilyn!!
Another Year Has Gone By And I'm Still The One By Your Side!!!
On November 14th we CELEBRATED 25 years of marriage!!!! Knowing how much Satan works on marriages and families I have definitely decided that every anniversary needs to be CELEBRATED. Each and every year becomes monumental!!! We spent some much needed alone time in California. We enjoyed a day at Disneyland with each other and I felt guilty for a few seconds not having the kids with us but we had soooo much FUN. We did a session in the San Diego Temple and spent some time on the beach. We talked a lot about the past 25 years and how much we have grown as a couple. When you get married young, you really do grow-up together. I know there were things that Tim did that drove me crazy when we first got married but it has been sooo long that I can't remember what they were!! I am thankful for the spirit bearing witness to my soul that he was the one because I have clung onto that witness many times through the years. I am grateful for Temple covenants, unconditional love and forgiveness.
I love you Tim - it's a pleasure growing OLD with you!!
On October 29th Mary was baptized. She was so excited !!! We are very thankful for the opportunity to raise this beautiful girl. She has been a blessing to our family. She is a little sponge when it comes to gospel learning and she loves to sing. I Love To See The Temple is her favorite primary song. We sing it almost every Monday for F.H.E.. The day was packed with family activities. We spent the morning in the Temple, my niece and nephew (Ciara and Huston) received their endowments. There is nothing better then a Celestial room full of loved ones. It is heaven on earth. We hurried home for Maryjane's big day and then spent the evening enjoying good food and fun company. We had our own little trunk or treat in the driveway and all the kids were happy:-)
M.J. we love you and hope you know just how special you are!!
You can't raise kids without scrapes, bumps, bruises, stitches or breaks. Nate was playing next door with cousins and they decided to go on a Jungle Safari in the bedroom closet, swinging and climbing like monkeys from shelf to pole!! Well - closet Safari's are dangerous and lessons are learned:-) He is sooo proud of his camouflage cast. Remember the good ol' days when casts were plaster and only came in the color WHITE.
Hopefully in a few days he will be getting it off - It has been a LONG 3 weeks!!
At General Conference time we have had the tradition of chocolate milk and white donuts for breakfast. I know that it's a silly tradition but my kids love it!! They know that when we have those 2 things for breakfast that it is Conference time:-) This is Gracilyns first attempt with white donuts - Grandad, what the heck are you feeding me???
This year in between sessions we made these silly Halloween jars. Super easy and super fun!!
We loved teasing Mary when she was the goalie - she either had her hands in her shirt or tangled up in the net!!
Soccer came to Heber!!! Nate, Mary and Tyon had their first soccer season. Hopefully there will be many more to come:-) They had a great time learning a new sport. Nate and Mary were on the same team with Melanie Ulmer as their coach and Tyton was coached by Annette Reidhead. A big thanks to them for putting up with my kids and a HUGE thank you to Sandy Tenney and those who helped make soccer possible this year!!!!
This year my dad grew the best PUMPKIN PATCH ever!! The kids had a ton of fun going out to the ranch. They picked their very own pumpkin and fed corn to the steers. We have had our pumpkins sitting by our front door for weeks and numerous visitors have commented on how lucky we are to have them. We have learned that pumpkin prices have sky rocketed $$$$$ We LOVE you grandpa!Thanks for saving us $ at the grocery story!!
On the 6th of this month this monkey turned nine!!! CRAZY!!! Seems like yesterday when we first picked him up from the zoo!!! When I tuck in my little ones the night of their birthday, I share with them my feelings about their birth. With this guy I tell him how fun it was to go to the zoo and see the cutest little monkey swinging from a tree and how we had to wait until dark to sneak him out of the zoo:-) We laugh and giggle and then I tell him how he really came to our family (he was born in my heart). I am grateful that he's mine and for the things that he teaches me daily. He has taught me to step out of the box and be creative in my mothering skills. He has taught me that being different is a beautiful thing and uniqueness should be celebrated!!!! Happy Birthday Nate Dawg!!!
The week of Homecoming the school does all these crazy days. These 3 got to go to school in their pajamas, do their hair all crazy, dress up real pretty and show school spirit on pride day!!! This is the best I could do for crazy hair day. Actually, everyday is crazy hair day when you need a hair cut:-)
My boys came home a few weeks ago from school with this paper about a Pee Wee Wrestling Tournament. When Tyton walked in the door he had the paper in his hand and was yelling "Can I do it, can I do it, can I do it?" I told him he could:-) Nate walks in the door and I ask him to get all the papers out of his backpack and get going on homework. I asked him if he wanted to do the wrestling tournament and he looks at me and says "Mom -I just don't think I have it in me this year!" I started laughing and told him that I didn't know if I had it in me this year either. Tyton had a great time - he ended up wrestling all his friends. My favorite match was when he wrestled Payton, when the match was over they gave each other the biggest hug!!!
Yep - it's over!!! Brock had a great jr high football season. He was the QB for his team and with each game showed more confidence and improvement. He had a great time and they even WON a few games. I know that sounds mean to say but in the past our jr high teams have not done so well. Some highlights this season .....Close game with Round Valley....Victory over Sequoia and Joseph City:-) GOOD JOB MUSTANGS!!!
Macky FINALLY got his Eagle Project done!!! He worked closely with Brother Bigler and did his project at the cemetery. He had great support from his family and friends and they all worked hard. They raked, bagged and hauled off a ton of brush. I think they made three different trips to the dump. Super glad that it is over with and very thankful to everyone who helped:-)
Happy Birthday to my #1 Blessing from Heaven!! Blesssings come daily from heaven but in my 44 years on this earth I have recieved seven large packages from up above!!! They have all arrived just when I needed them and I am grateful that she came first. She is wise beyond her years and an angel from above. She brightens my day and has become one of my best friends. I thank Heavenly Father everday for sending her to me and for the priviledge of being her mother. Happy Birthday Carly!!!
Over Labor Day weekend we had our Tenney family reunion. It was a lot of fun and I am so blessed to have the family that I have. We were surprised by a few family members that we didn't think would make it:-) We played games, made crafts, ate yummy food, watched a few ballgames, rode a few four wheelers, swam in the pond, went fishing, harvested corn and dry packed a lot of cans. I would say it was a success, not because of all the different things we did but because we were together:-)
Happy Birthday to you - Happy Birthday to you - Happy Birthday Elder Slade - Happy Birthday to you!!! It has been an interesting day full of all sorts of emotions. Grateful that he is where he is but missing him like crazy. Just wish I could give him a big birthday squeeze and tell him how thankful I am that Heavenly Father sent him to me 20 years ago. I miss his humor, teasing, movie quoting skills, laughter and hugs. I miss him walking in the door and trying to guess what we are having for dinner. I miss the soda's that he would buy me from Circle K. Silly I know but man I MISS the kid!!!! It is crazy to think that on Thursday he will experience HUMP DAY!! WOW a whole year has gone by already. So many blessings have come to our family from his missionary service. We Love you Bubba!!