And then there were 4...

And then there were 4...

Thursday, April 27, 2017


Sometimes I like to think that I'm supermom.  I get out with my kids, play with them, culture them, and am raising them to be well adjusted boys that will one day contribute to society. Even with three kids (may not be many to some) I feel like I'm getting a handle on things and am able to get out and do things.  Well this particular Saturday I decided that since Tj was gone all day at youth conference this was my time to prove myself.  To have a fun day with just my kids and I; be a supermom.

Well it all started with the kids craft at Home Depot.  They usually do a craft every Saturday but this particular Saturday was their big push for summer plants so they had free kettle corn, face painting, bounce house, and the craft.  The kids were so excited to see everything!  We were making a big catcher and while it seemed simple initially, it was as though my boys had never held a hammer.  They had no idea how to hammer a nail.  Dominik at one point said "mom, you hold the nail and I'll use the hammer." To which I replied "yeah...right."  

They both ended up doing a great job but when it came time to paint they both painted their doors shut.  Just as well though...I wasn't too keen on the fact that they would be catching bugs anyway!  


After they finished their big catchers they played on the bounce house and ate kettle corn while I waited in line for the face paining.  Seemed like all the parents were saving places in line while the kids played.  However, the lady took forever!!  I waited in line for 30 minutes and barely moved.  I finally convinced the kids that it wasn't worth the wait and we should get started on our next adventure!



Next up was the unicorn frappacino from Starbucks.  Dominik loves Harry Potter and the idea of drinking an elixir that would allow a person eternal life was very inticing!  I knew it was only promotional but I figured it would extend through the weekend.  Well I was wrong.  And I only figured it out once we went to 3 different Starbucks.  The promotion ended the day before and they no longer made them.  My boys were bummed...mad was more like it and Parker even called me "mean mom," for lying to him.  Mom fail for sure!  

After feeling quite defeated I knew our last activity would not be canceled or let my boys down.  They have been wanting to see the new Beauty and the Beast movie for quite some time and the theater on base was showing it.  We invited Justien and Danny to join and we were all excited!!  Well 30 min before the movie Parker fell asleep, Maylee was screaming hungry, and Dominik was in a really whiny mood.  There was no way we were taking this circus on the road and to the movies.  So plan B was a movie party at home.  I made popcorn, we ate leftover Easter candy, and then finished the evening off with banana splits.  

So while I was technically 1 for 3 on my supermom Saturday I still consider the day a win.  My boys had fun, I proved to myself that I could handle it, and I didn't scream or yell at anyone.  I was pretty proud of myself!!  

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Easter Morn

What a fun weekend we had celebrating with family, and what a fabulous Easter Sunday we had being with family.  After celebrating alone for 3 years in Japan it was such a breath of fresh air to be surrounded by loved ones as we reflected on the life and atoning sacrifice of our Savior.  I enjoy the egg hunts, the bunny rabbits, and the excess amount of candy...but I really enjoy taking time to think about all that Jesus did for us and all the blessings that come from and through Him.  

The day overall was eventless, but there was something in the monotony that was peaceful and calm.  The kids opened their baskets, we went to church, then we came home and rested, followed by a delicious dinner.  I made a carrot garden for tricky!  It was a Bavarian cream pie with orange chocolate covered strawberries on top.  Thanks Pinterest!!  Such a beautiful day spent with my beautiful family.  




Monday, April 24, 2017

Bunny Day

One of my favorite holiday traditions is The seperation of Bunny Day and Easter.  I love that Saturday is celebrating the commercial side of Easter and the Sunday solely focuses on the Savior and His atonement.  My kids learn the real meaning of Easter while still getting all the candy filled eggs and other festivities that the world pushes so hard.  Love it!!

This was the first time we celebrated Easter with our Vegas family.  With 17 grandkids I knew it would be an awesome time.  Linda wanted to make sure that each grandkid had a dozen eggs to dye so the morning was spent hardboiling a CRAZY amount of eggs.  Can I just say that the house smelled fiercely of the ever so aromatic eggs!  The kids loved dying their eggs and experimenting with the 50 different colors, crayons, and rubber bands that grandma put out for them.  She's a great grandma!!  





After our eggs and hands...and clothes were dyed all sorts of fun colors we filled 300 eggs with all different types of candy.  The adults hid them around the yard and the kids went hunting!  Parker didn't care about quantity, he just liked hunting. So TJ would take eggs out of his basket and re-hide them for Parker to find.  Each egg he re-found brought the biggest smile to his face; so precious!!  

Once the sun went well as the kids a sugar high… We had a glow in the dark Easter egg hunt.  We bought little glow sticks for each egg… And then hit them around the very dark front yard.  Turned out so cool!  Other than a few kids falling because they couldn't see where they were stepping, The kids had a blast!  What a fun bunny day it was!


Fair Amount of Fun

I never went to a county fair when I was growing up.  In fact, I grew up thinking carnival rides were scary and the games were rigged and a waste of money.  So you can imagine my surprise when I marry someone who grew up going to he fair every year, riding the rides and playing the games...with a mother in law who was on the fair board.  The Clark County fair is in Overton every year and is a huge part of TJs childhood.  So since we are in San Diego and only a quick drive away we thought this was a great year to spend it giving our kids an insight to their dad's great memories.  Fair weekend also happened to fall on Easter weekend so it was a win-win.  

We drove in to Vegas on Friday afternoon and headed straight to the fair.  The kids got the unlimited ride bracelet and pretty much wanted to do. Toni g but ride the rides.  Dominik was tall enough for most the rides and found his interest on the Zipper which is the scariest ride I have ever seen.  The ride itself does a big vertical loop and then each cart in the ride does 360 degree spins...with no seat belts!!!  Talk about high anxiety for this mama!!  Dominik came off the ride exclaiming "dad I slammed my penis on the bar."  He said it hurt real bad but he still wanted to go again.  Then he kept telling everyone what happened on the ride...he is unabashed when it comes to talking about this kind of an issue...TJ was a little embarrassed!!





After the rides we all enjoyed a smorgasbord of fair food that everyone shared.  There was pork shush kabobs, turkey legs, curly fries, hot dogs, strawberry lemonades, funnel cakes, and so much more.  The kind of food that sticks to your arterys, and goes straight to your butt!! But so worth it in the moment!! Once we had all stuffed our faces, mike and I headed home to address the massive eruption out of Maylees diaper and Tj and the boys rode rides until 11pm!!  Everyone had such a fun day!!!!!


Friday, April 21, 2017

Little to Big

This year we have spent our fair share of days at Disneyland!  Most of these days are spent with TJ and Dominik riding rides while Parker and I (pregnant problems) walk around and ride the smaller rides or just wait outside the bigger rides for them to get done.  At first Parker didn't seem to really notice...until the last few times when he started asking when he would be big enough to go with the big boys; talk about breaking a mamas heart!!  Well we measured the boys at their birthdays and low and behold...Parker was finally 40" tall!!  Not quite tall enough for all the rides...but lots of new ones!!!  He could not have been more excited!!  He kept exclaiming "I'm big now, no more baby rides for me." It was so sweet.  TJ, Dominik, and grandma must have ridden Thunder Mountain Railroad 10 times!!  Parker was over the moon about the rides!!











We also got to see the Main Street Electrical Parade.  It is a fun throwback parade with fun music and really cool floats.  The perfect way to end our perfect day!!!




1 Month Old

This girl is growing up so quickly. I can't believe she is already a month old!!


Making the Most of Things

Since we were in Utah seeing family we decided to make the most of an otherwise sad situation and spend time with the Papenfuss family as well.  Scott and Junko live near Provo and it was conference weekend so we stayed with them and indulged in conference weekend with a delicious Swedish pancake breakfast and then some spiritual edification with the prophets words.  

We had dinner at Barrie and Lauries with everyone and then spent some time with grandma GiGi.  Such a nice and relaxing way to relish in the fact that we have some pretty great eternal families!!  While normally funerals are a sad time, I'm so grateful for the knowledge I have of life after death through the atoning sacrifice of our Savior.  He loosed the bands of death so we can all live again; together!!  What a miraculous gift!!!  And what a joyful time for us!!





Thursday, April 20, 2017

A Great Homecoming

We all knew that grandma Mecham didn't have much longer here with us, so it came as I surprise when Linda called to inform us that Grandma peacefully slipped away and the funeral preperations were being made.  Since driving to Utah with an infant was none too appealing we decided that driving one way and flying one way would be the best way to go.  Everyone would drive there and then TJ and the boys would drive home while grandma, Maylee, and I would fly.  

The funeral itself was beautiful.  All grandmas kids spoke and gave such tender tributes to the righteous woman who raised them.  She was such a pillar of strength and righteousness in the family and that was made abuntantlu known as each person spoke.  


The gravesite faced the mountains and grandma was buried surrounded by her late husband, and two children who already passed away.  I can't imagine a greater reunion in heaven than the one being had by grandma, grandpa, Ray, and Laurie!!  Till we meet again Grandma!!






Grandmas Obituiary 

Norma Weight Mecham, Faithful daughter of God, departed from this mortal existence Thursday, March 23, 2017, at her home in Provo, Utah.  She was born in Springville, Utah on July 10, 1929 to Leo D. and Lola Brown Weight and lived there until moving to England  (1950-1952), where she served in the British Mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. She graduated from Springville High and attended BYU.   

She was a member of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir before and after her mission and continued to love music and singing throughout her life. She sang with her wonderful ward choir until the year before her passing.                   

A wilting bouquet of pink roses helped her know she wanted to marry her sweetheart Ray Mecham. They were married on June 9th, 1954 in the Salt Lake City, Utah Temple.                              

With their six children, Linda (Michael) Finlayson, Ray (Jan Hemingway), Wendy (LDee) Nord, Nora (Brent) Limb, Lori (Robert) Dunkle and John (Jilene Snow), they moved often living in 10 states (several of them more than once) as Ray served in the Air Force. In 1978 he retired and they settled in Provo, Utah. She served faithfully in each calling  given her including Ward and Stake Relief Society President, Choir Director, Ward Chorister, Stake Music Librarian, Provo Temple Ordinance worker, and especially Mother and Wife. Many lives have been blessed for good by her love and acceptance. Her motto was “Our door is always open” and her home was always a warm accepting place for family, friend, or new acquaintance.  Each of her children, 34 grand-children and 43 great grandchildren have been blessed by her teachings, example, and love. She loved to quilt and garden and had an amazing talent for both. She was preceded in death by her husband Ray, son Ray, daughter Lori, grandson Jacob, her parents, her brothers Glen and Eldean Weight, and sister-in-law Carol.              

 Visitation Sunday April 2nd, 6-8 p. m. at the Walker Sanderson Funeral Home 85 E. 300 S. Provo UT and Monday April 3rd  9 -10:30 a.m. Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints       1260 W. 1150 N. Provo, Utah. Funeral services will follow at 11:a.m.