Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Happy Birthday Audrey!

It's my dear Audrey's birthday today!  22 years old as of about 1:00pm today.

One year old

4 years old

Three years old

a few months old

Graduating from High School

Disneyland 2006
I wish I could be with her today!  I'm feeling very nostalgic as I've been looking at pictures of Audrey and Lauren when they were little.  I'm remembering how overwhelming young motherhood was, but how much I loved it at the same time.  I'm amazed at the love I feel for my children from the time I first felt them move inside of me.  They are miracles to me and send me so much joy everyday amidst the frustrations and concerns and irritations and messes and tears and failures and successes.  At the end of the day I wouldn't trade my life for anyones.

I'm feeling very privileged today.  I spent a few hours reading in front of our fire.  It felt so luxurious and the best part was I absolutely loved the book, Illusions of Fate by Kiersten White.  It's by far the best book of hers that I've read, great characters and a very satisfying ending.  I do like a satisfying ending!

I have been happy to see the temperatures getting above freezing a bit this week, but now we have literal rivers and lakes in the street as ALL that ice if finally starting to melt.  Then this morning it got below freezing again and everything is like an ice skating rink!  Even the sidewalks are incredibly slick.  Fun times.

I'm off to my weight lifting class to add more soreness to my weak body!

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

It's wrestling time!  Wrestling season is in full swing.  Palmer is gone every weekend and Andy has meets every Saturday.  Andy is getting better and I think he is actually liking it more than he thought he would.  On Saturday there was a big meet here in Worland (it's always a thing to rejoice over when the meet is at home!).  Andy came in 2nd out of all the schools in his weight class of 145!  Here are a few pictures (he's on the top):

Palmer was in Lander Friday and Saturday for a big tournament.  He won his first match on Friday, but then lost the other two and so didn't get to wrestle on Saturday.  He had a great win on Thursday, however, and had his name in the paper for the fastest pin of the night!

Palmer also gave a talk on Sunday.  He had to prepare it in the times he wasn't wrestling in Lander and did a pretty good job!  It was on Family History, not one of his favorite topics!  I think he is starting to have a change of heart, however.  I went on family search Sunday night and by using the newish descendancy tab was able to find a name of one of Brian's dad's ancestors from Sweden who hadn't had his work done!  I printed it out and Palmer can take it to the temple when the young men go in a couple of weeks!  Really cool, I didn't realize how easy it was and it only took me about 30 minutes to find it!  I also found a bunch of my Alder ancestors whose work hadn't been done and noticed that someone else was working on that line, I was able to get her email address (she lives in Manti) and I emailed her to ask if she would mind if I did some of their work.  She called me on Monday and we had a very nice chat.  She is getting ready to take all the names to the temple, so I won't be reserving them, but it was really cool to talk to a distant cousin!!

The missionaries ate dinner at our house again on Sunday.  They are really great girls and we love to have them over.  I feel like I am starting to pay back all the wonderful people who fed me on my mission, it's going to take a long time to pay back that debt!

On a different topic, I have started going to a weight training class at the gym.  Yesterday was my first day.  The gym owner is the personal trainer and he is very intense.  I woke up so sore today.  I sneezed and every muscle hurt!  I guess it's working!  I'm actually pretty excited about it, I've never been good at weight training so this should be good!

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Quick post before I go to bed:

Worland beat Cody in wrestling and Palmer pinned his guy in under a minute.

Andy pinned his Cody guy in the 8th grade wrestling in 15 seconds.

Peter was home sick a bit today.

Lucy is better and went to school.

And I was so blessed to get the quick 12 hour stomach thing as well.  Ugh.

Palmer heads to Lander tomorrow for a two day tournament.  Wrestling seriously is time consuming, but he loves it and his grades haven't suffered.

It was -8 this morning.  Second ugh.  I think I'm getting white blindness, can I see some color please?  The cold frozen snow isn't as pretty anymore.  Lucy keeps wanting to play her Frozen CD, I want to throw it out in our own version of Frozen!

Here's to a Friday sans sickness and below zero temps!

(Rant over, perhaps I shouldn't post when I'm recovering from my guts being twisted in a knot!)

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Monday morning I woke up excited to be heading to Billings with Brian for a night.  Andy informed me that his stomach was killing him and I told him to go back to bed.  Then Peter said the same thing.  Oh no, perhaps we weren't going after all!  The other kids left the house and I said a prayer that these two boys would be well and healthy.  Peter woke up awhile later and I sat with him for awhile.  Around 8:15 he said he felt fine and wanted to go to school, so he did.  Andy still didn't feel well.  I told him that we would stay and not go and he said he would be fine just being home by himself.

We left around 12:00 and hoped for the best with Andy and the rest of the kids.  Andy ended up watching hours of cartoon network and said it was the most boring day of his life!  Perhaps that will break him of watching monotonous tv!  He was fine the next day and went to school.

We had great roads and the temperature in Billings was in the 40s which was a nice break from the single digits!  We grabbed a hamburger in Basin at the gas station/burger joint (they are better than fast food burgers).  Once we were in Billings Brian needed to do some work related stuff and then we checked into our hotel--Crowne Plaza.  It very nice hotel, all 20 stories of it.  I forget what tall buildings look like since the tallest one here in Worland is 2 stories!  Then we hit a couple of stores: a music store, Target, Great Clips for a haircut for Brian.  We decided to see a movie-the third Night at the Museum, and had dinner at Olive Garden.  We headed back to the hotel and decided to work some of those calories off at the gym at the hotel.  

The next morning we hit the gym again and then headed to the temple.  It was so nice to be there, I really enjoyed it.  We hadn't taken the time for breakfast and by the time we left the temple it was 12:00, so we looked for a place to eat and settled on Famous Dave's barbecue that had been recommended to us by our friend.  It didn't disappoint, very good.  I even tried some of the spicy barbecue sauce:

Then we tackled the real shopping: the Mall, Walmart, and Costco.  Brian and I both scored some major deals at the mall--$9 pants at the Gap, $3 shirts at Abercrombie and Fitch, and Brian got some shoes that were normally $125 for $66.  Success!  The icing on the cake was the gas at Costco--$1.85!  We were back home by 6:00 and the kids had mixed feelings about seeing us!  Lucy and Peter missed us, Eric said he missed us a little bit and Emma said she liked it when we were gone!!  Next time we are staying for more than one night, and maybe we should branch out and go somewhere besides Billings!

This morning Lucy woke up with whatever Andy had.  What a blessing that she was fine yesterday!  Today is a hang out on the couch with Lucy day and watch PBS kids.  There are definitely worse ways to spend you day!

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Almost exactly to the hour 24 years ago today Brian and I got married in the Salt Lake Temple!

We've had quite the adventure and I hope it continues for the next 24 years and beyond!

We are going to Billings tomorrow afternoon and spending the night in the big city Yahoo!

Palmer and Andy are in the thick of wrestling season.  Nearly every weekend Palmer and the wrestling team leave on Thursday and don't get back until Saturday.  They have been to Utah, South Dakota, and Green River (Wyoming, not Utah).  Palmer has been doing pretty well, he wins more than he loses.  It's Andy's first time wrestling and he is doing pretty well.  His first meet wasn't the best, but he is learning fast and improving.  Thankfully his meets are only on Saturday and just an hour or two away.  (That's close compared to 5-7 hours away!)  Next week both of them wrestle here in Worland!

Palmer got his second college acceptance letter--North Texas University!  That's 2 out of three so far.  He won't know about BYU for a few more weeks.  I'm proud of all his hard work and taking the time to apply to schools that require so many essays!

Lucy has started gymnastics and absolutely loves it!  They have a pretty good program here with a complete gym and all the apparatuses.  She is trying to get stronger by doing push-ups, I've watched her do up to 25 push-ups--the full length ones!  She's pretty strong!

Eric came home from school the other day excited to tell me they climbed the rope in P.E. and only one other person climbed higher than he did!  Looks like we have a couple of strong armed kids!

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Jack Frost has visited!  Everything looked beautiful yesterday morning.  People here tell us that this winter has been unusual for Wyoming.  There has been record snowfall this year and since nothing ever melts the snow drifts are growing!  

The tree in our front yard

Our back deck

Another view of our tree, taken from our front window.

Saturday, January 10, 2015


It's Lauren's birthday today, she's 20 and no longer a teenager!  Here are some pictures through the ages!

Thanksgiving 2014 at Grandma Edholm's

Mount Rushmore 2014

On the Heber Creeper

Disneyland 2006

Disneyland 2006

Disneyland 2006

Disneyland 2006 with the other "L" Lucy!

Mountain View Cross Country Team 2011

On the swings, probably around 2006 or 2007

Graduation 2013

I love you Lauren!  You are a sweet and beautiful daughter!

Friday, January 9, 2015

Palmer has finished his doctors and dentists appointments for his mission application.  We didn't think he would have to have his wisdom teeth out because the last x-ray he had in Utah showed that they weren't even developed yet.  But, now he has to have the two bottom ones out!  We are going to wait until after wrestling season is over, however.  Everything else looked great!  Now he just needs to meet with the bishop and stake president and on February 3rd in go his papers!  He is very excited and I'm very happy he is excited!

Palmer left for Vernal Utah yesterday with the wrestling team.  They have a huge wrestling invitational there Friday and Saturday.  I wish I could have gone with them and not only watched Palmer, but seen my dad's relatives that live there.  Before he left Palmer asked me, "will I be able to still go on my mission if I break my leg?"  I told him yes after it is healed, but please don't break your leg!!

Andy's first wrestling meet is tomorrow.  He says he's going to get killed!  This is his first try wrestling and he says he really doesn't know what he is doing.  I'm glad he was willing to try it, but I think I would rather he stick with football and basketball, they don't involve trying to make weight constantly and eating celery and cucumbers all week to try and lose that last pound.

Emma is cheering at the basketball games tonight and tomorrow.  Now we have three kids who are all involved in different sporting events at the same time!  Lucy started gymnastics on Monday.  It's pretty low key, just once a week for an hour.  She absolutely loves it!!  I think it's a perfect fit for her.

It's cold (-4 degrees) and I'm trying to tell myself to just get used to it since it will be here until March.  I really don't mind the cold, but when it's always either in the single digits or below zero nothing melts and there is ice everywhere.  I have come to appreciate the 20's and 30's.  I think the perfect weather for me would be somewhere between 35 and 85.  That's not too much to ask is it?  Sigh.  At least I have heat and a warm house!  Worland has zero homeless people, if they did they would be dead!

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Pictures of Palmer

When we were in Utah for Thanksgiving, a friend of ours took Palmer's picture for graduation.  They turned out great!  We thought he could use them for his mission application, but that picture has to be with him in a suit and tie, so we took another one today after church.

Here are some of the professional ones:

Saturday, January 3, 2015

A New Year

Wow, it's 2015!  I know it's cliche to look back at the beginning of a new year and review all the happenings of the old, but I would like to indulge in reminiscing along with the rest of the world, or at least the rest of the facebook world!

January 2014 brought a new adventure to my life: a full time job.  For 6 months I had the privilege of being the Associate Children's Librarian at the Orem Public Library.  I started out more than a little apprehensive about this huge responsibility.  It pushed me out of my comfort zone and I surprised myself when I was able to do it!  It helped that Brian and I both felt it was a blessing from above and I definitely felt I had help beyond my own to accomplish the task.  We had health insurance for the first time in a long time, which turned out to be a much needed item!  January is a month of celebrations in our family, Lauren turned 19, Audrey turned 21, and Brian and I celebrated 23 years of wedded bliss!

February started out with a bang as Palmer came in 5th in region wrestling and Mountain View High School took region.  My kids adjusted to me being gone and picked up the slack at home, cooking dinners, and cleaning.  In an attempt to be at home on Fridays afternoons when my kids had early out I decided to work a 13 hour day on Tuesdays.  Whoa, that was harder than I anticipated!  Emma and I started to go to spinning at the rec center on Tuesday and Thursday mornings at 5:30am.  Although I loved that time with Emma and I like spinning, on Tuesdays I would leave the house at 5:15am and sometimes not be back home until 10:00pm.

March was Brian's birthday, 49 years young.  It was also the much anticipated Girl Scout Cookie fest!  I fear I ate way too many thin mints.  This marked the month we first heard of a city called Worland in Wyoming.  A head hunter firm that Brian had worked with in the past called him up and told him about a job he may be interested in.  Brian didn't think much about it until they called again and again and finally we decided we needed to see where this city was and if he should apply for the job.  St. Patrick's Day we drove up to Wyoming for the first time.  I was very skeptical on the drive up.  There is a lot of ugly Wyoming around I-80!  About an hour south of Worland we hit Wind River Canyon.  It's beautiful.  I started to think maybe this would be a good place.  We drove around Worland, stopped in at the museum to learn more about the town, and stopped in at the store Brian would be managing as well.  I still wasn't completely sold.  The next day was Sunday and we went to church.  We only had time to go to Sacrament Meeting because we needed to get back home to the kids.  It's amazing to be miles away from anything familiar and sitting in a chapel everything is familiar.  The people were kind and friendly.  After Sacrament Meeting the stake president who happened to be there invited us to talk with him in his office.  That talk lasted 45 minutes or so and we left with a completely different feeling than we came with.  On the drive home the Wyoming landscape looked much different to me, I didn't know it then, but it was beginning to look and feel like home.

April came and Lauren moved home from the dorms at BYU.  Audrey was home for a short time and then left for her internship in Topeka Kansas.  Palmer broke his wrist on the last wrestling meet of the year.  Pretty good timing on his part, but he still had to play the drums in the jazz band at the high school and with a cast it made it difficult.  He preserved and drummed one handed on some of the songs!  What a rock star he is!  We felt like Brian should throw his hat in and apply for the job.  They flew him out for an interview to Torrington Wyoming.  By the time he got back  to his hotel room that night he had an offer.  We thought about it and prayed about it and talked about it for a few days and then Brian accepted the offer.  He was to start on May 31st.

May was full of preparations! The end of school is always busy as well.  Emma had her dance concert at BYU and looked beautiful.  Lucy also had her end of the year dance concert at BYU and was baptized in the same week!  She got to be baptized on a separate date than was scheduled for our stake since Brian was leaving and wouldn't be here for the date in June.  She looked happy and sweet on her special day.  It was a strange thing for me and the kids to say goodbye to Mountain View High School.  There are so many good memories for our family there and many wonderful teachers that we love.  Brian and I took another drive to Worland to look at houses this time.  We found one that we liked and put an offer  on it.  Since I didn't have too much on my plate at this time, I decided to have my gall bladder out three days before my birthday on the 22nd.  It had been bothering me for a long time (years) and now that I had insurance I could get it out.  Brian left a week after my surgery and naive me scheduled myself to be back at work 5 days after the surgery!  Not a very smart move on my part!  I didn't recover as quickly as I would have liked, but the fact that I had a full time job, a husband who was gone, and had to pack up an entire house to move a state away didn't help!  At the same time all of this was going on Audrey got in an accident (not her fault) on the freeway in Kansas and totaled her car!  She was fine, but she had to go through the entire process of finding and buying a car by herself without our help.  One bright spot in all of this was we were able to sell our home quickly.  And finally Peter turned 6 at the end of the month!  Whew!

June was a complete blur!  I still don't know how I did everything!  To start things off, Andy had scout camp, then Palmer and Emma and Lauren went on trek, and then Palmer and the priests and laurels went to Havasupi in the Grand Canyon!  Poor little Andy was in charge of everything for a week while the older kids were on the trek, he did great!  I had given my notice to the library that I was leaving and said my last day would be July 5th.  The person they hired to replace me was on vacation then and wouldn't be back until the next week in July!  So I had to postpone my last day another week and a half so I could train her.  Palmer, in the meantime, performed with his drum teachers band at the Orem Summerfest, it was so fun to watch him.  I spent every spare moment going through everything we owned and getting rid of a lot of stuff and tried not to lift anything over 10 pounds so that I wouldn't tear anything from my surgery!

July came and I could see a light at the end of the tunnel!  Brian came home for the 4th of July weekend--yay!  My last day of work finally came!  I was overwhelmed with the kindnesses of everyone on my last day.  They threw me a party and so many people said so many kind things!  My wonderful children's staff donated money for me to have a porch swing for my new home in Wyoming!  They are wonderful people that I love and miss!  It was an incredible journey for those short 6 months!  I can truly say I am glad I had the opportunity to work at the library!  Meanwhile, Emma had girls camp and I was hurriedly getting everything ready for the movers to come.  Amidst this we celebrated Eric's 11th birthday. Then, because things happen in life, Brian called to tell me that  the people whose house we were going to buy pulled out at the last minute!  So we had no where to live, and the movers wanted to know the address of our home so they could deliver all our possessions!  Brian scrambled and a very kind member of the church said we could use his storage pods free of charge.  Everything went in there except for my harp and piano which went into Brian's office.  Brian drove down and we had a last family vacation with my mom and sister and her husband at the Homestead in Midway.  Then on the 29th of July we started our trek to our new home state!  We had to stay in the Days Inn, of course, since we were homeless.

August brought Mount Rushmore, Days Inn, school starting, and finally our very own home!  What a blessing to have this wonderful place to live!  It was definitely worth the wait!  One of the first things we did in our new home was celebrate Emma's birthday-sweet 16!

September was the start of our new routine.  I unpacked everything and started to really enjoy being home again.  The kids made friends, Brian's store continued to do well, and we felt settled.

October was so nice in Worland.  It wasn't cold, I was optimistic about the horror stories of freezing weather!  Emma and I made a quick overnight run to Utah for her appointment with her doctor at Primary Children's.  Palmer and Emma enjoyed the Homecoming Dance and Palmer celebrated his 18th birthday in Green River Wyoming playing football. And Halloween was actually enjoyable with the wards trunk or treat!

November was cruel!  The cold weather hit with such force, -30 degrees!  I've never felt that kind of cold!  It's amazing how quickly we all adjusted to it!  Now when it's in the single digits it doesn't seem that cold!  We went to Utah for Thanksgiving and enjoyed the warm weather and our family and friends and stores, and radio stations, and cheaper gas!  Andy turned 14 and was ordained a teacher.

December was here and it was fun to decorate our new home for the holidays.  We cut two of our own Christmas trees down and even though they were very Charlie Browninsh, we loved them.  Audrey and Lauren flew in for Christmas and we had a quiet wonderful holiday.  We left on the 27th to go to Utah and had a nice relaxing time with them.

It's been an exceptional year, full of milestones and new things.  Change always rejuvenates me and helps me to make goals to improve and be better.  This year we will see lots of new things as well.  Palmer started his mission application today!  Audrey and Palmer will graduate from college and high school.  We will be down to only 5 children at home in the fall.  I'm excited to see the new adventures my children will have and amid all the changes one thing I know will be constant-the love of my Father in Heaven and His Son Jesus Christ.  Words cannot express how much I rely on Them and how my life is so good because of Them.  I can weather anything with my "head held high" as Jimmy Stewart says in Mr. Krueger's Christmas, because I know God lives.

God bless all of you that read these ramblings of mine!  Know that I love you and miss you and I am a better person because of all of you!