Friday, November 29, 2013

Rotten Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving started out fine. The night before the girls and I made 6 different pies. Bella was such a great helper! I'm so glad we get her this year. It's been fun!
Long story short we were just about to eat and Seth got a call from mike that he found found my mom face down in her apartment and it looked she had been dead for a few days.
Such a mess!
I've been so stressed with the Kenny stuff and dealing with getting my mom admitted into a hospital I didn't think I could take any more. I cried a lot and had Seth take me home. He went back and dealt with the police. Oh and Carston was there. Such a nice guy!
Then today I dealt with phone calls, texts, my moms bishop and Alden. 
What a day.
Alden is flying in tonight and Seth is going to pick him and his girlfriend up at the airport and take them to where they are staying. Then tomorrow we'll meet at the mortuary and the elders from her ward will bring all the boxes over to my house so we can start sorting.
Not looking forward to any of this.
Thank heaven for all the nice people who have called and offered to help with the kids because we will need it this week.

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Great Dad

Today was a little rough.
Kenny has been at it again with full force. His e-mails have gotten worse. Very manipulative and mean. I was just under so much stress.
I called my dad and broke down.
He then offered to take the girls to the zoo. Something I was planning to do because it was free zoo day. But I was having such a rough day I didn't think I would make it.
Anyway he was so amazing! As usual. He took the girls and while they were there he ran into Marianne and A. The kids all wanted to stay with their friends so he walked around with the moms for a few hours.
I'm so thankful for such a great dad/grandpa!

Friday, November 22, 2013

Cooking Class #2

Today was another successful cooking class! They made turkey and cheese roll ups with homemade bread, pumpkin pie, a turkey thing with nuts and apple cider that they pored into apples after they cored them.
Such a fun thing for the girls!

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Kindergarten Thanksgiving Lunch

Today was the annual Thanksgiving lunch with the kindergarten class. It seems like just yesterday we were there with Bella and the twins were just babies.
It was a lot of fun and Claire had fun showing us off.
The craziest part was a conversation I had with another mom. It went something like this:
Her: Are you Claire's mom? My son is Cade. He came home the other day and said  "mom Claire's my girlfriend"
Me: Oh no
Her: It was innocent, really. But then when I realized who Claire was, I was like good for you she's hot.
I didn't know what to think. I just laughed and was a little flattered. Then after that another mom told me her little boy has a crush on Claire.
Oh Claire bear. At recess she chases the 1st and 2nd grade boys. She's already boy crazy.

Thursday, November 14, 2013

A Girl After my Own Heart

Bella made a count down of how many days until her birthday!
Nothing could make me more proud...except for the time she said "my three favorite holidays are Christmas, Halloween and my birthday".

Love her!!

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Missing Bella

Just missing my sweet girl tonight.
She went with Kenny for the weekend. She came home today for church and then I had to take her back and because tomorrow is Veteran's Day he insisted that she sleep over tonight and he'll bring her home on Monday morning so she can walk to school.
So around 7:00pm tonight I really started to get sad. That's when she usually comes home.
What made it worse was when she cried on Friday because she didn't want to stay that long.
Oh I miss her!

Saturday, November 9, 2013

Date with the twins

I decided to take the twins on a date but ended up letting them take a friend. It worked out perfectly. Bella was with Kate, Claire was having a sleepover with Elysia at grandpa and grandma's and Seth was at the Utah game.
The twins picked Luke. We had a fun lunch at McDonalds and then headed to Kangaroo Zoo.
It was a great day and they were all worn out by the time we got home.  

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

A night to remember

Tonight was one of those nights I wish I could bottle up and keep forever.
As we ate dinner the twins finished and went in their room to play. They just giggled and played. It was so fun to listen to. (Yesterday someone stopped me at the store to comment on how cute their laugh was.)
Then after dinner we were all in our room just playing and laughing. All the girls got hiccups from laughing so hard. There was no tv or phones. Just playing and laughing as a family.
Oh I love them all!!

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Crazy Pam

Last week my mom showed up unannounced and was actually very pleasant. She called and left a nice message, then an e-mail and then just showed up. I was nervous at first since I never know how things with her will go. But it was fine. She hadn't been here in almost a year.
Then on Halloween night she called and sounded really worried and weird. She was talking fast and saying things like she was worried if we were ok and she was safe and I shouldn't worry. After a little probing she finally said the Bountiful City police were trying to extort money from her and that she'd called the Salt Lake police and they were keeping her safe. 
None of it made sense but after we finished talking Seth said to call Carston (a police officer in our ward) and check and see if she really filed a report. It runs out she did and the SL police listened to her story and then suggested she speak with someone from Valley Mental Health. She of course freaked out and walked out.
I decided not to do anything (after a good talk with Linda). Because truthfully she doesn't want my help and probably enjoys this little world she's created.
But then on Monday I got a call from Alden and form the Bountiful City police. Turns out they've been dealing with her for 2 weeks. She had made several calls saying that the shadows in her painting were coming out of the walls and black crows were circling around her apartment. They even went over to check on her. But when they suggested she speak with a mental health person she got mad and wouldn't speak to them.
So I found where she was staying, that day, and talked to her for about 40 minutes. After talking with her I was more convinced that she is so crazy and there's nothing I can do for her unless she wants to get help. She was saying things like Seth is behind all of this. He wants her money and he started this. It was crazy.
Then later that night she called crying and said she's jealous and intimidated by me. She wanted to have lunch the next day so we could talk. 
But the more I thought about it the more I realized I can't talk to her until she's ready to be honest with herself and my. So I e-mailed her a very nice letter and basically put everything out in the open. The police stuff, her landlord (Mike Youngberg- how she was late on her rent) getting help. I said it all nice and in a loving way. This was confirmed by Linda. I had her read the e-mail and she said it was very kind and loving.
So as of today she hasn't responded. I doubt she will. But that is fine since we weren't exactly on great terms before. 

Saturday, November 2, 2013

Halloween 2013

Halloween was great! We started the morning off trick or treat at all the grandparents work. The girls had enough candy from that to last them all month.
Then later that day Claire had a party in her classroom and I'm lucky enough to be the room mom so I got to be there. It was lots of fun.
After school we went trick or treating in colonial square with the Sorenson's and then it was off to the Barlow's for their annual Halloween dinner followed by trick or treating.
It was a such a fun day! 
Then we made Seth jealous by sleeping in and being lazy the next day (there was no school).
Great way to start the weekend.