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This while has been awesome crazy. Amelia's currently napping and we have to leave in 20 minutes to get the boys. She doesn't nap every day any more although she definitely still needs it. She is like her brothers and dad in that holding still long enough to fall asleep is excruciating.

Well, if you don't already know, we got a new to us van. We are really excited and have had a few outings to celebrate being able to fit in one vehicle again. Jared has been busting his behind working so hard so we could save up the money to purchase. It's a 2004 Toyota Sienna with 104,000 miles on it. Jared is hoping it will last at least until Elijah and possibly Xander are out of the house. Even though it hurts to spend the money it is really fun to save up and be able to buy something big that we need and want.

Last Friday we were just waiting around for return calls from the different feelers we had out. It was between this Sienna and a same year Honda Odyssey that had less than 60,000 miles and was the super luxury edition. The Honda would have left us tight for the month of May but we felt if it worked out it was worth the lower mileage. I think God watched out for us and helped us get exactly what we needed. Also, Jared, aside from working so many extra hours, did a lot of research and looking at vehicles so that we would be ready to buy as soon as we had enough money and the right vehicle came up. We looked at everything from Sequoias to Flexes to Quests. He even looked at buses, old VW buses, and a hearse Online.

We got the van in the nick of time. Jared was taking the Camry to work this week and on the second day he got a flat tire which led us to see how startling bald all of the tires were. I have been nervous driving the Camry for several months now for more than just the tires and was praying constantly every time the kids and I were in it. I would check the tires every time before leaving the house and they didn't look anywhere near as bad as they do now a short bit after we got our van. So God blessed the Camry to work for us as long as we absolutely needed it to.

We still haven't figured out what to do with it. I'm leaning towards selling it and sinking the money in the Suzuki, but we'll see.

Once Jared got that stress off of his mind he started working on the pool. We have
needed to redo some of the plumbing and the concrete slab that the filter and pump are on since we moved in, but the time and money just never came together. This morning he put in the concrete slab which is at least 4 inches deep as opposed to the old, cracked one that was less than 2 inches deep. He is such a man, I love it.

Xander ended up getting to play in 5 soccer games which was great. He scored 4(or maybe 5) goals in those games. Elijah and Maxwell are still loving baseball. Amelia is maturing and becoming more coordinated by leaps and bounds. Her language skills are still mostly dependant on us knowing what she is saying rather than it being easily understood, but she is a serious chatterbox when she is awake. She seems to be really bright and coordinated for her age. Despite her size, most people guess she is over 18 months. I know I am probably just a proud, biased mom, but I treasure every moment I get to spend with her.

If you couldn't tell from this post, I am super grateful for Jared's hard work and efforts at being an engaged father, husband, and supporting me being a Stay At Home (or in the car turned van) Mom. He rocks! Sorry for the sticky sweetness of the post. And yes, we will most likely "Get a Room!" so don't feel like you need to offer that advice or anything. Sorry for the TMI. (But not really)

Elijah's Ordination

It is crazy that I already have to think about this, but my baby is nearly 12. Elijah will be ordained on his birthday/Father's Day, June 17. Our church is 9 am - noon. Following church we will host a luncheon at our house for every one who comes to the ordination. If you don't make it to the ordination and have what I deem to be a good excuse you are invited to the luncheon. This is enough forewarning though so I don't expect many good excuses. Elijah will understand not coming for those of you who live out of state. We know it has been a hectic year. We will be out of town until June 11th for anyone who is thinking of coming early. If anyone wants an extended AZ vacay we are looking for a house/pet/pool sitter from May 30-June 11.

Please let us know if you are coming to the ordination when you know either way. Depending on the amount of family/friends that show up, Elijah's ordination will take place either during Priesthood in his quorum or immediately after church.

We would love to see any and all of you guys here.

I've got 15 minutes so here goes . . .

Sports season is upon us. More specifically baseball season is smothering us. I love that my kids play baseball (well, at least 2 of them), but baseball is overwhelming. The schedule is different every week, games take 2-3 hours and Elijah's practices take 2 hours. Maxwell's team isn't practicing during the season for the most part so there is some relief.

Elijah finally got to pitch. I worked on strategies with him for getting his coach to let him pitch. What finally worked was him asking his coach what he needed to do to get a chance to pitch. If that wouldn't have worked I would have had Jared step in. Elijah's coach from last season that only let Elijah pitch 1 inning said he would contact Elijah's coach for us this season if Elijah wasn't getting the opportunity. Elijah's Fall Ball team had too many 13 year old pitchers for him to get much opportunity. Elijah's 1 inning last season was 3 strike-outs and 1 walk, no hits. Last week, Elijah pitched 2 innings and would have had 0 runs scored during those 2 innings if it weren't for a bunch of fielding errors. His first inning had 0 runs scored.

It is really hard to watch your child have the game on their shoulders like that. It is also really exciting. I know he might not be the best pitcher, but I at least want him to have an opportunity to learn and try. The skill is important for being selected for the All-Stars team and would be helpful in making his school's team next year. His coach (and the other male adults) were really excited about the talent he showed in those 2 innings. We, as parents, don't care if he ever plays for any of his school teams, but it is important to Elijah. He really wants to make the team next year.

Maxwell has been pretty fun to watch. Our Little League organization doesn't have enough age division in the younger ages which can be very frustrating. I have probably already griped about this before, but there are no sports where 5 year olds and 8 year olds should be playing together. It really pulls down the level of the 8 year olds. He has been showing much improved hitting and a way better swing. In coach pitch, he is expected to swing at all the pitches whether they are hittable or not. Jared and I have advised him to not hack at the ball no matter how tempting it can be.

I finally asked Maxwell why he liked Baseball better than soccer. He started off with, "Well, it is baseball," and then went into more detail. He likes the structure in baseball. In soccer you can score at any time and the ball can be anywhere on the field at any time. His explanation fits his personality. He really does have a hard time with anything that appears too chaotic for him. Those situations are where he gets timid. We, along with his teachers, are focusing on Maxwell developing more self confidence. His best friend since Kindergarten is leaving the school next year and overall he needs confidence in order to start doing his best in every situation. He is an extremely bright and talented kid. He just needs to understand that.

Jared and Xander have 2 more weeks of soccer.

And now my time of free is up since I have to go get the boys from school. Then when we get home we will have a frantic rush to get ready for an evening of baseball.

My summative

My summative was awesome!!!!!!!!!!! It started out with a video of what we did over the quarter. Then we played three songs that we learned in music. They were called Nig round BAG, The Canoe sSong, and Cha Cha Chihuahua.Then we went to our classrooms. At our classrooms each table had an expiriment and I explained each one to my family. The other side of our clasroom was the best. WE had made a fake cave out of paper and many other materials. I made the stalagmites. My summative rocked!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Spring Break

My Spring Break has been a thrill. On Monday, last week, we went over to the Baileys' house. We met at Tumble weed Park where we played a bit of wiffleball and on the playground. When we went to the Baileys' house we played a obstacle course game in Seth's room. In the game someone would make a course that someone would have to go through without getting hit by stuffed animals that someone was throwing. If you got hit you'd have to start over. On Tuesday we started out playing disc golf and then I can't remember what happened. Wednesday we played with our friend, Quin, all day long. In the morning we went to the park and played kick ball. We met two teenagers there and started playing kick ball with them. Then we came home and had lunch. We went back outside and played wall ball. A hour later we started playing wiffleball at the park. We came back and played wall ball again. On Thursday we went to Mesquite Park to shoot my be-be gun. My dad disc golfed with my mom. Max did archery and Elijah and I did be-be shooting. On Friday we went to Paseo Vista Park to do archery. Max and I played on a man-made hill while Elijah did archery. Occasionally Max and I would go do a bit of archery. Dad also did a bit of disc golf when Amelia was asleep. Afterward dad played disc golf and we played at the playground.Saturday we went to hike at South Mountain. We found walking stick that we took along with us. We found out that they weren't of much use because we couldn't do anything hard because the stroller. Instead we used them as vaulting sticks. We found a cool area where our dad took pictures of us and we climbed the large boulders. Later at night we got Amelia's presents. On Sunday we went to church and celebrated Amelia's first birthday. We made her b-day signs and cards. I gave her a ball drop toy where you take a hammer and whack a ball then it goes down and does some stuff. Elijah gave her a play phone that our mom said she'd love. Max gave her play keys that our mom also said Amelia would love. On Monday we cleaned up played outside for a bit, then played Wii. Tuesday we went shopping, cleaned up, and then I had soccer practice. At soccer practice My team was against the coaches, my dad, coach Joe, and Brandon. I made some goals and then was goalie. I made three awesome blocks. On Wednesday we swept,mopped, and vacuumed. Later we played Wii and Elijah went to baseball practice and scouts. On Thursday we cleaned up, went to the store, and then I had soccer practice. Today is Friday and so far I've read, cleaned the pool, and made this blog entry.:D

Brothers

Brothers are awesome! My brothers (are) helpful, stupendous, awesome, cool, nice, good brothers ,great ,amazing ,fun to play with ,funny ,good at the trombone (1 of them) ,good at the recorder ,crazy ,love nature , respectful,persevere , honest ,true ,benevolent ,like sports ,tough ,love pizza ,good at disk golf ,good at archery ,good at BB gun ,good drawers ,talented ,good workers ,love playing outside ,and all of the good stuff you could imagine!

My Spring Break So Far

I get a 2 week spring break and so I'm about halfway through. On Monday we played the Baileys, first at Tumbleweed Park, then at their house. At Tumbeleweed I climbed one of the big rocks with my Brothers and Seth, which is relatively hard and really fun to do. Then I walked around with Amelia, in which I learned she likes to play on the ladder things that look like a bunch of c's stacked on top of each other. She loves to hang supported with only a little weight on her feet, most of it on her hands, hanging from the second from the bottom, curved rung. After that Jenny and I looked for the other end of speaking tubes, that have a cone shaped reciever/message giver. They go underground, so finding the other end is extremely hard. Then Jenny and I climbed the rocks some more then we had to go to their house. A their house, while waiting for lunch, most of us played Uno. Then we got to eat some smoothies first, went out back to eat waremelon slices. After we ate them I went back to play Uno with Noah and Jenny, while waiting for Grilled Cheeses and spaghetti sauce. After eating that, which was delicious, I played Skyline on the computer, then Smash Bros on the Wii. Then we played Poison ball, a game on the Trampoline that you have a/some ball(s) on it and are trying not to get hit. In between playing that we played the Obstacle Course Game, in which one person sets up an obstacle course for everyone to get through. We had bedroom things to work with.
Then we went back home, we played with Quin a little, then went to Max's baseball scrimmage, Which all the boys in the Anderson fam got to play in, since Max's team was short players. We went home, watched the movie Kung Fu Dunk for a little, then bed.

I woke up in the morning ate, read, then got ready for the day. We played with Quin the whole day, in which we played Kickball, Whiffle Ball, and Wall ball. Also all of us got sunburned, and saw a Great Horned Owl.

Yesterday I went shooting Xander's BeBe gun, with the Fam, read, and played outside. That was pretty much it, we were shooting for a long time.
The End.

Primary Talk

this is my talk.
Hi,my name is Maxwell and I am going to talk about how God speaks through living Prophets.

God speaks through a prophet today just as He did in the past. The prophet—President Thomas S. Monson—teaches you what Heavenly Father wants you to know and do and become. You are blessed when you listen to and follow the prophet. President Monson’s directions help us become more like Jesus Christ.
There is a song called We Listen to a Prophet’s Voice which says:We listen to a prophet’s voice and hear the Savior too.
With love he bids us do the work the Lord would have us do.
The Savior calls his chosen seer to preach the word of God,
That men might learn to find the path marked by the iron rod.

Elder Neil L. Andersen said We have the responsibility to listen and to follow, and we have a promise that blessings will come as we believe and act on the prophets’ words. If we will be attentive to the prophets’ words, we will forever remain safely on the path leading to the tree of life.
Amos 3:7 says: Surely the Lord God will do nothing, but he revealeth his secret unto his servants the prophets.D&C 21:5 says: For his word ye shall receive, as if from mine own mouth, in all patience and faith. President Spencer W. Kimball says: May we all read the Book of Mormon prayerfully, study it carefully, and receive a testimony of its divinity.1 Nephi 2:1–3

1 For behold, it came to pass that the Lord spake unto my father, yea, even in a dream, and said unto him: Blessed art thou Lehi, because of the things which thou hast done; and because thou hast been faithful and declared unto this people the things which I commanded thee, behold, they seek to take away thy life.
2 And it came to pass that the Lord commanded my father, even in a dream, that he should take his family and depart into the wilderness.
3 And it came to pass that he was obedient unto the word of the Lord, wherefore he did as the Lord commanded him.

Amelia the craziest baby

Amelia is so crazy! This is a list of things she does that are crazy .
1. Plays the recorder!
2.eats dog food! (well at least tries to but we're always there)
3. loves Daisy so much she tackles her!
4.just randomly takes a seat on you!
5. gives her food to Daisy to to test if it's edible!
6. takes batteries out of the charger!
7. dances to music!
That is a list of things she does that are crazy.

Now Where Were We

Life is full and good. It is the end of another school quarter and because of Elijah's camp we only have 2 summatives. Last week we had Elijah's band concert. Maxwell's Summative is tonight and it is about pioneers. Xander's Summative is Wednesday and it is about geology.

Elijah's band concert was amazing. It is amazing how far the school can take these kids in 1 1/2 years. The Concert Band was also featured and I am so happy for Elijah that he made that band. Xander decided he wanted to do band next year knowing full well the commitment and practice and not making Mom miserable that that required. It will be fun to see what instrument he gets.

Maxwell wrote a talk for church on Sunday. He did really well. After his first extremely short draft I told him I knew he could do better and reminded him that he is supposed to challenge himself.

I've been dying to write a blog entry but my church callings are all computer related and take up all of my Amelia free computer time. Right now she is sitting in my lap causing trouble. I am the Bulletin, Calendar, and Mid Week Email Coordinator. The calling wouldn't be so hard except for it needed a lot of help at the beginning. Also, when you are dependent on so many different people for the content it can get crazy. For the mid-weeks they are supposed to have content to me by Tuesday night. The Bishop's vision for the email is that every ward member only has to go to one place each week to know everything they need to know for each member of their family and for each auxiliary they are under. Sounds great but some people don't have that vision.

For the Bulletin/Program they are supposed to have the information to me by Wednesday night. Well, I sent out a reminder email to some of the key people on Thursday which is the second week in a row that I did that. My temper got the best of me when I was calling someone at 2:15 Saturday afternoon to get that final bit of content. They would get home soon and figure it out and then email me. It takes me 2 more hours of work after I have all of the content so I need to be able to control when I spend that 2 hours more than that. Basically I am reminding you to please be considerate of your bulletin people. Their job is "seemingly" easy compared to yours, but the issue is they can't do their job without depending on many people.

Sorry if I lost you with my whining rant. I recognize that my calling is a volunteer job and that I can produce crap without content and fulfil my end of the bargain and if that is what it takes that is what I will do.

Amelia is going to be 1 in less than 2 weeks. The year has flown by way too fast. She just keeps growing and achieving and becoming more mischievous. She has a serious issue with order and is constantly trying to create chaos. When I am cleaning something up she is tearing it down at the exact same time. It makes me laugh.

She has led me to realize that a House of Order doesn't mean organized and cleaned up. Another meaning, which is more applicable to my present life, is that the members are happy, busy (but not too busy), loved, and disciplined. A House of Order is prepared to handle life's downs. Trials don't throw the House of Order into chaos. Trials don't destroy peace within a House of Order. Members of a House of Order work together to keep everything running as smoothly as possible. Blah, blah, blah, blah, blah.

Anyway I am happy with my crazy life. I love my kids and my husband and wouldn't want to face life's downs with any other group of people. Even though with sports and school and scouts and work and Amelia, there are many nights where we don't eat until after 7 pm and some nights we don't eat until after 8 pm, I wouldn't have it any other way.

And that is the end of her patience.

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