Monday, November 29, 2010

Smoked Turkey

For a girl that is allergic to pork smoked turkey is a blessing! I loved pork, any kind of pork, until when I was a teenager I started to develope adult onset allergy to the great white meat. for the first few years it would just give me a runny nose and a little bit of an upset stomach but each year the symptoms got worse until I now can not eat it at all. Oh how I miss it! Ham is the one I miss the most. That is until my husband started smoking turkeys for me. It tastes so much like ham that I don't feel like I am missing out at all! And yes, I am typing this while eating left over smoked turkey.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Extended Family

I think it is only appropriate the day before this family filled holiday weekend to express my gratitude for my extended family. I have a lot of it between the Taggards and Rowes. Both mike and I have the best parents. We have never felt like we were not able to count on them to help, support and love us. All four of them have also accepted and loved all of our children, adopted, natural and foster. We also have several brothers and sisters in our families. Some of them are blood related, some married in and others just feel like brothers and sisters but we love them all. We both grew up in close families and it is great to see that close relationship grow and evolve as everyone grows up and starts adding to the family. We also have lots of aunts, uncles and cousins too. A bunch! We always feel accepted and loved when we go to family functions and have a great time catching up with everyone too.

Really, you guys have no idea just how much family we have and the fact that we enjoy to be around them says a lot about each and every one of them. I hope that everyone out there is as blessed as our family is and have lots of love and joy this weekend.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

readthescriptures.com

I love this website because it was created for scatterbrained people like myself that unless it shows up in my email or outlook I forget about things. I have been using this site for the past 4 years for my journal and scripture study needs. It sends me my daily scripture study in an email every day and I am reminded to get it done. It will also send "reminder" emails when you have not completed your daily reading for a few days. I have used this as a tool to help me finish the book of mormon twice in the past 6 months (for young womens) and will continue to use it as long as I continue to be to scatterbrained to remember to feed my soul daily.

Monday, November 22, 2010

The trials of motherhood.

lol, yeah, you read right. I am thankful for the trials of motherhood. I don't love them and at the time I am not even sort of thankful for them but after I have cooled down and we have moved on I can look back at them and be thankful that I been given the chance to even have them. Here are a few of the most recent ones that I am going to use as blackmail when they get older.

1. Waiting until 2 weeks before a science fair project is due to let your mom know. (beau)

2. Getting your water out of the toilet because you just could not wait for your mom to get done with the laundry. (Princess)

3. Telling the Bishops wife you hate her because she put you in timeout during nursery. (link)

4. Smearing your brothers football eye paint black stuff all over the carpet and wall. (link and princess)

5. Telling your teacher that you will have your dad spank you with the spiky side of his belt after you made a bad choice at school. (Beau, and we don't even spank him)

I could really keep going on but then you would think I was making this all up. I really am thankful for these moments because they help me know that I am a mom. I can swap battle stories with the other moms and look forward to the day when I can tell future grandkids about the stuff their parents used to do. It also gives me a chance to teach them and watch them grow and make better choices and know that I am doing my calling as a mom. I hope this didn't scare any new mom (they were the nicer of the things I could have posted) because even when you have to lock yourself in the bathroom and are trying to remember why you even wanted kids in the first place it passes and you take care of the trial and file it in your brain for later use and entertainment.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

My nieces and nephews

In honor of the way early morning addition to the Taggard family I want to express my gratitude for all of my nieces and nephews. I have seventeen nieces and nephews currently some by blood and others by friendships that transcend even family. I love them all very much and enjoy being able to visit with them. Some of them I only get to see a few times a year and others I get to see weekly but I love and miss them all. I love being able to see my kids play and form relationships with their cousins and remember my own experiences from years gone by. We are a close knit family on both sides and I would not have it another way, we know we belong to a big group of crazy southern people and it may be wild sometimes but we are always well fed and laughing!

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Imagination

I am thankful for imagination. I have a lot of this and find it interesting that my husband has none and passed that down to my oldest child. Lucky for me I have two other kids that seem to have as much as I do. I know I am an old lady but I still think it is fun to look at the woods and imagine the creatures that might be lurking or walk on a foggy path and hear the zombies stalking me. I love to look at the clouds and picture a wondrous place that I could just chill out in and relax. When I read a book I can wrap myself into the world that is written on the page and feel like I am right there. My husband and oldest son laugh at me and will sometimes try to see things the way I do but I know they don't see it.

I also am thankful for the magic in a child's heart. My kids saw a picture of Santa this morning and Princess told me that she wanted him to come live with us and to sleep in our Christmas tree. I love watching my kids get excited about holidays, birthdays or new toys. The innocence that they still have and the joy that they get from things that have long since faded from an adults heart is amazing. I think this is our last year of Beau still believing but I won't tell him and as long as he tells me he still believes Santa, Easter bunny and all other magical commercial people will continue to visit my house.

Monday, November 15, 2010

weekends and days off

Today I am thankful for weekends and days off from work. I love what I do but as a working mom that also serves in a very time consuming calling at church I really like those days that I am off work and can stuff done around the house. Being able to tackle the mountain of laundry, force the kids to clean their rooms, deep clean the things that I can only quick pass on during the week. I use the fly lady method when I have time but I found that it is better for stay at home moms or working people without kids. Or at least without 3 kids, sports, graduate school husbands, church callings and a ton of other things. I now use a modified version of the method to keep my house passable mon-fri and then really clean it on sat. It also helps that I have a great husband that does a lot of the house stuff during the week and have a son that is old enough to do more intensive chores for a price.

I love the extra time I get with my family on these days too. This weekend did not count since I was gone all day on saturday but I at least had sunday with them. Getting to snuggle up with Mike while sipping hot chocolate and catching up on our DVR or getting to play a game with the kids or look at toy catalogs for christmas are some of my favorite things. I don't even get online during the weekend to blog or do anything that is not easily done from my iphone. Those are my free days and I am very stingy about how I use them. Hopefully this weekend will be traveling to see my newest nephew!

Friday, November 12, 2010

Facebook and email

I am a crappy friend when it comes to correspondence. I am just not very good at keeping up with friends and family in the old time traditional way. However, since the creation of social networking, blogs and email I am slightly better at this wonderful skill. I am reminded daily of birthdays and can send off quick emails to people without finding time to locate paper, envelopes and stamps. I love this. It has made my life so easy and informed. I am grateful for the little insights into my friends and families lives through FB posts and feel like even if they live far away that I am still a part of their life. I also use Facebook for my calling in church. I am the Young Womens president and it is a great help being friends with each of the young women on facebook. This allows me to see what is going on when they are not at church and even make comments (in private) if I notice something that is not good or that shows that they are not happy. I am also grateful for blogs. Not only do they entertain me but I feel like I get to know my friends and people that I never would have met in real life through their blog posts. I find people that are like me in interests, faith, Family and so on that I can relate to and enjoy. I love our fast pace computer world and that is what I am thankful for today.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Netflix Instant Watch

I am so thankful for this option! I love not having to buy movies or tv shows for our family because we can watch them anytime with our netflix instant watch feature on the Blue ray player or our iphones. I have been able to expose my kids to old school favs from back in the 80's (fraggle rock, anyone?) and have been able to widen my knowledge of geeky shows too (thanks, mike!). As a mother of 3 that doesn't have a lot of money to burn this is a blessing. Mike and I will have date nights in the house and Beau will "babysit" the little ones in the playroom and we can still have a dinner and a movie without paying a sitter or 15 bucks for a movie ticket. I also love redbox!

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Choco Latte machine!


http://www.amazon.com/Back-Basics-CM300BR-Cocoa-Latte-Hot-Drink/dp/B0002TUVQM/ref=pd_rhf_p_t_1

So this is the machine I was talking about yesterday. On the suggestion of our dear friend Aria we bought and fell in love with this machine. We use it several times a week and it is handy to have for parties, church activities and just to have running on a cold evening of family fun. Our kids get really excited when we bust it out in october and do not put it away until spring. We use it that much. We use it for Hot Chocolate or will just run water in it for people to decide on what they want like herbal tea, hot chocolate or Pero (a barley drink). If you have a love of warm beverages on a chilly night I would suggest this small appliance. I got mine on amazon but my mom found one at a yard sale and paid 5 bucks! Either way it is a steal. BTW, Kara, I am a bit of a hot chocolate snob and use creamers, flavorings and various types of hot cocoa depending on the evening. We usually use swiss miss (buy it in a huge can at sam's) but I also have some ghiradelli mix that is really rich. I love to mix creamers in mine and find that Belgian Toffee is my favorite as well as flavoring syrups you can find in the coffee aisle. Aria likes to make steamers with hers, I did not like them but some people do, it is hot milk with flavoring in it. This is my thankful thing today.

Monday, November 8, 2010

Fall

Really I just can not say it enough.... I love fall. Today I am most grateful for the magic that fall brings into our home. When the weather cools and the leaves turn you can almost feel the excitement in our home building. Preparing for Halloween, thanksgiving and Christmas, going to the state fair and all kinds of fun things are what make it so fun. We love to put on the hot chocolate machine and snuggle in as a family. It truly is the best season of the year.

Friday, November 5, 2010

My Children

yes, even when I am yelling at them to clean up the toys I am still thankful for them. I love my kids and heaven knows I have fought hard to get them. I guess I can say that all three of my forever children are miracles. I wasn't supposed to be able to have children but ended up pregnant a few months after our wedding and the 10 years later adopted our other two children. I am not the best mom out there, my kids are always into something, my house is a mess and I work along with having a busy calling for my church but I do love my kids. I give them what they need most in the world, love and the gospel. I am thankful for the lessons they teach me and the snotty kisses they give. I am also thankful that the Lord trusts me with three of his sheep. It is a huge responsibility but I am willing to work with him to insure that his little ones know his word. Sometimes they are the ones reminding me about what is important. I love all three of them and can't wait to see how they grow up.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Oh my man I love him so.......

I love that song! Funny Girl for those of you who are not familiar with your Barbara! Today I am going to talk about my husband, Michael Taggard. You might know him as the greatest man in the world or as the sexiest thing that God created or as the most perfect eternal partner for me. Any and all of the above describe him perfectly. I know it seems cheesy but we really are a great match. We don't have much in common and we are complete opposites in quite a bit but we seem to fit together like a puzzle. We curve and move around each other just enough to fit perfectly. Mike is your classic Knight in shining armor and the role suits him well. He is ready to answer a damsels call and is protective of his wife. He also does most of the cooking, cleaning and child care in our home. This is mostly because his schedule is better suited for it but it is also because he really enjoys it. I have never felt like he babysits the kids for me like I have heard other wives say when their husbands are watching the kids and I am a little envious that he is a better househusband than I am a wife. I always joke with him about how romantic he is too. I know, most women would kill to have a romantic husband but I am not a romantic and feel bad about that. We have been together for 12 years and married for 10, we have parented a dozen kids through our own and fostering and yet when he walks into a room, catches my eye and winks I still turn red and giggle like that 18 year old girl he met in church all those years ago. He keeps our love young and fresh and I would not trade that for anything. If you know Mike then you know that he doesn't half do anything and when he fell in love with me it was the best thing and blessing that the Lord could have given me. Today, my thankful moment is dedicated to the man that tamed this feminazi shrew. I love you, Michael Taggard and I hope you know that even though 99% of the time I am right, you were right when you waged war on my heart and won me over.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Thankful November

So I have noticed this on a lot of Facebook and blogs and have decided that as usual I will be a little late on the fad and listing everyday something that I am thankful for in my life.

I am most thankful for my church. I belong to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and it has made me the woman I am today. Most of all I am thankful for the prophet of our church. Pres. Monson gave a talk during the last conference where he spoke about being grateful and I remember my 9 year old looking at me and saying that it must be important if the prophet tells us to do it. It also made me a little sad that we as people have apparently forgotten what it means to be grateful and to thank our Heavenly Father for the blessings in our life and that we had to be reminded by his prophet. It was something that I vowed to make an effort to be better at. I am so thankful for the guidance that God sends us and for his love, support and blessings. He has never left me to fail and has always been there when I needed him and even when I thought I didn't. This is a great way for me to work on the virtue of thankfulness and I am choosing to start with God.