Sunday, February 26, 2012

My Family

Jeremy and the kids
My handsome love
Me and my monkeys
I just want to say how much I love my family, they mean the world to me!!!!!!!!!!!!

Triathlon Number 2

Waiting in my classroom after registration
After finishing the race!
So I did it again and it was amazing! I got 1st place in my heat in the swim, 2nd place on the bike, and I have no idea what place I came in on the run, most likely around last because I am just not a fast runner, I am more of a steady jogger. I felt great though, last triathlon, I was in bed relaxing the rest of the day, after yesterday's, I didn't stop running around all day. I had my little cheering squad again, Skyler didn't come this time, but he was at home preparing his own special surprise. When I got home from the tri, he surprised me with a cake he baked all by himself, he wrote "Congrats Mom" on it, it was so stinking sweet, and tasty (I allowed myself to eat 1 bite). I still can't believe I am able to compete in these triathlons, just 6 months ago I couldn't even run a mile and now I can run several, bike, and swim all without stopping, I love pushing my body to the limit. I am still doing the Logan weight loss challenge and we have 1 week left, I am currently in 1st place, yay! Since August I have lost 67 pounds, I can't believe it! I could never have done it without Heavenly Father's help. I feel like a different person and I hope I can stick with it, I have always struggled with my weight and I probably always will, but it feels great to be headed in the right direction right now. So triathlon #2 is done, next step a 10K next month, I am super excited!

The Funeral

Kids at the luncheon together

Jeremy's family all came up to Utah for Granny's funeral. It was bittersweet as funerals always are. Hearing about granny's life was so special, she was a STRONG lady who was so dedicated to the gospel of Jesus Christ. During the viewing the kids just wanted to stand by the casket and look at her. I could hardly get Kenzie away, she just wanted to place her hand on top of Granny's, she knew it would be the last time she could touch her during this life. Granny really looked like an angel resting there during the viewing, they did a beautiful job with her.
After her funeral we went to the cemetery where they dedicated the grave and laid her to rest. I was in awe at the legacy she left behind, looking around at the hundreds of people at her funeral, mostly children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. I am so grateful for granny and the righteous mother she was, always sharing her testimony with everyone she met, bringing her children up in the gospel so they in turn could teach their children. My life has been touched by getting to know her.
After the graveside, we went back to the church and had a big family luncheon in the gym and got to catch up with relatives, the kids were in heaven playing with their cousins. Lots of pictures were taken and new memories were made.
After leaving the church we all drove up to Coalville and hung out at Wayne and Michelle's house. They just bought a new house and it was fun getting to relax and let the kids play. There were tons of laughs as the Devey children reminisced about their childhood and the crazy things they did growing up (it's a wonder they all made it to adulthood)! We barbecued for dinner and just really enjoyed one another's company. Then we went back home and just like was over. It was sad to say goodbye knowing it will be months before we see them again. We are so blessed to have such an amazing family and I love that we have the opportunity of being together forever one day. Thank goodness for the temples and their sealing power.
Taking Granny to her final resting place.

2nd cousin Ryker, Skyler and Kelvin
Crazy Billy
Melissa, Johnny, Dru, and John's hand
Keith, Lily, and Kiley Ogden
Michelle and Jeremy Devey

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Till We Meet Again Granny...

Kids with Granny
Jeremy and his Granny
Friday night on Kenzie's birthday we got the news that our beloved Granny passed away. Eloise Thompson was an amazing lady who lived her life in the service of others, she worked at the temple for years, she always had time for anyone who needed a listening ear. She has had a rough few years with her health deteriorating and a lot of aches, pains, and anxieties. She has been wanting to go for quite some time so she could reunite with her husband. I was so worried that Kenzie would overhear us talking about her passing and discover that she died on her birthday and make her pretty sad. She obviously over heard us because that night as she was saying her prayers, she prayed that "grandma Priscilla and her brothers and sisters would be comforted and rejoice because granny was with papa and Jesus." Such a sweet strong spirit she has, she was a little teary about it, but knowing that granny wasn't suffering anymore brought great peace. Skyler felt bad that he didn't spend more time with granny at Christmas when we were in Yuma, but she knew he loved her. I have to say that thinking about the earth with granny no longer on it, is a sad thought. We will miss her so much, but feel so blessed to have had the opportunity to know her and love her. How blessed we are to have the gospel in our lives and to know that we will be with granny again when we finish our mission here on earth. We love you Granny...

Interview With MaKenzie-9 Years Old

Kenzie's 9th b-day
Cake made by daddy!
Poster for a party game, "Pin the mic on Justin Beiber."

What is your favorite color?: Just pink
What is your favorite food?: Ramen
What is your favorite song?: Called to Serve
What is your favorite movie?: Dolphin Tale
What is your favorite thing to do?: Hula hoop, I know how to hula hoop really good now because in dance class I started to get the knack of hula hooping, now I want to hula hoop very badly.

What is your favorite scripture story?: Genesis chapter 2 verse 12... Me: what is that about? Kenz: I sorta forgot what it was about, but I know I really like that one.

What is your favorite TV show?: Hmm let me think, OH Phineas and Feb.
What is your favorite toy?: My big pink ball which I am playing with right now.
Tell me something funny about you.: My knock knock jokes, Knock knock...( went into some nonsense knock knock joke).

What is something special about you?: That I have an implant and hearing to help me hear.
Tell me something else special about you?: That I have a glittery magic ball, I call it a magic ball, I got it for my birthday.
Me: is it really magic?
Kenz: of course not, I just pretend it is, hey maybe it really is full of magic, that would be cool.

What do you love about Skyler?: How handsome he is and how much I think he looks like Justin Beiber. I really think he does, I looked at my poster and he looks a lot like Skyler. (Skyler is very angry about this answer and is begging me to delete it, he is not a Beiber fan).

What do you and Skyler like to do together?: Play and jump on the trampoline together?
What do you love about mom?: That she is nice and does so much for me.
What do you love about dad?: That he is very good at selling bows, that he's nice, and he drives me to school and home from school now.

Who is your best friend?: Kendalyn because she is nice and she wanted to be my best friend too, so now we are BFFs, except I moved to Utah and now I don't get to be close to her. There is like probably 300 million thousand miles between us.

Who is your hero?: The holy ghost because he leads me and guides me and tells me what is right and wrong, and he helps me not get tempted by Satan.

What is your favorite candy?: Let me think...Hershey bars, I love them so much, they taste soooo good.

Tell me your favorite memory.: My favorite memory is going to Disney Land. HHHHHEEEEYYYYY Skyler kicked away my ball, ugghhh I don't like that... Disney land was my favorite because it is quite lovely and wonderful. We still haven't gone to Disney Land for my 8th birthday and now I am 9, why not, it's no fair.

-Anything you want to say to read later on when you are all grown up.: I love myself Kenzie, you are a great self, hahahaha, please, please tell Skyler sorry for being so mean to him sometimes. I like myself, I am the best person I have ever known, hahahahhhahahah.
Skyler: Kenz that makes you sound like a brat.
Kenz: no, Skyler I mean I am the best person I have ever been, but I am the only person, hahaha. Can I call my self self-tastic? Hahah, OK hugs and Kisses to myself, I love you and hope you have a great future myself, how is the future doing. Write in your journal the next few years, please find someone to help you eventually and fall in love with, hahaha just joking. This is dedicated into the name of myself. Oh and please help your children to be kind and nice to each other because I am mean to Skyler sometimes. Be good self, bye bye.

Wow, my head is spinning trying to keep up with everything coming out of her mouth, she is quite the silly little lady! I am so blessed to have her for my daughter, she is such a light in this family. I love her tender moments, I can tolerate her sassy/grouchy moments, I love her goofy comments and witty remarks. I just love her so much and want her to know how proud I am of her. She is such a strong little girl. We had the most fun day yesterday, we went shopping to spend her b-day money, she bought clothes, but she was very selective, so we went to several stores and tired on countless outfits, she had a blast! Then we ate lunch together at Golden Corral and then she got her first pedicure. (Jeremy and I came home Wednesday night and found water all over the floor from her homemade spa. She has always wanted to get a real pedicure, so I figured that could be a b-day present). She was in heaven and said it was the best day ever! Happy 9th birthday baby girl!