Saturday, December 31, 2011

New York...New York

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From beginning to end it is all Madeline!  Madeline took all the pictures from our New York trip...she edited and put them all together for a photo story.  Madeline needed to do a 10 hour project for a church assignment and this took her over that mark.  GREAT job Maddy...everyone enjoy!

Saturday, December 10, 2011

The Walker 6 Twelve Days of Christmas

On the First day of Christmas, my daughter said to me, “Can you toss me a roll of TP?”

It seems like an ongoing thing, that the last person to use the last little bit of toilet paper can’t seem to ever replace it. So, if you are the next one in line, it would behoove you to check to see if you have all the right “equipment” ready before you get to the business at hand.

On the Second day of Christmas, my true love said to me, “Where are the keys to the van?”

LeeAnne typically returns home with her hands full and as such, the keys to the vehicles rarely end up in the key container. Thankfully, they can always be found in her purse, usually 3 or 4 sets at a time!

On the Third day of Christmas, my true love said to all, “Aw MAN, REALLY!!”

Have you ever awoken from a nap or been in deep thought when a child runs into the room yelling at a sibling about sharing their prospective air space or similar inconsequently thing. The correct words can never be found.

On the Fourth day of Christmas, Savannah said to me, “Does someone have my shoes?”

This one is good. We all left together on a camping trip. The travel time required a potty break here and there.  At our first rest stop break, Savannah realized she had no shoes. In her haste to make it out the door, she thought that they were already in the van somewhere. Thankfully, her sister packed extra.

On the Fifth day of Christmas, Jonah said to me (while running to the bus), “I need 5 bucks for lunch!”

I bet this has never happened to anyone. Child remembers something important for school, just as the bus in pulling up.

On the Sixth day of Christmas, Mom said to me, “Why can’t the darn cat pee in the box?”

Our cat Calli is challenged. When she has to do her business, she can’t seem to figure out that she needs to keep her rear down and misses.

On the Seventh day of Christmas, my true love said to me, “Who took all the water bottles?”

We are a water family. Besides a little bit milk for cereal and cooking, we mostly drink water. We also like our water cold. So, Mom purchased each person their very own water bottles to use for lunches or whatever. The problem is that there is one among us who either forgets their bottle at school, bed, van, etc. or is too lazy to refill it when it is empty. This person then proceeds to “borrow” someone else’s bottle, which inherently, falls into the same abyss and will continue to "borrow" until there are none left!

On the Eighth day of Christmas, Savannah says to me (at any time of the day), “What are we having for dinner?”

Savannah loves eating dinner. She will ask “What’s for dinner?” right after eating breakfast, when she returns home from school or whenever she feels it needs to be asked.

On the Ninth day of Christmas, Dad says to me, “Where are all the darn phones?”

We have three cordless phones in the house; one for downstairs, one for upstairs in the kitchen and one in Mom and Dad’s room. Each has their own charger and place. Dad will get home from work and, as typically happens with 6 people in the house, the phone will ring. Unfortunately for him, none of the phones are where they should be. Most likely, they are stuck between the cushions of the couches, under a bed, in the bathroom etc. One phone had to be replaced because he believes someone took it outside and it went for a ride on top of a car. Who knows……

On the Tenth day of Christmas, Dad says to me, “Does anyone know how to shut off the lights in this house?”

The first thing Dad does when he gets home from work is to turn off all the lights, computers and such in the house that are left unattended. He starts downstairs and makes his way upstairs until he turns everything off. He really gets bugged when people leave the lights on and there is no one home.

On the Eleventh day of Christmas, Mom says to Jonah, “Turn off the Xbox, NOW!”

Jonah is allotted a certain amount of time on the Xbox. The problem happens when his time is up. Something to the affect of “Just one more minute, I am not done with my level yet” or “just a little more time, I haven’t passed a save point yet.” Yeah, right………

On the Twelfth day of Christmas, my true love said to me, “Who’s idea was it to have kids?”

LeeAnne and I will look into each others eyes after some recent heated exchange and the question doesn't even need to be verbalized. Parents, have you ever thought that question? When you have babies, they are so cute and cuddly. They let you dress them and play with them. You are their whole world. Then they get older. Man how things change! We just love teenagers!

We modeled these 12 days of Walker 6 Christmas on a newer Christmas song called the 12 Pains of Christmas. If you get a chance to hear it, it is pretty funny.

We do love our kids and although they are turning us grey early, we wouldn't change anything. They do make us laugh and are the joy of our lives. We pray that they can succeed and that our eternal family will be together forever.

But seriously, in our home, Christmas is our favorite time of the year. In fact, Maddy wishes there could be Christmas music on the radio all year round. (Dad won’t officially listen to it until after Thanksgiving though.)  We love the good and positive mood that it puts everyone in. We love purchasing a tree every year and decorating it as a family. We love how the season reminds of what is really important, that being our relationship with our Savior, Jesus Christ, and our family.

Being a parent, I often think of what it must have been like to be Joseph and Mary back during that time in history. We recently attended a live Nativity at another local congregation of our church. Every year this is a fantastic event that usually takes place the first weekend in December, that at least for me, starts the Christmas time off in the right spirit. This year, in particular, a young couple, that represented Joseph and Mary, had their baby there representing the Savior. This is the first time that I have ever seen this. It touched my heart because, I think, we often forget that Jesus Christ was a little baby, that cried for the same things that our children cried for, yet He was\is divine. On this night, the little baby was just a bit fussy. I wonder if the baby Jesus was ever fussy. I wonder how Joseph and Mary reacted to this divine gift, as they were new parents, figuring all of it out, keeping in the back of their minds, continually, His divine nature and potential.

I often think that when someone says, “I know how you feel,” does that person really know? Well, there is one person that does and He really has felt it all. He understands what it feels like to be a fussy baby, to being all alone, to being over joyed with love for his followers and friends, to being so physically tired that He felt He couldn’t go on, but knew that His people needed Him, and then found the inner energy to continue to minister to His children for hours and hours.

I am eternally grateful for all that He is and what He has done for me. I hope someday that we, together with our families, can return to live with Him someday and see Him standing next to our Heavenly Father with open arms waiting for our hugs.

During a recent Christmas devotional, our prophet, Thomas S. Monson said, “Christmas is what we make of it.” He is so true. As we think about giving and receiving gifts this holiday season, let’s keep the reason for the season in the front of our minds. Sometimes, the best gifts don’t cost a thing.

Merry Christmas

David Walker – Captain and fearless leader of the Walker 6

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

No need for thanks!

Part One: Here in the Walker home we find ourselves slightly tight on living space.  Bedrooms are fully occupied to the max!  Jonah is the only child with his own room.  The three girls share a lovely abode together.  Usually this isn't a problem, but occasionally we have fighting that occurs as a result of different cleanliness opinions.  Savannah accuses Madeline of having OCD(Obsessive Control Disorder) and Madeline accuse Savannah of having OPD(Obsessive Piggy Disorder).  So this next event stemmed from a stream of arguments resulting in the declarations " I want my own room"....

Part Two:  As I walk past Jonah's room I glanced at a cluttered and messy habitat.  I ask Jonah to clean it up.  Jonah responds with "Sure, I'll get to it".  Day two- David asks Jonah to clean it up.  Jonah responds with "Sure".  Day three- I start to feel bad that three girls are stuck in one room and the child who has his own room can't keep it clean.  These pictures are blurry(camera issues) but I think you get the idea of the room's condition.

Do you see the banana peel??? REALLY??? 
So not wanting to be THAT parent , you know the one who nags and nags, I came up with another solution.  This is what Jonah came home to find on his door.

Let's just say that when Jonah read this he was NOT happy.  His response " 3 days is not enough time"...I told him that I hoped he could make the deadline.  I was pulling for him!

The result:
Nicely folded clothing...I have to give Jonah A LOT of credit on this one.  All my children have to fold their own laundry.  He is the BEST laundry folder out of all of them.  He really does a nice job with this task.



A clean Room!  These pictures are slightly dark but I think you get the idea.

To sum this up I dedicate this last part to my future daughter-in -law.  There is NO need to thank me for all the years of training that went into this awesome young man!  He was worth and I know you will SO appreciate his domestic skills as he applies them in your home.  You can thank me by having adorable cute grand kids!!!




 

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

First...Second...and Traditional


We experienced our First time geocaching!  Thanks Ron and Elaine for turning us on to such fun.  I would have never imagined that going through grave yards could be so awesome.  This fun event is like a scavenger hunt electronically.  We followed directions to where a little something was left for us to either  leave an additional something or just sign our name.  Good stuff...Jonah even got to hop a barbed wire fence, with no injuries.

This was our Second attempt at a corn maze.  This maze had the shape of the United States.  We had two sections, the first was the outline of the U.S.  The second was the inner workings of the U.S.  Very Cool!  Unlike a couple of years ago we managed to swiftly make our way through the maze, not as quickly as the boys or our friends...but what's that matter (hee hee).  This picture shows Savannah's enthusiasm because we made it out without getting lost!
Our attempt at being angels...I know we need A LOT of help!

Maddy striking a pose...she was the reason we didn't get lost.  That girl was amazing with a map!

Traditional...The camp ground we stayed at offered trick our treating from campsite to campsite.  This would have been cool if I were not so lame.  We quickly realized that our little scarecrow decoration was NOTHING compared to the other campers.  Other campers had a whole haunted trail with the BESTEST decorations.  Oh well...we still had candy, that's what's important right? 
Abby is a scary witch!

Jonah is a rocker!

 Maddy stuck with her 80's girl theme!
Savannah is an Identity crisis!

When I grow up I want to be like Abigail!


Once a year in Activity Days, 8-11 year old church group activity, the girls get to perform a talent.  This year I asked Abigail what she wanted to do and her response was "I have this under control mom!".  So I sat back and waited until the BIG EVENT.  Sure enough when it was her turn to perform Abigail went to the front and performed like a star.  Abigail sang a Taylor Swift song with no music or fear.  I have decided that I want to have that much courage when I grow up.  Her confidence stole my heart!

Saturday, October 1, 2011

HOMECOMING



Madeline's first homecoming!  She went with a great group of girls.  Here's to Maddy living it up!

Thursday, September 29, 2011

REALLY???

This year is a HUGE adjustment for us.  Our Madeline started High School.  And yes, I am one of those moms you hate.  I really struggle with my children growing up...I am whine about it all the time.  I LOVE having a house full of children and chaos.  I don't want those days to come to a close any time soon.  When I think of Maddy this is what I think of...

Little and having so much fun with her siblings...she still does this but she is all grown up now.  Now she has more fun with her friends.  THIS is what I am not prepared for...


Yep...she is touching a BOY!  Luckily for me this is a camp counselor she had EFY camp (Especially for youth).  She is enjoying growing up and I am loving being a part of this great young woman that she has become.  She is such a tender spirit.  She is like most teenagers and gets a little sassy now and then, I know right!!!  But the great thing for me is by the end of the day if she has been sassy she will usually come to me and say something like " Hey mom...I am sorry I was rude".  She will never know how much that touches my heart.  I know she is being a teenager and I let it slide...but is such a great kid that SHE doesn't let it slide.  LOVE her!

YOU ARE HERE!!!

Every year we enter the summer reading program at our local library.  If the children do a designated amount of reading they get to enter their names in a drawing for a prize.  A few years ago Madeline won this awesome bag with a lot of fun goodies when her name was picked.  Knowing this you can imagine Savannah's complete excitement when we received a call this summer that she won a prize.  She was so eager to run to the library and see what she won.  When we got there and they handed Savannah her prize I almost died laughing.  This is what she won.

You can tell by the look on her face that her excitement was ALL gone!  This is a reusable bag...and nothing was in it!  Just the bag is what she won.  I barely made it out of the library I was laughing so hard.  Savannah was quoted as saying "I've never won anything in my whole life...and THIS is what I win".  Good stuff!

We had a lot of family fun with this event.  My aunt suggested that wherever Savannah goes this summer she should take her bag so she knows were she is.  We LOVED that idea...so we did it!


Here she is up in Lewiston camping with some friends!


And here she is at Michigan's Adventure!
Camping in Pentwater with some friends!!! And somewhere we have a picture of her at the Detroit zoo and Girl's camp...they have seemed to disappeared.  All  in all we have had GREAT fun with this bag!  Thanks library for helping us to appreciate always knowing where we are!

Monday, July 25, 2011

Rain Rain-Thanks for the Day!



We wait all year for our Michigan's Adventure weekend.  This year we were SO worried that the 90 degree weather we have been having, we were worried that it would KILL us.  We made sure we dressed super light and thought about everything we needed to do to stay Cool.  What we didn't prepare for was the rain.  We were actually cold for a bit because it rained so much.  We pressed on though...we rode until they shut down the rides for a brief period of time.  You can see the kids playing in the rain waiting for the rides to start up again.  I was so bummed because I seemed to be the unlucky one.  I was all buckled in to do the bumper cars and they shut it down due to lighting.  Then later I wanted to do the Beebop cars and got to the front of the line only for them to inform me that they were temporarily shut down...Seriously???

All that seems not good but it worked to our advantage.  The rain kept everyone else away.  Once it cleared up everything was up and running, and so were we!  There were very few lines.  The kids would get on the ride-back off-and right back on again.  It was AWESOME.  It even warmed up enough to enjoy the water park fully.  It was a BLAST!  I love this weekend.  I love hanging with our friends and talking by the campfire all night.  Good times for sure!

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Many Recent Happenings.

Abigail's artwork was displayed in the local library....

LeeAnne ran a marathon, more details read my running blog.


Savannah won a Community Youth Award, one of 20 Huron Valley students to win.  Very cool!

Savannah and I went to Temple Square in Salt Lake
It was super rainy...but still amazing!

Everyone LOVES and Easter Picutre

Here is what most people look like when they pose for thier Easter pictures...very calm, very sweet looking!
But the Walker6 family-well....we are a little odd. If you notice Madeline is walking away, she really HATES it when we are odd. Hee Hee
 This is the REAL us...


GREAT JOB GIRLS!

Maddy, Savannah and their friend Danielle collected "meal kits" for families in need this past month.  They did two separate meal types; 1.  Spaghetti and green beans  2.  Tuna Casserole Dish.  Overall they collected 58 meal kits.  We are so proud of their service to the community.  They handed these "meal kits" to families in need from the local Light House Center, this is a local assistance establishment for the community neighbors in need.  It was a great experience for the girls in serving their neighbors.  They collected, sorted and organized the entire event.  It wasn't easy for them to actually "hand" them out.  Maddy made Savannah do most of the talking, shocker I know, but it was great for them.

Are we there yet?

We had the opportunity to go visit the Kirtland Temple in Ohio recently.  This was SO cool.  To be able to visit the first LDS temple that has been in existence since 1838 (?).  It was a great spiritual experience to KNOW that the Savior visited this temple and what was restored there.  The weather was not the best but with approximately 50 friends and family with us it was amazing.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Fun Blog to Follow

Here is acsperriton.blogspot.com great blog that is super fun to follow...they are having a give away too!  Check it out.

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Thursday, April 28, 2011

Happening Events!

I am behind on updated our family happenings...so here goes my lame attempt at keeping you posted.
Our Maddy turned 14!!!!  We didn't do a big party this year but we had a great time.  Madeline was blessed to get a cell phone from her uncle that she LOVES!  I was hesitant to open up this bag of worms for our family but I have discovered that Madeline is more willing to be social through her phone.  Any social avenues for Maddy is a good thing!
Daddy Daughter Dance
Mother Son Dance
Both David and I had the opportunity to take Abigail and Jonah to dances.  What a BLAST!  I know Abigail and daddy boogied all night long.  Jonah was the life of the party.  He barely rested.  He even tried to pull wall flowers off the wall.  If he noticed someone was shy or struggling...he would make his way to them and we would be dancing with a new group of kids, he was infectious!  What FUN times!

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Kalahari Fun!

As part our Christmas present to the lovies we went to Kalahari over winter break.  We had so much fun!  If you haven't been it is a MUST!  The youngest two children, Abby-Jonah, and the biggest child, David, all body surfed.  Here is a small clip.  As you can tell Madeline, Savannah and I are not this crazy. We were enjoying spectator seats. 
It was fun to look outside and see all the frost on the windows while we were toasty warm in swimsuits.  We ended up with one facial abrasion...when Abigail stepped on David's face, what was his face doing on the ground you might ask...he was diving in the wave pool- yep breaking the rules! We did get a bunch of knee and back scrapes ...but if you ask any of the kids if it was worth it.  You will get definite YES!
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Jonah and Abby at the Brooks Talent Show

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This year, 2011, our two elementary students participated in the annual school talent show. Jonah made his final appearance doing his version of the Evolution of Dance. Abby also sang a song with her friend Shaye. Both were fantastic and we are very happy with their performances. Try not to laugh too hard at our controlling daughter Abigail.  She might need to go solo next year...she has learned to share the microphone yet.  It was super funny though! The quality of video stinks...we picked the seats by the lights and it washed everyone out . I am trying to get better material, but we will see. You get the idea from what we have. Enjoy!


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Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Keeping it REAL

I am taking this blog idea from a Friend of mine, who rocks!  Realizing I am guilty of only posting the flowery-good things that happen in the Walker household, I decided to get REAL!  I have the days when I feel less than great at my calling as a  wife and mother.  So in an effort to keep us REAL I am going to post some of the REAL things that happen in our household.  So for your entertainment here it goes...

1.  If it gets past 8:30 p.m. I start to laugh uncontrollably, even if it isn't appropriate, then I start to cry...this continues until David insists that I go to sleep.
2.  Abby and Jonah literally wake up fighting on some days...they are like magnets that find each other in the morning and then they go at it, until I want to scream.
3.  Maddy is not someone you want to talk to in the morning, avoid her at all costs.
4.  Savannah is a PIG...there is no sugar coating this one.  She leaves her belongings everywhere.  Once she had her shoe and sock at the entrance of the door...the other shoe and sock in the bathroom and her pants in the hallway.
5.  David HATES closet doors and drawers open...he will slam them if they are open!
6.  Savannah's kitten Cali is challenged and she lifts her butt when she pees... so that I have to clean her pee of the tray her litter box sits on...daily!
7. I leave all my toiletries on the bathroom counter in the morning after I get ready...I pick them up later, this drives David nuts!
8.  There are days I lock myself in the bathroom to take a bath and threaten my children that if they open the door...they may die!
9.  Everyone EXCEPT David, eats out of the same peanut butter jar on Sunday's after church.
10.  Right now our van has a leak in the coolant...so it smells REALLY bad...we are now known as the "stinky van people".

There it is for you...keeping it REAL

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Way to go Maddy!

Madeline made student of the month!  We are so proud of her.  Madeline told us in her passive way that this grand event happened.  She handed me some awards and said "Hey mom here are some awards."...Me "What are these for?"...Maddy "Oh, I made student of them month and they give you awards".  She is too funny.  We are so super proud of her.  Anyone who knows her knows are hard she works and how much she deserves this.  Rock on Maddy!

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Yeppers another video...I couldn't resist doing this for Abigial's baptism.

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I promise no more videos for a while after this one...they are getting me waaaaaaaayyyyyyyy too emotional!  Abby actually cried watching this too.  Abigail wanted to take this to school for show and tell.  I was hesitant because it contained religious pictures.  I didn't know if they could show this at school.  Her teacher was AWESOME about it.  She let her show it and simply said that everyone has their own faith and this is Abby's.  It was a neat experience.  I love her teacher for giving Abby that moment!

Family Fun

Yes it was freezing!  Yes there was drama!  But we made it work.  This was the first time in 6 years, since Robbie and Jacki's wedding, that we have all had a family picture together.  This was awesome.  It was so stinking cold but we did it!  Doesn't David's dad look like he needs a pitchfork (that old farmer picture).  Or as Kirsten, my sister in law, said "He looks like the guy from Weekend and Bernies, you know the dead guy they prop up"...It's a good thing he is such a good sport.   This was a great time with family...Love it!
Here is a great picture of all of the grand kids.  They are sure yummy!  The next Photo right after this, Adri the girl in the blue coat by Savannah turned and smelled Savannah's hair flower.  And her sister Teya, the baby in Savannah's arms, bursts into tears.  Priceless!  Oh and if you notice Abigail's coat is pinned shut.  She slammed her coat in her school locker the day before pictures.  Yep...Priceless!