Saturday, April 30, 2011


So this is what Alyson found on the front porch the other night.
She was asked to Mormon Prom.

But actually I was asked first.

That is not the AWKWARD part! The Awkward part was her reply! We decided that it would be funny if I adorned the lights, stood on his porch, and held up a sign that said on one side, "I'd be DE-lighted to"....(flip side) "Send Alyson to MoProm with you".

OK, kinda cute right?!

*Back story* On Monday Alyson broke up with long time boyfriend Seth. (We really like Seth, he is a nice boy. It was simply time for them to go their separate ways. *Back story over*

So as Alyson and I stood on the front porch, her smiling and me tangled up in Christmas lights, Jeffrey (the invite-er) came to the door and Seth (the recently parted BF) walked up behind us all. Alyson laughed, Jeffrey smiled, and Seth asked why I was strangling myself with Christmas lights.

I mean really! I am way too old to be "tangled" up in teen-age drama.

Dear Teenagers,
Enjoy the drama.
Love, CoRi dAwN

Friday, April 29, 2011

A Royal Wedding.

I must confess I have not yet watched all 6 hours of footage I have saved, but I will. I promise.

The last Royal Wedding I remember watching was when I was only about 9 years old. I was in my Grandmother's kitchen in Virginia and watched on a small TV atop the refrigerator. I thought Princess Diana was amazing! Her dress, her flowers, and even her hair.

I wanted to someday be a princess.

Crown of Glory

You can wear a Crown of Glory
In the royal courts above.
Be a joint heir in God's kingdom.
Share in His celestial love.

Rise up on wings as eagles.
Soar on high to reach your dream.
Feel the power-catch the vision,
And you'll someday be a queen.

You will write your own life story
By the choices that you make.
Follow straightway - seek His Spirit,
Never leave it up to fate.

You can keep the light of heaven
Shining brightly in your eyes.
Be His servant - Be His witness,
Break the bonds of worldly ties.

You can wear the Crown of Glory
In the royal courts above.
Be a joint heir in God's kingdom,
Share in His celestial love.

Rise up on wings as eagles,
Soar on high to reach your dream.
You're His daughter - you're a princess,
You were born to be a queen.
                 ~Janice H. Keeler

I do not always feel like a princess. But I am one. And my dearest Mike loves me like I am one.
Dear Mike,
I can still remember back to the day when you made me a princess.
I love that you still look at me like that,
like you love me.
CoRi dAwN

Thursday, April 28, 2011

I can now blog from my phone! I think I'm getting this whole tech thing!

This is what I found this morning.

I got a fun surprise when I came home this morning. I think my kids have clean teeth. Or at least I have provided them with plenty options to keep them clean! Toothbrushes EVERYWHERE! I only have five kids and each one of them must have three toothbrushes each. Awesome.

Dear Alyson, Bryant, Dawson, Emilee, and Jarret,
Thanks for making me laugh.
Love, CoRi dAwN

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

My pants are too tight. Dang it!!

I am sick of tight pants. How sick? I do not know. Am I sick enough to quit eating Easter candy? Or am I sick enough to go get on the treadmill? Hmmmmm....I just do not know.

Dear Butt,
Love, CoRi dAwN

Monday, April 25, 2011

What in the world am I going to do with Emilee?

I love my little Emilee! I mean really love her, I have fun with her, I enjoy her company, she makes me laugh, and basically I just think she's perfect!

Her teacher however, does not. I just got off the phone with her teacher and she went on and on about how Emilee doesn't want to work for her how she shuts down and refuses to work of ask questions. (Which is funny because this is the first year any of these concerns have been brought to our attention.) What I wanted to say was, "Well she knows you don't like her much and so she is not interested in working with you" or "Just send her home, I'll home school her for the rest of year".

I sat and listened patiently and did agree that my Emilee has a strong personality (which I adore). I don't know if we can salvage this year or if we ought to just scrap it.

It frustrates me to think that one of my kids is somewhere where they are just not simply adored! I really want to go pick her up and make her take a nap with me.

Dear Emilee,
NEVER EVER stop being you.
You are perfect.
CoRi dAwN

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Happy Easter

                                    I love Easter! It's my favorite.
                        I am grateful for the Resurrection of my Savior.

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Bryant VS. Food

My sweet boy and his "lunch". He eats
more than all of the rest of my kids
And he does it while watching a
little TV.

I really love him but am concerned this
could be a real problem.

Dear Bry,
Dude, that's enough!
Love, CoRi dAwN


Tuesday, April 19, 2011

I am starting to like my "new home"

I am starting to feel better about my move from 8NS to 5CW. I am getting to know the good nurses on my floor and I am beginning to think that perhaps I will be just fine. The patient/nurse ratio is FANTASTIC! And that I do love! The heart stuff....well I'll get it sooner or later.

Monday, April 18, 2011


I have so many fabulous things to write about. But I am grouchy!! And so I'm not going write about how Alyson had a blast at Prom and how Bryant had a blast at Antiprom. I am gonna tell you that I'm sick of having a messy house, and I could vomit when I think about TAXES! Today I hate being fat. I am tired of feeling guilty because I feel like a yucky mom and wife.

And so on this BEAUTIFUL spring day, I am not going to tell you how blessed I know I am. And how grateful I am for health and my faith.

I'm just gonna say GRRRR....

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Teacher Appreciation

Last night our Stake had its annual Teacher Appreciation banquet. It was fabulous. Alyson honored Mrs. Mills and her tribute was really very nice.

So for those of you who don't know what a Teacher Appreciation banquet is, I will tell you.

All of the seniors in our stake invite a teacher who they want to honor to the stake center for a lovely dinner and then a fabulous presentation. The teachers and the students stand in front of the audience and the tribute that the student wrote is read aloud. In our stake the tributes were read by a local news anchor. After the presentations our Stake President Ralph Walker made a few remarks.

I love President Walker's remarks, he talked about what teachers can expect of LDS kids; modest dress, respect for others, clean language, etc.... It was great.

When President Walker was talking about how LDS kids should act I didn't for even a second worry that Alyson wasn't always trying to be the person she should be.

I love her. And I am proud of her. I am honored to call her mine.

Dear Teachers that love my kids,
CoRi dAwN

Monday, April 11, 2011

My poor Emilee is Sick....Again.

My poor little Emilee is sick. Again. Dang it. I feel so bad for her, she complains that her "tummy hurts" a lot of the time. I am honestly not sure if she is a master faker or if there is something really wrong. I am worried. This little girl has had GI issues since she was born. I suppose we will be making a trip to the doctors office sooner than later.

Friday, April 8, 2011

So long 8NS, I will miss you.

I just got home from my last night on the 8th floor. SAD, kinda. I learned to "walk" there and I am very grateful for that! I will miss my friends, they made my nights fun and exciting. I love being a nurse, I love the night shift. I love hospitals and patients, and even the doctors.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Yep, I'm gonnna try.

Ok, I gonna try this blogging thing. We shall see if it works or if it just works itself into a forgotten corner of my life. I love my life, I don't expect anyone else to but I do and I want a place to reflect on it. And so here goes.....

My life in pictures and words.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Another night....

I worked last night. Loved my patients (I usually do). But I had one that I really really loved last night. She was in a "shared" room or in other words, she had a roomy. I have STRONG feelings about sharing rooms in hospitals; I believe it should NEVER happen for any reason! Anyway my patient's roomy was having a very difficult time and felt very anxious and didn't want to be alone. Sadly nurses are unable to sit with a patient for very long because, well we have other patients. Back to my sweet patient, as I walked past the room I heard my patient reading to her roomy to calm her down and also praying for/with her. It was very touching and sweet! You see my patient is/was WAY worse off than her roomy she knew it and I knew it and I'm hoping the roomy knew it. But this kind woman found a way to serve someone else and forget her problems for just a couple of minutes. I feel so lucky to have had the opportunity to witness this example of compassion, what a great example my patient was. I love this lady and I am glad that I got to call her mine, even if it was for only 12 hours.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

To Blog or not to Blog......

Am I going to do this or not? Seriously, do I want to be a "blogger"? Do I want to expose my family to the world for all to judge or do I want to keep them to myself?