Monday, October 24, 2016

Leaf Peeping in the Catskill Mountains.

There is nothing more beautiful in the fall than going for a drive down the Hudson Valley with our family. The two and half hour drive to the Catskill mountains to take a train ride put a smile on our little boy's face. He was sick for almost four days, and the look on his face when he saw a red train was priceless. He had no idea what were going to do. All he knew was that we were all going to go for a drive to go leaf peeping by car, not by train. 
This past weekend we did the Catskills Mountain Railroad where you can stand in an open car and go leaf peeping. This is a dream for any kid who has a love for trains, or love for nature! This was the perfect time to go being that it wasn't crowded. I think the rain prevented people from coming, and that was fine by us. With hardly anyone on the open train I took advantage of capturing many shots of my family while passing by the most beautiful fall foliage! This by far was the best train ride we've ever had hands down, and Noah was super pleased with the outcome. You can see a five second video of a bit of our train ride from my insta stories here.
The train ride lasted about an hour with a pit stop at the railroad museum store. Very interesting to have read about this place, and how cargo was transferred back in the day. I loved how I wasn't rushed, and how this day was spent. I can't believe how vibrant the fall foliage is in this part of New York. Autumn is definitely  in full swing here, and absolutely love it! Besides driving through the quaint villages of New England, driving through the Hudson Valley has become our favorite part of the county to drive in the fall. 

And you can see why. 
 Noah's eyes were wide open as we passed by some old train cars. 
I'm telling you this kid was in heaven while riding this train surrounded by all this beauty! 
 Lexie couldn't get over how close she was to touching the colors of autumn! She was having way too much fun! 
I also love this shot of her! 
Noah is becoming a pro at being a photobomber! We don't mind cause he's too cute not to be pictured! 
My crazy girls! All that is missing is our sweet Sierra! 
And an obligatory photo of these cute kids all alone in the train car.
And a mandatory selfie of this cute kid of ours who is such a good sport! Can't believe he's going to be seven in a couple of weeks! 
We had such an amazing time! On top of all the fun things we have done in the past, this is at the top of the list because, hello fall! We love this season, and wish it lasts just a little while longer. I don't mind winter, but autumn can hang around as long as she wants! 

Hope your weekend was wonderful! 

Friday, October 21, 2016

A Reflection Of Heaven.

Throughout my years of being a member of the LDS church, and turning over a new leaf in learning about Christ's life, and growing spiritually is that I think we often err when we plead to the Lord to take any kind of temptation, and trial away from us. But one thing I've seriously learned about living this life is that there must be opposition in all things. Because without that there would be zero growth. So every time I'm faced with any hard situation I plead to God to help me withstand that trial (whether big or small), and to let it strengthen me instead of wishing it away, or weakening me. 

Each day I am faced with some kind of adversity. Whether it's something someone said, or the way they said it. I'll tell ya Satan can really attack us even with the smallest of things. And some of it is so petty. Frustration, hurt, or stress, catty fights with a family member. So unnecessary, and not worth stooping to such level. He knows that if he can't get us with the weaknesses we once had before, he slithers around other ways. He can attack us in a way to hurt others we love such as our friends and family. That's why I pray for God to help me get through a certain situation without letting it fester, or lowering my standards. 

And instead of satan scoffing at us because we seem to be getting close to that "large and spacious building" we can turn it around and be strong. We can allow those trials to strengthen us so that we can help strengthen others. And rather than pointing fingers, or thriving off on those who are suffering in agony and defeat, to help uplift them, and not bring them down. 

That's why I am grateful for temples, and for the promises I've made in the temple. It took me a long time to get there, and because I know the significance of the temple helps me to want to honor those promises, and do better as a person, parent, wife, and friend. It's not easy, but by constantly praying, reading the scriptures, serving, and attending the temple (like a lot) can make life a lot easier, happier, and help us to tolerate any kind of drama that lands on your lap! But most of all, to go that extra mile in loving and serving others without questions asked.

Last week I attended a church conference in Scotch Plains with my friend Maggie, and all the speakers at that conference gave amazing talks. One in particular talked about how we are all sinners, and that we can always repent. 

For me, repenting is definitely something I almost need to do on a daily basis. Whether it's because i grew impatient at the self check out line, made a face at the person who cut me off on the expressway, or scolding my youngest daughter for forgetting to take out the trash after telling her like three times! I know these things may seem minor to some, but they are a pretty big deal to me. 

I feel as if I've come a long way in progressing to living a Christian life, and although I'll never be perfect, I know I can always try. And when I find in difficult to deal with hardcore issues I leave it up to Him, and know that He is always there as my guidepost. I just have to let Him in.

Each day I strive to be better. To be kind, and understanding. To be more patient with my kids when they do something petty. To bite my tongue with those who may say, or do something hurtful, and to understand that even tweens have bad days, hence forgetting to do their chore. 

I'm so glad that I went to conference with Maggie in her area, and that we both sat and pondered on the things that were said by a wonderful teacher. Because I needed to hear it. I always need to be reminded of the purpose of why we are here. I left feeling rejuvenated with more knowledge, and a clearer understanding that repentance is something that is good, and that we can apply in our daily lives. I definitely gained a broader perspective on things. 

I love the life I'm living and for the trials I've had, and continue to have. Sure it can be hard while their happening, but with prayer, and knowing that we have temples surrounding us to keep us focused and grounded helps make my sometimes chaotic life a bit easier, and to find peace within that trial.

Temples are a reflection of heaven. My sanctuary, and refuge for all the aforementioned things i wrote. The world indeed is a beautiful place when we do things that are pleasing to our soul.  
And that is one way that we can make our own little heaven on earth.  

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Throwback of Sierra Playing Piano From Christmas '15.

When I'm feeling down, or can't sleep I tend to listen to good music. I'm so glad that I have kids who are talented not only with playing the piano, and various instruments, but to make music as well. My oldest daughter Sierra and her girlfriend created their own rendition of Capitol Cities "Safe and Sound" (which you can listen to on, and I can't even begin to tell you how that song was created at the time when I needed some solace. Even though Sierra isn't here I feel her love, and comfort through her voice, and when I talked to her last Sunday over the phone she always seems to soothe me. She truly has the voice of an angel. I love her, and we are so excited for her to come home for Christmas this year! 

Speaking of Christmas I was scrolling down my phone, and found this gem still on there! Luckily I have plenty of storage to keep as many videos, apps, photos, etc. as I want! I decided to load it in on vimeo, and you can watch it there. I honestly can't remember what she's playing, but it is a rendition to some piece of music from a tv show (i think.) I'd have to ask her again! Anyway, please ignore the beeping sound in the background. This was filmed in my old house when our smoke detector was going nuts! No matter how many times I changed that battery it kept beeping so just ignore it! 

Sierra Playing The Piano At Christmas '15 from Rose Jorgensen on Vimeo.

You can listen to her first recording on Hoping she'll record more music as she figures out exactly where she wants to go in life when it comes to her talent!

Monday, October 17, 2016

Love My Team of Readers!

One of our favorite things to do when we move to a new area, and to relieve us from any type of boredom which seems to be rare these days because of school being in session along with piano lessons, and other extracurricular activities is going on the prowl to hunt for bookstores. This is one thing that we all absolutely love to do! So one day as I was running errands i spotted a bookstore in Hamilton. I immediately parked, and got out of the car to check it out. It was closed, but as i was window peeping I spotted a few books that have been on my "to buy for sure" "to check out" and "to buy if I like" lists. I was so excited and couldn't wait to tell Lexie so we can make a point to go back when they're open. I have to admit that out of all the kids that absolutely, faithfully, always, always has a book in her hand, bag, or pocket is Lexie. Hands down. She truly is the biggest reader in the family. I had mentioned to her that once she begins college that she wouldn't have time to read, and you know what she said? She said, "I'm going to make the time to read!" So on the day we went Noah kept asking to go to the library, but when I told him about this bookstore I found he was like, "well what are we waiting for, let's go!" 

We all got down, and can I just tell you how cozy, and dreamy this quaint little bookstore is. Granted the books are all over the place, but in order, and according to genre. Still...the only room that I don't mind being messy is a room, building, or a house full of books!
There was a place in the corner where you can read silently, and Noah immediately grabbed a book, and made himself at home. I think the pillows added a cozy touch to one feeling comfortable! 
Right now he is in the transformer phase, and also loves anything Marvel. Chelsea, and Lexie roamed around the books stacks looking for the genres they love. They would pause, and stand to read a snippet from a few books that caught their interest, and found a few.
Lexie found quite a few books that peaked her interest, and started to read. One thing about this girl, and I think I've already mentioned this is that she can literally read the Harry Potter Series in week, and lately she has been re-reading the City of Bones series lately. We finally found the fourth book with the original cover. She's old school like me, and if we buy books we attempt to find the ones with the original cover. 

I remember how Sierra was into the whole twilight book series, and maybe it was because it was such a cult following five years ago, but in a way am grateful that these girls aren't into the Twilight series. I know it was a cool series and all, but those books didn't, and still don't interest them. In all honesty I'd rather watch the movies, and would rather read The Selection series. 
I could have easily spent so much money here, but luckily spent about 30 bucks for seven books, and that was good enough for me. So worth it when you have a team of readers. 

Love these kids so much, and the fact that they love to read, and appreciate books motivates me to continue to make the time to read good books that will teach me, and help me to learn more. Or in Chelsea's case, expand her vocabulary!

Have a wonderful week, and happy reading to everyone! 

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Witches Night Out at Gardner Village - Circa, 2005

Even though I've scrap booked my kids lives in their memory books since the day they were born there was no depiction or stories written behind the photos. And since I enjoy writing I've decided to do a few throwback posts on some of my fondest memories before we moved to Jersey, and before we became a family of six. They won't be in order, but i hope that you won't get bored with my short stories or snippets of my family behind these posts. This is being written for my posterity, and will be printed and added on to the tangible photos in their scrapbooks. I also hope that at the same time it'll make you smile, and have you leaving saying, "no wonder", "so that's what happened to her",  "cute kids", and "so glad she was safe all these years!" So enjoy! Note that all photos in this post were taken by wonderful husband with a Nikon N4004 back when people used to develop film in a dark room, and way before smartphones! 
There are days when I miss Halloweens in Utah. Back when the girls were little we always dressed up as witches to attend an event called witches night out at Gardner Village. I blame my mother-in-law for getting me hooked on this tradition, and every time I see my friends with their daughters going to this fun event via social media, I have to admit I get a tad bit jealous! I'm glad that my mother-in-law and Sierra still try to make an effort, and dress up as a witch with crazy hats, and attend. Gardner village will always have a special place in my heart. It was the place where I first discovered everything crafty. It was the place where I bought my first piece of furniture. Looking back at some of these photos brings back so many memories of my first night out dressed as a witch when Chelsea was a baby. 
Times have certainly changed since the last time we were here. Now I here they charge for parking, and that the crowds get larger in each year. It definitely has become a momentous event where everyone in the salt lake valley goes, and it's totally worth it. There is so much fun in going. I remember dancing to the macarena, and the girls joining in with Sierra behind me, and Lexie in the front having no idea what she's doing! 
I remember walking down the village, and having a giant monster on stilts following us. I was surprised that he (or she) didn't scare the girls! They actually wanted to take a picture with him (or her.) I'm sure it was a he though! 
I couldn't believe how much fun I had on this night. I remember how tired I was earlier that day, and how I didn't really want to go, but how excited the girls were knowing that the place we loved shopping so much allowed you to dress like a witch for one night to have loads of fun. I couldn't say no to their sweet faces, and I'm so glad I went. I remember how going to witches night out brightened the dark cloud that was lingering over my head that day, and how I knew I had to make the choice of continuing it to damper or uplift me. So grateful for choosing the latter, and that I snapped out of the depression I was feeling that day. 

And even though this little baby at the time would exhaust my days, she sure put a lot of smiles on my face. Especially on this night. I couldn't find her a witches costume in time so she was my little snow white for that evening. It was perfect because she definitely motivated me to have a good time with her big sisters on witches night out. 
Hoping to reenact this photo of all of us dressed as witches someday. Preferably in Utah at Gardner village. I don't think Chelsea would want to be snow white again though. 

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Pumpkin Picking At Castle Hill Farm.

It's funny how seasons can really change someones mood, and turn you into whole different person. When summer ended I was a little sad, but at the same time was looking forward to fall only because this past summer was scorching hot. I have to say that fall is definitely my favorite season, and only wish that it could last longer than the other seasons. I love venturing out to different orchards, farms, and pumpkin patches. There is no way i can stay loyal to one. I love going on long drives to see the colorful leaves, especially when one drives further north. The leaves are absolutely beautiful! New Jersey foliage compared to New England foliage is more vibrant in color, and one of the reasons why we love taking so many trips up there in the fall. 

After going to the temple open house in Hartford we decided to kill two birds with one stone, and do a little pumpkin picking. There are so many farms in New England, and so we decided to explore the Castle Hill Farm this year.

Although their pumpkins seemed to be a little picked over we managed to grab a few good ones. We also went on a hayride, and wanted to do the corn maze, but because there was a baby shower that evening closed up early! Bummer! Guess we will have to go to another farm for that! Anyway, we had such a great time, and as always managed to take a few photos of our afternoon at the pumpkin patch! 

Chelsea wasn't too thrilled at the fact that she put her face in the circle at the end of the cow's butt! 

Each year Noah becomes more, and more independent, and it really doesn't surprise me. His sisters were the same way at that age. Except that he's a boy, and boys are totally different! He wanted to push this wheelbarrow, and pick out his own pumpkin which he did, but needed a little help from mama! 
All of our kids really enjoy these outings like this as a family. It is so bonding, and I just love it so much! The fact that I didn't do anything like this growing up at all makes me want to do even more with my kids. I love having adventures like this so they can remember even the little things such as going on a hayride. This day was too perfect, and I have to say the highlight of the kids evening was the hayride because Noah, Chelsea, and even Lexie were so excited to have fed a cow! 

The driver of the tractor gave us some hay and mentioned to us that we could feed the cows, and they had so much fun doing that! I had a story on my instagram about that, but is now erased so if you follow me on Snapchat or Instagram you'll be able to see more of my stories there. 
I had too much fun watching Noah feeding the cow, and his laugh is so cute. He was giggling the whole time, and was having way too much fun feeding "Loretta." He was a bit timid at first thinking that Loretta was going to bite off his hand, but after seeing his sisters feeding her felt safe doing it. 
As a mother, it was the sweetest sight seeing a little boy happy doing something so simple as feeding a cow, sheep, and a couple of goats. 
Totally priceless!