The announcement at the Graduation party! Everyone just thought it was as group picture but we recorded it instead and instead of 1…2…3…cheese!! Well you will see….It’s fun to watch it a few different times to look at each person’s reaction.
Just missing my stinking older brother! He disappeared right before we did this! Sorry Rob!!! Love you anyway!
My absolute favorite Christmas song, no question. A song sung by Mary. I am sure you will feel the spirit. Merry Christmas!
The other day I had Celine on in the house and this song came on. I felt many emotions while listening to it even though it was probably the millionth time I’ve heard it.
First I was completely grateful for the mom I am blessed with. Then I was filled with gratitude for the gospel and the life we know of after this. Now I am not saying that I know what Celine Dion’s beliefs are because she very well could believe in life after death and probably does. But does she and the rest of the world know her mom and can be her mom for eternity? That the sweet relationship doesn’t have to end at death?
This song made me mourn for those who have loved ones pass while not knowing what’s happened to them, to their spirit. What a confusing, scary and awful experience.
I know that we will all be together again as resurrected beings because of Jesus Christ… that thru the Temple’s our families are bonded. I know that when we die our spirit lives on. I know that the world has been gifted with some extraordinary knowledge and power thru the Restoration and that the knowledge and power desperately needs to be shared.
I am grateful for my mom. She is extremely strong and genuine and an amazing example to me. If I knew that the day would come she would pass away and it would be the last time I saw her, I just couldn’t handle it. I don’t know what I would do. That’s why I am SO grateful that it’s not going to be that way. Share the news!!
Last night we got to see Alex Boye in concert. My mom originally bought the tickets for her and my dad but she fell sick and couldn’t go. Bummer. She would have loved it. We didn’t really know what to expect since I know so little of him but he didn’t disappoint. He was very interactive with the audience and very funny and obviously the singing and performance wasn’t bad either. He’s very talented.
I really wanted to record more of it for my poor mom but the first time I got it out and tried I got in trouble with an usher…twice. Yikes. Sorry mom.
I would definitely recommend seeing him if he’s in town. He’s very generous, funny and entertaining. He told us about his conversion and the trouble it caused him with his family and how he overcame it and chased his dreams…inspiring speech. Anyway, good times. I’m grateful that we got a free fun night out at the expense of my sick mom…I’m not grateful for that but you know what I mean. Love this man of mine too. SO in love with him.
Yesterday I turned 28. I feel old. And not because 28 is old…because my body just feels old. But that’s a post for another day. This is about my wonderful birthday!
First we went to Home Depot and got the needed supplies in order for me to do some projects that I’ve been wanting to do and then we came home and did them. Spent time in the yard with my family doing fun stuff. It was nice. But once the boys were in bed David took me out for my birthday surprise. Dinner and a movie? Nope! Boring! My baby knows me so it was dinner and shooting range! Happy Birthday to me!
I don’t know when or how my love for guns started but it might have been around the time Miss Congeniality came out? haha. Who knows. But one of my ultimate goals is to own a handgun someday and know exactly how to use it and how to use it WELL. I am excited to take courses and become certified.
Anyway my love knows this about me and I loved my birthday surprise. It was so much fun with him.
Thank you my love!! We’re pretty good! And I don’t mean just at shooting!
It’s time to write about our California trip. It’s fitting too because we got our family pics from Chelsea in the mail too so I can post some of those!
This was the first time for David to be at a beach and see the ocean (if you’re not counting a trip when he was really young and doesn’t remember). He had no idea what to expect. I think this is why as the time got closer to summer break and being done with classes he would mention how excited he was for Garden Valley instead of the beach. No offense to Garden Valley (his hometown) but it’s no beach. And now he knows what the fuss is about.
We arrived at the beach house on Saturday morning and got somewhat settled in (maybe 20 mins worth) before everyone decided to make the 30 second walk to the sand and the other 30 second walk to the water. It’s somewhat magical being somewhere so close to the edge of the continent..it just draws you to it, especially if it’s been a while. But David still had no idea what it would feel like. As we walked down and approached the wet sand he said, ‘This is unbelievable’.
And this began our beach vacation. Actually I lied…it really started a few days before. We rented a minivan for the trip (thank goodness!) and drove to St. George after picking up Lucie in Nephi. We spent the night with Grandma and Grandpa and got up early to start the 4 hour drive to Bakersfield.
The drive turned out to be a huge miracle/blessing. William normally doesn’t do well in the carseat, even if we’re just driving around town or short drives so I was preparing for the worst! But he did so good. He never screamed once just because he was mad, he would eat, we would stop to change a bum and run around for a while and he would sleep. He would even just be awake and happy as a clam! Weird and wonderful!
The movie player in the van was a LIFESAVER. I am counting down the days till we can buy one of those baby’s (the minivan, not the video player). Lucie was a big help too as she always is. Some books, toys, food and a little dramamine (just in case) and the trip was painless!
When we arrived in Bakersfield we had to hurry and get ready for the ring ceremony of Brian & Mericar. Did I mention that they were the whole reason for the trip? Well, yes they were. The two lovebirds got married and the night before they decided to do a ring ceremony for Mericar’s family who wouldn’t be able to go into the Temple. It was beautiful and perfect and DELICIOUS!
The food!! Oh wow. The food. Look at this!
There was so much leftover food we were eating it for days! It was a wonderful party. Unfortunately we had to duck out earlier than I wanted because we had two boys that hadn’t slept in a little too long and a little flower girl who was more excited about the hotel swimming pool, go figure. But it was well worth it and we made great memories.
Saturday morning is when we woke up early and drove the 3 or so hours to Newport Beach. After the quick walk to the beach we came back and settled in more and got ready for the Temple Ceremony in the afternoon. The Newport Beach Temple is beautiful. The ceremony was beautiful. Brian and Mericar were beautiful. It was a beautiful day. I am so happy for my little brother and proud of him for taking his beautiful bride to the House of the Lord to be sealed together forever.
By this time I was SO ready to be done with high heels and dress clothes. It was time to partay! Everyone who wanted to brave the difficult parking situation came to the beach house and had pizza and drinks and salad! Yum! It was the perfect place (besides the parking fiasco) to have a party. I think it’s safe to say that we all loved this beach house. Let me introduce you to heaven…or something close to it.
It was fun. Of course right? It’s a party. It’s family. It’s friends. It’s new friends and new family. It’s good food and the smell of the ocean in the air. Perfect. The best part was that after this the fun wasn’t over. We were blessed to be able to stay another 4 days just playing in the sun.
It was bike rides that lasted the whole length of the beach. It was fun restaurants with yummy seafood. It was lazy movie nights. It was surfing, sand and sunscreen. It was laughing at the drunk people of the beach (labor day). It was wearing your swimsuit from breakfast to bedtime.
It was sandcastles, sunburns and smiles till it hurt.
It was my little Ben being more giddy and happy about the waves than I’ve ever seen him before. It was family pictures which consisted of mostly crying uninterested babies. It’s a miracle Chelsea got any good ones! But she did!
I love my family. I am SO GRATEFUL for this experience we get to have on this beautiful earth to learn and see new things as a family. We get to grow together. I’m grateful for that. I’m grateful that we get to be together forever. I’m grateful that it’s a blessing offered to everyone who wants it and wants to live in a way that is pleasing to God which turns out, is a way that makes us the most happy too!
And here are a couple videos for you viewing pleasure…you know to hear the waves and wind. 🙂
Ben gets so excited when he hears William on the baby monitor awake from his nap. I say, ‘Should we go get brother?’ and he says, ‘OK!’ and runs into the bedroom and as I open the door he says, ‘HI!’ to William in the cutest voice. He then runs up to Will’s crib and says, “hold me, hold me” (He hasn’t been able to distinguish the difference between I want to hold him vs I want to be held), so I pick up William and hand him to Ben and he helps me put him on the floor. I love this little routine we have.
Some days I’ll be honest, Ben doesn’t really like William. But other days like the one from the picture below, Ben wants to do nothing more than hang out with Will and do everything he does and hold him constantly. I love those days. I love all the days really but those ones are just extra special.
These boys are so special. Ben is so full of love. He wants nothing more than to love and be loved. He’s just one big ball of love. I think those days I talked about before when he doesn’t like William so much, it’s because for some reason or another maybe William has gotten a little more attention so he lashes out. I get it. He’s 2. He’s learning his way. He is so smart and loves to read books. I need a little more patience so that I can read him books, sometimes the same one, over and over! He is extremely polite (I think) for his tiny little age. He says please and thank you all the time without being asked. He loves nursery and goes in with a hug and kiss from dad and ‘bye!’ He on several occasion reminds me that we need to say a prayer and quietly folds his arms and waits to softly repeat the words he feels comfortable saying, with a big ‘AMEN’ at the end. I’ve noticed how acutely aware of his surroundings he is. When anybody is leaving the house he makes sure to say goodbye even if he’s busy playing in his own little world. A new favorite is when we wake up in the morning he says ‘g’mornin mama or g’mornin mimi!’ The video below is me trying to capture the way he says ‘drink of milk’. I love it. I couldn’t even try to write it like he pronounces it so this is better. And I realize that I’m the only one who probably thinks it’s as cute as it is…good thing it’s my blog!
William is a doll. Really. He is so freakin cute it kills me. I look at him and remember exactly why it is that I get baby hungry. I love him SO MUCH! He is so full of life! He is even more curious and adventurous than Ben was which is huge and he is also extremely stubborn and strong willed. I think this is because he’s so stinkin smart! What are we in for! He is really small (5th percentile) but chubby as can be. Is that even possible? Guess so. He adores his papa and practically squeals with joy when papa enters the room and bolts across the room to see him. He’s turning into a really good eater and sleeper! He plays well by himself but also loves to play with Ben and anybody else who is willing…except strangers…unfortunately there is a little of that creeping in. Sorry strangers! Come back in about a year and maybe he’ll let you hold him! The poor kid has more sensitive skin than his mama and is suffering from bad eczema but he doesn’t complain much if at all. Just me. We can’t imagine our lives without this little guy. He is such a joy to be around and you can’t help but smile.
Wow. I didn’t start this post with the intent for it to be a documentary. But they are my life! And I love my life!
A few days ago we went to a place called Green Canyon here in Logan to do s’mores with some dear friends of ours. Turns out they were actually camping that night which we didn’t join in on but wished them the best! It was so cold! But Ben had fun exploring the cave and watching the fire and of course the s’mores! This was a first time for him with the whole s’more thing so it was fun. He didn’t love them as much as I thought he would but that’s Ok! No complaining here! There is always next time! I wish I’d gotten pics of the Jacksons (not just cute Emma I’m holding on my lap)!
Well that’s all for now folks….I’ll leave you with some pics of Ben in his new babiators. Love them. So does he.
Are these two brothers or what?!