Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Pay It Forward

This is fun!!! Be sure to leave a comment if you want to play... I won a drawing on Emily's blog so now it is my turn to "pay it forward"! This is how it works... You simply make a comment to this post in the next week and on Wednesday, February 7th I will put your name in a drawing and the three people that I draw out get something from me! Winners will be posted on the 8th. If you win, be prepared to PAY IT FORWARD! This is so much fun... Remember don't enter if you don't want to "PAY IT FORWARD"....

Monday, January 28, 2008

farewell, president hinckley

After hearing of President Hinckley's passing last night, I had a chance to reflect on what an amazing life he lived and what an impact it has made in my life! As sad as I am about his passing, for him I am so happy because I know his cute little wife was waiting for him and I am positive that their reunion was sweet. It also makes me so greatful that as a child of God in an uncertain world, that I know not only that our Heavenly Father will not leave us without a prophet, but that we do not have to guess who it will be! What a blessing I feel it is to live in a time where we are continually taught by a prophet of God. President Hinckley could make the poorest or richest feel blessed, the sinner feel like reaching higher, the family remember its great duty, and everyone everywhere feel the great love that our Savior has for each of us! He truly was a great man and will be so missed.
“This is my prayer for all of us—'Lord, increase our faith.' Increase our faith to bridge the chasms of uncertainty and doubt. . . . Grant us faith to look beyond the problems of the moment to the miracles of the future. . . . Give us faith to do what is right and let the consequence follow.” ( “Lord, Increase Our Faith,” Ensign, Nov. 1987, 52–53.)
How greatful I will always be to know I grew up listening and following President Hinckley's words. And how nice to know I can read them forever and feel of his love for me and for our Savior. Farewell, President Hinckley.

Friday, January 25, 2008

a few thoughts.

"Commencement speakers are supposed to urge you to rise to the highest challenge, pursue the impossible dream, excel at the loftiest ambitions. I will not do that. It is too easy; it is too empty. The easiest thing to do is to support great causes, sign stirring petitions, endorse grand philosophies. The hardest thing to do--and it is getting harder all of the time--is to be a good husband, a good wife, a strong father, a strong mother, and honorable friend and neighbor."
Professor James Q. Wilson of UCLA, commencement speaker @ BYU 1994
"When you do something out of duty it depletes you, when you do it out of love it enhances you."
Mother Theresa
So in the last two days, I recieved a magazine that had the top quote in it and a letter that had the second quote in it and I knew it was time again to take stock. Winter time often makes me think inward when thinking about being a mother, most often because we are inside SO much together (the kids and I) and that kind of closeness often brings out my extremes!:) The quote by Mother Theresa I think says it all, because far too often I am afraid that mothering to me becomes a duty and I therefore miss out on the "enhancing" part! And so the trick is to be able to remember in the stressful, emotional, and tiring part of the day the incredibly important job that I have at hand. I was partly reminded a few nights ago by my husband how great a life I really have when he said, "What do you have to do tommorrow?" And my reply wasn't, "I have to find a way to feed my children" or "I have to find work so we can survive", like so many women in this world would have said...instead it was "Oh, Booker is going to school, Lincoln and I will check out some sales, then on to Graeter's for ice cream and playing, then naps, in which I will spend the time working on a new project, and hopefully we will have dinner ready when you get home!" Stressful, huh! And looking back at days, I just think...I literally just played all day long, in a lot of different ways, but I played! So I've been trying to be more positive, looking for more activities to play WITH my children, and of course more projects to complete when they are sleeping!:) I have a great life and am most thankful that I have people and things to love so that my character and spirit can be enhanced if I just remember to do things out of love and not out of duty. And just one more quick thought...Elder D. Todd Christofferson said, "'s true greatness lies in how his life has influenced his descendants"...if nothing else, I find this a great motivator!:) happy friday!

Monday, January 21, 2008

the big 2-8!

how lame-oh is this birthday cake!!:) my hubby hates most cakes, but loves brownie bites, so thats what he got, with a candle stuck in it! Booker thought it was pretty great!:) We also enjoyed a nice BIG cake from our neighbor too...she never forgets anyones birthday! So as you can guess, today was Beej's birthday, but we have decided to make it a birthday week...with the boys and i sick all weekend, then Beej got sick too, we didn't have much time to get anything together for him (poor guy!), so instead we will celebrate all week...i thought it was a pretty good compromise! Happy Birthday,Beej! I feel so lucky and blessed to have him as a husband and friend! And I always love it once he has a birthday, cuz it makes it seem like I am not that much older than him then!:)
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Saturday, January 19, 2008

happy birthday papa tod

Today is papa Tod's birthday! We won't say exactly the number he is today, but just know I told the boys how old he was and this was their reaction:

happy birthday, papa!

we u!
hope your day was happy!:)
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Thursday, January 17, 2008

a pirate party.

cIn the last week, pirates have taken over our house in many ways. They are the constant inspiration in play, the craft project of the day (for several days), even the shopping quest. Today all of the waiting and working paid off! Booker turned 4 today and was sooooooooo overly excited about his party, mostly because he got to dress up and have all of his friends over that would all be dressed up too! The party was a great success! We had quite the treasure hunt, a project of making Cap'n Hooks hook hand, lots of eating, and tons of playing! I couldn't believe how quiet the house was when everyone left! We had such a good time, but most of all Booker had a great he was getting into bed he said, "Mom, can we have that party everyday?" That makes all the time you put into anything worth it! My little boy is growing up!:)

Arrrr...he says

It's very important we got a picture with the parrot on his shoulder!

The cake!...turned out cute!

even Noah got a facelift for Booker's birthday!

Lincoln got into the festivities as well (and enjoyed much chocolate!)

We found the treasure!
I thought this picture was just sweet...while Booker opened presents, all of the kids gathered in as close as they could to see what he was getting....and were all just so excited when he did open it!:)

Blowing out the candles...bad lighting, but thought it captured the moment so perfectly. (I love how Landon totally has his lips pursed as if he is blowing too! so cute!)

YO, YO, YO, four is the coolest to be! (This was his birthday shirt I made him this year...another tradition!):)

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Monday, January 14, 2008

project three

The last big project we undertook while in San Diego was to put on a little dinner for Beej's parents, who celebrated their 30th wedding anniversary while we were there. All of us worked hard on this one to get it done very quickly and it turned out perfect! The girls cooked, the boys did the lights and served really was a fun night! I think the funnest thing though is that we got them a whale watching kayak trip for both of them for their present! I can't wait to see the pictures from that!

they are too cute!
Look at the lighting the boys did...i was so impressed!

a few details:

Happy Anniversary, Kim and Tod! We love you so much!:)
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my favorite beach pics

While in California, we definitely took some time to be at the beach. We had such a great time! I'm afraid if I lived there, I may not get anything else done, because I'd want to spend all my time there!:)
Here are my favs:

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Saturday, January 12, 2008

shout out to mugs!

I had to give my little sis a shout out for graduating in December from BYU-Hawaii, and not just graduating, but doing it in style..magna cum laude style...that's my sis! She has 7 short weeks of student teaching in her special ed classroom and she is a free woman! We are so excited for you Megan, and SO proud of you! Congrats, Congrats! You deserve all the best!:)

how cute is she!!
all graduated!

Meg, her great friend Ofo, and lei madness!

Meg and my dad!

Meg and my mom!

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Friday, January 11, 2008

Lincoln's hiding place

One of the cutest things I have ever seen is Lincoln play hide and seek! It was his turn to go and hide, so he hid in the doors of this cabinet. Whenever anyone came by, he jumped out and said "Ahhhh!", then hid again..and did this over and over! It's so fun to see him getting into games!

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our fam

Beej's dad took some pics of us while in San Diego..and these were my favorites! Beej and I just kept saying over and over..that we couldn't believe how beautiful it can be on one side of the US and so cold and dreary on the really is amazing!

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Thursday, January 10, 2008

card club

I love being able to have card club every month. Not only does is let me be creative in a new way every month, but even better, I come home with 10 new incredibly great cards that I can give out each month. It makes me so happy. It's way too easy to please myself!:)

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story two

One day while in San Diego, we took an afternoon to go to a fantastic artsy place called Balboa Park. It has amazing old buildings that have all been turned into museums, but also have the street performers as well. While there we saw magicians, jugglers, musicians..etc. At the end of our trip the kids all played around a huge fountain they have there and this is where our story takes place. All of kids just ran around, but I could tell something was up with Booker. He kept laying down and putting his whole arm in the water....and noticed he was the only one doing this so Beej went over to investigate and what he found was so cute. Booker was so excited because there was free treasure in the water! Beej asked to see it and Booker pulled out a bunch of change...for you see, this was also used as a wish pond. Apparently a few of those wishes will not be coming true!:) He was so proud of himself!

He's got his eye on the prize..


Look, mom...


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