Friday, September 18, 2009

Sporty's for Shorty's

Here at our Rec. center they offer a really inexpensive class for your 2 year old once a week for seven weeks. Myself and a few girls from my ward decided to enroll our sons. Each week they highlight a different sport and play it for about 30-40 min. It's completely laid back- and after our first week I think it's a hit! Collin was seriously on cloud nine the ENTIRE time. The sweet,excited look plastered to his face the whole time was all I needed to see- to know that it was totally worth the $!

This week they learned about T-ball. My camera was running out of batteries- so it was moving super slow- which meant that I missed a lot of the great shots.

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Bear and a little girls prayer.....

This is one of those posts that is for just journaling purposes so that I don't forget it as time goes by (which now a days it happens more frequently).
Samantha had a neat experience this past week- and I want to record it for her so that in the future she will have it to look back on.
This last Tuesday evening I realized that it had been since Monday night while tucking Samantha in bed, that I saw Bear. We had been on errands and to the park that day- but I was 99.9% positive that Samantha had not taken him with us. Well, after looking for awhile with no success- we sent her to bed with a back-up bear and a promise to look more the next day. All Wednesday we looked- but still with no success. When Mike got home from the hospital- I went to the store and while I was gone- Samantha had told him that we STILL couldn't find Bear. He told her that she needed to pray to Heavenly Father and ask for His help. She then asked him- how does Heavenly Father help us find things? Mike then told her that often Heavenly Father will put "thoughts" in our head to help us. When I got home- she was all excited with what her dad had told her about prayer. At bedtime, she again asked for help in finding Bear. For a couple more days there was still no sign of Bear, I myself thought that we may have to move back-up Bear to starting position (wow- how about my lack of faith) and then one afternoon while I was making dinner - Samantha asked if I thought if Bear could be in the TV (meaning the entertainment center) I told her to look- but didn't think much of it because I thought that one of us had already looked. And lo and behold there was Bear crammed in one of the cupboards! She was THRILLED (to put it mildly) I immediately told her that this is exactly how Heavenly Father answered her prayer- He helped her to think about looking in the cupboard- just like Daddy said He would. We then knelt down together and thanked Heavenly Father for helping her to find Bear.- I record this because I am so grateful for this opportunity for Samantha to experience the real power of prayer and I want her to be able to remember this for the rest of her life. It is so scary to be a parent right now as the world around us is getting more and more evil. I want so badly for each of our children to develop their own testimony and faith in the Savior. I am so grateful for this gospel and that we have it in our lives to help raise our kids- and to have the tools to teach them. I am grateful for amazing parents who provided ways for me to feel the spirit and helped me to learn and grow so that I was able to build and strengthen my own testimony. I am also grateful that Mike took this opportunity to teach Samantha about prayer- and I am grateful to his parents for being who they are- and for teaching their children. (Wow, I said grateful a lot)

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

First, last and only prego picture!

I am only doing this as a favor to my friend Jena-
Currently 23 weeks...look like 32, I know- but really only 23.

I love this one the most because Collin is copying me in the background- goofball. And yes those are pictures still waiting to find a home on our walls- I have the hardest time figuring that part out when moving into a new place. I figure I'll have it worked out and all pictures hung 3 months before we move.

Utah (part one)

I am now finally getting around to writing about our trip to Utah. For some reason I have had a much harder time getting back to the swing of things, and oddly enough even though we have now been gone for a few years, it doesn't get any easier leaving Utah and family.
Most of my pictures aren't here yet- I am waiting for my mom to send the CD- luckily I have the ones from the first part of our trip- so that I can go in order-
Mike's brother David got married- he and Cami are so great together- and we are so thrilled for them. It was great to be with the whole family again (minus Elder Taylor)- the kids had a blast with their cousins- Evan and Andrew. The weekend went by too fast and before we knew it- Mike was on his way back to Ohio.

David and Cami were married in the new Draper temple- it was beautiful, super windy- but a beautiful.

The next day we went to the Natural History Museum and then out to lunch at Lion House Pantry.