Sunday, April 20, 2008


I just had a little time to spare, and I thought I'd share some of the feelings I've had lately. I was sick the first part of the week, and tried to avoid spreading it to Lainey, but she caught it anyway. I don't think that there is anything that brings the love for a child to the foreground in the heart like sickness or hurt does. I would do anything to make Lainey feel better and be happy again. The last few nights as I have rocked her to sleep, the song that was playing on her 'bedtime cd' has been 'You are My Sunshine' and as I looked down at her sweet angel face, my heart overflowed with love for this precious gift of motherhood. There is nothing I could do in this life that would fulfill me as much as being a mother does. It makes me appreciate even more how much my mom means to me, and it is amazing to actually know how much she loves her children. My only hope is that my children will look back with as much love and adoration on me as I do to my own mom and mother-in-law.

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Get Scrappin'

I'm contributing to a digital scrapbooking blog: It's pretty fun stuff! (but it is addicting!) Check it out!

Sunday, April 6, 2008

Long time, no post...

I can't believe it has been a month since I posted last... Time goes by so fast! I have a lot of pictures to post, and a lot to write about, so read on, if you have the time!

Lainey turned 10 months on the 1st of April, and surprised us by walking about two weeks before that. Now she is 'motating' all over the place and keeping me very busy trying to entertain (and contain) her newfound mobility. Her personality is becoming more and more apparent each day. She is a show off, for sure! She loves to show anyone watching her new tricks, sounds, toys, whatever. Her hair is long enough in the back to do little pigtails... so cute!She is starting to make the same sounds for the same things, e.g. 'mo' for more, 'ba ba' for her bottle or anything she wants to drink, she is even saying 'ze-zuz' when we walk by a picture of Jesus or she sees her Jesus book, she says 'ba' for book, and mama and dada of course... She has been into 'giving loves' lately, which just melts our hearts! She will come over to me (walk or crawl) and put her head against me and say "awwwww" because we say that when we give her 'loves'. She also 'gives loves' to her monkey, big bunny, baby, and pink kitty. She will give kisses to her picture of Jesus (so cute!) pictures of mom or dad, or grandma and grandpa. The other night during family prayer, she even gave Josh kisses on the face. It was the cutest thing I had ever seen! (I know my eyes weren't supposed to be open, but I'm glad they were!) She has grown so much in the last month, I can't believe it!

As far as Josh and I, things are going well. Josh is enjoying his new position, but is as busy as ever. I have been trying to decide if I want to teach in the fall and I have two interviews this week for 3rd and 4th grade positions. Oh, and the Maroon 5 concert has been cancelled, so yeah, I was a little disappointed, but I'm over it. I did finally get a calling in this ward (I guess I hadn't gone to Tropic enough...) but I am the Activity Days director for the senior primary girls. I'm excited- it should be a fun calling. There are only 7 girls in the senior primary, 3 of whom will be moving into Young Women's in the fall. I did want to say a few things about conference... wasn't it awesome? As it was beginning on Saturday morning, I was sad to think President Hinkley wasn't going to be there, but as the 'solumn assembly' took place, I was deeply moved by the chance I had to stand and sustain Pres. Monson as the new prophet and head of this church. The rest of the conference was amazing! Sunday sessions especially... well, the parts I heard between chasing Lainey around and changing diapers (I swear she had more than usual today...) I feel uplifted and edified after being reminded of the doctrine of this true and living church.

Okay, so now I am going to paraphrase Easter, and everything else that happened in the past month. For Easter, we went south and spent it in and around Kanab with my dad's family. We had fun playing in the sand and riding 4 wheelers. We had a picnic with the traditional deviled eggs, shrimp salad, and hot dogs... yum... Lainey was fascinated by the sand and kept trying to eat it! She wouldn't ride the 4 wheeler this time though, it was a little scary to her, and I'm not sure why... she loved it when we were down for Dad's bday...

Lainey was a little spoiled for Easter... but oh well! I filled her eggs with fruity cheerios and her 'stars' which she quite enjoyed. It was funny to watch her try to crawl and stand up in her long dress!

My inlaws got a black lab puppy about a month ago and are trying to house-train it. It has been quite the ordeal, but he's a cute dog and as long as I keep Lainey off the floor when he's around, then everything is fine! They want to have him trained as a seeing eye dog for my sister-in-law's little boy who is going blind. It will be hard to give him up!

Here are some miscellanious pictures that I thought were cute!