Tuesday, December 30, 2008
After watching the boys skate for awhile, Otis decided to give it a try. I was cracking up when this happened I don't know how I managed to get pictures. Just another sign that we are getting old.
Sunday, December 28, 2008
After our Wonderful Christmas dinner we all went home to get into our Christmas Jammies. This year I decided to start something new. Every Christmas eve I let the kids open one present. This present is usually something more sentimental. One year I made them each a blanket, another year I got them each a CTR ring etc.. Well I was running out of ideas so I decided that I was going to get them each a Christmas Ornament that reminded me of them at this time in their lives. I explained to them that every year they will get a new one with their name on it and by the time they are married they will have a collection of ornaments to have in their home.
So this year I got Briana a sparkly heart because she loves anything that sparkles (including Edward), I got Braiden a snowman on a long spring the bounces up and down, because he is so full of energy and is always bouncing around, and Brooke a cute little teddy bear because she likes to cuddle. I explained to them that in years to come these cute Ornaments are the things they will remember, not all the presents even though presents are fun to get. In five years they won't remember what they got for Christmas but I am hoping they will remember the year that they got there first Christmas ornament.
We had a nice Christmas eve dinner at Allison and Jason house. We had Ham and all the fixins'. It was delicious. It was fun to sit around and chat with everyone while eating a nice dinner. Allison was so creative she had questions hidden under every ones plate. We each took a turn going around the table and answering our questions. They were questions like, "Whats your favorite Christmas treat?" etc.. It was fun!
We took lots of cute pictures through the night. Then my sister Chery read a story of the symbols of Christmas and each child and the dads held each symbol and read what their symbol represented. This reminded me of when I was little and my mom would read us a cute Christmas story every Christmas eve. One year she went all out and had the pictures put on slides and showed it on a projector. It was fun to re create those traditions for my kids.
Monday, December 22, 2008
Today was our Ward Christmas program. It was so neat to see Briana up there singing with the ward Choir, she's getting so old. We have such a talented Ward with lots of musical instruments and special musical numbers. It was very spiritual meeting. Every year I look forward to "Christmas Sunday" to be reminded once more of the meaning of Christmas just before Christmas arrives. The Primary Children also sang a cute Christmas song. Brooke was grinning ear to ear and Braiden was singing along. It was a nice Christmas Program.
Today I also decided to visit Young Women's so I could hear Briana play the opening song. She played, "Joy to the World" she did such a good job. I am so glad she is becoming more comfortable in sharing this talent. Just another sign that she's getting older and so am I.
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
Candy Cane Hershey Kisses! MMMMMM!
Okay! I admit it! I have probably eaten an entire bag or two of these myself this Holiday Season. I just can't help myself. I crave them. I will be sad when Christmas is over and you can't buy them anymore. Anyway, I felt guilty and I needed to get this off my chest. If you haven''t tried them do it now before it's too late!
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
Thursday, December 11, 2008
Monday, December 1, 2008
We put on our Favorite Christmas music turn off all the lights and hung the decorations on the tree. I love it!
Brooke got to be the lucky one this year to put the star on top. She was so excited to climb the ladder and do it all by herself.
It was the night we had all been waiting for! Twilight at Midnight!
Being Silly with the Sista's (It was after midnight what do you expect we were delirious!)
Friday, November 14, 2008
On this day 9 years ago at 5:39pm this whopping 9lb 11ouncer came into our lives. It was a happy day for both Otis and I. Otis was so excited to get his son to play football with. Yes, they play or watch football any chance they get. I was so excited to have a little boy to cuddle and kiss on his cute little chubby cheeks! I am so greatful for Braiden and the wonderful blessing he is in our life. We love you Braiden! Happy Birthday!
This picture says it all. It was a rough delivery to say the least. He was very swollen from so many hours of being pushed on. I guess it isn't very natural pushing a almost 10lb baby out. We did it and he came out just right!
Sunday, November 9, 2008
The following message was written by my Sister Tricia, it was so well written I had to share her thoughts with everyone!.
Stand firmly for what you know to be right. In standing for the right, we must not be fearful of the consequences (Gordan B. Hinkley)
I thought allot about this past week with the controversy on proposition 8. I have watched as thousands of protesters have lined the streets in Salt Lake City surrounding Temple Square. I have watched thousands that have surrounded the Los Angeles Temple in protest. I have felt so sad! I thought to myself I didn't vote for President Obama but the people have spoken(its the democratic process)I will support him and definitely give him a chance, after all this is our country in which we live. This morning I woke up early, 5:30 to be exact and turned on the early news for just a few moments and there again they reporting the backlash against the Mormon Church. It showed Salt Lake City and the Temple and all those yelling profanities and throwing things...I was kind of shocked but them the news show zoomed out and there was the Beautiful Temple. Its lights glowing in the darkness. I felt a chill come over me and immediately in my mind I recalled the words
“A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid. “Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house. “Let your light so shine before men,I know that is exactly what we are doing. this is The Lords work, not President Monsons, not the leaders, its The Lords work!!!! The church is taking a standing of that which is perverse....It will always shine no matter how much opposition is around it!!!!!
This has always been my favorite Temple. This is the temple Otis and I where married in. It has saddened my to see the turmoil surrounding it. When I read this message from my sister it gave me peace in knowing that the Temple still stands strong and is more beautiful than ever. The Temple will always shine, just as each of us can continue to shine in a darkening world.
Thursday, November 6, 2008
This quote says it all!
"A mother is the truest friend we have, when trials heavy and sudden, fall upon us; when adversity takes the place of prosperity; when friends who rejoice with us in our sunshine desert us; when trouble thickens around us, still will she cling to us, and endeavor by her kind precepts and counsels to dissipate the clouds of darkness, and cause peace to return to our hearts"