Friday, November 14, 2008

The Dude Party!

I asked Braiden what he wanted to do for his Birthday reminding him that after 8 years old we simplify our parties. So he said he wanted to have a "Dude Party" with just a couple friends over to play football and video games. This was the easiest party I ever threw! they played football in the backyard the entire time. I had a hard time even getting them to stop long enough to eat pizza and open presents. It was great! Braiden has some good little buddies, 2 of these boys he has been friends with since he was 2 years old. I reminded them all of when they use to wrestle each other and sit on each others heads. They just busted up laughing. Little boys are so fun.
Since we played the wii, Braiden came up with this great idea to have a wii remote cake. I am no artist but I tried my best and Braiden thought it was the coolest cake ever! I guess that's all that matters.
Cupcakes for school. I asked Braiden what he wanted and he said, "I want cupcakes with a big letter "B" on them for Braiden cause it's my Birthday!" I said you got it! He had fun handing them all out to his classmates. Happy Birthday Braidman!

Little Buddy!

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

"Let your light so shine before men"

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

We have the Best Mom Ever!

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"

Thanks for coming to visit Mom! We love you!!!

I Love Halloween!!!

It was a fun Halloween! Braiden was Indiana Jones, he came up with this one on his own. He dug through the dress up box and used Dad's hat. Good idea Braiden! Brooke was Hanna Montana, any excuse to wear glitters and sparkles! And Briana the beautiful roaring 20's flapper girl.
My Mom came to visit for Halloween. Except the kids had no idea she was coming. So , some "lady"(my mom) showed up to trunk or treat in a scary witches costume and she decided she was going to hang out with us. The wierd thing is she didn't say a word. After awhile the kids started saying, "Mom who's that Lady?" I just played it off and said "I have no idea". They were a little freaked out and then all of the sudden this "lady" ripped off her mask and all the kids said "Grandma" and went running to give her hugs and kisses. It was a fun Suprise! I am so glad my kids have a loving Grandma who genuinely loves and cares about them.

Jason's Birthday

Otis and Jason went golfing for Jason's Birthday and then we all meet up for dinner! It was fun to get together. Happy Birthday Jason! Who's next??

Out Playing!

Braiden and Otis went out to play last saturday. They set up targets out in the desert and acted like they where in some war movie. They had secret had signals and everything. I'm glad Otis still likes to get down and play!