Showing posts from April, 2011

Spring Picnic (Wordless Wednesday)


Interrupted Goals

One of the most discouraging things about my last pregnancy was putting aside many of my own goals and dreams for a time. Pregnancy is hard on me, particularly the first three awful months when the nausea is overpowering. Getting through it means sacrificing many of the extras and getting down to just the essentials.

We wanted Katie very much (even before we knew how great she was!) and we were blessed to conceive quickly. But still, I had to put a lot of my projects on hold in order to focus on nurturing this new life, and I cried at times about the things I had to put on hold.

One of those things was my own physical fitness goals. I took up running that summer (after Harmony finally started sleeping through the night), and I ran my first 5K at the peak of my morning sickness, at 12 weeks along. I ran a few miles several times a week until I was six months along and it made a huge difference in those final months (I never got that desperate get-this-baby-out-now feeling the last m…

Q&A Thursday: How do you decide who goes on trips?

This question is related to my Chicago trip last week:
So my question is how do you decide which kiddies to take on trips -- obviously the youngest, but then what?I really don't leave my kids very often. I've only been away overnight from my kids four times in the last twelve years, and almost always, we've taken a child or two with us:

1. We spent one night in a nearby hotel for our 5th anniversary. I was three weeks away from delivering Michael, Lillian was 3 and Joey was 18 months. My in-laws stayed with them.

2. We had an amazing, wonderful, memory-filled trip to Armenia in 2007, where we visited my husband's parents, serving a three-year mission for our Church. On the way back, we enjoyed four lovely days in Paris, which lives up to its hype as a gorgeous city.

At a 2nd-century Roman site in Armenia:

At a monastary near Mount Ararat(tradition says this mountain is where Noah landed):
In beautiful Paris:

Rulon Gardner, of gold medal (and more recently, Biggest Lose…

The Three Musketeers (Wordless Wednesday)

Michael and his two best friends. We call them his "pirate crew" or "the Three Musketeers." They're a great group.

In just one day . . .

Thing two spilled water all over the floor twice, got into my purse, pulled out all my photography props, and left a trail of cracker crumbs throughout two rooms (crackers she wasn't supposed to be into).

Thing one snuck into her brother's room and dumped out several bins of Legos, then got into our family's rock collection, and got into the family's art supplies.

Thing two took off her diaper and sat on the floor with a poopy bum, ripped up two books, squeezed her baby sister too tight, screamed at all of us, and dumped out several drawers of her sister's clothes.

Thing one was found to be hiding six of thing two's pacifiers in her room, refused to let thing two play with her, and then cut her own hair twice.

These two . . .
. . . are keeping me humble.

Why can't they just play nicely with their toys?

And why does it have to rain all day in the spring?

Guest Posting today!

I'm the guest poster today over at Women in the Scriptures, talking about what Family Home Evening looks like at our house.

Check it out! If you leave a comment or participate in a blog hop, you'll be entered to win some way cool prizes -- see the details here.

By the way, I spent Sunday to Wednesday enjoying Chicago with Joey and Katie while DH was at a conference. My advice for those thinking of traveling with an 11-month-old? Don't. We had a great time, but Katie was really cranky after missing some naps, being stuck in a stroller and being away from the familiar. The plane ride home was particularly frustrating.
It was good to be reminded of how much Katie's pleasant personality is due to a consistent and regular sleep habits.
But overall, it was worth it. We had a great time, thanks to the kindness of my mother-in-law, who watched the other six, and some helpful neighbors, who welcomed them for playdates to give her a break.

Two for Treats (Wordless Wednesday)


Why life is hard (Favorites Friday)

If your life is always easy, with a doting husband, perfectly behaved children, financial security, prosperous health, and no worries, feel free to skip this post.

Still reading? You mean your life isn't perfect?

Neither is mine.

Which is why I found this message so moving. Click on "watch" or "listen" to hear the words, or simply read.

I guarantee you'll feel a little better about your tough times.

Some of my favorite quotes:
"At times it may seem that our trials are focused on areas of our lives and parts of our souls with which we seem least able to cope. Since personal growth is an intended outcome of these challenges, it should come as no surprise that the trials can be very personal—almost laser guided to our particular needs or weaknesses."

"A pattern in the scriptures and in life shows that many times the darkest, most dangerous tests immediately precede remarkable events and tremendous growth. “After much tribulation come the blessings.”

Pushing for something (Wordless Wednesday)

Last fall, Allison decided to learn how to ride a bike without training wheels. Last week, Sarah decided it was her turn to learn. After a few bumps and nearly knocking down an elderly neighbor (oops), she figured it out!

Spring in Utah

First, three glorious days of playing outside and loving these beauties right by my front door:

and then, waking up this morning to this:
Just a typical spring here!

At least I had something wonderful to listen to this weekend.

And some exciting news to celebrate:
a new temple is going to be built in my hometown of Meridian, Idaho!

Thinking of Having Kids? An 11-step Program (Friday Favorites)

This is one of those email shares that is authorless -- if anyone has a source, please let me know.

Lesson 1

1. Go to the grocery store.

2. Arrange to have your salary paid directly to their head office.

3. Go home.

4. Pick up the paper.

5. Read it for the last time.

Lesson 2

Before you finally go ahead and have children, find a couple who already are parents and berate them about their...

1. Methods of discipline.

2. Lack of patience.

3. Appallingly low tolerance levels.

4. Allowing their children to run wild.

5. Suggest ways in which they might improve their child's breastfeeding, sleep habits, toilet training, table manners, and overall behavior.

Enjoy it because it will be the last time in your life you will have all the answers.

Lesson 3

A really good way to discover how the nights might feel...

1. Get home from work and immediately begin walking around the living room from 5PM to 10PM carrying a wet bag weighing approximately 8-12 pounds, with a radio turned to static (or some other obnoxiou…