Thursday, November 29, 2007

You can elf your family it's so fun.
Look at us:

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Our Trip


The Airplane Ride.
OK, the day before we left Jack had his 6 month check up and we discovered that he still growing (a whopping 17 pounds and 13 and a half oz) but sadly he had an ear infection! Ahhhh! Although he was getting over his cold he was acting rather happy and chirpy I gave him the antibiotic hoping that we had caught it in the beginning stages; which I think we did.
Well our flight to Denver, Colorado was at 10:10am, the airport was not as packed as we anticipated and Jack enjoyed watching the planes as we waited. Jack did great on the plane ride we sang songs taking off and he slept through the landing; easy stuff!


This is my favorite American holiday! I think its great to take a step back and remind ourselves of what we have and express thanks for it, in England this is a daily occurrence but I guess Americans are not quite as holy as the British- just kidding:)

We spent Thanksgiving dinner at Liz's house (soon to be new step-mother in law) it was delicious! I can't believe that she made a huge dinner and entertained all of us plus her extended family the day before her wedding day! She is a super star* It was fun to get to know our new family a little better.

Liz's kids Katie, Brain, Laura and Lisa are all really nice and they were very helpful with Jack. I told them that when we move out to Colorado I will be recruiting them to babysit.

The Wedding
Well Ben's dad was looking rather nervous and we wondered if he was going to run, but after the wedding he told us that once he had seen Liz in the temple he felt calm and peaceful, and knew it was the right thing to do! It was a beautiful temple sealing. Being in the temple reminds me of our potential as literal sons and daughters of God. A temple marriage is so sacred, knowing that God is an intricate part of the marriage reminds me to always turn to him for guidance as he wants our marriages to work and will offer all the help, support and comfort that is needed to have a happy marriage. I am so blessed to be sealed to Ben for time and all eternity; the blessings are incredible.

The sealing was in the Denver, Colorado temple. After we took pictures in the visitors center after because it was freezing outside. Then the family went to eat at an Italian restaurant that served a really yummy spaghetti with enormous meatballs, the size of baseballs. Later that evening there was a reception at Liz's house (which is now their house) it was very fancy. Again the food was delicious; there was a chocolate and a caramel fountain with a variety of yummy dip ins, fancy finger foods and scrumptious punches. I think me stomach grew a couple inches that night.

Fun With Cousins

Throughout the whole trip Jack had a great time better getting to know his cousins Rex and Sam and his fun Aunt Michelle and Uncle Mark. I think that Sam was his favorite, they played "lets take out Sam's Binki" a lot and "lets sit and look at each other", they had a lot of fun!

The Penske Adventure

We didn't fly home instead we rented an enormous Penske truck to haul furniture that Ben's dad didn't need back to Utah. We rented the largest truck because we needed to have a bench seat that could hold Jack's car seat and the big ones are the only ones that have a bench seat. It was a bumpy 11 hour trip, to begin with the bumpy vibrations were fun and felt like a massage but then it just felt bumpy. The truck was so loud that it was hard to hear each other talk and if we did hear each other's our voices were vibrating. When we sang songs the vibrations gave Ben's singing voice a beautiful vibrato!

During the trip Jack had one of his famous poop explosions, luckily I am an expert at dealing with such extreme explosions and swiftly stripped Jack, removed the disaster diaper replaced it with a new one and carried on our way; what a pro I am! Motherhood helps you develop the most essential skills!

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Jack's first fortress


I just returned home from my 7am class at BYU, my teacher reminded us of the numerous blessings we have and to find time daily to be thankful. He said "A thankful person will not willingly sin" that really got the wheels turning in my head...
I found this cute Thanksgiving story called "The Thanksgiving Balloon" and it reminded me that I have so much good in my life!

Robert sat on the swing in his backyard and stared at the overcast sky. It was a boring Friday afternoon, and he couldn't think of anything to do. His best friends, Will and Jason, were visiting their grandparents over the Thanksgiving weekend. Robert didn’t have any grandparents. The juicy brown turkey and shimmering red cranberry sauce had been eaten yesterday. Oh, there’d be turkey sandwiches and turkey soup, but the actual turkey dinner was only a memory. Even the pumpkin pie topped with whipped cream was a thing of the past—Robert had polished off the last slice right after lunch. There was nothing to look forward to now but a long, empty weekend.

Robert kicked at some of the leaves on the ground. The air was cold, and the sky seemed like a gray blanket above him. With his luck, it would probably snow too. As he stared at the clouds, he saw something red out of the corner of his eye.

Turning his head, Robert saw that that something red was floating past the chimney of a house down the street. It was a balloon! A bright red balloon was floating lazily on the wind currents.

Robert watched the bobbing balloon, fascinated. Forgetting the cold, overcast afternoon, he stood up and ran toward the balloon.

The balloon drifted lower and lower until it was directly over Robert’s head. When he reached up to grab it, the balloon drifted out of his reach. He ran after it and jumped when he was directly beneath the bright object. His hand snagged the balloon’s short string, and he pulled it down. A bright red balloon was a wonderful thing to have on a gloomy Friday-after-Thanksgiving!

As Robert ran his hand over the balloon’s smooth surface, he felt something strange. Turning the balloon around, he saw a label stuck to the side of the balloon. It read:


From Ethel Gazelle

Pine Crest Nursing Home

St. Louis, Missouri

Robert had never received a Thanksgiving balloon before. And this balloon had traveled more than sixty miles! Why, his Thanksgiving weekend was turning out to be pretty exciting. Even if he didn’t have grandparents to visit like Will and Jason did, he had a Thanksgiving balloon.

Suddenly Robert had an idea. Holding tightly to the balloon’s string, he raced home. Carefully he released the balloon in his room, where it rose slightly and hovered over his books and papers. Robert pulled off his jacket and hung it on its hook. Then he sat down, found a clean piece of paper and a pencil, and wrote:

Dear Mrs. Gazelle,

I found your red balloon on the Friday after Thanksgiving. Thank you for sending it. It traveled more than sixty miles to Union, Missouri, where I live. My name is Robert, and I’m nine years old. Would you like to be my pen pal? I never had a Thanksgiving balloon before. I like it very much.


Robert Webster

Satisfied, Robert carefully copied Mrs. Gazelle’s address onto the front of an envelope. Then he wrote his address in the upper left-hand corner. He folded his letter, tucked it inside the envelope, put a stamp on it, sealed it, and took it to the mailbox on the next block.

Robert wondered if Mrs. Gazelle would write back. Maybe they could be pen pals for a long time. He could send her letters and birthday and Christmas cards.

It would be almost like having a grandmother.

*I am so thankful to have wonderful parents and grandparents!

Monday, November 19, 2007

I have been Tagged!

OK, Michelle my darling Sister in Law tagged me a couple days ago, I am supposed to list 7 interesting things about myself.
Here Goes:
1: I miss my beautiful horse Shrimp! She was the horse that taught me to ride, fall off and get back on.
2: I am related to royalty! My Grannie recently found out that one of our genealogy lines comes from a royal family. I always knew there was something special about me. Growing up my dad always called me his little princess and now we find out that that nickname is quite appropriate for me!
3: I am preparing to run a half marathon this coming March. Yes, I am crazy. My friend Carlee and I are training together. We run 3-4 times a week while pushing our babies in the strollers. So far the furthest I have run is 4 miles; Yes I have a lot of training ahead of me!
4: My favorite numbers are 4, 7 and 11 and my favorite color is Yellow. I don't know why its just always been that way.
5: I love to make home made cards. I think its so much fun to think about a person and make a card especially designed for them.
6: Growing up I developed a talent of milking goats. We had a couple of goats because my dad drank goats milk because cows milk would aggravate his skin condition, often it was my pleasure to milk the goats at a crazy hour in the morning. It was quite a dangerous job, you had to be quick because once the goats had finished eating their food them would turn their head around and start eating my hair- ouch!
7: I love being physically active. I think its really important to stay healthy and exercise. I love to dance. I teach it and often feel like my life is an on going musical full of wonderful dance numbers. I want to be a dance teacher in the public school systems when I graduate. I think that dance can help reinforce other academic subjects and can keep kids healthy and increase their self esteem and body image.
And an extra one for good luck-
8: I love to cook. I am not very good at it but I really enjoy making food from scratch. I make my own baby food for Jack, its really easy and inexpensive. I really would love to learn how to make beautiful homemade bread rolls- but my attempts so far have been rather dreary.

Alma is Awesome!

I was reading about Alma's interrogation with Korihor yesterday. I am amazed at the steadfast faith shown by the Alma, I wish I had an ounce of his zeal and commitment to God. I love the part when Korihor is challenging Alma and argues that he does not know that there is a Christ and he will not believe him unless Alma gives him a sign. It made me wonder how often I want signs, when I am praying for an answer I want God to tell me in a grand way or through a miracle when often I already know the right decision that needs to be made I am just not ready to commit to making it. I need to follow Alma's example of faith and perfect reliance on the Lords spirit as a guidance. WOW! Aren't we lucky to have the scriptures!

I need to sleep!

Jack has been sick! I don't like sickness! He has had a really runny nose and can't breath properly which makes sleeping very difficult. I feel so bad for him because he doesn't understand why he can't breath plus he is exhausted from lack of sleep. I got a humidifier for him to help with his breathing, he has been sleeping much better during his naps but still night time is a trial to get through. I don't know how in my freshman year of collage I ran off practically no sleep because now I need my sleep otherwise I say really weird things and become terribly clumsy.
I am really thankful though because this is Jack first real burst of being really under the weather. Generally he is happy and energetic which keeps life entertaining.
When I took pictures of Jack being sick he tried to smile because that's what I have trained him to do when I point the camera at him- he's so precious, I just hope he gets better soon.

Friday, November 16, 2007

Tired! How do mothers cope with more than one child? My hats off to you!

Yesterday morning Jack was the ultimate ratbag; very needy and whining constantly. I thought "today's is going to be a long day!" On Tuesdays and Thursdays I have a class at BYU and Jack tags along, so getting to class is quite the process. Jack is a great distraction to the over worked and tired students; his cute faces and sporadic baby sounds are far more entertaining than the lecture. No, my teacher is actually excellent and very entertaining.

I don't know what happened between being home and arriving at class but Jack was perfect in class, barely a peak. This was wonderful! Often I'm only in class for 20 mins before Jack is too rambunctious and we leave to enjoy the stale corridors. When I am in class I barely grasp what is being taught because my energy is directed at keeping Jack entertained and wiping up the numerous spit ups. This was really the only time today that Jack was happy and normal but I see it as a blessing, often we just have to roll with the punches to appreciate the simple blessing along the way.

Earlier I was doing laundry my favorite job- NOT! I had left Jack on my bed with the laundry basket and when I returned he had already started. As cute as it was to see him lying in my lovey clean clothes I quickly removed him to prevent him from decorating the clean clothes with his ever pouring spit.

The other day Ben and I were playing Pass the Pigs and I think Ben was cheating because he was throwing jousters, leaning jousters left and right. He won all three games; that's a little fishy because I am usually rather good at this game. Jack found it funny and enjoyable to watch from us from the coach.


Thursday, November 15, 2007

This will make you laugh. Girl in a whirl- LDS version

The Girl in a Whirl by 'Dr. Sue' (a.k. a.. Vickie Gunther)

Look at me, look at me, look at me now!

You could do what I do if you only knew how.

I study the scriptures one hour each day;

I bake, I upholster, I scrub, and I pray.

I always keep all the commandments completely;

I speak to my little ones gently and sweetly.

I help in their classrooms! I sew all they wear!

I drive them to practice! I cut all their hair!

I memorize names of the General Authorities;

I focus on things to be done by priorities.

I play the piano! I bless with my talents!

My toilets all sparkle! My checkbooks all balance!

Each week every child gets a one-on-one date;

I attend all my meetings (on time! never late!)

I'm taking a class on the teachings of Paul,

But that is not all! Oh, no. That is not all,

I track my bad habits 'til each is abolished;
Our t-shirts are ironed! My toenails are polished!

Our family home evenings are always delightful;

The lessons I give are both fun and insightful.

I do genealogy faithfully, too.It's easy to do all the things that I do!

I rise each day early, refreshed and awake;

I know all the names of each youth in my stake!

I read to my children! I help all my neighbors!

I bless the community, too, with my labors.

I exercise and I cook menus gourmet;

My visiting teaching is done the first day!

(I also go do it for someone who missed hers.

It's the least I can do for my cherished ward sisters.)

I chart resolutions and check off each goal;

I seek each 'lost lamb' on my Primary roll.

I can home-grown produce each summer and fall.

But that is not all! Oh, no. That is not all,

I write in my journal! I sing in the choir!

Each day, I write 'thank you's' to those I admire.

My sons were all Eagles when they were fourteen!

My kids get straight A's! And their bedrooms are clean!

I have a home business to help make some money;

I always look beautifully groomed for my honey.

I go to the temple at least once a week;

I change the car's tires! I fix the sink's leak!

I grind my own wheat and I bake all our bread;

I have all our meals planned out six months ahead.

I make sure I rotate our two-years' supply;

My shopping for Christmas is done by July!

These things are not hard; 'tis good if you do them;

You can if you try! Just set goals and pursue them!

It's easy to do all the things that I do!

If you plan and work smart, you can do them all, too!

It's easy!' she said and then she dropped dead.

So, in other words take one thing at a time, God doesn't expect us to becone perfect over night, it is a life long goal!


Sunday, November 11, 2007

A food tip, funny faces and celery sticks

Food Tip: Make a big batch of cookies and freeze half the dough by rolling it up in plastic rap, making a long, slender log. Then when you feel like cookies you just get the frozen cookie log out of the freezer and cut cookies, stick them on a cookie sheet and in ten minutes you have beautiful warm cookies ready to eat! I LOVE DOING THIS-yum yum:)
Ben and I love to pull faces and I think that Jack has inherited this passion too. We got the camera out to take some pictures of the three of us and had some fun. Although Jack needs to refine this growing talent I think he has the potential to be a professional funny face puller; if there was such a profession Ben could be bringing some big bucks home.
Now that Jack is eating rice cereal and carrots, meal time is very exciting! He really loves eating and is quite good at it. The other day he was being a little ratbag so to quiet him up I let him chomp on a stick of celery- he loved it. Now he gets a celery stick after dinner every day, I don't know if he gets anything from it but it keeps him smiling and it healthy!

Oh, another Sunday has rolled around again!

Today was our Stake Conference which began at 10am; we got an extra hour and a half as church normally begins at 8:30! Its early! well to be honest I barely know what was said in the talks, Jacks quite the distraction. I find myself dedicating all my effort and attention to him, he is rather vocal and fidgety so the corridor is a favorite place to be. Thankfully half our ward is comprised of babies; you never get lonely in the corridors, there is always someone to chat to.
One thing that struck me form a talk today was a quote by Henry B Eyring, he said "when you find out who you really are, you will be really sad you didn't try harder." This struck a chord within me. Throughout my whole life I have been saying I am a child of God, but do I really live up to my responsibilities and godlike potential? No. I love Stake Conference because it reminds me to de-clutter my life of all the fluff that is a distraction and keeps me from getting closer to God.

Friday, November 9, 2007

photo time


Food for Thought

I was reading in Alma yesterday about the people of Nephi who belonged to the church of God, they were "distinguished for their zeal towards God, and also towards men: for they were perfectly honest upright in all things; they were firm in the faith of Christ, even unto the end" (Alma 27:27). I love this scripture, I want to be distinguished by my zeal towards God, zeal sounds so profound but I didn't know what it meant until a minute ago!
The dictionary describes Zeal as an "Enthusiastic devotion to a cause, ideal, or goal and tireless diligence in its furtherance."
After understanding the meaning of this thrilling word I realize I need to develop more zeal towards God. When I stop to think about everything I have there is no reason not to be zealous. The Gospel is the greatest gift and yet I still find it hard to be proactive in service and missionary work. But this is our challenge in mortality to become like Christ, so I challenge myself and everyone else to be zealous towards God and each other!

Thursday, November 8, 2007

Jack will play with his toys, eat his books while I try and get homework finished. He is very endearing and fun to watch. He often Co's and jabbers to himself; its delightful to be a mother and get to watch one of God's children grow!

A thought for the day

"Sincere prayer is the heart of a happy and productive life. Prayer strengthens faith. Prayer is the preparation for miracle's. Prayer opens the door to eternal happiness." H. Burke Peterson, Ensign. Jan. 1974 p. 19
Doesn't prayer make a huge difference to your day? When I made it a priority I find it easier to be patient and loving. It also helps me notice the many blessings I have in my life.

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

November 7th - what a delightful day

Jack was a little squirt and woke up at 4:45am! As a result it was a trial to make it to my 7am class on time and alert, but I was there with eyes opened wide.

9:30 Jack and I, joined by friends Carlee and Reed went running. I am really loving the run. Its my goal to run at least 2-3 times a week to improve my stamina and the condition of my heart. After lunch Jack and I had play time followed by chatting time followed by "make the craziest sound ever" time- all in all we had a great time.

Ben came home early- yay! Our downstairs neighbor took our vitals for an assignment. Ben and I both have low heart rates but Ben has highish blood pressure and mine is low, but we are both very alive and that's all that matters.

After throwing a bazaar meal together Ben studied and I bathed Jack followed by bedtime books and songs and finally sleep.

Then I resumed the completion of my Homework, cleaned up a little and waited for my hunny.

Just another day at the Carneys!

I love the simple things in life! The funny faces, wide smiles and kind words. Life doesn't need to be out of the ordinary to be extraordinary.

Jack loves bathtime

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