Sunday, December 30, 2007

Christmas fun with the Presbury's!


We took my family to the Brigham Young Universities Animal Museum, it was totally cool. The animals are amazing. As I was walking around I was in awe at these beautiful creations God has made. I feel so blessed to know that humans and animals were designed and created by a loving Heavenly Father along with this beautiful world, that it did not just appear by some coincidence.


My brother received a Nintendo Wii for Christmas. We all made our individual little Wii people, we even made one for Jack; he looked really funny, my Wii has a blond afro! I look fantastic! We all competed in the Wii Olympics. It was funny to watch each other play, shaking our hands up and down as fast as possible trying to win the 100 meters sprint.

Before we left we played a game called "Pass the buck". This game has a little soft toy Reindeer and two dice. One person rolls the dice and it might say "knee" "back". This means that you need to lie on you back and hold the buck behind your knee, this is the position Ben was in and my Mum rolled the dice that said "neck" "knees". My Mum had to retrieve the buck with her neck sitting on her knees. OK, picture this my Mum is entering danger "Fart" zone as she approached to get the buck, she hesitates and jokingly says "don't you pass wind" then Ben blows her away with a huge toot! It was hysterical. We were laughing like crazy. I know its gross but it sure was funny.
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Tuesday, December 25, 2007

I heard the bells on Christmas day their old familiar carols play...



Christmas Eve and Christmas day was spent in Twin Falls Idaho, all of Ben's step family left before Christmas and were replaced by Ben's sister's family. Christmas Eve we made tasty caramel popcorn balls, finished last minute wrapping, played a killer game of settlers of catan (which Ben won) prepared food for Christmas Dinner and had a lovely Christmas Eve program.


We read the story of Jesus found in Luke and sang carols; it was lovely. At the end we wrote our testimonies and put them in a stocking as a gift to our savior. It was lovely to take a quiet moment to reflect on our savior's humble birth before the rustle of presents.









Christmas morning was exciting! Ben had filled our stockings with lots of fun bits and bobs. Jack really enjoyed playing with wrapping paper and looked pretty excited about some of his gifts but he became tired rather quick so we put him down for a nap and opened the rest of his pressies!
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Sunday, December 23, 2007

Christmas Festivities!

What an exciting Christmas. My parents and younger sister flew into town on Tuesday night. They came round to make some delicious traditional English Christmas treats: Mince pies!

I love mince pies. We had a real laugh with each other. As we made the pies my dad videoed us and we pretended we were on a cooking channel; it was hysterical! We made a theme tune and commercials; it was very intense and high tech.




We also attended a tumble gym with my family and some friends. Ben and I have been there several times before and wanted to share a bouncing time with everyone. There are Olympic trampolines, blow up bouncy stuff, and jumping pit and lots of space to create crazy moves and jumps in. We were all sore that night.
We attended Ben's cousins Temple marriage in the Logan temple the Thursday before Christmas. I feel so privileged to attend another temple marriage; it was so heavenly.
We spent Christmas at Ben's mom and step Dads home in Twin Falls Idaho. it was wonderful to escape Provo after a busy journey through finals, Christmas festivities and all other junk. It was a very full house hold in Twin Falls, Saturday night there was 18 people staying over; now that's what Christmas is about.

Jack had a wonderful time playing with his cousin Jase. As Jase is already crawling he was kind enough to demonstrate his swift arm and leg coordination to help Jack figure it out. Jenny (Ben's step brother's wife) and I made two soups on Saturday night, one of them was a French onion soup which looked and little scary as it was a similar color to snot, but after adding lots of random spices it tasted pretty good. The other coup was a chili soup and it was yummy.
Jessica and Jason came over on Saturday with their two tiny twins. The twins are adorable! I take my hat off to those two, having one child is crazy tough but they have two the same age and do a great job, both their babies are healthy and super cute.
Its crazy, Ben's family is growing super fast, his mum had one grandchild last year and now she has six. These kids are going to have a blast with each other when they get older.
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Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Silly Pictures


I love taking pictures of Jack and I love making him look ridiculous! These are some pictures I took during finals to bring a smile to my face.




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Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Milestone: Tooth Number 2!




Today as we were eating dinner Ben discovered Jack's second tooth. It is very strange how these teeth just pop up out of nowhere. Yesterday I was investigating Jack's mouth and I saw and felt nothing but today there it was popping its Sharp little prong out of Jack's gum. Crazy!
I have been brushing Jack's gums for the last month but now he has teeth its so much more enjoyable for him, but he prefers to chew on the other end of the brush.
I love to watch Jack grow its exciting to see what he will discover or develop next.
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Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Oh CHRISTMAS TREE, Oh CHRISTMAS TREE!



Last night we got a Christmas tree from the wonderful world of Home Depot . Ben thinks this is weird but I thought the tree should have a name so his name is "Nathanael the Noble Fur", and what a lovely tree he is! Have you ever thought how funny it is that we cut down trees and stick them in our home dress them with ornaments and lights and take them down a couple weeks later. It might be kinda funny but I love, love Christmas Trees. Jack really enjoys looking at the lights and grabbing the pine needles; there is a good possibility that our tree might be naked before Christmas if Jack keeps up at the pace he is going.




I made stockings for all of us! It was fun writing Dad and Mum on mine and Ben's stockings. Making the stockings reminded me that as kids we had our stockings in our bedroom and every year there was an orange in there, although such a small and simple gift I loved receiving and eating them. Christmas isn't about the hustle and bustle its about family and friends uniting together and serving each other and those around. This is something I need to remember!
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Monday, December 10, 2007

GREAT FAITH


Yesterday Ben and I watched The Work and The Glory 2. It really got me thinking about how dedicated the early saints were to the building up of Zion. Half of them didn't understand what Zion was but they followed the Prophet Joseph because they knew that's what God wanted. Many of the early saints just uprooted their lives, left everything to be obedient to God's commands. It made me think could I have done it? Although I don't have a lot of expensive things (actually half of our stuff was free or given to us, which we are very grateful for) but I am rather attached to living in an apartment that has heating, a comfortable place too sleep, somewhere to shower and has cooking appliances, you know all the normal stuff. If I was asked to leave and travel on foot to a place miles away with no answers to where I would live I don't know if I would be quite so diligent as those early saints.
I hope and pray that I can develop greater faith like the Prophet Joseph Smith and those that followed him in righteousness.
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Sunday, December 9, 2007

Tuesday, December 4, 2007

Jacks First Party



It was Jacks Friend Reid's first birthday and here's a photo of Jack and his buddies celebrating this momentous event. Reid looks rather distraught at the thought of getting older!
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Monday, December 3, 2007

Family Photos!

OK, we had some family photos taken by our freind on Friday. It was quite a laugh. Here's a link to see them, tell me which ones you think we should get developed.
http://photo.byu.edu:16080/s/Staff/Cheryl/2007/Carneys/index.html
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Busy days!


Sometimes I feel like a chicken running around with its head chopped off. At the end of the day I am feeling rather deflated but don't have an awful lot to show for my efforts. So this is what we did today:
I had my class at 7 am, so after nursing Jack and feeding him oatmeal cereal I left and took a test which I think went OK. When I got home I did some homework till Jack woke then we spoke to my mum and grandparents over the web cam; they are very entertaining. Then we visited the wondrous land of Walmart where we expereinced the slowest checkout guy EVER. We got a great bargain though- a quarter of ham $5- Wow! I know I am the bargain queen.
After putting Jack down for a nap I unloaded shopping and all that fun exciting stuff, then watched the little girl from downstairs, made three batches of Baby food; Broccoli with cauliflower and pumpkin adn watched Jack flirt with carly.


Then Jack went over and played with his friend Reid while I ran 3.5 miles with Reid's mum Carlee; yes we are the wonder women of this century.


Then I made dinner, bathed Jack and we went to see Santa; who rather intrigued Jack.

Now we are home Jack's asleep, Ben's doing homework and I am here. What a lovely day! Although I didn't solve world hunger I did fight the ever propellong spit up's that constanly land on me, I am always fighting world war three: Me V's Jacks bodily functions. Isn't life great!
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Abuelita Party!



Last weekend we had a little get together with some friends and my darling husband was the host of our "Abuelita gathering". Yes nothing too fancy just some good friends drinking Mexican hot chocolate and eating Mexican bread chatting up a storm. Ben and I are so blessed to have many Friends that we can count on and have a great laugh with!

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