Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Looking British


Monday, January 28, 2008

A tribute to a beloved prophet President Gorden B Hinckley

Last night my friend informed me that President Hinckely, the Prophet of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has past away. I will miss his optimism, humor and sparkling testimony but I am happy that he now is again with his wife. As a little girl my dad took my brother and I to a missionary conference where President Hinckley spoke. I remember the anticipation that filled my soul. We arrived early and waited, when President Hinckley entered the room we all stood and sang with power "we thank thee oh God for a prophet," I remember the spirit testifying that he is a prophet of God. After the meeting President Hinckley and his wife stood at the door and greeted every person, we were at the end of a long line and to my surprise president Hinckley and his wife gave me a hug; I felt so important, the prophet made me feel like one of his own grandchildren. Ever since that experience I have cherished each opportunity to hear him speak. He may have gone on but his legacy will continue to live.

One of my favorite talks by President Hinckley is "The words of a prophet: Spirit of Optimism" here is a great quote from it:

Let us go forward in this glorious work. How exciting and wonderful it is. I do not know how anybody can feel gloomy for very long who is a member of this Church. Do you feel gloomy? Lift your eyes. Stand on your feet. Say a few words of appreciation and love to the Lord. Be positive. Think of what great things are occurring as the Lord brings to pass His eternal purposes. This is a day of prophecy fulfilled, … this great day in the history of this Church. This is the day which has been spoken of by those who have gone before us. Let us live worthy of our birthright. Keep the faith. Nurture your testimonies. Walk in righteousness, and the Lord will bless you and prosper you, and you will be a happy and wonderful people (from Ensign, Aug. 1996, 61).

I know that President Hinckley was a prophet of God, that he spoke with God and dedicated his life to building up the Lord's church here in the last days. How blessed I am to have been impacted by his great example of enduring to the end and the powerful spirit that accompanied his teachings. I will never forget this great man!

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Air Guitar
Revisiting childhood fun!

In celebration of Mr Martin Luther King Ben donated plasma while I dreamed of playing in the newly fallen snow.In the evening we invited two couples round the Neilson and the Sanchez (both dazzling couples with potential to become America's next top model). The theme of the evening was revisiting childhood memories. We began with a silly game of "chubby bunnies," the purpose of this game is to see how many marshmallow's one can fit in ones mouth and still pronounce the words "chubby bunnies". After splattering marshmallow and spit everywhere it was confirmed that Jake's mouth was the largest; he stuffed 9 large marshmallow's in it!

To calm our senses we transitioned into an arts and crafts section of the evening. Some people were painting other were making glow in the dark bead thingys.

We all discussed how placing the beads in the right places was trickier now our fingers have developed into chunky stubs. While we explored our creative abilities we shared embarrassing childhood memories which shall not be repeated! Well, lets just say one involved peeing ones self in public- oops!

To finish a perfect evening of childlike joy we played a fun game named "loaded question".

It's wonderful to take time to enjoy friends, strengthen relationships and unleashing the kid at heart!

Sunday, January 20, 2008

A top tooth is busting its way through Jack's gums: Awcha!

Jack has been rather distraught today as his top tooth is not welcome in his gummy mouth. Before with the bottom teeth coming through he was sad but not distraught, I guess the top ones are intense. But amongst the cries, screams, sad faces and splattering spit there was a moment of joy, and of course I captured it on camera!

What can I say "my son is natural at funny faces." He must get this talent from his dad.


Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Making Friends

Last night I looked after my friends little boy Jason who is 17 months old. Jack loved hanging out with him. Jack watched with wonder as Jason was running around jumping up and down. As they were bonding so well I though it would be fun to bath them together. This was the first time Jack had shared his precious bath bubbles. It was so funny watching them; Jason would start standing up, I would sit him down as Jack attempted to escape; this pattern repeated several times! It was quite a work out.

After bath time we read some books. Usually Jack tries to eat the books but Jason looked more tasty.

We have been blessed with lots of snow recently. As a family we enjoy taking a trip into the mountains to enjoy nature and spot deer and elk. Last time we went we also spotted a creative mail box creation.
Can you spot the mail box?

Sunday, January 13, 2008


Today after church Jack was a bundle of energy. There were giggles...

Jack is officially crawling and now can pull himself up from sitting to standing. He loves to stand an bounce up and down, but sometimes he looses concentration and falls, watch this one till the end.


Friday, January 11, 2008

Attempt to escape the rippling waters of the bathtub

Step one: Stretch the muscles, prepare body for escape mode.

Step two: Curiously begin the ascend out of the water.

Step three: Grip with tiny toes, hold on to the side of the tub and push.

Step four: Keep pushing with chubby legs, straighten arms and feel great.

Step five: Bask in the triumph of standing in the tub, enter the world of daydreaming, forget about holding on and fall! Splash!

Wednesday, January 9, 2008

Looking back and looking to the future

Momentous events of 2007
Being pregnant while in school full time and working about 19 hours a week- how did I do that?

Giving birth- awch!

Welcoming Jack into our lives at 7 pounds and 15 ounces, with lots of fluffy strawberry blond hair and a tube head.

House sitting for Joe and Ashley and growing a garden.

Watching Jack grow into a interactive ball of fun.
Jack learns how to coo, cough, blow raspberries, baby talk, squeal, scream, scream louder, roll, sit up, scoot, kinda crawl, stand up while holding on to something, eat baby food, pick things up, watch the backyardagains, suck his dad's ear, wrestle with daddy, put everything in his mouth and make his mum and dad laugh.

Struggling to be good parents. Does anyone have Jacks manual?

I presented my senior project at Brigham Young University; it was a great success!

Moving to the ghetto of Provo.

Juggling school, work and being parents!

Entered the world of blogging.

Started to Run.

Ben went hunting and found himself a deer- yum yum.

Went to see Bourne Ultimatum- awesome movie!

Attended Ben's Dad's wedding and spent a lovely Thanksgiving with his family.
Survived finals.

Spent Christmas with lots of people that we love.

Jack is now a whopping 20 pounds

Ben is now addicted to politics...and I might be too...

Ambitions for 2008

Use my time more wisely

Immerse myself in studying the scriptures

Be a better example to my husband and son

Be more thankful

Teach Jack to be kind to others

Continue running

Tuesday, January 8, 2008

Jack Crawling!

After seeing his cousins cruising around on all fours at Christmas Jack has been determined to crawl. He was struggling getting the coordination to synchronize arms and legs moving together until today; it was so exciting!


Monday, January 7, 2008

Jack in His Hats

For Christmas my Grannie made Jack some super cute winter hats. Today we had a photo shoot.


Saturday, January 5, 2008

Winter Wonderland

Today Provo and the surrounding mountains got covered with snow. We took a scenic drive up Hobble Creek Canyon; it was beautiful. We were so lucky to see lots of deer and elk, we even saw several big Bulls! It was AWESOME.


Friday, January 4, 2008

Christmas fun

My hairy husband!
Why do men think having a face full of small prickles makes them manly?
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