Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Blackbrook farm house- My English Home.

I absolutely love this house, parts
of it are almost 370 years old. I hope you enjoy the pictures.

Side of the house

Front of the house

The back of the house

The bridge next to my house, in the olden days it used to bridge over the train tracks

Widmill view from our house

'Ello Chappy, we are 'er in green, rainy England.

We have been in England for 11 days thus far. A little recap of our adventure up till now:
This year I have the shortest birthday so far. We left on Friday 16th (my birthday) at 7am and during the plane ride, passing through time changes I lost 7 hours of celebration. This was a huge bummer as I love being cramped on a plane eating a slightly warmed delicacy that it served on what reminds me of school dinner trays from my early years. Yes, I am being facetious, I was happy to loose the hours in return to arriving safely and quickly at Heathrow airport in London. Now a word or two about my favorite one year old (yes Jack is now 1 but I will get to that discussion) he did great. Ben and I were astounded at Jack's happy and cooperative behaviour. The first flight he slept for an hour and then chatted to the gentleman sitting next to us. The second flight he practically slept the entire flight! We were so blessed and I have no complaints just lots of gratitude.
When we arrived back to my home Blackbrook Farm House I must admit I was exhausted! After a brief nap I, accompanied my mum and sister to a beautiful salon to get my haircut for the surprise birthday party for my dad which also happened to be for me too! Now, I understand why my mum was adamant that I get my hair cut and have it look lovely as I would be meeting a mere 70 people that evening and must look smashing.
As my mum had been playing little miss secretive my Dad thought the party was for me and I thought I was for him. So we were sent off to retrieve some cream from the grocery store to allow time for guests to arrive. When we arrived back to house the drive way was littered with cars, we both shared a little surprise as we though it was to be a smaller gathering. As the car passed the garden (yard) we saw the 70 odd people holding a massive birthday banner with our names on it. Dad stopped the car, looked at me and I at him, reversed and took another look at the banner. To say the least we were both pleasantly surprised.
It was wonderful to see so many loved faces that I see too little of. I am so thrilled that my mum when to the effort and stress of doing this for us. Some how I gained a ton of energy and was flying around the crowd catching up with old friends, laughing and reminiscing.

The Banner

Just a note from day one of being England up until now Jack has slipped right back into his schedule and has slept from 7-7 and yes I am bragging!
Sunday was the 18th and the anniversary of 16 hours of labor feeling exhausted, overwhelmed and truly amazed at the ability of bring babies into this world. Ben and I were talking about how blessed we have been to have Jack in our lives. Our lives are better because of him, we are better we because of him. He has grown so much these last 12 months, I am amazed everyday at the lessons I learn from being around him. He is such a talkative and pleasant boy, most of the time. Some times he does drive me crazy but right now I will just reminisce all of Jacks wonderful qualities. For this little celebration of the momentous event of achieving a year of living my Auntie Sarah and her family joined us for dinner, cake, pressies and a lovely walk.

Jack's birthday morning

Ben (with tissue plugging up his bloody nose)and Jack with Chester and Finley my cousins.

Finley with Zak our dog


The incredible Cake staring Ben, Jess and Jack Carney!


The following Monday Ben, Jack and I took a trip to a little quaint town called Ashby-de-la-zouch, just a ten minute drive from my house. We visited a church that our ancestors from the 1500's attended (thanks to my Grannie who is the superwoman of genealogy we gained this information) and had dinner in a pub, took a walk and played at the park.

Ben and Jack in Ashby

St. Helen's

Jack and I in the Pub

Ben left us and went off to London on Tuesday and we meet him in London on Saturday to see the musical WICKED! And yes, it was wicked! I loved the show. For the last 3 years I have been listening to the soundtrack, memorised the lyrics, mentally choreographing the dance numbers and directing imaginary actors- I am a musical theatre freak and I love it. It was great to see how the show actually came to life. The performers were exceptional, goosebumps tickled my body as Elphaba let her voice sore in Defying Gravity, WOW!

Mum, Beth and I at the train Kings cross, London

Dad, Beth, Ben and I ready for Wicked.

Since I have been home I have already managed to fall of a horse. I used to be alright at mounting a stripling horse but I have been out of practice and now take orders and advice from my little sister, sigh, she is better than I ever was and ever will be so I try to listen.

My sister Beth the Horse expert with her horse Cyril

Beth and Jack


Beth, Jack and I bonding

Me with the horses after a long ride

Well, I am excited to see Ben this weekend, I miss his humor, cuddles and companionship (OK that's a little sappy but deal with it) we will be going to Wales for a long weekend to learn how to speak with a rolling, bony accent, wish us luck!


Saturday, May 10, 2008

Happy Mothers Day Mum!

The mother is and must be, whether she knows it or not, the greatest, strongest, and most lasting teacher her children have.
--Hannah Whitall Smith

After being a mother for almost a year I have come to understand that it one tough job! I certainly love being a mother but there are a sum of trials that accompany this awe inspiring role. I want to say a huge thank-you to my mum. Growing up she was always there for me, ready to talk, offer advice or send a cuddle my way. As a teenager she was my awesome taxi driver, poor woman. She could have spent her time working, enjoying herself, developing her talents but instead she encourage me to always seek righteousness even if that meant diving me to and from school, then to dance class, followed by seminary and a rehearsal and finally home. Wow, she sure sacrificed a lot for my joy. I remember many a night sitting at the foot of her bed talking about the gospel, I always knew I could ask her questions about anything.

A little message to my mum:
In the wizard of Oz Dorothy said it best when she clicked her red shoes together three times, reciting "there's no place like home." It's true. I always felt our home was the one place where I could kick of my shoes and be myself.The main reason is that you worked so hard to make sure our home had a positive atmosphere of love. I enjoyed bringing home company because you always made them feel like one of the family.Thank-you mum! I love you. I hope I can always put my children first as you have and emulated the savior through my actions. I wish you a most glorious day and can't wait until I see you on Saturday!!!!! Ahhhhhhhhhh.


Wednesday, May 7, 2008


Alrightly, I have been neglecting my blog. sigh. I have decided that it is time to update, so here goes:

A while ago Jack and I invited Megan and Miley over to make some puppets for the puppet theatre. We all had a lot of fun. Jack got a little rough with little Miley. Huh. Boys can be so boisterous. I kept telling Jack that Miley was a princess and that he needed to be gentle but I cannot say he understood. I will continue to help him be gentle.


The puppets

My handsome boy with his puppet. Yes, the puppet is rather girlie- sorry Ben!

A couple weeks ago we were blessed with a visit by Ben's dad. He only stayed for a night but we had fun hanging out and playing. Jack really enjoyed being with him. Ben and I both think that Jack looks a lot like his Grandpa! We are very thankful for dad's kindness and generosity.

Jack going to kiss Grandpa!

Finals passed. Phew.

Sadly, Jack got sick twice. The second time Ben was sick too. It was sad having my two favorite people sick. They had a horrid tummy bug, poor Jack was so mellow, weak and lifeless. It just broke my heart to see him sick, there was nothing I could do, just cuddle. During the sicknesses we went to Twin Falls Idaho to visit Ben's Mom and Step Dad, Dave. It was a lovely relaxing weekend. We spent time catching up, taking short walks, playing in the yard and eating good food. We are so blessed to have a wonderful family. Ben's mom has an excellent food storage in their basement similar to a grocery store. She insisted that we take food home with us. After filling two trays full of caned goods we got packed and left for home.

Jack had many poop explosions, diarrhea style, needless to say he spent sometime in the sink getting rinsed off

The Visor

The lovely Falls

To round things off, today I took jack swimming for the first time! We went with Kim and Josh. It was awesome! Jack was a little apprehensive at first but soon got comfortable. He looked adorable in his swim shorts. We are signed up for swim lessons this summer and I can't wait.

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