Sunday, April 29, 2012

Loving these quote right now

Love makes the world go round, Family is what makes the ride worth while.

The Joy of Parenting comes in the moments

If you can imagine it you CAN achieve it!

Often it is not the circumstance that needs to change but your attitude towards the circumstance.

Our lives of service and sacrifice are the most appropriate expressions of our commitment to serve the Master and our fellowmen.

“Am I committing my time and energies to the things that matter most?” There are so many good things to do, but we can’t do all of them. Our Heavenly Father is most pleased when we sacrifice something good for something far greater with an eternal perspective. Sometimes, that may even mean nurturing small but beautiful forget-me-not flowers instead of a large garden of exotic blooms.

God sees you not only as a mortal being on a small planet who lives for a brief season—He sees you as His child. He sees you as the being you are capable and designed to become. He wants you to know that you matter to Him.


Saturday, April 28, 2012

Easter and Ben's 29th!

Easter was great. I know that Jesus Christ Lives! It was a pleasure to celebrate His resurrection with friends at Church and Family in the Afternoon. After a lovely morning at church focusing on my Saviors Atonement and Resurrection we had fun with family hunting for eggs, visiting the park, eating delicious food and celebrating Ben's 29th Birthday!

I can not believe that Ben has ONLY one year left in his Twenties! I adore him. Marrying his was the best decision I made. Together forever baby!


Friday, April 27, 2012

Children's Museum

A while back the boys and I headed to The Children's Museum and had a spectacular time! The fire truck was the highlight for both boys. Jack made a bunch of friends, I kept hearing his loud voice saying "Hi! My names JACK! Whats yous? Lets play." Lucas was in love with his fireman get up he kept adjusting his hat and sleeves. I simply adored watching them explore together!


Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Who are YOU?

Really, who are you? Doesn’t it evolve over time? It certainly has for me over the years. As a teenager I was the dancer and drama queen but now I am so many more things. I believe in order to find stability, peace and happiness we must come to terms with who we are. We must view ourselves through honest eyes.

Too often we allow the culture of where we live, our community, our church, our family, our work, our friends determine all too much of whom we are. How much stuff do you do because you believe it is expected of you or because that is the norm or because you are too afraid to do it a different way?

At the beginning of the year I found myself chatting with a dear friend who has great insight to life. We were talking about what resolutions we wanted to make. The conversation began what I like to call the “who am I really” project I talked about a while back. It was her excellent idea and I jumped at the chance to participate with her.

For several days we wrote for about 20 minutes about what made us who we were; anything from our favorite color, to fears, to joys, to irritations, to personal experiences the whole nine yards and then emailed it to one another. It was liberating to rediscover who I was. The selfless acts of motherhood can sometimes make you forget the person you are. I remembered thing’s about myself that I have left dormant for far too long and could see how their absence in my life has had negative affects.

I benefited from reading my dear friends, I realized she was not perfect as I had imagined. She has insecurities and some were just the same as mine. It was empowering to see her through honest eyes and to know that she now sees me through honest eyes too. I don’t remember any of the details of her emails but I remember the way they made me feel; I no longer felt like I was the only one failing in certain areas and I felt a sense of support and empowerment as we were acknowledging who we are.

I realized that there were many things I did because other people were doing it not because I was passionate about it or enjoyed it. I think life is just to short and special to walk through it living it the way someone else would have you live it.

I realized why the first few years of motherhood were so uncomfortable for me. After becoming a mother I had put on hold so many things that were a vital part of me but I didn’t know how to infuse them with being a mother so they become dormant. I felt lost as I tried to be like my mommy friends but longed to feel confident in the mother I wanted to be.

I realized what a negative impact Hollywood has on me. Their obsession on physical perfection exhausts me and makes me feel disgusting. If a movie or tv program leaves me feeling worse about myself it is not worth my time even if everyone else is hooked.

Just because everyone and their dog adores pinterest I just don’t need it in my life. I don’t need more things to fill my mind at this moment or other things to lust after or pretend to be.

I simply love to dance for the sake of dancing. Dancing in my living room, in my yard, the street or wilderness brings me unimaginable joy. I am OK with my shabby technique because the emotional and spiritual nourishment I receive is fulfilling.

I enjoy wearing skirts but don’t because it seems silly to wear them when I am just at home or playing in the yard with my kiddies. The thing is skirts make me feel beautiful and feeling beautiful is an important to a mother who wears snot and dirty finger prints daily.

I have an emotional eating habit. While I love food I have great control in over eating unless my kids are going crazy. When there is chaos I have zero control and I just want to consume as much chocolate as possible.

It was clear to me that my belief in Jesus Christ and ability to live his gospel is pivotal to my happiness. When I am focused on strengthening my spirituality my life is filled with greater peace and direction.

I don’t like traditions like Christmas cards, Easter baskets and Halloween costumes because I feel such immense pressure to live up to expectations of others. I want to be confident in the way I do those things regardless of how they measure up to others.

More than anything I realized that I need to be more in tune with who I am on emotional, physical, spiritual and mental levels. I need to be content with the choices I make and compare them only to myself not to all those who surround me.

You may find as you rediscover yourself you will remember what wonderful qualities you have, discover where the root of your problems lie and as a result create a new navigation system to determine what direction you need to head towards to better embrace the glorious person you are and can be.

So who are you really? Embrace the real you.


Monday, April 23, 2012

Photos with my little boys!

It was beautiful, the sun was radiant and I had camera fever. 
This is the result:


Thursday, April 19, 2012

More Utah

A lot of good times in Utah:

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