Monday, November 27, 2006

Burst of energy....

I don't know if it is because the baby will be here in 9 days or because the bug guy will be here at noon but I have been cleaning like a mad woman today. I've already cleaned out my walk in closet, my bathroom, my bedroom, and I've vacuumed that room, too. All I need to do now is finish up in the living room and vacuum. I want to scrapbook today but I'm not going to let myself until I get my chores done.

I forgot to add to my blog that a Young Woman babysat for me on Wednesday while I was at my dr apt and she totallly cleaned my house. She had all my kids sweeping and scrubbing my kitchen. The place sparkled when I returned. We will be getting her again! What a wonderful day that turned out to be.

I want to do a really fun FHE tonight because it might be the last one we have with just the 4 kids. We always have the normal one with our normal agenda, including conducting sheet. I'll have to brainstorm today to think of something that the kids will remember for a long time.

Sunday, November 26, 2006

Checking in.....

Wow, I have not written in so long. I just have not really felt like it. On Wednesday morning one of the Young Women in my ward threw a surprise baby shower. It was really fun & I was totally surprised! There were about 4 adults there and 4 youth plus my kids. I think a lot of people forgot because it was the first day of a holiday break. We still had a blast. I am just honored that they would do two of these for me. I am so new in this ward and just getting to know the adults.

On Thanksgiving we just had a family day at home. B cooked the turkey and I made everything else. I made my mom's famous fruit salad and everything else was out of boxes or cans. I think as the kids get older we will start cooking from scratch more. Doesn't make sense to me know to spend all day in the kitchen when the kids don't really even know the difference.

Friday I got up at 3:45 am to go Black Friday shopping. Yes, I am one of those. It doesn't mean that I am into the whole commercial thing but it does help us to save money and that is the smartest thing for our growing family. I saved $300 just by going to Walmart and Target that early. I am completely done with all my shopping and I have everything wrapped and ready to be put under the tree. It is a great load off my shoulders because we have so many other things to prepare for in the next 2 weeks. I made a few gifts for family this year and they are all packaged up and ready to be sent as well.

I have my scheduled c-section a week from this Wednesday. My doctor told me that he could do it anytime before then as well because of the pain and contractions I have been having. He asked me if I wanted a Thanksgiving baby and I told him "NO!" I am just not emotionally ready even though I'd better get there soon. We are going to try to hold off until next Wednesday. My dr said that this coming Friday would also be a good date because I will be officially 38 weeks. It just seems too soon!! I'm just going to hang in there.

Well, that's all that has been going on.

Tuesday, November 21, 2006

You've got to fight......

For your right............ to PARTY!!! Okay, that's not what I really want to say but at least the first few words are. Something interesting happened to me today. I was on one of my pregnancy boards on the internet and I noticed that a lot of the girls on there were typing out swear words differently. So even though they weren't spelled the same you could sound them out and they would sound just as bad. Frankly I am just tired of it! I don't want to have to read it and I don't want my children seeing it either. I posted a thread about how I would appreciate it if people would watch what they say. I said it VERY politely. I mentioned that I should be able to have a warning if there is a post that contains profanity just like I would on TV with the rating system. I received some support from a few moms but it got really ugly. I was accused of censorship, etc. I felt really disappointed about it this morning and decided that if that is the way it was going to be on that board then I would just not go there anymore. This afternoon I received an e-mail from the moderator of the entire list (over 10,000 people on the list), and she told me that profanity was against the TOS of this board and that I was well within my rights to voice my opinion. She then told me how sorry she was and that she agreed with me. She is looking into it further and will take action if necessary.

Okay, my whole point is that I stood up for what I believed in but then I felt bad about it by the response I received. Now I know that I did do the right thing. We are asked to stand up for what we believe in even if it is not the popular opinion. I hope that I am able to teach my children this principle in life. I hope they will be the one that leaves the room when that time arises.

Another example...... After I had gone through the temple and when I was first married I worked at a large hardware store. I worked in the back with the truckers & receiving department. I actually LOVED that job. I had so much fun there and I learned so much. Well, my boss would swear A LOT and it would really bother me. I was having a review with the General Store Manager and it came up. I was not tattling but I thought that it needed to be discussed. The next day my boss came up to me and apologized. He said that he was in the wrong and should never have been speaking that way around anyone, especially a lady. Working conditions were so much better after that. I know a lot of my friends who work in places where this type of profanity is normal and they just get used to it. WE DO NOT HAVE to get used to anything that is wrong. That is my thought for the day!

Monday, November 20, 2006

So grateful for......

The ordinances of the gospel. I was just watching A Baby Story where the little girl was given a blessing and a Hebrew name. After the ceremony the Priest went up to the pulpit and whipped out a shirt for the baby that said "I got my Hebrew name at ........... Church". Can you imagine the Bishop of your ward doing that after a baby blessing? "Oh, by the way, we like to give our babies a t-shirt that says 'I received my blessing in _____ 1st Ward". I am so grateful of the sacredness of the ordinances that happen in our church.

Saturday, November 18, 2006

My life is so interesting.....

Not a moments rest for me! I spent the morning in Labor & Delivery because I was having contractions all night long. I couldn't even sleep through them! The good thing is that there is no change in me. I am still dilated to a 1 and 50% effaced. The baby is only at a -1 station. When I was at the hospital my contractions were showing up but only 10 minutes apart. They were pretty painful. I was discharged at 12:00 this afternoon and I am sooo glad. I am not ready to have my baby. There is still sooo much to do. They told me that if I was in labor or if I go into labor they are not going to stop them because I am 36 weeks along. I guess I will just have to deal with all these contractions for a while. The contractions have slowed down a lot since I've been home and I am sooo glad. I feel so much better!! I hope they stay this way.

Last night I went to Supperthyme and made 13 dinners that are all sitting in my freezer ready to cook. I am so excited to eat them all. They look really yummy and will feed my entire family with some leftovers for lunch the next day. I am going to try to go one more time before the baby comes so I can have a month's supply of dinners. I think it will help to have food ready to go after the baby is born.

I am back in the scrapbooking mode and I want to get caught up. Do you think I can get July-November 2006 all done by next week??? July has our family reunion on it so it has many, many pictures to scrap. I know I will be keeping those ones very simple. I will upload a page I made last night later today. It is sooo cute! I love the paper I used. It is not Stampin' Up! (SHOCKER) but a Close to my Heart kit. They have nice stuff for scrapbooking. I can say that now without any guilt!! Anyway, I am going to try to scrap today since I want to take it easy. What a fun and relaxing thing to do, right?? Do you want to come over??

Friday, November 17, 2006

I picked you.....

The other day I was driving with my boys just running some errands when "A" and I started talking about Heaven. I asked him if he could remember living with Jesus and he said yes. I asked him what else he remembered and he said simply.................. "I picked you." I asked him what he meant and he said that he picked me up in Heaven to be his mommy. It was sooooo sweet and soooo touching. What precious things children are.

Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Christmas is coming......

The goose is getting fat..... please to put a penny in the old man's hat.

I'm sorry but that song just got stuck in my head. Last night I stayed up and wrapped some of the presents I have bought for the kids for Christmas. My goal is to be completely done by next Friday night. I am going Black Friday shopping with my friend, Ranae. I have already seen the ads, know what I want, have a budget, and it's off we go. I really hope I can get some of those Cabbage Patch Kids Special Edition dolls. "M" is just so into babies. She has one CBK now, she will get one when the baby is born, and I think she'll get one from Santa and one from us. She will have a nice little CBK family! I still played with Cabbage Patch Kids up until I was 12. "K" wants one, too, but I think this might be one of the last years she gets one. She is growing into such a sweet little girl, almost a Young Woman. She is polite, has great manners, and wants to please others. If she ever got her card pulled or a checkmark in school that would be the end of it!

Today is such a yucky day. It rained all night and now is rainy and bitter cold. I kept "K" home from school today because she had a stomach ache in the middle of the night and is still not feeling great. I know exactly how she feels. Yesterday my stomach hurt so bad that I could hardly walk. I was having quite a few contractions and just the pains of pregnancy. I hope today is better because there is so much I need to do.

Tonight is Young Womens and we are having a "Mini Standard's Night" for them. The big Standard's Night will be held by the Stake in January. Ours is going to be low-key and just fun. I am over "Media". I am sooo excited to present my portion. I am going to have a big bowl of vanilla ice cream and talk about how that is after we take the Sacrament each week, repent, etc. Then, I have all these CUTE little presents wrapped up with wrapping paper that I stamped myself, thank you very much! I worked really hard to make sure they were beautiful with ribbon & matching 3x3 cards. Each girl is going to "ooooo and ahhhhh" over them. Then I will let a YW pick one and ask her if she wants to open it. In the card I am going to have a quote from President Hinckley about the fifth of the world or media. Then when the YW opens up the gift she will find either dirt, rocks, bark, twigs, weeks, dead leaves. I will have her come up and add that to my Sundae. My point will be that Satan does his best to wrap up the evil things of the world in beautiful packages and sometimes the tempation is just too much and we want to see what is inside. For example, some of the commercials on TV for the programs or movies really intice us. Once we are watching them it is too late and our Spirit has already recieved some of the fifth.

I hope that all makes sense. I only have 10 minutes so I am going to have to be brief. For the dessert the girls are going to get to eat a real Sundae that we are going to have ready with crushed Oreos (dirt), and gummy worms. Hopefully they will remember this visual aid everytime they are listening to music, watching TV, or playing on the internet.

Tuesday, November 14, 2006

22 days to go......

The countdown is here and ticking away!! I cannot believe that our entire life is going to change 3 weeks from tomorrow. It changes everytime a new baby comes into our lives. I imagine it will be a little hectic at first but we will fall into a nice routine. It's so peaceful when a new baby comes to our house because the older kids will try to speak quieter and they will be totally focused on the baby. I'm sure they will be a great help. My concern is with "T" who will be just two weeks shy of being 2 years old. He is a handful right now, but in a good way. He needs lots of attention and has just switched to being a "momma's boy" from being a "daddy's boy" for the past 8 months. He just comes up to me and says "Hold you", which means he wants me to hold him. Of course I can't help but love it since he wanted nothing to do with me for soooo long. My only concern is when the baby gets here. My heart is already breaking for the feelings of abandonment he is going to have. He will want me to hold him but I know I will be too tired and not physically able to do it. I hope he doesn't feel to sad. It will be fine when the girls are home from school but I know that during the day will be a challenge. "A" will be just fine. He is going to be 5 in March so he is very self sufficient.

I asked "B" for a blessing last night. I haven't received it yet but I know I need it. The other night I couldn't even sleep because I thought of everything that might go wrong with this surgery. I cannot even imagine my children growing up without their mommy. I just hope and pray that I can make it through this and be able to be the same mommy they knew before the c-section. I've just had so many great births that I don't even know what to expect. I seriously have not been this scared before a birth. With my first I didn't even get nervous until I was about ready to have "K". I wonder if it is because I know the exact day with this one and the other ones I did not.

On a happier note. I really am excited to have a little baby boy. I love it when they are newborns and want to snuggle with you all the time. "T" really only wants to be held on his terms, which usually means when I am busy with something else. "A" is a big snuggler but wants to snuggle in the middle of the night when he sneaks in my bed. That is a whole different post about how my children ALWAYS end up in bed with us. I was stressing last night because "A" got in bed with us at just 1:00am. I said to "B" that he cannot be doing this when the baby is here. Maybe we should just set up his bed in our room so he feels safe but is not in our bed. I think "A" also slept in our room when "T" was born because he just needed us. I don't mind if my children want to be close to me. "K" got in our bed until she was almost 5 and now she just comes down when she has a bad dream. She is old enough now that I can just take her back up and tuck her in. It's funny how we forget how tough they were when they were little. "K" is the easiest child now and we never would have known it going through her life up until she was 5. She was our fit thrower. She is so gentle and kind now. I guess it just shows us that we have to do all we can when they are young and they will turn out okay even if, at the time, it seems like they will not be.

Monday, November 13, 2006

Who's moody???

For the past 4 or 5 days I have been super moody and snappy with everyone in my family. I have noticed that it really has effected the mood in our home. How can the Spirit dwell here when there is so much contention? Last night I was pretty bad and had just about had it with my 6 year old "M". She seems to be at a challenging age and is JUST like me. I finally got them to settle down in their beds and after about an hour I just felt really guilty. I decided to go in the girl's room and just snuggle with both of them, even if they were asleep. Well, I went in there and "M" was wide awake sitting up in bed. I asked her what was wrong and she said that she was just thinking about how she never wanted to go to the ocean again. I asked her why and she said because of sharks. For some reason she was having scary thoughts and couldn't get to sleep. I layed down beside her and told her this story that I just made up from the top of my head. Here is how it went........

Once upon a time there was a sweet little girl who had a mom who would give her anything that she wanted except one thing...... CHOCOLATE. The little girl came up to her mom one day and said "Mom, can I have a chocolate chip cookie?" The mom answered "I'm sorry honey but I don't want to give you chocolate but I will take you to Target in the morning and you can get that $250 horse that you want that you can sit on and it looks like it is real." The little girl said, "Okay, I guess that sounds fine." So the next day she got her pony and was sitting in her room playing with it but something was missing. So she went up to her mom and said "Thanks so much for my new pony but I would really like a chocolate chip cookie". The mom just looked at her and said "How about if we go to the store and get you a Barbie Playhouse that you can really play inside of with a matching bed and a pink lamp?" The little girl said "that sounds nice". So that night she sat in her new playhouse but was still not as happy as she could be. The next morning she went up to her mom and said, "Mom, thanks so much for my new Barbie Playhouse, it's really nice but I really, really want a chocolate chip cookie." Her mom said "Here is $50, let's go get you some new Polly Pockets and Littlest Pet Shops". The little girl took the money and said "Okay". Later that night she sat in her playhouse playing with all her new toys and she thought that something was missing. She went up to her mom and said "Mom, can I just have a chocolate chip cookie??" The mom answered, "Well, if you are willing to take back all the toys that we bought to the store I guess I can make you a batch of cookies & milk, while we sit and snuggle and talk on the couch." The little girl thought for a second and said "Yes, that is what I want". So they took back all those great toys that cost sooooo much money and they sat on the couch snuggling and eating chocolate chip cookies. The little girl looked up at her mom and said "I guess money could buy us anything in the world but that could never replace what a chocolate cookie & time with you give me............... LOVE".

My daughter LOVED that story and I had to repeat it tonight to my 8 year old, who said she would have rather have kept all the toys instead of the cookie. I was promted to tell that story to her and I realized why later. Our life gets so wrapped up in the material things of the world that it seems like it would be easier just to buy our children's happiness when all they really want is our love and attention. I guess it was a guilt-promoted story. "M" just really needs more hugs than anything else. It melts away her anger and sassiness.

Saturday, November 11, 2006


I was just reading the blog of a friend of mine (hi Jill) when I realized that I need to share my conversion story on my blog. I have been so blessed by having the gospel in my life that I would be ungrateful if I didn't share it with everyone who takes the time to read this.

My story starts when I was just 22. I had about the worst year of my life when I was 21 that I was ready for some change in it. My dad died of alcholism, I joined the Air Force and got medically discharged, and some other personal problems that I will not go into. I decided to just take a break from all of it and move to Utah to live with my sister, Christy, and her family. I got a job working at a 7-11 and was just sort of hanging out in a limbo in life. Not really any direction to go. I worked with a girl who was just about to get married and she was the happiest, sweetest thing you could ever meet. The funny thing now is that I can't even remember her name and I'm not even sure if she knows that I was baptized. One day I was working with her and she was just smiling away so I asked her why she was so happy. She told me it was because of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. I continued to ask her more and more questions. When I got home that day I was really confused so I asked my sister, who was an inactive member of the church at the time, to have the missionaries come over so I could talk to them. The first discussion went really well but I was still very confused. After the second discussion the missionaries asked me to read a passage from the Book of Mormon which was Moroni 10:3-5. Then they asked me to pray about it and ask if what I was reading was true. Later that night I was home alone so I thought it was the perfect opportunity to read from that book. I read what they asked and then quietly kneeled and prayed if it was true. It was amazing because a warm sensation came throughout my body and I knew that was I had just read was true. I couldn't believe it. One thing that I want to add is that the only way to know if the Book of Mormon is true is to read about it and then ask for yourself. Noone forced me to do anything I was not willing to do and I came to my own conclusion.

The next discussion was my 3rd and the missionaries asked if I was ready to be baptized. I told them no and didn't say anything else. I finally committed to being baptized after my next discussion and have never looked back since. My life was not easy before I was baptized but I knew I was taking the right step in my life. Before I joined I never really knew what the purpose of life was. The Gospel of Jesus Christ has answered all of my questions. I hope you all enjoyed my conversion story. I do know, without a doubt in my heart, that this church is true. I have received so many blessing by being a member. I have found my true love, who I am sealed to forever in the temple, and I have felt the spirit so many times. The Lord has led us all over the country as we have prayerfully made decisions about where we need to go for school and such. I have made the best friends but the most wonderful part about it is that wherever we live I know that I am going to have an instant family at church! The lessons are the same, the callings are the same, and everyone serves for one general purpose.... to build up the Kingdom of God on Earth.

Friday, November 10, 2006

For me???

Today "B" had the day off from work so I just let him do his thing. He had to prepare a talk for Sunday and go visit the girls at school for lunch. I took the boys with me to run some errands. When I returned these beautiful roses were waiting for me on the counter. I don't know how long it has been since he bought me flowers, at least 2 years!! What a sweet husband. I think he has seen how I've been feeling these past couple of days and wanted to do something nice.
On another note.... I went to Bath & Bodyworks and got myself a gift from my kids. Hee hee. They had those soft robes that you could get for a discounted price with your purchase so I bought one. I figured that I needed a good one for the hospital since I will be there for so many days!! I also got some of their hand soap which was only $2.50 each. We live off of those and they smell so yummy.

Second thoughts....

Here I am with only 3 weeks and 5 days to go and I am starting to have second thoughts about having a c-section. My last three were very successful vbacs. I was reading some information last night on c-sections and I didn't know that I couldn't pick up anything besides the baby for the first 6 weeks. How am I going to manage my family?? Bryan will only be home for the first week after I get home from the hospital and then I will be completely on my own. Now that the time is getting closer I feel the need to dig deep in prayer and thought and figure out what exactly would be the best thing to do. I could always just attempt another vbac and then if it isn't successful go ahead and have the c-section. The reason why we decided a c-section this time is that it just felt right. "B" prayed about it and also came to that conclusion. I haven't received a direct answer yet but I have not really asked that question. I guess I am just really scared. I am going to be a mom of 5 children. How can I expect to do all that I am required to do if I am recovering from major surgery?? It's probably just because the time is getting so close that all my fears are setting in. Is it normal to be scared to have my 5th child?? I've never been this nervous before any birth besides my first. Yesterday was just an emotional day as I was thinking about all of this.

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

4 weeks to go!!

I am trying to think of something to write because so many things have happened but my mind is a blank. I have 4 weeks to go until I deliver our new baby boy. Today I folded and put away all the baby clothes. They are all organized in their rightful containers and look so perfect. I have everything ready for when he arrives. I have the diapers, wipes, nursing pads, rubbing alcohol, nose thingy, etc. The only thing I will need when the baby gets here is food. It's funny because we just got a brand new freezer and it has about a week's worth of dinners for us but I am not motivated to fill it more. I was yesterday but today has just felt overwhelming.

Tonight I was just having an emotional moment where I was crying for no reason (hormones). My little 4 year old "A" came up to me and just started rubbing my back saying "I love you mommy. You are the bestest mommy in the entire world. I like the cards you make. We just HAVE to have cards, you know". Well, after that I couldn't even cry, I just had to smile. He is going to make the best husband some day. He might drive me batty during the day because he has soo much energy but it is times like these that I know he has his sweet side, too. I am so grateful for my family. It's just so hard being pregnant in the last phase. I just look around my house and see so many projects that I want to do but I know that I "can't" do them. It's so hard for me to get on all fours to pick up stuff so I just have to let it sit there which drives me crazy. I know in the end it is not going to matter. I also hear women with grown children say how they miss the mess. I guess I can't really see that yet because the kids leave messes EVERYWHERE!!

For Young Womens tonight the Miamaids & Beehives did a Yoga tape. I made smoothies for everyone which was a HUGE success. I made enough so we could also share with the Young Men and other leaders. I am so glad that all my batches turned out good. Sometimes they don't work out as well.

Monday, November 06, 2006

Mmmmmm. Apple Pie!!!

I just finished making my first apple pie using our left over food storage. Our Apple Chips are going to go bad in the next few months so I decided to try to use them. I have NEVER made a pie from scratch before. I hope it tastes as good as it looks. We are going to have it for our Family Home Evening treat tonight. Yippee!!! I feel like such a homemaker!!!

Deep thoughts...

Last night "B" took a friend to the Gladys Night presentation that our church was holding at our Stake Center so I was to myself and my deep thoughts. After the kids were in bed I sat in my office making cards for people and listening to General Conference of April 2005. It seemed like every talk was written just for me. I learned many things but it seems like I forgot a lot this morning. I wish I would have taken notes last night. One talk that really hit me was about being kind. I made a decision that I was not going to raise my voice to my children or get angry at silly little things. Even if someone does me wrong, or if the check-out person at the store is grumpy, why should I let that effect how "I" treat others?? This morning I did not get upset or grouchy with my girls once while they were getting ready for school. That is a really hard task especially since my 6 yr old does many things that would make anyone's blood rise. I just talked to her calmly and asked her to do the things she was supposed to be doing. It is amazing that she didn't get sassy with me once!! We usually have a major struggle each and every morning. It is all about how I react because she just reflects my mood. Listening to these spiritual talks from Apostles of the Lord made me just really think. I need to change NOW! I know it is so hard to do this while I am pregnant but I am sure going to try. I'm not going to give up and give in to my negative thoughts and attitudes. I am going to be the "kind" of personal I want to be. I am going to stop comparing myself to others. When I finally went to bed last night I turned to my scriptures and it is amazing that the passage I was reading just reinforced what the talks all said.

I hope that all made sense. I am really tired this morning so it might just seem like ramblings. Guess what?? I am determined to get all my laundry done today!! Do you think I can do it??? My family would be in shock! It's just so hard to carry those heavy baskets and walk up and down the stairs. BUT, I can do it! The pioneers had to endure so much more than doing laundry when they were pregnant!

Catching up.....

I taught Young Women's yesterday and here is the frame that I stamped for all the girls to take home and put up. My lesson was on Worthy Thoughts. There was a lot of participation so we only got through a little bit but that is the way the spirit works.

Our Freezer
"B" went out and bought us a freezer and it arrived on Saturday morning. It is sooo nice having an extra freezer. I went out to Walmart and bought all the frozen things I could think of. We also filled it with the dinners that were made for us when the baby arrives. My plan is to get at least 3 weeks worth of dinners in there for after the baby is born. I know that I am not going to feel like cooking and I think that "B" should also have a break.

Last Night
I woke up in the middle of the night with very strong pains in my stomach that came every 5-7 minutes. I knew it wasn't labor but just an upset stomach. The only bad thing is that they were causing me to contract!! I decided at 4:30 am to just lay on the couch and watch TV or try to sleep. About a half hour later I hear someone behind me and it is "B" fullly dressed. He got up to go to the store to get me some medicine since we were all out. What a total sweet thing to do!! As soon as he got home I took it and I was almost instantly better. He only got to sleep for another half hour before he had to get up to get ready for work. It's moments like those that I know exactly why I love him so much. I might complain and nag (A LOT) but deep down in my heart I know that I could never find anyone better than him.

Friday, November 03, 2006

It's been 2 months.....

It has been two months since I officially resigned from Stampin' Up! What a fun ride I had while I was on it. I do miss a lot of things about being a demo but I am also enjoying just stamping for fun. Today, while I was finishing up my 59 sets of gift sets for Christmas, I looked around my Stamp Loft and was so grateful that I earned most of the product by being a demonstrator. I cannot even imagine what life would have been like if I never got to experience the business side of things. I learned that I can do anything I put my mind to. I started off at the bottom of the SU totem pole as a hobby demo and by the end of my first full year I had made it a success. Not only that but we moved 2 times during my years at the top and I was able to prove to myself that I could continue to be successful. I am very happy with my decision to retire but I am also so glad that I had the opportunity that I did. I made many friends along the way and got to know the ins and outs with Stampin' Up! as I worked on the Advisory Board for a year. I just want to log this all down in case I forget all about it in a year or two. My family really has needed me at home for the past two years while I finished out my business helping my downline out. Now that I am free of all strings with SU life is different. I find that I am not as stressed out or have that feeling of guilt that I had so often when thinking of my large group and all that I "needed" to be doing. I feel so blessed that my SU family "downline" understood my decision and was very supportive. I have formed relationships that I will have for a lifetime!

That is all I wanted to share about that.

Thursday, November 02, 2006

A special memory....

In the course of my 5 1/2 year Stampin' Up! career I earned 3 Cruises. I decided to take my Grandma on my 2nd cruise to Alaska. It was such a special time that I will remember always. She had just celebrated her 81st birthday and had never been on a cruise. She doesn't even like to fly much. We spent a lot of time getting to know each other and just hanging out. I think our favorite time on the cruise was watching all the shows they put on. She also got to meet many of my Stampin' Up! friends. It is a memory that I will have forever.

Me and My Sis!

Here is a pic of me and my sis at Stampin' Up!'s convention in Orlando, Florida 2 1/2 years ago. Aren't we soooo cute?? I love my sister and I miss her. It's funny because when we were growing up we NEVER played together and we are only 2 1/2 years apart. It just seemed like she was so much older than me. Once she got married and became a mother we started forming a friendship. Over the last 12 years I have looked to her many times for advice and friendship. I would have to say that she is my bestest friend in the whole world!! I just wish we lived closer so we could hang out. One thing that I love about my sis is how patient she is. Who did she get that from?? Almost everyone in our family has a quick temper besides her. She is an example in the way she treats others, too. Hopefully I can be like her some day in that way. Love you, Sis!!

Wednesday, November 01, 2006

What a SURPRISE!!!

Tonight for Young Womens we met at the Pres's house for a mother daughter night. The Pres wouldn't assign me anything to help with which is odd since I like to have something to do. When I got there I found out that it was a surprise baby shower for me!!! All the Young Women came with their mothers and they brought me a meal to put in my freezer for when the baby arrives. They also all did a craft of painting special onesies and burp clothes for me and the baby. We played games, ate a nice dinner, and opened a few gifts. I feel so honored to serve in the Young Women. I feel so close with all of those girls and I love them all like they are my own. This is the first time I've ever served in YW and now I hope that I can do it forever!! We have a special bond and it is wonderful. I am still in shock that they would do this night for me. The Pres did a lot of work and so did the leaders. What a night!!!

What I've been doing....

The matching pens!
Upclose journal

25 journals that I made!

Here are the journals & pens that I made for the Young Women and leaders in our ward. We are giving them journals to write their testimonies in and any faith-promoting experiences. It took me a while to make these but they were so fun. They make great gifts. The patterned paper cost more than the composition books!! I think each journal cost around $2 to make. Some were more some were less, it depended on which paper I used. I think they turned out so cute!!

5 weeks to go!!

5 weeks from today I will no longer be a mom of just 4 but a mom of 5. I still can't fathom that. I grew up in a non-LDS home with a family of 4 kids and we were the ones with a huge family! Life was different back then. My mom worked and I don't have a lot of memories of being home during the day. I do remember playing during the summer outside in our house with 1 1/2 acres in Battleground, Washington. Those are the best memories of my life. I don't know why we ever had to move from there when I was 12 but that was a sad time for me. I hope that my kids make memories of their childhood to last them forever. I hope I am doing enough for them as a mom to make sure that happens.

Last night the kids went Trick or Treating with "B". We realized an hour before that our pumpkin was still in the back of our car and we had not carved it yet. We had planned on doing it for FHE this week but ended up doing something entirely different. So, we popped that baby out of the car and did the fastest carving you can imagine. The kids still had a blast doing it and I got my pictures for the scrapbook. Even if we wait until the last minute we still try to get those traditions in there.

I'll have more later......