2018 Family Moto

35 They were desirous to be baptized as a witness and a testimony that they were willing to serve God with all their hearts; Mosiah 21:35

"Make sure they remember joy yesterday, experience joy today, and anticipate joy tomorrow."

Motherhood Mission Statement

To provide a loving environment that is centered around God and His commandments while effectively teaching my children to love, honor, and respect all Men no matter the race, creed, or background.

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Sunday, November 23, 2008

In the area?

For Christmas, my sister-in-law, cousin, sister, and aunt are throwing me a little shower in the Phoenix area. If you will be down there December 27th, I sure would like to see you! So send me your address and I will get an invite to you. If you can't come, send your address anyway and I will send you an announcement when the little tot is born.

juliembarnes@gmail.com or you can leave your address as a comment.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Saturday, November 22, 2008


Saw Twilight
Loved It!

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Is this supposed to be a compliment?

Today, I strolled into work, "la la la" minding my own business.

I walked in and cheerfully said "hello" to the three ladies gabbing up front. As I signed in to record my time, an older woman said to me....

"You look so cute pregnant, it looks like you could be having twins!"

Trust me, shock rang across my face. It sounded so nice and sweet, as if it was a compliment. She masked a nasty "fat" comment with a sweet tone.

No, I am NOT having twins. This is ONE baby... one big baby boy. He will be big, he likes to eat, and he is a little lazy about his works out lately. So yeah, he has gained some weight, he feels bad, why should we rub it in? He is working on getting better.

Things I took for granted:

1) My figure!
Never again will I complain about being fat!
2) Sleeping on my stomach
3) Sleeping
4) Motivation
Has been gone for months now and I am lucky I get up in the morning.
5) Running three miles with ease
Now I am lucky to make it 10 steps with out running out of breath
6) Clothing
7) Compliments

Honestly, the list could go on, but I truly have learned to appreciate my mother and her sacrifice for me. I was basically offered a full time job starting in January with the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. This would be my dream job with a GREAT pay. I will now step aside and walk away from something out of selflessness.

To each mother, I applaud you and your sacrifice. Thank you for making our world a better world by raising good children.

To my Mother... No words can ever express my deep gratitude for your sacrifice to ensure I live a spiritual and privileged life.

Thank you!

Saturday, November 15, 2008

25 weeks!!!

Here is an update of the growth... Stephen looks the same (lucky!) He might even be getting skinnier!!!!!


Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Kidney Stones + Pregnancy = 3 AM hospital visit!

Monday morning, 3 AM, and massive pain. This would be kidney stone number two for me within the last three months. I am not sure if Kidney stones are a side effect of pregnancy but I will say I do not drink caffeine. Either way, I woke up at 1:30 AM and an hour and a half later decided I needed real medical attention. After a scan of both my kidneys (and no pain meds) my doctor said I have another kidney stone that is just ready to come out as well!!!!
I suppose I will weather the storm of my third kidney stone drug free as well so that my little baby can come out happy and healthy with out being addicted to extra strength Tylenol. I suppose if I have gone through three kidney stones before giving birth I should be prepared for labor, right?

Thursday, November 6, 2008

I love Arizona!

Stephen and I took a mini trip to Arizona last weekend. I really thought we would have more time to do things; however, we ran out of time fast. We spent the weekend with Stephen's family and got to see how much everyone has changed in only 4 months! My parents also drove down to help Craig and Blair look for homes in Maricopa. I also had a wedding to attend so the weekend went by fast with hardly any moment of down time. I am sad to say we didn't get to see a few people I wanted to and we didn't get to do a few things that needed to get done, but all in all I had a BLAST in the HOT weather in Phoenix.
We arrived at 10 AM on Friday morning. I was wearing a sweater and expected to keep it on all day. My outfit was sort of planned around the sweater. Well the second Stephen and I stepped outside to wait for our ride I took the sweater off. I was sweating by the time I got in the car! I believe it was about 92 degrees that day. We left ABQ at about 65 degrees!
We were able to spend a lot of time with Stephen's family shopping and eating out then we went to watch a long movie with Craig and Blair.
Saturday was all about the wedding and straightening my hair. It took about two hours to get my hair straight and in the end I think I really decided that I should have left it curly. Either way, I have only a few pictures of the wedding.

Saturday night Stephen and I drove up to the north part of Phoenix for a fun game night with Craig and Blair. For the first time in our gaming history, Stephen won BOTH games we played (I think it was the diet pepsi max). I guess we were all too tired to pay attention to the game. I took some pictures so Stephen could remember what it felt like to win two games in a row!
Enjoy! AND I miss you, Arizona!

Wednesday, November 5, 2008


At one point we all loved George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, and George Bush. As one rises, one shall fall....