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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

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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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Monday, May 24, 2010




Just sitting here wondering what to do with this beautiful Monday and can't think of much. Edward, somehow, slept in until 8:00 AM! What? I thought he was going to have a rough night because he wasn't feeling well yesterday so I went to bed at 8:30 PM. Yes, that is right readers, Eight Thirty! So I awoke well before 7:00 AM and have been wondering around the house waiting for him to wake up. It is incredibly windy today and slightly cold so going outside has not become an option for me. I am READY for it to be summer. Is it summer yet? How about now? I heard it snowed in Utah... weird.
I was thinking, the other day, about marriage. Stephen believes every relationship has a "crack". Some are small and some multiply with time. I thought about the "crack" in our relationship. Sometimes it seems like the size of the Grand Canyon. Other times it barely exists. We try to avoid the topic as much as possible; however, as every married couple, or couple for that matter, knows... that is impossible. The cracks show every once in a while. I would LOVE to pretend our relationship is PERFECT, but that is a lie. Stephen believes we are incredibly lucky because we just have the one small crack. I am just wondering... does everyone believe this? OR are we all hiding under the mask of our front door? (Meaning... do we pretend things are perfect when they are not?)
I can't decide if it is better to proclaim your cracks or just let them lie and let people believe the facade. I will say this... I have NEVER been happier in my entire life, well the life I can remember. I am sure I had amazing experiences as a child and I know I was happy; however, I feel TRULY happy and blessed and lucky and, OK, just overall HAPPY. So I think our little crack is OK as long as it never grows.
Just some food for thought on this beautiful Monday.
Also, if you read this far... Stephen and I will be in Phoenix next weekend. Craig and Blair are hosting a little party for us (and mostly Stephen). If you would like to come, leave me a comment and I will send you the information. We would love to be able to see everyone and that includes you!


Thursday, May 20, 2010

15 Months and a Hike!

Edward is officially 15 months old!! He is a happy bouncing baby (oh wait, not a baby anymore) Boy! We have been trying to go on an adventure every day because being trapped in the house is terrible for a 1 year old boy. Today we went on a hike with my friend Andrea and her three adventures kids. After climbing off the trail and made our own path we ventured back to the car. Once Edward was strapped in his car seat, he fell right to sleep. I guess that 20 minute drive home will count as his nap. Enjoy the updated pictures!

Saturday, May 15, 2010

What happend yesterday???

My day started out as normal as any other day to date. I woke up at 7:15 AM to hear Edward laughing in his crib. I promptly joined him to find he was laughing at the Lion on his bedspread. We went downstairs and made lunch for Stephen then I started up breakfast. All normal.
After breakfast Edward and I got ready for our adventure to the gym, park, and to get water. While getting water I saw the Quiznos next door and really wanted to eat a sandwich; however, being lazy, I didn't want to get Edward out of his car seat so I moved on. While driving home I passed a Wendy's. Honestly, if you know me, I DON'T EAT OUT! So something deep inside was calling to me. I did a u-turn and drove up to the drive through.
It was Noon so the lunch line was long. No big deal. I had seen the new BBQ Chicken Wings commercials and that is what my stomach was after. After ordering a kids meal for Edward, something I said I would NEVER do, I drove up to the window. I handed the lady my card and received my food. Well not all of it as it turned out. I had to do another U-turn and drive back to Wendy's. I really thought about leaving the kids meal behind but I just paid nearly $10 bucks for our lunch. So I had to fight the lunch traffic, park in the handicapped spot, take Edward out of his car seat then go inside to get his kids meal. Up to this moment Edward was being perfectly normal.
Lunch passed with out anything odd and I went to put Edward down for his nap. I noticed something in his mouth. I didn't look to hard because he is teething, or so I thought. I figured what I was seeing was two more teeth springing up. Edward woke up a short hour later giving me just enough time to shower, clean the bathrooms, and read. He was not happy. I gave him so medicine.
Stephen came home and I told him to look in Edwards mouth at the interesting new teeth. "That is not a tooth" he said. Um? WHAT? I looked as closely as I could at his 1 year old mouth; and that is harder than you think. It looked like THREE teeth were in the place on one tooth. I sort of started to panic a little. I called a dentist who lives across the street. He didn't answer. I decided I would just walk over there with Edward. Was this going to be major dental work?? Where had the other two teeth come from?
He didn't answer his door. While walking back home I touched the "teeth" to find they were made of PLASTIC!! Plastic!! WHAT? Then I took a much much closer look. This was not teeth. This was something. Something he had tried to eat!!!
I went home and made a phone call to my friend who knows EVERYONE. It was Friday. 5:00. No dentist would be at work and I was sure I didn't know how to get this plastic thing out from between his teeth. My friend Elizabeth made one call. That one call allowed Edward to go over to a Hygienists house and she would fish it out. One problem... I had a dance audition to attend at 6:00.
Stephen drove Edward over to the Nessbaum house and helped with the extraction. Turns out it was a small plastic tube used for arts and crafts. It had been wedged so deep in his gums that it appeared to be two other teeth. I am sure it had been there for a while. I looked painful. It is out! His teeth look normal and he seems to actually be a bit happier today.
I drove to my Dance audition. You know what? I can't dance. I mean, I can dance to my own rhythm and made up moves, but it is extremely difficult to dance to someone else's complicated steps. Also, I can't tap dance. I can pretend. I didn't do as poorly as I thought I would. Actually, this was my best dance audition to date. That really isn't saying much. I didn't make it to the dance call backs (it would have been a miracle if I did). I don't mind. I learned a lot and it just reaffirms that I need to take lessons.
After the drive home I really started thinking. That thinking led to a two hour discussion with Stephen. Yikes! So here I am, 6:00 AM, bright and shining!
Hope your Saturday treats you well!

Thursday, May 13, 2010

And then there were FOUR!

Is anyone out there? Where is the blogging world today? Did everyone disappear? Well I am still here and officially out of my first trimester. Three months down with Six more to go. These are some blurry shots of the little cuteness but the arrows are pointing to his legs. I guess we shall see in six weeks if this is a boy or a girl.

Due: November 18Th, 2010 which means Edward and #2 will be about 21 months apart. YEAH!

Monday, May 10, 2010

You know what I like...

The sound of the early mornings...

Just Edward and I

Eating Breakfast

Reading our Scriptures

and Silence

Saturday, May 8, 2010

As my Second Mother's Day approaches...

I realize that my little baby boy is now just a little boy. I realize we take so many things for granted and something, anything, could change that at any time.

This video really touched my heart today. I feel like I have grown to appreciate the small things in life; however, I know I can do better.

Here is to being a better Mom, wife, and friend each and every day.

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Saturday, May 1, 2010


Just had a baby? About to have a baby? Know someone who has a baby or is about to have a baby? Looking for great cribs and decorations to fill up your nursery? Well I don't have a crib but something just a useful for the nursing mother. This Nursing Cover can be yours FREE! Makes a great baby shower gift! Just leave a comment to enter. Contest ends May 8, 2010.
Happy Blogging!