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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Monday, May 28, 2012

Choices that shape us...

I realize that not a lot of people are blogging any more and also that not a lot of people are reading blogs anymore.  Seems as though facebook, twitter, instagram, and such have really taken over.  I love to blog.  I love it! It is more personal and it keeps my memories and thoughts in one place so that someday my boys can look back and see what was happening in their lives at one certain moment. 

I think it is interesting how making small choices can really shape our lives.  Just the other day I needed to get gas.  I choose not to get gas late at night after a show because the last time I stopped I was quickly prompted to turn the jeep back on and drive home.

I was heading to the gym and needed to get gas on Saturday.  I was going to make a left and get gas somewhere close to home, but at the absolute last minute, I changed my mind.  I drove down the hill to Smith's; however, I didn't intend to get gas there because they usually wont allow you to get more than $50 bucks worth of gas. YET, I turned in to the Smith's circle K.  I had never noticed before, but I could use my Smith's rewards card.  So I typed in the number thinking I wasn't going to get a discount... and I did!  40 cents a gallon!  So instead of paying over $3.70, I paid $3.12 a gallon!  Crazy! 

As I was standing at the pump dreaming of all the money I was saving, a woman approached me.  I knew she was going to ask for money.  I couldn't think of a good reason not to give her the cash.  Her story seemed genuine.  She said she lived on the other side of town, had forgotten her purse and consequently had run out of gas.  She said I could even check her gas light if I wanted.  No, I didn't check her gas light.  I just handed her the $10 dollars cash I had in my wallet.  I watched her walk in side, pay, then fill up.

I do not believe it was a coincidence that I ended up at that exact gas station at that exact moment.  I was supposed to be there to help her.  I know that God has a way of helping those in need, if even a small thing like me saving $10 bucks in gas then giving it to someone else.

We make many choices every day.  Some choices we believe are small, but isn't it interesting how the small choices end up defining who we really are?  When I was younger, I wanted to be a mean, hard, cold person.  Mostly, because that is what the world expected of people.  I thought it was "cool".  LAME!  I can't believe I even thought that as a young adult.  All I want to do now is hug my fellow man and help them in any way that I am able.  I am tired of fighting the system.  I want to make the world a better place, so that my boys can grow up in a better world.  It really is time to shed our selfish layers and help each other. 

I stood in line at target a few days ago and put the stick to separate my stuff from the person's stuff behind me and the woman said, "Wow, that is the nicest thing someone has done for me all day." I was shocked and sad to know that something that small was the only nice thing that had happened to her.  I commented on how people are too wrapped up in their own moments to realize other people are having trouble.  She said, "I will pay it forward." 

I know that I am not perfect.  I yell, scream, drive crazy, and can be rude.  I just want to take a moment and say, "I am sorry" for my past behavior if it offended you.  I really am trying to be a better person.

Let's work together and hold doors open more, give a few dollars to the beggar on the side of the road, and love our neighbor even if their small dog barks for hours and hours and hours.

Saturday, May 26, 2012

It's 11:31 PM

"I'm Singin' and Dancin' in the RAIN!"  I love this show!  I am so glad to be a part of it.  I love to sing and I think... possibly... I am getting a little better at dancing.  HA!  If you have some time, come on down and see the show at Albuquerque Little Theater.  It plays the next three weekends and it is a timeless classic.  I also have a few lines and a small part in one of the movies.  Here is a preview of my costumes because you WILL NOT recognize me if you do decide to stop on by!

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

18 Months!

My sweet little baby, Nolen, is 18 months old today!  I know I say this all the time, but the time seems to go by faster as I get older.  I can't believe Nolen is 18 months old!  I remember thinking last summer that I couldn't wait for this summer to get here because Nolen would be older and ready to do things.  Nolen is 29.2 pounds and 33 inches tall according to my calculations.  We will see what the doctor says.

In some ways, Nolen is still very immature.  He doesn't speak.  He can say a handful of words like, "Ma ma, Da da, Ba ba, Ball," and his very favorite, "Reay, seee, GO!"  So cute!  He runs around the house saying it all day long.  When people meet Nolen they describe him as sweet, curious, chubby, and kind.  He has a very kind nature and can be incredibly patient.  I suppose that comes from having an older brother. 

Nolen loves to climb on anything and everything.  I didn't have to worry too much about Edward; however, I can not leave Nolen alone for long because he will make is way up on anything.  His recent climbing adventures have led us to move the living room furniture around to keep him from climbing on the kitchen counters.  He can usually be found climbing on the TV stand and touching the TV with his very sticky fingers.

Nolen loves to eat.  Nope, he doesn't like to eat actual food, he likes to eat dirt, crayons, and rocks.  He runs outside each morning and shoves a large handful of dirt right in his mouth!  After I clean out the dirt he will pick up a rock and begin chewing on it.  I can't leave crayons laying around because he will eat them up!  Should I worry?

Nolen does not sleep through the night.  We have tried many different things and have seen a few doctors.  We still have no real answers as to why he can't sleep.  I keep hoping he will sleep through the night once all of his teeth come in.  Here is hoping, right?

Nolen is my best cuddle budy.  He loves to sit and watch baby Einstein movies while rocking in the chair.  He will sit and rock for such a long time that I sometimes fall asleep.  He has a sweet nature.  He is so patient with his older brother.  He no longer cries when a toy is taken away from him and he quickly moves on to another task. 

I am so grateful to have such a wonderful little boy in my life.  He is adventurous, wild, and loving.  He can play by himself for hours and absolutely loves the water.  I can never leave him alone if water is anywhere in site.  He is a true pride and joy for me and Stephen.  I love him with my whole heart.

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Saturday, May 5, 2012

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Up to no good...

This week has been extremely busy for both me and Stephen.  I really try to plan my life out weeks in advance so that I know what to expect as the week begins.  I have been in rehearsal for Singing in the Rain and have found the disorganization rough to plan around.  Lately, the cast has been receiving emails the morning of rehearsal letting us know if we are called that night or not.  This has become challenging to arrange for a babysitter in advance.  Anyhow, Monday morning I was called to be in a movie for the show Singing in the Rain.  I am lucky enough to have a great friend in town who was available to watch my boys while I went down and filmed my little bit in the movie.  It took 5 hours.  Then I had rehearsal that evening. 

We had planned to go house hunting on Tuesday.  I was really hoping to find our dream home.  We did, but it already had an offer.  UGH!  My friend, Andrea, watched the boys for me, again.  I am SO lucky!  Although, we didn't find our perfect home in a perfect location, I am still determined to find the right place for us here in Albuquerque. 
Yesterday, I was able to do my last two shows as Cinderella.  I found out a few days prior to the shows that I was going to get to go.  Stephen took the day off and spent the ENTIRE day alone with the boys.  I left around 8 AM and didn't return home until 10 PM at night.  Wow, long day for me and for Stephen.  Stephen said he had a lot of fun just him and the boys.  I am actually jealous I wasn't there.  Ha ha.  He did say that it wasn't too hard for him; however, the boys were on their best behavior. 
I am so blessed to have a few good friends here in Albuquerque and a WONDERFUL husband who help me live my dreams.  I have been really lucky to be a part of a PAID traveling Opera company and to have experiences like filming and dancing and singing and laughing for live theater. 
Last, but not least, Stephen and I were able to go on our monthly date.  We went out for yogurt and then parked at the top of Volcano Cliffs and just talked.  So wonderful!