Saturday, June 21, 2014

Eight in Great



 This amazing little boy got baptized on April 12th.  It was short and sweet, covering all the points and in the end he was baptized and confirmed by his Dad.  His biggest fear is that he would have to do it twice and it happened, just like his Dad 42 years ago.

His Grandpa gave the opening prayer and his Uncle Homer gave the talk.  I love how he used examples from his mission in Korea and he talked solely to the Dude.

 This little boy brings so much laughter and life to our home.  He made the choice to be baptized and am grateful for his obedient heart.
We love him so much and are happy to be his parents.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Miss Boo is TEN YEARS OLD

Because this April was a very special one.  Not just because or Miss Boo's birthday on the 16th, but because her brother was baptized April 5th.  Because of this fact, she got to spend her birthday with her grandparents from Arizona.

We went to Adam-ondi-ahman and Jamesport for the day. It was really cold and we couldn't spend long but it is always nice to visit.  We went to Jamesport which is an Amish town.  The kids were disappointed we couldn't ride a buggy.  Funny kids.
My Dad is funny and has the funniest shirts.  The irony is, they totally say what he is thinking.  Or doing! Love my Dad.
She is growing up so fast.  So smart, quite funny, sweet to others (outside her family) kind, generous, enthusiastic about her hobbies (painting, piano) and has the most beautiful face.  She is a joy in our home.  She also was put on this earth to teach us patience.  We are very grateful for her.
This is the meal she wanted for her birthday.  A pretty predictable child when it comes to food.
Chocolate cake with chocolate frosting.  Who doesn't love that.
I hope she wished for the moon.  I love my Boo!

Sunday, April 6, 2014

It's great to be eight

 My sweet little baby boy turned eight today.  How in heavens name did that happen?  This boy has brought so much joy to our home.  He is deeply happy.  We are so grateful for him and his generosity and kindness.

We celebrated his birthday yesterday because he wanted to have friends at his party and we don't do that on Sunday.  He was very specific about his party and all the things we did.  From a scavenger hunt to these cube Rabbids.  He is infatuated with these Rabbids and the video games.

 I am so glad he had fun.  His best friend is the little red head.  We adore her. Such a fun group for his birthday.
 As I said… totally adore this girl!  Those Rabbids were the Dude's idea.  I had to laminate them and make it so they could decorate their own.  I love that kid!
He's eight.

He's eight.
 Ain't he GREAT!


 I love this boy so much.  So happy to be his Mom.  My only wish for him is that he keeps his optimism and good sense of humor as he grows into manhood.  He is such a wonderful boy!

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

December in Victoria

 The first week of December the children and I headed off to Canada for a visit to the Grandmas.  It has been five years since the children have been in the North.  For the Dude, it was kind of like his first trip as he couldn't remember much.  He was only 2 1/2 when we went last.
 I was wondering how they would react to family they didn't really know.  I didn't have to worry much.  Family is family and I loved to watched the interchange.
You never know what you will find in Victoria.  My last trip it was men in kilts for the Highland Games, this year...
 This fabulous carriage in the parking garage of the grandmas condo complex.
 They enjoyed a lot of time with their Great Grandma.  She is pretty amazing.  She suffered a heart attack in January and was home in three days.  She is one tough cookie.
This is my Aunt Lois and the children's grandmother. She has no idea how valued she is in our lives.  One of my best friends and the kindest person I know.  We love her so much.
 One of the highlights of this trip was going down to the docks and feeding the seals.  Miss Boo got the hang of it, but a seagull tried to get the fish from the Dude and almost took off his finger.  He spent the rest of the time avoiding all animals. We went to a fish market close to the docks for some fish scraps, but it was a high end fish place and they didn't have any, but the gentleman was kind and gave us about $30 worth of free fish so the kids could have a good experience.  I love the generosity he showed.
 I love, love these two kids!

On Monday, miss Boo stayed home with great grandma and the rest of us went out to shop in old downtown.  The Dude had me cracking up most of the time.
 Fat Cranky Bear, he was dubbed by the Dude!
 My friend Sandy came up and spent the day with us.  So much fun!
 Christmas time in Victoria is amazing!
 It was a delightful time.  One of my favorite places to spend time is with my family.
And for it being a first flight alone with both the kids, it wasn't too shabby.  So glad Mr. Finn let us go.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

For once in my life...


It's been two weeks since the "incident" and I am disappointed.

Really, I am.

Wasn't I supposed to be different, feel different somehow from going through such a life changing event?

I feel the same.  The same old ME.

That is disappointing.

And then I had this thought while talking to an old friend.  We can have life changing events, but it takes work for those events to truly change us.  Nothing of value is easy or given without much sacrifice and work.  Not too mention desire and need.

Where does that leave me?  Disappointed.  I wanted something easy.

I do see some changes.  I don't like loud, angry voices anymore and that includes mine.  It feels wrong!  I can't figure out how to impart this to Miss Boo.  She likes to yell.  Too much and many times I rise to it because I get frustrated.

I want that idea of a peaceful home where n'er is spoken an unkind word.  I believe it is doable, even necessary.  If we are to prepare our homes to be a refuge, I believe it is essential.  Life is daily becoming a challenge. The world is making the lines blurry for many in it.  I see the daily assaults against the family, against freedom, against honesty and integrity.

I pray that I am up to the challenge as I believe the attack on what we believe will become harder than we can ever imagine.

I love my family.  I want to be with them for eternity.  Given that, change must happen.

I don't believe our Heavenly Father is going to accept mediocrity when it comes down to it.  It's time to allow the change...