Sunday, December 18, 2011

Here Comes Santa Clause...

We have made SEVERAL attempts to get a good picture of Caleb with Santa Clause but none of our pictures have turned out like the Hallmark Christmas card I am so desperately wanting. Oh well though... On Saturday we attended the Flint Hills Christmas party and Caleb was able to sit with Santa for what will be the last time this year. They are not great but at least we have a few pictures.




After Caleb sat on Santa's lap Santa gave Caleb a toy... let's just say the Flint Hills Santa Clause is much more generous then the Santa coming Christmas morning. Caleb has been having so much with this truck and squealing with excitement as it rolls around the room, lights up, and even talks.

Friday, December 16, 2011

I hope you had a better night then Nathan's Gingerbread house, Merry Christmas!


Friday, December 9, 2011

He is getting dangerously close... but I am not ready to have him so mobile and into everything.


Since he isn't quite there yet but REALLY wants to be, most afternoons end like this:

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Charity

I love this story and its sweet reminder of what I should be doing this Christmas season (and really all year).

Monday, December 5, 2011

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

30 days of Thanks

Day 29 & 30: Gratitude! The "30 days of Thanks" challenge is over today but I am grateful that I did it (or at least attempted, there were after all a few missed days). I am grateful to have so many things to be grateful for. It is so easy to get caught up in all the bad and harshness of this world but when you sit down and open your eyes it becomes so easy to see all the good and all the wonderful blessings we all have.
Those blessings come as tender mercies from our Heavenly Father and it is those tender mercies that make this life so wonderful.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

5 Months older and Wiser


During our Thanksgiving festivities Caleb turned 5 months. Not much has changed from 4 months other than he is pretty mobile with his scooting and rolling. We are having so much fun with him and he has become such a delight. He makes friends everywhere we go when he smiles and coos at anyone who will give him a little attention. If you saw the 5 billion pictures we have of him on our camera you would notice that we seriously can't get enough of him.

Monday, November 28, 2011

30 days of Thanks

Day 28: Caleb's Blessing, It is customary in our Church for new babies to be given a Name and a Blessing. This is usually done by their Father and he can invite other male church members to join in (usually family or very close friends). These blessings typically take place within a month or two after the baby is born.

Sunday November 27, 2011 Nathan was able to bless Caleb at church. We waited a little longer because it was really important to us that our family was there. I feel so grateful that we were able to have so many wonderful family members and friends in attendance. I am also grateful that Nathan was able to give Caleb this sweet blessing.

My heart was truly grateful at this time for both Caleb and Nathan and the bond these two share. The blessing was beautiful and Caleb was on his absolute best behavior the whole time.




*I was kind of bummed because for the first time ever it was cold and windy and we didn't take very many pictures of this special day.

30 days of Thanks

Day 27: Water, I am so Thankful for water. Obviously water is completely necessary for our survival but I also love living by such a large body of water. We spend so much time out at the beach walking, eating, swimming, playing and just hanging out with our little family or a big group of friends. Best of all it is all FREE entertainment! I never thought I would live by the beach but now we do and we love it.

I also love water for so many other reasons. In fact I was born under water (my mom did one of those water bath births with my sister and I when we lived in California, which I hope to some day try). I love that I can draw a hot bath and soak in it after a hard day. I love to drink it and would chose it over any other beverage (as long as it's cold of course). I am grateful that I can jump into a swimming pool and cool off when it is 110 degrees outside. I am really just ever so grateful for water and all of its uses.

Saturday, November 26, 2011

30 days of Thanks

Day 26: Contacts, A couple months ago I got some new contacts that you only have to take out once a month! It is pretty much AMAZING. There was a short and painful period in my life when I had to wear glasses. I am so grateful for modern technology and the creation of contacts. I don't know who invented them but whoever you are THANKS for helping me look not so awkward.

Don't these two boys look so cute hanging out together?

Friday, November 25, 2011

30 days of Thanks

Day 24 and 25: Perspective, I am so grateful for perspective. I am grateful that we all see things so differently and we are all individuals. When we told Nathan's Grandma we were going to name our new little man Caleb her reply was, "That is an awful name, where did you find something so weird." At first I was slightly offended but then I turned very grateful, grateful that we all have different opinions and perspectives and that we don't all love the same babies name, clothing, decor or even foods. I think it is marvelous that we are all such different individuals and it really makes this world such a fun and creative place. So here is to being who you are and liking what you like regardless.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

30 days of Thanks

Day 23: Cars, As I drove around today and tried to run all my last minute "Thanksgiving" errands I realized how grateful I am for a working vehicle and AC. I don't know what I would do without my car.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

30 days of Thanks

Day 22: Food, Today I asked Nathan what he is Thankful for and his response was, "I am thankful Obama's ratings are going down, and hoping to be thankful he doesn't get elected again." After I told him I wasn't going to write about that (even though I am also hoping the same thing) he decided on food. If you know Nathan you know life for him revolved around food. I often take for granted how many foods are so accessible to us for every meal. If I skip a meal it is completely by choice and that right there is a huge blessing.

Monday, November 21, 2011

30 days of Thanks

Day 21: Reese's Pieces, I have to give THANKS to my favorite candy. Oh these really do make my mouth so happy. It is unfortunate for my waist line that there are a whole ton of them in my mantle candy dish... I couldn't help it, they were the only autumn colored candy I could find. But really I don't care how bad they are for me because they are so delicious.

Sunday, November 20, 2011

30 days of Thanks

Day 20: Books, I love BOOKS! But more then anything I love children's books. I love the color, simplicity, and fantastic morals that so often abound from their pages. I believe it is important to have a variety of books for your children to read, and for you to read to your children. Every night before bed I read with Caleb and it is so often my favorite part of the day. He may not understand what it is we are reading but I know we are building a bond that is everlasting and a tradition that I hope will stick with him forever.

Saturday, November 19, 2011

30 days of Thanks

Day 19: Prayer, I really am so grateful for prayer. I think this quote below says it all.

Friday, November 18, 2011

30 days of Thanks

Day 18: Fridays off, Nathan has every other Friday off and it is by far my favorite 2 days of the month. The rest of the week so easily becomes packed with things to do and places to be, but these Fridays most people are working so they are for the most part completely unscheduled.

I am thankful for them because Nathan usually gets up and plays with Caleb while I sleep in.
There is finally time for Nathan to work on "his list" and some of my projects even get completed. Like this set of night stands he built a few Fridays ago.
And mostly I just love them because we get to take family walks, and hang out together. See Caleb loves Fridays off too!

Thursday, November 17, 2011

30 days of Thanks

Day 17: Motherhood: I love being a Mom and am so grateful for the opportunity I have to spend my days with Caleb. Having him is an amazing blessing. I think Motherhood and all that comes with it is so often taken for granted. It may not always be easy but it is wonderful.

"Motherhood is not a hobby, it is a calling. You do not collect children because you find them cuter than stamps. It is not something to do if you can squeeze the time in. It is what God gave you time for." -Elder Anderson

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

30 days of Thanks

Day 16: For the Beauty of this Earth, I have been pretty blessed to both visit and live in some amazing places and it is a constant reminder of how amazing this earth is. It is beyond beautiful. Everything in nature is so detailed and intricate. Each time I travel somewhere new the beauty of this earth is a reminder of how much our Heavenly Father loves us.

First snowfall in Rexburg, Idaho 2010

Mesa Falls, Idaho 2010

Washington 2009

Washington 2009

Idaho 2007

Guatemala 2006

Guatemala 2006

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

30 days of Thanks

Day 15: Pinterest, I love this website because it brings together so many creative ideas. I love to see what people come up with and what others can do and this website brings that all into one convenient location. I also love it because it allows me to see and do what others have created. It is like sharing at it's greatest. Everyone shares there ideas and it lets me feel a little bit more crafty every time I complete something. It has also been the reason for some very delicious dinners we have had lately.


Monday, November 14, 2011

30 days of Thanks

Day 14: Holidays! Whether it be Christmas, a birthday, or Easter I love Holidays! I love that we get to decorate. I love that we get together with friends and family. I just love that we have a reason CELEBRATE! Holidays are fabulous and I am so glad we have them and that they are spread throughout the year... I even love the random made up ones like hot dog day and pie day.
Happy Holidays everyone!

Sunday, November 13, 2011

30 days of Thanks

Day 13: Flint Hills Resources; I am so grateful for Nathans job. It may not be the worlds greatest job but it most certainly has been a blessing in our lives. Flint Hills has not only given Nathan a job but they have provided a job good enough that with a little sacrifice I am able to stay home with Caleb and we still have sufficient for our need. I also can say how grateful I am for those who work at Flint Hills with Nathan and their kindness. Ever since we have moved here the people that Nathan work with have been nothing but kind to us. When Caleb was born we were showered with gifts, meals, visits, and extra days off for Nathan. It was such a blessing after Caleb's ruff delivery and not having any family around to help. So thank you to Flint Hills for employing Nathan and thank you to everyone who works there that have been so generous.

Saturday, November 12, 2011

30 days of Thanks

Day 12; BYU-Idaho! This place holds such a special place in my heart. Of course I love it because it is where Nathan and I met and dated, where I made so many good friends, and where I took some pretty fabulous classes. I think what I love most about it, is that is it where I was out on my own facing lives challenges and it gave me an opportunity to grow and mature and become who I wanted to be. It's scary to say but I sometimes even have the longing to go back and walk to an early morning class in the -20 degree weather, with wind blowing in your face and soaking wet pants from the snow. I truly love this school and can't wait until we have an excuse to go back for a visit.

Friday, November 11, 2011

30 days of Thanks

Day 11; Our freedom to Vote; I think it is fair to say that the opportunity we have to vote is pretty amazing and the opportunity comes to us because so many have been willing to put their lives on the line. I am forever grateful for all those who have served, serve, and will continue to serve in the military in whatever capacity they may so that we will live in a country that is free. I may not always agree with who we elect as a nation but I am grateful that we have the freedom to vote. I hope that we all honor these great men and I think by taking the time to be informed and vote is a great way to do that.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

30 days of Thanks

Day 10: My Health; I am so grateful for a healthy body. With Caleb's pregnancy and delivery I experienced a small glimpse of what it would be like to suffer from a very unhealthy body and it was awful. After Caleb was born and my body started to heal I realized how blessed I have been to have a healthy body that works and functions properly. I hope that I always strive to take care of this precious gift God has given me.







Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Day 9: Friends; I have been very blessed to always have good friends, wherever I have been. Life is so much easier when you have good friends to lean on and help you through, and that is why I am so grateful for all the wonderful friends I have, both here in Texas and all the other places I have lived.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

30 days of Thanks

Day 8: My little home; I am so grateful for this little home we have (isn't it cute!). But even more then this little house I am grateful that I have ALWAYS had a roof over my head, safe place to sleep at night and a place to call home.

Monday, November 7, 2011

Day 7: Forgiveness; I am grateful for everyone who has been willing to forgive me when I make a mistake and I am grateful for the ability I have to forgive others. The power that forgiveness has and the difference it makes when used is pretty unbelievable. So today I am thankful for forgiveness and that it is something we all can take advantage of.

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Day 6: Religion, I am grateful for my religion and the guidance and direction it provides in my life along with the peace that I constantly receive when I do what the Lord asks.

Mathew 22: 36-40
36. Master, Which is the great commandment in the law?
37. Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all they soul, and with all thy mind.
38. This is the first and great commandment.
39. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as theyself.
40. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.


Saturday, November 5, 2011

Day 5: Music! I am so grateful for good music. Music has the ability to inspire, motivate, comfort, or just keep me company while doing household chores.

Friday, November 4, 2011

Day 4: Sacrifice; As I sit here cuddling and rocking my sick little man I realize how thankful I am for sacrifice, I am thankful for a husband who is willing to work hard and sacrifice some of the finer things in life so that I can stay home with my sweet boy. I am thankful for those who are willing to sacrifice something small or large for their friends, families, or even strangers. I am grateful for the sacrifice that Christ made for us all so many years ago. But right now as I sit with this sweet baby I am forever grateful for all those who have and will continue to sacrifice everything for the greater good of all people and this nation.


Thursday, November 3, 2011

Day 3: The Bob, after my run was cut short this morning due to a flat tire I realized how much I love this stroller. I take this thing everywhere, it came to Oklahoma with me, it was there when we took Caleb out for the first time and it accompanies on my morning runs everyday as I try to get back down to my "pre Caleb" weight. Literally this stroller has been nothing short of a trusty companion to safely carry around my most precious cargo. It was by far my most expensive baby purchase but after 4 1/2 months I know it was worth every penny.


Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Day 2: Families; I am so grateful for family, Immediate family, extended family, the one I was born with, and the one I married into. It is so wonderful to have a family, and it is even better to know that families are eternal and they will be with us forever.