Tuesday, July 29, 2008

My thoughts this evening...

************WARNING: CHEESY POST AHEAD*******************************

Today we experienced a mild earthquake. Nothing new for here I suppose but one doesn't really get used to these things. As soon as that shaking starts your heart starts racing and your brain goes into hyper drive. All coherent, logical thoughts sort of dissolve into one single thought process; surviving. I suppose that can sound pretty dramatic but for me it's true. I've been in a few major earthquakes, the most recent was in 1994. I was 10 years old and it was a pretty traumatic experience. However experiencing an earthquake these days is far, far different. Why? Because I'm a mother.

I was sitting on the couch watching some Sesame Street with my 2 year-old and my 4 month- old. As soon as I felt those vibrations I grabbed onto them and the only thing going through my head was, "How will I protect these girls if it gets worse?" The thought of something ever happening to my two, sweet, beautiful daughters sends me into a panic. Life without them would become pointless.

Something happens to a woman the minute she becomes a mother. She is no longer responsible for just herself. She becomes someone who is selfless, giving and sacrificing, all for a person whom she's known for such a short amount of time. I don't know of one mother who would not give her life for her children. A mother's life revolves around making sure the needs of her children are met before any others'.

The love I feel for my two girls is eternal. It knows no boundaries and it is unconditional. I never knew feelings like this existed until I became their mother. Of course, there are days where the last thing I want to be is a mommy but those days are minimal and the feelings are fleeting.

I would give my life in one heartbeat for the lives of my children. I would rather them experience their life than to live mine on this earth without them. It's selfish, in a way. It's a dilemma I hope to never face. I would never want them to be without their mother.

It's amazing to think that our Heavenly Father loves us more than we can imagine. How can someone love another person MORE than a mother loves her children? I think Heavenly Father gave us children so that we could have a mere sample of the kind of love he feels for us. Our Savior proved his love to us in the ultimate way. Mothers would die for their children but the Savior died for people who hated him, people who refuse to acknowledge him, people who curse him, people who don't even know who he is. He died for people who mocked Him, beat Him and for people who, while on this earth, will never believe in Him. Why? Why would he do this? Because he knows us. He knows us better than we know ourselves. He knows our hearts, our desires, our heartaches, our trials, our thoughts and He knows why we even chose to come to this earth in the first place. He knows that when all is said and done we will remember Him. We will remember his sacrifice and we will remember our eternal decisions to receive a body and experience life.

I hope to never see my children go through terrible experiences but I know it's inevitable. The only thing I can do is to be there for them. Help them. Our Heavenly Father feels the same way. He does not like to see His children hurt but He is always there for us. We can talk to Him at any time of the day and He will listen. I'm grateful, so grateful for the knowledge of the Gospel and for Prayer. I cannot live without these things.

And everyday I get on my knees and thank my Heavenly Father for two beautiful girls who can make me laugh, smile, cry and scream all in the same minute. I am grateful for their health and for coming to our family to ultimately make my life more meaningful and full of a lot more love and appreciation.

Monday, July 28, 2008

Concert in the Park and a shout out...

Ever Saturday, our City puts on a fun event called Concert in the Park. Literally thousands of people show up and have a grand ol' time. We love going because Diva has free reign of the park and wears herself out.

Lil' Sis and Gamma. Pretty soon she will outweigh Gamma. *chortle*

Finally, a family picture! Diva apparently has a hard time sitting still for 20 seconds.

Yup, she's outta there.

Good ol' gramps.

*sniff sniff* she looks so old in this picture!!

Now for the shout out. I know I've talked about the cooking blog previously known as The Daily Bite but NOW known as Our Best Bites. Two friends, Kate and Sara work their butts off cooking and posting awesome recipes. I feel a strange sense of pride even though I have nothing to do with their blog and have yet to meet them in person ( yes, that's right.) Anyway, Sara made up some buttons and blinkies and they are super easy to put on your blog. So click on the blinkie to the right and check it out!

Friday, July 25, 2008

Some random facts about me....

Before I get into the lovely tag from my sister, I just wanted to muse a little bit about blogging. For those of you who blog, do you ever go about your day thinking, "Hmm, what should I blog about next, will it bore people, who will comment? Will anybody comment? What if I'm not interesting...I need to take pictures to make it more visual......etc." Sadly, I find myself thinking about that a lot. Anyway, just wanted to share, or uh, ask.

So, onto 7 random facts about me:

1. I wash my hair, MAX, 3 times a week. Disgusting you say? No. I have incredibly dry, insanely thick, wavy, coarse hair. I was not blessed with hair that looks awesome without any "handling." One day I should post a picture of how my hair looks before I do anything to it. I look like a mop, on steroids. When I was little my dad used to call me, "eyes, legs and hair." I had big calves, big eyes and big hair. He also used to tell me that I shouldn't go outside when it was windy because the wind would take me away. This is also the same dad who told me I should join the circus because I was so short. Thanks dad.

2. I don't like a lot of typical "American" foods. I really don't like pizza. I'll eat it if there is nothing else to eat, other than that I can very easily do without. I can't STAND donuts. The last time I ate a donut was when I was 6 weeks pregnant with Diva and I was working at a gas station and for some reason the chocolate donut holes sitting on the counter sounding really amazing. They weren't. I also don't like spaghetti or anything with marinara sauce. This makes me sound like a really picky eater. I promise I'm not.

3. I haven't had anything with a substantial amount of caffeine in it for quite awhile and I am not including chocolate in that statement. In fact, the last time I ingested a decent amount of caffeine was about a year and half ago; I took some Excedrin after not having had caffeine for quite awhile.Twenty minutes later I felt like I was on speed.

4. I just got off the phone with my sister, Kelli. She is engaged. This is not a fact about me, but a fact in general. I'll do one more fact to make up for this.

5. I was MVP of the JV track team my sophmore year of high school. I ran the 4x100, 100 meters and I also did long jump, high jump and hurdles. I quit track my junior year and somewhat regret it. I quit because some of my friends on the team started making some bad decisions and I no longer wanted to be around them.

6. I think Arrested Development is the most humorous and cleverly written comedy ever. I'm still bugged it got canceled after 3 seasons. I have a special place in my heart for Buster and G.O.B. Bluth.

7. I love being pregnant. Really, truly. I enjoy every part except the morning sickness. I even somewhat enjoy labor. I love the warm looks strangers give you, I love the kicking and I love the belly. I love the fact that I can pull out my pregnancy card when I don't want to do something. I would love to be pregnant 10 more times if it wasn't for those 10 kids I would inevitably have. In fact, last night I had a dream that I was pregnant. Don't worry, I'm NOT. My baby is 4 months, I need somewhat of a break!

8. I cannot STAND a dirty kitchen. I can't stand dishes in the sink, dirt on the floor, crumbs on the counter, splatters on the stove or sticky spots in various places. I inherited this from my mother.

I tag Bree, because hopefully she is bored waiting for a baby and will do this. I tag Aly as well.

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

About us...

I talk a lot about my kids, but here is some info on US!

1. How long have you been together? Almost 4 years

2. How long did you date? A year. *Somebody* didn't want to commit. haha.

3. Who said I love you first? He did and was sooo nervous about it! He had never said it to another woman before (well besides his mother)

4. Who sings better? Uh me, for sure. Not that he doesn't have a good voice, he just doesn't try!

5. Who is smarter? I think we're pretty equal, although he has a Masters degree and I um, have no degrees......yet.

6. Who does the laundry? Me, but he will help fold on occasion.
7. Who does the dishes?Mostly me, but he will help because I HATE doing them!
8. Who pays the bills? Definitely me, but he brings in the money to do so.

9. Who mows the lawn? He does, I'm not even sure how to start the dang lawn mower.

10. Who cooks dinner? I do! But if we had a grill then he'd cook more often.

11. Who drives when you're together? He does.

12. Who is more stubborn? Haha......me. It's a my side of the family thing.

13. Who kissed who first? He did. And a cat was chewing on his foot the whole time. Made for some serious romance.
14. Who asked who out first? We were set up but afterwards he called me.

15. Who proposed? Casey did! On the beach, at sunset exactly 3 months before we got married. I knew it was coming. I even already had my dress!

16. Who is more sensitive? Oh me, for sure.

17. Who has more friends? He definitely has more high school friends he keeps in touch with but we have a lot of mutual friends in different wards.

18. Who has more siblings? Uh me....10 on my side, 2 on his! lol

19. Who wears the pants in the family? I would have to say we are equal. We make decisions together, we discipline together and we try to be very communicative of our feelings on big issues. I don't think one of us has more "authority" over the other. Although I can be very persuasive of my feelings on certain subjects. *cough* skydiving. Just kidding, love you honey!

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Monday, July 7, 2008

Family renuion plus....

Well last week was pretty eventful. It started off with a family reunion. There were about 70 people staying at my mom's house. Yes you read that right. Craziness. I actually felt bad for my mom the whole time. I know I don't like a dirty house and I inherited that from my mom so I can only imagine how she was feeling. Anyway, it was fun though. The best part was seeing my sister and her two cute boys. They live far far away in Colorado so when they come to visit, it's a treat! We are working on moving them out here.

This particular picture is from a couple weeks ago. That is Nee-Nee (Mother in-law) in bed with Diva. Diva absolutely adores her and would probably live with her if I let her.

She saw aunt Cindy burying uncle Will in the sand and wanted a part of it. She loved it and didn't want get out.

Pooped after church, waiting for dinner.

I told Tucker to put his arm around Diva. She was having none of that.

Diva loves to do this in the car and she proudly states, "I holding her hand mommy!" And then we acknowledge that yes, she is indeed holding Lil' Sis hand and she (Diva) smiles gleefully as if to say, "I know, aren't I so precious??"

This is where Luke, Tucker and Diva slept. Triple bunk beds.

Those four s are somehow related to me and they sang a song for FHE. Diva decided that she HAD to be in the spotlight as well.

Self explanatory.

Two cute cousins...loving the beach!

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

A tag of sorts

I saw this on Jill and Marisa's blog so I'm copying them!!

Some things I can't get enough of:

1) My baby's giggles
2) My toddler's belly laughs
3) My hubby's massages
4) Chocolate
5) The smell of my baby's breath (drink it in! haha Lindz)
6) Watching my kids play with their cousins
7) Kisses from my children and husband
8) Sun....although finding time to lay out is quite difficult
9) working out. I love to workout; I could easily spend 2 hours at the gym but with kids that obviously never happens.
10) water, I drink a ton of it every day
11)Sleep; har har.....nursing babies don't let their mommies sleep (Jk actually my baby sleeps quite well *knock on wood*)
12) lip gloss (copying jill) I have waaaaaaayyyy too many lip glosses or as my toddler calls them, "Yip stick"
13) Spending time with my families, In-laws and my own. I have awesome families
14) Watching my toddler suck her thumb. Yeah it's a bad habit I guess but it's so dang cute! (ask me again when she's 7 and still doing it)
15) Teasing my mom about her eating habits.

That's about it. I tag anyone who wants to do this!


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