Saturday, June 30, 2007
Rebecca turned 9 today! Here she is sporting her new purse that Rachel made for her. So cute! We played volleyball in the pool as a family, went out to dinner at Macaroni grill (Thanks Haroldsens for the gift certificate). Then came home, opened presents, and watched Black Beauty (one of her presents). Dad, Kathi, and Grandma Judy...Rebecca bought a boy and girl Bratz doll with her birthday money from you. She was so excited! Thank you! and to my friends that I got addicted to tres Leches at cafe rio, I have a new addiction for you. It is the lemon passion at Macaroni Grill. It tastes like a lemon version of tres leches. It is so unbelievable!!!!!! Also, thanks to Sister Burt who brought over a candied party mix on Friday night that is called "addiction". I have been on a non stop sugar high ever since. I can't stop eating it! I will put the recipe on here when I get it. I recommend that you plan on giving most of it away or you will be feeling as sick as I do right now. Anyway, back to Rebecca. She is so sweet and had such a fun day. Her birthday present from us is horseback riding in Tahoe. She lovessss horses of course. Hopefully they aren't suffering from smoke inhalation. I keep asking my Dad if we should still come up with the fire that has occurred. I don't trust him when he says everything is fine up there because I know he will say anything so that we will still come. Well we leave early Tues. fun fun. We are bringing my niece Kelsie home with us and stopping over in so. cal on the way home. I will be alone with all 6 kids then and we are going to hit hollywood, the beach, and see WICKED the musical in L.A. I got cheap (relatively yikes) seats, but I am so excited for them to see it. They have every song memorized from the CD. They can't wait.
So anyway, what a fun family day. It made me nostalgic for the fun days I had with my family growing up. I am so blown away that I have this family of five kids, and get to experience this whole life thing with such an incredible person as DAve. I have the family I always wanted. I remember when Dave and I were engaged. We couldn't wait to just be together every second of every day and never have to say goodbye (or goodnight ha) or part again. And that we could raise a family the way that we wanted to, and have our own little happy world. How cool to realize those plans, and that there is so much more to come and look forward to. I actually sat back a minute as we were all in the pool and watched everyone laughing so hard together, really took it in, and felt blessed.
Happy Birthday my sweet Rebecca Mary. What joy and love you bring to our family every day. And I am so proud of you not getting as grumpy all the time. yah, you heard me right family. I think it is because she is getting more sleep and our schedule isn't as hectic. We really just hang out mostly at home together. So that is the Rebecca update. Gotta go and finish my lesson for Relief Society tommorrow.
Friday, June 29, 2007
Thursday, June 28, 2007
Rachel loves Jenny sooo much. She loves to go over and just hang out and help Jenny. So hard
Just look at Leah's face to know how much we love Jenny.
all the thinnes girls, and Lexi making jacob feel comfortable by all turning to the side so we could get jacob's side of his mouth that has teeth. ha ha
We moved to the neighborhood at the same time and they were our first friends. Nicole and Jacob (like the rest of us) were kindred spirits. Their friendship really helped them make it through a rough transition for the both of them. They always had each other. Doesn't hurt that she's easy on the eyes too. ha.
Tuesday, June 26, 2007
getting down the moves!
I admit it. It is me that loves ballet more than them all. i think it is such a beautiful art form. To be able to move with such beauty. I always wanted to take ballet growing up, but we couldn't afford it. i had to choose between violin, and another activity. I don't regret choosing violin, but is it so wrong to want my girls to enjoy something I appreciate so much? They aren't complaining.
Saturday, June 23, 2007
Thursday, June 21, 2007
Isn't this old city street amazing. OOH I just loved Italy.
Here we are at our ending our mission party that the branch in Cosenza gave for us. This was how we made our entrance.
If it is possible to have a girl soul mate. She would be mine. Our husband's just have to understand. Nancy's husband calls me the prophet because she will do anything I say. That isn't true Barry! We just highly respect each other's opinion. I can't believe how blessed I am to not only have 3 sisters but also Nancy and others (sorry my love) that are just as dear to me and I know would do anything for me. Nancy, you are dear to my heart. You make me laugh with your funny stories! You uplift me with your strength of character. I love your patriotism, your love of protecting our beautiful earth (yes, I am recycling, and turning off the water while I brush). I love your strong feelings on motherhood and being a woman. You are such an example of doing what is right, being friendly and kind to all, and sharing your strong convictions with all you come in contact! Happy Birthday bella mia. La tua sorella
Wednesday, June 20, 2007
But it always ends in this way. Smiling and so excited that they lost a tooth, and can't wait for the tooth fairy to come. The tooth fairy is a whole other story. Why can't she ever remember! Either someone responsible (like Jacob) covers for me, or I end up throwing it behind the bed and having them look to see if it just slipped out while they were sleeping. We really do have the slickest sheets around. ha ha. That is what happened this morning since Jacob is out of town. ha
Tuesday, June 19, 2007
Sunday, June 17, 2007
Our lesson in Relief Society today was on integrity. The definition being the willingness and ability to live by our beliefs and commitments. Integrity is a state or quality of being complete, undivided, or unbroken. it is wholeness and unimpaired. it is purity and moral soundness. it is unadulterated genuineness and deep sincerity. It is courage, honesty, uprightness, and righteousness. Integrity in individuals and corporate bodies is not to ask, "What will others think of me, and my practices?" but, "What do I think of myself if I do this or fail to do that?" Is it proper? Is it right? Would the master approve?.... The lesson talked of men in the scriptures that exemplified integrity. May I add another. He is pictured above. I am in daily close contact with a man that fits this definition. I have always said that I know that Heavenly Father loves me because he gave me Dave. How wonderful to be connected to someone who is unwavering in following what is right, and keeping his commitments to his family and his Heavenly Father. What peace that brings. Even today on father's day he kept his committments to a family that he hometeaches and is determined to care for as the Lord would. It is a family of eight children and a single mom. He went over last night to make sure the boys had their church clothes ready and said that he would be picking them up the next morning. The mom called this morning and said that she was at the hospital with her oldest son so Dave went over this morning and got the kids up and ready, brought them to church. Then tonight went over to do scriptures and prayers with them. He then took the 10, 12, and 13 year old boys to the hospital with him and the Bishop to visit their 19 year old brother, give him a blessing. Then they all went to where the mom was working (she had been there since 3 p.m. and will work until 7am tomorrow morning). What an incredible example he is to his children of love and service to others. I could go on for hours. Just want to shout it out that my heart is full. Men like Dave are rare in a world like ours. How blessed I am to celebrate today that my children have such a father.
p.s. If you are wondering where Jacob is he is at my sister's in Illinois having the time of his life!