Friday, November 21, 2008

Food Coloring

It has taken me a day to write about this. I am cooled down now and not so angry. Yesterday Taylor got into the food coloring and got it all over herself and my carpet. The thing about Taylor is she is so darn curious. What are ya gonna do?

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Big News

Well it's true baby 3 is on the way! We are really only a couple weeks along but it is still fun and exciting to share the news! Here's hoping this one's a boy!

Sunday, November 9, 2008


Well I have been released as the primary chorister and have been called and sustained as the 4th Sunday teacher in Relief Society. I must admit that if I could pick any calling at church it wouldn't be to teach Relief Socity. With that said I am so excited and grateful the Lord has given me this challenge because I am sure the blessings and benefits will be wonderful.

A few things about being primary chorister. I LOVED IT. It was my favorite calling to date in the church. To listen to the children sing the simple truths of the gospel each week gave me the endurance for the week to go on. I could feel my testimony grow each week as I would sing with them. When my mom died it was through singing those songs that I stayed close to the gospel and had the many questions I had answered. I think that no other calling has brought me so much joy and I will miss it.

I am excited for my new calling and so excited to study, ponder, and pray over gospel principles for a month at a time. I am anxious to become more scholarly with the gospel and have my testimony fed in a new way. Like I said in an earlier post, the Lord never takes away without giving something in return. Sometimes we just need to be willing and ready to receive the challenge or trial first and then the blessings are revealed in beauty and splendor. I am excited to embark on a new calling!

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Election Day 2008

I write today with a sense of humility and awe at this great nation that I live in. America has always been progressive, we have always strived for more and we have always had a foundation in our creator. Today we elected Barack Obama as our country's newest president. I am so excited that my children and grandchildren will read about this historic day and know that in a moment of time America was strong again. Barack Obama is truly an example of the American dream.

As I prepared for this election I had to look deep into my soul to see what defines me as an American. Is it that I am a registered Republican or is it that I truly believe that this country is "one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all." When I sat down and began to ponder who I would vote for I had to way my moral compass with that of each candidate. That is when I realized both have a piece of the pie.

One of the turning points for me was watching a mini series that HBO put on called "John Adams". When I watched this show I was reminded at how much turmoil there was as we founded this country. I realized the discord and strife that existed between our founding fathers and then it hit me; they each had a piece of the pie. Line upon line, precept upon precept we move forward and we grow. Our country must evolve and grow and we must look beyond party lines.

As I watched tonight I saw a country united, with patriotism resounding, and Americans rejoicing. America came together and when we are united we are powerful. Our God has blessed us with this great nation, he has defined our roles as citizens, and has given us power. I believe that no matter who the president is, we are still a country "under God" and he alone, guides us. We may forget, we may turn away BUT his will and eternal plan will prevail.

I am grateful to live here. I am grateful that here I may worship my God according to the dictates of my own conscience, that the inalienable rights of all humans is fought for, where we believe all men are created equally. I am grateful for fore fathers who were God fearing men and for leaders today that stand ready and willing to serve and devote their lives to the service of their country.

This land is truly blessed. God bless America.

Monday, November 3, 2008

Paig'e Halloween Party

On the 28th, Paige's class had a Halloween party. All the Kindergarten classes did a parade throughout the school. Here are some pictures of some of her favorite friends.

This is Paige's table. They made monster mash so I made Paige put her coat on so it didn't ruin her costume. I'm lucky I was there to help in the classroom that day. The kids that sit at her table are Garrick, Gabriel, Paige, and Chloe.

This is Hunter. He has quite the little crush on Paige. He is very protective of her and he is rather tall for his age. He always gets so tickled when Paige gives him a hug or any attention at all really.

These last two are of her favorite girlfriends. The first is of her and Marlene and the latter is of Marlene, Paige, and Madeline. I think both of these girls are really nice.

Hope you enjoy the pictures!


We had a fun Halloween this year. Usually we will only do a couple of houses in our neighborhood and then head up to the church for trunk or treat. This year we actually went with friends around the neighborhood and then had a Halloween party right after.

The girls picked out their own costumes this year. Several months ago the girls told me what they wanted to be and I thought nothing of it. Paige said she wanted to be Dorothy and Taylor wanted to be a witch again but she wanted her face green. As I began finishing their costumes on Halloween I realized, Dorothy and the wicked witch. This was completely their choice. When they are older I will tell them it was their choice and that the costumes did fit their personalities at the time. See Taylor is all good with just a tweak of wicked witch in her but like her costume only a small portion is the wicked part(green face), and the rest is the good(the rest of the adorable costume.)

Many thanks to Aunt Mettie. She found these costumes at a store and picked them up for us. Paige's Dorothy costumed glistened in the night and Taylor's sparkled. I made Taylor's hat, shocker I know but isn't it cute? All the thanks for that goes to my friend Heidi who is creative, artistic, and shear genius.

The girls were so good trick or treating. Paige and Taylor were part of the older kids and they ran from door to door. It was fun to see their independence. We did have a scary thing happen though. This lady wearing a mask approached Paige and asked her for candy. Jeremy hunted her down to find out who she was and then we found out she was a lady in our neighborhood. It was creepy and Jeremy told the lady so!
We had a great Halloween! The only downside was that I bought a ton of candy and didn't give out one piece of it. I think I will end up throwing it all away.