Thursday, April 10, 2014

Lily's baptism

Lily, was baptized March 1, into the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.  I was feeling a bit frazzled before the baptism.  I was stressed about a lot of things.  (I'm not very good at planning things like this)  Our ward had two other children that were being baptized the same day.   It really turned out so wonderful!  The spirit was so strong.  Sweet little Lily was just beaming.  She had been looking forward to this and preparing for a while.  Weeks before her baptism, she would express how excited she was to get baptized! The only thing I can compare it to is how excited kids get to do something really fun, it was very cute!  DJ, preformed the baptism, and Lily's Grandpa Steve, gave her the gift of the Holy Ghost.  My cousin Joshua gave the talk on the Holy Ghost (he did awesome by the way!) and at the very last minute, my bishop asked all the moms to share there testimony.  I about crapped my pants.  I hate being in front of a large group.  Nothing scares me more, and I seriously feel like I went blank.  I don't remember a word I said.  The day was beautiful.  I got to meet the girls Step-mom, Paula.  She was a doll!  I am so thankful she will be part of their lives.  I really liked her, and thought she was a sweetheart.  It a little scary after a divorce, especially having kids, & knowing that someday their dad will pick someone who will play a huge role in your kids life for the good or bad.  It really is scary, but I feel very good about the whole situation, and I am thankful for her kindness she has shown my girls.  It's really important to me.  I was really impressed with all the family support Lily had.  It was amazing. Another thing that is really hard about divorce, is that you feel like you lose a whole family.  For some reason sometimes people just disappear and feel awkward, or feel like they have to choose sides.  It's very hard  There are a lot of people in my ex-husband's family who I love and respect.  So many of them came to the baptism and I was SO good to see them! It was very healing to me.  I didn't think I'd ever see them again, and I didn't realize how good it would feel to see them again.  All in all, it was just an amazing, amazing day.  I'm very thankful for the gospel of Jesus Christ in my life and for the love and peace it brings.  There is nothing that will bring more joy then living it the best we can.  I am very thankful Lily made the choice to be baptized.  I know she will be blessed in her life for it.
Joshua, Alli, Heather (my cousin, holding Roman.), my mom, and step-dad. 

We were overwhelmed by all the love and support we had for this special day.  Obviously there were other people who were there for the other two kids getting baptized too, but the turnout was so great! 

Lily, just after her baptism.  She was so happy! 

Sweet little, Roman.  My cousin, Joshua, teaching in the background. He did an amazing job! 

Lily, getting the Holy Ghost.  Such a powerful and wonderful day!

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Women's Conference

It was so fun to have the opportunity to go to women's conference with my two cute little girls, my mom, and my baby. I loved being able to share that expience with them. I'm so excited that the church changed the age, so my girls could go. I feel it was a very inspired decision.  My favorite talk was on the sisterhood.  It was very powerful!  After the conference we went to get ice cream.

DJ'S mission reunion and date night

We went to DJ's  Tempe, Arizona mission reunion. It was the first time I've gone with him.  It was fun to meet his mission president and his wife & several of his old companions. I've heard so much about his mission and seen all his pictures. It was fun to finally meet a lot of them.  They are great people! I'm proud of my husband.  He was an awesome missionary and their mission was the #1 outside of the SLC mission for baptisms, during the time he was there. I love how missionary minded he is still! We met up with our good friends,  Lacey & Talmadge (one of DJ's favorite mission companions) and their kids. It's always good to see them! I'm sad they are moving to Texas in 3 weeks.  We will miss them so much!! It was late when we left the reunion and we Had a late dinner at Johnny Carrino's. It was delicious and a nice break!

Monday, March 24, 2014

St. Patrick's Day

We painted our nails over the weekend for St. Patrick's Day. 

This was probably the hit of the day! The kid

The only time we ever buy this cereal. Lucky, turned our milk green!
Chocolate gold and green coins from Lucky our Leprechaun. 

Irish Soda Bread

Corned Beef and Cabbage Stew

My little man is getting so mobile!  I can't take my eyes off him. He's crawling and pulling himself up on furniture.  He's trying to stand. I'm feeling anxiety every time I turn around this guy is in a new spot! He'll probably be walking by the time 9 1/2 months, like his sisters. 

Dinner. DJ wasn't home yet, so we started with out him. 
Rainbow jello. I will never make this again! It was yummy, but a pain in the butt to make.
For some reason, the girls felt inclined to make St. Patrick's Day cards. I love how they turned out! They are so creative.  To each card they attached a gold dollar or dollar bill.

First spring bbq

Yesterday we had our first bbq up the canyon.  It was pretty nice weather out, minus the slight breeze.  The trees are just starting to blossom.  It makes me so excited that winter is finally over! Yay!! After we cleaned up we walked the trail. Roman,  was tired and grumpy.  He fell asleep snuggled up to his daddy.  Keira and Lily, got around on their scooters. It was pretty fun! Can't wait until it's green and warmer out, so we can fully enjoy the canyon.

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Lunch with my family, and Roman

I'm slightly obsessed with this little person :) I cannot get enough of him!! His little face is so precious, and yes, I'm slightly bias, but he's freaking adorable!! He's going to be 8 months on the 8th. It's pretty unbelievable how fast time has gone by.  I really wish I could hit the pause button and just enjoy the moment.  He's just about crawling.  My girls were walking by 9 months lol, but this guy is always in someones arms.  He's pretty spoiled, and I think that's the only reason he isn't crawling quite yet! (walking is over rated anyway, right?) He is just learning to push himself forward.  He is pretty clever though.  If he really wants to get somewhere he will roll, and roll...but mostly just hitches a ride on someones hip ;) Roman, has two little bottom teeth, that are super sharp and like to bite! Yes, mommy knows this very well.  He is still nursing like a champ, and eating solids twice a day.  He is a total mama's boy! Which I LOVE!! Of course he loves his amazing dad, but I've got the goods, if ya know what I mean ;) He loves to be snuggled to sleep, and the magic touch is singing, "I Am a Child of God" when he is ready to sleep.  He's super sweet and mellow temperament.  Very inquisitive, loves reading books with me, he loves to say, "dad...dadda...dadddaddaddaddaddda"  not saying, "mom" yet.  He loves to blow "raspberries" at people and gets into battles of who can do it the loudest and juiciest.  He also loves to do this weird sound that we call his "rooster" lol it's hilarious! Roman, is definitely the joy of our home! We all love watching and playing with him. 

We went to lunch with my cousins and one of my sisters.  It was so fun to see everyone! We try to meet up at least once a month.  I love my family so much!! 

Roman, in his cute hat aunt Nessa got him.