Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Spring Break: Days 6 Until Our Return to Real Life

Thursday March 27, 2014- Sadly our visit to Savanna, Joe, and Nora came to an end.



We bid our adieus and hit the road again. This time were heading home in a round about way... through Phoenix. In Phoenix Adam, my mom, and I attended the Mesa temple. My dad had forgotten his temple recommend in his suit coat back in Idaho.




It was really nice to take a break from life and experience peace. Sigh. You want to know what else was nice? Eating a delicious dinner at Tia Rosas and watching Locklynn flirt with the ladies a the table next to us.

Friday March 28, 2014- Driving and traffic. Driving and traffic. Driving and traffic. Driving and traffic...

Saturday March 29, 2014- We spent the day in Las Vegas. Adam and I went to a showing of Cirque Du Soleil's Mystere at Treasure Island with my mom and dad. The dancers/acrobats are sure talented, and maybe I was just tired, but it was very very strange.


Sunday March 30, 2014- We left the warm weather of Vegas and Phoenix to come home to snow! It was a white knuckled drive home, but luckily we made it safely. My little Lock friend was sad when they dropped Adam and I off. When I hugged him goodbye he grabbed my arm and tried to pull me back into the car. Oh! Be still my heart! Don't worry little Lock! Maybe we can road trip again someday. And maybe we can see this little girl again soon!



Monday, April 14, 2014

Spring Break: A Continuation of Days 3ish to 6

Wew. Savanna finally returned my stolen pictures (JK! Love you Savanna). Anyway, time to continue on with our Spring Break journey.

Sunday March 23, 2014- Remember how we were all bored out of our minds in the car? Well, it all ended up being worth it once we reached Silver City. Savanna and her little family didn't know about the surprise we were carrying with us, although I wanted to spill the beans a million times and it was hard to keep Locklynn quiet everytime Savanna called and we had to fake bad cell service. They thought we were driving a rental van so that Adam could pack his golf clubs along with us. Well, once we got to Savanna's home, my mom, dad, Adam, and I went into the house. While we were greeting everyone the door opened again and in walked Abby and Locklynn. Savanna was so excited and so surprised that she scared Locklynn and made him cry.


I'm not quite sure what Nora thought. She may have been so excited that she threw up hot dog chunks about 8 times that night. She seemed to like Locklynn ok and dubbed him "Locket".

Moday March 24, 2014- Although Nora threw up the night before she was content to munch on "ponchos" (pretzels) while Abby almost threw up on our winding drive to the Gila Cliff Dwellings. Luckily we made it safe and sound. We ate a nice picnic next to some hummingbirds and then we hiked up to the cliff dwellings.



Tuesday March 25, 2014- We decided to brave the cars again and took a long day trip to El Paso, TX (by the time the trip was over, we had been in Utah, Colorado, New Mexico, Texas, Arizona, and Nevada). We visited the El Paso Zoo. Nora liked the goats and sea lions. Locklynn liked the meerkats. He called them doggies. He can also make a lot of animal noises now.


Umm... at some point in the zoo, lucky me ended up with bird poop on my shirt. What the?


There was a really cool tree top playground at the zoo. Adam climbed all the way to the top with Locklynn and they both had a blast riding down the slide. In fact, Adam probably had the most fun.

Wednesday March 26, 2014- We had another surprise in store for Savanna and Nora. Their birthdays are on April 4th (Nora) and April 6th (Savanna). We wanted to celebrate with them while we were there so we had a little party. We decorated the dining room with pink and Tinker Bell, we ate pizza, and had delicious Chocolate Oreo Cookie Cake. Yum. My mom had also made Nora a Tinkerbell outfit.

Can you believe she is a dental hygienist?

Sugar crazed kiddos


We also danced our hearts out to "What Does the Fox Say?"






Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Spring Break: Days 1 to 3ish

Last week was Adam's Spring Break! Woot! Woot! And, while we didn't go to Hawaii like some of Adam's family, we got in some nice warm weather and some fun. The goal of this Spring Break was to visit Savanna, Joe, and Nora in Silver City, New Mexico and we drug my mom and dad and Abby and Locklynn along with us. Locklynn did surprising well, even though Silver City is an 18 hour drive away.

Friday March 21, 2014- We I got off work for the day, we all packed into a rented mini van and hit the road. We stopped in Spanish Fork, Utah for a potty break and Abby got hit on in the gas station! We stopped for the night in little Wellington, Utah and poor little Lockie had a rough time. He cried and kept pointing to the door saying, "Daddy!"

Saturday March 22, 2014- We toured Arches National Park. It was amazing! Locklynn loved the big rocks and red dirt, but it was a little chilly and windy there. Afterwards, we took a pit stop to see the Monticello temple on our way to Cortez, Colorado.
Once in Cortez, we spent a little bit of time at Mesa Verde. It is this really cool place where you can see ancient cliff dwellings and other primitive habitats. It made me think of places that the Nephites and Lamanites from the Book of Mormon may have lived.

Finally, we crashed for the night in Cortez. Abby was pretty creaped out because the ceiling in our hotel was sparkly!

Sunday March 23, 2014- After attending a really good sacrament meeting (all of the little children were super quiet and reverent), we began our long journey to Silver City, but stopped at Four Corners. There isn't too much to see, but you seriously have to be at 4 places at once at least once in your life!
Please forgive my double chin!!!
Back on the road... Locklynn got a little bored...


Who can blame him?

More to come on Day 3 later... Savanna accidentally stole some of the pictures off of my camera.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

The Motherhood Project: Part II



Through my struggle with infertility and miscarriage, motherhood and my dreams of becoming such have remained just outside of my grasp. The Family Proclamation to the Family states, “The first commandment that God gave to Adam and Eve pertained to their potential for parenthood as husband and wife. We declare that God’s commandment for His children to multiply and replenish the earth remains in force.”1 Well, try as we might, the replenishing is just not happening successfully. 

I am the mother of 2 babies who only got to experience life in my belly for several short weeks. I believe that I will be able to raise them and be their mother in eternity, but I am always concerned over being a mother NOW. I have no living children and may never be able to bare them, so how can I fill the measure of my creation?

Sister Barbara Thompson, a single sister in the church and former member of the Relief Society General Presidency, said, “ I was in the Tabernacle when President Gordon B. Hinckley first delivered the proclamation on the family at the general Relief Society meeting in September of 1995. That was a great occasion. I felt the significance of the message. I also found myself thinking, ‘This is a great guide for parents. It is also a big responsibility for parents.’ I thought for a moment that it really didn’t pertain too much to me since I wasn’t married and didn’t have any children. But almost as quickly I thought, ‘But it does pertain to me. I am a member of a family. I am a daughter, a sister, an aunt, a cousin, a niece, and a granddaughter. I do have responsibilities—and blessings—because I am a member of a family. Even if I were the only living member of my family, I am still a member of God’s family, and I have a responsibility to help strengthen other families.’”2

I have been guilty of sitting in church and turning off my attention because a lesson is about motherhood or family and it hurts sometimes. But, I can follow Sister Thompson’s example and help to strengthen families because I am a member of a family and a member of God’s family. 

Sister Thompson continued to say, “Elder Robert D. Hales said, ‘Strengthening families is our sacred duty as parents, children, extended family members, leaders, teachers, and individual members of the Church.’”2

“…We are given opportunities to serve in many capacities. We constantly come in contact with children and youth who may need just what we can offer. You older sisters have much good advice and experience to share with younger mothers. Sometimes a Young Women leader or a Primary teacher says or does just the thing that is needed to reinforce what a parent is trying to teach. And obviously we don’t need any particular calling to reach out to a friend or neighbor.”2

“The greatest help we will have in strengthening families is to know and follow the doctrines of Christ and rely on Him to help us. So often as I have worked with families with problems, I have found myself wishing that these families knew of the Savior and were teaching their children the doctrines of Jesus Christ.”2

References:

  1. Ensign, Nov. 1995, 102
  2. Sister Barbara Thompson “I Will Strengthen Thee; I Will Help Thee,” Ensign, October 2007.

Sunday, March 16, 2014

The Motherhood Project: Part I

I've been working on a project of sorts lately, trying to gain a greater understanding of motherhood and my purpose. Here is the first installment of what I call, The Motherhood Project.

“One Sunday, in the process of preparing the sacrament, I noticed that some of the sacrament cups had tiny holes in the bottom corner where the machine that had produced them cut a little too deeply, leaving the cup unable to hold water for a long period of time. In some of the cups, the hole was so miniscule that it took 30 minutes or more for the water to drain. In others where the hole was much larger, the water drained immediately. Because of this defect, I knew I couldn’t use them. I thought to myself, “What good is a cup that won’t hold water?” Had the cups been the wrong color, size, or shape, it might not have been a problem, but the one thing the manufacturer needed to get right was each cup’s ability to hold water. After all, that is the purpose of a cup.”1

“As a single male in my mid-30s, I sometimes feel that, like those sacrament cups, I am not fulfilling my purpose. Marriage continues to be a much-desired goal, but my efforts have not yet borne fruit, leaving me to wonder if I am filling the measure of my creation.”

Obviously, I am not a single young man, but I have experienced similar feelings of inadequacy and defectiveness as I have struggled through infertility, miscarriages, and my own perceived or real shortfalls. Perhaps you have experienced these feelings through your own situations as well. Maybe you are single, divorced, infertile, have made mistakes, are experiencing feelings of inadequacy, or just don’t feel like you fit the “mold” for some other reason. 

Joshua Larson, the young man who shared his feelings of inadequacy, continued to say, “Many times we lose sight of our divine purpose and the Lord’s promises, and the world’s measuring stick can cause us to think we are less than adequate… However, the measure of our creation is to reach the exaltation and eternal life promised to those who remain faithful and obedient. If we are continually progressing with faith in God’s promises, we are in a very real sense filling the measure of our creation. If we purge ourselves of unrighteousness so that we are moving along the strait and narrow way of sanctification, we are filling the measure of our creation. If we go forth doing good works, being an instrument in the Master’s hands, we are filling the measure of our creation… By focusing on my eternal progression, seeking to be a vessel for the Holy Ghost, engaging in good works, and letting many of the other worries of life fade away, I feel that I am ever closer to filling the measure of my creation.”1

References:
1. Joshua Larson “The Measure of Our Creation,” Ensign, Jan. 2014.

PS. One of my favorite blogs, The R House, has a series titled "What is Motherhood?" Click here to find what she has discovered about motherhood. Stay tuned for more to come in the Motherhood Project. 

Friday, March 14, 2014

The Life of Pie

Today we celebrated our first Pi day with Butterburr's oatmeal pie, my favorite! Yum! I think we will make this an annual tradition. 

 
                                                                      HAPPY PI DAY!

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Valentine's Day 2014

This year, the week of Valentine's day was super busy! Besides work for me and school for Adam, our dishwasher broke on the 12th, we had a ward progressive dinner on the 13th and we made a dessert for it on the 12th, Adam had a huge paper due at midnight on the 14th, I had a friend's wedding to attend to and help out at on the 14th, and Adam volunteered to show perspective Physical Therapy students around campus on the morning of the 15th. I, for one, have been super tuckered out!

Although Adam was trying to work like a madman on his paper, he took a break to help make the cake for the progressive dinner.
We made two Chocolate Oreo Cookie Cakes. They were delish and were a big hit!

Since this week held so much chaos for both of us, we held our Valentine's Day celebrations yesterday. It was kind of neat because we realized it had been 5 years since Adam had proposed! I was in charge of planning this year and while it was no where near what Adam has planned for us in the past, it was still fun and we improvised a lot. We started out by grabbing a quick lunch from the value menu at the Wendy's drive thru and a smoothie from Jamba. Then we perused the clearance Valentine's items at a few stores. Next, we played 2 rounds of bowling at ISU. We each won a game. Then, we went and played a round of miniature black light golf... which Adam won. We spent a little time wandering through furniture stores looking at couches, dining tables, and beds. We were just dreaming. Then we ate a delightful dinner at the new Mackenzie River Pizza. Finally, we came home and watched the US hockey team beat the Russian hockey team by a hair in the winter Olympics and we also watched Ender's Game from Redbox.

5 YEARS LATER AND WE STILL LOVE EACH OTHER!!!