Sunday, July 13, 2014

Catch of the Day

Adam loves hunting and fishing. The last few years he has had to choose between hunting or fishing and hunting usually wins out. This year he decided to splurge and do both. On Saturday he went out for an early fishing trip and he was pretty pleased with his catch!

2 printers and a net full of aluminum cans! A pretty successful day, at least for our recycling fund!

Thursday, July 10, 2014

4th of July Weekend

My mom and dad went on an Alaskan cruise with my grandma and grandpa. They were gone from June 29th until today. I missed them like CrAzY!!! However, we were able to have fun with the rest of our family. Here are some of the things that we did:

We had fun at the 4th of July parade.

We played around the river and enjoyed the fireworks.

We watched hot air balloons fly off as the sun rose above the Teton Mountains. We also got to walk inside of one of the balloons.

We played on an awesome playground.

We went went shooting.

We did all this and more in 1 weekend! We sure have a busy summer ahead of us!

Thursday, June 26, 2014

My Grandpa

Last weekend my Grandpa turned 80 years old.



Dear Grandpa (or Bebo as I used to call you),

The world is so lucky to have had you for these past 80 years and I feel so blessed to have had you as my Grandpa! I really think you are the best grandpa that a girl could ask for and I have looked up to you for my whole life. I love how you can talk to absolutely anyone. I love that you are always there for your family. And, I love that you are always willing to share your opinions and share of yourself.
Grandpa, I really admire how you are willing to serve anyone and everyone. I myself have been blessed by bags of flour, pounds of hamburger, as well as sacks of potatoes, onions, and garden vegetables. Thank you. 

Adam and I are also eternally grateful for the support you have given us throughout our adoption. We hope to someday be as good of parents as you are! You are such a great example in everything that you are. 

I am so thankful for the 27 years of memories that I have been able to share with you. What other girl can saying that her grandpa hid things like tissues or golf balls in her shoes or stole Stove Top stuffing off of her plate at Thanksgiving? I’ve also learned so many things from you. I’ll never forget that soy sauce is made from grasshopper spit, raisins are dead flies without wings, and tapioca is actually frog eggs.

Love Always,

Your Grand Daughter Katie

P.S. Have fun on your upcoming cruise to Alaska. I would have loved to experience that with you, but I look forward to hearing all about it once you get home!

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Father's Day 2014

Happy Father's Day to the men that make our wonderful lives possible! We love you!

Free Fishing Day 2014

We all know how much Adam loves fishing and camping.

Saturday brought around the much anticipated Free Fishing Day. I was able to get off work early on Friday and Adam rushed to pick me up early. While passing through Idaho Falls we grabbed a delish dinner from Sweeto Burrito and hit the road to go camping near Palisades.

The camping trip didn't quite turn out as planned. Once we got into the mountains and had been outside for only a short time, we realized that in our rush after work, we had forgotten our coats. Between the 2 of us, we had one hoodie, mine. I lent my hoodie to Adam Saturday morning so he could fish while I huddled in my sleeping bag.

He looks good in it right?

Despite forgetting our coats, we found the perfect camping spot. One that allowed Adam to fish close by and me to sleep in longer or relax while Adam fished. However, we did find ourselves surrounded by cow patties (some very fresh) and these camping buddies:

Friday night was pretty uncomfortable. Our air mattress decided to not hold in air. Apparently Adam found it more comfortable to sleep on top of me half of the night than on the deflated sheet of rubber! All in all though, I think the camping trip was a success. Adam purchased a camping toilet so that I didn't have to squat in the woods. That made camping more bearable. Adam caught a fish. And, although it was 9:30 in the morning when we began heading home due to the cold and some rain, I got a Carmel Caribou square ice cream cone. That made me a happy camper!

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Chicken Wire

Have you ever had your thumb impaled by a piece of chicken wire? No? Well, it was a new experience for Adam too.

Adam was helping a cousin tear tile out of the bathroom when the chicken wire impaled his thumb and he had to go to the emergency room to get it pulled out. Hopefully the bathroom remodel turns out well!

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

The Motherhood Project: Part 3

This Mother’s Day, as I lay on the couch recovering from my gallbladder surgery, I read this quote by Patricia Holland posted in a meme on Facebook page, “In a poignant exchange with God, Adam states that he will call the woman Eve. And why does he call her Eve? ‘Because she is the mother of all living.’ (Genesis 3:20; Moses 4:26) … Eve was given the identity of ‘the mother of all living’ –years, decades, perhaps centuries before she ever bore a child. It would appear that her motherhood preceded her maternity, just as surely as the perfection of the Garden preceded the struggles of mortality.”

To most people, a mother is someone who has given birth to or is raising children. In fact, the Oxford Dictionaries defines the word “mother” as, “A woman in relation to a child or children to whom she has given birth.”1 So, by definition, I am not a mother. But, if Eve was a mother before she had children, maybe I am too. What made her a mother? I think that motherhood is being in possession of the greatest attributes of womanhood. 

I decided that if I study the attributes of great mothers and women, I can use those attributes to become one of the greats myself. 

·         Mary, the mother of Jesus, was there for Christ during His trials and sufferings. She stood by Him while he hung on the cross.2 I would say that she was empathetic and compassionate. I can do that. 

·         The mothers of the 2000 stripling warriors taught them about God, right and wrong, and obedience. They were teachers.3,4 They were teachers. I can be that. 

·         The amazing Emma Smith endured hardships and was a comfort to her husband and others. I’m trying to be that. She also had a spirit of meekness, used consoling words, and laid aside the things of the world.5

There are countless other scriptural examples and models of great women that I see in my everyday life, including my own earthly mother. It would be impossible to list them all. I think that if I strive to be a great woman, I will find that I am a mother, with or without children. Join me in claiming your motherhood. 

2.       John 19:25
3.       Alma 56:47
4.       Alma 57:21
5.       D&C 25