Sunday, May 14, 2017

Mother's Day

My heart is so full today.  Because I am a mother, and because of the mother I have been given.  I want to weep and shout for joy all at the same time.  The body, soul, and mind's ability to love is incredible to me.  If I feel so much love for others for my hubby and two boys right now, I can only comprehend a small part of how much I am loved by my Heavenly Father and Savior.

I loved this video.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

April 2017

"Momma?  Pants on?  Head?"

Discussing our Girl's Camp Krispy Kreme fundraiser

Loved these visuals of keystones I found while preparing a YW lesson

Love all these thoughts:

Heart bursting!

Loved this production so much.

Can't believe this!

I love this tradition the YW president has made with the YM. 
One or twice a month they go to the temple grounds and study and discuss.
Jared says the spirit during their discussions is incredible.

This is to be a reminder to me that Heavenly Father answers our prayers, even ones that seem like they would have little significance in his eyes.
My dad gave us this card before we left Utah.
I hurriedly packed it away when I was packing up our suitcases, 
and couldn't find it anywhere when unpacking in Orlando.
A few days later, I was getting activities out of the church bag for Ollie during sacrament meeting, and low and behold, I found it :)

Mikele posted this and I can't wait to check it out.

Love Red Robin, especially the Bonsai burger.

This handsome man won the weight loss competition at work!
33 pounds in 3 months.
I am so proud of him.

I loved using this study guide in the weeks leading up to Easter.

Our Personal Progress leader hosted a great activity on Knowledge.
She invited a panel of female speakers to explain what their occupations are.
There was a lawyer, social worker, nurse, and teacher.

Ollie modeling his new firetruck jammies. :)

Our neighbor hosted a fun Easter egg hunt for the little kids in the neighborhood.

Issaic, Milana, Shivani, and Ollie

Our sweet neighbor, Nancy

Laughed so hard at this :)

This activity was awesome!
The YW were able to pass off a lot of their camp certifications and the youth had a fun time being together.

Easter 2017
So much joy!

The Easter bunny brought us the real goods. :)

We had dinner and an Easter egg hunt with the Barwicks.  Love them!
Ayden, Tayli, Ollie

Note to self - do a dinner like this in the future?

We found out the BEST news!
Another boy!

I am so excited to meet him!

Two years ago when we had Ollie's anatomy scan, we celebrated that night at Cici's.
So we decided to make it a tradition. :)

The best

Telling our families!

Loved this girls night.
I love ALL these girls so much!  I am so grateful they are in my life and I can learn from them.

My mom had a symbolic Easter egg lesson like this when I was growing up, and it's one of my fondest memories.
I was so happy when Lindsey & Emma and I decided to make our own!

He randomly would ask me to wrap him up like a baby in a blanket and "rock a bye" him.
I had the biggest flashback to when I would bounce my swaddled babe around the kitchen trying to get him back to sleep after nighttime feedings.
Although exhausted, those were precious memories, and I can't believe how big he is now.

Not sure what happened to my pictures, but human fooseball was a really fun activity!

The YW threw me a gender reveal party :)

Beth made a cake where the very middle was blue.  
As I cut into it and slowly pulled the piece out, they saw the color and SCREAMED!
I thought their screams were going to raise the roof!

These were yummy.

We love when daddy comes home!

He wanted to wear all three shirts Grandma Ruth mailed him :)

Love my ward family!!

Every time, immediately once we walk into the grocery store, "Momma, snack please?"

Our stake president issued a challenge to our stake to read the Book of Mormon from Easter to Christmas this year.
Our Personal Progress leader followed up by challenging us the same thing to for the girls to fulfill their Virtue project which is to read the Book of Mormon.
Then our prophet a few days later in General Conference encouraged us to read the Book of Mormon every day.

Love this new tradition we've started in YW.  Each week we pull a new name out of the box and pray for that YW that week.

This carrot cake was delicious!
Next time I'll try adding coconut and nuts.

Love these quotes.

Especially this one. ^^^

This is a funny story.
I'd had a cold for a week and a half, and had taken Afrin the max amount of times.  I was not sleeping well at night because my nose was so stuffy.  I tried taking sudafed one night to clear my nose since it's a decongestant.
Normally I fall asleep soon after my head hits the pillow.  But this night my brain would not shut off and I couldn't fall asleep for hours!
I was so frustrated.
Then I finally found out that sudafed is a stimulant...

Our stake patriarch passed away.  He was such a humble and gentle man.  I remember him telling his conversion story from 33 years ago in Puerto Rico.  He and his wife have been so steadfast ever since.  What a valiant couple.

A fun egg drop mutual activity

"Momma, go high in the sky?  Like airplane?"

Love our weekly playdates with friends

Our friends have started doing a twice a week/two hours preschool.  
This was my day to teach on "1, A, red, and square." :)

Loved this girls night.  
These two are my saving grace here!
And sooo happy Lindsey is expecting!

"Momma, picture please?"

4/9/17 - 21 weeks!  Baby the size of a 7-inch carrot.

4/16/17 - 22 weeks!  Baby the size of an 8 inch, 1 pound spaghetti squash.

4/23/17 - 23 weeks!  Baby boy the size of a papaya.

4/30/17 - 24 weeks!  Baby boy the size of an ear of corn.