The reason I blog...

"You will have significant experiences. I hope that you will write them down and
keep a record of them, that you will read them from time to time and refresh
your memory of these meaningful, significant things. Some of them may be funny.
Some may be of significance only to you. Some of them may be sacred and quietly
beautiful. Some may build one upon another until they represent a lifetime of
special experience."
~Gordon B. Hinckley

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Bachelorette-ish Party!

The boys were having a "bachelor" party for Jeremy's mom and my new sis-in-law, Jenny, decided to throw me a last minute "bachelorette" party!  We went to the Mayan for dinner...which we were told was the Mormon way to throw a bachelorette party...because you get to see half naked men (and women) dive into a family friendly restaurant!  Here are some of the appropriate pictures from our night! 

Thanks girls for the fun night! 

P.S.  3 posts in 1 day!  yay for me..and you! 

Endowments - Mt. Timpanogas Temple

Here's some pictures from the day I received my endowments! 
Mt. Timpanogas Temple, September 11, 2010
 Me and Amber (I'm so grateful she drove 17 hours to be my escort!)

 Me & Jeremy! 

 The 3 of us! 

major update!

So, since my last real post…lot’s has happened! Life has been busy…and unfortunately this blog takes a back seat in it all! Does anyone even follow this blog anymore?? Well if not for anyone else I want to document all the exciting things we’ve been up to!
On July 26th…this super sexy guy swept me off my feet! It was a Monday, and we had a pretty typical family home evening with the kids (you know the one where the kids whine…and someone always ends up getting sent to their rooms!) It wasn’t that bad…but they are sometimes a struggle to get through! And this particular one we were trying to actually have a lesson! Anyways, after the kids were finally asleep…we were both exhausted! Jeremy’s alarm went off at 10 pm (reminding us it was time for him to go home)…we were standing at the door when he starts saying all these really sweet things…gets down on one knee…says he wants to build an eternal family with me…and pulls out the ring! (and of course I said yes!) The time since he has come into our lives has truly been enchanting! I thought I new what love and happiness was…but this is so much more…it’s an eternal love and a greater happiness!

Here are a couple engagement pics...

I told the kids the next morning…Aspen was really excited! She gave me a huge hug and said she was excited to have 2 daddies! When I told Clayton…he just shrugged it off like it was no big deal until I told him Zach (Jeremy’s brother) would be his Uncle Zachie! He then was super thrilled! (they are best buds and share a love of Star Wars!)

So wedding plans took up the bulk of our time in August and the beginning of September!

Aspen also started 1st grade during this time. She is so grown up now! It scares me a little for how she’s going to be when she’s a teenager! She’s such a diva…and I think 6 year old girls are sometimes worse than the terrible two’s!! She’s so dang emotional and so dang sassy! But beneath all that sassiness is also a beautiful, loving little girl! She’s reading like crazy now…and learning so much! She can sign the entire alphabet…which amazes me because I don’t think I learned that until I was much older! Her teacher tells us she’s very well behaved at school and she’s in a higher reading group than some of the others! She makes me so proud to be her mother! Jeremy says he sees a lot of me in her…and I don’t know if that’s a good or a bad thing…but I hope that she continues to grow up, learning as much as she can and making good choices for herself!

In September my sister-in-law, Amber, drove 17 hours with 2 year old Rachel in the backseat to be my escort when I received my endowments! Seriously, that is love! I must be her favorite! =) The day was beautiful! I received them at the Mt. Timpanogas Temple on September 11th. I was surely pampered and having people there to support me made it even more special! The Spirit that I felt throughout is indescribable. The blessings of the Temple are so important and so beautiful. I’m just so happy that I was able to experience and receive such wonderful blessings! Afterwards we went to celebrate at the Olive Garden! (waiting on pics from my sis-in-law...coming soon hopefully!)

Jeremy and I were married at 10 am at the Salt Lake Temple on September 18th. The day was amazing (everything except waking up at 4 am)! My sister Melissa woke up super early to make me pretty! The hair was perfect! The dress was perfect! The ceremony was perfect! The reception was perfect! The weather was perfect! We were truly blessed to have so many of our family and friends there to support us! And very grateful that everything turned out so well! Jeremy’s Great Uncle is a sealer in the Salt Lake Temple and was able to seal us which made it really special. One of the best things about that day (among many others) was having my big brother Mark there as one of our witnesses. There was a moment that I looked over at him, we both had tears in our eyes…and there was this moment of triumph…like “I finally made it!” It was very sweet!

If the slide show doesn't the link below...

Thank you to everyone who came to support us! It meant so much to us to have so many of our friends and family there to celebrate with us!

After our open house we made a stop at the car wash and then we spent the next 2 nights at the Stein Erickson Lodge in Park City! After all the planning and stressing we were finally able to really relax! All the colors in the mountains were so pretty…but I forgot to bring my camera every time we went out!

The Wednesday after the wedding it was Clayton’s 4th birthday! It’s hard to imagine my baby is 4 years old…but looking at him he seems so much older than that already! We had a couple different parties for him…and he was spoiled rotten with Star Wars toys! I swear this kid is a genius when it comes to Star Wars! Just this morning, he comes up to me with some of his toys and says “Mom, I’m gonna be Captain Rex and you can be General Grievous”…I just stared at him not knowing who either of them were...was I the good guy or the bad guy? I didn’t know quite how to play the part of an alien looking dude with 2 “life- savers”! I was thinking candy and he was thinking of chopping my legs off! Anyways, he is growing up so fast! I was pretty happy that our gift to him was a big hit…we gave him a “dirt bike”…and he loves it! Much better than the little tricycle he was riding before! (pictures of his b-day are coming soon...i can't seem to find the memory card i have them on at the moment!) 

So, married life has been great! The kids adjusted after a few difficult nights…and now they don’t seem to know any different! They absolutely love Jeremy and it makes my heart happy to see them hanging out together! Don’t get me wrong we aren’t the perfect family and we still have days that are hard…but we get through them together! Walking in on Jeremy and Aspen singing, “the wise men built his house upon a rock” make all of those rough days worth it!

Jeremy and I both recently received callings in our ward. I’m the 1st counselor in the Young Women’s and Jeremy is a Gospel Doctrine teacher. These among many other things keep us busy, but happy!  Overall we are doing really well and we are excited for the holidays to come! Hopefully I can continue to blog what we’re doing…face book is so much easier to update…but I like the blog because I can look back on all the posts and see all the details!

Sorry this was so long!

All the love in the universe~

Friday, November 12, 2010

Just for fun

I'm working on a major update...and I promise i'll be posting it soon...but I came across these questions on another blog and I thought they were pretty interesting!  Here they are along with my answers...hope you enjoy! (if there is anyone that still follows this blog)   

If I could say one thing to myself twenty years ago....
that would make me what 7?  remember the worth of your more outgoing...stay strong in the things you believe in

My favorite place in the world....

The Lesson I keep learning over and over....
if i left the house 15 minutes earlier I would be on time! 

The movie I watch when I want to laugh...
lately it's been the TV series's seriously hilarious! 

The most scared I have ever been....
in college when one of my roommates dressed up in the "scream" mask and barged in our room in the middle of the night!

No one knows I....
not sure I'm ready to move from no one knows to everyone knows

Unhealthiest thing I've ever passed off as dinner....
just last week i came home from young womens and ate a bowl of queso with tortilla chips and a pepsi...looking back it was so unhealthy...but at the time it tasted so good! 

Personal Philosophy...
live with integrity

Book that changed my life...
Book of Mormon

I unwind by...
watching tv/movies, talking to my hubby, playing with the kids, reading

What keeps me up at night....
My kids, bills, ideas for new projects, dumb things I've done or said during the day, sometimes my mind just won't shut down

I define "downtime" as...
anytime i'm not working or planning for something i have to do...basically anytime i get to do whatever i want to

Guiltiest Pleasure...
carmel ghirardelli chocolates,  pottery barn catalogs, and blog hopping

My mom was right about...
a lot

My mom was wrong about...
a few things.

The last time I lost my temper was...
last week

My favorite moment of the day...
the few minutes after i get home from work and get to hug and kiss the kids and jeremy

I wish I had more time for...
how about everything.

crafting, sewing, taking pictures of my own kids, spending time with the kids, spending time with jeremy, spending time with my family, keeping the house up, going to the temple

I always make time for...

I'm currently reading...
the choice...again

Home means...
comfort, the spirit, love

hope you enjoyed! 

all the love in the universe~