Wednesday, May 27, 2009


Our roses are budding and blooming, Landon's getting into the popsicles more often, our street is lined with full green trees again, lots of lemonade (thanks Kathie for all of the lemons!), outside adventures - biking, rollerblading, walking, jogging, (unicycling!), cool crisp nights (not for long...), a growing garden, a freezer full of strawberry freezer jam, sandal tan lines on my feet, barbecues and picnics, out for a hike, planning vacations, playing in the water... summer days are here!

We had a fun-filled Memorial Day holiday w/ family photos at the BYU duck pond (Thank you Nathan!!), a rollerblading adventure and picnic at the park on the river trail, and a barbecue
with Nathan and Kel and my Mom. And a brand new unicycle for Jordan! He spent a few hours practicing and made some super progress -- one sprained ankle later he's still looking forward to getting back to it. :)

Sunday, May 24, 2009

Just some sillyness

The other day, we were driving home from Salt Lake and somehow Jordan got into a conversation with Landon about the circulation system and how our hearts pump the blood through our bodies. I think it started something like this--
Jordan: I love your sweet heart Landon.
Landon: I don't have a heart!
Jordan: You do have a heart.
Landon: NO! I DON'T have a HEART!

(We had a similar discussion a while ago which ended in "I DONT HAVE BRAIN!" :)

A few days later Landon was sitting in the front room with me playing and he put his finger in his mouth -- then after thinking a minute said quietly "I think I can feel my heart going all around in my body!"

"Because she is a Mother"

(These are excerpts from a talk by Elder Holland in Conference May '97 -- Because she is a Mother. I feel like I want to just read this over and over again to help me remember that I can really be the mother I want to be.)

"In speaking of mothers generally, I especially wish to praise and encourage young mothers. The work of a mother is hard, too often unheralded work...But with night feedings and night teethings, often the greatest challenge of all for a young mother is simply fatigue. Through these years, mothers go longer on less sleep and give more to others with less personal renewal for themselves than any other group I know at any other time in life. It is not surprising when the shadows under their eyes sometimes vaguely resemble the state of Rhode Island...

Do the best you can through these years, but whatever else you do, cherish that role that is so uniquely yours and for which heaven itself sends angels to watch over you and your little ones...

Remember, “To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven.”

...may I say to mothers collectively, in the name of the Lord, you are magnificent. You are doing terrifically well. The very fact that you have been given such a responsibility is everlasting evidence of the trust your Father in Heaven has in you. He knows that your giving birth to a child does not immediately propel you into the circle of the omniscient. If you and your husband will strive to love God and live the gospel yourselves; if you will plead for that guidance and comfort of the Holy Spirit promised to the faithful; if you will go to the temple to both make and claim the promises of the most sacred covenants a woman or man can make in this world; if you will show others, including your children, the same caring, compassionate, forgiving heart you want heaven to show you; if you try your best to be the best parent you can be, you will have done all that a human being can do and all that God expects you to do...

When you have come to the Lord in meekness and lowliness of heart and, as one mother said, “pounded on the doors of heaven to ask for, to plead for, to demand guidance and wisdom and help for this wondrous task,” that door is thrown open to provide you the influence and the help of all eternity. Claim the promises of the Savior of the world. Ask for the healing balm of the Atonement for whatever may be troubling you or your children. Know that in faith things will be made right in spite of you, or more correctly, because of you.

You can’t possibly do this alone, but you do have help. The Master of Heaven and Earth is there to bless you—He who resolutely goes after the lost sheep, sweeps thoroughly to find the lost coin, waits everlastingly for the return of the prodigal son. Yours is the work of salvation, and therefore you will be magnified, compensated, made more than you are and better than you have ever been as you try to make honest effort, however feeble you may sometimes feel that to be...

Remember, remember all the days of your motherhood: “Ye have not come thus far save it were by the word of Christ with unshaken faith in him, relying wholly upon the merits of him who is mighty to save.”

Rely on Him. Rely on Him heavily. Rely on Him forever. And “press forward with a steadfastness in Christ, having a perfect brightness of hope.” You are doing God’s work. You are doing it wonderfully well. He is blessing you and He will bless you, even—no, especially—when your days and your nights may be the most challenging. Like the woman who anonymously, meekly, perhaps even with hesitation and some embarrassment, fought her way through the crowd just to touch the hem of the Master’s garment, so Christ will say to the women who worry and wonder and sometimes weep over their responsibility as mothers, “Daughter, be of good comfort; thy faith hath made thee whole.” And it will make your children whole as well.

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Thank goodness for sleeping babies!

(Just saw this last night when we were looking at old photos of when Landon was a newborn :)

This afternoon Landon and Ellie both went down to nap at the same time and both slept for about 2 1/2 hours!! I was just amazed at all I was able to get done -- cleaned up the downstairs, did the dishes, made lunch and sat down and ate while reading a book, finished planting the garden seeds and potatoes and watered everything, read my emails and blogs, made a batch of strawberry freezer jam, and had a quick visit from my visiting teachers!

What would mothers do if children never napped?

Sunday, May 17, 2009

4 Months Old

This little sweetheart is 4 months old! She is still just bringing such happiness to our family. Lately she's been getting more social and really wants us to play and interact with her, which is fun. She loves to get little tickles and have coo - talking conversations. She has such a tender little heart it seems. If she is ever hurt or sad, her cries often sound like she is trying to say 'Oh! Why would somebody want to hurt me, I'm just too precious!" :) She's getting stronger too and is starting to really push herself up when she's on her tummy and roll over every once in a while. She's discovered her hands and will just sit and watch them sometimes (or often try to fit her fist into her mouth...) And she's just starting to discover the wonder of putting every object she can grasp into her mouth too :)

Just look at those eyes! Jordan always says 'How am I ever going to keep from just getting her every last thing she could ever want?" She is indeed his little princess. :)

And these smiles and giggles we just love!

Oh we love our little Ellie girl!


Yesterday Jordan and I actually completed a big project! Our house is full of our eagerly started but still not finished projects (front room baseboards, kitchen floor and cabinets, bathroom paint and wall board, etc.) but now after one Saturdays hard work, we have a great garden spot outside AND some growing plants too!

We've been clearing out this corner island since we moved in...

Yesterday we dug up the dirt, painted and made the garden boxes (Jordan got to use his new table saw!), filled them in (I'm still aching this afternoon from shoveling...) and got our first veggies planted. Hooray!

And even more amazing, we finished the day with a CLEAN yard and a clean house -- really this was quite a feat for us!

Sunny Days!

Just playing outside w/ my kiddos. :)

And, at our favorite park --

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Big Brother Progress :)

Last week, I went to do laundry one morning and realized while I was filling up the dryer that I had left Landon and Ellie alone in the front room -- and for the first time, that didn't make me drop what I was doing and race back to save little Ellie. :) Hooray for such a break through!

And, a few days ago, Landon got his first laugh out of Ellie. She was laying on the rug and he came over and squished her tummy w/ his forehead and she just giggled for him. I'm so grateful that he is learning (at last!!!) how to be soft with his favorite little baby! 

One of Landon's favorite things is when Jordan will hold Ellie and have her do something silly. Today, Landon was walking around w/ his new horse from Grammi and Grandpa being a cowboy, so Jordan made Ellie the 'Indians' and ran around holding her close to the ground "The indians are getting you!" w/ squeals of delight from Landon and mostly just a dazed little Ellie.