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Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Adorable Owen laughs






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My in-laws have this cool car mat and Owen loved it! This was the start of his love for playing with cars. I just think he's adorable!!!

Monday, January 30, 2012

The difference one day makes!

I find it interesting that the last week was sooooo difficult for me and I felt bitter and frustrated and then on top of it I was supposed to teach a lesson on the joy of womanhood. Talk about feeling inadequate! But when I went to church yesterday, something happened. One of the speakers talked about self worth and how we are important to God and it made me take a step back and think about that. I know that God loves me, but I think that I was so consumed with what was going on with me that I forgot what that really means.

Sometimes it just feels like a nice thing to say or think, but I REALLY matter to Him. He knows all the tears I have for feeling like I'm not enough and that my kids deserve better, or when I just want to fall into bed and my mind just won't stop thinking and worrying. And for the first time in over a week I honestly felt peace and comfort. This whole time I was trying to figure out how to change my situation or how to get past this phase of my life and then it hit me like a ton of bricks! I am the one that is making it difficult!!!

I decided to change my attitude and really pray for help and I feel so happy about my life and where it is right now. I have had more fun with my kids, more love for my husband, more patience and I feel so lucky! For the lesson I taught yesterday (in YW) I asked a few people to talk about their joy they've found in womanhood and it amazed me how different their points of view were and what they each emphasized. We are all so different, but I felt so connected to them. We all have struggles, but I feel so blessed to know that my prayers are heard and life really is GOOD! They aren't just nice words. I truly feel happy!

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Friday, January 27, 2012

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Snuggles







Is is obvious that I love my hubby and my little guy? I am oozing with blessings!!!!

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Friends night
















I love these people! Someone had the brilliant idea to get everybody together while we were all home for the holidays and we were so excited to catch up and see how much everyone has changed. It was a blast!

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Extended Family get together













I am so blessed to have such a fun extended family and a bunch of us were able to get together a day or two after Christmas and we had a good time catching up and seeing how much everyone's families have grown.


It was nice to let the kids just run around the church and get some energy out and then we were a little ready to go home and sleep for a good 4 or 5 days! :)

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Festivities

This is my adorable neice Abby. She was so sweet and walked around with Will, so Zac and I could visit for awhile. He loved it.



That smile melts me every time!!!











So, the day after Christmas we all went to my sister (Bethany's) house and played games and I don't know how we talked the men into it, but we had them take the kids to the church and run around, while we got to sit and relax and visit. We had a great time. We don't get to do that very often and definitely with all my sisters. I loved it!


It is amazing how much everyone's families have grown!

Friday, January 20, 2012

Christmas Day
































We are both really blessed to have both of our parents live close and to have them both live close to each other. It makes it a lot easier to handle Christmas. We get the best of both worlds! We had so much fun playing games at my parents house and watching my neices and nephews open their presents and then we had so much fun at Zac's parents, visiting and playing the bells.






We have both been really blessed with loving families and we had a blast spending time with everyone!

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Christmas Morning



















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Well, we did Christmas a little different this year. We did our Christmas morning on Saturday instead of Sunday. We figured that this way we can take our time and let the kids enjoy their gifts without interuption. Then, on Sunday, we got to really focus on Christ and then right after church we headed to Pocatello to be with family (those pictures coming soon).




We actually got Owen to open a couple of gifts, once we started him off and showed him what it was. Our big gift to both the boys was a scooter ramp. Owen especially loves it. It has a mini track and you can put smaller cars on it too. Owen will chase the cars as they go down. It's really cute. They both had fun trying different treats that we don't normally have. They were both really fun this Christmas!

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

William's Birthday













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Will's birthday was so fun! He wasn't sure about opening presents, but he loved the toys he got. And he had never had anything quite like cake and so he just touched it at first and then started going to town. He was so cute and we had so much fun spoiling him. I love you William!!!