Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Reasons to be thankful!

I have SO many reasons to be thankful. So here are just a few (in no particular order)...

-I'm thankful for family. I sure love mine!

-Genuine friendship. Sometimes hard to find, but very wonderful to have. I'm thankful for them all, both close by and far away.

-The Gospel. I'm thankful for the plan of salvation, for eternal families and promises I have if I am faithful.

-Kids! I have the best! Though they sometimes make me a little nuts, they are awesome munchkins. And I love them so much.

-technology!! I love modern conveniences like my computer and my crackberry.

-A hard working husband!! I need to find ways to show him more of my appreciation for all that he does for our family. I'm thankful that he works so hard so I can stay home with the kids.

This year I'm starting a gratitude journal. It's amazing how many things you can find to be thankful for when you start. Pretty soon you can't stop thinking of things. I have so much to be thankful for, and writing them down is a wonderful way for me to remember them!! It has really helped me be more uplifted and positive!

So I'm challenging all my blog readers (if I haven't scared you all off long before now) to start a gratitude journal!! :)

Sunday, November 1, 2009


Yes, it's only November and I'm already listening to Christmas music.
Yes, I know Thanksgiving comes before Christmas. I just really love it.

If I say that I'm thankful for Christmas music, does that make it all good? :D
I'm also really thankful for Pandora. Pandora rocks.

And Christmas music. Christmas music really, really rocks.

Saturday, October 31, 2009


I have such incredible kids! (Yes, corny but true!)
Happy Halloween, ya'll!!

(Aparently this photo appeared on 13wmaz on the 11 o'clock news one night. I would have loved to see it!)

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Summer in review

(also known as the post where I play catch up!)
It's already September and summer is nearly officially over! We have had a fun filled summer, but I am looking forward to cooler days again. :)

We have done a lot this summer. And more than likely I won't get everything in the right order, but hey it's better than nothing! :)

(Happy 4th of July)

We did a lot of swimming this summer, as usual!Lexi and Robby could already swim, but this year, Haley hung up her floaties as well and joined the big kid swimmers! The are all little fish in the water, and have so much fun. You would think going almost everyday would get old, but they loved it! Here are some pictures at the pool!

Lexi and Robby learned to do cartwheels into the pool and thought that was great fun. It scared me every single time.

Haley learned how to do a handstand underwater. It is no easy feat for her. She is so light that she floats up to the top, so staying underwater long enough to get her legs up is a huge feat! But she can do it! :)

David is pretty independent in the water with his arm floaties. We did have one scare where he almost drowned, but it didn't phase him at all, and we were swimming the next day! He was maybe a little more careful to not forget his floaties tho...

Linds loves the water too, and starting to get the hang of using arm floaties all by herself. By next summer, I have no doubt she'll do well with them!


We were able to go on a couple of day trips this summer as well. There is the big Museum of Aviation here locally, although we've been many times, there were new things added, and so we decided to go again. The kids always have fun here.

The other day trip we took was to Indian Springs State Park for some fishing and a picnic. The weather was gorgeous and the view really nice. There was a little playground for the kids to play on too (though I'll be honest, it could use an updating...) We didn't catch any fish that day (seems to be a running theme for us) but they have fun trying!

And then, not long before school started, my friend Erin and I took our kids to the Childrens Museum in Macon. Neither of us had been before, but we're always on the lookout for things to do that don't involve being in the horrible humidity! :) I didn't get many pictures of the day, but it was very fun. It is geared more towards the younger kids, and after a while, my older ones said they were bored. (Although, no one was happy when it was time to leave, so I'm not sure they were all THAT bored!)We've been again since then with just the littles and they loved it!

Rob's mom was scheduled for knee replacement surgery this summer, and so we went to visit before she had surgery. We also went to Jekyll Island and stayed at the beach for a night. It was a tad rainy, but we managed to get a good amount of time on the beach in the sun! The second day, we went to a Sea Turtle rehab hospital. The kids loved seeing all the turtles and learning about them.

And also while we were vising Rob's parents, we got to go to Cow Appreciation Day at Chick-Fil-A. So we dressed all the grandkids up as cows before going to chick-fil-a. Ppa sure was proud of his 7 little cows! :)

And then school started!! Before we knew it, we were buying school supplies and getting back into the routine. Lexi is in 3rd grade, Robby in 1st, and Haley is in Kindergarten. They all got really great teachers, and we're all thrilled about that! David was a little disappointed that he's not old enough to start, but we've been having a little school time together and that helps. He is very excited to go to preK next year.

So anyway, this is a glimpse of what we've done this summer. I am determined to do better about taking pictures of the things we're up to. :)

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

It's GREAT to be EIGHT!

My baby girl is eight!! How the heck did that happen!?
She turned 8 on 8/8...must be her lucky birthday! :) She was also baptized the same day. What a sweet, sweet day.




Happy eight years, sweet girl. I can't believe how big you are!
I love you so much!!

Sunday, August 9, 2009

I love to see the temple...

I love to see the temple. I'm going there someday. To feel the Holy Spirit, To listen and to pray.

When Rob and I visited Utah in June, I was just amazed by the mere sight of so many temples in one area. I loved it! It was an amazing sight to stand in one spot and to be able to see 3 temples. (Especially coming from a state with one temple) We were fortunate enough to get to go to the Salt Lake Temple and the Jordan River Temple, as well as the Oquirrh Mountain Temple Open House. Each temple has it own distinct differences, but it's amazing to go and feel the same, wonderful spirit in each. And what a treat to get to sit in on a sealing ceremony. It happened to be the same week we celebrated our 9th anniversary, so it was extra sweet to remember our own special day, 9 years ago when knelt across the alter and were sealed for time and all eternity.

I love to see the temple. I'll go inside someday.I'll cov'nant with my Father; I'll promise to obey.

For the temple is a holy place where we are sealed together. As a child of God, I've learned this truth; A fam'ly is forever.

I especially find comfort in these words. A family is forever. As I have gotten older, that simple statement has come to mean more and more to me. But even as a child, I remember the power it had on me. Losing a sister when I was very young, I remember making promises that I WOULD do the right things so that I could see her again one day. And now, as I get older, with my Dad passing away, and my grandparents getting older, I find myself going back to that promise I made long ago. Because I need my family....FOREVER.

The Atlanta Temple, the closest temple to us, is now closed for about 18 months. This makes it much more difficult to go to the temple. Rob and I used to go on a weekday while the kids were in school, since he rarely has Saturdays off of work. Now with the closest temple 4ish hours away, it's not possible to go on a whim. And I miss it. I struggle with the idea of not knowing when we can go to a temple again.

The primary song "I love to see the temple" has long been one of my favorites. I remember singing it when I was young. And now, as I hear my own children singing it, I love it even more.
"For the temple is a house of God, a place of love and beauty. I'll prepare myself while I am young. This is my sacred duty."
While I can't find an immediate solution, maybe simply being prepared for any opportunity to go to the temple is what I'm supposed to do for now. Being able and willing to go when the opportunity arises. I am determined to do just that!