Wednesday, December 29, 2010

This morning...

Lucy and I were snuggling in my bed until she demanded cheesy eggs.  She started singing, "I looked out the window and what did I see?"  This is the first line to a popular children's song in our church-I got all excited because she's graduated from nursery to primary, where a little more will be expected of her, and I thought, "oh, she knows the words, I'm so proud of her."  Then she followed it up with, "Crocodiles being punched by baby sharks."

Thanks Luc, for always bringing me back to reality.

Monday, December 27, 2010

Waiting can be hard.

One of the most appealing aspects of the restored gospel of Jesus Christ is the principle of eternal families. This doctrine teaches that through the sealing power of the Holy Priesthood we can be forever linked to those we love the most, those most important to us, our families. On this Christmas afternoon after the presents had been opened in a flurry and the breakfast goodies devoured, I received a call from my sister saying that my Grandmother had passed away that morning. My immediate feeling was sympathy for my sister who I knew would feel the loss more acutely than I would. She had been closer with her and had many more memories with her. Then I felt a little sad remembering the sound of her voice, her laugh, her cooking, and playing the hand slap game at her dining room table. Then my tears changed as I thought about the sweet reunion she was probably enjoying with her husband and especially my mother. I could not help but imagine a scene including me; a reunion with my own sweet parents. I think about that a lot, getting to know my mom in the life after this one. Waiting can be hard.

The loss of my grandmother caused me to think about motherhood. As a strong Christian woman she raised an amazing family and has left a rich legacy of love. I think about all the parents she raised. I think about all my aunts and their families. I think about the love and strength and support they give to me and one another. I am so grateful to this woman who has given me an example to follow of how to live my faith and raise my children. I may never have as many children, but this August, we will be one step closer. Waiting can be hard.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Cookie Day 2010

Cookie Day 2010 was a screaming success.  I made the same gingerbread men as last year as well as the pretzel, rolo, pecan thingies (does anyone know what those are called?) and the peppermint meringues.  As great as they are, they pale in comparison to the Baklava and Hungarian Pinwheel cookies made by my beautiful and talented sister.  Mmm...I'm glad Christmas is only once a year or I'd weigh 300 pounds for sure.

Pretzel-rolo-pecan thingies:
I used regular mini pretzels but most people use the waffles.  Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.  Lay down a single layer of pretzels and top with rolos.  Bake for 5 minutes on 175, watch closely-you don't want them to get soupy, keep their shape but glossy.  Then smoosh down into a plate of chopped pecans.  You could use a whole pecan but the chopped were cheaper at my grocery store.  Enjoy!

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

My Proudest MOMent

This past Sunday was the first time Lucy sang with the Primary kids during Sacrament Meeting.  The Chorister invited the 3 year old nursery children to join in with the "big kids."  They sent a little note home explaining the idea, the song, and it noted that if your child was shy to feel free to come up with them.  I talked to Lucy about whether she wanted to go herself or me to go with her.  She thought about it for a minute and then said, "I can do it by myself."  We practiced her song a little bit during the week and when the time came for her to go up she didn't hesitate for an instant.  She walked her beautiful little self up to the stand and marched right up to the podium.  She looked up at the microphone and then back to Tony and I and said, "It's TOO high!?"  She had a worried expression on her face which I knew meant, "How is anyone going to hear me sing?"  She thought she was supposed to sing into the mic instead of in with the gaggle of other children.  With a little guidance she found her friend Joshua, whom she refers to as her boyfriend, she gave him a kiss and then was ready to sing.  I could see her little face beaming as she sang out every word.  I felt like a proud mama hen when she walked back to our pew.  She was proud of herself and man, I was on such a high.  She was so brave.  I see so much in her.  I see a future missionary unafraid of sharing her light with the world.  She is such a special girl and yesterday was such a special moment. 

In third hour I found out Lucy gives her first talk during Primary in February...that gives us lots of time to practice. :)  I can't wait.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Consider this your Christmas card.

I am not the Christmas card type, maybe someday, not yet.  Lucy's preschool went to perform their Christmas skit and sing some songs at a local nursing home.  They had Santa there for the kids.  He read stories and visited with them for quite a while-he was the sweetest Santa.  Lucy was the first to run into his arms.  She greeted him like they were long lost friends.  

Monday, December 13, 2010

Happy Birthday, Turkey head.

I love you sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo much!

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Dancin' with Gram

We met Grammi for breakfast yesterday.  I didn't tell Lucy until she saw Grammi and she was so excited!  I captured this sweet moment while they were dancing in the parking lot. 

Wednesday, December 08, 2010

What to say?

Admittedly, I've been a bit of a bad blogger lately.  Not much to say right now...we've been doing a little Christmas crafting-which I can't show you until after the holidays and shopping which has been a lot of fun.  Other than that, same old stuff around here.  Preschool, (where Lucy told me today she had some marvelous apple juice) Cleaning, laundry, same old, same old. 

Last night we had our RS Christmas activity.  It was wonderful.  The committee did an amazing job incorporating a beautiful spiritual message, a yummy dinner and a fulfilling service project.  It was a wonderful way to help celebrate Christmas.

Earlier in the day yesterday, I was making cookies when Lucy was playing in the bathroom.  I walked in to find this.  She said, "I have to take a bath cause I'm sweaty."  This girl is a laugh a minute.  I can't believe she fit into the sink.

Friday, November 26, 2010

Thanksgiving and Black Friday

Thanksgiving was awesome.  One of the best ever.  
My part of the menu this year:
Potato Nests
Cranberry Puffs

Mashed Potatoes
Green Bean Casserole
Buttercup Squash

Pumpkin Cream Pie-recipe from the Pioneer Woman.  Best Pie Ever.
Cranberry Apple Pie-recipe from Bake @ 350.  Loved it.

It was all soo delicious.  My very favorite part was when we took turns telling one another why we're thankful for each other.  I got emotional several times thinking about how lucky I am to be a part of such a wonderful family.  We played a fun funny game and giggled a lot.  I love playing games.  Has anyone played Bezzerwizzer?  I keep seeing it and am intrigued.

Jen and Emily picked me up at 3:45 (!) for Black Friday shopping.  I really wanted to go and experience.  We went to Target, getting there right as it opened and were able to find some great deals.  The electronics section was mobbed, as you can see.  After that, Meijer, which was boring by comparison.  We were done by 6:00 and came home to sleep.  Lucky me, Lucy slept in until 9:00.  

I hope you all had a nice Thanksgiving!

We did it!

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving

I'm about to make some amazing green bean casserole, but I wanted to take a second and say Thank you.  Thank you for reading.  I have so much to be thankful for, but at the very tippy-top of the list are the Savior, my sweet family and thoughtful friends.  I hope everyone has a peaceful and safe holiday.

...and I'm super excited to update this picture today.
Thanksgiving '08.

Monday, November 22, 2010

Hard Work

It's been on my mind lately.  Probably because everywhere I turn in my apartment there seems to be a mess and I am lacking the ambition to clean it up.  I need a little more hard work.  I don't know about you, but I am the type of cleaner who does things in spurts or as necessity requires.  I'll have a super clean week, then a couple weeks of what can be described as maintenance at best.  It goes the same for my scripture study, my diet and exercise, my craft projects.  Then something will throw things out of whack, like a trip out of town, or even just a busy weekend and things have gone from maintenance to very bad.  In all arenas.  I'm then sort of mired in a dirty laundry funk.  There gets to be too much to do so I just don't do any of it, then after a few days Tony's I'm so tired of the mess, I get on a super cleaning kick.  Restart cycle.  There are a lot of things I use as my excuses, "oh, it's raining, I can't clean," "I think I'm sick, I can't clean," "I forgot to watch the Amazing Race this morning, I can't clean," seriously, they are endless.  Tony has worked hard to counsel me on the ways of time and project management but I just can not seem to get it through my head.  I know I should do the laundry, I know I should do the dishes RIGHT after dinner, I know I should work hard all the time, not just a week here or there.

Over the weekend, we had Stake Conference, Elder Ringwood was the visiting General Authority.  His talk focused on the war chapters of Alma, specifically 43-50.  He reminded us of Moroni's strategy against the Lamanites and how hard he worked to maintain his people's security.  Elder Ringwood likened Moroni's attempts at keeping his people safe to our families and homes.  We need to build fences and pickets and lookouts around our homes, in other words, we can not be lazy in our scripture study, prayers and church attendance.  I had never thought of those war chapters that way.  He then reminded us that in "there never was a happier time among the people of Nephi, since the days of Nephi..."  They were keeping the commandments and they were happy.

Another speaker reminded us of Elder Christofferson's General Conference address, "Reflections on a Sanctified Life," and the quote from Joseph Smith that "by continuous labor we were able to get a comfortable maintenance." (JSH 1:55).  This is what I needed to remember.  Continuous labor.  Do the work every day.  Make sure Lucy knows we love her and that we love each other.  I'm resolving to be more consistent on a daily basis, instead of a monthly basis, and strengthen my family.  I want to live life thinking there had never been a happier time, every day.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Love it or hate it?

Not the rug, an estate sale.  We went to one over the weekend and I couln't decide if I loved it or hated it.  I took a picture of these rugs because I'm nearly positive they are the same as the ones my Grandma had in her kitchen while I was growing up.  I loved being able to go into this persons house and see all their stuff, but at the same time, I couldn't help but think about the people who had lived there.  There was an elderly woman sitting at the kitchen table helping keep track of the sales and an older man shuffling around the garage.  There were what I'm assuming their two middle aged daughters and a son-in-law helping facilitate the sale.  The son-in-law was practically giving things away..."name your price," "50 cents."  I walked around to the back of the house and saw what was once a really beautiful garden.  It made me sad that it was going to be left behind.  I went back inside to the kitchen, bedrooms, and basements and couldn't help imagining the holidays they'd had there and the girls growing up there.  I hope the parents are happy for whatever stage of their lives is next, but it made me sad to see this one end.  It made me think about my own life and Lucy cleaning out all our junk.  I hope we can just get twinkled before all that. 

Lucy is taking a very rare nap, so I'm going to go take advantage of it while I can.  More weekend posts to come.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

vote for us.

The contest isn't over yet, we have until Friday!  So, if you haven't "liked" this picture on The Cupcake Station's wall, go do it.

Log in to Facebook.
Search for "The Cupcake Station."
Find this picture.
Click "like."


Wednesday, November 10, 2010


We made butter at preschool today.  Boy, it took a little longer than I thought for that shaking, but it was worth it.  Then I saw this on Edie's site.  Mmmm, Cinnamon Honey Butter, I see you in my future.

Don't know Edie?  Click here.

Tuesday, November 09, 2010

Guess what happened .25 seconds later?

At least we were out enjoying the sunshine, right?

Tuesday, November 02, 2010

Monday, November 01, 2010

Lucy's 4th Halloween

My baby is 3.  Wasn't it just last week I gingerly brought her home from the hospital?
In some ways though, it seems she's been here forever, probably because I can hardly remember life before motherhood.   She is a very sweet and very funny.  She loves to tell jokes.  She usually goes through her one-liners and instructs you to laugh. 

Happy Birthday, Funny Girl!

Beautiful Belle


 Mummy Dogs, Fruit cups, pretzels and cupcakes for the kiddos. 
Butternut squash soup and rolls for the family party.


 Enjoying Lunch

 Pin-the-nose on the witch.

Eating doughnuts (holes) off the string.

Parachute games.

 The Puppet Theater.

Lucy recieved many thoughtful and generous gifts.  Thank you to everyone who helped with the parties and gifts and offered support.  I tried to prepare as much as I could ahead of time and was fairly calm the day of the party.  I didn't get as many pictures as I would have liked but oh well.  Lucy had an awesome time and that's all that matters, right?

Trunk or treating!

It was difficult doing the parties the same day as the ward party, I probably won't do that again, but it all turned out okay in the end.

Happy Belated Halloween.

yeah, right.

My sister and I have concluded that toys this tiny are only invented
to make mothers feel bad about themselves. 


How am I supposed to keep track of two tiny shoes, smaller than a Skittle?!?!

Oh, and could someone please take away the candy bag?  Someone save my teeth.

Thursday, October 28, 2010