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.