Tuesday, August 30, 2011

we've been doing a lot of this...

Snuggles and loooooong naps.

Brooks got a bad bug over the weekend...didn't last long, but it hit hard. Then I was [not so] lucky enough to catch it late last night. And Adam came home early from work today because he felt horrible, and made it in the door barely in time... *sigh* None of us have thrown up in for-ev-er, but this week has changed that.

Tonight I'm grateful for hot baths, chicken noodle soup, saltines, apple juice and water, and sleeeeeeeeep. Oh precious sleep. So I'm off to join my love in dream land. Night!
[In the first photo Brooks was just over one month, and photo in the second one he was two months old...*sigh* where does the time go??]

Monday, August 29, 2011

Pouring Soda in the Backseat

An excerpt from one of my favorite books:

"For a long time, a big part of my identity was 'bachelor uncle.' In my twenties and thirties I had no kids, and my sister's two children, Chris and Laura, became the objects of my affection. I reveled in being Uncle Randy, the guy who showed up in their lives every month or so to help them look at their world from strange and new angles.

"It wasn't that I spoiled them. I just ried to impart my perspective on life. Sometimes that drove my sister crazy.

"Once, about a dozen years ago, when Chris was seven years old and Laura was nine, I picked them up in my brand new Volkswagen Cabrio convertible. 'Be careful in Uncle Randy's new car,' my sister told them. 'Wipe your feet before you get in it. Don't mess anything up. Don't get it dirty.' I listened to her, and thought, as only a bachelor uncle can: 'That's just the sort of admonition that sets kids up for failure. Of course they'd eventually get my car dirty. Kids can't help it.' So I made things easy. While my sister was outlining the rules, I slowly and deliberately opened a can of soda, turned it over, and poured it on the cloth seats in the back of the convertible. My message: People are more important than things. A car, even a pristine gem like my new convertible, was just a thing.

"As I poured out that Coke, I watched Chris and Laura, mouths open, eyes widening. Here was crazy Uncle Randy completely ejecting adult rules.

"I ended up being so glad I'd spilled that soda. Because later in the weekend, little Chris got the flue and threw up over the backseat. he didn't feel guilty. He was relieved; he had already watched me christen the car. He knew it would be OK."

Those are Randy Pausch's words. He wrote, with Jeffery Zaslow, the book The Last Lecture. It's a fantastically inspiring, uplifting, real, quirky, touching book about a man's message of what matters most to him and what he'd learned throughout life. He was dieing of liver cancer at the time...first motivated to write and present this for his "Last Lecture" at Carnegie Mellon University where he taught...but overall he wrote his message for his three young children.

The moral of that small excerpt I shared is one I'm striving to live by. The monetary things in life are wonderful...I'm grateful for our home, nice (and not so nice;) furniture, a new kitchen with wood floors, our cars, our computers, our cell phones, our clothing, etc. But as a parent of a 1.5 year old...I know things won't stay in their original state forever. I do my best to look at the scratches on the hard wood floor from Brooks running his Tonka truck around the kitchen as etchings of his childhood. When I'm holding him in my arms and he's eating a piece of watermelon and he spills that pink juice on my favorite [cream colored] shirt, I just have to remember there's OxiClean and a washing machine at home...and maybe he was just wanting to share ;) And in the future if Brooks breaks a glass or draws a masterpiece on the wall with a Sharpie, I know the glass can be replaced and our paint store is just 15 minutes away...a few swipes of fresh paint and we'll be good.

I can [almost] always replace or fix things, but I can't replace the people I love most.
I'm so grateful my little B is teaching me patience and helping me become a more loving person. And hey, now that I think about it I clean up just as many of my own messes as I do his ;)

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Spiritual Health:
Visting Teach message - August 2011

Friday, August 26, 2011

BLT memories

So, remember that last time I wrote about how the taste and smell of food can bring back such sweet memories?? Well last night I made some TBLTs (turkey bacon, lettuce, & tomato) on toasted english muffins. They were amazing!! And while enjoying our dinner, Adam and I couldn't help but smile and remember the last time we enjoyed some good BLTs...almost 4 years ago (!) on our very first date :) After being introduced by his sweet sister, Sharla, Adam came back to the place I worked and asked me to join him for a fun group date. The men made BLTs and then we headed to Porter Park in Rexburg for some good ol' game of couples Frisbee Golf. Adam and I won (holler!) and then we headed back to my place. We stayed out on the balcony of my apartment and talked for hours...I couldn't get enough! I wanted to learn more and more about this Adam Kjar ("care" not "k-jar"...that's a story in and of itself;) and I'm so grateful I get to keep learning about, and growing more in love with, him for the rest of our lives and forever.

Goodness, all that from a TBLT ;)

And I thought I'd share a picture of us from around the time of our first BLT together ;) The picture below is from right after we started dating (Oct. 2007)...he looks a bit banged up because, well, he was. He had just finished and won a wrestling tournament that the BYUI Intermurals program had put on :) I was so proud of him!

*cheers* to a happy weekend for everyone! Filled with lots of good food and the people you love :)

Thursday, August 25, 2011

smoothies + fresh baked bread + cute boys

...that's what sweet lunch dates are made of :)
We went to Keva Juice for our smoothies (best place everrrrrrr) and Great Harvest for some fresh bread with honey butter. Those two de-licious businesses are right next door to each other, they make it way too easy :)
I have one sweet-smoothie-sipper on my hands!

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

a night at the fair

Last weekend we went with some of Adam's siblings to the Davis County Fair...we had a great time with Sharla, Luke, Becca, and little Samson :) It was definitely a smaller fair, but nonetheless filled with all sorts of fair goodness.

BALLOONS:
We had 2 very happy boys
CARNIVAL RIDES:
We didn't ride any, but we did see the cutest old couple ever enjoy themselves on the "tornado"...made my night :) Oh and the bubble-boy game looked pretty awe-some.
BUNNY BARN:
Brooks loved pointing and saying "doggy! doggy!" at all the cute bunnies...that's what he's decided to call any and all animals lately.
FAIR FOOD:
Snow cones, barbecue pork sandwiches, bratwurst, and all sorts of fried goods (we tried fried oreos for the first time...and they exceeded my expectations. Mmmmmm!
RODEO:
There were times when Brooks was cheering louder than all of us combined! ha! I can't get enough of the barrel races and the little mutton busters! And there's always a *sigh* of relief after the bull riders have all done their rides and everyone is safe :)

And it gets me excited for the Utah State Fair next month!!

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Spiritual Health:
"Desire" by Dallin H. Oaks
Physical Health:

Sunday, August 21, 2011

peace

I'm a hippy at heart. I long for peace :)
But beyond the peace around the world that I pray for, where there is no war or anger or violence...the peace that I am most grateful for in my life is the kind that comes to my mind and my heart after I've sought and received forgiveness from my Heavenly Father...and after I've forgiven myself when I've done wrong.

I taught a lesson today in Young Womens centered on the importance of forgiving ourselves. While preparing, and while giving the lesson, I was struck by an overwhelming feeling of love I have for my Savior and for the unconditional love He has for me. It hurts my heart to think of times when I've chosen to not follow His example and instead I've chosen to sin...but I also get this indescribable feeling of hope that those things do not define me. The Savior's Atonement covered every pain I have and will go through (whether that's pain from life's trials, or from my own wrong choices)...and He is waiting for me to take advantage of his Gift, to seek repentance, and then to forgive myself and start fresh. I may remember certain things I've done and have regret for, but Heavenly Father and His Son do not want me to get down on myself. They love me (and you) infinitely and want me to move forward with peace of mind, and have a desire in my heart to seek to do better.

The comments and discussion shared by my girls were amazing...the youth of today have SO MUCH FAITH. They inspire me :) I shared with them my testimony of my Savior and what a peace it brings into my life. I know He lives and that He is God's son, and I am one of God's daughters. They both know my heart. My Heavenly Father knows that I am not perfect, and doesn't expect me to be. But I have no doubt that he has high expectations of what I can become if I strive to follow His Son's example...to love those around me and to seek to grow closer to Him.

I had them watch this video at the start of the class. What a beautiful message of a loving Savior who is waiting with open arms to help us up when we fall...with the wonderful gift of the Peace of God.

Friday, August 19, 2011

swimming with the lady friends

Last Wednesday night Brooks and I joined the Young Women for a dip in the pool. We had a great time!! The water was extra warm (perfect for Brooks!) and there were Pace Bars (epic popsicles) and Otter Pops abounding...it was a perfect summer night :)

Brooks was so great in the water! After his time in the floaty, he loved standing on the shallow stairs and jumping out into the arms of the giggling girls. I floated, watched, smiled, and cheered him on...goodness my little man is growing up much too quickly. And boy is he a lady killer ;)

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Spiritual Health:
Mosiah 4:2-3 (two real, beautiful, comforting verses)

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Dear Brooks,

Lately, you've been over the top
cute...sassy...sneaky...hilarious...smart...brave...cuddly...sweet...
and I thought I'd show you a few pictures and share some stories to show you just how.

You've been over the top cute when we go shopping. At the grocery store you pick random people to say "Hi" to...and you'll tell them "Hi! Hi! Hiiiiii!" until they look at you :)
Or the other day when we were shopping at the thrift store...you were getting tired...luckily there were suckers at the cashier's desk. You became one happy boy once you got one of those in your mouth! Sucking on your candy and playing with your reflection in the mirror while I tried on clothes :) Too adorable!
You've also been rather sneaky lately...and you've definitely taught me to I need to put any open bags of chips (or any opened food packages for that matter) up high in the pantry ;)
Oh, and a couple weeks ago I let you run around in the nude...and you decided to let loose. Well, while I was cleaning up, you leaked again! HA! Another lesson you taught me...next time I'll put a clean diaper on you first, then clean up the mess ;)
Thanks to the splash pad, you've become so much more brave around water! :) I absolutely love watching you tromp through the water and run through the gurgling fountains. Last time we went with your Aunt Becca and cousin Samson, they brought watermelon & strawberries and you couldn't get enough in those chubby cheeks of yours :) And we were there for so long that you got the cutest flip-flop tan line I think I've EVER seen.
You're also brave when it comes to climbing...you are scaling everything in site, or at least trying :) Couches, chairs, ottomans, the kitchen bench, and yesterday your rocking chair (which is pretty tricky). And once you made it, you were pretty darn proud. As was I :)
You and your daddy are quite the jokesters ;) The other day when he was putting your PJ's on he pulled up your pants so high you looked like a mini grandpa! HA! And you thought you were pretty hilarious...which you were...I couldn't stop laughing :)And yesterday while we were waiting at the doctors (no one's sick, just a check up:) I pulled up a chair for you to check out the fish...you LOVED it and made sure everyone in the office knew. "Oooohh! OOOH!!" you'd exclaim. Then you'd look back at me to make sure I was seeing the fishes too :) You couldn't have been any sweeter.
And another story, that I don't quite have a picture for... Yesterday we were having a tickle fight. Both of us having a grand ol' time ;) When you randomly pointed behind me and said, "baaw!!" (which means ball, or really any toy that you want). I looked and there was nothing behind me...I then look back to you, ready for some more tickles, and you're running off totally snickering! You are one sneaky, smart little man. haha!!

Thank you for always making your Daddy and me laugh, and making my heart more happy than I ever thought it could be. I love you forever Brooks!!

Love always,
Mom

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Sweet Grandpa

I absolutely love it when one of my five senses brings back a flood of memories to my mind and heart...today it was the scent of my cinnamon raisin bread in the toaster. The smell and taste of those delicious pieces of toast made me think of my sweet Grandpa Anderson. I honestly can't remember a specific time of eating it with him, but I can remember special times growing up when my Mom (she always knows how to make something ordinary, like bread, extra special) would buy cinnamon raisin bread at the store "in honor" of Grandpa, because he absolutely loved it :) Makes my heart smile just thinking about it.
The photo below was taken just days after Brooks was born...
and just a few months before my sweet Grandpa passed away. He lived a long, beautiful life. And is now with my Grandma, his beautiful wife, after 35 years of being apart :)
Thank goodness for little things that keep the memories of our loved ones alive. Even something like cinnamon raisin toast :)

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Spiritual Health:
"Serve God by Serving Others" - Our Prophet and a few apostles share beautiful examples of service they've witnessed through out their lives. And this article also made me think of my Grandpa...who was the recipient of years of selfless service from my Uncle EksAyne (his son) and my Aunt Patty (his daughter-in-law) as they took him into their home after he was no longer independent due to his health. What a true labor of love :)

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Nutella & Cream Cheese Crescent Rolls

Nutella will forever make me nostalgic...thinking about when my sisters and I would get one of those magical little tubs of chocolate goodness on our birthdays. And eating it right out of the container. I honestly don't remember eating it with anything when I was little. HA! But now I know Nutella (a delicious chocolate hazelnut spread) is fantastic with strawberries, bananas, pretzels, toast, crepes...and now crescent rolls. I first saw this sweet idea here...but I thought I'd add a couple little twists :)


Nutella & Cream Cheese Crescent Rolls
Yields: 16 rolls

2 pkg. crescent rolls
13 oz. container Nutella (hazelnut spread; found near the peanut butter)
1 – 8oz. container whipped cream cheese (optional)
1lb. container strawberries (optional)
powdered sugar
parchment paper (optional)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cover baking sheet with parchment paper. Lay out a crescent roll triangle, and spread a spoonful of whipped cream cheese on about half of the triangle (making sure to not take it all the way to the edges). Drop a spoonful of Nutella in the middle, then wrap it up. Place these on the baking sheet (8 rolls shouls fit). Bake for 9 minutes (or until golden). While baking, slice strawberries. Upon taking the rolls out of the oven, place on serving dishes. Sprinkle powdered sugar over rolls and add strawberries to plate. Serve immediately. ENJOY! ☺

What's your favorite thing to eat with Nutella??

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Physical Health:
some light yoga at home
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