Thursday, March 29, 2012

Full Bloom.

Missy left and now my mom is here. Today we had an exciting adventure. It brought back great memories, more on that later.

For now, enjoy Temple Square in the Spring. I'm looking forward to going to the Saturday morning session of General Conference. That is if I can talk my dad, brother and brother-in-law (D is a busy man working away until tax day) into adding my kids to their pack so I can go with the girls. Three extra kids, two and under--no biggie right?! Come on guys, I do it everyday.

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The Square is in full bloom and looking great for a weekend of uplifting and inspiring messages.

Come listen to living prophets

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

City Creek Center

You may have heard about City Creek Center. Well let me tell you, all the hype over it was totally merited. It is pretty awesome. D and I ventured out last Friday for the grand opening celebration weekend. It was filled with live music all over, live statues, great weather, awesome stores, yummy food and lots and lots of people. Over 50,000 people everyday of the weekend! Then we went out again to take the kids and D's sister.

If you are planning a trip to Salt Lake this weekend for General Conference take some time to go see it. The weekend will be similar to the grand opening weekend. And if you live in the Salt Lake area and haven't been, you should go!
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I have yet to see Nordstrom light up at night, but you bet sometime soon I'll be driving by and will submit my text and wait in excitement to see my color appear!

Monday, March 26, 2012

Six weeks

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Six Weeks.
I was scared out of my mind for three kids.
What is all the fuss?
We are loving it.
Crazy?
A little.
Too much to handle?
Certainly not.
Hardest transition?
Nope, easiest.
I think one and two was harder.
You should try it out!

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Have you heard about City Creek?! Amazing. Stay tuned for the next post all about it.

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Aunt Missy!

D's sister Missy is in town.
We've stayed up way too late chatting.
D and I went on a date.
She has helped out immensely.
I'm not sure we are going to let her leave (Aaron you and the kids would be fine without her, right?!?)
If anyone can relate to me it is Missy.
She had three little ones almost as close in age as mine, while her husband was in law school, living in a two bedroom apartment, doing laundry at the laundry mat.
*Sigh*
That makes me exhausted just typing it.
We love Aunt Missy!!
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Thursday, March 22, 2012

I'm craving...

This girl (referring to myself) can only be in the confines of the United States of America so long before she (meaning me) gets claustrophobic.

It's like an annoying craving that won't go away until you satisfy it. And goodness it's an expensive one!

Granted, I basically lived in Canada for the last year. I mean we drove with them, shopped with them, cursed at them behind the wheel, worked with them and for them, waited in line for gas with them, dodged their cars walking into Costco, and talked about them 24/7. Really, the only thing we didn't do was pay their taxes.

We loved visiting Vancouver BC and did often. In fact, we've had several conversations about settling down there in a highrise smack-dab in the middle of downtown when our kids are grown and out making something of their lives. As exciting and lovely as it was there in Canada my craving was not satisfied. No, only intensified.

Maybe it's the fact that we'd been planning a trip to Europe this fall, but had a baby and bought a house instead.

Or maybe it is because my mom is headed to Israel and Turkey this summer.

Or maybe it is the fact that I haven't been overseas since 2007...four and a half years. That is a record for me. I was fortunate to do a lot of traveling as a youngster (Yes, I just said youngster. I'm officially talking like an oldie.)

Well, whatever the reason the fact still remains the same, I need to fly. Somewhere far away. Overseas. See something new. Eat something strange. Feel out of place. Learn something new. Exhaust my brain and feet. That's how we travel.

So, since I have a newborn and three kids two and under and no money I thought I'd dream about it instead. I'll take a little trip right here on the world wide web.

I'm currently craving Spain. I've never been before. My Mom and little brother recently went and I was a little lot jealous.

Spain, here I come.

(Photos courtesy Google Images)

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Well, that didn't help.
Someone get this girl an airplane ticket and a babysitter!

Monday, March 19, 2012

If you were a fly on our wall...

this would be a familiar sight.
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Sunday, March 18, 2012

Happy Mother's Day!

Things are exciting around here.
Combining two different cultures means we have double the holidays to remember and celebrate!
Today is Mother's Day in the United Kingdom.
Therefore, today is all about a great mum & granny. One of the most kind and generous people I know. We love you and feel so lucky to have a wonderful mum/granny! Can't wait to see you in a few weeks!
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Saturday, March 17, 2012

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

The Doctor.

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As my second child, Dock has taught me all about individuality.
I quickly learned each child comes with their own personality.
I also learned how important it is to cater my mothering to each individual.
He doesn't work like Veva works.
He doesn't deal with things the same way Veva does.
He needs a different approach.
Dock needs to be heard.
He is not about to get lost as the second child.
He needs his emotions to be understood.
I would say we all do, but Dock really does.
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Dock is a free-spirit.
He never really walked.
He has always had a skip in his step.
Always moved around with momentum.
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He is happiest running in wide open spaces.
He doesn't like to be pushed around.
He is independent.
He is a leader.
He is stubborn.
He expresses his emotions.
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He is giddy.
His laugh and giggle are contagious.
He loves people.
He loves to be in the action.
He isn't timid.
He has a big heart.
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He loves hugs and kisses.
He loves music.
He loves babies.
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He gazes intensely. Almost like he is looking into your soul.
So many times I wonder what he is thinking.
His eyes make his thoughts look magical.
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Dock keeps me on my toes.
He doesn't let me get complacent in this thing called mothering.
Sometimes when he cries I cry with him.
Some of my hardest days mothering have been in confusion of what he needs.
But mostly we've both grown a lot over his 18 months of life.
He has made me a better person.
He has pushed me to be a better mother.
He has encouraged me to understand people's needs better.
He has taught me so many valuable lessons that I am so grateful to have learned early on in my responsibilities as a mother.
I love this little guy.
He and I have a special connection.
One only a mother and her baby boy can have.
He needs me and I need him.