Saturday, June 19, 2010

We love our Daddy

Happy Father's Day
We Love you!

Top ten things we love about our Daddy:

10) He gives us the biggest hugs and kisses when he gets home from school
9) He plays horsey with us every night after dinner
8) He tickles us until we can't stop laughing
7) He teaches us how to play new games
6) He lets us play on his computer
5) He makes the best breakfast every Sunday
4) He carries us when our "ankles hurt" too bad *
3) He tucks us in our beds every night
2) He takes us camping, golfing, swimming, and to the park
1) He LOVES us!

* Natalie says her ankles hurt when she gets tired at night and doesn't want to walk up the stairs to go to her bed. This is, of course, when mommy and daddy let her stay up past her bedtime. She gets really silly and her favorite thing to do is say, "my ankles hurt" so daddy will carry her to bed. It's pretty cute, and oh so much like her mommy (I used to say my leg was breaking)!

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

The Girls head to Utah

This last quarter was full of challenging classes for Nathan, and finals week looked to be quite busy. So, the girls and I decided to take a road trip to Utah to visit my sister and mom. Here are some highlights of our trip . . .

1) Natalie threw up right as we were about to get on the freeway. After cleaning her up, we hit the road for Utah.

2) Maejae threw up 2 hours in to the trip, and continued to throw up 4 additional times (each time required a stop on the side of the road, a new onesie, and a wipe-down of the car seat).

3) We stopped for lunch at Burger King with my friend, Jillian (who had caravaned with us). Natalie threw up 4 times while at the restaurant, and Maejae threw up once.

4) We made it to Utah in 12 hours. Which isn't bad considering the fact that we had a lot of unexpected stops, and 5 kids between the 2 moms!

5) Grandma and Natalie made some delicious Elmo cupcakes at Aunt Shelly's house.

6) The babies played so great together, and Grandma had fun playing with her 3 grandchildren.

7) We had a wonderful picnic at the park on Sunday after church. Natalie even got Uncle Russ to go down the slide, and spent a lot of time playing with a new "friend" she met while we were there.

8) We took a trip to the ER after I noticed some signs of dehydration in Maejae. She had thrown up the entire time we were in Utah, and I'm still not sure what she had. The doctor said she had to take some anti-nausea medicine, drink 8 ounce of liquid, and keep it down before we could leave. If that wasn't possible, and Maejae continued to throw up, we were going to have to do an IV. Luckily, she was able to keep her liquids down, and we were released at 1am.

9) Natalie finally got used to the big dog, and decided to play some fetch with Uncle Russ and Sumo. But, she did get a little bite on her side when the dog mistook her fist for a ball! Luckily, she was only scared a little, and continued to play with the dog.

10) My sister, mom, and I got to spend a lot of time chatting, playing with babies, shopping, eating, and hanging out! I miss my mom and sister quite a bit when the days get long, and the going gets tough. But, it sure is fun to get together when we can! Our next get together is in August for my brother's wedding! I can't wait!!!

* And a special thanks to Jillian for helping with all the throwing up, the sick kids, the long car-ride, etc. It sure is great to have such wonderful friends!

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

A whole lot of Catching Up!

I am not good at blogging. I can't seem to find the time to sit at the computer long enough to write and design the perfect blog - and most people know I am a perfectionist. I don't know how some women can do it - housework, household repairs and other matters, children to tend to and play with, errands to run, church callings, and personal time! I can't seem to fit it all in. But, I have decided to give it another try. We'll see how it goes this time. If it goes well, I'll continue. If I slack again - I might just give up on blogging. But, for now - here's a whole lot of catching up - in a condensed form . . .


This year for Thanksgiving, I was able to experience the fullness of the atonement of Jesus Christ, and truly feel of His love and power to redeem our souls. After trails and tribulations, and after experiencing what I hope no other family has to experience (but unfortunately, know many do), and after 10 years of being separated . . . we were united in Love! This picture so perfectly captures what my family stands for - Unconditional Love! My mother, who so humbly and perfectly held the burden of carrying her children through hell and back, can now put her arms around all 4 of us at the same time! It was this day that I had lived my life for, and this day that I will forever cherish and hold dear to my heart. The courage and faith of some family members, the hard work and courage of others, the forgiveness and healing through Jesus Christ, and the determination from all of us truly testifies that Families are Forever!


We spent Christmas here in AZ and enjoyed having our little family traditions. Nathan stayed up late getting all the Santa treats set out, and made sure we woke up to a wonderful Christmas morning full of stories, presents, breakfast, and playing! At the end of the day, Nathan said, "Jenn, do you realize we haven't left the downstairs all day!" We stayed in the living room playing with new toys, games, watching a Christmas movie, and hanging out. It was perfect!

New Year's Day

We had some of our best friends from Idaho come down for New Year's. We decided to take them on a hike here in AZ. As you can see, Maejae quickly fell asleep and enjoyed her ride on mommy's back. Nathan and Natalie had fun walking over rocks, climbing bigger rocks, and staying away from the cacti! Natalie hiked the entire hike, and was quite proud of herself! So was Daddy . . . he loves his little girl!


For Easter, we again took a trip to the Mesa Temple for the Easter Pageant. Both girls stayed awake for the entire thing, and Maejae sang along to every single song! Then we participated in the Midwestern University Easter Egg festivities. I think Natalie enjoyed jumping and playing with friends. She also liked eating candy and playing with her stickers. Maejae was quite loud - again, and let everyone know that she is growing up! Don't you love their shirts? A friend got them for the girls and I think they're adorable :)

Natalie Turns 3 Years Old

This year, Natalie had a Sesame Street Birthday party. We had a small party this year, but I did make the cake again. This time, we did Big Bird! Natalie LOVED it so much, and ate quite a bit.

Natalie got spoiled. Her friends must really love her, cause they brought her all kinds of toys!

For Natalie's Birthday Surprise, we took her to Disney On Ice - 100 Years! It was so much fun watching Natalie get excited when she saw characters she knew. I think her favorite parts were the princess dance, and the part where the whale swallows Pinnocchio. I'm not sure why she thought that was so cool, but for days she would say, "Mom - remember my skating show where the whale ate that boy! And remember when the whale sneezed and the boy flew out? That was so funny!" She sure is a character herself, and we love her for that. She has been a great blessing in our lives. I can hardly believe she is 3 years old . . .