Friday, April 25, 2008
Thursday, April 24, 2008
Brynn and Grandpa Johnson love each other so much!
Brynn's new Easter dress.
Brynn is completely engrossed here. But then, most people are when Corey is playing and singing.
Thank you, fresh cool breeze in UT. That made for very nice (did I mention nice and cool?) walks.
Brynn will sit and read books for as long as our patience will allow. Luckily, her Grandma happens to be a librarian at an elementary school, so there is always time for new books for these two! Right now it's, "Kissy, kissy the doggie, Brynn!" I think by now, pretty much all of her books have been slobbered on, so thanks for the new activity, Grandma! :)
Saturday, April 19, 2008
This is what our grocery trips have been consisting of.
Sometimes you are this desperate to finish the dishes. And it's reasons like these that I have to change Brynn's clothes fifty times a day. Needless to say she was SOAKING wet after this, but I have loved having a little buddy with me while I do all of my chores. Much less efficient, but WAY more enjoyable!
And just a bonus feature. :)
Monday, April 14, 2008
However, I have just now realized how foolish my choices were! A razorback is some ugly warthog looking thing? I just thought it sounded cool! And apparently the hurricanes mascot looks like a pelican or something - LAME! No wonder I lost! If I had any idea what they actually looked like, I probably would have picked something else. Sigh...a warthog, seriously?
Sunday, April 6, 2008
Obviously these are paraphrased because the text won't be available until Thursday, but...
Ronald A. Rasband: Personal life experiences are building blocks for our faith
I loved Cheryl Lant talking about traditions. It made me really think about what family traditions I would like us to instill. I remember she asked us to reflect on some of ours and how they have positively affected our family. What are some of yours?
Didn't you just love Elder Wirthlin talking about how he, as a SEVEN year old, rebuked his friends when they were bullying someone else? I hope I can raise my kids to have that much courage - their going to need it in this world!
I loved Elder Oaks's whole talk. Acquiring a testimony is not passive, but is a process of action...
Loved Gerald Lund's whole talk, too. I had never thought about the connections between personal revelation and the heart in that way. This is one I can't wait to get the transcript of so I can study it slower.
I loved Elder Parry's recipe for Eternal Life. Can't you just see that making a great FHE?
Sheldon F. Child: Tithing is the best investment you will ever make.
Elder Bednar: They are the full-time missionaries, but we are the full-time finders.
Dennis B. Neuenschwander: The stories are not about the crowds, but the individuals in the crowd. People like you and me.
Ok, this is going a lot longer than I intended it too, but where do I even start on Elder Ballard's talk to the new mothers? He really put in perspective for me how short a time it will actually be for me to have my kids with me at home. Now more than ever I feel like I want to make the most of it. I loved his Q and A session, and came to an interesting conclusion during it. Marty went upstairs during the time that Elder Ballard was telling the husbands how they could better help and support their wives, so he missed all of that. At first I was thinking to myself, "Hurry, Marty - I want you to hear this!" But then as I listened I realized that everything he said, Marty was already trying SO hard to do. He is so good to me and I am SOOOOOOOOO lucky to have such a wonderful and supportive husband. It is time for me to start asking myself how I can help and support him.
Conference sure is a different experience with a baby. I know I missed a lot, but that I also spent less time than I probably should have with Brynn. She was a trooper. I...kind of wish I would have realized, uh, how much...er...easier conference was without a baby before I had one. :)
I also realize twice a year how much much much much BETTER I need to be doing in so many areas! I will be very busy for the next six months!
What were your favorite talks/quotes/moments/anything!
I know that was kind of personal, it's just made such a huge impact on my life, that I thought someone else might like to try it. I am so grateful for the gift of personal revelation in this life - I don't think I could make it through without it!
Is this crazy?...
As horrible as that all was, some of it was sweet, too. I never would have imagined how completely proud of myself I could be for something like not wanting to throw up after being thrown up on. I would hold her until the next time she vomited, then we'd hug a minute until she recovered from the traumatic event, then we'd go upstairs and get cleaned up, I'd throw in yet another batch of laundry, then we'd rock together bracing ourselves for next time. Having said that, I don't know if I can articulate why that was sweet at all...I guess it was just kind of a bonding experience for us. I love Brynn so much, and I am so grateful that I get to be her mommy. Those horrible days, she only cried a couple of times. I'm sure some of it could be attributed to her being too sick to cry, but I really believe that one of her spiritual gifts is patience. That's something that Marty and I have seen again and again. I can't wait to discover what other gifts she possesses - hopefully next time she won't have to be sick for me to do so. :)
Friday, April 4, 2008
Brynn warmed up to Uncle Corey pretty quickly!