Wednesday, August 27, 2008
I know I'm going to feel like a big nerd after posting this, but I'm in a good mood, and I just kind of wanted to share. Nothing big. It started out with a good morning. Marty and I got up at 5:30 for scripture study, and it seems to me like life is just so much better when we put in the time and effort to do that. It's like it is a lot harder for me to get bogged down, upset, frustrated, etc. during the day.
Then on his way to work, Marty called to let me know that it was raining (remember, in AZ, that's a big deal)! Hard! So I opened up all the blinds, and opened up my new sliding glass door (!!!!!, by the way) so that I could see/hear/smell the rain. I was feeling so motivated and had so much done by the time that Brynn woke up, that I was completely ready to spend every second of the morning playing with her.
I brought Brynn downstairs and of course we headed strait for the back yard (!!!!!, again). We danced in the rain, blew bubbles and ate plums on the covered patio. I just couldn't take my eyes off of that little girl. In the humidity, her curls become so tight and perfect, and then add that million dollar smile....sigh. Little Angel.
Throughout the rest of the day, it was basically more of the same. Nothing huge, just lots of wonderful little things. Like, this afternoon Brynn helped me make chocolate chip cookies (she cracked the eggs, stirred the mixture, taste tested way too many chocolate chips, and gave me lots of messy, chocolate-chippy kisses). Marty came home and read me excerpts out of a really funny book while I finished making dinner. Then right as it was time to eat, it began to rain again (!!!!!) so we hauled Brynn's high chair to the patio and we all sat out there to eat. Then my sweet husband gave me some time off from Brynn so that I could blog a little. All in all, a very happy day.
Obviously not all of my days seem this great. For example, just earlier this week we all came down with something and sometimes I feel like the only thing that is more draining than taking care of a sick, fussy baby is doing it when you, yourself are sick and fussy. And a lot of times Brynn's messes are not cute, they are downright infuriating. Sometimes the rain is not so fun (like when you have to drive in it and your car almost gets washed away - long story for later). Sometimes I don't want Marty to entertain me while I cook, I just want HIM to cook the dang dinner.
It made me start to wonder how many days have had today's incredible potential, but for some reason or another (ingratitude, selfishness, laziness...what is it exactly?) I haven't taken advantage of it and just lumped that day together with so many other ho-hum days that, upon the day's end I only wanted to thank Heavenly Father that night that it's finally over, instead of pouring out my heart in gratitude for every second I get to live in this world that I love and live this life that I love.
I feel a little confused as to why the feeling of this day was different to me, but I really want to figure it out so that I can have more of them. Did this make any sense? Have any of you ever felt like that? If so, do you have any suggestions for me? I truly am going to strive to make more of my days special and worth it, even if nothing earth-shatteringly great happens to me that day.
Sunday, August 17, 2008
Em: Tune, when,...
Marty: Wait, what was that last word?
Marty: What? What is a wen?
Em: When! When, when, when! WHEN did you go to the store? WHEN!!!
Marty: (Erupting in laughter) Is that really what you SAY?!
So, all my life I have been pronouncing the word when, like this: Wen.
Marty has been pronouncing it like this: Hwen.
We battled back and forth for a while and then came and looked it up on the internet. The pronounciation guide said, "Hwen, wen." So we are both ok, right? Then the conversation went something like this:
Em: Ya, but no one REALLY says it like that, only english teachers' kids say that.
Marty: My dad (the english teacher) would be appalled. Besides, you're from Spanish Fork, so you don't have a say in how to pronounce words.
Em: Hey! Did you miss the day in english class wen they taught silent letters?
Marty: Did you miss the day in english class hwen they taught english?
So please, just let one of us win. Hwat do you guys actually say?
Friday, August 15, 2008
Wednesday, August 13, 2008
It takes such concentration that she can't say it without doing whatever it is that she's doing with her fingers. It's so fun to be able to communicate with her rather than just guessing what she wants all the time. Well, actually, I still do a fair amount of that.
Wednesday, August 6, 2008
Today is the first day of the new school year for Marty (Highland High starts early, I know). There is a chance I might not be totally impartial, but I can't help but think that Marty is the best seminary teacher ever. :) Today all of the seminary classes are combining for an assembly, but tomorrow Marty gets to meet his new students. Good luck on your first week back, Marty! I love you!
Friday, August 1, 2008
And Justin and Helen, I know you guys are going to make fun of me for saying this, but I DID have a TRUE Alaska experience. I can't believe how much you guys spoiled us (especially Brynn), and I am so grateful to call you my fam!
These fireweed flowers grow wild in Alaska, so we picked some and Helen showed me how to make jelly out of them. It was SO delicious!
Cook-out with Reindeer Sausage!
You heard me, I ate a reindeer. Among our other AK delicacies were lots of lingonberry dishes, BISON burgers, the most delicious salmon I've ever had, yummy sushi...what am I forgetting, guys?
It was so good to spend time with my brother.
Although, sadly it's made me start missing him again. Which is unfortunate because, let's face it, he lives in ALASKA. Probably not going to see him more than a couple times a year, if that.
Apparently, I'm the only person on the planet who makes a mess when I eat roasted marshmallows. Thanks for making me so aware, guys. :)
Neither could we, and neither can anyone else about 80% of the time (it's usually hidden behind clouds). But we saw some beautiful scenery, unlike any I've ever seen before. We also saw a bunch of moose, including one baby moose that was so cute! PLUS we got rained on, which on happens to me a handful of times a year here in AZ, so I was happy.
Of course we didn't bring the baby in with us. We apologetically handed Brynn over for them to baby-sit yet again, but then realized they probably didn't mind so much when we found them literally dancing in the street later. Brynn is a lucky girl to have the aunts and uncles that she does.
I'm so proud of my big bro! He is an amazingly talented bass player and does quite a few gigs when he's not busy at the Musk ox farm, his ridiculously brainiac research job, and earning scholarships from the physics department at UAF. (SO sorry, Justin, couldn't help myself).
Brynn was his biggest fan. Here she is standing way too close to the speakers, but dancing really cute, so we let it fly. I think we'll win the good-parents-award for that one.
I thought I had said my goodbyes to my beloved hot cocoa 5 months ago. :) I think I like this town!
Can you say bizarre? For anyone who sentimentally thinks to themselves on Dec. 26th, "Gee, I wish Christmas was all year 'round," you may want to think twice about that. Every lamp post in the town is painted like a candy cane, every store is called something like, "Santa's RV park," they do their best to remind you that everything you mail here is mailed to "Santa's ZIP CODE!" BUT, I do have to say, I thoroughly enjoyed my one afternoon of Christmas in July at a place where they offer you hot cocoa the second you walk in the door (anyone that knows me well realizes what a dream come true that is for me).
FYI Justin, Helen, Katie, and Bennish: This date was so badly needed after all of the stress of the big townhome/new home MESS, it was so hard for me to hold the tears back when I saw all the work you had gone to for us. Thank you so much!
This Batman was the BEST Batman ever, hands down...infinity. Plus one. Super disturbing....but incredible. And I'm picky about Batman, having been a loyal fan since I was little.
11:00 PM....Still light
It's so hard to make yourself go to bed at midnight or 1:00am when you are still hanging out in broad daylight. And the fact that Katie and Bennish, our new friends in AK were so fun, didn't help matters either.
Beautiful Ballaine Lake
Brynn misses Uncle "Duh-Dih"
New Best Friend
realized what a sucker she was for being inside. It's just too darn hot here in Mesa to go outside much, so Brynn took advantage of every minute of the nice AK weather. The first thing she said when she woke up was, "Sigh? Sigh? Sigh? Sigh? Sigh? Sigh?" Which is Brynn for "side," meaning outside.