who knocked it over?

innocent until....
proven guilty!
i don't know how she does it.

steals my heart that is. even after a nearly sleepless night, she grins and laughs as i walk into the room and then rolls around like a madwoman until she somehow gets her play thing knocked over. she was so satisified. and i loved it.

ps. i REALLY love 'west side story' and would really love to go and see it on BROADWAY. it looks FABULOUS.


this is how we rollll

we have a rolling pro in our household these days. she is so funny about it though- she loves to see the world around her in a new way, but she gets mad and won't roll back. she just kicks her legs all lazy like and gets a happy giddy face. and she's getting a lovely head of hair- a mullet, a tuft of hair in the front, and a few long random hairs all over. we still aren't sure what color it will be. its dark in the back and blonde on top. we'll see.


happy sabbath

i've had a lot of thoughts going through my head today.... here's the run down. feel free to NOT read this if you don't want to!

i would totally love to go to florida and sell this summer. really though, i'm excited to be staying here, and staying in our ward. it'll be the first time that i have stayed in one ward for longer than 4-8 months in a few years, and i feel like during the last couple of summers something was really lacking in the wards we were in. they were always really welcoming and it was awesome to meet new people, but church just always seemed to be an after thought most of the time. even with a calling in primary with the kids last summer, it just seemed that it was a hassle and not something to look forward to. i am feeling like we are finally settling in, even though we have been here for a while. i felt like i was holding my breath because we were never sure how long we would be somewhere, and today i felt like i could take a breath. people recognize us (not everyone by any means, but some do!) i feel like i can chat with people and talk rather than just introduce myself at every turn. it just feels nice.

also at church, sacrament meeting was especially good today. it may have just been that we finally were able to get ourselves up early enough to get to church well before it started, and actually got a seat in the front half. the music was espcially good- i just LOVE church hymns, and found myself close to tears a couple of times out of love and gratitude for my Savior. the words in these two hymns got to me- especially these from 'how firm a foundation'

2. In ev’ry condition—in sickness, in health,
In poverty’s vale or abounding in wealth,
At home or abroad, on the land or the sea—
As thy days may demand, as thy days may demand,
As thy days may demand, so thy succor shall be.

3. Fear not, I am with thee; oh, be not dismayed,
For I am thy God and will still give thee aid.
I’ll strengthen thee, help thee, and cause thee to stand,
Upheld by my righteous, upheld by my righteous,
Upheld by my righteous, omnipotent hand.

4. When through the deep waters I call thee to go,
The rivers of sorrow shall not thee o’erflow,
For I will be with thee, thy troubles to bless,
And sanctify to thee, and sanctify to thee,
And sanctify to thee thy deepest distress.

and also the hymn 'as now we take the sacrament'
1. As now we take the sacrament,Our thoughts are turned to thee,
Thou Son of God, who lived for us,Then died on Calvary.
We contemplate thy lasting grace,Thy boundless charity;
To us the gift of life was giv’n For all eternity.

2. As now our minds review the past,We know we must repent;
The way to thee is righteousness—The way thy life was spent.
Forgiveness is a gift from theeWe seek with pure intent.
With hands now pledged to do thy work,We take the sacrament.

3. As now we praise thy name with song,The blessings of this day
Will linger in our thankful hearts,And silently we pray
For courage to accept thy will,To listen and obey.
We love thee, Lord; our hearts are full.We’ll walk thy chosen way.

lately we all keep on hearing about 'these tough economic times.' i don't particularly like that phrase, because it strikes fear and panic. things are always going to be tough, but we just need to have faith that we can get through it.

okay thats what was going through my head. that and some other stuff. good night.


happy little surprise

i have always LOVED the children's books by eric carle. claire's room is all decked out with stuff from the book 'the very hungry caterpillar'. and i love it. seeing this made me happy.


i'm in loooove with a guuuurl

this one in fact. i love watching her discovering new things everyday! she finally got interested in rolling over again, but still wants to walk and talk so badly. the funniest thing that she discovered last week has been her toes. she is always grabbing them and playing with her feet. so cute! and she loves her bath more than ever- she splashes so hard the water comes out, and she giggles and laughs the whole time. she also loves looking at herself in the mirror and smiles all big. shes got her daddy wrapped around her little finger and while i'm getting frustrated that she has decided that she wants to wake up at five and be up for the day, shes got me hooked too. she is so happy when she wakes up and just coos away and it melts my heart. its cute enough that sometimes i don't mind rocking her back to sleep for an hour, because i know i will never get these precious moments back. i just hope that she forgives me one day while i'm learning all this mommy stuff. its too bad that such a precious little one has to deal with my learning curve. i'll figure it out one day, right?

the view these days


our little sports fan

we finally did something other than dinner and a movie last night! okay so we still got dinner, and we watched australia (so long but AMAZING) but we went to the BYU vs Utah baseball game and it was really fun! tickets were only 25 cents so naturally it was way crowded but we actually got great seats. it was a high scoring game, and we were there for what seemed forever but had to leave early so claire could go to bed. but she was soooo into the game it was cracking us up the whole time. she just sat in my lap all bundled up and watched the whole time totally intrigued by what was going on. she may not look happy in this picture but thats because i had turned her away from the game.

now this picture cracks me up. i totally forgot i put her pants on her head one night and took all these pictures. i think i was sick that night. but this one is hilarious to me. my little drama queen already!
and i am only half as cool as my sister, which i am totally okay with. shes a pretty cool person, and to be half as cool as her is still pretty sweet if you ask me.


first five

thanks heather for this!

first five people to comment win a homemade gift. from me.

now, i know that i am not a crafty genius. in fact crafts was my least favorite part of girls camp.

BUT it will be something.

it will be done withing a year. it is just for you. it will be handmade. and you WILL like it. (actually i don't know if you will.)

now, last rule, you must do the same on your blog! i'll be checking! ready, set, go.

how do you mean?

how in the world was i EVER allowed to mother a child?

run down of the morning-
i needed to take a shower, so i wrapped claire up and told her if she screamed i wouldn't be able to hear her, so don't bother. when i got out she was asleep, i don't know if she cried or not.
i have to drink water constantly. i take my waterbottle with me everywhere. i left it at home.
i forgot to charge my phone, so five minutes before i needed to leave i put it on the charger, and then left it there.
i get claire ready, we leave, i get to school, drop my keys in the stroller, and left them there for joe to take home.

which means- me at school, no phone, no keys, but a car, and I AM SO TIRED. i had an assignment due in an hour, i was starving, and i didn't know how in the world i was getting home.

THEN. i'm in class, i get a tap on the sholder, and there is JOE in all his hunky glory with my keys, my cell phone, and a kiss.

we joke about it all the time, but i don't know how i would ever get around with out him.


Claire Laughing

This is so addicting to hear her laugh we are always trying to think of new ways to gether to do it. This is the latest way that joe was able to get her to laugh...

*just to clarify*

the previous post contains an embarassing photo of myself. i was moments away from jumping out of an airplane and was scared silly. this happened two months before we got married, in july of '07. it was one of the stupidest, funnest, scariest four minutes of my life, and it will never happen again. the ONLY reason i did it was because i got tricked into it- we were in DC selling and the company had an incentive, and paid for everyone to go sky diving. seriously so incredibly scary, i really almost didn't go. i'm glad i did, but i would never pay to do that. maybe i'll post the video of us later.... someone must convince me that i should first. because apparently the video of president uchtdorf with claire and myself in it wasn't cool enough.

*i was going to post a video of claire laughing, as proof to the world, and to those who don't believe me. however, youtube is being, um, dumb. i'll try again later. *


Katie my Love!!!! HAPPY 21st BIRTHDAY!!!!

so i think i've only ever done one blog on here, but today is a special day. katie is 21!!!! she can officially go with me if i even want to eat a restaurant that serves beer... not that i ever would... but it could happen. I just wanted to say a few words about how wonderful katie is... she is so unbelievably patient with me and my never ending stupid things that i do. she is an amazing mother and i love to watch her laugh and interact with claire. i am for ever in debt to her for carrying and giving birth to our claire. she is always taking care of me and cleaning up after me. she teaches me so much and definitely makes me a better person. i love her so much and i'm so grateful that we have all of eternity together. she is definitely worthy of the title Queen. she is my queen and my eternal soul mate. i grow to love her more and more each day.'re the best!!!!!!


good things for youtube

so february is over, and i don't know if i'll be posting as often.... on that note everyone needs to check out this awesome series that has been posted on youtube. type in 'mormon messages' and a bunch of videos will come up. these videos were recently done, and a guy in our ward had a huge part in it. these are on there in an effort to get some good things on youtube, so spread the word! i know a lot of people don't like to watch videos on people's blogs, but these really are worth your time! they aren't very long, and i think they will really have a positive effect. we helped a bit for one of them.... see if you recognize someone in this video!

this happens to be my favorite...