Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Head Banging

Today Lily and I drove up to Sandy to have lunch with Daddy.  I always love doing that, it's always so much fun.

We went to one of our favorite places; Zupas.  There was a couple at the table next to us, and Lily was staring at them.  The gentleman smiled at her, and she smiled back and started dancing (which at this point looks more like a head bang).  The guy laughed and started doing the same thing.  It was really cute.

After a few minutes the gentlemen looked at me and said simply, "She's awesome!"

I know she's awesome. :-)   But it's nice to hear from strangers.

Monday, December 17, 2012


When I update my blog but none of my blog friends update theirs for days, weeks or months, I feel lonely. I feel like I'm in a cement room, all by myself, talking to myself, about myself, for myself.

Echo.... echo... echo.

Friday, December 14, 2012


When I was 10 years old, my little sister Elise, who was 4, had a strange encounter with a stranger.  The stranger told her that if she went into the bushes and showed him her bum she could have whatever she wanted.

Scary, huh?

Elise, being smart, said she needed to go home and ask her mom first.  So she did.  My mom freaked out, as any reasonable mother would.  Then we spent weeks trying to figure out who the stranger was, if he lived around here, and if he would be harming children in the area.

Turns out he was a teenage cousin of someone who lived in the area, and he was just a weirdo. He didn't really mean harm, he was just being stupid. Either way, we never saw nor heard from him again.

One thing I really remember about experience was that I was terrified.  Before we found out who it was, I remember telling Eric that I wasn't ever going to go outside ever again.

Eric told me I was being stupid.  He didn't use those words, but that's what he was saying.  He then went on to explain to me that Heavenly Father has a plan for everyone, and sometimes that plan includes terrible things.  He said if it was in my plan for me to be molested by a stranger, that even if I stayed in the house for the rest of my life, it would happen.

Kind of graphic and horrible for a 12 year old to tell a 10 year old, but I knew what he was saying.  We can't live in fear of what might happen. We need to be brave, strong, trust in the Lord and follow the Spirit.

The world is getting more wicked as time goes on. It's been foretold.  I'm not surprised. I am absolutely disgusted, but I'm not surprised.  Living in fear isn't going to help the situation.  I need to strengthen my testimony, and follow the promptings of the Holy Ghost and in doing so I'll always be right where I am meant to be.

I can't imagine the pain that the victims in Connecticut are going through, but I pray that they will find peace and know that their angels are now freed from the evils that surround us.  They will be reunited again, sooner than they might think.

Thursday, December 13, 2012

North Carolina!

I'm going to see my family!!!!!

For a few days there, I thought we weren't going to make it happen.  Flight prices were nearing $700, per person.

Seriously?  How rude.

I found a loophole.  We're flying into Greensboro (instead of Raleigh), and when we return we'll be flying out of Raleigh.  Greensboro is about 1.5 hours from Raleigh.  But 1.5 hours of driving is very much worth the money we saved by doing it this way.

And now I get to stress, worry, plan, and prepare to fly with a 9 month old baby who gets bored easily and can only sleep in her crib, on her tummy, in complete silence and isolation.

You do not envy me, I know.

Anyway, once the bad part (aka, the four-hour flight from Salt Lake to Chicago) is over, I get to relax and have fun with the ones I love the most!

Here's what I wanna do!

Les Misérables Movie Poster

I want to see Les Mis! I hate the casting, but I must see this movie, and I must see it with my father.  No exceptions.

I want to go to the beach!

I want to eat sushi!  I love sushi. I imagine I'll love it more in a state that isn't landlocked.

That's all I can think of now.  I better go to bed.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012


I'm just like my daddy...
Daddy makes the same face when he sees himself in the mirror.

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Pretty Girl

Since I can now blog from my phone, I have no excuse for having photo free entries.
She likes to take handfuls of food and shove as much as she can in her mouth

Daddy left a bag of chocolate covered pomegranate on the floor and Lily found it.  She had a chocolate party!
My girls in their Christmas dresses. :-)

She used to never snuggle like this, but now she does every day. Mostly when she's tired.  It melts my heart.
She loves bath time!  And I love giving her moe hawks.

She likes to stand up using the bottom stair, then she squeals and waves her arm around in the air - "MOM! Look at me!"