~My Reason For Our Blog~
"You will have significant experiences. I hope that you will write them down and keep record of them, that you will read them from time to time and refresh your memory of those meaningful and significant things. Some may be funny. Some may be significant only to you. Some of them may be sacred and quietly beautiful. Some may build one upon another until they represent a lifetime of special experiences." — Gordon B. Hinckley

Sunday, January 29, 2012

~Love More~

I am starting to really like our entryway. I found this great website were the lady had written "love more" on a board and hung it above her door. I did ours in vinyl, much easier. I love how it turned out. I put it above both doors, the last thing we see as we leave our home. It is nice to see it and remember the importance of love and doing it more. We all want to be loved, so why not give it in order to receive it? I added a few pictures and sayings to the wall in the entry way that add to the meaning of our family. My family is the greatest treasure I have.

Sunday Photo

What a great Sunday. Jolene brought up all the pet shop animals and houses so she wouldn't be alone and played with them off and on most of the afternoon. It has been along time since I have seen her play with them by herself. As the night grew on I started playing with the girls hair. They both have such beautiful hair and very different. We had fun trying out different braids. We love the waterfall french braid and the side fishtail messy bun.

Saturday, January 28, 2012

~Photo Shoot~

Do you ever have one of those days were you wish the day would never end? I had one today. We spent the morning together getting the house cleaned, them took off to go see the Falls. They are so beautiful in the winter partly frozen. While we were there we took lots of pictures of the girls hoping to find one for Jolene's birthday pictures. She dressed in her favorite sweatshirt and boots for her little photo shoot. We walked around the Falls getting some great pictures, enjoying the fresh air and each others company. We hiked a little behind the falls before it got to slippery, then headed back down and ended up going to lunch and laughed hard throughout the meal. There is never a dull moment when Ward starts to tease the girls. He had them laughing so hard Raychel had tears running down her cheeks. It was a perfect day!

This is the birthday picture

Raychel was determined to be in the picture

Such a little poser

I really love this man

more posing

Nice boots

~Family Outing~

A great day at the Falls

Thursday, January 26, 2012

~Funny Sad Face~

Raychel discovered this sad little pepperoni on dinner tonight.

~A Piggy Bath~

Yep, even the piggies need a bath once in a while. They don't care for them at first, but then they do pretty good. Pepper is the worst one, he usually squeals pretty loud in the beginning, but then he lays back and seems to enjoy it.

Pepper not so sure about what's about to happen.

Captain enjoying the bath


~One Of Those Months~

Have you ever had one of those days?  Well, I have had one of those months!  I struggle with migraines.  I know some people say it is just a headache, but until you have had a migraine or know someone really close to you who suffers from them it is hard to understand they are more then a headache.  I know my triggers.  I am very aware of what I eat, drink, the hours I sleep and the need to exercise to help with stress.  But no matter how careful I live my life, the migraines still come.  This month I have had more days with them then without.  I take my medicine faithfully, to try to avoid this. I get up, get as much done as I can before they hit.  When they hit I go into auto pilot to get me through the rest of my day.  If I am lucky I might get a little nap in to help me make it.  I can't just stop.  I have two beautiful active girls who need me.  I have student council, choir, 3 nights of ballet, gymnastic, Young Women's and activity days to get my girls to, and don't forget homework, play dates, date nights, family time, dinners, laundry, ironing, cleaning, and preparing lessons for my super cool primary kids.  Life goes on whether I feel good or not.  I was looking over some of my favorite blogs when I came across this amazing quote by Elder Holland.  It made me realize I have a loving Heavenly Father who knows me, He loves me, He knows what I am going through, He knows my struggles and when I feel I can't go on another day He lifts me up and I make it another day.  There is happiness in the end, good things will come,  I just need to take one day at a time.

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Sunday Photo

Our new favorite family game!

We love this game, even if none of us girls can beat Ward,

but we are having fun trying!

It has been a fun way to spend our Sunday evening.