Thursday, April 24, 2008

One Wicked Birthday!

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For my birthday this year, I went with my family to New York City.  My wonderful hubby stayed home with my babies so I could go have fun!  My mom got us a hotel right in Times Square and our room looked out over the street.  It was very 'swanky.'  Normally, we aren't very excited to have a Street View, but this time- it couldn't have been better.  I love to people watch.  I would just look out the window and couldn't believe the amount of people, cars and shopping.

The first night we went to see Wicked on Broadway.  WOW!  It was amazing!  The cast was wonderful and their voices were perfect.  I would love to be able to sing like that. 

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The next day, we explored the city.  We were so lucky to have such beautiful weather.  We actually got hot and a little sunburned.  We walked through Central Park and it was beautiful.  We ate brunch at Tavern on The Green- mmmmmm!  We went to the Temple, Ground Zero, saw the Statue of Liberty, and Wall Street.

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We ate lots of yummy food, and of course I spent way too much money shopping.  It was fun to finally see Canal Street.  I couldn't stop laughing at all the freaky guys that kept coming up to us saying, "Rolex, Rolex!  or Versacci, Gucci!"  It was so funny!  They just whisper it in your ear as you walk by as if it is so secretive.  We followed a few of them into there secret rooms- one of them down in the subway and they really did lock the doors behind us.  It was so weird- but I loved experiencing it. I just kept saying, "I can't believe I am really in New York City!" 

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I gave Derek a little make-over the night we went to see Legally Blonde!  What a cute brother I have!  He definitely attracted some "fun" people though with his Tye-Dye peace shirt on!

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Nothing could have been better than coming home to my little family.  It was great getting away, but the smiles my kiddos had on their faces when I got home was priceless! 

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Tuesday, April 8, 2008

I'm a Prophet?

We had a wonderful weekend listening to General Conference.
It is always so nice to be so spiritually fed right in the comfort of home. I can't say it was peaceful and quiet the entire time and that I was able to hear everything that was said, but I did get a lot of encouragement to be better and my testimony was strengthened. On Saturday afternoon, Mckay was sitting on my lap for a brief moment while we were watching Elder Walker speak. He was talking about the importance of having three members of a presidency. He told how his grandparents always had a picture of the First Presidency in the entry way of their home, and that he always knew that " this home, we will serve the Lord." He mentioned the Prophet at that time was David O. Mckay. Mckay happened to be listening and said "Mom, am I a Prophet?" I helped him understand that he was named after a very special Prophet and that maybe one day he would be a Prophet. It was a special moment when he understood a little bit about the importance of his name. I am grateful for these special learning moments.

I loved Elder Bednar's talk on prayer and the importance of sincere prayer. Prayer is our sacred opportunity to hear the will of our Father for us. I think it was Sister Tanner who talked about the divine role of mothers. Mother's are given the natural ability to be nurturers and care for their children. I am grateful to be a mother and the opportunity I have to be home with my children. I know that I will look back in 15 years and wonder how time flew by so fast. I am going to work on being a better nurturer, teacher, and enjoy the time I have with my children.

Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Happy Anniversary!

Today marks nine years for Nate and I! Look how much we have changed- holy big blonde hair I had- and look at the amount of hair you had!! It is hard to believe that nine years ago today, he picked me up in his green Jeep and drove us down to the Temple to get married. It was such a fun day and I always say I wish we could do it again- together! What a wonderful nine years we have had together and have learned so much about life and each other! I love you babe and I'm thankful to be married to my best friend.


Happy Birthday Lindsey Leaky!

Happy Happy Birthday Lindsey! How fun that we always share in celebrating such fun things today. Thanks for letting us wed on your 16th birthday! Whoa- that really was not very nice of me! I am so excited we get to see you today. It has been a few years since you have been home on your b-day.
I am so grateful to have a little sister that is one of my best friends. I am glad we made it through all of the clothes sharing/fighting and naked sock fights. I am thankful to know I have someone to call whenever I need to talk and now I won't have to calculate the 8 or 9 hour time difference. Thanks for being my sounding board when I am freaking out about something I shouldn't- (usually Friday afternoons) and always being a great fashion consultant. I love you and can't wait to meet your little baby girl! I hope you have a fabulous flight home- and that your calming meds help somewhat.