Mallory's nursery did the cutest thing today. Their teacher sister Stoffer's (who is amazing!) had costumes for the kids and they all dressed up and did the nativity for the primary kids. It was really cute!!
Mallory LOVES her dolls! She walks around all day saying "wrap baby" (wanting me to wrap her baby in a blanket)..."shhh, baby's sleeping", "hug baby"....
She rocks her baby on the rocking chair for like 15 minutes at a time just singing(babbling) to her. She puts her on the piano bench and plays her baby music. Her dolls have assigned blankets and names...it's really cute. I love having a daughter. Mallory will make a very good mother someday...she is very kind, loving, patient, and nurturing. I could learn from her:)
I read this on a friends blog and thought it was good...it's a letter written by financial guru Dave Ramsey...
I subscribe to a couple of online newsletters. One of them is from Dave Ramsey. He is a voice of reason in the very materialistic world we live in. He puts things into perspective and helps me exercise financial control. When I am tempted to buy something I don't "need," I think WWDRD? (What would Dave Ramsey do?)
I am including a letter he wrote in his December newsletter. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!
"No matter what your budget is this Christmas, remember to be thankful. Take a deep breath in the middle of all this craziness.
You might have a lot. You might have a little. If you are driving a beater, be thankful for that beater. You would rather drive that than walk, wouldn't you? There is always something to be thankful for.
That's what contentment is all about. When you understand and really grasp contentment, it becomes easier to save money and invest. Stress slowly disappears. Budgeting is easier. Relationships improve.
Be happy with what you have. More than three billion people, almost half the world, live on $2.50 a day. Sometimes we need a little perspective to become content with our current situation.
Without contentment, it's easy to be bitter and apathetic. Happiness is sold to us, especially during this time of year. We think if we can just get one more piece of stuff that "true" happiness will be right around the corner.
We say things like, "I'll be happy when I get that house!" or "I'll be happy when I get that new car!" But happiness cannot be bought. Sure fun—in the form of a house, a car, a new LCD television—can be bought, but fun is temporary. True happiness, or contentment, is lasting.
You can get out of debt, save money, and get on a budget, but until you realize that stuff doesn’t bring contentment, you will always feel stressed and unhappy. Contentment brings peace. And isn’t this time of year about bringing "peace on earth and good will toward men"?
Remember what this deal is all about. It's not about trees, lights, gifts, baked hams, and shopping malls. It’s about a little child who was born in a manger and grew up to die on a cross. It’s about peace on earth and good will toward men.
So if the Christmas frenzy is wearing you out, you've missed the point of Christmas. Make a plan with your money, and make a plan to get back in touch with the true meaning of this special day."
How's this for negotiations? Last night Tanner didn't want to take a bath (strange cuz usually he does). I told him too bad, so sad...that he would indeed have to take a bath. While I was bathing Logan, this note that Tanner had written me appeared under the bathroom door. In case you can't read it, it says, "Dear Mom, If you would let me go to sleep I would be happy to wake up happy, and if you would let me not go in the bath tub I would be happy to go to bed".....basically he was trying to negotiate not having to take a bath by saying he would go to bed right then and wake up happy:)...nice try...it didn't work:)
I saw this on my sister's blog and really liked it
If you see injustice, STAND UP If something needs to be said, SPEAK UP If you make an appointment, SHOW UP If you make a mistake, FESS UP If you’re overstepping, BACK UP If you get behind, CATCH UP If they knock you down, GET UP If you’re out of line, STRAIGHTEN UP When your boss instructs, KEEP UP When your elders speak, LISTEN UP When your teachers teach, SIT UP When your preachers preach, WAKE UP When your country calls, MAN UP Ladies too... WOMAN UP When the fight is over, MAKE UP If you’re being hard, EASE UP If your heart is closed, OPEN UP If you want to buy something, SAVE UP-- If you make a mess, CLEAN IT UP If you drop trash, PICK IT UP If a car is waiting for you to walk across the street, SPEED IT UP If you’re cold busted, GIVE IT UP If people fall down, HELP THEM UP-- If people start fighting, BREAK IT UP If the music is wholesome, TURN IT UP If the message is poisonous, THROW IT UP If your words are vulgar, CLAM IT UP If your words encourage, KEEP IT UP If your pants are baggy, PULL THEM UP If the belt’s too loose, CINCH IT UP If you’re dressed half naked, COVER IT UP If you can’t afford stuff, PASS IT UP-- If you made a promise, you BACK IT UP And you can take your whining and PACK IT UP It’s called personal responsibility, so TAKE IT UP When life gets boring, you SHAKE IT UP When life is good, you SOAK IT UP When life’s unfair, you SUCK IT UP When life is funny, you can YUCK IT UP When life is sad, just LOOK STRAIGHT UP
Here is a video of Tanner sharing his testimony during Family Home Evening tonight. It was his turn to bear his testimony in Primary this last Sunday and he wanted to have it written out so he could do it all by himself without help. Scott and I were so proud of him as he confidently went to the podium and read his testimony. He looked so cute in his white shirt and tie reading his testimony...so we wanted to have him do it on video during FHE tonight. Sorry, it's a bit of a dark video...I should have turned on more lights:) Julie
Logan and Tanner have had the last two days off of school for parent-teacher conferences...so I wanted to do some fun things for them for their days off. Yesterday we went to the mall and saw Santa and played at the mall playland, went out to lunch, got Christmas pictures, etc. Today we headed to the MSU campus in Lansing to visit the MSU museum of natural history. We'd never been there before and we really enjoyed it. Here are some pics from our days adventure.
I'm taking a vote....which picture is worse?...the one with the screaming two-year olds on Santa's lap....or the one where only 1 out of 4 kids are smiling??? Tried twice yesterday to get a cute Christmas picture of the kids....and as you can see...that was not successful!! Oh well, at least they had fun playing at the mall playland afterwards:)
I was recently asked by Polly Mallory, a lady in my ward, to join the Women's Resource Center Board of Directors. At first, I wasn't quite sure what I was agreeing to, but decided to go ahead and commit to be on the board, and I am really glad I did. The Women's Resource Center is a wonderful non-profit organization in the county that offers many types of counseling services (individual, career, couples, financial, pregnancy, legal, eating disorders, etc.), support groups, workshops and classes, resources and referrals, career boutique for women to get free professional clothing, cinderella's closet (for teenage girls to get free or low-cost dresses for prom and homecoming), lending library, etc. It's just a wonderful resource for women and families in the county. So, part of being on the board of directors is planning fundraisers, publicity and advertising, making decisions, etc. I am really enjoying this opportunity. I feel like I am able to use some professional skills that often go by the wayside as a stay-at-home-mom:) and I also feel like I am volunteering and helping contribute to society. When I went to BYU...the tag line on the signs said..."Enter to Learn, Go Forth to Serve". I feel like I am serving:)
So, I am the "Social Media" person on the board of directors (a.k.a. website, blog, facebook, twitter, etc.)...which is a big part of the advertising/publicity aspect. I just started a blog for the WRC. Please go visit it... www.wrc-livingston.blogspot.com and visit the website at www.wrc-livingston.org Please follow the blog and add it to your google reader. I'm trying to start getting publicity through my own blog and facebook...so please help me out!!:)
We have an upcoming event that you are all invited to. It's called the "Fantasy of Trees". It is Friday, November 27th...the day after Thanksgiving from 10-10 at 108 W. Grand River in downtown Howell. You can come in and buy decorated Christmas trees, wreaths, centerpieces, baked goods, candy, hot chocolate, and other things for the holidays. All proceeds go to the Women's Resource Center. The Fantasy of Lights Parade is that night...so if you and your family are there at the parade, please stop in!...I'll be working the bake sale from 4-6:) If any of you are interested in volunteering or helping out with this event...even just working as a greeter, let me know!
Lastly, the Board of Directors is looking to recruit a few more board members. If any of you in the area might be interested in serving a non-profit organization, consider joining the Board of Directors for the Women's Resource Center. It is a great volunteer opportunity!!
Last night I had a mini-reunion with some of my former teacher friends and grad school buddies:) I used to teach in Hartland with Theresia and Lisa and the three of us went to grad school at Marygrove College to get our Master's. We made some really great friends there! There were 35 of us that were a "cohort" and we took all the Masters classes together. Because we were together for every class, we became VERY close. We spent every weekend together, stayed overnight, studied together, stayed up late talking about everything under the sun. It was just a magical connection between many of us that you don't find too often...we all just clicked. So....I stopped teaching 5 years ago, and although we've sent Christmas cards, and are friends on facebook, we haven't gotten together too much. So last night a few of us met up...and it was so fun...like we never left each other. I've missed these girls.
Last Friday we took a Field Trip to the Michigan Historical Museum and the State Capitol. The boys didn't have school, so it was a perfect opportunity to take them. We had gone this summer, but part of the museum was closed because of renovating, so we went back to see the part we missed. It's a great museum that walks you through time from the Native American's to present day. We toured the state Capitol too, which is such a beautiful building. We went with our friends the Cheney's and the Aeschliman's...we always have fun with them!:) Here are a few pictures of the day...
Ok, you've all heard of "Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants" right?....Well, my friend Angie and I have the "Sisterhood of the Traveling gift bag":) It all started before Tanner and Logan were born. Angie helped throw me a baby shower and had given me a gift in this bag with three angel babies on it. I saved the bag like I always do. Well, a little later Angie adopted her second child...her son Max. I was looking for a gift bag to give her an engraved photo album for his adoption and came across the bag she had given me. I kind of thought to myself that the three babies on it looked like Tanner, Logan, and Max...they even had the right skin tone....so I wrote their names on it and wrote "Our Angel Babies" on it...and gave her the gift bag back. Then it started to become like this little tradition...when one of our kids had a birthday, we'd use the bag to put the gift in and pass it back and forth...then Mallory and Preston were born...I got the bag back...and added their picture, India's picture....then Sidney was adopted...so he was added to the bag and it was given back at his adoption......then today I got the bag back at Mallory and Preston's birthday party...and so it continues:) It may be a silly little thing...but everytime I see that bag, it makes me smile:)...because whenever we exchange that bag, it's because of a new addition to one of our families, a birth, an adoption....or a birthday or milestone. Angie and I have been friends now for a LONG time...and it's so fun to watch each of our families grow...we now have 7 kids between us. Quite a few years ago, we both wanted kids and it was a challenge for both of us to get these sweet spirits to come to our homes...so it's fulfilling to see each of our families full now:) So anyways, kind of funny to be sentimental about a giftbag...but every time I see it...I truly do smile inside at what it symbolizes:)
Today Mallory and Preston celebrated their second birthday with a party at McDonalds with some of their friends! Below are some pictures from the party today....and a few are of this evening...we sang to them again, and had cake and opened all the presents from their party today (we ran out of time earlier).... Tomorrow we plan to go to Chuck-e-Cheese for a family party for them:) Happy Birthday Mallory and Preston!...I can't believe it's already been two years!
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"You likewise will have significant experiences. I hope that you will write them down and keep a record of them, that you will read them from time to time and refresh your memory of these meaningful and significant things. Some of them may be funny. Some may be of significance 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 experience." Gordon B. Hinckley was president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints when this devotional address was delivered on 31 October 2006.
Train up a child in the way he should go...
...and he will not depart from it.
Mallory and Preston's Blessing Day
Babies at 3 weeks old
Tanner loves animals, trucks, dinosaurs, chocolate, the color blue, dogs, pretending he's a firefighter, helping daddy mow the lawn, and hugs!
Our Little Stud Muffin!
Logan loves reading books, telling stories, helping mom clean, the color green, healthy foods, playing at the park, writing words, drawing, and hugs!
Logan and Tanner
Our Sweet Mallory!
Mallory is calm and happy with a peaceful disposition. She is cuddly and precious and doted on by her parents and brothers
Preston is all smiles and is such a joy! He is laid back and lights up at the smallest thing. He is independent and full of energy and loves his mama!
Preston and Mallory
"Twins are a gift from heaven above...two by two they come wrapped with love"
Mother and Daughter...pure joy
Mallory is the daughter I prayed for and always wanted...I am so grateful to share my life with her as my daughter