Tuesday, March 29, 2011

The Good Life

Today I am so thankful. There are so many things in life to be happy about. We are starting to get settled into our new house. There are less boxes every day, and it is slowly (slowly) turning into a home. Spring is coming. Conference is this weekend. Life is just good today. Here are some things I am grateful for right now:

Water aerobics!!! It is so nice to have an aquatic center within reasonable driving distance. I loved the low impact, awesome workout when I was carrying the Bug, and I'm so excited to have that option now for my last trimester.

My last trimester! Today marks 28 weeks, which, I think puts me officially in the third trimester. I feel great. Another thing to be thankful for.

Proximity. I know I've complained and boo-hood about living in the city, but as I drove down the street tonight I realized how convenient it will be to have access to so many things. Not that we ever eat out, but having 40 dining options within ten minutes compared to two, that's nice. Being closer to a temple--also nice. And nicest of all, we are a lot closer to a lot of family.

Nice people. Someone from our new ward called today to invite the Bug and I to a little kid's museum tomorrow morning. Maybe I will get to know some people after all! We also really like our landlords who live above us.

Little moments when you (I) realize that life really is good.

The Bug for keeping me on my toes.

The Mr. for keeping me positive. Calling our new apartment our 'palace' has been a gentle reminder.

The things I usually take for granted--warmth, shelter, clean water. Prayers to those in Japan.

The Gospel.

Be grateful!


Wednesday, March 23, 2011


Today's post is brought to you in part by: The Bug

The Bug is thankful for:

New friends that like to visit all hours of the day

Extra time with Daddy

Horses, wagons, scooters, and "outside"

The Momma is grateful for:

Lots of empty boxes

Having gone without a dishwasher the past four years (it makes it easier to deal with the fact that we don't have one now.)

Helping hands. Thank you thank you thank you to those who helped (and offered to help) watch the Bug, clean, and provide storage for our furniture that didn't fit down the stairs.
An extra hour every morning and every evening with my Mr. SO nice!

Being in good shape. Moving=lots of time on your feet!

A Bug who seems to be adjusting well to such a big change.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

The Bug

I just feel the need to say how grateful I am to be the mother of my little Bug. I am crazy about him, and we have so much fun together. He has the sweetest, most entertaining personality. I love how he says thanks when you do ANYTHING for him. Sometimes he gets so carried away he even thanks himself.

Every day when the Mr. comes home I try to remember all the cute things he's done, but there's no way to recreate those moments. A camera doesn't capture it, and I struggle to put it into words in my journal. I always want to remember how he is right this second. I want to be able to look back on it and cherish this time, because he is growing up so fast.

Motherhood is becoming so much more rewarding as I get to experience life through his eyes. I am so grateful to be able to do so--that I get to be the one reading him books and taking him on walks and making lunch and playing the "tar" (guitar). I am grateful to the Mr. for supporting me in my role as a mom, and for working so hard so that I can stay home and we can live a comfortable life.

I know that nothing can replace the time the Bug and I are spending together. He is a special little boy, and while I don't want him to grow up too fast, I am excited to see the man he grows up to be.


Wednesday, March 9, 2011

I am Grateful

I am Grateful

-Benefits. I am so glad that The Mr.'s work is paying for movers! What a blessing.

-A sense of humor, and a quirky little kid that demands it.

Cooling off Daddy's muffins. Isaac decided to make sure they weren't poisoned. Nope, they're safe. All of them.

-People who inspire me. Meekness, charity, and humility are traits that I greatly admire. And seriously lack.

-A healthy pregnancy.

-Guardian angels. Every once in awhile I realize how many things could go horribly wrong in my life, and don't.

-Kizzy finding a good home. It breaks my heart when the Bug asks where she is, and then says "Tiddy. Don." (Kizzy, gone), but I'm also grateful that he's not old enough to really get it yet.

Just before saying goodbye

-Continual learning & progression.

Happy Thursday!


Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Going out the way I came

The most beautiful Valentine roses I have ever seen. Thanks, Love.

It seems we are creating a trend in our family. Moving the second half of a pregnancy just seems to be what we do. I wonder where we'll go next. When I announce that baby #3 is on the way, just start placing your bets. It actually works out quite well with the whole nesting instinct, really. It's a good time to reorganize and de-junk.

We've been very blessed both times. Our first move was from a tiny apartment, so we didn't have much to move. We were surrounded by very willing family members who moved us out and in (and had us mostly unpacked) in a day. This time The Mr.'s work is graciously paying for the move. I don't think I will realize what a blessing that will be until the next time we have to do it on our own. We have accumulated quite a houseful of goods.

I am finally able to be excited about this move. It will be an adventure. Living in a basement apartment seems like a step backwards, but we feel so good about it. There are drawbacks, like most situations, but the blessings far outweigh them. So right now I am grateful for those blessings:

-The money saved and chipping away at our mortgage because of this move
-The 2+ hours a day we get to spend time with the Mr. when he would have been driving
-The peaceful feeling that comes from finally having decisions made, and feeling that they are good
-A pool within a 10 minute drive so I can do water aerobics during my third trimester!
-The things that never change, regardless of where we live: family, the Gospel, good health
-Opportunities for new friends and new adventures

Payson has been so good to us. We will miss it when we leave; the friends we have made, our home, all the fun times, and the comfort and happiness we have felt here. Still, we look forward to this new chapter in our lives.