Saturday, November 21, 2009

Tough Times

I'm glad the holidays are finally coming to distract me from other things! A lot has happened last month- I talked a little bit about what Ian was going through, but didn't even mention anything I've been going through.

October is a rough month for me. My father would have celebrated his 56th birthday on the 30th. And the 15th marked the 10 year anniversary of my mother's death. I still can't believe it's been 10 years, and yet at the same time I barely remember that time of my life and think- really, it's only been 10 years? It seemed like a lifetime ago. I've been thinking a lot about them lately- especially when I'm dealing with Serra. I have a whole new gratitude in my heart for what my parents did for me and am amazed at how much patience they had with me- because, let's be honest, I was probably their "tough" one.

I wonder what it would have been like to watch them play with Serra- to have them here for those kinds of moments. But at the same time sometimes I think that it's easier for me to think of the distant future because I have a very clear goal in mind. Not only do I want to guarantee my place in the Celestial Kingdom, but I have two parents who have already passed through the veil that I need to work towards being with again. It puts a whole new perspective on why I need to endure to the end. I don't think I would ever choose to have them leave so early, but since they have it kind of gives it a little bit of a silver lining to think that way.

I love my parents very much and hope they are still proud of me- I try to think when I'm making choices not only about what would Jesus want me to do, but what would my parents have me do- what would they have done- what would they tell me to do if they were here. In a lot of ways I feel like they are still guiding me in my life, just in a different way from most people. I have felt their presence a lot when I needed it most and I'm thankful that I've been able to have those opportunities.

I've also been thinking about them a lot again because of another big change that has happened in my life. Ian and I have found out that I'm pregnant! We're very excited to welcome this addition to our family. As of right now my due date is in June, but that may change at my next doctor's appointment- we'll keep everyone updated. I was hoping to keep it hidden for a while longer, but I've already started showing- and anyone who knew I was trying to lose weight would question the sudden change in my belly! So, it's announced earlier than I might have liked, but that's okay- it's fun to get the congratulations from everyone.

Speaking of the holidays, I guess I'll spill the beans on what we're doing for that. Thanksgiving we've decided to drive down to Utah and stay with Paige. But we'll be going out to eat for the big meal [it's cheaper and that way we can get all the food choices we want without buying it, making it, and cleaning up after it!] We'll be doing our Black Friday shopping in the Orem area and probably coming back home that Saturday.

Christmas will be here in Idaho with Ian's brother and sister-in-law and possibly a friend of Ian's from high school and her little boy. It should be a fun group and we look forward to having company- even if we'll be a little cramped in our townhouse. I hope each of you have some happy holidays! We'll be sure to post pictures and stories of our fun- hopefully each of you do too!

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Housewife Day

Today is housewife day and I thought what better day for me to post pictures of my new house! So here is the townhouse we are currently living in temporarily while we wait to put our house in Lehi back on the market.

The front room- with Ian's new leather recliner.

The front room from a different view.

The other side of the front room.

The half bath downstairs.

The back door leading to our patio.

The kitchen and our barstools.

Some of the few decorations I've hung- to avoid putting too many holes in the walls. These are our family pictures for each year of our marriage.

Another view of the kitchen and dining area.

The laundry room filled to capacity with cleaning stuff, food storage, water softener and central vacuum systems. [And currently Serra also.]

Our stairs.

The upstairs hallway and full bath.

Our master and my "craft" room together.

Another view of the master/"craft" room.

Our closet. I hate closet pictures because your closet can't look very organized with all the different clothes that don't match, etc. But I think our closet is funny because if you look at the floor to the right, you'll see there is a large raised area. Not sure what they intended it for, but it's made storage interesting.

Serra's room and toy area- usually a disaster area like it is now.

Another view of Serra's room.

Ian's computer room [also usually a disaster area].

The front of our unit.

The back. The tarp is covering all of Serra's outdoor toys that it has become too cold to use- we didn't want them getting damaged during the winter season.

And while I was walking around taking pictures, Serra came out with one of her favorite snacks and says, "mommy! cracker please! cheese!" [the cheese was for the camera- she wanted her picture taken.] :)

Sunday, November 1, 2009


A lot has happened this month and I've been a little lazy in posting the details- so here comes a lot of stuff!

First of all, after a couple of doctor's visits and prescriptions Ian is cured, but he did have a bacteria in his stomach called H. Pylori which can cause all kinds of issues. He's probably had it for years and just now broke down enough from the pain to do something about it.

Unfortunately, they think it may be hereditary, so those of you closely related to Ian: if you have frequent stomach pains or indigestion-type issues, you may want to have a blood test done to see if you have H. Pylori too. It's easily curable [a LOT of pills, but pills are easy to take, right?] Hopefully Ian doesn't get any of the other possible side effects. Also, if Ian continues to have pain, he'll have to go back in to have his gall bladder looked at.

Anyway, on a lighter note, here is my favorite picture of Serra from this month. Not only does her hair curl perfectly without any effort on my part, but you can see how much she loves her baby- she's watching a video clip on the computer, but HAS to be kissing baby [who is propped up only by the table and her lips!]

Serra also went to her first birthday party this month. It was My Little Pony themed. They had a make-up parlor and face-painting.
And here is Serra wearing her "pony tail".

October- Craft of the Month
I made Serra a little jewelry pouch that she LOVES for all her jewelry that either she or I have made.
And I finally finished my second quilt wall hanging [the only difference is that I was running out of material, so the border is a little smaller on the second one.]

Serra's dance class told everyone to come in their costumes right before Halloween so I took a few pictures- also to show how cute Serra is in her dance class. Here they are working on the barre during ballet. [Serra is the one furthest left.]
Now it's Serra's turn to walk across the room on her toes- she's actually pretty good at this one!
They also have tap, but they always stay in a circle for it so it's hard to get a good picture.

And here are our Halloween pictures. Serra is a pirate [or as Ian kept prompting her to say, "I'm a wench!"] and we're "rockers". My original shirt didn't have long enough sleeves to work with the tattoo sleeves, so I had to change last minute- wish I'd known sooner cause this shirt doesn't look as good!
Here's Serra up close- she LOVED her costume!
Serra at her first door- she didn't trust the dinosaur that made noise and opened its mouth. :)
And here's Serra with all of her "booty". :)

Hope you all had a happy Halloween!

Coming soon: pictures of our townhouse. I know, it's WAY delayed, but they'll be up today or tomorrow.