Sunday, December 18, 2011

Mommy's Little Helper

Cheyenne is a "helper" as of late.

And by helper I mean likes to destroy things.

One of her favorite pastimes is climbing under the sink in the bathroom and playing with our collection of free magazines.

She also loves to climb in things. Like this drawer in the kitchen for example. And just sit in it. I've also found her with her body all scrunched up, sitting in a bowl. And here she is "helping" me sweep.

Other interesting things that have been happening as of late.

My little brother Dillon had his mission farewell in Idaho.
While there for the weekend, I talked my older brother into giving us train tickets to the "North Pole." 
Ben's making a funny face in this first one.

Cheyenne loved the lion on the train. Not sure why there was a lion on the train, but it was great fun.

We also got to see this sweet baby girl get blessed, Caroline, Joel's 7th baby. Don't you love her dress?

Isn't this what you do on a Saturday Night?

Friday, December 9, 2011

Not a Christmas Card

Ben said "no" to Christmas cards this year, but here is what they would have looked like. I even printed a test print and they looked awesome. But alas, you will have to settle with the electronic kind this time.

And here's a tiny update on us, since we're not doing a real Christmas card, I don't have to write a long thing, correct?

It's been a busy year for us! We bought a house (duplex) in July, and our baby turned one in November. We've taken some fun trips to Idaho, California, Montana, & Illinois, and we're finishing off the year with a cruise to the Caribbean (taken with all Ben's coworkers, so yes we get to go for free!). Ben still loves making radars for the company he works for, and should finish up his Masters Thesis for Electrical Engineering next year. I enjoy being a stay at home mom, and chasing around Cheyenne.

Merry Words Christmas Card
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Tuesday, December 6, 2011

A Meaningful Life-- T.V.

Growing up, I heard a story that kind of went like this (whether it's true or not I'm not quite sure).

One year my parents got all us kids together and said they were going to make a BIG purchase. They were either going to get us cable television or a trampoline.

We all unanimously voted for a trampoline, because, how fun is that? And let me tell you, I have a lot of good memories on the trampoline. Some nights Dad would get a bunch of blankets and we'd all lay out on the trampoline and look at the stars and he'd tell us stories. We'd have cousins over and sleep out on the trampoline and sneak out and go toilet papering late at night. When we had a pool, you would lay out on the warm trampoline to dry off without a towel. And then there's all the other great things: Crack the Egg, see who can bounce the highest, Blindman's Bluff, and all the other regular games.

But I digress. Anyway, so growing up I never had cable. I don't even remember watching Public Television, although we did watch it for a time I'm told. So my memories are only about movies. Lots and lots of movies.

For whatever reason, this was part of my childhood that I held dear to my heart. So when searching for a mate, one of my requirements was that they had to be ok with not having cable in our home. Ben was just such a man who bought into my crazy scheme.

It's not that I think T.V. is inherently evil, or that it will lead to every person's demise (although there are certainly some shows out there that will, I'm sure). There are plenty of shows out there that are uplifting, educational, or interesting. And in fact a lot of my siblings have tv programming of some sort in their home. So I guess I just turned out a little bit weird.

When I married Ben, he happened to be the owner of a projector (being single for a long time + saving up a lot of money = large purchases that you would never buy when you are married), so we never bought a T.V. We actually still don't own a tv. If we want to watch movies (which we don't really want to that often, it turns out), we'll pull out the projector if it's a big enough group. But mostly we just use our laptop.

So there you have it. Something that I think makes life meaningful is not owning a T.V.
Life is a lot more interesting this way.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

My Little One-Year-Old

Well now I am the mother of a 1 year old. It's been a pretty fun adventure so far. Especially when, frankly, I wasn't sure I'd enjoy it. But looking back over the past year there's so many more smiles, laughter, and joy than two people can make.

I'm so grateful for the chance to be a mother, I know it's not a position to be taken lightly.

A little over a year ago I was a different person. I was more selfish, more judgmental, and had less compassion. Then when I had a baby and realized I couldn't even shower whenever I wanted, I started to change a little. I stopped judging people who's babies cried in the supermarket. And I shed a tear or two whenever I hear of a mother losing their child. I'm not perfect by any means, but I'm grateful to a Heavenly Father who loaned me this gift so I could learn a little.