Sunday, February 26, 2012


I recently put together a slide show for my sister's Whitney's wedding (which is this week! Crazy) so I've been scanning pictures like mad. Since I had the scanner out I decided to scan some baby pictures I had of Ben. I wanted to put my favorites up here, so they are at least displayed somewhere and not lost in some folder on my computer. This post probably doesn't mean anything to most people, but for posterity's sake here is baby Ben:

Sitting on a cow. Nice.

With his siblings on the original "huppy," the milk truck.

Look at that blond hair! He's on the far right

A sign of things to come? Ben's two brothers both went into the dairy business (with cows on their shirts) and Ben? Wearing a shirt about "clown math" yes he went into radars.

Those teeth! Wonder no more where Cheyenne got those chompers. Unfortunately, my teeth looked very similar to this.

Look at that skinny kid with that contented look on his face.

He still looks like this. Jk. But I seriously think he has a shirt that looks just like this. Some things never change.

Friday, February 17, 2012

Ready to be a Big Sister?

Cheyenne climbed up on the rocker and took her baby just like this. I'm serious. It was too cute. 

Visiting Grandma & Grandpa Flake while Ben was in Washington D.C. for a radar conference.
On a side note, strangers love to make this comment to me. "She looks just like my so-and-so, she didn't have any hair either." I just tell them our babies are all doomed, because neither Ben or I had hair as babies.

Wearing a bowl on her head.

Ben took Cheyenne outside and I got a pleasant surprise in our basement kitchen window. Too bad of the glare, she's super cute!

One of her favorite activities as of late. She'll run up to you in with a book in hand and say "ook" until you take her up in your arms and read it to her.

Monday, February 13, 2012

An Old Fashioned Girl

I just finished one of my new favorite books from Louisa May Alcott. It's called An Old Fashioned Girl. It has taught me so much and is so uplifting, I just can't help but sing it's praises.

It's all about this girl who is "old fashioned" (in the late 1800's) and doesn't really "fit in" with her society friends. I am amazed that although it talks about frilly dresses, mounds of curls, and how taboo it is for women to work, it is so applicable to everyday life. Polly, the old fashioned girl, is modest, humble, and frugal. So often while reading the book I thought how I needed to be more like her, care less about what people think and how silly some of our modern trends are.

Another thing I loved about the book is how empowered it made me feel as a woman. This was written during a time when women were supposed to be lazy, petted, and an ornament to men. In our day I feel like we have gone to the other extreme. Women are supposed to be totally independent, and not let their womanly sentiments get in the way of anything they want to do. However this book displays women who are in a happy medium, the kind of woman I want to be. They are "driven," and have a talent or purpose they try to improve upon, and then use their God given gifts: virtue, charity, kindness, sympathy, etc. to lead their way. It is truly beautiful and the way it is supposed to be.

The last part of the book is a beautiful display of true love. I thought long and hard after reading it just what love really should be. I was just thinking the other day how silly it is how we "pick" our mate. "He likes the same music as me" "He's so funny" "He's a good dancer." However, in this book they talk about what Christ-like qualities he has, and even how his weaknesses are surmountable with the gentle care of a wife. I don't think these women are "duped" into marrying duds, but they experience true love, where they appreciate their spouse for who they are, and don't regret or compare them with what they're not. It's also so beautiful how they try to be "worthy" of each other, how hard work and scrimping and saving is a labor of love when it's for your true companion.

There are a lot of ways to spend your time, and I'm grateful for the chance I've had to read all of Louisa May Alcott's books. During every single one of them I cry at a particularly touching moment, or laugh at how similar it is to our time, or reflect on how I can be better or as noble as the characters in her books. There has always been and always will be a Light inside each of us that prompts us to be good, and I'm grateful that a couple hundred years ago somebody wrote out her ideas for being good, and they turned into pretty great stories.

Saturday, February 11, 2012

It's a Girl!

So we're having another girl.
To say I was surprised would be an understatement. My older sister had already "decided" what everyone was having, and I was having a boy. Coupling that with the fact that I haven't been very sick, I was pretty certain and excited for the prospect of a boy. We'd already picked out his name and everything! My mind was made up.

I was a little shocked when the technician said there was no doubt she was a girl, and Ben just laughed. Although he said he wanted another girl to save us some money, he's already informed me that he will need to "assert his manhood" and buy a chainsaw or something.

So I've switched my thinking around and am excited for this little girl to join our family. Two girls who will --hopefully-- be best friends. And her two cousins who will be born before her will also be girls, so that will be fun.

Although that part about saving money is a crock! I can't believe we didn't think of it before. Cheyenne was born in November and this baby will be born in July. Of course there is a lot of things they can share, and at least next time I have a baby girl I will be prepared for it no matter what season I have it in.

But the name! I really need your help. The baby will have a "D" name, and it needs to "fit" with Cheyenne, because we will surely be introducing the two together. I'd love it if you'd but a couple ideas in the comments!