Thursday, April 26, 2012

Cheyenne Lately

Back in February

If you haven't seen Cheyenne in person lately, she's started to grow a little bit of hair! This particular Sunday she even let me put a bow in it. If I put hair spray in it it has some cute little curls in the back. This makes us think she has her dad's hair, since mine has always been stick straight.

Big girl bed! Ha ha yeah that lasted for like a day, in which she decided to pound on the door instead of take a nap. Then I put the crib sides back up.

A typical sleeping position for Cheyenne. She has to have her baby, her teddy, and a "blankie." She never sleeps in the covers or uses her pillow, and I usually find her curled up in a ball in the corner of her crib somewhere.

Carrying around a toaster by the cord. Can you see that little curl on the side of her head?

Getting Cheyenne dressed in the morning. This is my FAVORITE time of the day. Pictures cannot capture how cute a toddler is. It's kind of like how you have to hold a newborn yourself, you have to be around a toddler to experience their cuteness. I strip her down to her diaper and then she climbs up onto that bench (behind her) and thinks the curtains are her "hat," and dances around and jumps up and down. All the while I am telling her to come down and get dressed.

Ben has these old radio headphones he likes to use to mow the lawn. Cheyenne LOVES them and asks to put them on whenever they are out.

We thought she looked like Nacho Libre with this outfit on. So we tell her to let up her arms and say, "La Luchador!" She thinks it is so cool.

This is what happens when you take a shower while your toddler is awake. A whole box of tissues destroyed.

Sunday, April 15, 2012

For Grandparents

Most people probably don't care about what words Cheyenne says, but I know the grandparents and Cheyenne's future self will find it interesting so I am going to put it up here.

We made a list and she knows about 40 words!! That's a lot for a 16 month old. And she understands more than she can say. We don't take any credit for this as her parents, we just happened to get a very talkative little girl!

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

A Meaningful Life: Stay-at-home Mom

Taken from Ben's Iphone last week when Cheyenne was sick.

If you've seen the movie Courageous, the fathers sign a resolution to be good fathers. I thought this was kind of funny because in our church we have what's called The Family: A Proclamation to the World that is basically the same thing. Although we aren't required to sign it, we basically "sign" it by making the same covenants in our temples. I know it to be true that The Proclamation and temple covenants come from God through modern prophets today.

An excerpt from the Proclamation reads: 
"By divine design, fathers are to preside over their families in love and righteousness and are responsible to provide the necessities of life and protection for their families. Mothers are primarily responsible for the nurture of their children. In these sacred responsibilities, fathers and mothers are obligated to help one another as equal partners."

It is from the phrase highlighted above that most women in our church interpret this to mean being a stay-at-home mother. Obviously, this is not the case for every Mormon woman but I feel good about it in this stage of my life right now.

Growing up, I had always planned on being a stay-at-home mom. And then I arrived. It was a little disappointing, to say the least. I went from stretching my brain on a college campus to cleaning up spit-up and doing dishes 24/7. It's not what you would call glamorous or fun.

I got so confused on how this was supposed to be fulfilling for me and where I was supposed to use my brains. I've had a good 17 months to ponder over this, and have come to the same conclusion Sister Beck does in this video. Sister Beck used to the president of the Relief Society, the women's organization in our church.

I'm so grateful for the chance to be the "CEO" of my household. I've learned a lot and am still learning a lot about how to be the best stay-at-home mom, but I know it is where I'm supposed to be. I know when I step back and look at the big picture, my worries and concerns seem minuscule in the big eternal plan Heavenly Father has for us.

Monday, April 9, 2012

Easter Traditions

Although the most important part of Easter is celebrating the Atonement (I mentioned my feelings about it back here), it's also a fun time to start some family traditions.

Growing up, my mom always made these awesome bunny cakes. Here is my first attempt at one. It was so cute! I was so proud of myself for figuring it out on my first try!

Here we are coloring eggs for the first time. Well I did most of the dyeing, and Cheyenne scribbled on them with chalk.

Another fun tradition we get to have is a new Easter dress for Cheyenne. Her Grandma Dilsaver always buys the cutest ones!

Although I must say it is very hard to get a picture of a toddler standing still.

Here's my belly at 25 weeks. The last time I wore this dress was at my sister's wedding, and I was barely pregnant with Cheyenne.
I'm still feeling great as far as my pregnancy goes. Such a blessing.

We had our first Easter egg hunt. Here she is with a friend Michael. She loved carrying the basket around, but didn't really get the idea you were supposed to "find" the eggs. Better luck next year!

Here is a video of us dyeing the eggs. 

Thursday, April 5, 2012

He Lives

I have had Jesus Christ in my life since I was a little girl. I was lucky enough to grow up in a home where I was taught about him and his importance in my life.

That isn't to say that I've had a perfect testimony of his sacrifice for me for my whole life. Like any person, I've had to work at it.

I've realized looking back over my life how much I've grown in my knowledge of Christ's sacrifice, and of his love for me. I've seen examples of where life can take people when they don't have this knowledge. Although I personally haven't been through very many "trials of faith" in my life so far, I can say that Christ has changed me for the better.

The more I learn of Him and what he did for me, personally, the more I want to be a better person. The more I think about the sacrifice he made for my personal sins, the more I want to lessen his burden.

I may not become perfect while in this life, but I know of a perfect example who gave all so that we could be free. Free from the weight of sin, free from pain and sorrows, and free from our own weaknesses and frailties.

This I know to be true.