Monday, September 28, 2009

Am I too busy?

So this morning for my personal study I was reading an article in the Ensign that for some reason I have been avoiding.  I was surprisingly touched by the message presented though and thought I'd share some thoughts and feelings on the blog.  It was Elder Erich W. Kopischke's article "This is our Religion, to save souls".  That sounded a bit more than I wanted to do right now, which is why I've been putting off reading it.  It's not about preaching the gospel or converting people, not directly anyway.  What I got out of it is that, as followers of Christ and as members of the human race, we are to lift one another, be good friends and ACT on the promptings we receive.  Acting on promptings has been on my mind a lot lately because I do feel like I get these crazy ideas that come seemingly from nowhere but when I just follow it, later I see that they were promptings not just my other personalities talking to me :)  I have been so touched and blessed by others who have acted on the promptings they have received regarding me and my family.  I want to do that for someone else.  One quote I liked is this, "If we are too busy to reach out to someone in need, then we are too busy."  Obviously we are all busy.  We have lives and things that need to get done.  But it's the little things that we can do but don't do because we're "too busy".  I was able to write an email to a friend.  It took maybe 5 or 10 minutes of my "busy" day.  It wasn't much but the thought just kept hounding me to do it.  So I did.  I don't know what will come of that little email I sent but maybe she needed it.  So basically what I'm trying to say (and bumbling about it) is that I want to act more on those little thoughts.  Put a card in the mail or leave a voicemail on someone's phone that will cheer someone up.  I don't want to be too busy that I only think of myself.  I don't want to get so caught up in thinking of others that I neglect myself and my family either.  I guess that is part of this life, to find the balace.  But it got me thinking... am I too busy? This is the Ensign article.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Has it really been 4 months?!

I can hardly believe Landon is 4 months old today! Where did the time go?  He had to get shots at the Doctor's office this morning, bummer.  He's not such a happy camper but a little snuggle with mom, some tylenol and a nap is helping (I hope).  Big brother was concerned about Landon getting shots today and I tried to explain to him that it will hurt right now but it will help him be healthy.  Ian is very into being healthy since he gets Flinstone Vitamins now--I think he kind of got it.  Landon was crying before they gave him the shots so it wasn't as traumatizing for Ian as it could have been.
Lando giving mom "The Look":

Ian is starting to say two words linked together.  I think he realises that he can communicate more clearly what he's trying to say if he does.  "Big Truck" is his favorite.  Though he's into planes right now and everything flies, even Nena (our Jetta).  "Plane fly"  "Ne-ne fly" "Chub-Chub Time" (which of course means Chubby is in Time out) It's pretty darn cute.

We got the movie "CinderElmo" from the library the other day.  It's surprisingly good.  Ian loves to pretend he is Elmo dacing with the "pri-pri" (princess).
Ian's Self-Portrait:

I'm almost all better from my lovely week of pink eye.  Though I have decided it might be a good excuse to dress like Audrey Hepburn, hat, glasses and all and get away with it.

The glasses were to "hide" the pink eye a bit in public :) And yes I know the glasses are crooked--that comes courtesy of #1--he was a little too quiet one day and I found him bending my glasses all out of shape.

Speaking of dressing up: Halloween is right around the corner.  I must say this is one of my all time favorite holidays.  Now I have kids-it's even better.  I love costumes and playing dress up.  Plus what other time of year are you going to see a princess, Godzilla, and a clown at the grocery store? At the same time?? I love it.  Ian wants to be a kitty.  "Black." "White." he informs me.  I think he misses grandma and grandpa's kitty Gottee.  So we have his costume down, I just have to make it.  But what about the rest of us?? I can't decide what I want to be- I need ideas, inspiration, the perfect costume.  I don't know what Sean wants to be (I don't think he's thought about it yet--kind of busy with important-ish stuff).  He'd be satisfied if I just let him wear his cloak all day (or make him a cooler one).  Lando will be too big for the monkey suit Ian wore his first year.  He barely squeezes into it now.   (Did I mention he now weighs 14 lbs. 3 oz.?)
Chunky Monkey:

So many choices... I need to narrow it down.

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Mordwid, Don't be Wude...

...Wudeness is weakness and we must neveh be weak. -Morgan Le Fay from Merlin

If you don't understand why I am referring to Arthur's halfsister-- watch the movie.  I couldn't find her before pictures online (she's ugly then by serving Queen Mab she is made beautiful)--I feel like the before picture. 

Me and Quasimodo, we could be twins--if I were all stoopy and whatnot. 

Why is it called "Pink" eye when your eye acutally turns a bright shade of Elmo Red and oozses yellow gunk?  Pink is a bit of an understatement. 

Looked up remedies online (thank heavens for the internet) and came up with two people think work:
-Breast milk in the affected eye
-mix of equal parts honey and milk (thouroughly mixed) in the affected eye.
We're starting with round one (since it isn't supposed to hurt and #2 does) and then we'll move on if it doesn't work.
Oh and baby soap to wash out the eye.  It really is tear free.  :)


I feel like  this guy:

Pink Eye Pete from Pepper Ann. Nasty.  When is all this sickness going to end?! If you don't see me in public in the next- oh say 6 months- you'll know why.  I'm probably just sick. Again.  LAME. 

(Oh and just as soon as I'm "better" I'm sure it will snow or something and I don't think it melts until May here)

Friday, September 18, 2009

Daily Personal Philosophy

Howard Thurman, an American philosopher and civil rights advocate, said, "Don't ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive."

I came across this quote on my cousins blog (she has a few I don't know which one or I'd direct you there). It has started me thinking: What makes ME come alive? Mrs. V, one of my high school English teachers would appreciate this (Right Christie?). She would always ask us "What is your BLISS?" Which is essentially the same idea. Funny how over the years it's easy to forget what my bliss is, my passion, what makes me come alive. Everyday humdrum business seems to shove itself into the forefront rather quickly. So that's my quest. To find what makes me come alive- and do it. Simple enough.

Just our of curiosity: What drives you? What makes YOU come alive? Post your bliss as a comment or email me (A dear friend of mine actually asked Sean this the first time she met him to see if he could pass the test and marry me) He passed. His answer at the time--Nature. Wonder if it has changed. Passions can do that you know, change. That's why we have to check in with ourselves now and again.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Is it really September already?

It's been too long since we've posted. I apologise for not keeping up on it. I have been sick for the last ten days but I think I'm out of the woods. School has started for Sean so we don't get to see much of him between class and work and his research assistantship. The boys and I are doing the normal stuff and we get to go to the park every now and then. Aunt Bonnie and cousins Nathan and Miles came to visit last week and that was a lot of fun to visit with them. We are looking forward to having them in town in a few weeks when they move here. Here are some pictures, I know the grandmas can't get enough of them.
Teddy, Ian and "ChubChub" (Lando's bear)
What's a Damsel without...
Her knight in Shining Armor
Those were taken at this wicked sweet park we found on our way home from WalMart.
Lando- 3 1/2 months old

PS we hiked 3 miles Labor Day to come soon (maybe after bedtime)