Thursday, May 28, 2009

Addie is TWO!

Ellie, Addie, and Gracie

It is hard to believe Addie is already two! She is growing up so quickly. We had a day of celebrating! Grandpa Adams joined us for lunch at a local burger joint. For dinner we had Grandma and Grandpa Adams, Aunt Julie, and cousins: Jaylee, Oliver, and Sabree, over to celebrate with dinner, cake, and ice cream! Addie had a great day! Thank you everyone for the great gifts. She got a couple pair of flip flops and rotates wearing them throughout the day (she loves them, she had been wearing Ellie's for a few weeks before her birthday), it is quite darling! She loves her new dolls and stroller as well.

Her carousel birthday cake!

Notice the flip flops!

For a few weeks leading up to her birthday we told Addie that when she turned two she would have "no more binky." So the morning after her birthday dad helped her throw them away. We are binky-free now and she is doing great! Since her birthday she has also insisted on sleeping in the double bed in her room. We have had the bed in her room for guests, but she is ready to claim it as her own. It actually works out perfect, the new baby is coming in a month and will need the crib.

Monday, May 25, 2009

8 Years!

Bart and I celebrated our 8th anniversary on May 4th! It is sure flying! I cannot believe we are expecting our 4th child. Wow! To celebrate, Bart surprised me by getting our children taken care of so we could go out of town. Bart's parents watched our girls and we headed to Salt Lake. We went to Carver's Steakhouse in Sandy, did a little shopping (a must when you live 75 minutes from stores with options) and settled in at the Anniversary Inn. It was nice to get away! On Monday, Bart also surprised me with 8 beautiful red roses delivered to our house, they lasted a LONG time! Thanks Bart!

I am amazed at how well we get along. Our first year was for sure the hardest. Since then, I feel like we have grown closer and closer! I appreciate how helpful Bart is all the way around. He is an awesome husband, very understanding and always takes my side. He is always building me up, with compliments and encouragement! He is helpful around the house when asked (and even when not asked) and he is great to take charge of the yard. He is a great cook...he usually cooks on Sundays as well as other nights as he sees I need it. He is a great provider for our family! He is a hard worker and tries to improve himself. I appreciate all the help he has been even though his shoulder has still been hurting him. He is a trooper!

Bart is a very good dad and takes great care of the girls. Some Sundays, I attend other wards due to serving in the stake, and Bart handles Sacrament meeting with our three girls so well. Even as I was being given this new calling he was quick to say he could handle it and it wouldn't be a big deal! He is great! On occasion, he recommends me having a girls' night out to get a break.

I really enjoy spending time with Bart! I love our chats! A great blessing of living far from stores, restaurants, etc. is the quality time he and I get in the car on the trip, whether on a date (which he recommends regularly), going to doctor's appointments or taking the whole family out of town.

He is perfect for me! I feel so blessed that we are together. I am so thankful for the night when I felt the Spirit so strong telling me I was to marry him! I am thankful he received his own personal revelation that same day about us! What a great foundation to build our relationship on!

I really could go on and on. Bart, I love you! Thank you for being YOU!

Sunday, May 24, 2009

Jake and Amy's Wedding!

Bart's brother, Jake married Amy on April 25th in St George, Utah. It was located at the Ledges Clubhouse. They have been together for at least a year and a half. It has been fun to get to know Amy! Welcome to the family, Amy! Congratulations Jake and Amy! (I realize now that I did not get a good picture of them.) This is Bart's parents, Loyal and Tonia with the bride and groom!

It was fun to see Bart's brothers all together. Eli and Mandy live in New Mexico so we don't see them very often.

I was really excited for great weather. However, the weather wasn't looking so great as the time for the wedding got closer. I purchased sweaters for the girls and my neices, last minute, right before the wedding. Good thing I did, the outdoor wedding was freezing! I was really feeling bad for Amy, she really had to have been freezing!

After the ceremony, we went inside the clubhouse for a snack, dinner followed and then dancing with a live band and all the other celebrating!

Sabree, a cousin!

Oliver, another cousin. Sabree, Oliver, Jaylee, and their parents, Luke and Julie, live right around the corner from us. It is sure fun to have them close!

My sister-in-law Julie and me. I sure appreciate her friendship!

They totally thought about the kids at this shin-dig, I was not surprised seeing how Amy's mom is the owner of a large preschool/day care and Amy has worked there for years! They had a lower table covered with butcher paper and crayons laid out. There were jelly belly/lollipop centerpieces for the kids to nibble on. It was really nice for all the kiddies that attended.

The weather turned really nice a little later on in the evening. We enjoyed being outside for part of the evening!

Disclaimer: I realize that I am not a great photographer. I guess the more bad picts I see the more inspired I am getting to want to be better. I have a sports setting on the camera that takes picts back to back quickly, but it seems to make them a little blurry, I guess I will stop using that setting trying to get the perfect looks on my girls' faces and just take what I can get.

Easter...a little late but still blog-worthy

We had a really nice Easter weekend. Thursday Bart took work off early and our young family drove up to Salt Lake. We had a lot of fun swimming, riding Trax, visiting Temple Square, and watching “Hannah Montana The Movie. ” We drove home on Friday evening.

Saturday morning there was an Easter egg hunt in town.
We had an Easter lesson Saturday night about Christ with the girls.
Sunday morning they woke up to Easter baskets, hidden eggs, and outside toys from Bart and me.

Sunday was a great highlight! Our ward started earlier and was shortened due to a special Manti Temple Devotional, scheduled specifically for our stake. We received permission from the First Presidency to use the Priesthood room in the Manti Temple and have a devotional. It was a great experience to be united with the temple recommend holding members from our stake. The Spirit was there. We really enjoyed the meeting! It was a great blessing to have been in attendance. It was really motivating! A large thank you to Bart's parents for watching our girls!

Sunday, May 10, 2009

A Pain in the Shoulder

Bart has had pain in his right shoulder for quite a few years now. I think it is from overuse in sports, mostly baseball/softball over the years. We have been anticipating surgery for a few years and decided this was the year to get it done. Well, March 9th was surgery day.

He had four incisions. They went in with a scope and cleaned up the labrum (O ring) and performed a tenial clavicalectomy (trimmed the end of his clavical) which was causing the pain. I have waited to blog until he is feeling better (the doctor predicted a week or two), but here we are in May and it is STILL not feeling better. We are anticipating another surgery to fix the different pain he is suffering from now. We were planning the surgery and recovery prior to the baby coming. It doesn't look like it is going as we had planned.