Friday, May 29, 2009

Adventures in loosing a tooth

Matthew lost another tooth last Saturday.

It had been really wiggly for a while but he still refused to let me pull it with a string.

Here is the story:

We went for a swim at our neighborhood pool. It was the day of the opening so the kids were really excited.

After we got home, we got the kids in the tub and then Joseph and I got in the shower. As we are finishing up, we heard the screams and cries of one of our children. Joseph quickly got out of the bathroom, still dripping, to discover Matthew dripping blood from his mouth. He was really gracious and left a trail of blood drops from the living room all the way to the master bathroom...

Apparently, Samuel and him had a frontal collision of sort. Samuel being shorter, his head hit right at Matthew's mouth and resulted in the loose tooth falling out.

I guess that's what you get from putting it off too long...

The lessons Zack learned from Family home evening...

A couple of Mondays ago, we had a family home evening about free agency.

Free Agency is a gift from God to all of humanity that allows us to make our own choices.

I explained the principle of free agency to my children. I told them that we are all free to make our own choices, but we do not get to choose the consequences those choices whether good or bad.

Here is the dialogue the next day, when I told Zackary it was time to go get Matthew from school:

Me: "Zack, it's time to go get Matthew."

Zack: "I don't want to go get Matthew today..."

Me: "Well, you don't really have a choice, you can't stay home by yourself..."

Zack: "But Mom, you told us we always have a choice and we can make our own choices..."

Yeah; isn't it so nice to know you ARE getting through to your children!

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Saying Goodbye : (

We took Eliane to the Airport after Sacrament meeting on May 17th. WE were sad to see her leave!

It took a few days for Samuel to realize she was really gone. He kept asking if her could go wake her up in the morning, or where she was...

So cute! Mostly because he is such a reluctant little guy. It takes him a day or two to warm up and then he likes to play shy because he knows it's cute!

We all miss having her around, we had so much fun while she was here!

Houston Aquarium

We visited the Houston Aquarium while my sister was in town. It was fun even if it's not a very big one. The kids loved to look at all the fishes and other creatures they had there. I must say that the 2 biggest hits were the white tigers and the splash pad outside...

Monday, May 25, 2009

Memorial Day

Because today is a day to remember.

Because it is only by remembering the past that we can create a better future.

Because failing to remember only brings us to repeat history...

Because Freedom comes at a cost.

To all of our family members, friends and to those we do not know,
Members of the military,

past and present;


for your

Sunday, May 24, 2009

The principle of the wilderness...

It was Monday December 1st 2008.

Our Bishop and His wife, our good friends, were sitting in our Utah living room, providing counsel and comfort.

It was the evening of Joseph's Layoff...

Emotions had ran high on both side of the spectrum.

After some inspired words of counsel through a priesthood blessing, we were sitting around discussing the circumstances of life, when Bishop Swanson brought up something I had never quite considered: the "principle of the wilderness"..

Over the last 6 months I have been pondering on that subject a lot. Through my rough patches and my good ones too.

In the beginning I thought that once the job situation was resolved, the "wilderness" would be over. I was at a point in my life where things were good. I knew things were so good because we were being infinitely blessed by our Father in heaven. I loved being where I was. I knew who I was, my purpose, my responsibilities, what was expected of me and I had lots of amazing people around me that I not only loved, but loved me back.

Somehow the "wilderness" wasn't so bad for me then. My faith was strong. I had no doubt that the Lord was watching over us, that we would be blessed through this hardship.

And we were.

When Joseph received the Job offer here in Houston, we were thrilled! We had prayed about the options before hand, we knew that if it was to come through it was where we should go.

Through that week of intense packing and goodbyes, I was grateful, thrilled and also a little scared, but I couldn't help but feel everything would be okay.

My "wilderness" started after we settled everything in our new home.

I was lost. My once busy life was suddenly not so busy. I didn't have a group of young women to care for anymore, I didn't have to be by myself in our church pew anymore since Joseph was sitting with us once again...

As I read a lot about Nephi, I came to realize that he must have gone through the same things as I did.

Nephi was a good young man. He was strong, and most of all, he had great faith. I can only imagine him going through all the hardships of the "actual wilderness", crossing the desert, enduring all kinds of trials, to arrive to the land of Bountiful and find out he now had to build a ship to cross the seas. I know I would have felt like my wilderness would be over if I could only get to the land of Bountiful...

There are a few things I have come to realize.

The first one being that even if I thought I was alone in my "wilderness" I wasn't.

In first Nephi, chapter 2 verse 4 we read:

" And it came to pass that he *departed into the wilderness. And he left his house, and the land of his inheritance, and his gold, and his silver, and his precious things, and took nothing with him, save it were his family, and provisions, and tents, and departed into the wilderness. "

Then in verse 15 we read:

" And my father dwelt in a tent"

Obviously, Lehi was a comfortable man, yet he also had to sacrifice and live in a tent.

I realized that I wasn't alone. That although I was the one struggling, My Husband also had to sacrifice. Watching me go through it wasn't a fun thing for him. I wasn't the only one to leave cherished responsibilities and loved ones behind.

We all have periods of "wilderness" in our lives.

Most times they are designed to prepare us for what is coming ahead.

The "wilderness" in our lives are designed to make us stronger, more faithful, but mostly to bring us closer to our Maker.

I know my "wilderness" had a purpose, even if I still do not know what it is.

I know that in those dark hours when I was struggling, I was not alone.

I know my Savior was carrying me through.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Zack's graduation song...

So we took this video of Mr. Zackary singing"we'll be going to Kindergarten in the Fall" during the graduation.

Notice how his lips are moving, but the rest of the gestures are a waste on him!

Zackary's Preschool Graduation

Zack's Preschool held its graduation last Thursday night.

He was very excited about it!

It was nice and we had a good time.

He even received a scrapbook for the few weeks he was there.

Here are a few pictures!

A family shot:

With Aunt Eliane:

On the stage by his great friend Abby:

The giving of the scrapbook:

With Miss Mandy (his favorite teacher!)

Monday, May 18, 2009

Upcoming updates...

Today, I'm catching up on my cleaning and Laundry... We said goodbye to my sister yesterday and I need to get some stuff done around the house.

Tomorrow, Updates on a few things we did while she was visiting and pictures of course!

Wish me luck!

(I have like 5 or six loads of laundry to do :)! )

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

A visitor, the Beach, and a great mother's day!

My sister has been visiting since last Wednesday... We have been doing a few fun things but mostly it's been fun to hag out and catch up! The last time we saw each other was 2 years ago so it is nice to have her here!

Saturday we went to Galveston Island and enjoyed some time at the Beach. We packed a picnic and had a lot of fun. We managed to come home with different degrees of sunburns, even though we were generous with the sunscreen. The kids loved it! Sam kept telling me how it was so much fun there! It was a windy and warm day and there were cool waves. Overall, we had a great time!

Mother's day was also great for me. Joseph and Eliane (pronounced Ey-lee-ann) teamed up so that I did do anything all day. They served up a great omelet in the morning and an awesome barbecued dinner of shrimp chicken, baby red potatoes, green beans, grilles mushrooms and bell peppers. They topped it off with peach and vanilla Blue Bell Ice cream. If you ever come to Texas, you have to try Blue Bell! Very yummy!

Please keep forgiving my sporadic postings until she leaves next Sunday. Then I promise I will do better!

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

When I got up this morning...

It was already 70 degrees.

Weather predictions for today: 87 degrees.

This heat is already killing me!

What am I going to do this summer?

Sunday, May 3, 2009


I had my ultrasound Wednesday afternoon.

Thankfully, Joseph did make it!

The first question we were asked when we stepped into the room was: "Would you like to know the gender?"...

We said no...

The baby was showing us its nice back a lot. We had a hard time trying to get a profile. We didn't really get a good one.

But the important thing is that everything looked good. Our baby weighs about 1/2 a pound now.
The heartbeat was 153/min.

As we were leaving the tech said: "You don't have to worry, your secret is safe with me!" to which joseph sort of stopped in his track having second thoughts... I turned around and told him it was too late for that! And so did the tech...

Surprise it will be...

Enjoy the pics!

A face shot:


A foot:

The whole baby: