Thursday, November 11, 2010

My Cute Little Two Year Old

This is how the kids end up after we visit Grandma and Grandpa Bowen.... They get so worn out from all of the excitement!

My little messy faced girl! She got a new coat and wouldn't take it off! Good sign, she loves it!

Opening Gifts.... With lots of help from Owen!

Eating Kaebrie's favorites for dinner...

Kaebrie and her Grandma Bowen....

Riding on Grandma Bowen's back. It wasn't intentional, grandma kept saying "I'm too old for that Kaebrie". She is so silly and loves her Grandma.

Our little Kaebrie turned two! I am still in shock that she is already two and that I have not been pregnant for two whole years.... Kaebrie has such a sweet spirit. She and I have grown quite close the last few months with me being home. She is such a spunky little thing. She knows what she wants, when she wants it. She has grown quite fond of our trips to Grandma and Grandpa Bowen's house every Wednesday afternoon. She mentions going to their house every morning. For her birthday, she got to go and have a sleepover with Grandma and Grandpa Bowen all by herself. From the sounds of it, she soaked it all up and loved the one-on-one attention. She is talking so much and has such an adorable personality. She loves to play with her brother Owen and cousin Avery. She especially loves to do flips on mommy and daddy's bed. This is Jeff's signature daddy move when he gets home from work! They LOVE it! She loves to read books. Her favorite color is yellow and loves ANYTHING that is the color yellow. I am not sure if she really loves the color or loves saying the word. Yellow definitely fits her personality!!! She is a free spirit and keeps us laughing all the time! She loves babies, both real and toy forms. She spots out all the mothers with babies at church and tries to mother them by shoving things in their faces and covering them up with blankets. The moms in our ward think it's so cute. She can be a little overbearing at times! She is such a great part of our little family. Kaebrie, Happy 2nd Birthday!!!! We love you so much....

Sunday, November 7, 2010

My Testimony...

Yesterday, I woke up and went to the temple. I have had a lot of things on my mind from the past week and I needed to go to the most important place and think. The entire time I was at the temple I was filled with such a sweet and calming spirit. As I sat in the celestial room, I pondered about my testimony of the gospel. I kept having a repeat feeling that I need to get up in sacrament and bare my testimony. As scared as this thought made me, I knew that the time was here. Well, today in sacrament there was so many people that felt that same way because there wasn't a break where I felt comfortable to walk up and put the feeling to rest. The feeling was incredibly strong for me to share my thoughts and bear my testimony and I didn't.

My heart is full of gratitude for my trials and many blessings. I look around and see how much can be taken for granted. We are so blessed to have so much at our fingertips. I have learned so much and know how easy it is to get caught up in so many other things of less importance. Life is truly a test for each of us. As we make decisions, consequences follow. Whether it be a good consequence or a bad consequence. We live and learn and pick up to move forward on to the next event. I love my life and am grateful for the opportunities that have blessed my life. I am especially grateful for my sweet children and for my loving husband. I am so blessed to have so many great friends as well. I am still under shock at how well everything worked out in closing our store. After much prayer and fasting, Jeff and I knew that the time had come to close. Heavenly Father truly had his hand in this. Everything went so smooth. He blessed me with so much comfort in knowing that whatever comes next in life, I can handle. I am a new person and have a whole new perspective.

I know that Thomas S. Monson is a true and living prophet, called of God. I know that the Book of Mormon is true. I have a deep testimony of eternal families. Although not all of my siblings have gone through the temple, I have an un-dieing faith that one day they will see the light and except the gospel back into their lives. I still remember my wedding day when kneeled across the alter in the temple and looked into Jeff's eyes. I knew from that moment that we would be together forever. He is such a wonderful husband and father. How did I ever deserve such a wonderful life? What a great blessing it is to have the gospel and to know that there is a reason for being here aon earth at this time. Everything happens for a reason. I hope and pray that one day my whole family can be sealed in the temple. I love my siblings and can't imagine not having them with me in the next life.

I have been blessed with wonderful neighbors and friends. My patriarticle blessing specifically says that I will have many friends in my life. It talks about me lending a word of encouragement to everyone who I come in contact with. I have had many people bare their soul to me. It has been very interesting to me to read my blessing often. Each time I read it, I learn something new about myself. There is so much to work on and so much to learn while on earth.

I say these things in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.

Sunday, October 31, 2010

My new found passion...

When I closed my store, I made a goal to start running. I love to run and it is a huge stress reliever for me. When I choose to do this, I kept telling myself that I can do anything I set my mind to. After running a business for three years I feel like this whole new person that can do anything I set my mind on. Afterall, running is a complete mind game. I sign up for the Halloween Half Marathon in Provo with Cory, Brad, and Shelley. We had a good time. I finished in 2.13 which was awesome for my first 1/2 marathon. At mile 10 my hip was giving me some incredible pain that slowed me down quite a bit. I couldn't walk the next day but the pain was worth it. Now, on to training for my full marathon in May...

Cory and I trained together. I am so thankful for Cory and Lindsey. They are such an amazing couple! We are so glad to have them with us. This was the funnest Halloween I can remember. After the race we went to Brigham for a trunk or treat and then to visit Grandparents. We went to Melissa and Herman's for dinner and caramel apple dipping! Then on to Farmington to visit the rest of the grandparents. The kids had a good day and seemed very pleased with the candy. Halloween was INCREDIBLE.. Ha Ha

Can you believe it????

Can you believe that I am updating my blog? It has been since March since my last post. Time needs to slow down a little around here. There has been so much that has happened in my life over the last several months. To summerize here is a list of my highlights:

1- Cuddle Haven closed on August 13, 2010.
2- Owen started Preschool, got potty trained, and turned 3.
3- We finished our basement.
4- Jeff and I went on an amazing cruise to the Eastern Carribean.
5- Cory and Lindsey moved in on September 25th.
6- I am now a stay at home mommy!
7- Kaebrie is turning 2 on November 10th.
8- I trained for and ran my first 1/2 marathon.
9- Reorganized, or should I say, organized my life. Finally!
10- Received so many blessings by having a sincere faith in my Heavenly Father.

There is so much more to post about but I decided to start with this weekend and gradually do update posts separate so this one doesn't turn into a novel. Then again, I most likely don't have any readers anymore. It has been awhile!

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Kaebrie Update...

Kaebrie is the best little girl... She is so much fun! Jeff and I can't believe that she is already 16 months old this month. This means nursery is well on its way. Will I actually be able to sit through Sunday School and Relief Society again!?

Kaebrie is talking a ton. She will try to say EVERYTHING that Owen says. She loves her daddy and is a definite daddy's girl. When Jeff tells her "No", it sends immediate tears. When mommy tells her "no", it never fazes her.

She loves her binky and her rag to sleep with. She has been a good sleeper. I hope and pray that she will not learn how to crawl out of her crib.

She is very easy going and has such a good temperament. Several people ask me if my children are twins. It makes me laugh. Owen is small for his age and Kaebrie is large for hers. They look nothing alike but measure up pretty closely. They are so much fun!

I love my kids to death! Being a mommy has blessed my life so much....

Owen Update...

Owen is growing up so quickly. I had to post an update on all the NEW things he is doing and saying. This was what he said to me yesterday:

Owen: Start building some memories.
Mom: What does that mean?
Owen: Owen is hilarious.

He has been watching Lady and the Tramp, Cars, Finding Nemo and Little Mermaid so I am thinking he heard "start building some memories on one of those shows?

He is such a funny kid. Jeff and I are constantly laughing at him. He speaks in full sentences and asks questions with good grammar. I enrolled him in preschool for the fall and he is really looking forward to it. He loves to learn!

Here is another funny from Owen:

Scenario: Jeff put his t-shirt over his head from behind his back (not sure how to explain well!?) It was over his head and across his forehead.
Owen: Dad looks like Jesus...

Here is how Owen counts:
1, 2, 3, 10, Y- He has his alphabet and numbers slightly mixed right now. It is funny though!

Owen loves to draw, paint and play with Play-doh. He has been a little bit better with bed time. We figured out that we can't feed him or give him anything to drink after 6:00pm or he will not settle down and go to sleep.

Overall, he is doing great and seems to be really healthy. Minus his 24 hour flu he has right now.

Sunday, February 28, 2010

Happy Number Seven!

To my better half,
Happy Anniversary
When years are passing by like days,
and in my hand your hand is placed,
a knowing smile crosses your face,
a simple touch can still make my heart race.

When I can see my soul in your eyes,
and you see your soul in mine we realize,
that a love so deep can harbor no lies,
where our only tears shed were happy tears we've cried.

I love you as much now as I ever did before,
if possible, I may even love you more,
all starting from a feeling we did not ignore,
a feeling of connection we chose to explore.

I don't know what it is that you saw in me,
what I saw in you was the utmost happiness
that can ever be,
even more so on the day when you and I
became "We",
I can still smile and say with love and
truth, I love you...Happy Anniversary.

Thursday, February 25, 2010

My Humble Heart....

Have you ever met someone who has a seemingly perfect life? I am sorry to say that I am not that person. I am however, someone who values the struggles that have been thrust upon them and realize that it is because of these struggles that I am who I am today.

My life has never been perfect, but lately it has been filled with an increasing number of opportunities and trials for me to trust and put my faith in Heavenly Father. I believe that everything happens for a reason. Yes, I do mean everything. Every happy, great, sad, and down right awful thing that happens in life is meant to be. My experiences over the last three years of my life have really challenged this idea. Most days I am not sure why I bother living another day. Then I bring myself back to reality and assure myself that things can always be worse and things aren't that bad.

I started working at the IRS again and realize what a blessing it is to have a great job at my fingertips. My reinstatement was going to expire in August of this year. I felt it very necessary to return to work for many reasons. Although this has been a very difficult adjustment to wrap my mind around, I feel very humbled.

Faith is the key to all things. My testimony has never been so strong. The Lord has blessed my life in so many ways. I have to keep telling myself that things will get better and everything will work itself out.

I have been blessed with a wonderful family and great neighbors who are constantly helping me get through each day. Everyone is so willing to help me with anything. I feel so guilty about asking people to help me out. I am indeed grateful for everyone in my life. My sweet mom has been such a blessing to my kids and I. She is always so willing to drop everything to help me. I couldn't make it through this time of my life without her. I love you mom!

Sorry for my rambling post.. I will post more later!

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Owen's big boy bed!

Warning: If you have a weak stomach, I would recommend you not look at the last picture in this post. Well, we decided to convert Owen's crib into a full sized bed. We thought that it would help him sleep better. Joke was on us. He still gets up at night and has a terrible time falling asleep. The last two night we have gone for a drive to put him to sleep.

So, here is the scoop on what happened to my head. Let's just say this topped off a horrible week at work and a really rough day. I needed a good knock in the head to make me focus. Jeff had taken out Owen's bed rails and put them on the living room floor. He went with Aaron to our store to get the mattress that we ordered for Owen. I was in the living room with the kids and the kids kept playing with the rails, walking on them and making mommy worried that they were going to hurt themselves. I got the kids off of them and reached down to pick one up and lean it against the wall. While bending down to get the second rail, the other one against the wall came down on my head and hit me extremely hard. I wasn't sure what had happened to me for a minute. I went and laid on the couch and reached up to feel my head and my hand was drenched with blood. I immediately called Jeff and luckily he was almost home. It looked a ton worse than it actually was. Head injuries always bleed bad.

Christmas 2009

We had a really fun Christmas this year. Owen and Kaebrie were really fun! They are still too little to grasp the whole idea of Christmas. We talked about baby Jesus and the nativity. Santa was understood for sure. We took Owen to the mall to sit on his lap. He looked at him with a weird glare like "Who are you"??? Santa gave him a coloring book which made his day. After that, he loved Santa...

We will more than likely NEVER leave for a vacation in December again. Christmas came and went way too fast. I didn't even get to do my Christmas baking and I feel like our last minute shopping was indeed too last minute. Not to mention, we shopped at Cuddle Haven on Christmas Eve for our kids. This won't happen again.

When we got home from our cruise, we had some major issues at work. It was a blessing that our phones didn't work because it would've ruined my whole vacation hearing about all the issues. Although, I went crazy not being able to talk to my kids. I have never missed anyone so much in my life.

Back to Christmas, we woke up on Christmas morning and hosted breakfast for Camille, Aaron and Sheena, Grandma and Grandpa Aamodt and Jim and Lori. Then for lunch we had Grandpa Rex come over. Then off to my family party at my parents home. Christmas was really fun and I am so blessed to have the example of Christ in my life.

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Our Christmas Gift to each other!

Jeff and I had an amazing time on our cruise! We have several more pictures but our computer broke so I will have to post more later. Plus, we have to blog about the stalking adventure on our cruise. Pretty funny and entertaining! Last stop Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
We didn't get off the boat in this town either. We were exhausted from sleeping all day/night and overeating. We didn't have the energy to go on shore.

We spent several afternoons playing hand and foot in the game lounge. We were always surrounded by older couples (in their 80's) playing bridge. We fit right in!
PS. I hate always losing to Jeff. Can he ever lose any game he plays?

Hmmmm, what to eat. We slept until noon so our appetites were a little out of control. Everything looked good to us. So, being that we were on a cruise and everything was paid for, we got some of EVERYTHING. Hamburger, fries, soup, cake, chicken fingers, chicken wings, rolls, and of course frozen yogurt.
Note to self: I'm still carrying around cruise weight, UGH!

Fourth Stop: Ixtapa, Mexico

Mazatlan, Mexico

Second Stop: Mazatlan, Mexico

We got off the boat and then got right back on after being swarmed with taxi drivers wanting to take us into the city. We got an uneasy feeling about the crowd so we headed back to the boat and didn't see much of this city.

Another fruit carving table. Notice the festive fruit for Christmas.

First stop: Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

We love frozen yogurt!

Not sure if I want to admit how many we ate the whole time on the cruise.

We averaged about three huge cones a day! Mmmmmm... We were on the boat for 10 days, 30 cones! No wonder I have a muffin top to get rid of!!!
Festive "Welcome Aboard" carved fruit...

First formal night...

Our room... We had a balcony, loved it!

Last March Jeff and I decided to book a 10-day cruise to Mexico for each other for our Christmas. We had such a great time! My mom once again came to the rescue and stayed at our house with our kids while we went. Mom-I hope you know how much this meant to Jeff and I.


We haven't been on a real vacation that wasn't work related since we went to Hawaii before we had Owen. What a treat! We made lots of memories and decided once again that we love cruising. We would live on a cruise boat if we could and travel the world.

Owen is a climber! Not so much a good sleeper anymore...

Two nights before Jeff and I left on our cruise, Owen decided to climb out of his crib. Does everyone go through this? He went from a solid 13 hour sleeper to a sporadic 2-3, 5 or 6 hours at a time! We converted his bed to a toddler bed and he still is not sleeping through the night. We have to sit by his bed and talk to him for about 1-2 hours until he decides to close his little eyes and go to sleep. Then he ends up in our bed in the middle of the night. There goes our perfect sleeping child! This is what I get for being so proud to have such good sleeping children. We are going to order him a big mattress so we can convert his bed to a full size in hopes that he will love it and stay there all night. We are under the assumption that he falls out of his toddler bed in the middle of the night and then crawls into our bed for comfort. To be continued....