Sunday, April 26, 2009

Easter Egg Hunt

This is a little video that Ted put together of our family Easter Egg Hunt. He did the music and some of you may recognize the words, even if you don't recognize the tune. What sweet children I have. Watch how they help each other and look out for each other. I assure you, that's the way it ALWAYS is in our house...

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

My Favorite Things

As I was driving home from the school today Jillian and Holly were pointing out all the trees that were blossoming. I think it's pretty safe to say that spring has finally sprung! One of my favorite things in the whole world is a tulip tree in bloom. I LOVE them. I started thinking about how negative I had become, and how easy it is for me to get dragged down by all the stress and pressure we face in life. So I forced myself to start thinking of some other things that I was thankful for. My hubby Ted came to mind right away.
I couldn't ask for a better husband, and father for my children. He really is my best friend. I'm thankful for our four beautiful fun little girls. Our curious, sweet little baby boy Luke (who is growing WAY too fast). I'm thankful for our good health, aside from my long list of complaints...oh yea this was supposed to be postive!!! I'm also thankful for our house, and great neighbours.
For the family time that we have together every night where we read the scriptures and feel the spirit in our home. (This is a new one, but it's working out surprisingly well!)

I found a list that I had made when I was in college called "My Happy List" I couldn't believe how long it was. I wondered how I could have forgotten the little things back then that made me happy to be alive. After reading this list, I promised myself to try to be a more thankful person. After all, I really do have so much to be thankful for!!! Here are some of the things on my "Happy List" from 13 years ago:

newborn babies, maternity ward in the hospital
smiling children
my health
ice cream, cheese cake
swedish fish, gummy bears, panda bears, teddy bears
long showers
cold cheeks (I lived in Idaho when I wrote this)
the first snowfall
driving in the pouring rain
star gazing, the moon
crunchy fall leaves, hay rides
kittens, puppies, bright colored fish, bunny rabbits
big cozy blankets
waterfalls, snow covered mountains
bear hugs, holding hands
puddle stomping
slow dancing with someone you like
Hawaii, beaches, sandcastles, the ocean, suntanning
lip gloss that smells and tastes good
crosstitching, playing my flute
making snow angels
taking pictures, looking at pictures
church hymns, temple grounds, missionaries,scriptures, prayers
nail polish, long talks, picnics
caramel apples, rainbows
Christmas, Christmas lights
running through the sprinkler
surprises, getting flowers, good news
pillow fights, blowing bubbles, sunsets
trampolines, porch swings
getting a massage
weddings, dressing up
candles, bow ties on little boys
drive in movies, saturday morning pancakes
kraft dinner, weeping willow trees
compliments, lady bugs, butterflies
vacations, new shoes, country music
late night restaurants, memories
tall trees, wind
soft hair, shaved legs
weird dreams, poetry
fireworks, ferris wheel
getting asked to dance
the smell of leather, clotheslines
slurpies, blowing bubbles with hubba bubba gum
new clothes