Friday, October 31, 2008

Pumpkin Day

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

A free giveaway...

My friend Jen makes very cute bags, bows, headbands, scripture covers, capes and more! (I really want to get a headband for Abby:) You should all visit her website for a chance for a free giveaway and to see her great stuff.
(I've seen a ton of it in person and it is darling!)

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Happy Birthday, Abby!

Today is the real birthday.
Abby is 2!

Here are 10 things about Abby that I think are great:

1. Abby is a talker-and-a-half. Especially in the car, she can talk like no other and we love hearing her cute voice.

2. Abby has a ton of energy. She wears me out and doesn't sit on our laps for long but I love her exuberance and busy-ness.

3. She is very friendly. I am glad that she is social and enjoys talking to and meeting new people.

4. Abby loves to read. We spend lots of time with books and a common phrase is, "I need to read!"

5. Abby is quite a happy kid. We all have sad moments, but I am grateful that we can generally count on a big smile from our girl.

6. We think that she is very cute.

7. Abby likes reading the scriptures. She loves finding pictures of Jesus and Alma (her favorite Book of Mormon character) in her story book. (She also has a very exuberant "Amen" at the end of prayers!)

8. She is very fashion conscious. Sometimes it can be pretty hard to convince her to wear pants instead of dresses. I always love it when she tells me she likes my clothes and then proceeds to pick out shoes to match them.

9. She is quite the smarty pants. She counts to 4, knows several shapes and colors and is learning letters. I also laugh as we drive through the neighborhood and she tells me who lives in which house.

10. We love that she is ours forever!

Here are a few pictures of our day today (Wheeler Farm--I think I could just eat that little piglet up--not literally, cake, presents plus a visit to grandma):

(That is a smile.)

Saturday, October 25, 2008


Most of you already know our little “situation” of late. For those of you who don’t…here it is…

Mike’s job has been great! He’s worked with great people and had fun being involved with a small startup pharmaceutical company. He got his hands into many different projects. One of his main interests for his career is the design and construction of pharmaceutical facilities. He certainly wanted to help his company with a large facility, but not knowing when that would happen, he’s been looking for a new job for some time now. He really picked up the pace a month or two ago.

Then…a few setbacks hit the company (pretty much all unrelated, but all at the same time—not good) and they needed to do layoffs! Last Wednesday 70% of the company was laid off. Huge! It was really sad and we felt bad for all involved. Unfortunately, we are unemployed. Fortunately, we had already started the process of finding a new job. We consider ourselves very blessed to have been prepared in this way.

So now Mike is searching full time. We have some excellent leads and prospects. Unfortunately, none so far are in Utah (as anticipated). We expect to be moving within the next few months:(. We’ll miss home here, but look forward to new opportunities and adventures!

A couple thoughts:

  • If you know anyone who might want to buy our house (with the plan that we’ll live here until we leave…within reason), have them give us a call.
  • We have the chance to renew our AWESOME University of Utah gymnastics season tickets before Oct. 31. If you want them, let us know (otherwise we’ll just let them go). It will cost $65 for the two. There are six meets (January through March) and the seats are very good. I will miss them:(

Sunday, October 19, 2008

An early birthday party

Abby's birthday is October 27th.

We had a little party yesterday at Jungle Jim's Playland. I question whether or not she really is my child because she seemed to enjoy the rides much more than I would've as a kid. It was great to see her having so much fun!

Here she is on the train with Isaac...

...and on the swing she almost tried to climb out of.
These are all the kids who celebrated with us.
After Jungle Jim's, we came home, ate pizza, opened presents...

...and we didn't forget the balloons (a highlight of the day--and today, too). Look up.
Then we ate yummy cupcakes.

And here is the birthday outfit she wore to church today.

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Thursday, October 16, 2008

More T-Ball

I included this picture because I thought it was so cute of Mike and Abby. It was taken after the collage pictures were taken and posted.
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Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Fall T-Ball

Fun, inside and free

Last Friday Abby and I went downtown. We didn't have any specific plans other than I needed to make a quick stop at the FH Library. Next door is the Church History Museum. It was cold outside and so indoors was appealing. I am sure that many of you have already discovered the museum and I certainly had pre-kid, but they had a fun little exhibit just for kids entitled I am a Child of God that Abby really enjoyed. She played with baby dolls, gave them bottles and changed their "nammies" (jammies) in a mock hospital nursery. She built temples with blocks (for not very long) and really liked coloring stained glass windows. They also had a little reading area, a few places to watch videos, other building things and a wall where you remove wooden pieces to reveal scripture stories. We stayed for 45 minutes or so which isn't very long, but was perfect for her. (She would've stayed longer.)

We also added to "fun and free" by parking on the street a few blocks away and taking the train (within the free fare zone:) to the library/museum (much easier than trying to park by Temple Square).

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Usborne Books

The book show was fun. So many fun and varied books to choose from. Really I'd like to have them all! Anyway, if anyone (in state, out of state or somewhere in between) wants to order a book online, you have through this weekend to do it! Just go to this website. Several of us made a nice dent in our Christmas shopping:)

Monday, October 6, 2008

Catch up

5 days without internet is good for me...

Here are a few little updates from us.

Little Vacation

This past week/weekend, we took a little trip down south. We camped two nights at Bryce National Park...

...and drove through Zion National Park...
...before heading to Mike's parents place in St. George. Several of my family were also in St. George where my brother ran (super fast) the St. George marathon on Saturday morning. We had a great time visiting with both families and watching conference. Some of us girls went to Tuacahn to see Les Miserables (oh, I love that show--it rained a bit, but I still love that show) while the guys took all the kids to Priesthood!

A couple memorable things:
  • Mike got 5 stitches in his hand 3 hours before we were supposed to leave for using scissors inappropriately at work:)
  • Abby likes make believe--she turned a piece of concrete in the campground into a horsey and refused to eat the two cinnamon bears she was playing with in the car
  • Abby is talking in complete sentences! It is so fun and an exciting part of her development (most of the sentences start, "I need..." or "I want..." :) It is very cute
  • I really like Pollo Loco

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General Conference

We spent conference weekend in St. George at Mike's parents' new place (lovely home). It was a great weekend and here are some thoughts. I only have notes from the Saturday afternoon and Sunday morning sessions.

Laugh in the face of adversity, maintain an eternal perspective, understand the principle of compensation, always trust in our Father in Heaven and Jesus Christ. --Elder Joseph B. Wirthlin

During our morning prayers, reflect on our struggles, express remorse and plead for strength. During the day, keep a prayer in our hearts to overcome the struggles we face. Then, in our evening prayers, report back, express gratitude for strength and repent. --Elder David A. Bednar

Say gratitude-only prayers on occasion and pray for others sincerely and with intent. --Elder David A. Bednar

Seek and qualify for unity with those around us (in various settings) and always be aware of how we talk about others. --President Henry B. Eyring

Responses of silence, meekness and forgiveness take Christian courage. --Elder Robert D. Hales

Be humble enough to ask, "Is it I?" as the apostles did of Jesus in the face of contentions or conflict. --Elder Robert D. Hales

The temple is the reason we do all things. --Sister Elaine B. Dalton

Never let a problem to be solved be more important than a person to be loved. --President Thomas S. Monson

Usborne Books

I am hosting an Usborne Books show at my house on Thursday (10/9) at 7 PM. These are really fun kids books and are reasonably priced. If you'd like to come, I'd love to have you. (Let me know for planning purposes.) It's a good time to think of Christmas presents for your kiddos! (Abby loves the Usborne books she has!)