Friday, December 31, 2010

New Years Goals

2010's Goals:

Read the entire Book of Mormon - Really, I need to work on reading the scriptures daily, hopefully I do better this year! I didn't read the entire Book of Mormon but I did do a lot better at reading, especially towards the end of the year.

Continue Improving at FHE - We're doing pretty good at this, there's still room for improvement though.

Exercise 4x a week - HAHAHA, I got pregnant at the very beginning of the year and killed that goal!

Read 25 books - That's only one every 2 weeks or so, I'm sure I can do that no problem! - Boy where do I start? When I get to 25 I'm gonna stop, but I think I managed to blow this goal out of the water with my reading this year.
Vampire Diaries 1
Forbidden Game, 1, 2, 3
Night World, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, & 9
Fable Haven 1, 2, 3, 4 & 5
Ender's Game
First Truth
New Moon
Breaking Dawn
Eragon 1,2, & 3

2011's Goals:

Continue working on reading scriptures every day.
Exercise 4x a week
Get my home more organized and clutter free
Find time for a me hobby.

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Merry Christmas from our Family to Yours

Dear Friends & Family,

This year started off with Dennis starting his last semester of his Graduate Program through Arizona State University. He was taking 2 classes to finish up his Degree. One of which was his Senior Project; between the 2 classes, there was a short supply of his time! But we felt it was worth it for him to finish a bit ahead of schedule. Good thing we did (so that he had nothing going on this summer or fall) because on Valentine's Day we got a great surprise; we found out we were expecting our third child! Sarah was sure it was a boy, but lo and behold a few months later we found out it was to be our third little girl. Her due date was October 10th, 10-10-10! What a fun day to be expecting a baby!

In March, the girls, Sarah and her Dad went to Arizona to visit Sarah's twin. It was a lot of fun. They took some time to go a little further South and visited Tombstone, AZ; home of some famous names in History such as Wyatt Earp! They also visited the Phoenix Zoo while they were in Arizona and of course, the girls loved it. The Zoo is one of their favorite places in the whole world.

Dennis had to travel for work quite a bit during May and ended up being gone for both of the girls' birthdays but luckily they're little enough they didn't mind and we celebrated when Daddy was home. May is definitely a busy month around here between birthdays and holidays! But the best part of the month was when Dennis had finished up his classes for his Masters Degree. Sarah couldn't have been prouder of her wonderful husband! He'd worked hard and they'd had to sacrifice a lot of time together for him to complete it but he did it and he got his Masters!

In July we went on a family vacation with Sarah's family to Brookings, Oregon. Sarah's Dad grew up there and he wanted to be able to share his youth with his children so he rented a large vacation home on the beach and we all went to visit! It was a 2 day drive both ways and sometimes a little crazy! But we had so much fun! We got to see Giant Redwood Trees, visit the deepest lake in the US, Crater Lake (In the caldera of an old volcano!), visit the largest Sea Lion Cave in the US, pet sharks, play on the beach, collect shells, and just spend some good quality family time together. We loved it, and though Sarah may never get Dennis that close to the ocean again, it really was an enjoyable trip!

August was another busy month for us. We celebrated our 8th Wedding Anniversary. (Can it really have been that long already?) Dennis turned 30. And then, the day that every parent dreads happened. Our first little girl had her first day of school! (pre-school) She looked so cute that first day, and she was beyond excited to go! In fact, most days, she's still really excited to go and we hope that she is able to always keep that love of learning alive.

The month of September was our waiting game (as Sarah calls it). Nothing was going on except for sitting around waiting for the baby! It's really hard to be patient when you know one of the best things in life is going to happen soon! Rebecca Marie was born on September 29th, a little after 2:30 in the morning. She was a little tiny thing! Only weighing 6lbs 11oz and 19” long, so much smaller than either of her sisters. Her sisters just dote on her, they are so in love. It's sweet to watch. Then we blessed her on her due date of 10-10-10!

We hosted Thanksgiving for the first time this year. It was with Dennis' family and was a nice holiday. It's exciting that we are at the point in our lives where we're hosting family get togethers. Then Christmas will be at our house this year with Sarah's family. We really are loving the Holidays, and looking forward to the start of another New Year! (Hopefully one not quite so busy!)


Dennis, Sarah, Charity, Danielle and Rebecca
The Young Family

Merry Christmas Pictures

In November a friend and I set up a backdrop photo area and had some fun. Here was our results: Enjoy!

Monday, December 13, 2010

Santa Claus is coming to town...

What a busy time of year getting ready for Christmas and all! Luckily everything is bought/made, still waiting on a few things in the mail, and we have about 1/2 the presents wrapped (maybe a little more!). Yay! I think we've got all the stocking stuffers. Oh wait, just remembered one thing I need to get since we weren't able to get them on Saturday...

Now I'm just trying to get a newsletter written and Christmas cards sent out. I've never written an end of the year newsletter before. How do you limit it to a page!?! lol. And then how much detail should I include? Do I just leave off some of the things that happened to include more detail or not go into much detail? I don't know! Well, you'll have to let me know what you think after you read it.

The girls are so excited though. Danielle today has wanted to tell everyone Merry Christmas. So very cute! Charity just wants to wrap more presents. :) It's so much fun to watch them and get caught up in Christmas through their eyes.

Now to go figure out what I'm forgetting, lol.

Sunday, December 5, 2010


Have you ever experienced one of those perfect moments where life sometimes gives us a glimpse of perfect peace and happiness?

It seems to me, and maybe it's just a faulty memory with those from my younger days slipping away, but I've had more of those moments since becoming a parent than I ever did as a child or young adult. You'd think the big "events" would qualify under with these special Moments, but surprisingly they don't, atleast not for me. There was no grand moment the day I graduated High School, the day I got engaged or said I do, the day I found out that I was going to become a mother. While those are all special times in and of themselves, they weren't a Moment.

I've experienced them throughout the years. One of my favorites is now a Christmas memory, one of my favorite Christmas memories. :) I'd gotten up early Christmas morning, it was just me, the silence, and the beauty of the tree. I just sat there staring at the lit tree feeling like everything was just right in the world. That moment is the reason Christmas is one of my favorite holidays and every year I get to catch a glimpse of that moment. Every time I stare at a Christmas Tree all lit up, especially in the dark when the only light is coming from the tree, I experience a little bit of that peace and happiness I found that morning.

Growing up, I always believed the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints was true but then when I was a preteen, probably 11 or 12, I had one of those moments that solidified my faith. Laura and I had been taking piano lessons from a neighbor in our ward and we'd been sitting at the piano in her house playing, I had glanced out the window and I can't tell you now what I saw, what we were playing, why then, but I remember the feeling, in that moment, that instant, I knew the church was true. It wasn't just a belief anymore that it was true but I knew. Since then I've never had a doubt on my testimony of the church. It was no longer based on my parents beliefs or the beliefs of those around me, but it was my knowledge of its' truthfullness and I still carry that with me today.

Another I had while in High School was just a moment, nothing was affirmed to me, there was no feeling of peace or happiness, it was more of perfect contentment, and it was a double moment :) One time in the spring I was walking home from school, I don't know if I was by myself or if Laura was with me that day or what. But the sun was shining, there were light fluffy clouds in the sky, it was a warm day, and I caught the smell of blossoms in the air. It was one of those moments that just lifted me up. Later that year in the fall, it happened again, only this time there was a crispness to the air. The sun was still shining, the sky a bright blue but the leaves on the trees had turned colors and I caught that wonderful autumn smell of dried leaves and apples. Those two memories are intertwined for me, they happened in the same spot, and were so similar that I can't think of one without the other.

Another time when cuddling with Dennis on the couch. We were just sitting there, watching a movie or something, but he had his arm around me and I was snuggled up next to him, comfortable and happy. It hit me just how wonderful life was, how much I loved this man beside me, and how much he loved me. I wanted to in that moment, always.

Here's a guilty little secret of mine, as a teen and young adult, I didn't want kids. The thought of labor scared me. I was selfish and didn't want to have give up my free time and be responsible for another human being, but I still felt that it was the right thing to do, that I was suppose to have children. Still, after Dennis and I decided to start our family, I wasn't at peace with it, I didn't want to. But then one day, I was just sitting there on the bus, on my way to school, and I had this feeling of peace come over me that everything would be all right and work out for the best. I knew in that moment that it was right, and I was finally at peace with the decision and I was happy.

One night after Charty was born I was holding her, looking into her eyes probably. And it dawned on me the true meaning of a Mother's Love. I'd never really understood it before and maybe it requires becoming a Mother to really understand the love that a Mother has for her child(ren). But that moment was a revelation for me really on how much my own parents loved me, how much I loved my own child, and how much my Father in Heaven loved me. To be in that moment revelling in the amount of love for my own child and the amount of Love that I felt in that moment from those who love me was just amazing.

I just had another moment, and again it was while holding my baby in my arms. I glanced at the mirror and there I was holding this precious beautiful little child. She was snuggled up next to me, her face nestled near my neck, that perfect little newborn snuggle and I looked so happy and peaceful. I looked again to try to capture that perfect moment again but it was too late, she'd already wiggled a bit and I was looking for it, lol. I have a lot of those moments as a mother of a newborn, it's probably one of the reasons that I just LOVE newborns, the perfect peace I can find when holding my new child is just amazing to me.

When I experience of those Moments, I find myself wishing that I could stay in that Moment forever, wanting it to just go on and on and not end; but the Moments can't last forever, otherwise there would be no more Moments. I can't sit forever in the peace of that early morning staring at the tree; I can't forever be cuddled up next to Dennis; I can't forever hold my newborn child in my arms; I can't forever stay in a single moment. And as much as I WANT to stay in that Moment when it's here, I'm so glad that we're not able to ever stay in one single Moment because then I would miss out on so many more. And though the memory of that Moment may not be as powerful as the Moment itself, those are memories I will always cherish.

Friday, December 3, 2010

Rebecca is 2 Months Old!

My sweet little baby is 2 months old already! How did that happen? And you'll never believe how big she is! She had her 2 month appointment today and she weighed 10lbs 7oz and was 24" long! The doctor commented that she looked like a 4 month old to him because of her length :) It seems she's taking after her Daddy.

Though, I looked up the other girls' stats at 2 months old and it's going to amaze you the similarities...

Charity at 2 months old was 10lbs 6oz and 23 1/2".

Danielle at 2 months was 1olbs 7oz and 24 1/4"

So, they were all within an ounce of each other, and within an inch of each other length wise. So at 2 months old they were all a very similar size... Now Charity is tall tall tall and even pretty big percentile wise for her heighth and Danielle is tiny tiny tiny.... My guess is still that Rebecca is going to be tall and similar to Charity since Danielle started out bigger and birth and Rebecca was my smallest at birth, so she's shown the largest amount of weight gain at 2 months. (She has technically put on over 4 pounds in 2 months!) But, time will tell and we'll just have to wait and see :)

Rebecca 2 months old - A laugh or a smile?