Sunday, July 31, 2011

worst mom in the world

just wanted to make all the other moms out there feel better about themselves... [you're welcome]
in his eagerness to take a bath, I allowed little D to run into the bathroom as I was filling the tub with water and just as he was about to reach the tub, he tripped on one of our rugs and... well... the rest, as they say, is history. I suppose I should be thrilled he didn't break his nose or need stitches! It looks a lot worse and more swollen now, poor thing. But thankfully he has his dad's sense of humor about it...

Saturday, July 30, 2011

swingin' cat... for mama astrid :)

What a goofy goober... 
We've been going to the park for the last few weeks in the mornings, [before it gets scorching hot] 
and little D has really started to like the swings! Want proof?
check out the movie:
oh. yeah.
swingin'. cat.

a fuzzyhead blast from the past

I'm not sure why it is so entertaining to me to look back at old pictures of our little guy and to realize that he had so much of the same personality (and silly looks) back in December that he does now.

Oh, I love this guy. Even if he is growing up so fast.

Friday, July 29, 2011

beyond cake and ice cream

Most recent family portrait on little man's big day. Pardon the squinty eyes.
I threw together (super last minute) a little get-together for Little D on his bday with a few of his favorite neighbors and friends...

 like G&B, the sweetest boys I know:
 And of course, The Girlfriend, Lily.
crazy. remember the first time they met from forever ago?? 
I think it's safe to say they've gotten MUCH cuter with time...
 He HAD to show off his newfound skill... anytime anyone says "gross!" he will put his food in his mouth. Talent, no?
 And Lils returned the favor by helping open all his presents :)
 Little D with his blonde posse.
We'll throw in a movie or two from the party once Mr. D gets them up and running.
But until then, enjoy my favorite home decor piece, that I cannot bear to take down yet:
(click on the picture to enlarge it)
12 pictures: 1 week to 11 months.
Love that Bug!!!

Thursday, July 28, 2011

"Wait and hope!"

I just finished reading "The Count of Monte Cristo" this week after it has been on my "to read" list for (oh this is embarrassing) 10 years. Yup, ever since I watched that incredible movie (which I will hopefully be re-watching tonight if I am lucky!) and wow the book did not disappoint, as, [true to form] it far surpassed the movie.

It was a brilliant finish to what has been brewing in my mind for a potential blogpost since May.

Which brings us to the word that has seemed to define 2011 for me thus far: Faith.
The Apostle Paul taught that "faith is the substance [assurance] of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen" (Hebrews 11:1). Alma made a similar statement: "If ye have faith ye hope for things which are not seen, which are true" (Alma 32:21). Faith is a principle of action and power. Whenever we work toward a worthy goal, we exercise faith. We show our hope for something that we cannot yet see.

In deciding to quit my job back in the spring, there were a three things that (I will admit) scared me a bit. 
1) Would I even have an identity anymore?? (I think it's safe to say that I resolved that one on my own)
2) I (and therefore my family) would not have my awesomesauce insurance after August.
3) I would no longer be adding to the income of our family.

In those first few months of 2011, when I struggled so much and wrestled with that decision, I prayed. I pondered. It made sense in my mind. But most importantly, in my heart I knew it was the right thing to do. Since that time I have occasionally doubted my choice, especially with the difficulty of Mr. D's job hunt these past few months. I'm a mom and a wife and no longer a provider, so I stress out. But then I remember:

 D&C 8:2-3 Yea, behold, I will atell you in your mind and in your bheart, by the cHoly Ghost, which shall come upon you and which shall dwell in your heart. Now, behold, this is the spirit of revelation; behold, this is the spirit by which Moses abrought the children of Israel through the Red Sea on dry ground.

As our darling neighbor Jen would remind me at every visit, 
When Noah built the Ark, there was no rain, much less a flood.
When Moses was told he could cross the Red Sea, he had no idea how it would happen.
When Ruth's husband passed away, I am sure she must have felt that she would never have a family again, other than her mother-in-law Naomi.

But the flood did come. Moses crossed the Red Sea on dry ground. And Ruth became ancestor of the man who would be known in all the world... Jesus Christ, would take upon him the sins of all the earth. And how? We do not know. Only that it is so. We do not follow because we are blind, we follow because we SEE.

And through the last few months, Mr. D and I have been blessed more than we can even explain. We still have no idea what or where our future will hold, but I am at peace with whatever the Lord wants for us. I can think of nothing better I could ask from him at this time in our lives.

"And thus we see that except the Lord doth chasten his people with many afflictions, yea, except he doth visit them with famine and with all manner of pestilence, they will not remember him." (Helaman 12:3)

It is so easy to get caught up in our daily lives and think we have things "all figured out" and don't need a higher power's help... but we are wrong. We feel we don't "need" to pray, read our scriptures, go to church and for awhile maybe, we can live without it. But the time will come and does come when we realize we DO need him. Sometimes it is a death in the family, or a famine, or a job loss, or a drastic change in circumstance. And sometimes (as it was the case for me) we realize that we are living daily in FEAR. Fear of the future, fear of failure, fear of the unknown. And do you know what??? It is really difficult to have faith AND hope AND to have a want to WAIT when we have that fear clouding everything else out.
I cannot fully express how grateful I am to have the complete, perfect, restored Gospel of Jesus Christ and I have my wonderful parents to thank for that. To have had it my whole life, and unfortunately I sometimes take it for granted. But it is through our trials that we are building character... and I am now trying my hardest to build my character after Him. Mr. D and I are doing all we can that we feel is good and right, and are content to know that whatever happens in the next few weeks, months, or years, we are in His hands and he loves us as a Father (or mother) loves his (or her) children. We will never be forgotten.
Maybe that is why it was so fitting that in one of the closing lines of the CoMC, even though Edmond (the main character) has suffered and lost all, then has a rapid change of good fortune for which he chooses to bless the lives of others, he writes, "...never forget that, until the day comes when God will deign to reveal the future to man, all human wisdom is contained in these words: Wait and hope!"

President Boyd K. Packer, Acting President of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, has quoted President Harold B. Lee (1899–1973) as saying, “You must learn to walk to the edge of the light, and perhaps a few steps into the darkness, and you will find that the light will appear and move ahead of you.” 2 We develop our faith in the word of God through our experience.

So here we are, still in the dark. And with Faith unwavering in our God, wait and hope we shall do, until the Lord sees fit to let us in on his plan.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Monday, July 25, 2011

Mommy's date night with little D

While Mr. D went golfing with his dad and some other guys Saturday, 
Little D and I decided to go out on a little date! 
Can you tell how excited he was to go on his first trip to the Olive Garden??
 Thrilled, to be certain. We worked on our artistic skills while we waited patiently for our bread:
 Then the bread came! Little D gobbled those carbs down.. he is carboloading these days with all the walking and swimming he's doing.
 What a creative little bug. Its as if blue poop just wasn't enough...
 If you can't tell by that belly and that face, we had some GOOD food: Tilapia and angel hair with veggies.
We will definitely be making this mommy-little D date thing an annual thing :) He was such a good eater and very well behaved. I am so blessed! Love this little bug.
om nom nom

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Happy 13th Birthday, Uncle DK!!

Hard to believe this kid was only barely out of kindergarden when I left for BYU. No wonder I still think of him as a 6 year old... my little crickee-nee turned into a teenager yesterday. Crazy to think that the age difference between he and I is nearly identical to the age difference between he and Little D. Happy to you, Kiddo.

Kardashianssssss <3

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Whittingham/Kent Wedding

We had a BLAST at Missy and Dawson's Wedding this weekend.
The festivities started off Wednesday night at the Grand America Hotel for rehearsal dinner.. and Little D was seriously amused by the ottoman in the bathroom:
And here he is with the bride to be... Gorgeous!
 Little D with Big Mike (grandpa) and Phil (great-grandpa)
 Mr. D with his lovely mother... (can you see the resemblance?)
Little D playing peek a boo with his dad:
Thursday was the main event: wedding day in SLC. Unfortunately the wedding coincided with Little D's morning nap, so we prayed that he would survive. He hung out with some of Missy's cute little cousins while we were in the temple and when we finally came out (2 hours past due on his nap) he was happy as can be! For a little while at least...
 That is, until he realized how sleepy he was and how not-as-fun-as-a-bunch-of-doting-girl-cousins we are. Needless to say, we had to leave before the bride made her big appearance outside :( But at least we got a mini photo shoot in!
Proof it "only" takes four tries... if we're lucky!
 After a good nap, we left Little D in the capable hands of newly married Pillings, and had a great time at the reception. Mr. D and I were inspired by some mildly inappropriate Photobooth pics from the Pilling's wedding. Then of course we had to jump into the family pic!
What a great weekend. I really married into the best kind of family :)

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