Apparently pregnancy plus travel does not equal great documentation. Again, I'll try to be better.
Here is a little overview via facebook status updates.
I tried to pull a Jimmy Kimmel on my kids and told them I are all their candy last night. They are too smart for that. They didn't even blink. Hannah explained the logistics, that there was no physical way we could have eaten all of the candy in one sitting. "You couldn't do that, Mom! You'd get a tummy ache and the baby wouldn't like it!"
Hannah: Mommy, let me tell you about my dream. It was HORRIBLE! It was Christmas and there were zombies and I screamed.
Adam: What did they look like?
Hannah: They looked like our faces and our bodies.
Me: The zombies were us?
Hannah: No, you weren't there. It was just me and my preschool friends and Mrs. Mindi Farrell and the zombies were picking us up.
Me: From school?
Hannah: No, they were getting us. And they were all boys and the zombies were naked.
Adam: How do you know they were boys?
Hannah: Because. Just because.
This is coming from a child that has never watched anything scarier than a Pixar film, but has the craziest imagination I know.
As if I couldn't love them any more, the young women in my ward are cleaning my house and reading to my children right now. I was given the instructions to relax. Feeling extremely loved and blessed.
So we are all sitting around the table making up lame knock knock jokes and I came up with one that cracked me up.
That's where it ends, and I start laughing. Seriously. I am such a big nerd. My whole family just stared at me while I laughed at myself. Hannah said, "I don't get it." Coincidentally, her father also doesn't "get" Doctor Who.
One of my favorite traditions on road trips is listening to Wait Wait Don't Tell Me.
We had a great (but quick!) weekend in California to celebrate the pending arrival of our new niece, Hanley. Always great to spend time with the fam!
Paige: I want to talk about fighting.
Me: Oh? What about it?
Paige: I mad at you. You be nicer to me.
Heaven forbid I spend 15 minutes unpacking rather than playing with her. Nevertheless, her plea mingled with adorableness earned her
a nice long cuddle.
Believing in the Savior's teachings about charity and putting it into practice can be a huge weakness of mine.
I keep reading these scriptures and I can almost TOUCH it but I'm not quite there. I admire those in my life who are beautiful examples of unconditional love and charity. And I'm grateful for the Atonement which allows us to grow and be forgiven our many weaknesses.
38 ¶Ye have heard that it hath been said, An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth:
39 But I say unto you, That ye resist not evil: but whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also.
Matthew 5: 43-48
43 ¶Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy.
44 But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;
45 That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.
It's so cute when I'm talking to someone about motherhood and another person joins in the conversation and says, "I have this puppy..." Bless their hearts.
Paige is in this awesome phase where she will immediately admit to her mistakes and say, "I so so sorry. It my fault." I love it. I love it so much. I know it's unrealistic, but if she could continue this throughout her lifetime she'll have acquired a great asset. The ability to own responsibility. I love my girl.
My heart is broken today, after learning that a young man took his life inside the Las Vegas LDS temple. This building is my refuge. My peace. My comfort. My sanctuary. I have had many conversations with my Heavenly Father within these sacred walls. Today I pray for this young man and his grieving family, that they may find the peace and comfort someday. And I pray for the sweet temple workers and youth groups who allegedly witnessed this tragedy. The Atonement is infinite and wonderful. It has the power to heal.
Adam Turney and I just took the 5 Love Languages test and our results are nearly identical, with the exception of my primary love language being words of affirmation and his being physical touch (we were exactly opposite on those!) How interesting to see and learn more about yourself and your spouse!
Hannah: Paige, say, "Turkey Train!"
Hannah: Please, I'll give you a dollar.
Paige: I no want a dollar.
Hannah: PLEASE! I'll give you a DOLLAR!
Paige: Okay. Turkey Train.
Me: Now what are you going to do Hannah? You don't have a dollar to give Paige.
Hannah: Can I have one?
Paige: (Angrily) Hannah. YOU NO HAVE A DOLLAR?!?!?!?!
I'm not very impressed with Apple right now. My iPod lasted less than a year. At their suggestion we did a factory reset and it seemed to fix the problem. Unfortunately about a month later it stopped working again and I took it into the Apple store. It was two weeks passed my one-year warranty and they would only replace it if I gave them $150 plus they would replace it with a refurbished model. Since I'm not going to pay half the price of the original product to get it replaced for a refurbished model I'm just out an iPod. They even checked to make sure it wasn't due to any water damage or anything like that, it was all internal so it was basically because it was faulty hardware. If I were dealing with Amazon right now they would've replaced it with a new model and probably given the Amazon credit. Boo, Apple.
I'm scrolling through facebook and suddenly an Elf on the Shelf pops up. Hannah was very upset and said, "Mom! We didn't get our Elf this year!" I explained that some elves come sooner and some elves come later. I told her ours came last year after Thanksgiving. She said, "Let's say a prayer that our Elf hurries up and gets here before Thanksgiving!!!!" Great.
Some Highlights included:
A trip to California for my new niece Hanley Elizabeth's baby shower (due 12/31).
Hannah and Paige being the cutest children ever on the face of the planet as always.
Throwing up less and less (It's been a week! Wait, no it hasn't...nevermind.
The Young Women coming over to clean our house!
Two book clubs!