Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Just some pics of my cute kids :)

To take a break from my ramblings, we’ll leave you with some cute pics of my cuties :)


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Sunday, September 18, 2011

"Be What's Needed"

As mentioned in the previous post, I'm really excited to be singing in the General Relief Society Meeting this weekend. The last few weeks of rehearsals have been simply amazing. As I before mentioned, we have the most amazing director, Emily Wadley. Darrell is probably sick of me talking about how inspiring she is. But she definitely is somebody I want to become like someday. It's apparent she has an immense love for the gospel, everyone around her, and Church History. Something she spoke of our first rehearsal, and has reiterated every week, is the importance to "Be What's Needed." We all have so many different talents, and the Lord uses those talents to help unify His people (Or in our case, the choir). However, for the unity to happen, we have to be willing to be humble, obedient, and teachable to "be what's needed." Whether we see it at the beginning or not, the Lord knows what we need, and will make things happen the way they are supposed to.
Last night as were were discussing the words to "The Morning Breaks" I was taken back into memory the times I've felt an immense sense of peace or joy that has come from the knowledge that the gospel it true. My mind flashed back to to sitting in the Sacred Grove in Palmyra, New York at the peaceful beauty that surrounded me as the sun peeked through the trees. I went back to the humble testimony of the Prophet Joseph Smith that swelled in my heart as I touched the banister walking up the stairs in the Carthage Jail. To sitting in front of the Nauvoo Temple watching the sun set over the Mississippi River with the silhouette of the statues of Hyrum and Joseph. To receiving my endowments in the Manti, LDS Temple. To the days my children were born. To the times when my children are just sweet and loving.
As my mind reflected on these many memories, I knew I needed to remember and learn from these experiences, just as I learn from the history of faithful Latter-Day Saint Women both in the early days of the church and now. It was also a spiritual battery recharge I've been needing for a while.
So, although I'm going to miss singing with this amazing choir and learning weekly from Sister Wadley, I'm thankful the Lord needed me there. I originally thought it was merely an answer to my longing to sing in a choir again, but clearly I needed more than that, and I hope to daily keep that spirit of remembrance in my heart.

The need to journal more

This cute little lady, Emily, is our choir director for the choir singing at the General Relief Society Conference this year. She's such an amazing woman, and I feel like I know her so well, even though I've only spent a few hours the last month being directed by her. Tonight she talked about how we need to write down all the experiences that we're having to help us learn and grow in life. I found this quote on her blog tonight, and I would like to share it with you.
"Oh there's a lot to say. A lot to remember. A lot to forget. A lot to keep to yourself. A lot to hang on to and a lot to let go of. Sweet moments. Ugly thoughts. Revelation. Pure emotion. Swings, diapers, salad, cereal. Indian, PB, popcorn, apples, did I say cereal? Flying, typing, talking, earning. Headphones, car stereo, ipod. Babies, kids, heartache, victories. Soccer games, concerts, car rides, door slams, dirty floor, laughter. Harmony, kindergarten, colors. Pancakes, lullabyes. Singing, yelling, crying, whispering, kissing, holding, grasping, reaching, wanting, trying, hoping, accepting. Dancing, cleaning, walking, going. Corners, hills. Forgiving. Loving. Sleeping. Yep, that's some of the living. Remember? Remember how I've been living all this time?"
I hope to be able to do better and recording all the things happening in my life, because these times will never be here again. I know that the Lord is watching over me always, but I want to reflect on everything, all the time. Here's to a new day and a better job remembering to journal for me!

Saturday, September 10, 2011

My now 4 year old :)


4 years ago today, we finally got to meet this cute little man in person :)


Even though he came into our family sooner than we ever originally planned, I wouldn’t trade him for ANYTHING!

Steven also started joy-school this week with some of the neighborhood kids.  He has definitely been loving it.  He has always had a passion for learning, and he makes every day exciting.  He asks hundreds of questions, and always wants to know about everything!
Here are some fun thing about our wonderful 4-year old!

Favorite Movies: Cars and Toy Story (All of them, including Mater’s Tall Tales)

Favorite Color:  Blue

Favorite Food: Ramen Noodles and Chicken Nuggets

Favorite Scripture Story: Samuel The Lamenite

Favorite Sport: Running

He loves to sleep on the top bunk

He absolutely loves going to primary every week, even if lately it’s just because he has wanted them to sing to him for his birthday :)

He really does love playing with his sister, and is starting to get along with her, and share with her a lot

Due to other family parties, and a BYU Game today, we did Steven’s birthday celebrations yesterday.   A few months back, he got to go to a friend’s birthday party, and since then playing with his friends for his birthday was definitely something he wanted a lot!  We did a Toy Story friend birthday party with a few of his friends from the neighborhood.  Thanks to my sis-in-law, Jenny, I had some great inspiration.  We started the party by reading the kids a story about the Toy Story toys escaping from Sunnyside Day Care.  Then, they had to get through an obstacle course which led them to the kitchen.  They had to come down the stair, go through the balloon pit at the bottom, climb over chairs, under the piano bench, do a ring toss, and go through a box tunnel.  I wanted to take more pictures, but I was supervising 8 adorable 3-4 year olds :)


In the kitchen, we did Mr. Potato Head Crafts.  When Steven got up to make his, he said, “I want to make a Picasso Potato.”  :)  I have an artist, what can I say?DSCN1726


Then, we had presents and cupcakes and ice cream.  Steven was not expecting presents, so this was an exciting awesome thing for Steven.  His friends gave him such awesome presents, and he loves them! Overall, I think the boys had fun. :) Thanks Debra and Sheri for helping me man the boys.

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And last night we had my sister, my parents, and Darrell’s parents come over for dinner, and cake and ice cream.  Steven wanted a Woody and Buzz cake this year.  I let him find cakes with me online, and he chose one that I tried my best to make.  It was fun to play with fondant again, and even though the cake was not perfect, he absolutely loved it! He also loved family being here to play with him.  It was definitely one of his best days! 

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Happy Birthday Darrell!

September at our house is birthday month, since 3/4 of the family birthdays fall in this month.  Last week we celebrated Darrell’s last birthday in the twenties. :)

Friday, the 2nd, was his birthday.  We had presents that evening, where he got some clothes and a game.  Our friends, the Anderson’s came over to play games and to enjoy homemade ice cream with us for the celebration.  On Saturday, Darrell and I went to lunch while the kids played at Grandma and Grandpa Cropper’s, after which we watched the BYU game.  The Cougs kept up their birthday streak for Darrell and pulled out the win. :) Go Cougs!! We sure love Darrell, and I hope that we made it a special fun weekend for him!!

And Thanks to Darrell’s parents and Zann and Amber for letting us watch the game at your places.


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