Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Easter Sunday pics

Actually. . .

Emma's first haircut. Her hair was getting so long in the back for a 5 month old!! Poor kid was getting hot and sweaty on the back of her neck, so we decided to cut it. Below are the before and after pics.

Grandma LeVar smiled big when she saw her. She' been telling me to get that baby a haircut for a while (she prefers short hair anyway on kiddoes).

Aaron, however, had a different reaction. He said, "Actually, that is what a boy looks like, Emma." He repeated that to her a few times--I don't think she quite got it cause she just smiled back and him with her big cute, happy smile :-) She's a very smiley baby!

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Education and other thoughts

I was reading the April Ensign today and there are some fantastic articles about education in there! It was so nice to read about how a formal education is important for everyone. I especially enjoyed the article by Sheralyn Mitchell who wrote about how her husband became very ill and she had to go back to school in order to be able to support the family. She wrote about how, even though she had great family support and was able to get a nursing degree at that point, she wished she had taken her schooling more seriously as a young adult. She wrote the following, "We've talked about education being important not only for just-in-case situations but also for all situations. Education and family life aren't mutually exclusive. . .trying to help them understand that the preparation that education provides will help them in all aspects of their future lives."

Part of why I was so impressed with this article is because it laid out the philosophy that I (and many others) have always expressed. One of my pet peeves was when some men and women in the church would always emphasize the need for a women to get an education so that if something happens to her husband or she doesn't marry, she'll be able to support herself. While, that's certainly a valid result of having a formal education and a good reason to do so, it is only one of many. I was always solid in my belief that education is just important no matter what the future holds. So, it was just nice to read an article in the Ensign that illustrated this point that I've been so passionate about for most of my life (not to say that there haven't been other similar articles, but this one just touched me today).

I also liked the following paragraph, "There are days when we all wish I could be a stay-at-home mom, but that wasn't what was in store for us. Instead of dwelling on what I wish my circumstances were, which only leads to frustration, I try to focus on how blessed I feel to work in a job that I find rewarding, that offers much variety, that has provided good health insurance for my husband, and that gives our family an element of security."

It is nice to see articles in the Ensign (as there often are) that illustration the exceptions to the ideal and how important it is to live close to the spirit so we can be inspired to do what is best for us and our family in our individual circumstance. I am so grateful for the gift of the Holy Ghost!

I feel very blessed that my circumstances allow me to be a stay-at-home mom. We do make some sacrifices and have lived on a very tight budget for a while, but we have been very blessed in our ability to make it work out as well as it does. I am very grateful for the many lessons I have learned and continue to learn as I fulfill the role of being a stay-at-home mom.

It's interesting as I look back to when I finished graduate school and had earned my master's degree in Social Work as well as passing my licensing exams (LMSW) only to end up with a teaching job (I did NOT want to return to teaching, but it paid better than entry level social work jobs, my husband would still be in school for a couple of more years, and we wanted to start having children.). It's amazing how this job (that I didn't want) worked out so well for us. We were able to put a decent amount in savings to prepare for my going part time when our first baby was born (which came quicker than we expected) and then I was able to teach part-time for two years with full benefits. It's amazing to me how we can each be blessed in our own unique ways--the ways that the Lord knows is best for us.

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Six Flags cont.

On the train that goes around the park. Aaron was SO excited to go on the "real" train that had smoke coming out of it. He and Chloe had a great time with their cousins!

Aaron LOVED the bumper cars! At first, the guy wasn't going to let him ride by himself (he rode with Beth in the picture above) because he just barely met the height requirement but his little legs are still really too short to push the peddle. He was also afraid that Aaron might get upset when he got bumped (Aaron is older than he looks). But, we talked the guy into it and Aaron was in his prime! When he got bumped his whole face just lit up in a big grin. Even though he was stuck at the wall for most of the time, he still loved it. He did manage to manuever it a little, but had a hard time figuring out how to back up or turn around to get away from the wall.

Six Flags

Weekend before last we went to Six Flags with, my sister, DeeAnn, and her husband, Dale, and their kids, Beth and Josh. They got season tickets this year and got to take us that day for free! YIPPEE for us! It was a rather cold, but enjoyable day. The kids had a blast. Here are some pictures I "borrowed" from my sister's blog (since our camera's battery went dead as soon as we got it out to use it. . .guess I should've charged the battery!) While Aaron was timid about some rides (he cried almost the whole time when he and chloe rode the airplane ride--Chloe took it up high and he wanted to stay low--he's happy in the above picture because Chloe had brought the airplane back down), Chloe was good to go for almost all of the kid rides! (or at least all the ones they went on) She's getting to be such a big girl!

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Rice Cereal

Emma is growing up! These pictures are from a couple of weeks ago when we gave her rice cereal for the first time.

Yard Work

I LOVE working out in the yard! Wish I had more time for it!! Here I am fixing our flower bed out front and working hard with the wheelbarrow (or maybe I'm just posing with an empty wheelbarrow because I think it looks cool??)

Seriously, I love yard work including mowing, weeding, cutting (especially if I get to use the chainsaw--which I have cut down a few trees in our backyard back before I got pregnant with Emma), gardening, landscaping (not that I am any good at it), etc.--now if only my yard actually looked like I enjoyed doing all those things. . .

My Two Girls!!

Okay, so ever since Emma was born, I was thinking she looked almost exactly like Chloe did as a baby. Well, after going through old baby pictures of Chloe, I realized I was quite mistaken. While they do share many similar features and expressions, they do look quite different. (Chloe is the top picture and Emma the bottom)

What's even funnier is that I remember Chloe having a lot of hair. Emma definitely wins in the hair contest!!

Family Home Evening

Just a picture of the conclusion of one of our Family Home Evenings. Chloe and Aaron put it together.

Just Hangin' Out

Sunday, April 5, 2009

Chloe's 1st Birthday

More Chloe age 2

I've been going through cd's of old pics. . .

Me reading Muncha Muncha to Chloe
(one of her favorite books at the time!)
Crazy, cute hair
Sad face!

Chloe age 2 (I think??)

Just cute pics of Chloe and her daddy! I guess Chloe fell asleep while eating. . .I remember that happening a few times.