Monday, July 21, 2014

7 Years Married!

Sunday was our 7-year anniversary. We celebrated on Saturday by leaving the kids with our friends and going to our favorite mall by ourselves. We started with laser tag. It was just us, so we were against each other instead of teammates. Of course Justin won, though I did get him quite a few times. It was a lot of fun! Next we went inside Wonderworks, a science-based fun center. Some of the things we did:

Can you see Justin's outline?

Making my shadows dance

At home with a flight simulator

It felt really prickly!

hall of optical illusions

We also played a mind game where you move a small ball on a table to the other person's side by relaxing. I won. Thanks, Hypnobabies! I beat Justin at the basketball arcade game too. Pay back for laser tag. We also went on these crazy bikes that go upside down (though I was too chicken) and a 4-D ride. There was a kid area, which included a giant-bubble play center, that we may take Caden to sometime.

After all the fun, we ate at the Cheesecake Factory. My burger was so big I couldn't fit it into my mouth!

Then we browsed the mall a bit. I finally found new sunglasses and got my hair curled at the Herstyler kiosk. Justin found some neat beanbag-like chairs that I will have to remember next time I get pregnant!

We were gone for 6 hours, much more than planned because we had a great time together and awesome sitters. (Good thing too, because Sunday ended up being a crazy day full of church meetings and nap strikes for the boys.) Hoping for 7x7 more years with my wonderful husband!

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Inspiring LDS Movies You Should See

Looking for something to watch after church or for Family Home Evening? Watch these inspiring LDS movies currently on Netflix:

Saints and Soldiers: Airborne Creed

Summary: Paratroopers from a parachute regimental combat team in WWII try to reunite with their unit in enemy territory, helping French resistants along the way. Note, this is not a sequel to the original Saints and Soldiers, just different stories from the same war. Rated PG-13.
My Rating: 4 stars! Great emotional conflict and likable characters.

Emma Smith: My Story

Summary: The story of Emma Hale Smith, wife of the prophet Joseph Smith,  as told by her older self and her daughter Julia. Rated PG.
My Rating: 5 stars! It was wonderful seeing the story from her perspective; there was much I didn't know about her. Some people negatively remarked about the movie not including Joseph's other wives. Um, did you not read the title? It's about Emma, his first wife and true love. And it does touch upon polygamy. Furthermore, we do not pretend that she was perfect, but we honor all the faithful things she did do.

17 Miracles

Summary: Real pioneer stories and miracles shown as if they all happened to one handcart company. Rated PG (not for younger audiences as there are many disturbing images and frightening situations portrayed).
My Rating: 4 stars! Only 4 because the title is misleading: it's not a happy story full of miracles, but a nonstop sob fest. I used up a whole box of tissues, I couldn't stop crying. The main actor was astounding!

Thursday, July 17, 2014

I'm Sorry

After having my VBAC, I dealt with a lot of emotions. Although I had a successful birth and healthy baby, I was a little disappointed that I had to get interventions and jealous of friends who had natural and/or quick births. And I was hormone crazy like any other woman who just gave birth. So I expressed my hurt by hurting others: I bragged in a post about how quickly my body bounced back. Very mature of me, not. Then today after I read the article "You Had a Baby? This Is How You Get Your Body Back!" on a newly discovered site, Beauty Redefined (more on that coming!), I felt awful. I would like to apologize for the body shaming. The only bouncing back your body needs to be doing is with a baby on your knee. Again, I'm sorry if I made any of you feel negatively about yourself.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

The Rec Center

The rec center here is open weekday mornings for young children and babies to play. There is a toddler room, bounce houses, and cars to ride on. And all for free! We've been going as a family since Justin doesn't work in the mornings. It is a short walk away too, so I can take the boys if Justin isn't available (except if it's raining or snowing, which unfortunately are the days when we need to get out of the house the most). We went for the first time last Wednesday and the boys had the time of their lives. Gabriel loved the bouncy balls the most, and Caden the cars of course.

What play places do you like to take your kids to in your town?

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Birth Jokes


Things Not To Say During Childbirth

-- Do you think the baby will come before Monday Night Football starts?
-- I hope you're ready. The Glamour Shot photographer will be here in fifteen minutes.
-- If you think this hurts, I should tell you about the time I twisted my ankle playing basketball.
-- That was the kids on the phone. Did you have anything planned for dinner?
-- Remember what we learned in Lamaze class! HEE HEE HOO HOO. You're not using the right words.
-- Your stomach still looks like there's another one in there.



~A guy phones the local hospital and yells, "You’ve gotta send help! My wife’s in labor!" The nurse says, "Calm down. Is this her first child?" He replies,"‘No! This is her husband!"

~Somewhere in the world a woman gives birth to a child every minute. We have to find this woman and stop her.


Friday, July 4, 2014

Just Justin

I write so many posts about the kids, and now it's the husband's turn in the spotlight. Justin has been on fire at his new job. His superiors are in constant awe over his skills, knowledge, and, most of all, efficiency. He implemented customer service changes that brought their department to the top. He already has worked his charm and can sometimes get a free lunch or snack, and he golfs with his bosses. Most important, Justin enjoys working there. No more stress and a lot less drama. Now when he comes home, he's only physically tired. The only dislike we have is that he works so late; at first he got home around 9, but lately it's been 10. And to think I complained when he sometimes got home from his old job at 7 or 8!

We hang out in the morning, run errands, and go to the park when it's not raining. Sometimes we will go out, but we're usually rushed because nothing opens until 10, Justin has to be at work by lunchtime, and it takes half an hour to drive anywhere.

For Justin's birthday, we had dinner one of the days he was off. We went to a new hibachi place instead of returning to the one we liked in Syracuse. The food wasn't as good, but Caden loved the show because the cook squirt water into his mouth. On Justin's actual birthday, we went to a diner at his work for lunch before his shift started.

On Father's Day, the Primary kids sang and gave tie clips to all the men. Caden wrote a cute little note with his. He also gave Justin a couple things he made at the library. The boys love their daddy so much. Caden loves to go wherever Dad is going. Gabriel gets so excited when he sees Dad in the morning and even snuggles with him sometimes at night. I am so glad we have Justin! He is a great husband and father.

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