Sunday, March 30, 2008

Ez laughing

So Ez was completely busting a gut until the camera came out. He gave us a few "pity laughs" for the camera but it wasn't nearly as cute as when the camera wasn't rolling. Oh, well. They never perform on demand, do they? And, a disclaimer about Bella's hair...I swear I do it cute but the girl prefers to look like a rag doll and won't ever leave anything in her hair.

Thursday, March 27, 2008

It was a the zoo.

Did anyone else happen to go to the zoo yesterday? I swear half of Colorado was there. Blaine was supposed to be studying yesterday but Bella's ballet and music class were canceled and it was supposed to be in the 70s so I thought it would be a perfect day for the family to go to the zoo. Apparently I wasn't the only one with that thought though. I have never seen so many people at the looked like Disneyland. It took us forever to find parking and when we did, it was a least a mile away in a neighborhood. When we got to the front, I asked them if it was a one of their free days or something and they said, "No, just spring break." We don't have kids in school yet so spring break means nothing to us and I think my town's spring break is next week anyway. Last night the zoo craziness even made the news. Regardless of the crowds, it was still nice to get out and enjoy the beautiful, sunny day. I thought Ez would eventually fall asleep in the stroller but I think he was so excited to be outdoors after a lifetime (his lifetime, of course) of being inside, so he just people watched the whole time. And, as it turns out, I bet hardly anyone is at the zoo today. Yesterday it was 76 degrees and today it is raining/snowing. Gotta love Colorado weather.

Monday, March 24, 2008

We have a court and sealing date!!!

I am so happy that we finally received a court date to finalize our adoption. So, our sealing date is now set for Saturday, May 3rd. We are so excited and happy!

Easter and Blaine's Birthday

Dying Easter Eggs

In their PJ's on the morning that they got their Easter Baskets and did their Easter Egg hunt. We tried out doing it before Sunday this year and it worked well. I liked Jolayne's idea of a "spring day" before Easter Sunday.

In their Sunday best.

"Old Man Blaine"...We were noticing all of his wrinkles today. I guess gone are the days when he answers our door and the salesman asks if his Mom or Dad are home! :)

This is the only birthday that Blaine will ever have on Easter in his lifetime. Here is some information about why...just in case you are curious...
Easter is always the first Sunday after the first full moon after the Spring Equinox (which is March 20).
This dating of Easter is based on the lunar calendar that Hebrew people used to identify Passover, which is why it moves around on our Roman calendar.
Here are a couple of facts which may interest you.
Based on the above, Easter can actually be one day earlier (March 22) but that is rare.
This year is the earliest Easter any of us will ever see the rest of our lives.
Only the most elderly of our population have ever seen it this early (95 years old or more). None of us has ever, or will ever, see it a day earlier Here are the facts:
The next time Easter will be this early (March 23) will be the year 2228 (220 years from now). The last time it was this early was 1913 (so if you're 95 or older, you are the only ones who were around for that).
The next time it will be a day earlier, March 22, will be in the year 2285 (277 years from now). The last time it was on March 22 was 1818. So, no one alive today has ever or will ever see it any earlier than this year, March 23, 2008.

Sunday, March 16, 2008

The Garden Tomb

Twelve years ago I was so blessed to attend the Jerusalem Center as a study abroad student. I don't think I appreciated the experience as much then as I do now. I think back at all of the biblical sites that I visited such as the Sea of Galilea, Bethlehem, the river Jordan, and the Mount of Beatitudes to name some of my favorite places. But, by far my favorite place to visit was the Garden Tomb. This is one of two traditional sites claiming to be the place of Jesus Christ's burial and resurrection. Upon entering the garden, there is a feeling of consuming peace and love and beauty that you can not deny. President Harold B. Lee said about his visit to the site, "There was something that seemed to impress us as we stood there that this was the holiest place of all." During my five months in Jerusalem, I went to the garden almost weekly on the Sabbath. It was a place to read my scriptures, write in my journal, and feel close to my Savior. But, although my testimony of my Savior was strengthened there, it was not gained there because HE IS NOT THERE. That is the whole message of the gospel...that Jesus Christ lived, atoned for our sins, was crucified, and was resurrected. HE LIVES. I am so grateful for His life, His death, and for His gift of the atonement and the resurrection. I know that my finite mind can hardly comprehend all that He has given me, but I know that my spirit feels it and knows that He is the Son of God and the Savior of the world. Although I was lucky enough for a time to physically walk where He walked, I hope that I can try harder each day to spiritually follow in His footsteps and look to Him as my greatest guide and example of how to live my life.

Outside of the tomb.

Inside the tomb.

The truth of the gospel handcrafted on this modern wooden door.

Look to the right, above the buses. This is the traditional site of Calvary or Golgotha. Can you see the skull in the mountain?

I've been thinking about how we can make Easter more about Jesus Christ and not so much about the Easter Bunny. I've been thinking that the Easter Bunny might start coming on Saturday morning instead of Sunday morning so that we can focus on Jesus and His Resurrection on the Sabbath. I do love how symbolic Easter is with all of the new life in the form of spring, butterflies, eggs...all pointing towards the meaning of Easter, the new life that Jesus Christ received upon resurrecting on the third day and this free gift that He extends to all of us. Is there anything that you do to retain the true meaning of Easter in your home?

Saturday, March 8, 2008

What kind of cake are you?

You Are a Lemon Cake

Strong, sexy, and overpowering.

You know who you are, and you're not afraid to show the world your fabulous self.

You're confident, charming, and extremely popular.

So I saw this on Lisa's blog and decided to take the quiz. I didn't think I'd actually post my results until I saw the description. I'll post anything that describes me as strong and sexy, confident, charming, and popular (wait, that was EXTREMELY popular to be exact). Ha ha... I just have one complaint. Overpowering... Lemon cake? Me? I think not.

Saturday, March 1, 2008

The Dawning of a New Day

When I was 18 years old, my parents took me to Italy to pick my brother up from his mission. We traveled a bit and visited a little town called Siena. I thought the little village was so beautiful and I loved the name and I decided then and there that I would name a daughter Sienna some day. Well, it wasn't long after, that Toyota came out with a mini van called Sienna. I knew I couldn't do that to my her after a mini van. So, I gave up the dream of a daughter named Sienna.

Well, yesterday Sienna did join our the form of a mini van! And, I have to say, I feel pretty comfortable in my mini van skin, contrary to the dread and gloom thoughts I had been having of turning into the mini van mom. We had looked into other kinds of 7 passenger vehicles that seemed a little more hip but the mini van just seemed to make the most sense for comfort and convenience with kids. And ours happens to be an 8 passenger one, which I told Blaine means that we get to adopt 4 more kids. He just looked at me with a blank stare (he'll adjust to the idea with time). :)

So, anyway, I feel like buying a mini van is the dawning of a new day. My sister bought her mini van when she only had one child and then 3 other little ones soon joined her family. She said, "If you buy it, they will come." So, we are going to test that theory out.

But, here is my question....why is it that mini vans just don't get any respect? Do I really need to feel embarrassed and ashamed that I am now "one of those moms?" And lastly, Kris J, can I still be your friend if I promise to never park in your driveway?