Saturday, November 29, 2008

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Thanksgiving

I don't have pictures yet but just wanted to sit down after a nice Thanksgiving and write about those things I am grateful for this year. There seems to be so many.

  • This year I am particularly grateful for our jobs. It is nice to have steady employment that you can count on.
  • A lovely home that may not always be clean and tidy but is perfect for us.
  • A family to fill that home.
  • My three little, lovely and snuggly boys....ok, four....
  • The restored gospel of Jesus Christ
  • The power of priesthood blessings
  • Modern medicine
  • The internet and how its use has kept me close to friends and family I otherwise would lose track of

There are many many more little things that I am truly grateful for every day but take a bit for granted. We are truly blessed and have so much. I want to recognize the Lord's hand in all of our blessings.

Friday, November 21, 2008

Studio Style

I recently happened upon this really great site for purchasing photo cards. I really liked many of their designs and the different choices of color for each design. I think it is tough to find the really cute and original photo cards out there even though there is an abundance of sites to find them. I was impressed by this one and thought I would share.


Check it out at www.studiostyle.com

Here are my two favorites for the holidays:

This first one is called Winter Twig and is just plain cool. I love the way the twigs make the card have depth. Plus, this is a great picture.



This one is called Holiday Damask and it comes in three color choices. I couldn't decide so I went with the green here but go check it out in the white, black and red. Nice.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

For all the people....

During the little boys nap time the other day Evan decided to write a letter. This is something he does quite often and we have letters to everyone all over the house. He would much rather write a list or letter than draw a picture. This particular day he came to show me what he had written.

Mommy: This looks really nice Evan. What is it?

Evan: It is a letter to Heavenly Father. Well, a prayer. A prayer for all the people of Jonestown.

Mommy: I'm sure they will all thank you for it sweetheart.

What a sweetie.

He also has been making shopping lists for me lately and they are hysterical. I will have to scan some and get them on here later. He gets upset if we don't have the things that are on his lists.

Well, I put them on the list! Why didn't you buy them? sigh.

He cracks me up.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Being a mother

So, I have been watching the John Adams mini series that was on HBO awhile back. I got it from the library and watch it during downtime at work. It is a great story about the formative years in our American history. I have enjoyed watching it.

It has really made me think of parenting. For those of you who haven't seen it or are unfamiliar with John Adams he spent many many years away from his wife and children. He had 4 children, 3 boys and 1 girl. He was not there for those early years when boys so much need the example of a father and he then took away their mother and left them with tutors when they were teens. When they became adults he withheld his affection and had extremely high expectations for them.

It has been difficult for me to watch. While he and his wife are in France working on a treaty for America I keep thinking, "What about your children!?" It is upsetting to me because I was under the impression that we are supposed to look up to him as a great man. I'm not sure I agree with that.

As a prophet and President of my church once said, "No other success in life can compensate for failure in the home. " I happen to agree with him.

Anyway, it made me think of my own children and how we are parenting them. Are we perfect? Far from it. I have some definite things I want to improve upon and one of those is making sure I praise them more than I scold them and letting them know that they are the reason I wake up in the morning and the inspiration for all I do.

Man, I love those boys.

I found some quotes on motherhood that I really liked and thought I would put them here.


The formative period for building character for eternity is in the nursery. The mother is queen of that realm and sways a scepter more potent than that of kings or priests.
~Author Unknown
A mother is the truest friend we have, when trials heavy and sudden, fall upon us; when adversity takes the place of prosperity; when friends who rejoice with us in our sunshine desert us; when trouble thickens around us, still will she cling to us, and endeavor by her kind precepts and counsels to dissipate the clouds of darkness, and cause peace to return to our hearts.
~Washington Irving
When you are a mother, you are never really alone in your thoughts. A mother always has to think twice, once for herself and once for her child. ~Sophia Loren, Women and Beauty
I remember my mother's prayers and they have always followed me. They have clung to me all my life.
~Abraham Lincoln

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Ruth has left the blog

Ok, so it has been a very long time since I have truly blogged and I do miss it. That being said, I simply do not have the energy right now to do it.

Life is really crazy right now and I feel I need to give all my extra energy, or at least the energy I have to my family. I have gone days at a time without looking at the computer and I haven't missed it too much.

In a nutshell we are dealing with sort of sick kids and really sick kids. Fin had a very high fever today and finally after a month of fighting off this cold I took him to the doctor. Turns out he has a double ear infection, a sinus infection and bronchitis. Ugh. Poor baby. He is so sick and simply wants to be held all day, so I hold him. He is not a lightweight and I am feeling it.

Oscar is having some issues as well. He still is dealing with the reflux, which we have under control with meds and is also having a major constipation problem. He is on a daily laxative but honestly it doesn't work for him. They also are concerned because about a month ago he stopped gaining weight. He is in the 5th percentile which isn't so bad but the not gaining anything is what they are worried about. They are running all kinds of tests to find out what the issue is. Some of them are easy fixes and others not so much. I just want to nail down a diagnosis and get to work.

That being said, he is a truly happy baby who smiles and giggles all the time. All you have to do is look in his general direction and he is so excited. What a blessing he is to have around.

I'll post some pictures soon. I have some gorgeous ones.

Anyway, I'm also working a TON and have not a lot of energy after that. The money will help for Christmas and just for general bills and such but it isn't something I would want to do on a regular basis.

Sorry my blog has suffered but I promise I will be back in the full swing sometime in the near future.

Thanks for still reading!

I'm not fat for my height. I'm short for my weight.