Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Ten Things to Smile About and TTUT!

Wow, it's been quite a month!  In my effort to become a blogger again, I'm linking up with 3 fabulous ladies for 10 Things to Smile About, and Talk To Us Tuesday.

Here we go:

1. Our new family business.  The girls and I stumbled upon this new found hobby in an effort to make a Mother's Day gift for my mom. We decided to make a business out of it.  Here are a few of my favorite items:

This is my family key chain.  It is my family in dates.  Mine and Hubby's birthdays, our wedding date and the birth dates of each of our children.

We designed this piece for my son's friend Sofia as a gift for her Quinceanera.  We've also had this ordered as a "Sweet 16 piece".  I love all our birthstone jewelry.

This team set was made for my friend Natalie who gave them to her softball team as an end of season gift.

We are seriously having so much fun with this.  The whole family helps get the orders filled and shipped!

2. Um...hello - My birthday!  July is seriously the best month of the year.  Just sayin'.

3. INDEPENDENCE DAY!  I love it.  I could make an entire post about what this holiday, and this country mean to me.  If you've been around my blog during July in the past, you've already had a chance to see.  I'm so grateful and I'll leave it at that for this post.

4. Fireworks.  They go along with number 3, but they deserve their own spot on the list, because fireworks are just that fabulous.

5. Soccer.  July has been a good soccer month.  Not only is my team number 1 in the standings, but 3 of our boys were called up to the U.S. Men's National Team and helped the U.S. become the Gold Cup Champions on Sunday.  Go my boys!

6. Pioneer Day.  Blogged about it last time.  If you missed it and would like to read, go here.

7. New mascara.  I've needed a new tube for a while now, and finally got it.  It's amazing the difference a new tube of mascara can make.

8. Good friends who make me feel loved.  I could do a whole 'nother blog post (or 3) about this.  But I'll just say I am blessed.

9. Good kids.  As mad as they make me at times, they make me even more proud all the rest of the time.  I really have good kids and am so thankful to have them in my life.

10.  Family reunions.  I'll blog the deets another time, but for now I'll share a couple of pictures of Baby Girl's first time in playing in the river.

What made you smile this month?

Seriously Shawn

Wednesday, July 24, 2013


1. Something that is or can be inherited; an inheritance.
2. Something that is passed down from preceding generations; a tradition.
3. The status acquired by a person through birth; a birthright.

Today in Utah and in the LDS church we celebrate Pioneer Day.  On July 24, 1847 the Mormon Pioneers entered the Salt Lake Valley.  Pioneer Day is not just a celebration of Mormonism, or of Utah however.  It is a celebration of the religious freedoms sought by those early pilgrims, and again by the Mormon Pioneers, and by others who have been persecuted for their faith, and the beliefs they hold dear.  We celebrate those freedoms protected by the constitution of this great country.  For members of the LDS church, we are celebrating those freedoms which allowed our church to be founded and organized.  For Utahns it is a celebration of everyone, regardless of faith or nationality, who emigrated to the Salt Lake Valley during the pioneer era.  It is a celebration of our heritage.

I LOVE Pioneer Day.  I love going to the parade and all the fireworks.  I love celebrating those who came before and who I owe so much to.  

I've always loved hearing the conversion stories of those who have joined the LDS church, who weren't raised in the church the way I was.  My family has been members of the church for many generations.  It wasn't until recently, while helping my daughter prepare a talk for church that I came across the conversion story of my family.  This is the story of Martin Horton Peck.  He is my pioneer ancestor who first joined the church.  He is why I was blessed to be raised in the church.

First, if you aren't familiar with the history of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, you need to know that the early members, under the direction of the prophet Joseph Smith, were greatly persecuted by others who did not trust them, and wanted to cause them as much trouble as possible.  There was much harassment as well as violence directed towards the early members of the church.

Martin and a number of his neighbors were working together on a "house raising".  He suggested to them that once their work was finished, they should all go together and break up a meeting which he had heard the young Prophet Joseph Smith was holding in the nearby woods.  Intending to cause a disturbance for the members, he found himself converted instead.  Many times after, he was heard to testify that before the Prophet had spoken five minutes, he (Martin) had received a thorough assurance of the divinity of his (Joseph's) mission.  This testimony remained with him all his life.  He was baptized in 1833.

Martin Horton Peck was my great, great, great grandfather.  He is the reason I was raised in the church. However, growing in my knowledge of the gospel, and my absolute certainty of the reality of Jesus Christ and the truthfulness of His church is the reason I have remained an active member.

I am so grateful for ancestors who paved the way, who lived the gospel, and who sacrificed so much so that I might be where I am today.  I am grateful for my heritage.  So today, along with my family, I celebrate.

Sunday, July 21, 2013

I'm a blogger. At least tonight I am.

I've missed being a blogger!  I need to just figure out a way to fit it in.  Tonight I'm making the time.  Hopefully I'll get better at organizing my schedule so I can make time to blog more regularly.

So what's everybody been up to?

We've had so much going on.  My son is going to be a sophomore in High School this fall!  I can't even stand it!  I will also have a 7th, 5th and 2nd grader.  I can't really be this old can I?  Luckily I have my sweet Baby Girl to keep me feeling young.  But even she will be 6 months old in a couple of weeks!  How did this happen?

We've started a new family business.  More on that next time.  I also received my first Halloween Costume order for Ribbon Blossoms.  Seriously...who plans this far ahead?  Not that I'm not grateful for the business!  I'm just so not organized enough to ever have my kids' Halloween costumes planned and purchased by July!

Yesterday marked the one year anniversary of my dad passing away.  We spent the day with my mom just hanging out and talking.  It doesn't seem real that a whole year has passed, but it also feels like it's been a lifetime.  It's hard to think about Baby Girl never knowing her grandpa in this life.  He loved my kids so much, and she will have no memories of him.  I think that bothers me more than anything else.

I wonder how my mom's doing.  I mean really.  Because she's like me.  She holds it close to her and doesn't like to show when she's struggling.  She wants everyone to think she's strong.  I know it gets to her though.  I hope she's doing okay.  I know she's looking forward to next week.

We're heading to Lava Hot Springs for our family reunion.  My mom will get to see her brother and all her sisters and we'll have a few days to swim, visit, relax and just have fun with aunts, uncles and cousins.  I'm a little nervous about taking Baby Girl.  She's kind of a homebody.  After a few hours away from home she's done.  She gets super cranky and whiny.  But once we walk back through the doors of our home she is a different baby - content, smiley, and just really happy to be home.  I hope she does okay for the reunion.  I mean after all, it is her official "debut" for my mom's side of the family!  Of course we want her to be charming!

It's a good thing she has super fat, kissable baby cheeks that win people over even when she's being a stinker!

The rest of the kids are excited to see their cousins and spend their days playing in the sunshine and the water.  I'm excited for all the good food.  There's always a lot. ;)  And I'm excited to just play with my kids.  To watch them having fun, and not have any school meetings to go to, or orders to fill.  No matter how messy my house back home is, or how backed up the laundry is - there's nothing I can do about it.  So I'll just relax and enjoy my family.  I really love them.

Do you have any fun summer plans, or fun family adventures that you've already had this summer?