Monday, March 31, 2008

My Birthday!!

Ok, sorry it's taken me a few days to write about my birthday....we've been busy getting ready for and playing with our guests of honor!! Ammon, Kirsten and their cute kiddos are here with us... but I'll save that for the next post!! BTW we are having a blast together... ok back to my purpose!! First of all I wanted to Thank you Kirsten for doing that post for me. I definitely wouldn't have done it for myself, but it was really fun to read all my beautiful birthday messages!! You are all so sweet and I'm grateful to have such good friends!! You all have made me feel so loved. my birthday... I woke up the kitchen all decorated with a big birthday sign and streamers(LeGrand you are so cute!!) After Brayden went to school the rest of us went to kick boxing. Then I got ready for the day, the second I was done my good friend Candace Carter knocked at the door..she told me that I had about a 5 minute warning but a bunch of girls were all coming over for lunch. Candace had picked up a bunch of food and we all had so much fun hanging out. I feel so blessed to have so many wonderful friends. Girls time is so fun, I love it!!!!

I was able to go and volunteer in Adelyn's pre school class. It was so fun to be with her, she was thrilled that I came with her on my birthday. She felt so special it was cute!! I love being able to go and help in the kids classes. Adelyn you are a doll!! Thanks for being so excited to have your mom with you!!!
LeGrand arranged with Candace to watch the kids so that we could go out to dinner. It felt so good to go out with LeGrand. I'm the luckiest girl in the world. We went to one of our favorite places...The Trolley...Yummy!! It was fun, while we were eating, my little brother called, he had recieved his mission call and opened it while we had him on speaker phone. Brasilia Brasil!!!! Oh exciting!! We are so excited for you Paul!! You will make a great missionary!! The people around us at the resturant got a kick out of the conversation too! :)

After a wonderful dinner, We went back and did cake and ice cream at the Carters house with Brandon, Candace, Holly, Jen Baldwin and her girls!! It was fun... The only problem was that I forgot our camera. I was soooo bummed!!! So sorry this is mostly writing!! Boring I know!! Next time I'll get better pictures of my birthday!!

I had a wonderful birthday.... Thank you everyone for your comments, your phone calls, the cards, the money(mom & dad(s) ;) and Grandma and Grandpa!!) I'm excited, LeGrand got me a mammoth size sleeping bag for our big trip this summer!! I'm totally excited about it!

I'm so grateful for my mom, who gave me birth. I still remember all to well how not pleasant pregancy and child birth is... Mom you are amazing. Thank you for going thru everything for me. Thanks for being such a good mom and loving me and being such a good example to me! I have so much to be grateful for!! Thank you Candance and Kirsten for making my birthday so special... and a big thanks to LeGrand... You are the sweetest husband in the world.. He had each of his classes call me through out the day and sing to me. What a cute husband!! Thank you for treating me like a queen!!

Thursday, March 27, 2008

Happy Birthday BECCA!!!!

Happy Birthday Becca!!!!!!!

We just wanted to all get on here and tell you BECCA,
Happy, happy birthday today!!

You do such a great job celebrating everyone else, that today we wanted to CELEBRATE you and surprise you with a blog about YOU!!! We all wish we could be there with you today but we hope you have a wonderful day, filled with fun, laughter and love. Know that even though we are all spread out, each of us wanted to tell you this: We think you are an amazing...


(Becca is the cute baby in the picture!)

Mother: (to four beautiful children)


Sister in Law:



And Friend:

Have a wonderful day and we'll have to all have a party with you in a couple of days! Thanks for being AMAZING and most of all for being part of our family!!

P.S. To anyone who reads this, I invite you to add a message to Becca to let her know how much she is loved. And if any of you have a picture you would like to include, especially to the Laing family or any cousins!!!, please email the picture and I'll add it on! We don't want any to be left out! ( Becca means a lot to all of us!

WE LOVE YOU BECCA!!!! Happy Birthday!

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Easter 2008

Wow, We had a Wonderful Easter. Since this week has been soooo busy with so many fun different events and different family staying with us, which we loved, but I didn't get to plan Easter till Saturday... Have you ever tried to go shopping to get EVERYTHING on Saturday afternoon. Ya it was crazy, I hope I don't ever put it off that late again.;) We'll see about that though;)... Really even with my procrastination it was a wonderful day!!!

On Saturday we had lunch at the park and did an Easter Egg hunt with the Larsens. It was so fun to see everyone again and to get caught up. There are so many incredible people in our family!! We feel blessed to be a part of Grandma Larsens posterity!! Grandma you are an amazing woman, we love you and admire you. Thank you for your example and who you are. You always make us feel loved and welcomed. Brayden, Adelyn and Sophie had so much fun running around the park and playing outside. Even though it is an early Easter and they still were wearing coats, it was really good to be outside. This winter has seemed so long and it's been sooo cold that it was incredible to go and play at the park. It feels like it's been forever!! Yay for SPRING!!

After the park, we cleaned the house, I went shopping and went practically crazy, j/k but it was nuts!! Then we colored Easter Eggs!! The Kiddos had a lot of fun, they loved doing it all by themselves. We didn't even have any spills...and if you knew our family, we have spills almost at every meal and usually more than once.;)

LeGrand was trying to get a picture of everyone...Cute..

LeGrand and I woke up to the noise of Brayden playing basketball in our kitchen...the kids are supposed to come into our room so we can read the Easter story in the scriptures before we all go downstairs as a family... I guess Brayden forgot and saw it all before we wanted him to, but that's ok... So after we got everyone in our room, we did and activity where there are 12 eggs, each is numbered and you open them in order and they have an object and scripture in it that helps us tell the Easter Story. The 12th egg is empty symbolizing the tomb. It was fun and a good way to teach the kids why we celebrated Easter. We really try to put the focus of Easter and Christmas on the Savior, it can be easy for little ones and big ones to forget with all the excitement, candy and presents.

We all got new Church outfits(it's a fun that we have carried on from my childhood). It's a really nice time to take an inventory of church socks, shoes, tights.... too) Lucky LeGrand got 5 new white dress shirts and a tie. Exciting I know, but when you wear them every day, you have to stock up. He's actually getting used to white shirts, ties and suits for his presents. I enjoy getting a new dress too... It's fun and it's something that the kids look forward to as well. They also get candy, and usually they get some books or a movie....We always take LOTS of pictures, have a wonderful meal together and have an Easter Egg hunt. We were so happy to have Paul spend Easter with us. It's fun having him close(he goes to BYU) and have him come over often. We love you Paul! Bryan and Helga also came and visited before the kids went to bed. We had a wonderful day. Paul was our photographer! Thanks Paul!!

I'm grateful for my Savior, Jesus Christ, for all that he did for me, for the example that he has shown us of how to live our lives so that we can return to live with him after we die. I'm grateful that he was
Resurrected so that we can be Resurrected too. I'm grateful that I know that I can be with my family forever. I'm grateful for families, Our little family as well as our extended families!! We are truely blessed!! I love Easter!!