Thursday, January 26, 2012


Emma has started to play Futsal and I like it!
Before last Saturday I had never seen a Futsal game
and was not sure what we would be in for.
However, I was pleasantly surprised.
It is a very fast-paced type of indoor soccer that
is really fun to watch.

Emma's soccer team decided to play Futsal this year
to help sharpen
their foot skills and
keep them in shape for
the upcoming spring season.

She was an animal out there and was dying to be on the court at all times.
The only drawback to Futsal is that
only 5 girls are on the court at once.

That makes for shorter playing times
during the gameso that everyone
can have a chance.

It was funny watching her on the bench
itching to come back on the court.
She played a total of 5 minutes and scored 4 goals...
...not too shabby :)
... And her team won, 6-2.

I did not take my camera last Saturday
so I do not have any pictures.
However, this Saturday I hope to be better prepared
and may even bring my video recorder to
hopefully capture
a couple of goals!

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Grandpa's 73rd Birthday

Sunday we all got together to celebrate Grandpa W's 73 rd birthday. Everyone had a great time and everyone enjoyed holding you can see by the photos below. Christopher and Cordell even managed to pull themselves away from watching the NFL playoffs long enough to play a little one on one in the basement. It was a nice, relaxing afternoon.

Friday, January 20, 2012

Aubri and I "Running"

Tara and Austin went to dinner tonight with Christopher and Sam and asked me to babysit. I love spending time with this little gal. I discovered this past week that she loves "running" with me. I love how she smiles when we move her legs fast...cute stuff :)

Wednesday, January 18, 2012


I got to watch Aubri yesterday for a bit while Tara took their car to get inspected. I gave her a bath (which she absolutely LOVES...) and after she was so calm that I snapped this picture of her. Can you tell that I LOVE being a Grandma???

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

He Will Comfort You

"Mortality is a period of testing, a time to prove ourselves worthy to return to the presence of our Heavenly Father. In order to be tested, we must sometimes face challenges and difficulties. At times there appears to be no light at the tunnel's end-no dawn to break the night's darkness. We feel surrounded by the pain of broken hearts, the disappointment of shattered dreams, and the despair of vanished hopes. We join in uttering the biblical plea "Is there no balm in Gilead?" We are inclined to view our own personal misfortunes through the distorted prism of pessimism. We feel abandoned, heartbroken, alone. If you find yourself in such a situation, I plead with you to turn to our Heavenly Father in faith. He will lift you and guide you. He will not always take your afflictions from you, but He will comfort and lead you with love through whatever storm you face."
--Thomas S. Monson, "Looking Back and Moving Forward", Ensign, May 2008, 87–90

I have had a lot of things hit lately that seem to be knocking me down slowly, blow by blow. I have tried to stay strong and not let them bother me but that changed this morning when my washer started leaking water everywhere. I know it seems small, but it was just enough to push me over the edge. After getting the situation under control, I sat down in defeat and cried and cried and cried. I needed some words of encouragement and after some searching, found this quote.

"...He will not always take your afflictions from you, but He will comfort and lead you with love through whatever storm you face..."

Exactly what I needed to hear. I also took a few minutes to call my mom and cry on her shoulder. She is a great listener and gave me some words of encouragement as well. And while I am grateful for my trials that have been tailored just for me, it still feels good to hear the simple words of reassurance that "He will comfort you..."

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Emma's Vanity

I finished Emma's vanity the day that Tara went into labor --thank goodness--and I think it turned out pretty darn cute. She loved it and was completely surprised. Somehow I managed to delete my "before" pictures, but let's just say it was pretty ugly. When I first saw it, I was not sure but thought the shape had potential. And for $15.00 how could I lose?

I love the "bling" I added on the mirror. It was just the right amount of sparkle. I also love the mod podge scrapbook paper I lined the drawers and the little cubby under the mirror. Jenni and I also searched high and low for just the right hardware for the knobs. I saved even more money when I decided to spray paint the hardware silver. It was previously a horrible goldish color. I even spray painted the screws so I would have to purchase new ones. The whole thing cost around $35.00 -- Not too shabby!!!

I am now inspired to refinish my kitchen table...That is scheduled to happen next week :)

A Smile All Over His Face

I keep forgetting to post this experience and last night Josh reminded me of it. A few months ago Greg was taking Josh to his bus stop early in the morning to catch his bus to go to school. I can't recall exactly why, but for some reason they were in Jenni's car. Greg was driving he found a tube of "chapstick" and began to apply it all over his lips. According to Josh, he was not just putting it on his lips but all over the area surrounding his lips too. Josh said he happened to glance over at him and stopped in complete shock when he saw that pink lipstick was covering his dad's face...hahaha. Evidently, Greg had grabbed a tube of Jenni's lipstick thinking it was chapstick and was smearing it everywhere.

Greg told me that the look of horror on Josh's face was priceless--wish I had been there to see it! Josh told me that all he could think about was "get me out of this car and away from this crazy old man..."

See...Greg really is slowly loosing it...

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

The First Thing To Go Is Your Mind

Last Sunday we went to Kaysville for my nephew's homecoming. After Sacrament Meeting we got in the car and headed over to Greg's sister's home. We parked a little down the street and Josh, Emma and I started walking to the house. Greg was lingering behind (something that frequently happens...) and we just went ahead.

A few minutes later Greg finally arrived. I asked him what in the world he had been up to. He grinned rather sheepishly and told me that he got out of the car, walked up the sidewalk and into the house. He was all the way into the kitchen when he suddenly realized he was in the wrong home and there was a lady asking if she could help him. Evidently there was a little Chihuahua that was barking like crazy at him and he was wondering when his sister bought a dog???

That silly man. You know, they say the first thing to go is your mind....