Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Ruby and Goldyn

There is a Perisan saying "Children are the bridge to Heaven."


There is something so beautiful about children and childbirth. Is it that you, as a woman, are creating something? And not just something... but a human. A person. A spirit and body combined to come to earth and to be taught and raised and loved and treasured. Shelby Osmond took these photos. They girls are only THREE DAYS OLD. I am SO happy that they were captured at such a young age. Fresh from Heaven. Every time I look at the photos (which are weekly), I remember everything. Finding out McKay and I were expecting, Then to find out we were having twins. What it felt like to carry them for 37 weeks and the pain and joy at bringing them into this world. 

Shelby not only does lifestyle photography, but she was recently on KSL Studio 5 sharing her tips for home video. I wouldn't call them home videos... what she does is way more than your typical video. Be sure to check it out

Sunday, May 18, 2014

In the last 30 days

Time flys when you are having fun. While this pregnancy has been one that makes me progressive more and more tired, we have been making a really big effort to make the most of our remaining time in Utah and without newborns.

I decided to summarize what our little family has been up to this past month. And maybe in another month I will post again. (photos are not in order)

-McKay graduated from BYU's MBA program in Marketing

-Jaedyn completed her first year of dance

-Keo got his first stitches (well, one stitch to be accurate)

-Spent 4 days on a cruise with friends w/o any kids  (Thank you SO MUCH Mom for watching our kids for 3 weeks!!)
-Picked the kids up from the airport after the cruise and spent 5 days at Disneyland

-Went to the Grand Canyon for a day

-Tried to go to Yellowstone (it was closed) so we went to the Grand Tetons instead
-Grew out of half of my maternity clothes

-Packed up our apartment and moved
-Put our Utah home on the market
-Flew to Texas and found a place to live for the next year
-McKay has been catching up on golfing, tennis, and mountain biking

Monday, April 07, 2014

Jaedyn had learned to Ski. Watch the video

And it really only took her a few times. 
Check it out. 
Props to McKay for taking her and teaching her. 

Sunday, March 30, 2014

MBASA Closing Social 2014

Deciding to come to the BYU MBA program was a fairly easy choice since McKay had a scholarship. BUT, he got an almost perfect score so we did have some other options. However, as this year winds down, I am just so thankful that we BYU was the right choice for our family. It was one made with prayer and a lot of thinking.

At the end of each year, we have what a Closing Social. The past two years it has been at the Springhaven Cabin. The cabin is seriously gorgeous.

There is a program, dinner, games and then we stay up all night talking, laughing, eating etc. Pretty much just being teenagers again. Last year was my first year. This year is my last year. And I know already that saying goodbye is going to be pretty rough for me to do.

 If I could sum up what I have learned, it is that everyone is beautiful and needs to be loved. I was taught that people have good intentions and that forgiveness is essential to happiness. I also learned how to let others serve me and how to better follow Christ and serve others.

we are both expecting twins, just a month apart

I volunteered to put together a slideshow from the past year.
McKay really helped me fix it because it was a hot mess. 
Here is the YOU TUBE LINK

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Free Prinatable: Twin Gender Scratch offs

After finding out we were expecting twins, we wanted to find a easy and fun way to announce the genders. (and free since we are in school) My husband is one of 9 and I am one of 10. For real. It was a challenge to find a creative way to let family to be part of this announcement.

I searched for days on Pinterest. I asked friends. And then I asked the Multiples FB group. And there my question was answered. It was actually for a single baby so I decided to try my hand at making my own in Photoshop. 

Here is what I came up with.

This morning we found out so we sent this out to the family this afternoon so they could all share in the excitement. 

(just to clarify, I am the type of person that makes a BIG DEAL out of everything. I really love to have any reason to celebrate). So this was just another really great reason to get to indulge. 

You can find directions to make your own scratch off here. Just right click the image and "save as" 

I included a few other ones I toyed around with below. I hope you can use these. 

blank jpeg

boy reveal

girl reveal

boy/girl reveal

So here is the question, which one do you think we used???

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

What I learned Wednesday: Lessons from my 5 1/2 year old

My son turned two a bit ago. It has been as expected... fun, energetic, more opinions, etc. But its not the two year old who I have been battling with lately. Its my 5 1/2 year old daughter. (sigh)
I am not concerned over the battles. I know its normal and its part of her age but let me tell you, it has been rough at times over in our house. 

Today she decided to kick me because I wouldn't pay $3 for a photo booth. 
Yesterday she spit at me and screamed for a really really long time
A few days ago, she decided to scratch her brother because she was pretending to be a cat 
Two weeks ago she made all the other kids get off the playground because she was the queen and it was her castle. I had lots of crying kids on my hands and a few unhappy moms. 

Oh, and I have exhausted most of my discipline methods over the course of her lifetime. That doesn't stop me from doing it though. But i felt that I had come to a bit of a cross -roads. 

note: I love her. I love her so so so much. I want her to be strong and a leader and fun. I don't want to force her into a mold. And when I am completely honest, I prefer she have a strong willed personality over the alternative.

So I did what any momma would do, I stopped by Swig for a vanilla-strawberry sprite and then began to pray, I prayed for forgiveness for losing my cool. I asked for the ability to understand how to be a good mom to her. I told my Heavenly Father I was thankful she is my daughter and I want to raise her to love Him and follow Him and be like our Savior. And that I want to be like our Savior too. And then I listened. 

Now, I have never been one to receive answered through the scriptures. Mine seem to come through prayer or other sources. And this is what happened again in this case.

I got my answer. It was simply to love her more. Don't stifle her spirit. Yes, I need to guide her. But I need to take it a bit easier on her and give her extra love. She needs to make amends to those she hurt. Saying sorry is not enough nor are time-outs going to make a difference. But showing her that I love her and taking time to talk and play with her each day will make the difference.


Its been a few days since I have focused more on loving her. I give her extra time with me when I can. I play games and color and bake with her. I cuddle and nap with her. I have always been a big believer in the concept of "just love them" and this revelation reinforced my initial determination. 

Will every day be happy and easy around here? Nope. Even as a 31 year old my days are not always happy or easy and many times I want to kick and spit and scream and act like I am 5.  But I know that love is the key. And in this family, we do love each other

I think that every person has triggers. Things that make someone extra happy, extra sad or extra mean.  Science can even back me up on this. 
For me, when I get less than 5 hours sleep, I am a very grumpy woman. 
For my girl, she needs to be active. Actually, both my kids do. And not just the "normal" active you are thinking about. I am talking about the "scary" kind. The kind where they want to climb up very very  high, run everywhere, and basically always be engaged.
So we ride bikes, play outside, paint, bake, read, write stories, take classes at the rec center, dance, sing, and clean ... every day. 
She is my oldest. She is the one who tends to be the leader of any group she is a part of. She is full of life and love and energy and she just wants to be loved in return. 
And that is what she gets. 
More love. 
More understanding for actions. 
More responsibility. 
And she has been so much better behaved because of it.
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