Monday, February 25, 2013


8 Hrs of IPAD

Floor Buffet
Fast Food Fest

Nap Time

What do these pictures have in common?!?
Let us tell you...but first...a story.

We have actually gotten into a really good habit of having family home evening each week...this is a miracle in itself.  I found a fantastic website that has FHE lesson plans for toddlers that has worked really well for us:
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Often the lesson is literally 5 minutes or less with some sort of object lesson activity.  Some of my favorites are "Mommy Says" (An obey your parents version of Simon Says) and "Holy Ghost Hide and Seek" which George refers to as "that ghost game":)  This one was fun.  We hid a snow globe while George was out of the room and when he came back in I whispered directions to him on where to go to find it.  We played it again but this time Nate and Ollie were making lots of noise which made it difficult for George to hear the whispers of the "Holy Ghost" then we explained the nature of the spirit.
Along with the lesson we teach George a new primary song.  George loves to sing and is desperate to sing along in church.  
This week we practiced the song "My Heavenly Father Loves Me" and of course all these songs make me cry but who here is surprised...oh no one.

1. Whenever I hear the song of a bird
Or look at the blue, blue sky,
Whenever I feel the rain on my face
Or the wind as it rushes by,
Whenever I touch a velvet rose
Or walk by our lilac tree,
I'm glad that I live in this beautiful world
Heav'nly Father created for me.

2. He gave me my eyes that I might see
The color of butterfly wings.
He gave me my ears that I might hear
The magical sound of things.
He gave me my life, my mind, my heart:
I thank him rev'rently
For all his creations, of which I'm a part.
Yes, I know Heav'nly Father loves me.

Words and music: Clara W. McMaster, 1904-1997. © 1961 IRI. Arr. © 1989 IRI

We also watched the Mormon Message "Create"

"The desire to create is one of the deepest yearnings of the human soul."

And then we shared with George our family surprise!

Below is a link to a video that feels like it is super long but worth it!

So now the pictures make sense...Ollie being neglected and eating cheerios off the floor at his favorite buffet spot, don't worry this only happens 2 or 3 times a day, Nate coming home with various fast food, also only happens 2 or 3 times a day, George playing the IPAD for hours, and me napping several times a day (mostly because I lose consciousness if I sit still).  We were going to try and wait until graduation to tell our family (that was a pretty unrealistic goal for us) but I started getting really sick and thought it would be a hard secret to keep...obviously.  We are so excited that between our two families there will be 5 babies born within a 9 months of each other!

March 15th marks our five year anniversary and as we look back on our short time together we can count 4 apartments, 4 cars, many callings, 2 Master's degrees, 2 crazy boys, many arguments and misunderstandings, many makeups, a zillion games of tag, peek-a-boo, angry birds and cars, endless amounts of diapers and searches for pacifiers, blood, sweat, laughter, tears, and now vomit (again) name a few.  Truly our life is hilarious, messy and loud and has long surpassed my wildest dreams.  Nate I adore you and I am so thankful we are having this adventure together!  Here's to the many more that lay before us.



  1. Oh, my gosh! Did you hear me screaming for JOY? We are so excited for your dear little family.....can't think of any better parents ever!And so thrilled for the extended families to have more darling cousins to play with!!
    Nate and Gill you are making Grandma Kris and Grandpa Steve so very happy. I think that since Grandma Richey BAckman died, she has been on the other side orchestrating marriages, births, more schooling and so many good things. She is our biggest cheerleader.....I can hear her from her......Go Team go!

  2. First of all I'm so excited for you.... But mostly that my little baby will have a cute little cuzzie to play with! I haven't seen the boys since we stopped through Ohio and Ollie was a rollie pollie on our picnic blanket!... Now he is going to be a big brother?! Aghhh awesome! The only thing I'm sad about is those "happy pants" that just found their way back into your wardrobe just to be tossed aside again! Well congrats and next time Nate comes home with one of those cafe rio bags, have him swing by our place!

  3. Yay!! I knew it...wait just kidding I didnt but I wanted to be cool and psychic like you were with me!! Seriously, that is so exciting!! Congratulations!! I am rooting for a niece named, "Noooooo!". Just remind George how much he loves Skylar and Hannah and maybe he will be ok with the possibility of a little sister. :)

  4. Holy balls!! This is one fertile bunch! Congratulations you guys. That is so awesome. I'm super excited for you!!