These are just a few pictures I took yesterday...
And here is the face that Drew was making while Joshy was being mad and uncooperative. He's probably wondering, "How does he scrunch up his nose like that?" That's what I was thinking too!
A lady from the ward stopped by yesterday to give me some information, and the entire time she was here, Joshy was giving her that mean look.
Another really funny thing he's doing lately is when he says things like, "...ALL BY MYSELF!" he kind of sways his head/body back and forth kind of like the way Axl Rose dances.
From left to right: Emmett, Rosalie, Esme, Edward, Carlisle, Alice and Jasper.
Check out this link to an interview that Kristen Stewart (Bella Swan) did on MTV's Movie Blog.
"Life is good, if we live in such a way to make it so. A "good life" comes as a result of the way we do things, of the words we choose to say, and even of the kind of thoughts we choose to have...
'Wanting to' is the determining factor which leads us to lay hold upon the word of God and be happy. Perseverance in making correct decisions is what leads us to happiness."
Benjamín de Hoyos, "True Happiness: A Conscious Decision," Ensign, Nov. 2005, 31
I subscribe to LDS Daily Gems, and I love them! As a parent of young children I am constantly trying to learn how to be just that, a PARENT! This quote just totally hit home for me today, and made me feel like I have power over my life if I just make good decisions. But it also reminded me that even if I don't make the best decisions, I can rectify them through the Atonement. Knowing that makes me feel happy and hopeful that I can teach my children the same.
On another note totally unrelated to my obsession with changing my blog...my brother-in-law Matt and his fiancee, Sheri have been here visiting with us this weekend. She's great and we are so happy for them...they are getting married at the beginning of May. So...now there will be 2 Shari/Sheri's in our family -- good thing my kids know me as "mom!" They already have 2 aunt Heathers, 2 aunt Saras, and 2 uncle James's. How crazy is that? Now we are adding another Sheri into the mix -- not to mention that she is also from Texas just like me! If you'd like to see some cute pictures that my very talented sis-in-law Evaly took, check out her photo blog.
Congratulations Matt & Sheri!!
Today was Jakob's first tee-ball practice. Those boys are so cute out there! He was having fun learing some new skills, and I must give props to their coach - that man has some serious patience! Maybe it will rub off on me?? We'll see.
Jakob had a little bit of a hard time focusing and following directions, (what 5-year-old boy wouldn't) but for his first practice he did quite well. Now Brad and I just need to spend some time practicing with him at home so he will become more comfortable and confident in what he's doing.
Yesterday, my little brother James was hanging out with us and I was telling him a little about it. He gave me some really good advice...something that I really needed to hear. He told me that I need to be thanking God for this trial, and asking Him to help me grow and use it as a stepping stone to gain a closer relationship with Christ. Because yes, Jakob is my earthly son, but more importantly, his is a child of God. HELLO! Yes, this was from my LITTLE brother...he is so wise. I don't think he even realizes it sometimes.
So, I have resolved to work more on changing myself, instead of trying to force my little sweet 5-year-old to act the way I want him to. I hope it works!
One of the conditions we gave Jakob because of his behavior over the past few days was that every day after lunch, he needed to have some "quiet time." Now, if that turns into a nap, that's fine by me! So, right now he's laying on my bed singing "Zip-a-dee-doo-dah" and it's just making me smile. I hope this "quiet time" thing helps him mellow out a little bit, as well as me!!
This is his new cool Spiderman backpack. He's so proud of it!
It's so exciting to hear about all of the things he's learning. I'm so glad he's having so much fun and that he loves school!