April 20, 2012

We met...again. FINALLY!

We made a sign. And we waited!
I am the worst at waiting. We got to the airport 45 minutes early. And I got teased about it...
Hailey(sister), Annie(sister), Natalie(cousin),
 Ashley came running from a distance. You can see my dad in the background carrying all of her bags. It was the cutest reunion I have ever seen. She was excited, and then saw all of us and became a bit overwhelmed. She hugged us all.

Among my many favorite moments, wast this. See the very tall guy standing in the back, right in the center? That us Uncle Ernie. The beautiful people of Cambodia thought that he was President Monson when they saw him in pictures! So funny!
The whole gang that came!
 Ashley arrived in Boise at 11:53 PM. It was late, and we (they) were so tired. They had been traveling for 24 hours, and lost 12 in the process. So, the next day our immediate family got together. And more importantly, Ashley met a new niece and nephew, and was reunited with Bris and Jeffie.
And now Bristol thinks that
Ashley lives at our house!

The "Queen of Play" is back and I am so glad. I feel so blessed to have her as a sister. She is a great one, and an even better person. Her mission was amazing. My heart aches because I know that she will be missed, and even more so because I know that she will miss the people of Cambodia. I know that her love for them runs so deep. 

April 18, 2012


My emotions have been running wild with me today. Crying. Laughing. Nervous. Anxious. Repeat. I feel as though my stomach is in my throat. That "don't say anything wrong to me because I don't know how I'll react" feeling all day. It's been kinda hard.

Ashley comes home today. *Sigh*

She has been serving an 18 month mission for The Church Of Jesus Christ Of Latter Day Saints in Phnom Penh, Cambodia and the surrounding cities. My parents left to pick her up, tour the area, and bring her back. They get in tonight at 11:45 PM. I am so excited I could just about wet my pants, or cry, or...ya.

I remember writing my "18 Months and Counting" post like it was yesterday. On that day, I thought that today would never come. And here I am! Those 18 months are over. All of those things I said would happen have, and more.

We moved to Middleton, Id.
Ty has a great job.
Baby Hazel was born.
We got a dog!
I have started a few new hobbies.
I have made great new friends.

The list could go on. Which reminds me, I have a lot to update on!!!

Come back...I'll let ya know how the reunion went!

April 12, 2012

Sneaky? No. Smart? Yes. Getting What I Want? Maybe...

I just sent my Mr. an e-mail that went something like this.

"So...Mother's Day is coming up. Ya, it is. Not sure if you had something in mind already, but I have an idea for you. That is, only if you want to get me this. I have been wanting one for a while now...but you don't have to get it. Only if you want to."

It has to be his idea or forget it...hence the emphasis on you

Then I gave him specific directions to this website, and exactly what I want. I love this website! You should check it out!

Aren't they fun? Go see some more!

April 10, 2012

Your Children Want YOU!

A friend posted this on Facebook today. It totally hit home! Some days I do feel under qualified by pinterest, blogger, "world" standards. Only some days. I'll work on that! Check this article out!
Your Children Want YOU!

April 8, 2012

Thoughts of Spiritual Uplift: Easter

The water works have been turned on today. Tears just magically fall down my cheeks. I am so grateful for today, and so emotional about the thought of what Easter truly means in my life.

Today I spoke in church about the resurrection of Jesus Christ. I know that He lived, was crucified, buried in a tomb, and rose to live again on the third day. He conquered this "thing that men call death." Adam fell that men might be, and Christ died so that we might live again. This is the center of beliefs in The Church Of Jesus Christ Of Latter Day Saints, that we might all return to live with our Heavenly Father again through our Saviour. It doesn't make sense in my mind that the great Designer would create Earth and Heaven, light and darkness, plants, animals, and last of all man to have dominion over all of these things; Man, in His own image with intelligence, deity, and ability to love, and only allow us to experience life on Earth. I don't fathom only believing that we won't love those we love here on earth for this short time, and never see them again after we die. Eternal life, that is what I believe in. I know that I will see my sweet Great Grandparents, my friends, and a sweet infant cousin again. I will see all of those whom I love, and live after my death, in Heaven.

Yes, that is all a mouth full, but it's true. And it is what I have really been contemplating a lot lately. This is Easter.

On a lighter note...

Yes, the Easter Bunny did make it to our house! Hope he hopped to yours too!

Happy Easter!

For a great video on Easter, go here.