Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Fancy Birthday TEA!

For Emma's birthday this year we wanted to have a Fancy Tea Party.
For weeks before the party we started collecting tea cups and saucers and we even found a tea pot. It was really fun to involve Emma and Maddison in all the planning, we had so much fun together in our thrift store adventures, discovering all sorts of treasures and trying on fancy hats, shoes and dresses!
As a result the party was perfectly F A N C Y!

Emma was pronounced the Queen of THIS tea party with a sparkling tiara!

Her Fancy-Free Friends!

I loved this picture I snapped of Emma through the mirror, she is one special princess!

We had a make-up station, they were so thrilled to have eye shadow, lipstick and blush.
Of course we didn't drink "Tea" we had fruit punch in our Tea Pot! It was so darling to watch them try to keep their pinkies up!!!

Only "fancy" cupcakes would do!

I love planning parties and this one was no different. I truly think I was more excited than Emma for her special party. The girls played "Musical Hat" which was so adorable to watch and it was a really fun afternoon. Maddison and Kate were our servers and Brian, Will, Ethan and Carter also helped with bringing out the "fancy" snacks and dessert. I loved watching them, white gloved, help themselves to the dainty dishes of sweets set around the table. The girls decorated wands, and then Emma used her wand to chose whose present to open.

It was tough to watch this party come to an end. Taking in the childhood wonder is so enchanting. I just don't ever want it to end.....childhood that is. Yet it seems now that my sweet Emma is 4, she is growing and changing every day. I cherish these moments, for I know they are fleeting and won't last. I pray that I will have no regrets, as I live fully in each moment that motherhood brings.

Yesterday Emma was drawing a picture, while I was reading. I looked up as she placed her picture over my book and said "Look Mom, you're the only one who can reach the stars!" In her picture I had extremely long legs and took up almost the entire page. We giggled together and since I have thought much about her words. It is like those words indicate her belief in who I am striving daily to become. Its like she is saying, keep reaching, Mom. What you love, I'll love too, whatever your passion is, that will be my passion too. OF all the things I want Emma to love and be passionate about, NUMBER ONE. . . . . is the gospel of Jesus Christ. I know that the way I live has everything to do with how my children will live. I hope that in my example, my love, my teaching, that they will come to love the Savior as deeply and completely as I do. For without him I am nothing, and without him they will be lost.
I'll keep reaching for those stars Emma!

Friday, May 7, 2010


11 years ago a very special man took me to a very special place.
~ and in these 11 years we have labored to build our eternal family, now 7 strong, we feel so grateful for the gospel of Jesus Christ, for temple ordinances, for millions of moments together and for each child that has brought such lasting joy and perspective to our lives ~
Will maddison Ethan emma Seth

My memories of this day are so clear, even eleven years later. I remember missing so much my DEAREST sister JennyAnne who less than one year earlier had introduced me to the man I would marry, on a blind date if you can believe it! Sisters are truly one of lives greatest GIFTS, and I feel so grateful that I have a sister that knew me so totally and completely that she thought Brian and I would be a good match. I remember the timing of our first date and wondered if I was doing the right thing, I was kind of on the rebound!!! But Jenny knew, to this day I'm not sure how, but I am eternally grateful for the man that came into my life, because of her.

His goodness changed it forever!

I remember feeling like time stood still, and all that I could see was Brian and I and our eternal lives together. I remember the incredible promises of our Temple Sealing.I remember feeling awe and gratitude that we could become all those things, even exalted Kings and Queens.

AND BRIAN has always treated me like his QUEEN, and he has kept his promises:

to make me laugh every day
to lift me up
to kiss me goodbye, or goodnight, or even hello!
to respect and cherish
to love and serve (endlessly)
to continually court (you should see the beautiful iguana roses i found with a love note on the kitchen table this morning)
to provide for our family ( you work so hard Brian and I love you for your passion for what you do, you are truly an expert in your field)
to work by my side, as equal partners ( i am the luckiest girl for this reason, there is nothing that he won't do around the house or in helping me with the children)
to protect and watch over our little flock with tenderness (and I don't mean our chickens)
to multiply and replenish the earth (some would say we have taken this one a little too seriously, hehe!)
to be my biggest fan and support
to honor his priesthood and role as husband and father
to become 1 ( one in purpose, one in unity, one flesh)
to be c l e a n, in mind and thought
to share his life with me through good times and bad, my sickness and his health!
(i know that is not quite how the saying goes, but truly i am the one that is always sick and Brian never catches a thing, maybe as we get older he'll pass on some of his immunity to me!)
to take me to the temple
to take my hand in his on Sunday walks
to sing to me (making my dreams come true)
to pray with me each night before bed

Brian sang "Grow Old With You" by Adam Sandler on our wedding day, below are the lyrics. I still melt when I think about him singing it to me, it was P E R F E C T. He is perfect for me. These past 11 years have been so wonderful, not that they have been perfect, but through it all we have grown closer in ways I never imagined possible. Marriage is truly a equal partnership and I feel so lucky to have such a g o o d m a n to spend eternity with. I AM THE LUCKIEST !

I wanna make you smile whenever you're sad
Carry you around when your arthritis is bad
All I wanna do is grow old with you

I'll get your medicine when your tummy aches
Build you a fire if the furnace breaks
Oh it could be so nice, growing old with you

I'll miss you
Kiss you
Give you my coat when you are cold

Need you
Feed you
Even let ya hold the remote control

So let me do the dishes in our kitchen sink
Put you to bed if you've had too much
time to think
Oh I could be the man, who grows old with you
I'm gonna grow old with you