24 June 2012

Relief Society

A few days ago I received an email from our Relief Society president (Relief Society is the women's organization in my church). We had Ward Conference today and in preparation for a lesson she asked me to share my feelings about Relief Society. (Due to time I wasn't able to share my thoughts but I wanted to record them) I have been thinking about it since Wednesday. To be honest I had no idea what I would say until about 4 o'clock this morning. I've been a member of Relief Society since I was 18 years old so I've had a few years of experience. Some of the years I've been a member I haven't attended RS meetings since I've had Primary callings, but I'm still grateful to call myself a member. In those years I've been blessed immensely by the RS program.

As I was thinking about what I would say I was reminded of many instances where the RS program has impacted me. Even though I have experiences where I've served and been served I still couldn't think of what I would say. I couldn't just get up there and say that RS has blessed my life because I've had dinners brought to me on many occasions, I've been visited by my visiting teachers, I've listened to lessons, I've made friends.

Then this morning as I was feeding Little Sister at 4 am it came to me. Relief Society has filled me. Every time I am given the opportunity to serve or be served I have been filled with the love of women. Every time I am able to attend a Relief Society meeting I am filled with the Spirit and want to be a better mother, wife and woman. Each time I visit teach the sisters I have been assigned to or been visit taught I am filled with the sisterhood and friendship that happens only on a one on one basis. Over the years Relief Society has filled me to overflowing with blessings of friendship, love, and service.

I can only be grateful to a loving Heavenly Father for providing an organization for women to strengthen each other, lift each other up and love each other.  That is what Relief Society means to me.

What are your feelings about Relief Society?

21 June 2012

Facebook, I'm Over You

I've had enough of Facebook; I'm going dark. I hate that it chooses what posts from people I see and what I don't. I hate that now we choose our "Close Friends". I can only think of a handful of "friends" that I don't want to see what is going on with their life. I hate that when I click on "Close Friends" it tells me everything they have done: the statuses they like, the pictures they like, their Friendings, anything they comment on. I don't care. I just want to see my friends' statuses and the pictures they post. Like it used to be. I like to know what is going on with their life not what they like about other people's lives.

So fair warning, I won't be looking on Facebook anymore. I'll check my notifications once a day but that's it. So if you want to write something to me directly I'll see it but otherwise if you are announcing your pregnancy, giving birth or any other exciting life change I'm just going to have to find out the old fashioned way. Please forgive me if I don't wish you a Happy Birthday or "like" your funny statuses or comment on how cute your baby is.

Farewell Facebook and your wealth of personal information. When you change and get back to a simpler life, look me up.

While I'm on the subject of frustrations and annoyances I'm thinking of switching my blog to Wordpress. Those of you that are Wordpress users, tell me why I should or shouldn't. And keep in mind that I have almost 7 years of posts on here. Is it worth making the switch?

15 June 2012

First Week of Summer

We survived the first week of summer! I wasn't sure we were going to, but it hasn't been that bad. Big Sister was off school last Thursday and my mom came over for diner that night. She offered to take Big Sister for a sleepover so we planned that for Saturday night. After we dropped Big Sister off we headed to the beach. The weather was pretty windy, but sunny. Little Sister had her first beach day and like the sweetheart that she is she slept.  She is my first baby to take a pacifier and it has been lovely. I pop that sucker in her mouth and almost anywhere we are, she'll just pass right out. At the beach we dug a hole, jumped into it and just had a fun time soaking up the sun.

Sunday afternoon I made a skirt for Big Sister and took some cute pictures of her (Mr. Smiley snuck in a few poses there too). I can't believe how grown up she's starting to look. I gave her a little card with the Articles of Faith on it a couple hours ago and she already lost it. She just came to me telling me she prayed about finding it. That just made me so proud. It's like the things we've been trying to teach her so far are finally sinking in. I have really come to enjoy her more the last couple months. She's easier to talk to and much more even keeled--most of the time.

This week we've had park play dates with friends, pool parties at friend's houses, doctor appointments (Little Sister is in the 65% and Mr. Smiley is in the 20%--poor little guy), pool days at our apartment pool and ice skating lessons to fill our time. It's been a good week. The kids have been happy and playing together well, the weather has been gorgeous and I feel like I can go another week of summer vacation.

Mr. Smiley loves Iron Man and Spider-man so lately he's been pretending he's Iron Man. He loves this red Hawaiian shirt that my mom gave him for his birthday because it's red like Iron Man. So he's been talking about himself in the third person: "Mom, can you help Iron Man put on his shoes?" Also he calls T-Bone "Modoc" and me "Pepper" from the Iron Man: Armored Adventures cartoon.

Today we went to Hobby Town to try to find a Father's Day gift and I bought some balsa wood airplanes. The bigger kids have been playing with them all day. I'm sure they won't last another one since they are halfway covered with tape already, but it was fun while it lasted. I hope to enjoy the rest of the summer with my kids! Here's to hoping!

I just realized a couple of the pictures are in this twice...Oh well. Enjoy!

10 June 2012

Finally Made this Skirt!

What skirt? This one. I have been wanting to make one since I saw this post last August. T-Bone's shirts have been sitting on my shelf for months and I finally got around to making it. I'm sorry to say that the only reason I finally made it is because I'm teaching a class at church on Tuesday about "New Uses for Old Things." I thought that it would be a good thing to bring in as an example. Here are the pictures. I think it came out pretty cute! And it was really easy.

I think the model is pretty cute too. :)