Weather is getting warmer, and with that, so is the humidity. Sigh. Seriously. If the temperatures here could stay in the 80s with no humidity, it would be perfect! This past month had a lot going on, and we have a lot planned for this month. So here is what is currently going on…
We had such an amazing Easter this year. Justin’s parents and sisters flew into town, so we decided to go down to Nephi to spend it with his brother’s family and everyone else.
We went down on Friday evening and Rhys immediately wanted to play with his cousins. He was a little leery of his Uncle Jason and Aunt Rachel, though. We enjoyed a good dinner together, and put Rhys to bed. Justin and I wen to bed pretty quickly after–we were exhausted. Sadly, Rhys is teething and didn’t sleep well at all. It also snowed that night! Grr!
The city of Nephi has a running tradition of Easter egg hunts at their local park every year. Nephi is a small town in Utah and almost the entire city (who Jason seems to know everyone) turns up. But, because it snowed, the Easter egg hunt took place in the local junior high’s gym.
Rhys mostly got smarties in his eggs, and he loved them! The rest of the day was spent eating cheese quesadillas, playing with toys, and taking naps. Then, Aunt Jenny, Aunt Jana, and Justin’s parents arrived. Even though Rhys spent a long week wit them at Christmas, he didn’t want to be anywhere near them for the longest time.
After dinner, the little kids decorated eggs. It was the first time Rhys decorated eggs, and he had so much fun!
After the eggs were done, we sent all the kids to bed, then got Easter baskets ready. Everyone was tired from traveling and the day’s activities, and we’d all have an early morning on Sunday, so we went to bed pretty early again, after talking a bit.
Sunday morning, the kids all had to search for their baskets and the eggs and treats hidden throughout the living room and TV room. Rhys had fun finding the eggs, but he was more excited about his musical PAW Patrol book the Easter bunny left for him.
We hurried and had a breakfast of creamed eggs on toast and bacon, then rushed to get everyone dressed for church…at 9 AM!
Church was stressful. Rhys had a hard time behaving in Sacrament Meeting, and screamed all throughout Nursery, even though Justin was there with him. But, Jason gave an amazing Sunday School lesson on pride and emnity. After church, the kids changed clothes, and then searched for Grams’ and Poppa’s money eggs in the backyard. After that, we had a bit more candy, then all the kids played outside in the nice weather (all the snow had melted by Saturday afternoon and it was in the mid-60’s on Sunday–crazy Utah weather!).
Dinner consisted of ham, asparagus (which I got Rhys to eat drenched in Ranch!), rolls, baked potatoes, and frog-eye salad. The entire family then watched Prince of Egypt. Afterward, we had desert of Razzleberry pie and icecream. Then, we packed up, Rhys gave everyone a goodbye kiss and hug, and we headed home to Farmington. My grandma and great-Aunt were there since they had Easter dinner with my family, so we got to visit with them before putting Rhys to bed. Then, after they left, my sister Madison and her boyfriend, Dallin, came and we all played a dominoes game called Mexican train.
It was a wonderful Easter.
This week went by very quickly. I can’t believe it! The days are beginning to mold together. I mean, I can’t really even remember what happened last week! But, here’s to another Full on Friday!
Rhys is just the light of my life right now. He is such a good boy and a trooper! I love playing with him, reading to him, watching movies with him, exploring with him, and running errands with him! He is such good boy!
The weather has been getting warmer, so Rhys has been enjoying playing outside in the backyard a whole lot more. I am so happy that my parents have a fenced-in backyard. I can put on his jacket, and let him run crazy outside with the dogs while I am reading inside, watching out the window.
Justin and I finished How I Met Your Mother for maybe the 4th or 5th time this week. And now we don’t know what to focus on, since our shows are done for the season.
I bought Rhys’s Easter outfit, and I LOOOVE it! We went to Target, and I found the fedora. They had matching outfits, but NONE in Rhys’s size. So, I bought the fedora, than went to Old Navy, H&M, Gap Baby, and Gymboree. Nothing really matched! But then, about to give up, I went to Crazy 8, and they had exactly what I wanted: a solid colored shirt that matched the fedora, a vest, a bowtie, and loafers that all matched! I was so happy for that small piece of grace! And, then the Easter stuff was half off and the entire store was on sale for $12.99 or less, and the only other customer in the store had an extra coupon! Blessings upon me! I am so stoked about this outfit! Rhys is going to be the most dapper little boy ever on Sunday!
We have discovered that Rhys is afraid of the dark. He has a music machine that also lights up. It helps to put him to sleep, and if he wakes up in the middle of the night, he’ll quietly turn it back on and fall back asleep. However, when the batteries are dying, the music still plays, but it won’t light up. This happened last week, and he had such a hard time falling back asleep or even initially going to sleep until we began to leave his door open with the hall light on. We now have new batteries in his music machine, but we always reassure him and keep the hall light on.
I tried to make potato chip crusted fish last night, but the crust almost entirely fell off. #fail
I have been having more down days recently. Recovering from depression is hard, guys.
Spring in Utah is stupid. It’ll warm up very quickly, then snow, then be cold again. So, I’m not running a lot right now and it annoys me.
I failed in my sugar fast.
I didn’t really take any pictures of our normal, everyday lives the past two weeks…
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Yesterday was Palm Sunday, representing Christ’s triumphant entrance into Jerusalem, treading on palm leaves, before He spent the last week of His mortal life. But, as we know, a week later, three days after He was crucified and died for our sins, He was resurrected. And because of Him, we, too, can taste everlasting life. #Hallelujah, He lives!
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I love the Easter season. Easter represents spring, new beginnings, new life. And how appropriate that Spring begins around Easter. Spring in it’s eternity represents Christ’s resurrection. Because of His death, we may live. Because of Him, I belong to a hopeful church. Because of Him, I know I can see my family again after death.
I have been very lucky in my life not to have known the loss of a dear one. I have known both sets of grandparents in my life. However, my maternal grandmother died when I was one. I grew up hearing about Grandma Rhea. I grew up hearing farm stories about her youth from my dad. I grew up hearing about how she cared for my mother when she was newly wed as a barely-20-year old. I grew up hearing how I look a lot like her. I grew up seeing a sketching of her in my living room, her kind eyes always beaming down on me. I grew up with my family wrapping ourselves in a quilt made of her old clothing. I grew up believing that she is my guardian angel. Because of Christ, I know that I will see her again, and this time, I will know her. #Hallelujah
My paternal grandpa passed away on Christmas Day 2014. We all knew it was inevitable. He was suffering from very poor health for years before, and it was finally time for him to leave us and return to our Father. Even though my grandfather made mistakes in how he treated people and himself throughout his life, his grandchildren were his pride and joy. He loved us to no ends. I remember having tickle fights with him. He taught me how to play chess and cribbage. He would always invite us to sit on his lap while he sped down the road and popped wheelies in his electric wheelchair (giving my mom and grandma heart attacks in doing so). He always wanted to see us. My grandpa was declining in health and in a nursing home when I was married in August 2012. He was even worse when I gave birth to Rhys in July 2014. When Rhys was about a month old, we visited my grandpa. He teared up when he saw Rhys, his 7th great-grandchild. One of the most precious pictures I have of my grandpa is of his big, old, withered hand, holding Rhys’s tiny, new, perfect hand. I cherish that photo. Because of Christ, I know that I will see him again, and he will be able to play with Rhys even more vigorously than he ever was able to play with me. #Hallelujah
This Easter season, I challenge you to think more of our Savior, Jesus Christ, than of Easter bunny and eggs and chocolate. Think of those you have lost and who can be with you again through the Resurrection of Christ. Follow Him and find new life. Repent of your sins, try to be more like Him, and feel His love and Grace and Life within you.
What makes you say Hallelujah this Easter?
He Is Risen
- 1. He is risen! He is risen!
Tell it out with joyful voice.He has burst his three days’ prison;Let the whole wide earth rejoice.Death is conquered; man is free.
Christ has won the victory.
2. Come with high and holy hymning;Chant our Lord’s triumphant lay.Not one darksome cloud is dimmingYonder glorious morning ray,Breaking o’er the purple east,
Symbol of our Easter feast.
3. He is risen! He is risen!He hath opened heaven’s gate.We are free from sin’s dark prison,Risen to a holier state.And a brighter Easter beamOn our longing eyes shall stream.
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Spring Break was a blast! It was an insight to what being a SAHM would be like. Christmas Break wasn’t so much as we were traveling the entire time, but Spring Break, we mostly stayed home as Justin worked throughout the week.
I had participated in an Easter Swap hosted by Peculiar Treasures. We were paired up and to get an Easter treat, preferably local treats and a card with an Easter scripture. I gave a gift to Kinberley from Peculiar Treasures and I received one from Emilie. She is part Brazilian, so she sent me her favorite Brazilian white chocolate Easter egg. It was huge and delicious! I am so glad to have gotten to know Emilie!
Last Friday, March 27th, was my last day of teaching. So, that night, we went to my parents’ house in Farmington. Rhys was already there, as my mom watched him while Justin and I worked. He was just having the time of his life with his aunts and uncle and puppy cousins! It was a fun weekend of relaxing, going through childhood mementos as my parents started cleaning out and simplifying their household. Saturday, we went to Texas Roadhouse as my sister has a job there. Afterward, Mom, Dad, Paige, Rhys and I went to a local park and had a fun time enjoying the good weather.
During last week, Rhys and I stayed home, enjoying each other’s company. We also went shopping for new clothes for me, and were somewhat successful. I also started getting up with Justin and making him breakfast. I thought to myself this week that I could get used to living like this.
This past weekend, we went down to spend the weekend with Justin’s brother and his family. The last time we were down there was for Thanksgiving and Rhys was almost 5 moths old and was just scooting around. He was so excited to see his cousins again, crawled after them, “tackled” them, and gave them a barrage of kisses. He had the time of his life playing with them and their toys. Justin and I enjoyed their company, as well as Jason and Rachel’s, watching movies after all the kids were in bed.
|He didn’t actually eat any candy 😉|