Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Holiday Fun


Last Saturday we went to breakfast with our good friends the Blackwells and the Tuckers which was fun because it's hard to find time this time of year to go out and do things because everyone is so busy with Christmas and family things. After breakfast we went and watched the BYU bowl at the Blackwells, it's great to have friends that share the same LOVE that we have for our BYU Cougars.

We were lucky enough to have Santa come and visit all the Grand kids on Sunday. Charly looked so cute in her Little Santa outfit!!! She is just getting SO big all of the sudden...kind of makes me sad to see her grow up!

It was my birthday yesterday and it was nice because this year it was more low key. Don't get me wrong... I am the first to admit that I LOVE my birthday and I love making a big deal of it, but when you're a mom It is a big deal to just simply go to dinner with just your husband and have a nice relaxing night. We were going to go to a movie too but I started to get a migraine so we just came home and went to bed! :) Gar got me a really pretty Beauty and the Beast porcelain figurine. It really meant a lot to me and made me cry. That has always been my favorite movie...I love the storyline and Gar proposed to me with that movie so it was a great gift!

This is random but because this is like my journal I have wanted to write about this for awhile- About a month ago Gar spent the night at the cabin and he had taken his work shirt off and left it on the bed. When Louie and I went to go get into bed I could NOT get Louie to get off of Gar's shirt and get under the covers with me like he usually does. When he finally did get under the covers he would only lay directly under his shirt. It was the cutest thing, he missed his dad! I love our little Louie!

Thursday, December 16, 2010


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Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Hospital Visit

We went and had our little baby bug tested to see if she had Kidney Reflux and we feel so blessed because everything looked normal! She did so good during the test! They sedated her with some nasal spray stuff that made it so she wasn't all the way out but so she was loopy and wouldn't remember it! It was sad to see her like that, but is it weird to say that she still looked so cute on that gurney?

Sunday, December 12, 2010

The little moments I treasure!

She can sit up in her Bumbo!!! She was getting mad everytime we would lay her down, she just wanted to be sitting up! We bought her a bumbo for Christmas but I just wanted to see how she would do if I sat her in it so I went and opened it and what do you know....SHE SITS! You know you're a parent when it makes your whole day worth while just to see your little baby sit up in a Bumbo!

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Little Charles is 2 months old!!!

We are loving our little girl! She is getting so fun! She is looking at us now and smiling and laughing. She has the the sweetest little spirit and I love it. Her little neck is getting so strong and she is holding up her head! She is loving tummy time more and more...usually when we put her on her tummy that is when she is the most talkative, SO CUTE! She still has so much hair and we are still trying to decide what color those eyes are going to be, it drives me nuts!

I love dressing her up...

Even though sometimes she hates it!

And yes... All I DO want for Christmas is a Silent Night

We love her crazy morning hair!

Very Grateful for her Lounger!

Lou loves being by her and is VERY protective of her

I love that we can put cute little hats on her for the winter!

She likes her blanket and and her binky

And who can forget...
We love those CHUBBY CHEEKS!!

She loves her bath and getting all lotioned up after...
she gets so cuddly :)

Charles has had 2 U.T.I's in her short little life. I have Kidney Reflux Disease and so she has to get tested to see if she has it too, or to find out what is going on. This picture is after she took her medicine!


Wednesday, November 24, 2010

THANKful for the power of MUSIC

This past month I have been looking back on this year and even the year prior thinking about all the little moments I have had that have touched my heart, the ones that I am thankful for...the month of November tends to do that to people I guess. But as I've been doing this I realized that a lot of these "special moments" (I like to call them) Have happened to me as I've been listening to music. I would like to share some of them. 

2009 was a trialing year for me. Now don't get me wrong it was still a great year with a lot of happy times and memories, but very trialing. Garett was traveling for his work and would leave for 12 days and come home for 8, and some times he would leave for 12 come home for 2 days and then leave again for 12. Those of you that know me know that I have a hard time being alone and especially being without my best friend and person I love so much. I learned a lot of things though while he was gone. I would cry many days and nights and at times it was hard for me to see "the light at the end of the tunnel." It was hard for me to think of husband spending his birthday, easter, general conference, halloween, BYU Football games, and many other things by himself. I know we were meant to go through all of that for us to grow and become better people,we grew closer from this. At the end of August 2009 we starting trying to get pregnant, but because of his crazy schedule you can imagine how difficult this was. One night while gar was out of town I turned on the Hannah Montana movie. (Yes I do like Hannah Montana, and if you haven't seen the movie it really is great!) I have heard her song "the climb" a million times before this but because that night I had been dwelling on his job and we weren't being successful at getting pregnant, when she sang that song in the movie I broke down and started to cry. I knew that one way or the other things  would get better, even if we had to climb mountains to get there...that it wouldn't be easy, and it wasn't easy! Gar was able to get a new job but the process leading up to the new job was long and stressful. And we didn't get pregnant until the end of December but what I am grateful for is that he did get a new job and we have the most beautiful little girl Charly that was worth all those hard mountain climbs and sometimes even falls down the mountain. I wouldn't trade those trials for anything now.

Myley Cyrus
The Climb
Songwriters: Alexander, J; Mabe, J;

 I can almost see it
That dream I am dreaming
But there's a voice inside my head saying
"You'll never reach it"

Every step I'm taking
Every move I make feels
Lost with no direction
My faith is shaking

But I gotta keep trying
Gotta keep my head held high

There's always gonna be another mountain
I'm always gonna wanna make it move
Always gonna be a uphill battle
Sometimes I'm gonna have to lose

Ain't about how fast I get there
Ain't about what's waiting on the other side
It's the climb

The struggles I'm facing
The chances I'm taking
Sometimes might knock me down
But no, I'm not breaking

I may not know it
But these are the moments that
I'm gonna remember most, yeah
Just gotta keep going

And I, I got to be strong
Just keep pushing on

'Cause there's always gonna be another mountain
I'm always gonna wanna make it move
Always gonna be a uphill battle
Sometimes I'm gonna have to lose

Ain't about how fast I get there
Ain't about what's waiting on the other side
It's the climb, yeah!

There's always gonna be another mountain
I'm always gonna wanna make it move
Always gonna be an uphill battle
Somebody's gonna have to lose

Ain't about how fast I get there
Ain't about what's waiting on the other side
It's the climb, yeah!

Keep on moving, keep climbing
Keep the faith, baby
It's all about, it's all about the climb
Keep the faith, keep your faith, whoa

In the summer of 2009 my mom was  stake camp director and she had invited my Dad, my sisters, and me to go up to Heber Valley camp for a fireside one night. At this time I had been feeling the way I'm sure everyone has felt at some time or another in their life. I was feeling so inadequate and that I wasn't being a "good enough" person...I had so many short comings. Also, I was so jealous that I wasn't able to go to girls camp anymore and spend ONE WHOLE week getting spiritually fed..."what just because I'm not 12 anymore and I'm married I can't come and be apart of this now..." And then everyone started to sing their theme song for that years girls camp- I felt the spirit so strong and realized that this is why we have the temple, that's where I can go and get my spiritual high...but I have to actually put forth the effort and get myself there. And if I do my best and follow my Heavenly Father he is going to fill my lamp where I fall short.

 The Ten Virgins
When he comes for me

We are all invited to the feast
Each of us is welcome-from the greatest to the least
We hold the invitation in our hands
It's written in each crevice of our own lamp
I promise I'll prepare to be there on that day
Dancing in the glory as we celebrate

Like a lamp the Master planned each of us
With his grand design
The oil is the light I will burn through the night
As I wait for him to come again
There will always be enough
If I run to Him to fill it up
Drop by drop by drop
'Till I know Him perfectly
When he comes for me

Humble hearts are waiting for the day
Faithfully preparing for the chance to light His way
Guardians of the vessels that will burn
Watching for the Master to return
Maker of the gift that only He can fill
Keeper of the precious oil is waiting still

Like a lamp the Master planned each of us
With his grand design
The oil is the light I will burn through the night
As I wait for him to come again
There will always be enough
If I run to Him to fill it up
Drop by drop by drop
'Till I know Him perfectly
When he comes for me

And I will kiss the hands
That made my lamp
When he comes again
I will honor him

Like a lame the Master planned each of us
With his grand design
The oil is the light I will burn through the night
As I wait for him to come again
There will always be enough
If I run to Him to fill it up
Drop by drop by drop
'Till I know him perfectly
I'll be worthy of my King
When He come for me 

After I had Charly I was experiencing the baby blues. It was a really hard and challenging thing for me to have to deal with. I would constantly ask Gar and my Mom "Am I ever going to feel normal again...?" I didn't see how I was ever going to get through those feelings and be able to just be the great mom that Charly deserved . I had been at my mom and dad's house one Saturday watching the BYU football game and I had been having those terrible feelings. I decided to go back home and as soon as I got in my car I started to BAWL! So as I'm driving and bawling the song "In my Daughters eyes" By Martina Mcbride came on. I felt such peace and I knew everything was going to be okay, that I was going to get through this and It was all going to be okay... and I did :).

Martina Mcbride
In My daughter's eyes
In my daughter's eyes I am a hero
I am strong and wise and I know no fear
But the truth is plain to see
She was sent to rescue me
I see who I wanna be
In my daughter's eyes

In my daughter's eyes everyone is equal
Darkness turns to light and the
world is at peace
This miracle God gave to me gives me
strength when I am weak
I find reason to believe
In my daughter's eyes

And when she wraps her hand
around my finger
Oh it puts a smile in my heart
Everything becomes a little clearer
I realize what life is all about

It's hangin' on when your heart
has had enough
It's giving more when you feel like giving up
I've seen the light
It's in my daughter's eyes

In my daughter's eyes I can see the future
A reflection of who I am and what will be
Though she'll grow and someday leave
Maybe raise a family
When I'm gone I hope you see how happy
she made me
For I'll be there
In my daughter's eyes

Just a couple of Sunday's ago Gar and I were driving home from the cabin. And if we are coming home from the cabin on a Sunday we will always listen to the "church music" mix on our Ipod. The song came on "What heaven See's in you" And It occurred to me that I have the great blessing and privilege to be able to teach Charly about this gospel...her Heavenly Father....her Savior Jesus Christ...the Plan of Salvation....the Atonement...and the list goes on and on. But I also felt scared, It is my OBLIGATION to make sure I teach her these things. I felt a feeling of sadness as well to know that it will be her choice if she chooses to believe these things or not, it's up to her to gain a testimony of her savior Jesus Christ. I pray that she does gain all those things

What Heaven Sees in You
(Doug Walker / SherryMarksWalker)
Performedby: Doug Walker
Sent to this earth
You were saved through the ages for this day
and time
Child of great worth
Child of promise, daughter of the Divine
Pure and holy in a little, white dress
You were held in a circle and you were blessed
And the Father looked down
And the angels surrounded that place
They knew the truth, all that you could do
And you will, too, if you have eyes to see
What heaven sees in you
Dressed in white once more
Making promises to follow in God’s way
So much lies in store
For the little girl who enters at the gate
Pure and holy in a little, white dress
You were led into the water and you were blessed
Repeat ChorusDo you understand who you are
Part of the Father lives in you
If you continue on this path
Every promise God has given will come true
Heaven on earth
In the house of God, so much fills your heart and mind
Woman of great worth
Woman of promise, daughter of the Divine
Pure and holy in a long, white dress
You promise forever and you are blessed
And the Father looks down
And the angels surround that place
They know the truth, all that you can do
And you do, too, ‘cause you have eyes to see
What heaven sees in you
Will you have eyes to see
What heaven sees in you

Well I think it is safe to say that I have felt the spirit through many songs these past couple of years and I am so thankful for the help and peace I have recieved through these songs. I am thankful for the power that music can have in our lives.

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Charly Jo is 3 weeks old!!!

Charly had her 2 week appointment last week-

Weight: 9 lb 7 oz                83 Percentile
Height:  21.5 in                  87 Percentile
Head circ: 15 in                 89 Percentile

We love our little Charly!! And here are some of the things she is LOVING:

  • Her nightly baths. She didn't start out liking them but she LOVES them now. She's so cute in her little tub and it makes it hard for us to end her baths at night because she looks like she's at the spa.
  • Her "Boppee Lounger." She just puts her arms out and sits back and relaxes.
  • The song "A childs Prayer" will usually calm her down if she's crying.
  • Tummy time, but only for a few mins!
  • Dad's kisses- really, she loves them! 
Charly has brought such a sweet spirit into our lives. We are so grateful to have her!

Here are some pictures

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Maternity Pics

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October 3rd 2010

On my due date, the 2nd of October Gar and I decided it was be good to take a trip to Park City so I could walk around for a bit to see if that would help "move things along." Well the day before this I had hit my ring against the cabinet in the kitchen and one of my diamonds fell out and the prong broke because of the way my ring has to be set its extra fragile. So before we hit the outlets in Park City we stopped off at Shane Co, WHICH I LOVE and am so glad Gar bought the ring from them. They ended up having to cut my ring in 3 different places to get it off of me because I was SO swollen from being SO pregnant. Good news is though, in 12 weeks it will be in tip top shape again!At the end of the day I had felt down because my due had come and was going...still with no baby. In the middle of the night (so Sunday mornin) I started having contractions 5 minuetes apart but I didn't want to wake up Gar until I knew FOR SURE this was the real deal. Well they continued so I finally woke him and off we went to the hospital. We got there and we checked in and then off I went to get checked to see if I really was in labor. After they checked me I was at 2 and a half so I needed to wait an hour to see if I had made progress. I'll tell you what, that was the LONGEST hour of my life. The nurse then came back, checked me....STILL a 2 and half. Nurse: "Unfortunatley we are going to have to send you home, but let me go call your doctor first." She leaves and shuts the door and then I turned to Gar about to tell him how bad this sucks and that I didn't want to go home when instead I said "Uh, Gar....I either just peed...or my water broke" So he called the nurse in and sure enough I was SAVED!!! MY WATER BROKE at 6:15 am. When they checked me at 11:00 I was only at 3 so they gave me some Pitocin to get things going. They checked me 3:15 and I was a 5 and then came back 45 mins later at 4:00 and I was a 9! And all I could say was "SERIOUSLY?" I was so excited but really nervous at the same time...all of the sudden we were there about to see our little angel that we had waited 9 months to see and there we were so close! I ended up having her at 8:05 p.m. She was a whopping 8 lbs 12 ounces and 21 inches long With the prettiest thick dark hair! I will never forget the feelings of Joy I had when she came out or the look on her daddy's face. Gar had nothing but love for her from the moment she arrived. I have been blessed to have Garett be her Dad. He can't get enough of her and this whole week he has just kept telling me that we are a team and in this together. He has been helping me more than I ever could have asked for.

Stephanie came down from Vernal to take pictures of Charly! She did such a great job! Joey and My mom also took some and here are some of their pics! Thanks again Steph for coming! You're very talented!