Monday, January 28, 2008

President Gordon B. Hinckley

I have been so blessed to be born into this world a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Today I had the privilege of realizing just how lucky I have been to be a student of Gordon B. Hinckley. Our beloved prophet passed away last night at the age of 97 with almost 13 years of service to our Church as Prophet and more than 50 years in other various Church callings. I spent a lot of last night and today in tears, I will truly miss him. I feel like I knew him personally, almost like a grandfather. But I can't help but smile every time I think of his reunion with his wife and other Prophets. I have been watching BYU-TV and I just love hearing all of the jokes he told throughout the years. One I remember was when my parents were at the fourth dedication of the SA,TX temple. President Hinckley asked one of the brethren of the Temple committee to come up. He then asked the brethren how old he was. I don't remember the actual age the brethren gave, but it was somewhere in the seventies. President Hinckley exclaimed, "Why you are just a spring chicken, I don't dare buy green bananas anymore." (Okay, so I am sure that those were not his exact words, but you get the drift). Our thoughts and prayers are with his family. President Hinckley, thank you so much for all your hard work and the humor and easy spirit you carried with you while carrying what had to be the most heavy of earthly callings. We love and miss you, you will never be forgotten.

Saturday, January 26, 2008

Family Pictures... Finally!

I have been trying to get family pictures taken since Caden was born. My Aunt sent the boys matching outfits for Christmas so I was determined that we would get pictures before they grew out of them. We finally found time and went today to Sears. Here are some of the pictures.

This was one of my favorites, but Scott didn't like it.

This was the one we decided to get

My cute little boy!

My big boy!

Like Scott's hand?

I love this picture!!!

So I like getting a picture of just me and Scott. Don't know why, just do. We weren't ready for this next shot, but it was cute.

Ahhh, love birds....

Can you say triple chin??? Dorky? We didn't get this one.

Thursday, January 24, 2008

My Gucci Boy

Having a fashion conscious Aunt is awesome. Especially because she loves dressing other people! Hmmm... maybe thats where I get my clothing thing from. Oh yeah, Jill I haven't forgot that we need to have a Ross shopping day! Anyway, I decided to take some fun pictures of my big boy in his new winter church outfit. Isn't he a doll! Thanks again Auntie and Grandma!

Oooh Baby, here I am (but not until I am 30)!!!


Isn't this just the cutest.

The outfit consists of a white knit turtleneck with matching black corduroy pants and jacket. Oooh-lala.

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Happy Six Months Cade!

Mmmm... peas....

My baby is six months old! Time has just flown by. Some of our favorite things about Cade: he is generally a happy baby, he is sooo ticklish (Scott likes to tickle his shoulder blades), he loves food, he is very easy to entertain, one of his favorite things to do is watch his big brother, he sucks his two middle fingers, all you have to do is look at him and he smiles. He is rolling consistently from his stomach to back. He is almost sitting up on his own. He is eating some solids. He still doesn't have BM's regularly. He loves to blow raspberries (so far not while eating...yet). He gets a hold of something and won't let go; Nathan's hair, shirt and pants; my hair or clothing; toys, etc. He still doesn't sleep through the night consistently, but is getting closer. He is so easy going about being out of the house. He loves to ride in the front pack and just look and look. He rarely cries while in the front pack. He loves to read books when we are reading to Nathan. If he is up while Nathan is napping he gets really bored and whiny. He is a socialite and loves to be held by just about anyone. We love baby Caden!

Bathing in the sink after peas.

Thursday, January 10, 2008

Great Poem

Mormon Women:
If you, or someone you know has ever felt overwhelmed by all they feel they need to do, Vickie Gunther of Redlands , California , wrote a hilarious poem, Dr. Seuss style, about how much LDS women try to take on. David B. Marsh used it at Women's Conference, and Vickie has given permission to share it.

The Girl in a Whirl by 'Dr. Sue' (a.k. a.. Vickie Gunther)

Look at me, look at me, look at me now!
You could do what I do if you only knew how.
I study the scriptures one hour each day;
I bake, I upholster, I scrub, and I pray.
I always keep all the commandments completely;
I speak to my little ones gently and sweetly.
I help in their classrooms! I sew all they wear!
I drive them to practice! I cut all their hair!
I memorize names of the General Authorities;
I focus on things to be done by priorities.
I play the piano! I bless with my talents!
My toilets all sparkle! My checkbooks all balance!
Each week every child gets a one-on-one date;
I attend all my meetings (on time! never late!)
I'm taking a class on the teachings of Paul,
But that is not all! Oh, no. That is not all,
I track my bad habits 'til each is abolished;
Our t-shirts are ironed! My toenails are polished!
Our family home evenings are always delightful;
The lessons I give are both fun and insightful.
I do genealogy faithfully, too.It's easy to do all the things that I do!
I rise each day early, refreshed and awake;
I know all the names of each youth in my stake!
I read to my children! I help all my neighbors!
I bless the community, too, with my labors.
I exerci se and I cook menus gourmet;
My visiting teaching is done the first day!
(I also go do it for someone who missed hers.
It's the least I can do for my cherished ward sisters.)
I chart resolutions and check off each goal;
I seek each 'lost lamb' on my Primary roll.
I can home-grown produce each summer and fall.
But that is not all! Oh, no. That is not all,
I write in my journal! I sing in the choir!
Each day, I write 'thank you's' to those I admire.
My sons were all Eagles when they were fourteen!
My kids get straight A's! And their bedrooms are clean!
I have a home business to help make some money;
I always look beautifully groomed for my honey.
I go to the temple at least once a week;
I change the car's tires! I fix the sink's leak!
I grind my own wheat and I bake all our bread;
I have all our meals planned out six months ahead.
I make sure I rotate our two-years' supply;
My shopping for Christmas is done by July!
These things are not hard; 'tis good if you do them;
You can if you try! Just set goals and pursue them!
It's easy to do all the things that I do!
If you plan and work smart, you can do them all, too!

It's easy!' she said and then she dropped dead.

Saturday, January 5, 2008


So it is always around Christmas that I start thinking about my life and my family. I just have to express how wonderfully blessed I feel to have been raised by such an amazing family. I have such an awesome extended family, cousins who feel like siblings, Aunts and Grandma's that are much more than just Aunts and Grandma's. I was begging my family to come over for New Year's Eve, and thought, ten years ago I would have been doing everything in my power to get away from them. Now I just wish I could see everyone all together all at once. I have been so lucky to have my parents near us for as long as I have. I know that it won't last forever. Just this next year my brother David will be leaving on his mission. We don't have much time left to be so close so often. Neville side/Turner side, we need to have another family reunion!!! This summer? Maybe in Utah? Or California? Grandma and Auntie come visit as soon as you can! I miss you all!!!

Happy New Year!

So here is what we did New Years Eve day. Scotty decided he wanted to build a little patio for his grill and new smoker (yup, my hubby smokes!). Nathan had great fun helping shovel and move the dirt.

And here is the finished product. I love it. My family came over New Years day and helped Scott finish it up. I am so proud of him! We are going to expand it and make a seating area. But we will have to do a little at a time. It is amazing what this 3 foot by 6 1/2 foot little patio cost us!

Friday, January 4, 2008

Okay, so we have been battling all kinds of sicknesses, and that is my excuse. We are finally on the upward, health wise, so I am finally updating this blog. We had a wonderful Christmas with my family. We opened presents at our house first and got to my parents around 7:30am Christmas morning. I think it is so funny, I am the one who wakes up Scott and the boys! I love Christmas, and my favorite part is watching everyone open their presents, especially from me! Christmas always comes so fast! I wish I could make it last just a little longer.

We got PJ's from Scott's parents. That was one of their traditions growing up, Pajamas on Christmas Eve. I have never had my own pajama pants before (silly I know), so these were one of my favorite presents. Here is Caden's little bunting sleeper. Everyone's PJ's (except Scott's) had penguins on them. Too cute!

Here is Nathan seeing the presents for the first time.

Our pathetic little tree. This was our fifth and final year with this little tree. Most of the branches broke off so we trashed it this year. It was a good little tree though. Perfect for what we needed.

Nathan opening his first gift. The PJ's he got were footy jammies, and he got a package of two. They are so nice and soft and warm. Notice Scotty's PJ pants!

Caden was not so interested. I think he just wanted food.

This is an outfit from Grandma and Grandpa Nelson. You can see my PJ pants. The shirt came with it, but I like it so much I might pretend it is not a PJ shirt :).

Unfortunately we didn't get any pictures from my folks house, but we had a good time. We got a 500 piece puzzle from my brother Jonny and we spent the next three days putting it together. We had a really good time! Nathan really got double the presents, since Cade doesn't really play with his yet. Some of my favorites are my beautiful books. I love leather bound books and I got Charles Dickens, Lewis Carroll, Mark Twain as well as the complete collection of Jane Austen. But the best gift ever was the Nativity willow tree set. I have been wanting these for five years and my Uncle Arnold got them for me (thanks to my mother). There are still more pieces to add to it, but I got Mary, and Joseph some animals and a couple shepherds. I am so excited. Anyway, I have to go take care of crying babies, but I will update our New Years festivities later. Hope everyone had a fabulous Holiday!