We went to Trunk or Treat at the church on Wednesday. As I was standing there handing out candy, a little girl of about 9 or 10 came and stood by me and started handing candy to the other children out of her own bag.
I asked her, "Are you giving away your own candy?"
And her response, "It's OK, I have lots!"
What a sweet, thoughtful, generous choice she made. I could tell she felt proud and happy to give to someone else.
I think that's one of the best differences between choosing to give and being compelled to give - the good feelings that come as a result of choice.
Claire Emily was born on Monday afternoon and she is so precious!
Ashley and Tyler stayed with us for the last 3 days while Mom and Dad and baby were at the hospital. We had SO MUCH FUN! We got to do bathtime and meals and jump on the trampoline and sing them songs at bedtime and listen to them giggle and snuggle with them every chance we could.
And we got to go see Baby Claire (as the kids call her!)
Ashley and Tyler were so happy to meet her... The Proud Big Sister The Proud Papa
The Proud Mama (Hello! She just had a baby and she looks totally gorgeous!) The Proud Aunt (No pictures of The Proud Uncle. He doesn't like his picture taken. Grrr.)
So, that bad news is that now that Ben and Josephine have produced one more sweet child for us to adore, they left today to move to Omaha. And took all three kids with them.
We have been moping all day. I opened the fridge after they left, saw a sippy cup and burst into tears. We just loved having those little kiddies around. (Hmmm, we may have to get to work on producing one of our own!)
Yesterday was the last day of a reeeeeeeaaaaallllly looooooonnnng week. I had been going a mile a minute all week, had hair appointments that morning and by the time I was done, all I wanted to do was put on my jammies, crawl into bed and hide for a while.
Scott had other plans. He wanted to take me on a hike before the last of the vibrant fall color was gone.
I was feeling grumpy and exhausted and really did not want to go. So, all the way to the park, I was grumbling inside. (OK, maybe I was grumbling on the outside, too.)
I'm so glad my husband puts up with me! What a gorgeous day we had! Once I was there, breathing fresh air and glorying in the gorgeousness of fall, I was so thankful that sometimes he knows what I need better than I do myself.
Look at this cool tree we saw. I wonder if this is a remnant of the big storm we had a few weeks ago?And look at these fantastic, twisty roots...I am a tree lover. I love their majesty and beauty. I love the symbolism of trees, reaching towards the heavens. Can anyone tell me what this is?It's about the size of a grapefruit. I seem to recall that someone once told me that if you put them around your house, they keep spiders away. I brought this one home, but if that's the case, I'm going back for more.
Teddy went with us (of course) and had a marvelous time tromping through the leaves......until Scott mentioned that we were in a prime location and season for snakes and to watch out because they might be hiding in all the leaves we were walking through...
...at which point I made him carry him.
It was a beautiful day and I came home feeling renewed and peaceful. And then I had a three-hour nap.
Being in your 30's is just not the same as being in your 20's.
I actually love being in my 30's - I know myself better, I feel like I am wiser and I enjoy the little things in life more. I'm happier.
But I wouldn't mind having the body of my 20's back.
Scott and I just spent 3 days in Kentucky this week working 13-hour days. Three 13-hour days in a row that all started at 5 a.m or earlier.
On the three-hour drive home, to keep ourselves awake, we started reminiscing about our college days and it made me remember how I used to be on the go constantly and be able to function, even thrive, on 4 or 5 hours of sleep. Sometimes less. I remember staying out until 3 or 4 a.m. and then getting up for an early class and not ever feeling exhausted. Maybe I was running on the adrenaline of all the fun I was having.
Maybe adrenaline doesn't work the same when you get older. 'Cause I still feel like my life is pretty fun. OK, not college fun, but pretty darn fun nonetheless. I really like my job and I love working with Scott and the other people we work with. It was a fun week.
But I am pooped. Pooped, tuckered, wiped, exhausted...
I am Mom to Teddy and Wife to Scott. Scott and I have known each other since fourth grade and have been married since March of 2006. We have a pretty cool love story! I grew up in Maryland, the most beautiful state in the USA! I spent 4 years studying and playing (mostly playing) at BYU and then got a degree in Cosmetology at Von Curtis Academy. I served a mission in Chicago speaking Spanish. I am a hairstylist and I enjoy the time I get to spend with people helping them feel beautiful. I also work for a health promotion company doing health screenings. We are members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. It's a pretty awesome life!
Scott is the greatest man in the world. OK, can you tell Jennifer is writing this? Really, though, he is. He grew up in Maryland and is a HUGE Maryland Basketball fan. Fear the turtle! He attended Ricks College and Utah State and graduated with a degree in Political Science. He served a mission in Florida speaking Spanish. He co-owns Midwestern Property Services and also works as a heath screener for a health promotion company. He loves to study the gospel and always has his nose in a Hugh Nibley book. He does NOT like to have his picture taken. He is an AMAZING cook. And he's the best husband a girl could ask for!
Teddy is our baby - he's a little pomeranian with LOTS of personality! He loves meeting new people. He barks his head off at them as he watches them out the window, but as soon as they enter the door they are his best friends. He loves to snuggle and pretty much has to always be on someone's lap, especially when they are getting their hair done. He can sit, lay down or speak on command, but only if he can see that you are holding a treat for him. He's the cutest doggie in the whole wide world!