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To Adeline, on Your 2nd Birthday…

Usually, I reserve my Tuesday posts for recipes and yummy things that I have made recently.  But today is different, because today my baby girl turns 2.  And, she IS pretty tasty.  At least, I think so.  Today I'm writing a letter to Adeline, on her 2nd birthday. To my dearest Adeline, I simply cannot believe that you are already 2 years old.  Time is a funny thing.  It seems to go so fast, but at the same time, it…

St. Patrick’s Day Toddler Craft

One thing that I want to do as a mom is to make holidays really fun and magical for my children.  I just think that they are a great excuse to make memories together as a family.  My daughter is only 2, so I know that she won't remember the things we do now, but I am hoping that by starting now, I will be in a good habit of celebrating the holidays (even the minor ones) when she is…

In Mothers We Trust

About a month ago, my family thought my dad was going in for an outpatient angiogram at the hospital, and then were informed that his heart was in much worse shape than the surgeon thought it was, and that he would need at least 3 bypasses.  He was then taken by ambulance to another hospital where he spent the night, and then went in for open heart surgery the next day.  The night before his surgery, I spent a long…

Surviving (and Enjoying) Sporting Events with Kids

I attended my first Brigham Young University football game when I was 3 months old, and have been to countless games since, mostly due to the fact that my parents have been season ticket holders for over 30 years, and I attended school there.  Some of my fondest memories from my childhood, teenage, and college years come from BYU games I have attended.  This is especially true because when I was attending BYU, going to sporting events WAS my social…

Scripture Study

For any of you who know me, you know that I really enjoy studying things of a spiritual nature.  I especially like studying from the scriptures.  It really is kind of a hobby for me.  Recently, I have had a few friends ask me for tips and tricks to making their scripture studies more effective.  Now, I am not an expert by any means.  But I thought I would just post something about this, jut in case someone could benefit…

Who Moved My Cheese?

Jeff's boss (who has been an amazing mentor for him and is one of the main reasons Jeff accepted the offer to move to Arizona to work with him) recently gave us a book to read.  It's called "Who Moved My Cheese? An Amazing way to Deal with Change in Your Work and in Your Life."  It was written by Spencer Johnson, who has a degree in Psychology, a medical degree, and has also served as Leadership Fellow at the…

Worth the Wait

Recently the topic of waiting has been on my mind.  I think it is because of Mother's Day, honestly.  I have been thinking a lot about the many women I know who are currently struggling, or have struggled, with infertility.  I also have many friends who are not yet married, and who I know would love to be married and having children.  In addition, I have some friends who would love to have MORE children, but for some reason, it…

Operation: Make Jeff Love Arizona

Ever since I left Arizona 2.5 years ago, I have wanted to come back.  I hate, hate, hate the snow and cold.  And I really don't mind the heat too much, as long as I have air conditioned buildings to go into.  I DID hate going to recess from August-October and the month of May.  But the rest of the time, it's not so bad.  And now that I stay home with Adeline, this past winter was ROUGH.  I went…

The Packers Move to Arizona

Phew!  It has been a very eventful and sometimes stressful few weeks (or, more accurately, couple of months).  A few months ago, Jeff was offered a new position in the Tempe, AZ office of his company.  This was like a dream come true for me because I love, LoVe, LOVE Arizona.  And, it turns out that it was also a dream come true for him because of the great career opportunity it was.  He gets to continue to work with…