Wednesday, August 28, 2013


On Saturday, my sister Jessica and I "competed" in our first ever triathlon. It was SO MUCH FUN! I chose to do a novice race as I'm not the best swimmer, but it was still a challenge. Jess ended in 21st place overall and I was 25th (out of 26...j/k) overall. I don't actually know how many it was out of. There was also a kids race that was a lot of fun to watch.

 My helmet is on the right way here. :) 

Okay, a quick confession... I did the bike part with my helmet on backward! The whole time I was riding I kept thinking, my helmet feels weird. I only realized it was on wrong when I was on my way to my truck after and thinking about how I had worn it. Awesome, right? Good thing I didn't crash. Oh well, it just makes for a funny story.

I really enjoyed doing it and I'm so grateful my sister was willing to do it with me. Thanks, Jess!

Next year, we're going to do it again, but we're going to get the family (including the kids) to do it, too. You hear that fam? ;)

Saturday, August 24, 2013

3 Months

On Tuesday Brighton turned three months old. It also happened to be the first day of school, so that explains my late posting. In the short three months that Brighton has been in our lives he has grown so much. The little guy is amazing, especially considering his difficult start. He is such a joy to have around and none of us can seem to get enough of him... especially Lila. He has the most BEAUTIFUL smile ever and is such a happy baby. When he does get sad though, it is the saddest face I've ever seen; even sadder than Lila's. He is so close to laughing and rolling. I just know they're both going to happen very soon. He also seems to still have all of his hair. He is such a handsome baby.

Brighton already has some opinions about things that he likes and does not like. ;)
Brighton loves...
to coo
to be held while somebody is standing
sleeping in your arms while on top of the boppy
sleeping on his side, it doesn't matter which one
tummy time, sometimes
being in his swing
being swaddled
having a pillow on the lower half of his body if no-one is holding him
his sister, even when she is smashing him while trying to give him a kiss

Brighton does not like...
me eating too much chocolate
his Daddy's whiskers
spitting up; poor thing does it all the time

I love having two children, and while it so much more work (more so than I thought) than having one, I am grateful for the learning opportunities and experiences I get from having two. I also love having a girl and a boy. It's been fun to see the subtle differences so far.

I'm so grateful Brighton was chosen to be in our family. How wonderful it is to have such a fresh spirit from Heaven in our home. He and Lila have made our place a Heaven on Earth.

I can't wait to see you continue to grow my little Bright baby! Your family loves you!

Tuesday, August 6, 2013


Right now for our family scripture study we are reading from this book:

It was the book that I had as a little girl and I loved it. It's great for Lila because it has so many pictures and tells the Book of Mormon stories in a simple way. I think it will be a good tool to lead into the regular scriptures. Anyway, it's been a lot of fun sharing these stories with Lila everyday and she's VERY curious about all the people in the pictures. She constantly asks "who's that" on each page.

She has started to recognize reoccurring people such as Nephi and Lehi. She tries to say their names and it is so cute! My favorite of all time though is what she calls Alma. She says "Almo". I know it's not that far off, but if you could just hear how she says it, you'd hear how cute it is. It's also funny because she really likes Elmo so I'm pretty sure she's combining the two names. 

It's been so fun sharing the scriptures with her and teaching her gospel principles. She has also become very good at prayers. She has loved to pray since she was one, but now we just have to say "time for prayer" and she remembers to fold her arms, bow her head and close her eyes all on her own. She also loves to say "Amen" and has to give us a high five after each prayer. When we play primary songs she "sings" along, but is not actually saying any words. She is such a delight. 

I'm so grateful that we are able to raise our children in the Church. I look forward to her saying her own prayers and singing real words to the primary songs. :)