Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Lately I've been re-learning the truth that my young girls really need me right now.  I went to the afternoons if ed week (thanks to my wonderful husband, my sister Mary and my sister-in-law Molly) and I loved it...but it was a little tough on the girls.  Then, that Saturday I spent the afternoon running errands and the evening on a date with Jon.
Last week, I also had the idea to start an online store to sell little crafts, etc in order to save up to be able to travel home for Christmas.  (Its very likely that our little family will be moving out of Utah for Jon's next job).   I've been thinking a lot about different things I could do to earn extra income and I found myself thinking about it so much that I had to be wasn't just for travelling to see family, it was for wanting more money - wanting more things.  I found myself feeling tempted to spend so much time trying to make money, that I'd be forgetting who needs me most right now - my girls.  These scriptures came to my mind today: (you can see these verses dramatized here)

Matthew 6:19-21
Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: But lay up for yourselves treasures in Heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal.  For where your treasure is, there will your heart  be also.  
 No matter how much the world tries to convince me of does not bring happiness and making money doesn't either.  On that note, I wanted to share some pictures and videos that show why I'm so grateful that I get to be a stay at home Mom right now.  And yeah...I'll probably try to go ahead and sell some things online, but I need to be patient and not get so carried away doing it that my family suffers.  When my kids are older, there will be plenty of time for branching out more.  Right now is the only time that I'll have in all my life to be Lily and Suzy's Mom when they are home all day - not at school - not at soccer or football or piano lessons or anything else - just home with their Mommy.  That is worth the sacrifice.

I love this video because its just Suzy being so sweet - just normal every day cuteness.  What if I missed it?  I like the way she plays with the kix in her mouth.

Suzy's creative crawl:

And even this last video makes me grateful because while crying can be really hard...when its not in the moment its pretty cute and I might not pay enough attention to Lily if she didn't do it every once in a while.

Running update

 So, a couple setbacks.  First, I thought that I'd been running 6 miles to my Mom's house in the Riverwoods...turns our its only 4.7 miles and that 1.3 miles makes a really big difference.  Also, the wheels of my stroller have a slow leak and I didn't notice today until I'd already set out...pumped tires make a big difference too.  And lastly, I learned the hard way that if you're training and then you stop for a while, its sets you way back.  Sheesh - who knew that a 5 day break would make me so unable to run.  However, the girls still love it and we're still working on it.  I guess I might end up walking half of my half marathon...but I'm gonna do it all the same.  I took these pics while running today - so cute!

Lily holding Suzy's hand.

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Suzy Sleeping

 These pictures were all taken on different nights.  Sometimes I wonder if shes going to do damage to her shoulders.

Wrestling.  I think Lily might have a future in it...provided her opponent can't stand and is half her size.

Some Summer Fun

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Happy Birthday. Half Marathon.

I made a goal to run a half marathon and now I'm making it public so I'll be somewhat accountable.  I'm really excited about it and started training today.  I wanted to run the Big Cottonwood half marathon...but its $75 and they're sold out to boot.  So...I figured that Jon and I would do one for me on my birthday and I'd make a shirt that says, "I ran a half marathon for free."  Jon worked from home this afternoon while the girls were napping so that I could go get my new running shoes.  They are super comfy and super expensive and are supposed to help me not over pronate (roll my ankles).  Anyone is welcome to do it with me!  I'm going to be pushing a double stroller the whole time so my goal is not to have a fast time but just to do it.  Wish me luck and thanks to Jon for being so supportive.