Saturday, December 31, 2011

I'm thinking a lot right now about New Year's Resolutions...Thinking about the difference between a resolution and a goal. Another blogger pointed out a resolution she was making and emphasized it wasn't a goal, which I had never really thought about before.   It seems to me that a resolution is a changed state of mind. Resolving to do something. says: the mental state or quality of being resolved or resolute; firmness of purpose.  I looked up the definition for goal, and with a goal it seems to have an end point.  For example:  I will run a marathon on May 1, 2012  (which is AWESOME, if that is one of your New Year's things- go you!  I am in no way putting you down and I'd love to join you!) would be a goal, whereas if you stated that you resolve to exercise 3 times a week, it means that it would be a habit you would establish and hopefully keep until you die.  I think in the past I have done a lot of in between type stuff, like "read my scriptures every day" which is kind of like a resolution, except that my intent was to make it until Dec. 31 of the next year.  So this year I want to really set a resolution or 2 or 3 (we'll see how ambitious I am feeling later), and I think I will also set smaller goals that will help me to achieve my new resolve(s).  
Just as a side note: I am in no way criticizing the setting of goals for New Years, I love that it is a new year and we can all hopefully make ourselves better this coming year.  I am also in no way saying you need to change and start setting resolutions!  I just was thrown into thought when I read a friend's blog and she stated she was making a resolution NOT a goal- because it was something important to her that she wanted to change.  Anyway have fun tonight everyone!  Party hard (mormon style, lol)!!

Thursday, December 29, 2011


My sweet little boy is 11 months and 10 days. This is exactly (to the day!) how old Sammi was when she started walking all over the place (she was weird. Walking wasn't a process for her. One day she couldn't take more than 1 step by herself, and the next she was walking all over the apartment without falling). Jase has yet to take a step by himself, but that's ok! He is my cautious little boy. He started crawling about a week before he turned 10 months, and said his first word "Boo!" (he loves to play peek-a-boo) a week or so before that. He is kind of a funny kid. He has 4 or 5 words right now and 3 are communications. His first was 'Boo', then doggie (I don't even know how to type the way he says it..), then "Hi!" he also says 'da?' or 'uz-da?' (means what's that). And I'm fairly certain but not 100% certain that he says "ba" (ball). It's just funny because most babies learn mostly nouns, but so far he is all about communicating. He says "hi!" to everyone! At church he loves to stand on the bench and say "hi!" to everyone he sees. He says it when we first see him, when we open a door, when we say it to him.. He loves to say 'hi!' and the way he says it is so cute. It sounds like a recording because he says it the same way every time, and is quite enthusiastic about it. So cute :) He loves to be held and point at things until we take him over to it. When we get to what he is pointing at he says 'uz-da?' and we tell him what it is, he touches it and points some more, then points at something new to go look at.
It's so interesting to me how different him and Sammi are. At his age, she was all about cruisin around, pulling the dvds off the shelf, go-go-go and do-do-do. He just wants to examine and explore everything. He is partial to his mommy, but Sammi is still his favorite. She can make him laugh like no one else can. I LOVE listening to them play, it is music to my ears.

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Tuesday, December 27, 2011


I have quite a bit of catching up to do, I don't really know where to start because I only have time for one post right now... I guess I'll start with Christmas. Thank you everyone for your great ideas! We actually ended up being able to do presents on Saturday, and had Sunday be more Christ-centered. It went REALLY well. Saturday was sooo much fun! Then Saturday night we did Christ-centered Christmas Eve things and on Sunday we did extra things to keep the right focus. One of the things we did came from and idea that my sister in law Briana had of having everyone share a story about giving or a story about CHRISTmas after we ate Christmas breakfast, and it was SO amazing. Everyone had something awesome to share, and we all felt the Spirit quite strongly. I'm glad we were able to have a secular Christmas and a spiritual Christmas. It was a great experience and I think I want to take my cousin's and some others advice for next year and the years to follow where Christmas isn't on a Sunday and try to make Christmas Eve more Christ-centered. Also, I think we are going to make the breakfast thing a yearly tradition.

We had a great time, and so much fun! We were so blessed this year!! Thank you everyone!

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Saturday, December 17, 2011

How do you do it?

Keep Christ in Christmas, that is. This year in particular. SO Christmas is on the Sabbath this year, which I think is an amazing and beautiful thing. This year I am struggling to know what to do to keep Christmas about Christ. I am all for Santa (and won't be getting rid of him, so don't suggest it) and the magic that comes with him. I guess here is what I feel about Christmas on Sunday. One of 2 things happens-- you open all your presents and say 'ok kids, have fun playing with them tomorrow!' Or you allow them to play with them, and they yell, play, fight (come on, you know it will happen, don't kid yourself) and do other things that aren't in accordance to the Sabbath. (at least how I was raised). You make an exception since it's Christmas. I feel like making an exception and not maintaining the Sabbath spirit since it's Christmas is what Satan wants us to do. I understand quality time with family is important, and a great activity on the Sabbath, but I feel I would be kidding myself if I think I can maintain the proper Sabbath Spirit when I'm making an exception on Sabbath day standards. I feel like it would be such a shame to waste the opportunity to have that added Spirit with having Christmas on Sunday.I feel like Christmas Sunday (whether it's on the 19, 22, or 25 or whenever) is a special day to truly reflect on what Christmas means on the ultimate gift that our Heavenly Father gave us when He sent His son to this earth so that we can have eternal life. I feel that this year it can even more easily be overrun with Santa and presents and the worldly side of Christmas than most years.
I GET that yeah, we should keep Christ in Christmas no matter what day of the week it is on. I get it. It's more important to me this year, because I feel like now my Christmas Sunday is going to be overrun with worldly things. I also get that there is a middle ground, which we are going to try to do.
So what are YOU doing to keep Christ in Christmas this year? As a child I remember our parents telling us that they wrote Santa a special letter to see if he could come on Saturday so that we could focus on Christ on Sunday. Unfortunately, that isn't an option this year. I struggle with what to do. Obviously we are doing presents Sunday since that is our only option, but I think we are just going to do our best to treat it like Sunday. Only let Samantha play with toys she would be allowed to play with on Sunday, and I think for awhile before we go to church (at 1) we will get into Church mode and prepare for it properly. But my question is still out there: What are you doing this year to keep Christ in Christmas?? And do you have any ideas on what we can do to better improve the spirit of Christ this week, and change our focus? How do you teach that to a 3 year old? And also, what are Your thoughts on doing presents and Santa on Saturday?