Monday, April 30, 2012

Best News Ever!!

Lindsay had her testing today and here are her scores (she is 15 months right now).

Gross Motor: 12 months
Cognitive: 14 months
Fine Motor: 15 months
Social: 15 months
Language: 18 months

And get ready for the best news….her therapist thinks she’s doing so well that she will get to “Graduate“ on May 18th!! Wahoo!!! Yay Lindsay!! No more physical therapy every two weeks!

I remember when we first found out about Lindsay’s condition the doctors wouldn’t give us a straight answer of how she would be mentally or physically because it can vary so much from kid to kid.  But, as far as I can tell, she is doing AWESOME!!  Again, we’re feeling so grateful for all those prayers for Lindsay! 
What a happy day!!

Now, I'm even more excited for her cat scan in June!  Bring it on!  Happy happy day!!

Sunday, April 29, 2012

A Big Change

A little over a month ago Darin and I got called in to meet with the Stake President. He told us that he had called a new Bishop, and the new Bishop had asked Darin to be the 2nd councilor. I was surprised, but I was also really excited for Darin.

(Here is the new Bishopric--Brother Ita, Bishop Fultz, and "Brother Gunnerson.")

...Then, the Stake President dropped the bomb on me…I had to be released as Young Women’s President. (Insert Haylee sobbing here).

 I have known for about a month that this was coming, but Sunday was the day that it actually happened. I thought that I would be ok—especially having known about it for so long, but I wasn’t.

 The girls were all so sweet, and wrote me cute notes after it happened. Here is a picture of our last Sunday together. Aren’t they cute girls? And aren’t my councilors cute too?

I am REALLY going to miss being with these amazing girls--and women!  But I am also really excited about their new Presidency--they'll be awesome!

One thing that has made the change easier is that we LOVE the new bishopric (and their wives)—we already have plenty of parties planned together.

On a side note, it is REALLY weird that Darin is a High Priest. We had a High Priest party last weekend and everyone kept saying, “Boy you two are young!” “I have a daughter your age!” or "I have a grand-daughter your age!” I think we heard that like 20 times. Ha ha!

So, if you have a little extra time in your day--pray for this woman to survive the 70 minutes in sacrament with two busy kids--and no husband!

Friday, April 27, 2012

Red Butte Gardens, and then some.

Kristy and I took the kids out to Red Butte Garden this morning. It was "free day" but it was more like "freeze day" it was SOO cold! It even started snowing! We were only there for about 5 minutes before we left. (At least we weren't out any money right?)

It was really pretty even though it was cold!

On the way home from Red Butte we decided to stop by and say hi to "Grandpa Clark" at his office.

Dad even took the kids over to the warehouse and gave them a little tour where the shirts are made.  Matt loved it! Here is a short video of part of the "tour."

Thanks Kristy and Dad for the fun morning!! We missed you Heather and Heather!

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Easter Outfits!

I know this is really late, but I wanted to put up these cute pictures of the kids in their Easter outfits! Enjoy!

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

To the Zoo!

I used to work at a summer camp for kids with disabilities. I worked there for 6 years. I LOVED it!

 I ran into one of my favorite coworkers, Danielle, a few weeks ago, and she is still working with one of our "campers." We all took a trip out to the zoo, and it was a GREAT day!

Here are a few pictures from the day:

Matt laughing at one of Heather's jokes while checking out the elephants:

Lindsay went on the carousel for the first time! A little nervous at first...

...but then she really started to like her ride on the "lady bug."

Of course we had to "measure up"

and we had to play with the ball

It was so fun to see some old friends! I think I have a picture similar to this one of Heather and me from like 10 years ago! She is a cutie! (Yes, I went makeup-less to the zoo...yikes!)

Happy Earth Day!

We had a nice Earth day, well, more like Earth weekend. Since Earth Day was on Sunday this year we celebrated on Friday and Saturday. On Friday we made “dirt cups.”  (Notice they're in glasses not plastic cups--"Reduce.")

We also spent a lot of time jamming to THIS song! (I LOVE Jack Johnson).

That night we had “Earth Balls” (meatballs), “Trees” (asparagus), and “Mountains and Lakes” (mashed potatoes and gravy). Ok, so maybe that was pushing it a little, but Matt liked it!

Saturday we went to J and J, bought lots of plants and planted them.

We also picked up trash from the field behind our house. 
  (Random side note: There aren't many fields in Bountiful, but both places we have lived have had fields behind our house. Kind of random, but I LOVE it!)

Hope you had a happy Earth Day!

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Daughters of Utah Pioneer Museum

Well, I finally went to the Daughters of Utah Pioneer Museum. I was really looking forward to seeing the two headed lamb, but honestly, it was kind of gross. We went during the “Utah Shake Out” drill so we had to evacuate before we saw the whole thing. There was a lot of cool stuff, and I think we’ll go back again to see the last two floors!

One more thing to check off of my 30 before 30!

Thanks Heather and Heather for going with us! We missed you Kristy!

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Festival of Colors

Last week we went to the Festival of Colors with a few of our friends. I have wanted to go for a long time, and we finally went! The weather was crazy! It was pouring the whole drive down, then it was hailing as we were walking to the festival, perfectly sunny while we were there, then rainy the whole ride back! Here are a few of the pictures from the fun day!

After the festival we all went home, showered, then got back together a few hours later for an Indian potluck dinner! EVERYTHING was so yummy! We had rice, naan, chicken tikka masala, butter chicken, tandoori chicken, chole, curry, and more!

Friday, April 13, 2012

(almost) Four Generations of Friends!

Last week my friend Lindsay was in town from North Carolina to defend her Master Thesis (doesn’t that just sound impressive!?—and she passed by the way! YAY LINDSAY!!).

 She is pregnant with her first baby and I am SO EXCITED!! When her little boy comes we’ll have FOUR generations of friends in our families! (Our grandparents have been friends since college too…you can read more about that here).

We were lucky enough to go to lunch together while she was in town and we went to the Blue Lemon!

I have to say it was pretty fantastic! My mom and I shared the Pear and Gorgonzola Spinach Salad  (bottom left picture) and an Artichoke and Tomato Panini  (bottom right picture). Even Matt had some delicious Grilled Chicken Skewers (Top right picture).

The restaurant is in the new City Creek Center and it is BEAUTIFUL! We didn’t do any shopping, but I think we had just as much fun just looking! It was a GREAT day!

Thanks Lindsay and Sue for fitting us into your busy week!!  (And thanks mama-c-ta for buying my lunch!!)

Later that week I was able to see Lindsay AGAIN when I went up to Park City for an AMAZING brunch with some AMAZING girls at Lindsay's house!

Look at that cute belly!! Can't wait to meet this little man!

The only problem about Lindsay coming in town is it makes me realize how much I miss her! Thanks for a fun week Lindsay and come back soon!!

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Easter Sunday

We had a wonderful Easter Sunday! We went to my parents’ house for a DELICIOUS meal!

The adult table.

The kid table.

The dinner.

The dessert.

I also wanted to share a cute story that my mom shared with me that I used in my young women lesson on Sunday….

There was a young woman who had been diagnosed with a terminal illness and had been given three months to live. So as she was getting her things 'in order,' she contacted her Pastor and had him come to her house to discuss certain aspects of her final wishes.
She told him which songs she wanted sung at the service, what scriptures she would like read, and what outfit she wanted to be buried in.
Everything was in order and the Pastor was preparing to leave when the young woman suddenly remembered something very important to her.
'There's one more thing,' she said excitedly..
'What's that?' came the Pastor's reply.
'This is very important,' the young woman continued. 'I want to be buried with a fork in my right hand.'
The Pastor stood looking at the young woman, not knowing quite what to say.
That surprises you, doesn't it?' the young woman asked.
'Well, to be honest, I'm puzzled by the request,' said the Pastor.
The young woman explained. 'My grandmother once told me this story, and from that time on I have always tried to pass along its message to those I love and those who are in need of encouragement. In all my years of attending socials and dinners, I always remember that when the dishes of the main course were being cleared, someone would inevitably lean over and say, 'Keep your fork.' It was my favorite part because I knew that something better was velvety chocolate cake or deep-dish apple pie. Something wonderful, and with substance!'
So, I just want people to see me there in that casket with a fork in my hand and I want them to wonder 'What's with the fork?' Then I want you to tell them: 'Keep your fork ...the best is yet to come.'
The Pastor's eyes welled up with tears of joy as he hugged the young woman good-bye. He knew this would be one of the last times he would see her before her death. But he also knew that the young woman had a better grasp of heaven than he did. She had a better grasp of what heaven would be like than many people twice her age, with twice as much experience and knowledge. She KNEW that something better was coming.
At the funeral people were walking by the young woman's casket and they saw the cloak she was wearing and the fork placed in her right hand.. Over and over, the Pastor heard the question, 'What's with the fork?' And over and over he smiled.
During his message, the Pastor told the people of the conversation he had with the young woman shortly before she died. He also told them about the fork and about what it symbolized to her. He told the people how he could not stop thinking about the fork and told them that they probably would not be able to stop thinking about it either. So, every time you pick up your fork, remember that the best is yet to come.

So, at the end of the lessons I gave each of the girls one of these: