Earlier this year, Natalie and I were asked to speak in church. We were given the topic “Families and the Temple” due to our recent experience of having Tateym sealed to us. Because the topic was so near and dear to our hearts, and we had so much personal experience to draw from, it was probably one of the easiest talks I’ve ever prepared. In fact, it was one of the rare times in recent history where I didn’t come scrambling into the meeting late because I was still finishing my talk. We didn’t really let anyone know we were going to be speaking, so we thought we’d post our talks here for those who might be interested in seeing what we had to say. Continue reading “Families and the Temple”
For Natalie’s birthday this year, she really wanted to get a 3D ultrasound of our upcoming addition. He was kind of a stinker and kept his hands in front of his face most of the time, but we were able to catch a few glimpses here and there. It was a lot of fun getting a peek at what he’s going to look like. We’ve included a clip from the ultrasound as well as a few of the still shots for your enjoyment.
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On August 8, 2008, an angel gave our family the greatest gift we could ever imagine–our beautiful baby girl, Tateym. To take a trip back in time and remember that event you can check out this post. At that moment in time, life seemed perfect. Little did we know of the roller coaster that lie ahead. Continue reading “… And they lived happily ever after!”
April 29, 2003 was one of the best days of our lives. For those that weren’t there, or just can’t remember it, here’s a little re-cap…
(Just so you’re aware, this is a pretty long video and a pretty large download. Consider yourself warned.)
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As you all know, I use to teach before Eric and I got Tateym. I love being a stay at home mom, but many times I think back to when I was a teacher and wonder if I made any sort of a difference. Sometimes I wonder if my students even remember me. I’ve given my email address to several of my old students and some of them are really good at keeping in touch. Yesterday I got is email from a darling girl whom I use to teach and it brought a smile to my face. I thought I would share it with all of you, mostly to validate myself as a person. 🙂
That’s great your family is doing so well. I’m waiting for valentines day to come and can’t wait to make a fancy valentines box. I wanted to tell you in math we have to list all the multiples and stuff and I still remember the tunes that go to the multiples. I’m glad you have a cute little baby I knew that whoever had you for a mom was very very extremely lucky. I love you so much and think you are the best example and I just loved 3rd grade. If someone were to ask me what my favorite grade was I would say 3rd. You are the best Mrs. Gibby. Well see ya later!
So this Christmas was not at all the Christmas I was expecting. The Tuesday before Christmas I woke up with a little bit of a cramp in my stomach. By the time I left work the cramp was accompanied by nausea and occasional hot and cold flashes. I needed to stop at Costco to pick up a few last minute Christmas items, and as I made my way to the store the nausea increased, the pain in my stomach became nearly intolerable, and I started to break out in a sweat. I tore my way into the Costco parking lot, parked in the first spot I saw, jumped out of the car and puked all over the parking lot. After nearly passing out inside Costco I managed to make my way home.
The next day (Christmas Eve) was my family’s annual Christmas party. I was still not feeling well so we ended up spending the day at home. Natalie was determined to still have a good Christmas, so she went out and got all the fixings to make our own Christmas Eve dinner. She prepared an impressive feast: a ham with a homemade orange-honey glaze, yummy potatoes, green bean casserole, and even a Jell-O mold. Thankfully by evening I was feeling better so we were able to enjoy the meal together, then have a fun night together watching our favorite Christmas classic: National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation. We then eagerly went to bed wondering what Santa might bring.
Christmas morning was a lot of fun! Tateym didn’t really seem to know what was going on, but she really liked all the excitement and presents. Santa hooked her up with new toys, books, and clothes (although the wrapping paper is what really seemed to capture her attention). She also got her fair share of spoiling from Mommy and Daddy. We all took turns opening presents until we’d cleared out the tree. Once that was done, we discovered one more surpise Santa had left for Natalie: a mystery present hidden behind the chair. When she opened it up she was excited and surprised to find a Red Ryder carbine-action, two hundred shot Range Model air rifle with a compass in the stock and a thing which tells time. OK, OK, it was really a .357 Magnum Lady Smith revolver. Now she can watch her shows about serial killers on A&E in peace. 😉
After opening our presents Natalie made some delicious sticky buns. Once we’d eaten our fill, we got ready and headed over to Natalie’s parents’ house for more festivities, including Christmas dinner. Unfortunately on the drive over I began to feel sick again. I spent the rest of the day lying on the couch. Natalie and Tateym though were able to have a fun time with her family eating Christmas dinner, opening presents, and visiting. That night Natalie had to brave the stormy weather and drive us all home.
Two days later I was finally feeling well enough to leave the house again, so we headed over to my parents’ house. Since we weren’t able to make it there on Christmas day, we had a faux Christmas dinner with my parents, my sister Melanie, and my sister Kimberly and her family. After that we exchanged gifts and visited.
I spent a lot more of the break being sick than I expected, and poor Natalie had to work herself to death taking care of two babies. It was still a lot of fun being able to spend so much time together as a family, and it was definitely a Christmas I’ll never forget!
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Unwrapping a Present:
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Tateym’s Favorite Toy on Christmas Morning:
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