Thursday, April 30, 2015

So Close To Half Way Done

I don't want to drive people nuts with my baby crazies, so I'm trying to limit my preggo posts to special occasions.  Special occasions like, oh, I don't know, maybe my HALF WAY MARK!!!

The reality truly set in when I finally figured the math . . . One week from tomorrow I will officially be 20 weeks along.  I find myself constantly researching the Googles in desperate need of ways to contain my excitement for Beh-beh Bee.  I have found that my favorite thing to do is read about other expecting mothers in the same giddy boat as me so we can cyber giggle and "LoL" together about the new transition slowly making its grand entrance into our lives.

With that in mind, this entry is about all my highlights over the past four and a half months.

I have LOVED every second of pregnancy so far, I confess, to a very creepy level.  It's probably abnormal to be grinning from ear to ear while you're hovering over the toilet because of morning sickness.  But every upchucked Cheerio has reminded me that this is really happening and that I finally get to have this baby.

The spicy and salty cravings have been unstoppable.  I eat like a hobbit now.  There's second breakfast and elevensies, first dinner and another supper later in the evening.  I think it makes Mitchell uncomfortable.  

The other day he was singing LOVE SHACK and changed the lyrics to something he found to be more appropriate.  
"I've got me a Chrysler, it's as big as a whale, and its name is my wife..."

Thanks sweetheart.
January              February              March              April

Most people liken their baby to the size to a fruit or a vegetable.  I have found it's a little more interesting to compare it to something it could fight with fair odds of winning, like a lady bug or a Lego.  Right now I would probably put my money on a successful TKO against a newborn guinea pig.  

At least the alien baby phase is over and it's starting to look more human.  This was from about 10 weeks ago...

The flutters are getting stronger.  It feels like a carousel spinning round and round in my stomach or random pieces of popping popcorn.  I have noticed that baby is most active when I'm at work, walking back and forth, or when I'm playing the piano.  And that makes me SO HAPPY.  We may have a music lover!

To sum everything up, this has been such a wonderful adventure.  Today I'm going in for an appointment and I'm trying to brainstorm how to bribe the doctor into letting us find out the gender a week early.  I've narrowed it down to Krispy Kreme Donuts or homemade cookies.  Cross your fingers she can be swayed easily, because these old wives' tales are just NOT CUTTING IT for me.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Why Is The First Vision Important: Part 2

Get this week's lesson here.
I have given this lesson before!  It is such a wonderful subject!  To see how I have presented it in the past, check out my other post here.

To change things up a bit, I had the girls off on their own for the majority of the lesson.  We went outside and had each girl separate so she could have a spot to be alone without any distractions.  I decided to approach it this way for two reasons...

1: To give the girls the perspective of Joseph Smith when he journeyed out to the Sacred Grove alone.

2: So this could be between them and their Heavenly Father.  Having a testimony of the First Vision is such an important part of the gospel.  It seems to me, once you have a firm testimony of this event, everything else just falls into place.  I was hoping that them having this peaceful alone time could help to better to invite the spirit and know for themselves that Joseph Smith was a true prophet.

Each girl was given an envelope with activities inside to guide them through their self-lesson.  I found some leaves in the yard and dried them using wax paper and an iron a few days before.  With the magic of a little bit of Mod Podge, they should stick just fine.

Each packet included directions on what to do, a picture from the first vision for a bookmark, a journal page, and a pencil.  Note to self: Next time I do this I will also throw in a couple Kleenexes for any of the girls that might get emotional.

Along with the packet, everyone needed a set of scriptures and I passed out little blankets for them to sit on so their skirts didn't get dirty in the grass.

Side note: While taking these pictures for the blog, Stuntman was NOT making it easy for me.  He kept wandering up and photobombing the set or nudging me to convince me to play.  So, here's his little demanded moment of attention and my shout-out to the stubborn kitty.  Cats are jerks.

Here were my directions printed out for the lesson:

Why is the First Vision important?

In the spring of 1820, God the Father and His Son, Jesus Christ, appeared to the Prophet Joseph Smith.  This vision, which marked the beginning of the Restoration of the gospel, is the most important event since the Resurrection of Jesus Christ.  Joseph Smith’s humble prayer led to the restoration of gospel truths, priesthood authority, and saving ordinances. 

“That one revelation answers all the [questions] regarding God and his divine personality.  … His interest in humanity through authority delegated to man is apparent.  The future of the work is assured.  These and other glorious truths are clarified by that glorious first vision.
-President David O. McKay

Before you begin your reading, use this moment to say a silent prayer to your Heavenly Father.  Allow Him to help you feel the spirit and humbly ask for His help that your testimony of Joseph Smith’s First Vision may grow and solidify.

Open your scriptures and silently read Joseph Smith-History 1:11-19, 24-25 
[JSH is located near the end of The Pearl of Great Price (Pg 48)].

In the back of your folder is a journal page where I invite you to take a moment to ponder and reflect on how this scripture makes you feel.  You may choose to take this opportunity to record your testimony of Joseph Smith’s first vision.

Do you understand Joseph Smith’s first vision better?  Do you have any additional questions?  Would it be helpful to spend more time on this doctrine?

As soon as you are finished, feel free to pick up your belongings and return to class.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Happy Birthday Mitchell

This year, in celebration of the husband's birth, I posted every hour to Facebook a glorious image of Mitchell accompanied by a personal quote I've recorded from him over the past 6 1/2 years. Please enjoy!

"You can learn a lot from a Mitchell."

"Would you shut that heater off? I'm over here sweatin' like a space pig."

"How do I turn your face off?"

"Well, heck.  I lied to get a new Lego set.  What are you gonna do about it?!"

"On a scale of one to REALLY FAT, how would you rate yourself?"

"Wouldn't it be fun to release 100 pigmy goats in here right now?"
(Whispered to me from the back row of stake conference in the church building)

Jesse: "Hi Sweetie!"
Mitch: "Well, hello there... Ha heh heh heh!"
Jesse: "... You have a mustache, don't you?"
Mitch: "Guilty."

"Honey, you're about as helpful as a monkey with a permanent marker."

"Just so you're aware, the right side of my robot has missile launchers... and they do work."

"Go to bed, Bartok... You ugly, little bat."

"Don't worry, we'll have cute babies, babe. Hopefully they don't have your moose face though."

... Just love that guy

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