Saturday, February 18, 2012

Helping a friend...

Last week, one of Ben's friends from BYU-Idaho had a terrible loss. His wife and two small children were driving in Utah and were hit by a cement truck. The wife and youngest child survived, but the daughter died at the hospital. I was shocked and ached for the family when he told me the news. Tonight I have some time by myself (Ben took the boys to the store with him). I decided to pull up their story and actually read about what was going on. I can't remember the last time I have wept the way I am right now, but I urge ALL of you to go read their BLOG. The wife is recovering from some terrible injuries but is slowly making progress. The little boy is doing just great! The funeral was held tonight for their little girl.

I cry because I can NEVER imagine my life with out my family. My little boys are the biggest blessings in my life- even if they seem too much for me to handle at times. What a BLESSING the Gospel of Jesus Christ is! Knowing that Ben and I have created not only a family, but that we chose to make it eternal gives me such hope! God bless this wonderful little family that is having to face such hardships so early on in their lives.

There is a donation fund that is collecting money for the sweet family. Here is the link...

Melissa and Lawrence Fund

Please help if you can. I'm sure some of you know this couple- and that most of you don't. But they are going to need every kind of help as they continue to recover (both monetarily and prayers).

Thanks Everyone!

Thursday, February 16, 2012

My Other Blog

Did you know I can ramble about all sorts of crazy things? I know- you're shocked. 

I finally posted a little long something something on my other blog:


You can click on that if you want and it will take you to the blog, or you can click on the link right 
--------------HERE------------------------>
And it will do the same thing.

Enjoy- or not. haha

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Phone Pics

My kids make me laugh. You should all know them. 
I say that a lot- but they are pretty funny. Here are some pictures to prove my point.
Side note: I'm watching The Voice on Hulu and man! It's awesome. 

The boys are having a hard time parting with Ben ANYtime he has to leave the house. 
This was one of those mornings. Hahaha

Self Portrait Sunday!
 What?! This is a fleece body suite thing that is a size 18 month. Um... Grant wears a size 4. I wish I would have gotten a picture of his legs- the outfit was almost to his knees.
 I know I posted this on FB, but it cracks me up. Henry has SUCH a funny sense of humor. He told me needed a diaper, didn't need a new one but insisted that he have one. So he helped Ben pick up his teacher the airport looking like this. Funny.
 POPCORN! Winnie the Pooh!!!
 For the love... this kid is awesome.  A little sassy (a lot sassy), but so freaking funny!!!
 ...And Henry and Me! (I don't know why blogger separated the one with Grant from this one... hmm)

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Star Wars

In case this is your first time visiting our blog, and you have no idea about anything regarding US, let me inform you on a little secret. We like Music. Ben is a music major and I have been singing and pretending to play the piano all my life. It doesn't shock us that our children enjoy music as well. Grant seems to be very quick at picking up on all things musical. It's never been a huge deal to us, we have him listen to all sorts of music, things from Disney to the Beatles to Glee (Ben hates that last one), but recently he has been shocking us with his musical ability.

It all started (or we first noticed) back in August when we went to California to visit Ben's family. We spent one day at California Adventure. We saw/heard (can you see me in the middle of a huge crowd? No.) the "World of Color" show where they had a huge medley of all sorts of Disney songs. The next day or a few days later, Grant was randomly singing "Reflection" from Mulan. This was strange seeing as we hadn't watched that movie in MONTHS. Then we realized that he must have heard it at the park. Someone wondered if he was in key, so we looked it up. Sure enough, the child was singing in the same key as the movie. Crazy. Since then, we've tested him randomly on certain Disney songs. I think one night, he got 5/5 songs right! hahaha... it's a pretty fun game.

So this next story is the most awesome. We have been watching Star Wars lately, and Grant has gotten into it. On Sunday, we were having dinner with some friends. After Grant turned a paper airplane into the Star Destroyer Ship, our friend, Stephen, started singing the Darth Vader theme song. Grant said, "No- you're doing it wrong," and then started singing the EXACT same song a few notes higher. At first I thought it was odd, then I realized he probably was right- as far as the key. So we looked it up. And guess what? Grant was right- Stephen WAS singing it wrong :) Take a look!


That was him this morning before I found this YouTube video of the same song. 
Pretty funny!

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Chicken Cordon Blues...

Do you grow up listening to the music your parents liked to listen to? My family sure did. Thanks to the amazing Spotify, I can listen to most of these songs again (I'm sure Ben thinks I am nuts!). I was listening to an album from Steve Goodman. My dad got me hooked when I was younger with a song of his called, "Lincoln Park Pirates," look it up- it's awesome. Anyway, he's a musician from Chicago who died too young :( He's got great songs that I think are beautiful and I could re-publish them on an album if I thought my voice were worthy of doing so. ANYWAY- I came across a certain song of his that made me laugh really hard.

Chicken Cordon Blues

I'm all about eating healthy, but I also understand and appreciate the delight-fulness of meat and potatoes. While some people all over the place (friends at church, college friends, facebook friends) are going a little overboard about eating healthy (in my own mind... I'll be proven wrong when I get to heaven- don't worry), this song pretty much made my day. I'm glad that Ben doesn't do this to me, and I'm glad I don't do this to him. For the record- we're eating a million times better now than we did 4 years ago (have you SEEN pictures of me then? I keep thinking I am pregnant in those photos with Henry- but that didn't happen until a few months later!). And I'm all about eating healthy- trust me- I just don't worry about it the way others do. We love hamburgers and we'll never cut those out :) With all that said, enjoy these awesome lyrics (and if you want to look up the tune, it may make you laugh).

When I first met you baby, you fed me on chicken and wine.
It was steak and potatoes and lobster and babe I sure felt fine.
But now all you give me is seaweed and alfalfa sprouts
And sunflower seeds and I got my doubts -
Babe, you left me here with the Chicken Cordon Bleus.

My stomach's so empty and all I got is food for thought.
And I've been sittin' here thinkin'
'bout the twenty pounds of groceries we bought.
We bought ten pounds of brown rice and five more of beans
And five pounds of Granola and you know what that means,
I'm just a regular fella with the Chicken Cordon Bleus.

[Spoken]
Now won't you to play me them fat licks!

I'm starved for affection and babe, I can't take no more.
You know this stuff is so weird that the cockroaches moved next door.
Babe, can you see that old dog, he's out in the street
He's got a big smile on his face 'cause they let him meat.
And babe I got the lemon and the Chicken Cordon Bleus!

Babe, I'm goin down to the bakery
And I'm going to find me a jelly roll
And some cannoli.
Some French pastry.
A chocolate ├ęclair don't sound too bad.
How about some lasagna?
You know fat is where it's at.
My shadow disappears ...

I hope that makes some of you smile. Worried about being fat? Don't be- fat is where it's at!!!