Thursday, June 20, 2013

My Life List

I started a life list of things I want to accomplish tonight. It will be a never ending list i'm sure, but here's a start. The things crossed off are accomplished. Whats on your list?
  1. Visit Bora Bora
  2. Learn to snowboard (and be good at it)
  3. Own a house
  4. Get Married
  5. Have Children
  6. Pay for someone's groceries 
  7. Do the 12 days of Christmas for a family
  8. Grow my hair out to the middle of my back
  9. Learn to play the Guitar
  10. Learn to play the piano
  11. Fill up a whole journal- hand written
  12. Mountain bike with my husband- and keep up with him while doing so
  13. Record a CD of me singing
  14. Sing with Carrie Underwood
  15. Karaoke in public
  16. Learn to sew really well
  17. Ride a horse on the beach with my husband
  18. Zipline in Hawaii 
  19. Own a sno cone shack for my kids to work in (and me to eat!)
  20. Have a salon in my basement
  21. Quit drinking Diet Coke
  22. Get back down to wedding day weight! 
  23. Run a 5k
  24. Throw a huge, successful surprise party
  25. Learn to like Ham
  26. Host a favorite things party
  27. Learn to scuba dive and not panic while doing it
  28. Be a youth speaker for teens struggling with depression
  29. Go on a week vacation with just my hubby
  30. See a broadway show
  31. Go to a Sara Bareilles concert
  32. Take hubby to the rodeo (he's never been) 
  33. Climb Mt. Timp (and slide down the glacier) 
  34. Pay cash for a nice car (nice as in one that is 6 years old or newer)
  35. Write thank you notes every day for a year
  36. Learn to make the best sugar cookies ever
  37. Give someone a total head to toe makeover- clothes, hair, shoes, makeup! 
  38. Stay in a houseboat on Lake Powell
  39. Enter a singing competition

Friday, June 14, 2013

Dressed up, Patriotic Pics, Baby room, and bath incident..

Today and tomorrow are Orem City Summer Fest days! We decided to venture around the booths this morning with Kevin and we ate some grub while there. I dressed Mia up in some of her patriotic wear- a cute sweetie pie american flag shirt from walmart and some jean shorts, jelly shoes, and a headband I made! She loves getting all dressed up :)

Stacia Klemas Photography asked Mia to be a model for her summer mini sessions, so we went and took her to get some pics! Here are a few of my favorite ones:

I decided to venture out and try making a rag quilt with minky and cotton fabric for the babies room! If this one works out I will make one for Mia too. This picture doesnt show the fabrics that well, but the below picture has scraps of what all the fabrics look like

Here is the pic showing the fabrics in better light. I have a bunch of prints to hang on the wall in a collage and then I made the pendant banner thing below. Its not perfect.. I think I wanna re-do it. The line is buggin me. I cant wait to put their room together. I need to do that asap. 

 Um, Mia pooped in the freaking bathtub tonight. I was actually worried because she had been sooo fussy all day and had tons of gas. I cant think of anything different she ate but she hadnt had a bowel movement since yesterday morning (shes a daily morning pooper, usually twice a day) and so I knew she kinda had a tummy ache today. While in the bathtub, she kept standing up. She recently started doing that, and I tell her to sit and she will sit back down, and get back up. She eventually falls and sometimes bumps her head so when she starts standing I usually get her out to let her know that she cant stand up. Well I went to take a pic of my stinker standing and low and behold, she squats, and poops. yep. I caught it all on camera. What a real stinker. 

maybe she wants to be potty trained? :)

Fairy Tea Party

Mia got invited to a special fairy tea party in Elk Ridge this year! The Jones and Steck family put together this cute little party and invite girls (and boys) of all ages. They have you dress up- and its a totally fun party! Here are some pictures and details: 

Mia was loving all the other little babies there. She kept trying to kiss them. 

They had a wand making station- with ribbon and jewels! We didnt glue any of the jewels on because I knew Mia wouldnt wait till they were dry and would pull them off. So we just added ribbon on and she walked around with that wand like it was her best friend. 

They had a puppet show- which was totally cute. Mia sat on Makayla's lap for most of it (the fairy with the green outfit on) and I was enjoying watching her be excited. 

They had a queen and king fairy there that all the little kids got to walk up to and bow and do a twirl. Mia just has so much personality, it was really cute. 

They also had music playing, the older fairy girls did a ballet dance, and they handed out food! On the food was a strawberry, cream puff, cake ball, cookie, and cupcake. all mini size. And punch! The tables were decorated with cute flowers and centerpieces. 

There was also someone painting cute designs on faces, but we left before the line died down. 

Mia had a great time. I didnt have a pair of fairy wings for her to wear, so her outfit was the best I could come up with. I have lots of cute lace rompers, but most are Christmas colors or 4th of july so we had to make due with her cute outfit. And, I made her headband. :) 

We can't wait to go next year! 

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Counting our many blessings

We have been so incredibly blessed this week. And its only Wednesday! 

You all remember me writing about Mia's burn on her fingers. It happened about 2 months ago when we first moved to this new place. It was scary for a bit because the doctor thought it was staph infection, and that she might need a skin graft. Just the fact that she even burned herself was enough to make me emotional and feel like the worst mommy of the year by not watching her close enough. (Even though it was a complete accident) 

Luckily with lots of prayers and a blessing, she healed well and didnt have to go to any extreme measures! We went to the UofU burn clinic, and physical therapy, and probably 6 visits to the regular doctor.. all which cost around 80 a visit. Yes, we have insurance, but our deductible is 2700 and our out of pocket max is 5300. So we haven't reached the deductible yet. We are still paying her birth off- (I know, shes 15 months old and we havent paid it off yet.. but seriously, if we had 5300 to just throw around we would have it paid off by now! Her bill was more than 15,000 but because our out of pocket max is 5300 thats all we have to pay..) 

Anyway, about 2 weeks ago I got the bill for her burns. It was a little over $700. I about peed my pants. I didnt even want to believe it, I put it aside and forgot about it.. but then the stress of this coming baby and all the expenses with that has just been getting to us. We knew we would make it work because we have been paying our tithing and things always work out one way or another... but we had been praying for a way to figure this whole thing out. 

Well, Monday, I went to check our mail. It was 6:30 pm and Mia and I were going to go walk around the mall or Target because it was like 100 degrees that day and our apartment doesnt have AC.. so I was roasting. Plus, walking is good exercise for me. We checked the mail first and I saw a letter for Kevin. Normally I would have just let him open it but I am usually the one who does all the bills/mail so I decided to open it. I was sitting in the car and Mia was in the back talking away. When I opened it, I couldn't believe what I saw...

At first I was in shock. I didnt say a word. I lifted the post it note and saw that the check was for $700. The envelope did not say who it was from. Then, the tears came. I said a little prayer of thanks and then got so excited to tell Kevin. Instead of going to take a walk around Target or the Mall, we drove straight to Kevin's work to visit him on his dinner break. We got there right in time when he got on break and I handed him the envelope. We both sat there in disbelief and joy. How grateful we are. We sat there and talked about how our goal in life is to some day make enough money to be able to do good deeds like this for others.. because this was no small act of kindness. This was a GIANT act of kindness! I mean, what a selfless and wonderful and thoughtful thing of that person to do. We hugged eachother and I think at that moment we knew things would work out. 

I went home after visiting him and held on to Mia tight. I rocked her before bed time and sang I am a Child Of God. She snuggled me and I sat there with tears in my eyes full of gratitude- for her- for our life- for the things we have- the Gospel- the random acts of kindness- the fact that God answers prayers.. and especially for this person who sent us this check. If that person is reading this, please know that we will never, EVER forget this. To us it means the world. I wish I knew who you were so I could just hug you and tell you what a wonderful person you are. Thank you, thank you, thank you. I will never be able to express how thankful we are. 

Then, today, another amazing thing happened. I went to the dentist to get cavities filled. I have 6 (yikes) to be filled, but today they just did 3 that were all on the same side. I see Craig Christeansen here in Orem off 8th North. I've been going to him since he first started his practice 18 years ago. He has always been such a wonderful, friendly, kind, giving person. He has done lots of free things for my family and given me great discounts on my braces and whatnot. He does his job to make people happy not to make money. He remembers small details about my life and always asks about all my siblings (most all of them have been to him too) and always seems interested in our life! He is LDS and just a down right solid man who I consider a close friend after all these years. I dont think I could ever leave his office. Anyway, so he filled my cavities today. After he was finished, he said he wanted to let me know that all my work was free of charge. I told him he couldnt do that and he said yes I can! He told me that he knows we are struggling students and have a baby coming on the way. That he cares about me and wants to take care of me and my family so he wanted to do it all free of charge. 


Why am I being so blessed right now??

I gave him a huge hug and told him how much I appreciated him. I think my next step is a thank you card and some good homemade oreos. Sweets for the dentist right?! Hahahaha. 

Really though, I do not feel deserving of all these nice things people are doing for me. I keep getting the feeling that something bad is about to happen and thats why we are being blessed now.. haha! 

I haven't been in such a good emotional place for such a long time. It has taken 3 long years to get to where I am emotionally. It's taken friends yelling at me to let me know how negative and messed up I was- to people cutting me out of their life- to counseling- to being on medicine (most likely for the rest of my life)- to researching depression- to sometimes doing what is best for myself- to strengthening my testimony- to trusting in the Lord to make things work out.. to get me where I am today. 

I am proud to say that I love where my life is right now. I dont care that we dont have an over abundance of money. Or own a house. Or have two cars. I care that I am HAPPY. I love my family. I love my life. Sure, we struggle, and have our ups and downs and I am in no way trying to portray a perfect life for us because that is not the case... But overall...

I am blessed. Truly, blessed. 

Thanks to the people who are supporting us in our life. To the people who have loved me regardless of how emotional and depressed I am sometimes. To the people who have stuck around and helped me through my trials and hard times. To the people who are in tune with the spirit to know what others need- that check for example. Thank you to my Heavenly Father for watching out for us and sending every day heros into our life when he can't physically be here himself. 

I am happy. 


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