Monday, April 27, 2009

Running In the Rain, Just Running in the Rain...(and some cute pics of the girls...of course)

Okay so the day of our race has come and gone. It was crazy! It was raining so hard. For those of you who have not experienced a Texas rain I cannot even describe it to you...except that on that day in the few hours we were there we go over 2 inches of rain and in comparison to that Utah gets 15 inches of rain in a whole year. Anyways we were all completely soaked before the race even started. But we did it and we both finished and are anxious to complete our next race.




Here we are in the gym waiting for the race to start. (look at my hot and skinny husband.)


There were like 15 people from our ward there who ran too, it was lots of fun and we were lucky enough to have a friend keep the girls in their car while we ran. Thank goodness.



Here we are after the race wet and freezing cold, I don't think eating 3 ice cream bars afterwards helped the situation, but boy were they delicious. Jake did the 10K and he finished in 54:09, he did awesome! I did the 5K and finished in 34:48. We were a little disappointed with our times, but seems how we had to run on hills (something we are not accustomed to at all), in the pouring rain with rivers of water rushing downhill at us and doing everything we could to keep our wet pants from falling down while running I think we did okay.



This is a picture we snapped of the roadside on our way home just to give you and idea of how much it rained.




This is our very own little Fancy Nancy...she comes up with these outfits all on her own...and then she dances for us...make me smile and laugh out loud...SO CUTE!




Doesn't she look all grown up? How'd this happen I swear she was just barely my little baby Mol?



While at some friends's house, Annie was quite taken with the Fire Fighter hat...


We went for a Sunday walk last week and Jake took some pics of the girls these are just a few of our favorites.

Annie pie





Molly Moo, I can't believe how much she looks like her Daddy.



Observing the lizard.



I love this picture they are all so cute!


Well until next time.

Saturday, April 25, 2009

Easter is here...Hooray!

Well, we made it back from Youth Conference just in time to celebrate Eater with our sweet girls, but don't worry...I think they had more fun in our absence than with us. They stayed with one set of friends on Friday night and another set all day Saturday. I think in all, they had three Easter Egg hunts while we were gone. We are so greatful to have such willing and trusting people around us to take care of our girls.
Molly's first Easter egg hunt was at Pre-School. They decorated eggs and then hid them.
Here is a picture of Sweet Annie at the Pre-school hunt.
Here they are with their baskets. I'm telling you...their is no one funner on Holidays than Molly. She thinks everything is the greatest and so Annie now shares the same Joy.
And now, I have to be honest, the rest of this post is Mostly for Grandmas. The dresses this year were provided by Grandma Jill and she did a great job. The girls looked beautiful. Below is the Easter Holiday photo shoot. I know it's a little vain, and we shouldn't post THIS MANY pictures, but they are cute.

Friday, April 24, 2009

Youth Conference

So, last Fall Hannah and I were called to be Youth Conference Adult Leaders. Our youth decided they wanted their theme to be "Building on the Rock of Christ" and we would learn our lessons from the teaching in the Book of Mormon. Well, as we have been planning this over the last 6 months, it's been difficult to see how it was all going to come together, but I can say that it was quite the experience. You see, a lot of what they did was renactment stories from the book of Mormon and then discuss in their "tribes" what they learned. I don't plan on being able to really describe in detail everything that went on. I feel like I'm going to give you about 30 pieces of a 1000 piece puzzle and expect that you'll understand the whole experience, but to sum it all up the youth walked away changed people. They really got to expereince the book of mormon and it has forever changed how they will look at the stories, how it applies to them, and their relationship with the Savior. Anyway, we were really bad at taking pictures of ourselves, but we still wanted to give everyone an idea of what we have been up too, so here are some photos taken by a councilor in our Stake Presidency.
Here is king Benjamin standing on his tower, preaching to the people about love and service. You can begin to see how much they really put into all of this. All of the speeches were pre-recorded and sound systems were spread throughout all of the acerage (1200 acres on a ranch) and powered by generators. We were in the middle of nowhere...with rolling hills and a lake...it was beautiful. 

Here is an exmple of the many battles that took place. Each youth had a sword and a shield. They received battle training, and learned war cries of the Maori people. A little barbaric, but hey, it's a big part of any scripture.
Imagine the youths surprise when 100 youth were marching toward 100 other youth in the final and "Big Battle" after a day of off-and-on battle preparation and the one group knealt down and prayed instead of battling. I think it made what the Anti-Nephi-Lehis did very real. Just like in the Book of Mormon, some youth continued with the battle, some dropped their swords along side them.
Here is Alma the Younger and the Sons of Mosiah. YOu can see that they are all sporting mohawks and are sitting here during a discussion being very irreverant. They were acting like jerks all morning, and no one could tell what they were up too, anyway, soon after they went through their "change" and came back and their mohawks were shaved and they were perfect gentleman. The kids loved it.
This is Abinadi. Major pyrotechnics going on here. This was a reenactment going on at night. They did a really good job showing how good Abinidi was, and how sad his ending was. I think we all left with a new appreciation for Abinidi.  
For our part, we were trying to teach the youth the importance of Powerful Prayer. To illustrate this, we invited "guests" from the book of mormon to share their first hand account of how Prayer impacted their life and how the youth could do the same. Our guests included Alma and Amulek, The Brother of Jared, and Enos. Pictured below is Enos. These boys memorized paragraph after paragraph of scripture and did an amazing job. We were so lucky to have them help us.
Sister Dibb, Councilor in the Genreal Young Women Presidency, and daughter of President Monson heard about what we had going on and felt she needed to witness it herself. Lucky for us, she also wanted to participate so this is a picture of her tallking to us about how Prayer impacted her life. She also allowed us to ask her questions about her dad, the Prophet.
Of course, all 200 of us were in full Book of Mormon attire. This is an example of a tribe in their garb.
Here is a close up of a battle. This is more during one of the training sessions.
As the pinnacle, we led the youth by blindfold to a spot in the forrest where they sat and listened to a reccording of the time of the resurrection of christ. They had some great audio and speakers so you could feel the wind and the rain and the earthquakes, and the reader of the text did a great job reading the text of the Christ's visit to America. After all of the build up up the music and the thundering and reading about the darkness and despair, at the point where Christ comes to the people, we moved through the crowd and had them remove their blindfolds, and in front of them was this scene. It's a famous painting of Christ's visit to the America's but instead we had youth leaders stand in place of the paintings characters. I will say they did have a Christ figure too, but only after guidance from Chrurch Leaders. The momment was only 2 minutes long before they covered the scene up, but I doubt it's a 2 minutes any of us will ever forget.
This is Samuel the Lamanite.
This is the one picture Hannah and I took with each other. We spent a lot of time in this dumpy trailer helping with dinner. We have a new appreciation for cooking food for 200+ people.
Hannah will probably be mad at me for posting this picture, but I think she looks so cute. I'm not sure what it was but the whole weekend she had her glasses and then her biblical scarf around her neck and it made her look like a Movie Star...so her new name is Holloywood. But she really was looking cute.

Sunday, April 05, 2009

What’s Been Going On

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Is there anything better to do on Conference Sunday than go on a walk with the Ladies. As you can see they are enjoying themselves. Molly in her Ruby red Slippers and Annie's cute little Chubby legs. 

I'm sorry about the sound on the video. We saw a bunch of ducks and it was so cute because they were pretending to be ducks, but the wind was blowing bad enough that it didn't turn out that great. Take what you can get.
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And this is the kind of picture you get when you say, “Give me your best smile.” They are really cute, but it wasn’t quite what I was thinking. 
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The Shell Houston Open (A golf Tournament) was in town and I have a favorite ESPN radio show I listen to in the morning called Mike and Mike. Anyway, they were in town and a friend from church won tickets so I woke up at 5 in the morning and went. As you can see, they are really excited to be hanging out with me. I’m usually a little anti-celebrity, but I couldn’t be there and not get at least one picture….right?
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I may be anti-celebrity, but not anti-professional athlete. After the radio show I walked around the course and watch the players (sergio, appleby, Couples) play in a pro-am. In each gallery there were maybe 15 people watching, so you really got close and personal with the players. This picture is of Vijay Singh…not the celebrity Tiger Woods is, but I’ve never seen a swing like his…alright, I’m starting to let my man-crush slip out a little, not particularly with Vijay, but more with the awesomeness of people who get paid to play sports. I don’t expect you to understand, but there is something about the awesomeness of a perfect golf course, plus seeing someone who is almost perfect playing the perfect game that sends chills up the spine…ok, not the spine, but my spine. Alright, I’m done…
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The girls ran into the Easter Bunny at the Mall and he turned them into Rabbits. They didn’t seem to mind. 
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Temple Night Date Night, followed by a Sonic Shake….Yum. 
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Molly and I had our first Daddy-Daughter Date (actually, Molly says this is not a date because a date is when you got to dinner, like in New York City….she has seen Enchanted a couple of times). But we had a lot of fun. We first went to Sonic for some ice cream. (Obviously all of my dates contain ice cream). Then we went to the park and played.
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Of course there is always time for a crazy picture.
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This is where we were playing “Prince and Princess” and at the royal ball there was a competition to see who could balance on this beam. Anyone who fell off was sure to meet their fate in pit of crocodiles.