What a crazy weekend I had. Not really in the good sense of the word. I woke up Friday and as I'm sure many of you did, found out about the shooting in Colorado. Immediately I was watching/reading news and couldn't take my eyes off it. I felt so personally affected and I didn't know anyone involved. As more information I was so deeply saddened for the victims and their families. Honestly I didn't have anger for the shooter, just concern for everyone else. I was basically crying on and off the whole day. Eventually I turned to my Heavenly Father and felt strength in knowing all will eventually be well and we are so blessed to have the promise that every family can be together eternally.
This morning I was reading this talk by Elder Cook and it was amazing how it put into words my feelings and gave me more comfort. He says, "Many people face significant problems or even tragedy during this mortal journey. All over the world we see examples of trials and tribulations. We are moved in our souls by television images of death, acute suffering, and despair...Something stirs us when we become aware of such tragedy, especially when suffered by innocent people." He goes on to say, "Whenever tragedy occurs, we mourn and strive to bear one another's burdens. We lament the things that will not be accomplished and the songs that will not be sung."The most comforting part for me was at the end of the talk when he quotes scripture, "'The Lord suffereth the righteous to be slain that his justice and judgement may come upon the wicked.' He made it clear that the righteous are not lost but 'enter into the rest of the Lord their God.' The wicked will be held accountable for the atrocities they perpetrate." And the part that brought me to tears was from a hymn, "And Jesus listening can hear the songs I cannot sing."
Through the midst of all this, on Saturday, the Joe Paterno statue was removed. I was so sad to hear this. I don't want to get into any discussions on the matter. Just know I've been watching Penn State football for as long as I can remember and I just bought a new shirt so I could take my picture by this statue in just 15 short days.
I instead am focusing on the fact that I get to see my whole family, minus one :-( in just 3 DAYS! I literally shake with joy when I think about it and our bags are almost packed!!! I also just got a Nicholas Sparks' novel that I will immerse myself in and make the world go away. :-) I'm going to have a great month and nothing is going to stop me! WE ARE....
Thursday, July 12, 2012
Whitney has a new friend in our ward. This cute young woman (we'll just call her M) in our ward is so good with kids. Everyone just loves her. Well last Sunday Whitney didn't even sit with us in church, she was with M and her family the entire time. After church we were all talking and M said she needed to have a tea party for all the little girls because they always talk about it. Later that day there was a knock at the door and M brought an invite for a tea party. Whitney was so excited and talked about it all week. Yesterday she got all dolled up to go. They got their own new tutus then played with puzzles, got to dress up stuffed animals, played musical chairs to the Tangled soundtrack, had "tea" and then watched Tangled.
I'm so glad M included Whitney in this fun day! Of course now she loves her more and had such a blast! What have you done for fun this week?
|All ready to go! Notice Lindsey on the side. Now if she knows I'm taking a picture she runs to be in it.|
|She was at the table when I got there. They had flower shaped sandwiches and cookies. In the teapot there was water and in the sugar pot was pink lemonade powder so they could mix it themselves. So cute!|
|Here she is with M. They got ring pops at the end (since every princess gets a married at the end of the story) Take notice of where Lindsey is|
|I told you she tries to be in every picture!|
|I know I tweeted about this, but the baby lizard outside our apartment is one of the cutest things I've ever seen. It seriously looks like a toy.|
Sunday, July 8, 2012
We went to the model railroad museum. It was pretty cool to see all the tiny little cars, people, etc.
We also went to the Museum of Natural History. I was thinking of Night at the Museum the whole time. :-) Right now they have a horse exhibit so Whitney was really excited. It ended up being more about the evolution and domestication of horses so she wasn't quite as excited as we went through it, but she still liked it.
|Waiting outside for the doors to open.|
|Outside the horse exhibit|
|Whitney and her cute friend on the saddles.|
|Does she measure up to be a jockey? :-)|
|Lindsey running away from the horse|
|Scary dinosaur! The kids loved all the prehistoric animals.|
|This is just a cropped version of the one above, but I just love her little face.|
Thursday, July 5, 2012
In the morning we went to a Stake pancake breakfast at church.
|Our little American cuties|
|Happy to be with daddy!|
|Lindsey wouldn't let the ipod out of her hands for some reason and just gave everyone dirty looks all morning.|
|Can't complain about that view before fireworks start!|
|Whitney kept doing everything Ty would do. This time she laid down then said, "Mom, take our picture!"|
|I asked Ty to throw our garbage away and he took the girls with him. Well, he came back and they both had these glow swords. I love how Lindsey is yelling in this picture. She totally loves hers.|
|Oh how I love watching fireworks!|
|The finale was very bright and loud. I loved it!|
Monday, July 2, 2012
|Lindsey hammin' it up while she waits for lunch.|
|Whitney sliding into the deep end. She even let her whole head go under water. (a big accomplishment around here)|
|If sand is involved, Lindsey is happy!|
|Don't let my cute innocent face fool you. My middle name is Trouble!|
|And just in case you are wondering what Doritos mixed with sand taste like...ask Lindsey. :-)|