Friday, June 30, 2017

Mothers Day 2017

This year on Mothers' Day, my little family and I were fortunate enough to be in San Clemente with my in laws. We went to sacrament at the 9 am ward, as usual. At the end of the sacremnt meeting, all the mothers were given a See's candy wrapped in a quote that read, 
"No love in mortality comes close to approximating the pure love of Jesus Christ than the selfless love a devoted mother has for her child." - Elder Jeffrey R. Holland
At first I felt sheepish taking a chocolate because I wasn't part of that particular ward, but the young men kept coming by to offer one to me and Barbara, so we took them. (See picture below)
Then I sent my family home while I stayed to wait for relief society. A friend was going to be teaching the lesson. So I sat in my car for about twenty minutes during Sunday school, the went in the make sureI could find the right RS room. While waiting I was able to meet a few friendly people while waiting in the halls. The lesson was obviously on mothers, but more centered on how we as mothers show Christlike love. Each person went around the room and told a memory or something special about their mother. I found myself listening to each women get emotional as they shared memories of mothers, grandmothers and sisters that had influenced them. It was a tender time to reminisce about the power of love that comes from not only mothers, but the women around us. 
It was a "windy " but great way to celebrate mothers day. 

Here are some fun out takes from trying to get a picture with my girls that call me mom.
Warning, there are some little girl underwear shots coming up.

My brother Chance came to hang with us for the day. So I asked him to take these pics. We may have giggled a lot at trying to capture a good picture of me with out my dress or hair flying every direction.

Heidi jumped in to try to hold my dress down for me. Then Audrey joined in too.

Finally some shots with my dress down, and Heidi had to be making faces. Typical! Silly Heidi!

Friday, May 26, 2017

Spring Break 2017

We left for San Clemente on Thursday evening around 8 pm. I couldn't figure out why there was so much traffic on the 210 heading East, until we got to this car fire on the other side of the freeway right at Citrus Ave.We couldn't believe it. And yes I admit we were one of the lookyloos. Any yes I understand it wasn't safe to video and drive, but we were so shocked and worried someone may still be in the car. Aside from the accident, we made it safely to San Clemente close to 9:30 pm.

Friday morning we left San Clemente and headed to San Diego. I had made appointments for Ryan and I at the Passport office at 11:30 am. So we left around 8:30, made a stop at the San Diego LDS temple. As we neared the San Diego County, I asked my girls to keep their eyes looking ahead out the front window. I knew that at any moment we would round the hills and see the white spikes of the temple. And so we did. When I was younger, on long drives to Utah, overtime we'd come 

We explored the Natural Reserves on the Coast of San Diego. I loved how green and lush everything is now due to the month of rain we've had.

Ryan found the perfect fanny pack to take with us on our trip to South America and the Caribbean.😂

Spring General Conference 2017

Not a bad day for the beach.

Don't mind my body laying there, but Audrey decided to give me a hot rock massage. She kept telling me to lay so still so the rocks wouldn't move.

Chance came down to hang with us for the day and stayed to play cards and hang.

Monday was the first time Ryan and I were able to get out for a walk/run. You can see his black spec behind me just to the right. It was a cooler morning, but still felt pretty amazing to be next to the ocean and breath in the ocean air.

On a day that wasn't hanging on the beach worthy, we decided to take the kids to Rock'n Jump in Laguna. All the girls loved it. There was something for every age to do.

Meeting up with our Monrovia friends, The Grahams, who moved to Aliso Creek.

Meeting up with Worsley Cousins

We left Doheny and venture to baby beach for about 20 minutes so Naomi could show Avery how she paddle boards in the bay. 

Not a bad view for mine and Ryan's 2nd morning walk/run in San Clemente.