March 31, 2009
I love being around him...I wish we lived closer to one another..he lives in Utah and is a lawyer; has 4 beautiful kids and one on the way; a beautiful wife -his High School sweetheart-Sabina Peterson. He is one of the closet people in my life....and I am so blessed to call him my brother and friend!
I Love You; Craig!! I wish we could celebrate together!! :)
March 30, 2009
March 29, 2009
March 25, 2009
March 24, 2009
I was searching for some new books to read since I have finished the Twilight Series awhile ago...and I happened upon this book..I actually found it at Wal-mart. I love the artwork on every page..by Simon Dewey...one of my favorite LDS artists. I decided I need to spend more time reading my scriptures and inspirational books this summer. I want to finish the Book of Mormon by the end of July; before school starts up again. I love inspirational books that give me things to work on while I am reading the Book of Mormon...and also looking at beautiful artwork of the Savior.
Brielle received her first 2 wheel bike with training wheels this past week as an early birthday present. She was so excited to be able to ride around with Jaron and Mikenna..although she isn't quite as fast as they are..which ends in frustration sometimes. Her favorite part of the new bike is the cool little backpack that is attached that holds a water bottle..."Cool mommy" is her new favorite phrase. She is liking Sunbeams a lot more than she liked Nursery in church. She still won't go without Toby or I...hopefully soon..her teachers gave her a spring can..complete with chocolate chips for the dirt. And she is loving her new big girl bedding...and "Dream" letters above her bed. She was playing around with some heart stickers the other day and stuck them on her face under her eyes -and stuck them on me as well...we were covered in heart stickers. She is feeling more grown-up as of late...her vocabulary and communication has taken another leap ahead...and with her new bedding and bike and going to Sunbeams..has helped her self-confidence...for me; I know it's essential for her to gain these new skills and confidence...and I am thankful she is gaining them; but oh my; I am struggling with the "no more baby" thing. I went through the last of my baby things and took the last of baby blankets, porta-crib, etc. to goodwill. Hasn't been an easy past couple days...until I see her big smile while she sits upon her new princess bike...makes it easier!!!
March 17, 2009
So today I am in bed resting....with my t-shirt on...Toby laughed at my shirt..but as he was heading out to work this morning -he kissed me and told me I looked great in it-what a sweetie! If he still loves me when I'm sick in bed and wearing a Twilight shirt that says Team Edward and no make-up, hair a mess, blowing my nose, red eyes....he truly loves me. Brielle is camped out by my side -she isn't feeling well either..she has a slight fever and runny nose...Jaron stayed home from school yesterday with a cold...no fever thankfully. Mikenna has a stuffy nose and slight cough. And no.....Toby isn't sick...he's never sick....What's wrong with him?? Nothing is ever wrong with him....Doesn't he want to join in and be sick with the rest of his family??? :) After Family Home Evening last night-which consisted of us all laying on Toby and my bed...each taking turns telling each member in the family what we love and admire about each other; said family prayer, and then proceeded to give all three of my kids medicine and myself -the kids and I went to bed....and Toby went to work out; since he is the only one in our family that can breathe correctly. :)
If anybody is wanting a shirt-they are at Wal-mart for $10 bucks..too fun. Makes me want to read the books all over again. Maybe I will while I am trying to feel better.
Anybody having a Twilight party this weekend??
March 15, 2009
My Grandma is the best grandma ever...she is also an amazing great-grandma. She never forgets a birthday; and always supports her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She is sunshine in our family. Full of warmth and smiles and giggles; that make everyone around her happy. She always has a bag full of treats for all her great-grand kids whenever she sees them. They are spoiled!! I am spoiled to have such a wonderful, amazing example of a friend, person, grandma and woman of God. She is full of the spirit and always sends the most wonderful birthday cards with inspirational and uplifting words of encouragement; admiration; and scripture. I love her so much. There are some neat similarities between my grandma and I -she had 3 kids -boy-girl-girl -and a miscarriage-kidney stone-all of those things have happened to me in the same sequence that it happened to her; among other things. Brielle loves her so much! They have a special little bond that is fun to watch. When grandma is around; Brielle can be found by her side. And if you know Brielle; she takes awhile to really bond with people -even family. She is truly a mommy and daddy girl. But is also a grandma Higley girl. It hasn't been easy since my grandfather passed away. She still lives in her home and continues to do her best to live her life and show those around her and her family through example that she loves us and the Lord. She is a strong, gentle, loving, fun person; and I am lucky to be able to call her my grandma! I love you Grandma!!!
March 14, 2009
March 12, 2009
I love the saying -"We can do all things through the strength of the Lord."
Being a loving and forgiving and patient mother....is hard work; day in and day out. But it's amazing -I've never wanted anything else than being a stay at home mom. I ask Toby all the time-"What am I going to do with myself while they are in school? I feel like I am raising them so they can leave me at some point. :) And Toby assures me "They will always need you in their lives -in different ways." The trick is to always be available whenever they need you; and catch them when they need catching. My mom was really good about -knowing or sensing when I needed to talk. I tended to be one that needed to voice or work through my feelings by voicing them; and being active in some way. She would listen -and by the time I got done talking to her -I had figured it out for myself; or she would gently point me in the right direction without her making the decision for me. A lot of those conversations would be while she was making dinner and I was setting the table -it's true dinner time together as a family is so important...She helped me see and decide for myself -never a lot of pressure from her -I think that's why I've never had a problem making decisions in my life. She always helped me see the bright side of any situation -and to always keep moving....if you keep moving then you are working and it's harder to get discouraged. A body in motion tends to stay in motion. Hard work has gotten me through a lot of challenges. I am 34 and still need my mom -at different times for different reasons..and she is still always there....and she worked outside of the home full time most of my growing up years-still does. She is a saint; my angel, my friend -and there are times when I still feel like her little girl. So I am going to stop worrying that my kids are growing up; and in doing so; they are not going to need me anymore. They will always be my babies; and I will always be their mom!!!
March 9, 2009
March 8, 2009
I love these picture's of my grandpa Winder and Higley. My grandpa Winder was the first farmer in the Columbia Basin~Moses Lake to receive irrigation water for his farm. He moved from Idaho to Moses Lake to farm. My grandpa Higley was also a farmer in the Warden/Othello area. He moved from Utah to Warden to farm. They both worked very hard to establish a living in farming and a create a strong foundation for their families.
They are pioneers in farming!
I am grateful for them and their examples.
I miss them both so much! I still feel their presence in my life every day~and for that....
I am thankful!!
March 7, 2009
March 6, 2009
Brielle is my girly girl. She loves for me to take pictures of her -and spends time in her room looking for outfits and accessories to accommodate the poses she wants to do. This is what she chose today -and I did nothing to pose her myself. This is all her! She knows how to work it from all angles. After each picture she wants to see how it turned out in the view finder. What a silly girl! Love her!!!!