Wednesday, October 17, 2018

September 2017 Randoms and Cell Phone Pics

Pretty new notebooks

Babydoll in the morning

One of my favorite things about fall is the return of hot cocoa!

Babydoll again. He's so cute!

My horoscope. This would be a good thing to apply to social media and even (maybe especially) my blog!

Bas Bleu catalog covers that I liked

I daydream about doing this, but it never happens. 😢 I must change that!

A bed set that I saw and liked at Bed Bath & Beyond. Gold polka dots were my thing last year. They still are this year, too. They're a classic!

This power car that the boys had for years was on its last legs, so I gave it away. Thanks for all the fun you provided my boys and their friends, little car!

I ordered this online somewhere. I like it for the cold weather months.

When my mom was visiting we went to Dillard's to shop for a formal dress for a wedding she was going to be attending, and I was pleased to come across some pretty modest dresses.
This dress would be perfect if it had longer sleeves (I don't like super-short sleeves because I think they're unflattering on most people, myself included).

I liked this dress so much that I almost bought it. I kind of wish I had. I don't know where I would've worn it, but it would have been good to have in my wardrobe when the right opportunity presented itself!

I bought a wedding card for my cousin who was getting married (which was the wedding my mom was shopping for a dress for) and I thought it had great marriage advice on it. 

I love it when I find a card that's just right. Especially because I don't enjoy shopping for cards at all--there are so many choices and I find it overwhelming.

I saw this in The Wall Street Journal and found it illuminating. While not perfectly representative of me personally, this sums up rather well why I decided several years ago to become a registered Republican instead of the Independent that I'd been for years.

"Cheap sex and the decline of marriage"--exactly. The WSJ hits the nail on the head yet again.

And The WSJ gets one more gold star for having a front-page story that was written by a friend of mine from college!

Sam was learning to dive at his swim lessons last fall. After many belly-flops over the months, he finally got it last spring, and now he dives like a little champ!

A pretty fall table at the hotel where Sam's swim lessons were at. I took the boys to private lessons there for years and they're both strong swimmers now thanks to those lessons.

The view from the basement guest bedroom. I miss this view.

I saw these adorable Disney figures at the Hallmark store at the mall and wanted to get so many of them! But I suppressed the urge and took pictures instead.

I wish I'd gotten this one of Belle and the Beast.

Belle is my favorite Disney princess. I wish I'd gotten this one of her in the gown, too.

A sweet moment between Peter and John.

One of my last trips to Wilson's Apple Orchard. It was a gray, rainy, chilly day, perfect for their delicious hot apple turnovers and hot apple cider!

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

From Handcarts to Model Ts

When my dad was visiting last fall he wanted to do something unique, so we went to the Johnson County Historical Museum in Coralville, Iowa, a place that I'd always meant to go to but never had. I'm so glad we went. I knew it had some good Mormon pioneer history things in it, and it didn't disappoint!

When we moved to Iowa I thought it was so neat that we were going to live in a place where the pioneers had temporarily lived as they passed through on their trek west. It really did cast a special feeling on the whole area for me, one that I'll always cherish.

A few months after we went to this museum, the boundaries changed in my stake and we were moved into a different ward and I became Debbie Hartley's visiting teacher. Her son made the handcart in the picture above.
 There's a nice little trail commemorating the area described below that's right near where our church was. How neat it was to go to church so close to where our religious ancestors (and very likely some of my actual ancestors) camped out on their faith-filled journey.

Europeans come to Iowa City...

There was also an antique car museum next door with an amazing collection of old automobiles. Surprisingly, I really enjoyed it! My appreciation of old things seems to be increasing the older I get.
A Model T Ford from 1913. This car was made before the world wars even happened. I don't know why, but things like this fascinate me.
This is from 1899!

"In God we trust, you pay cash." Ha ha!

For so many reasons, history really is the best.

Friday, October 12, 2018

Disco Ball Party in the Family Room!

One morning last fall our family room was randomly all sparkly and beautiful. It looked like a disco ball party, or a big fairy get-together with Tinkerbell and friends!


The cause of all this fun? 
This sequin pillow that Sam had gotten for his birthday, which had been left on the couch the night before.

Sometimes birthday gifts really do turn out to be for the whole family after all!

Thursday, October 11, 2018

Sam's Baptism

Sam was baptized into The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on Saturday, September 23rd, 2017. It was a warm, sunny, beautiful day, literally and figuratively!

On the drive there

We took some nice family photos (with Jesus Christ!) before the baptism.
These are actually some of my favorite photos of our family ever. This is what it's all about.

John gave a good talk about baptism. He did a great job.

With Peter's parents. 
I don't know why Sam does that weird bunny rabbit pose with his arms for pictures. 😂

With my parents after the baptism.

My good friend Melanie made a really nice cake for the refreshments. It said "I Will Follow God's Plan For Me."

There weren't a lot of people there to eat the cake because most of our close friends in the church had moved away (most notably the Woods, the Fishers, and the Bodilys). But our home teachers were there, and Sam's Primary teachers, and two members of the Stake Presidency with their wives (including the Stake President himself--Melanie's husband). It was a nice group and I was glad it wasn't a big crowd because those can be overwhelming and distracting (at least for me personally). 

For dinner that evening, Sam chose to go to one of his favorite restaurants, Red Lobster, followed by ice cream at Cold Stone.
It really was a lovely day for Sam and our family. I'm so thankful that my children have been baptized into the restored church of Jesus Christ and for all that that means for them in this life and the next. 💗💖

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

It's Great to Be Eight!

Sam turned 8 last September (one of my favorite ages!).

Just look at that candlelit glow!
He had a small cake on his birthday because his big one had been the SpongeBob cake from his party the week before.

He got a set of personalized scriptures in honor of his upcoming baptism.

One of his biggest gifts (literally) was this huge Nerf gun that he really wanted. It was so big that I decided to just wrap it in a blanket rather than waste all that wrapping paper!

My mom was visiting and she helped put it together.

Quite the Nerf gun collection!
Since I'm writing this a year later, I will tell you that now there are even more of them! And the boys and their friends use them all!

All of the grandparents came to visit that weekend for Sam's baptism.
Here are Sam and Peter's dad, scoping out the Nerf guns.

And here's John playing a card game with his grandmas.

It was a fun birthday week for Sam!