Wednesday, July 25, 2012


although i did just have to put him in time out for throwing something at emma. but usually they love each other!

love them!

checking out a storm the other night

around the house with logan

pillows provide endless fun
 anything can become a tunnel
(and you'll want to see how many of your "friends" can fit with you)
 try and find daddy...

fear not. be of good cheer. the future is as bright as your faith.

i've been thinking a lot about the aurora theater tragedy this week. it's pretty hard not to since it is all over the news and internet (although for the most part i have tried to avoid reading or watching stories too much because i get too wrapped up in it). the tragedy hit real close to home. the theater is only 10 miles from our house, although it is not one we go to or an area of town we frequent. 

mostly i have felt such sadness that something so senseless had to happen. i feel sorrow for the victims and their families, for those who had to experience something so awful that will leave a lasting impression on them, for our community, for the innocence that has been lost, and for the killer's family and what they must be experiencing. i even feel sorrow for the killer. what could have driven him to do such a thing? 

i have thought about the sorrow our heavenly father must feel as he watches his children treat one another so horribly (and not just in this particular instance). it made me think of the scripture in moses where enoch sees the heavens weeping and asks god, "how is it that thou canst weep, seeing thou art holy, and from all eternity to all eternity?" (moses 7:29). and god responded, "Behold these thy brethren; they are the workmanship of mine own hands, and I gave unto them their knowledge, in the day I created them; and in the Garden of Eden, gave I unto man his agency; And unto thy brethren have I said, and also given commandment, that they should love one another, and that they should choose me, their Father; but behold, they are without affection, and they hate their own blood; Wherefore, for this shall the heavens weep, yea, and all the workmanship of mine hands. And it came to pass that the Lord spake unto Enoch, and told Enoch all the doings of the children of men; wherefore Enoch knew, and looked upon their wickedness, and their misery, and wept and stretched forth his arms, and his heart swelled wide as eternity; and his bowels yearned; and all eternity shook." (moses 7:32, 33, 40,41). i can't imagine how this must break heavenly father's heart.

after events like this it is so easy to live in fear. it is so easy for me to worry about the world my children are growing up in and what they will face when they get older (since things are only getting worse). and when i start to feel overwhelmed with those feelings, i am reminded of the peace that the gospel of jesus christ brings and i am so thankful for that. it doesn't mean that we won't wonder why things like this have to happen, especially to innocent people. but it means that we don't have to be paralyzed by these things. we can continue to live life and live it happily! and it means we can still have peace, even when the world we live in is less than peaceful. and that is amazing! i ran across this quote in my scripture study this week and it seemed pretty timely, "if all the world is crumbling around us, the promised Comforter will provide His peace as a result of true discipleship....we can have His peace with us irrespective of the troubles of the world. His peace is that peace, that serenity, that comfort spoken to our hearts and minds by the Comforter, the holy ghost, as we strive to follow Him and keep His commandments." (elder dennis e. simmons).

and then i think of our prophet and how optimistic he is. here is what he said a few years ago, "It would be easy to become discouraged and cynical about the future—or even fearful of what might come—if we allowed ourselves to dwell only on that which is wrong in the world and in our lives. None of us makes it through this life without problems and challenges—and sometimes tragedies and misfortunes. After all, in large part we are here to learn and grow from such events in our lives. We know that there are times when we will suffer, when we will grieve, and when we will be saddened. However, we are told, 'Adam fell that men might be; and men are, that they might have joy.' How might we have joy in our lives, despite all that we may face? Again from the scriptures: 'Wherefore, be of good cheer, and do not fear, for I the Lord am with you, and will stand by you.' Fear not. Be of good cheer. The future is as bright as your faith." (president thomas s. monson)

i love that! there is such hope for our future and i'm going to focus on that!

(another good talk by president packer "do not fear")

Monday, July 23, 2012

calling all super heroes!

logan requested a super hero party months ago. he is definitely his daddy's son.
check out the awesome invite dave made! i love it (and am totally ok with my head on scarlett johansson's body :)!
logan chose all the food for his party and it was just what you would expect a toddler to choose: chips, cheetos, goldfish, m&ms, donuts, swedish fish, starbursts (or star-barts as logan calls them) and chocolate bars (which makes me laugh that logan calls them that rather than candy bars).
i was pretty proud of the super hero logos i created for the backdrop
i really wanted to make logan a super hero cape and my sweet friend mindy helped me pull it off (and copy a cape she made for her boys). thanks mind! i think he looks so cute!
blowing out the candles on his birthday donut (logan's choice instead of cake). just like last year logan loved having us sing happy birthday to him (unlike last year he wasn't afraid of the candles this time).
i love emma looking up at logan adoringly while we sang happy birthday 
emma was loving cade! she kept crawling up in his face and laughing so hard. 
present time! emma got right in there to help. she deserved it since logan opened all her birthday presents. 

in the picture below logan is saying, "nooo emma! don't touch!" we hear that a lot!
chris farley look alike! haha!
i wanted to get a picture of logan with my parents before they left. obviously he wasn't up for it. i think my dad was in the middle of trying to cheer him up. awesome picture all around!!
logan sharing his birthday donut with emma! sweet boy!
brotherly love (notice the handhold ;)
super wesslers!
super girls! logan wouldn't wear his cape for the picture, so i did.
our 2nd grandparent picture attempt. it did go better than the first one, although this time emma didn't want to cooperate.
trying out his easel from gammy and pappy the day after his party
happy birthday super logi!