Monday, September 26, 2011

Forget-me-nots



Every two years our church holds a broadcast to strengthen, uplift, and direct women. It is called a General Relief Society meeting, and we just had it this last Sunday. The purpose of the Relief Society is to help women strengthen themselves and those they influence, such as friends, family, and neighbors, to become their best selves. Another purpose is to take care of those in need of service. I really love the organization. We meet weekly during church, and it's a place where women can feel comfortable expressing concerns, and helping each other become more charitable and Christlike.

The meeting I watched this last Sunday consisted of 3 talks from the presidency of the organization, as well as a talk from President Dieter F. Uchtdorf, the second counselor in the 1st presidency of our church, who we believe is an apostle of Jesus Christ.

I want to talk a little bit about Pres. Uchdorft's talk. He talked about a German legend of Forget-me-nots. The legend says that after God had named all of his creations, the forget-me-nots were left without a name and asked God not to forget to name them, so God named the tiny flower forget-me-not. He talked about simple truths women and all people ought to remember, to have increased joy and confidence in themselves as children of God.

Here is a clip from his talk.


If you want to listen to the whole talk you can visit this link.

I also want to add a few forget-me-nots I have. Here are some things I want to make sure I never forget.

1. How blessed I am to have an immediate and extended family of wonderful people who love and care for me. (besties included) I absolutely love being married to Landon and love the experiences we have together everyday. He is my best friend. I also love our little squish Olivia. She makes me so happy and I am awed by her bright personality every moment I am with her.

2. Seeking education. Lately I have been feeling this need to learn more. More about the news, more about literature, and more about what I believe. I read a quote from Jeffrey R. Holland in his book However Long and Hard the Road that I really love:

"Ignorance is bliss" and "What I don't know won't hurt me." Those two are really dangerous. In fact, I believe that nothing will hurt us more than what we don't know.
Plato said, "It is better to be unborn than untaught, for ignorance is at the root of all misfortune." Samuel Johnson said, "Ignorance, when voluntary, is criminal, and a man may be properly charged with that evil which he neglected or refused to learn how to prevent."

I really love those and want to work a little or a lot harder to be the most educated person I can be.

3. My relationship with God. I believe I am a daughter of God. I believe he has really great things in store for me and my family, if I am willing to put forth some effort and do all I can to follow Him. Whenever I remember and focus on my belief in a God who loves and knows me, and is looking out for me, it gives me peace and helps me move forward with whatever I need to do.

These are just some of my forget-me-nots. There are many many more.

Friday, September 23, 2011

Daddy's Girl


The best time to hear Livy coo is right when Landon gets home each evening. It's so adorable. It's like she wants to show off for him. I can tell she adores him and loves hanging out with Dad. Without fail, she always makes the most noise for him. I just want to squeeze and kiss her all the time, so i do. I filmed it just for you Alison.

Livy has also learned how to fake cry. Sometimes when she wakes up, she will let out a few crys until I come in. When she sees me she immediately stops and smiles. We just love our little Liv Biv.

Seattle Food


Here are some Seattle restaurants we love:

1. Piecoras
Landon loves pizza, so we had to find a great pizza place. It's flat crust and not too greasy. Delicious.


2. Dick's Drive In
I had gone here when I was a kid after soccer games, so it was fun to find them here. Great burgers, fries, and shakes, but they don't put tomatoes on their burgers...come on. We also love eating in the back of the subaru.





3. Ayutthaya
We love Thia food and miss the Thia House in Lehi, definitely the most delicious Thia food ever. We really liked the food here. The massaman curry was so good, but the pad thia wasn't the best we have had. I still prefer the Thia House, bur Landon likes Ayutthaya's curry better. So Uncle LLyod and Aunt Paula, if you come visit we will have to take you. You can tell us what you think!





Sunday, September 18, 2011

Our little Houdini

No matter how tight we wrap her, she always manages to squirm her way out.

Before:


After:



Olivia just hanging out with Landon while he gets ready for class. She's so studious, just like her Dad.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

So advanced...




Livy rolled over for the first time today! It happened this morning when I put her down for tummy time. She just rolled over on her back, and then did it about 8 more times after that. So cute, but when we tried to show papa and grandma on g-chat she just sat lying there. What a pill, but we love her anyway.

Landon and I always joke about how advanced Livy is, even though we don't really know what is "advanced" for a baby anyway. She's the best baby in the world okay. Done and done.

Monday, September 12, 2011

Lander Bander...I love you most.


Handsome right?

Landon is about 3 weeks into law school and is really enjoying it. Olivia and I have not seen a whole lot of him during the day, but we love spending time with him in the evenings and during the weekends.

He spends most of his time reading and briefing some pretty dense cases, and being called on way too much in class(his answers are always very impressive).

He always discusses what he learns with me and I really like being a part of it. It might sound boring, but the cases are actually really interesting. A lot of them are pretty extreme and some make me cry(really). I mean, maybe the life of a lawyer is not for me, but I know Landon is going to do a fantastic job and help a lot of people along the way.

Although Landon is busy, he and Livy have really become little pals. She knows just how to win him over, and Landon adores her. She loves talking with Dad and smiles at him constantly(except when she's starving or overtired). They also enjoy lying down together and playing with toys. Her favorite however, is the "Daddy Loves Me" book. She loves the tickles and kisses she gets from Dad when he reads it to her. Oh and I almost forgot...she loves watching football with him. She may be faking it, but she's doing a pretty good job. She knows just how to win Dad's heart. What a little Daddy's girl.

Today we went on a family run in the Arboretum, a wonderful park with really great trails and plant life. It was fun jogging with Dad and the scenery was beautiful. Livy and I love our evenings with Landon.

This is just a little shout out from your girls Landon. You're the best.

Heroes



Yesterday Landon and I watched parts of several memorials and specials remembering the events of 9/11. We were deeply impressed by the selfless service of so many involved, particularly the New York Fire Department. We heard story after story of firemen who willingly came to the rescue of thousands of victims, regardless of the harm it could bring to themselves.

In one case, a fire fighter saved a women from the Pentagon, after he had been ordered to stay out of the building. She expressed gratitude to the fireman who risked all to help her. Another firemen died from cancer years after the event, due to exposure to toxic chemicals. According to his wife, even if he had forseen the pain he would go through as a result of 9/11, he would have done it again.

During each of these events, and several more, the firemen seemed to have no regrets in serving the victims, even though the effects had been so traumatic. What honorable men and women. We were truly touched by their examples, and hope, in some small way, we can give similar service to those in need.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Labor Day Weekend!

This labor day weekend was filled with loads of excitement and entertainment. My oldest brother Dave and his wife Tiffani came with their 4 kids, Micheal, Sarah, Kaitlyn, and William. Dave was working in Tocoma, so they decided to visit Seattle and we invited them to come stay with us. We just adore them and we are so happy they came. Olivia loved hanging out with the cousins, and she really warmed up to Dave. They became instant pals. William was especially cute and funny this trip. Just wait until you see the pictures.

We watched the BYU game, (well at least the boys did) frosted brownies, (the girls) watched movies, visited the Aquarium, got fish and chips, and ice cream on the pier. Oh yeah, we also saw these creepy little shrunken heads in this shop on the pier. They are REAL and tiny. It was a little weird and sci-fiy. Dave said it was some kind of tribal ritual or practice. They take out the bones and organs, soak the heads in water, and let them shrink in the sun. I know it sounds unreal, but some of them were smaller than a baseball. I saw it with my own eyes. Anyway, we had a really great time with their family and we are so so so glad they came!


Livy wrapped up tight in a Dave special...and loving it!



Frosting brownines with the girls.



This may have been my fravorite part of their visit. I was making dinner while everyone else was watching a movie. William would come into the kitchen just about every 3 minutes to ask if he could come in yet, or have another brownie. Following one of these requests I watched him (without him noticing I was watching) go to the front door, put on Tiffani's shoes, and start talking as if he was his mom. It was too funny and pretty adorable. Who doesn't love seeing a 6 year old in his Mom's shoes, pretending to be her?



The girls helped me give Livy a bath and lotioned her after. She loved it. They are too sweet!


William.


I really love how Sarah had her hood on all day. What a little hipster.


Livy and me. Just taking a really urban picture.


The aquarium was great. We got to touch all sorts of things...starfish...sea cucumbers...anemones!


Ahhhh Octopus!


Livy loves smiling at Aunt Tiffani.


So cute. Landon loves his little pal Kaitlyn.


Livy loves being held by Micheal. He was so good with her. She also loves that cute hairclip from Aunt Jen and that adorable outfit from Aunt Shelly.


Livy sucking her little fist.


Livy and Mom.


I love Sarah in this picture. Too crazy.

















The otters were awesome and definitely our favorite. Look how cute they are when they eat. Livy could not keep her eyes off of them. Landon said it best, they are like little ADHD animals.


Livy and Dad.


Family picture in Seattle. We love it here...but we miss you all very very much.


William really loved this penguin.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Sneaky Little Liv Biv


Lately Olivia thinks she can use her cuteness to sneak into bed with us, and she does. Only in the mornings when it's about 5:45 am after she has just eaten. I am so tired and I know she will fall asleep faster with us, so I give in. She just loves snuggling with Mom and Dad and she is so smilely when she wakes up in our bed.


I love when she sleeps with her arms above her head. She loves stretching out.


How can we say no to that little face?



She is too fun and I really love our morning naps together.