Sunday, May 10, 2009

Mother's Day 2009

There is no one perfect way to be a good mother. Each situation is unique. Each mother has different challenges, different skills and abilities, and certainly different children. The choice is different and unique for each mother and each family...What matters is that a mother loves her children deeply and, in keeping with the devotion she has for God and her husband, prioritizes them above all else. - Elder M. Russell Ballard

I spent some of last night laying around feeling sorry for myself. After Travis had fallen asleep, and I lay in bed thinking, I had a small epiphany. The first part is that my life is not hard. Anything that was weighing on my mind could easily be replaced by one hundred blessings. The second was that I was so grateful for my children. Being as they are the reason that I get to celebrate Mother's Day. I would like to say that I dedicated today to my children, but I still kept all the attention for myself.

There are many typical "motherly" things that I am not good at. I don't love to cook. I would rather stick a thousand needles in my eye than make a scrapbook. My house is sparsely decorated and I've almost paid my friend to come decorate it for me. I don't garden, I don't make things for my kids, I don't sew, etc. There are many traditional motherly talents I wasn't given when I came here to earth. But there are other talents that I was given. They may not be traditional things, but they are valuable anyway. I am thankful not only that I was given those things, but that slowly I am learning how to value them more and worry about the things I don't do less. That I am becoming more okay with myself as I recognize the divine gifts my Father in Heaven did give to me.

I am a daughter of God. That's pretty special. I have been entrusted with the most sacred of roles. He has given me three beautiful little babies to take care of, and He has trusted me to help them return to Him. Today, on the day when I feel honored for doing what comes to me naturally from Him, I'm so happy that I have this chance.

Now, happy Mother's Day to me. Since I have recently developed a "small" obsession with High School Musical, this was part of my gift:
The best part about this gift is that I took this picture while laying down on my bed looking up at my ceiling. Can we say sweet dreams to me?

Happy Mother's Day to every single mother out there. I value the example of each mother I come across.

Friday, May 8, 2009

Funny Stuff

We told the kids they were going to get shots the other day and instead went and bought them a trampoline. That was a traumatic half hour long car ride.

Travis asked Emory what she wants to be when she grows up and she thought about it and said: a window.

Emory called me a snotface earlier today. And Travis got mad at her the other day and she said: "Fine, I'll just go hit mom." What? How did I even get involved?

She also wants a Monsters vs. Aliens vs. Dora vs. Princesses birthday party this year. Wonder who would win? My money's on Jasmine.

Monday, May 4, 2009

Graduation & Blessing

Jamey graduated on Friday, with the same Bachelor's degree as Travis. They've had fun the last few years while Jamey takes Trav's classes. He graduated with honors, received a special acknowledgement for his service and leadership, and was also given the Dean's Award for the College of Health Sciences. He's kind of a big deal. I was so proud. He's a good boy.

Bowen wasn't really into the whole graduation ceremony, but isn't he so dang cute?

Cute boys. It's kind of cool to have Travis in line while Jamey gets his degree.

This is Yas. She was the deparment chair of the CLS department when Travis was a student and when he was first hired to teach. She is now the Dean of the College of Health Professions at Weber State. We credit her with our future and all our successes, since she practically forced Travis into signing up for CLS classes when he first had an advising appt. with her. She's part of our family.

Whoo hoo. My husband and his brothers are so cute.
Uncle Jamey rocks. Don't know what Bo is doing in the background.
And of course, the celebration was then taken to Red Lobster, where we stuck things up our noses and acted like the classy people we are. I've enjoyed a whole new world of "picture faces" since I married into the Price family. If you blow this picture up, you'll also notice that Melanie has Skittles up her nose.

And the big event. We blessed Bo on Sunday. It was a perfect day. We had family and friends over for breakfast before, and Travis gave Bo a beautiful blessing. Melanie came up from Phoenix. She is sweet to us. I appreciate her making the effort. It was a great day. A little chaotic, so I didn't get many pictures, but still a great day.

I'm so lucky to have all these people in my life. My children are perfect (when they're not annoying me), my husband is amazing, and my entire family (extended and in-laws) are so supportive and loving. It was a good weekend.