Tuesday, May 31, 2011


Things I never ever want to forget for this week:

*Ben and Emma's sweet kisses and hugs

My children are becoming more affectionate and it's real!  
They give me hugs and kisses without me asking for them 
and it fills my heart with joy.

I love my children....
Enough said!

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Beautiful Savior

A gorgeous hymn sung by some of God's greatest gifts!
Happy Sabbath everyone!

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

"Way back Whens-day!"

When: October 2010 Almost 11 months old

I love this picture.
Ben and Emma were working on their walking skills with their Papa.
I love the expression on their faces.
Ben is thrilled with himself.
Emma is thrilled to be playing with Papa!
Who knew that one short month later, just a few days 
after their first birthday, they would be walking on their own!


Thursday, May 19, 2011

Wordless(ish) Thursday!

I was scrolling through lots of pictures from the past 18 months while preparing a future blog post and came across one of my favorites of Ben and Emma from June 30, 2010.  
They are 7 1/2 months old:

At this point Ben had been sitting up by himself for a week or so but Emmas was still working on it.  This is the first time Emma sat up all by herself.  Look at Ben.  It's almost like he is saying, "Shush, Mama. or she'll fall over!"
I love to look at pictures and remember the good times!  

Monday, May 16, 2011

18 Months!

Feeling a little melancholy today because....
Benjamin and Emma are 18 months old!  11/2 years old.
  Where, oh where, has the time gone?  I can hardly believe it!

May 2010 6 months old
Look how little they are!
They tried rice cereal for the first time.
How's that for a first reaction?
They eventually started gobbling it up!


Love these kiddo's!

Playing the piano at Grandpa and Grandma's house
New favorite pastime- eating crayons
Sometimes they color, too.

Emma "wearing" Papa's tie and inspecting her "carzzz"
Playing unerneath the table.  I love how Ben is hugging Elmo!

At 18 months, I can no longer officially call you "babies".  
But you know I still do!

Ar 18 months:

*Emma has finally discovered baby dolls- she hugs and kisses them with the sweetest expression on her face.
*Ben blows kisses at bedtime and both say "night night".
*They are so proud of themselves when I praise them for being good or for doing something I ask them to do.
*They love to "twirl, twirl, twirl"!
*Ben and Emma will wash their own face and hands.  Every time they see the box of wipes, they ask for one to wash up!  We're going through a huge amount of wipes but now I don't have to 
wrestle them to the floor to wash their faces!
*Ben will gave me real kisses as in puckering up his lips and smacking them against mine.  
MMMWAH!  Love ya, Baby Boy!
 He also loves to kiss and hug Emma...she tolerates it!
*The words, "lets go read some books" 
will get Ben and Emma into their room quick as a whistle!  
They love to "read"and be read to.  
This is not new news but what is new is that they are 
"eating" them less which makes me very happy!
*Ben is ticklish under his arms and behind his knees!  
Emma is still ticklish all over!
*Emma is still repeating everything we say very clearly.  
Ben is now repeating words, too!  Yeah, Ben!  
He is mostly repeating sounds but he is improving 
and Mama is so proud!
*They love to color for a few minutes and 
then prefer to just eat the crayons!
*Both Emma and Ben love cars of any kind.  "Carzzz" is Emma's new favorite word but she will still blurt out "shoooz" 
 just for the heck of it!
*They can bounce a foot high in their cribs!
*Ben knocks on the wall to let me know they are awake 
and ready to play!
*Ben loves to "dress" himself by putting as many shirts over his head as possible.  Oh yes, and one foot in a pair of pants.
 For example:

In "other" news:

Ben takes off his diaper in his bed.
They can spit water across the room.
Ben turns the TV off and on and repeatedly turns up the volume.
Ben stands on the couch and turns the light off and on.
Emma's squeal makes my head hurt.
Emma is getting very picky about what she wants to eat.  
What kiddo doesn't like peanut butter???

I miss them~

Benjamin and Emma,

I miss your soft downy hair
but love Emma's crazy curls
and Ben's new frizz!

I miss you sleeping on my shoulder
but love (when) you sleep through the night

I miss seeing you sleep side by side in one crib
but love to see you jumping in your cribs in perfect rhythm
with pure joy in the morning!

I miss your soft baby coo's
but love to hear your sweet voices say new words.

I miss your baby chuckles
but love that you do things you know will make me laugh!

I miss you eating with gusto everything I gave you
but love that you are starting to tell me what you 
enjoy and don't enjoy eating.
Emma will even shake her head when an 
undesirable food is offered!

I miss you laying on a blanket on the floor gazing 
in wonder at your favorite rattle
but love to watch you run and play together and with your neighborhood friends and cousins.

I miss you sitting contentedly playing with a toy or your hands 
but love how exciting everything is for you.  You are discovering new and exciting things everyday.  Leaves, sticks, mud, sand, bark, bugs-everything must be inspected and tasted.
I miss your small bodies 
but laugh with delight to see how long and lean Ben is 
and how short and chunky Emma is.
"Miss Chunkalisious" indeed!

I love you so much, my sweet Twinkies.  You are a joy and a blessing to your Papa and I.  We couldn't have asked for anything better than our boy and our girl.  You are loved and cherished,
my beautiful babies. 

Friday, May 13, 2011


I've decided to take a little break from this blog of mine.  
At least for a few days.  
Computer issues keep me from posting pictures 
and we know it's all about the pictures!  
See you all soon!

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Motherhood: An Eternal Partnership with God

Happy Mothers Day!

I have very few intimate pictures of me and my babies when they were tiny.  There was always "tomorrow" or "when Patrice comes home".  The sweet pictures were never taken and I am in a kind of mourning about that right now.  I miss my tiny babies desperately.

I love this picture.  It was a very random shot that Patrice took when I was just hanging out with Ben and Emma and talking to them.  You can't even see Ben's face but I love it anyway.  Look at sweet Emma, engrossed in whatever I am saying to her.

I hope I was telling them how much I love and adore them.
How they rock my world!
How they made me finally feel complete.
How beautiful and perfect they are.
How they make my heart sing when they laugh.
How I hope they stay on the right path.
How I will always protect them and
teach them to make good choices.
How much they are loved as children of God!

How they and their Papa are the best thing
that has ever happened to me!

Despite what my Mom says, I am not a writer.
I have such a hard time expressing my feeling and emotions,
especially when they are true and deep within me.
I wish I could open up my heart and let the words fly!
I love being a Mama.  
It is a privilege to be Ben and Emma's Mama.  

I don't know how else to say it.

Happy Mothers Day
to the 2 women who have always stood by my side,
put up with me no matter what and loved me unconditionally.
Mom and Grandma, I love you!

And thank you Benjamin and Emma for making me a Mama!

The Qsmonds "I am a Child of God"

Sunday, May 1, 2011

How Can I Keep From Singing?

The gospel of Jesus Christ is so good...it makes my heart sing!

Those Bunny Ears!

Just wanted to share one last Easter picture that was actually taken after Easter.  These kiddo's of mine loved these bunny ears and would probably still be wearing them if I had not put them away for next year.

Probably one of my favorite pictures of my girl.  
In this picture her sweet nature is reflected in her smile.
Ben...my boy...look at that face.  impish, mischievous and so sweet.
I have to say that I am in love with my children...
just like my sweet hubby, they are worth the wait!