I just thought I'd tell everyone Merry Christmas with this adorable picture I snagged of Rachael this morning in her adorable Christmas jammies my mom made for her. How cute is she in her "wee little bonnet?" (Thanks for the phrase, Britni!) Hope everyone had a great Christmas and you continue to enjoy the rest of the season!!
Nate and I had another free two nights stay in Mesquite, NV, but this time no babysitter was available so Rachael got to (had to?) tag along. As stated in the previous Mesquite post, there is not much to do in the city. We went to McDonald's a few times so Rachael could frolic in the playplace while we ate $1 sundaes, but we also took her bowling for the first time. She was really excited to hold one of the huge balls and she lasted a good five frames, taking turns very nicely. In the end, she even got more points than me! (I will say though, that with the last few frames of me and Nate bowling for her, her score was significantly increased) and Nate spanked us both, surprise surprise. I don't know when we'll take her again, but it was a fun new experience!
I don't know where my camera is (huge problem considering we leave for Rexburg for Christmas tomorrow!!) but I managed to snag this adorable picture with my phone. She would "assist" daddy in throwing the ball, then pop a squat right there and watch it roll. Pretty cute!
I was more or less obsessed with our matching shoes. I guess this was a good time for Rachael to have huge feet because they happened to have her size. Well... they were slightly larger, but not too bad.
This is just a short post because I'm assuming my gramsicle is chomping at the bit waiting for a picture of her beautiful great-granddaughter. Well Grams, here you go. My mom snagged this picture with her phone a few weeks ago and I personally love it. It should be in a magazine or something. I don't know when I'll be posting for the next week at least, then the holidays come and life gets crazy. I'm heading to Vegas with my sister to visit our cousins for a few days, and since Nate is done with his semester I'm leaving the babe with him. :) Love you, Nate! Then Nate and I are going to do another two free nights in Mesquite, but Rachael will probably be coming with us because she's had some sleep issues lately, and we don't want to thrust that upon anyone else. Then, next Thursday we are saying bye-bye to So. Utah and hello No. Utah for Nate's cousin, Makenna's, wedding. Then, next Saturday, Nate's little brother, Jordan gets home from his mission in Leon, Mexico. Weird! I can't believe its been two years!! I'm excited for the next couple of weeks, it is a much needed break from the boredom. I'll see you when I see you!!
Today in Relief Society our lesson was on Mary. It was a really good lesson, and I learned a lot of things I didn't know before. I felt the Spirit really strong and just wanted to share some of the feelings I had, and have been having all season long. Ever since I was a little girl, the song "Breath of Heaven" by Amy Grant (and only Amy Grant, in my book) has been a favorite all time Christmas song, and since I've become a mother, even more so. I love thinking about how Mary was feeling, how scared she was, all the responsibility placed on her shoulders to raise the Son of God. "Breath of Heaven, hold me together... lighten my darkness... pour over me Your Holiness." Another song that I LOVE is "Mary Did You Know?" (my choice? Clay Aiken, weird, I know). My favorite line of that song is, "When you kiss your little baby, you kiss the face of God." When I kiss my little baby, I'm still kissing a child of God, my daughter of God that I have the responsibility to raise. Just as Jesus Christ had His mission on Earth (saving every person to ever live and giving them Eternal Life), my own little daughter has her own mission in life, and it is my calling and responsibility to help her find that. I like to think of Mary as a person, not as a Saint as some Religions have made her (not that I think that she was under qualified to become a Saint, I just don't personally worship or pray to her). I like (is that weird?) to think of her going out of her mind with her crazy children in their crazy toddler years, because I don't believe that the toddler Jesus just sat around, I think he had a personality and liked to play and be (innocently) mischievous, just like my toddler. I like to think of Mary going out of her mind with worry when she couldn't find Jesus on their way out of the city because He was teaching in the temple. You may recall my own panic mode when I lost Rachael in Wal-Mart and my desire to punish her, I bet Mary, as a mother, wanted to punish Him, but obviously He told her that He had been teaching His Father's words. I hope you take the time to listen to this song, especially if you haven't ever heard it before. I could take every single line in this song and apply it to my life, but I won't, you'd probably get bored. It makes you think of Mary as a person, which is what she was. Just an imperfect mother with a high calling, but she knew the importance of that.
(I just watched the video, its kinda weird, so just listen to the words.)
We were married on April 14, 2007. Erin started cosmetology school soon after while Nate continued his Bachelor's Degree in Accounting. Rachael was born on July 31, 2008, and Erin has been a stay-at-home mom ever since. Nate has graduated with a Masters in Accounting AND business, and we were blessed with another angel girl, Whitney, on June 4, 2011. We now live in California and are looking forward to all of the adventure life holds for us!