Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Playing In November

 I snuck up on Clara when I volunteered at her Thanksgiving Feast at school. 
 She was happy to see me and gave me a big hug.
 The kids ate a LOT of crap.  It was supposed to be that they brought their favorite treat, but, I think most parents just cleaned out their pantries.  I brought cut up fruit - shocker.
 We worked on manners, saying please and thank you, for the feast. 
 Post sugar high.  Note: processed mac n cheese (microwaved), cheetos, string cheese...lovely.
 I loved this - she makes me laugh.
 Josh had a really ugly dangling tooth that FINALLY came out this month. 
 One of my cool Webelos got his Arrow of Light, 20er, and became our Denner
 We went to Thanksgiving Point with The Birds (my friends from BYU)
 I think I have 27 different pictures of this cave
 Probably as many of the Design-a-Dino
And even more of my kids playing in this sand

Monday, November 28, 2011

Neighborhood Christmas Party 2011

For the past several years we have had a neighborhood Christmas party at my house.  Everyone brings cookies or treats to share and each year we choose a different charity to donate to as a neighborhood.  This year it was the Utah Foster Care Foundation.  My friend, Michelle, has fostered and then adopted three boys over the past few years (cute kids!) and so she chose the charity for us.  In the past we have done the Road Home, the Utah Food Bank, and Primary Children's Hospital.  It's a fun way to start the Holidays! 

Michelle, Heidi, Judd and their kiddos
Becca and Jennifer
Riding the bench - Harrison, Judd, Aaron, Colin and Ryan
The cookie grabbing begins!
Everyone having a good time visiting
I had to keep her from inhaling 10 treats
My cute kid
Loree, Michelle and Lou(ri)
Cindy, Rachel and Kristen
Cute girls!
Can you believe there is a two year age difference?  Guess which one is older.
Loree, Lou(ri), Me, Cori and Kristen - the five of us used to all live across the street and next to each other, but Loree and Cori moved.  It was great to be back together for a minute!

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Thanksgiving 2011

I may be a little behind on posting with my family blog because I am usually posting deep thoughts (ha) over at All the Sanity in Me.  Since it is a four day weekend I thought I would catch up a bit.  This year for Thanksgiving we double dipped and went to our Bestie's house for dinner and Dave's aunt and uncle's house for dessert. 

Loree and Grammy
Dave - this was during Mustache Movember or whatever it was called.  We all hated it.  
Except for Dave.
My cute and snaggle toothed kid.
Our fearless chef (yes, I tried the turkey)
As usual, the kids made a mess
The girls made us all cute place cards.
Curt, Kelly and Dave had a post Thanksgiving workout with the kids
We had a fantastic surprise!  Uncle Kelly, who wasn't supposed to be at any of the Holidays this year, surprised us and flew in for Thanksgiving.  We loved it!
Rob, Dave, Nancy, Curt and Kelly
The Brothers

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Joshua David Totten gets Baptized

There was a big event this past weekend for my little family.  My son made the choice to be baptized and confirmed a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.  This is an essential ordinance and a commandment of God.  I know that most mothers feel this way when their children make big decisions and they are the right decisions.  I have felt a great deal of love and appreciation for my husband for holding the Priesthood so that he was able to baptize and confirm our son.  I wasn't able to be baptized by my dad, but was fortunate to have wonderful Priesthood holders around me growing up.  I was baptized by my Uncle Terry, and confirmed a member of the Church by my grandfather.  

As I watched so many of our family members and friends participate in the confirmation circle for my son, I was overwhelmed with gratitude.  Later I was sitting next to my "brother from another mother", Ben, and he said, "You are very loved."  Still later my bestie said, "It was a powerful image seeing all of those men who hold the Priesthood in the confirmation circle.  Those will be wonderful examples for him." Then I said a small prayer of gratitude that because both Ben and my bestie happened to move to Utah over the past six months, they were both able to be at the baptism.  Then I said another small prayer of gratitude because my niece (who grew up in North Dakota), who gave the talk on the Holy Ghost, was able to be there because she is going to school at BYU.  I gave the talk on the Holy Ghost at her baptism when she was 8. 

There are huge moments in life to be grateful for and there are small moments to be grateful for, and yesterday included both.  To have all of my parents there was a blessing.  To have my wonderful friend Ginny and her family here from Colorado was a blessing.  They aren't members of our Church, but understood the significance for our family, and they love us so they came.  To have shared the baptism with two families in our congregation was a blessing.  Their sons are good friends with our son, and we love them.  I commented today to the father of one of our boys (who is our home teacher) that I felt like the Spirit was much stronger with the three boys getting baptized on the same day than if they had had individual programs. 

It's easy to accuse me of being sentimental, because I am.  By small and simple means do great things come to pass.  I am grateful for a Heavenly Father and Savior, Jesus Christ, who know me, love me, and know what the small things mean to me.

 Josh at the temple where Dave and I got married - Mt. Timpanogos Utah Temple

Josh - 8 years old
 November 5, 2011 - Josh's Baptism Day
 Dressed and ready!
 Josh and Heidi
 Our little Family - Dave, Heidi, Josh and Clara
 Uncle Jack, Ellen, and Aunt Karen
 Ben, Uncle Rob and Aunt Jessica
 Grandma Nancy, Josh and Dave
 Amabuela, Josh and Heidi
Ama Georgia, Papa Kirk, Josh and Heidi
 William and Josh - born on the same day!
 Uncle Eric showing off the butternut squash soup
 Josh and Uncle Curtis
 Chef Marty gives out the soup for everyone
  Chef Marty made butternut squash soup, roasted pepper soup, and minestrone - all amazing!
 The Tottens
 Ginny and Josh