Sunday, August 30, 2009


So, its official. We are moving! We have been looking at this house for the past 3 months and have been in the process of buying it for the last 2, and everything is FINALLY coming together. We closed last week and as soon as the funding goes through, we are off! We are really excited to get into a bigger house with lots of land and A POOL and fruit trees (wahoo!) and much more goodies. Its close to my family and right in the middle of the valley and only 15 min from Justin's work. But, we are also sad to be leaving our friends here in Maricopa. Its been a great past two years and we will miss everyone we have come to know and love. The only drawback is finding something to do with this house. We are trying to rent it first, so if anyone out there is interested in a great, relatively new home in awesome condition, let me know! Pics of the new house to come soon! (Well, probably not SOON cause we are a little busy around here...but as soon as I have a spare minute!)

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Families are Forever

Braxton was "helping" me do the dishes last week, and I turned around for a second and when I turned back around, this is what I saw. The little turkey. All well...its a new way to beat the heat, and at least this way I don't have to worry about him getting a sun burn as he plays in the water. And how can you not love that smile??

Bella is filling out. Way out. She is in the top 95% of her weight class. She is a little chunker! Thats ok, that means there is just more of her to kiss and love on. She is so precious. She has gotten kind of fussy over the past few weeks, which is hard at times, but she has also started smiling. I can't get enough of her beautiful smile. It just warms my heart and makes me want to kiss her all over. I think any mother can agree that seeing your new baby smile for the first time is one of the most endearing moments and it makes an imprint in your heart. I love her so much.
My beautiful cousin Lena got married this last weekend to her Tongan sweetheart, Sifa. The ceremony was really special and they both just glowed all day long. It brought back alot of memories from my own wedding and how special and fun that day was. I love weddings! The feeling of love just permeates everything and everyone around and everyone is happy and in a good mood. Not to mention all the good food you get to feast on all day long. :) Even though I had to deal with a tired toddler and a grumpy baby through it all, it was a fun day. I am so grateful for eternal families and the opportunity we have to live together forever with them. My siblings and my cousins (and of course my husband) are some of my best friends in the world and I am so grateful we get to spend forever together. What a wonderful blessing!!

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Happy Anniversary!!

Yesterday was our 4th anniversary. I can't believe we have been married for 4 years already! Sometimes it feels like we were just married a few months ago...but then sometimes it seems like we have been married forever. (In a good way. :)) Like he has always been a part of my life and I can't imagine it any other way. Justin was able to get out of work early, so we went shopping for some new clothes for me (thanks baby!) and then we went to Flemmings, a really nice steak house in a ritzy part of town. We had a good time together and it was so nice to be able to spend some time alone away from the kids.

I didn't get to buy a present or a card or anything for Justin, but I want him to know how much I love him and appreciate all he does for our family. He works so hard to make sure we have the things we want and need. He is a wonderful husband and father and loves playing with Braxton and making him laugh. There are many things I could say, but for our 4 years together, here are 4 reasons why I love my baby:

1. I have always had a weakness for big, strong hands, and Justin has wonderfully big and strong hands. :) I always feel safe and protected when he is holding me or my hand.
2. Despite his rough and tough exterior, he has a soft heart and has a special weakness for the innocent and for big dogs.
3. He excels at everything he attempts to do. He is smart and has a keen mind and just knows how to do things, even if its his first time. I have always admired that characteristic about him.
4. He loves me and the kids so much and works hard to show us that. He is extremely loyal and protective of us and would do anything to keep us safe.

Happy Anniversary Sweetheart! I sure love you!!