Jun 17, 2009

where to start, where to start

Laine singing in the assembly today, precious! She did great, and she was adorable when she said her lines, of which I didn't get a picture. She had to speak Spanish in front of the whole school, don't ask me what she said, all I caught was 'Me llamo Laine'

Gabey enjoying the birthday festivities

Happy 5th birthday Laine!

The girls getting their sass on

Laine and her teacher, Mrs. Adams

Birthday treats for school

Once you've fallen off the proverbial blogging bandwagon, it is pretty much a beyotch to catch up. I find myself alongside this train running and running as fast as I can {okay, not really, my gait is more of a lazy Sunday stride if I'm being honest} ...but I see the train in the distance, moving on without me and I feel powerless to ever catch up. I'm too lazy to even put the above pictures into proper order much less drag them down to the bottom of the post where they belong.

Oh well.

So much has happened. Did I even fully finish my Christmas posting? I can't even remember. And I keep on almost posting, except Ben says he's got a post he's working on that I keep hoping will magically appear. Since that hasn't happened...I guess he'll keep us all guessing on that one.

So I've still got our trip to New Zealand in March, our trip home to CA, UT, and FL in April and May and then all of the other bits and bobs in betwixt, like two assemblies Laine has been in -so cute! She sang her little heart out and made her mama proud. And her birthday was two days ago too. We have a 5 year old in the house ya'll, and she already seems older and wiser. Today she told Gabe she was 'so proud of him'. She cracks me up with her maturity, and her sweetness never ceases to melt the 'ol heart just a little.

Last week she leaned over to Ben and asked 'Dad, what's the Jesus password?' -we surmise meaning she wanted to go up and offer the sacrament prayer. Hilarious.

She is so sweet and is really trying to be a good big sister and a good example. She is talented and tries hard at everything she does. She is making me so proud and happy with the way she practices her piano without being asked and loves her dance class. She has her moments too, but she has always had a real zest for learning and has been an easy kid to love. She really is just a big ball of sweetness, and we just love her so much.

So there you have it, life is good, the kids are growing up and we are just soaking it all in. As for us, I'm loving work and Ben is stressed and working lot's but finding enjoyment as well. I honestly have just been feeling this overwhelming feeling of gratitude and happiness lately. It's like, I look around, and I have nothing but hope and optimism for the future and the present couldn't be better. It's not perfect, and far from it, but when I take a look at the glass before me, I realize it is not just half-filled, it's pretty much filled to the brim. Even through my trials and frustrations, of which I am so grateful.


Kate said...

Oh, so so fun! I wish I could have seen that assembly, what a doll...

michelle said...

I am happy that your life is so good. It is nice to have times in our lives when we can just sit back and enjoy the blessings that God has given us. You all look great. Hope to be in touch with y'all soon. Have a good one!

Gaengy said...

So happy she had a fun birthday...it was fun to see to her with her cousins on the phone! I cannot believe Laine is 5 already. What a beautiful and talented little girl!

Gaengy said...

that was supposed to say talk to her on the phone!

Karmann and Ryan said...

It is so good to see you and know that you are doing well! Isnt such a nice thing to step outside the box and look in on your life and be so content and grateful for the things that you have been blessed with even though at times it is still chaotic and hard! I think that is what we are here for, to realize that life is good, we are blessed and our trials only make us stronger and bring us closer to him! I sure love you girl! You are amazing! Your little ones are so cute and so fun to hear about! Love yoU!

Kristine L. said...

What a cutie. I am going to call her... I promise. Who is that man on your wall?

riley said...

It's me (Ben) and don't you dare call me narcissistic Kristine!

Emilee said...

Laine looks so cute at her assembly. And her birthday table setup is so cute! You are such a great mom!

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