Sunday, March 31, 2013

happy Easter!

this is my attempt at taking a picture of my babies on Easter Sunday... I told them "smile!"
-Lincoln, "cheeeese" (shifting around impatiently)
-Ella, "NO!"
 
 
and here's a little video of them getting their baskets!
 
the day before e have a little Easter egg hunt at the park with a bunch of kids from our church
 

Thursday, March 28, 2013

animals!!

we spent a day at the zoo with our cousins Zackery, Olivia, and Brody!
 

Sunday, March 24, 2013

"happy dreams"

I titled this post "happy dreams" because every night the kids and I say our good night prayers and ask to have happy dreams...
 
Yesterday morning at 6am, Lincoln ran into my room with the biggest smile on his face. There was no hiding how happy he was. He started telling me that he saw daddy in his room. Lincoln said he was scared and that daddy put his hand on his cheek and said, "you're okay." It was the sweetest thing hearing Lincoln explain his comforting encounter with daddy. he even demonstrated by softly putting his hand on his own cheek the way daddy did.
 
After he told me his whole experience, I got up to check his room and the house to make sure there wasn't some creep-o acting as his dad. there wasn't anyone of course and I know Lincoln knows his dad better than that, but I just had to make sure. Once confirmed there was no one there, I called Chris... because part of me wanted to make sure he was still alive and it wasn't his spirit visiting Lincoln. Chris is alive and well. It was just so interesting for me to here this from my little 2 1/2 year old in such detail. and although I understand most of his toddler language, there are still some things that are hard to understand or have clarified.
 
Lincoln was simply dreaming - but I don't think it was just some random dream. I truly believe Heavenly Father specially sent him that dream to comfort our sweet little Lincoln. Lincoln has been having a  really hard time with Chris being away. He brings him up often and its usually in a sad way. He'll say things like "I want daddy" or "I miss him" and he'll tell people randomly "daddy at work." Every time I end a call with Chris Lincoln starts crying or gets mad.
 
it is so incredibly hard for all of us to be apart and its just so obvious that families aren't meant to be separated for this long of a stretch. I try to be strong but it just breaks my heart to see my babies in pain from missing their father.
 
One thing that keeps me going is having the Lord by my side. I couldn't imagine going through this without the fullness of the gospel in my life. I thank Heavenly Father every day for the precious family he has blessed me with and the fact that we will be together throughout all eternity.
 

Saturday, March 23, 2013

pirate party

today was my nephew Zack's 9th birthday! My sister-in-law Nicole did such a great job decorating and hosting his pirate party. I'll have to post some pics...but in the mean time, here's a little film of Linc and Ella enjoying the party! (Ella couldn't get enough of the trampoline)
*music by Peter Bjorn and John
 

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

a day at the park

Ella just impresses me with how adventurous she is! She may be little but she can definitely keep up with the big kids!

Monday, March 18, 2013

gettin' his fitness on

Every morning Lincoln and Ella see their uncle Andrew, Grandma and Grandpa Seymore working out in the garage. So the kids will go out and join them every so often - lifting weights, doing push ups, using the elliptical... What a great example they are to them because they aren't learning this from me! You should see Lincoln flex! He's got big muscles like his daddy!
 
 
*music by RUN-D.M.C.
 
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