January 27, 2011

Pudding Pie

We found some mini pie crusts today and decided to make pies. The boys all got to pick their pudding flavor and make their own pies..with a little help. It is definitely something we need to do again. They had so much fun with it.

Porter really enjoyed that chocolate. :)

Snippet from the Day

Its been quite a day. Here is a little snapshot of how it went. I am ready for a nap....

January 19, 2011

I am not a Honey

We were driving in the car today when this conversation took place.

Porter - Mom can I have something to drink?

Me -Honey, I don't have anything to give you to drink.

Porter - I am not a honey. You are a honey.

Me- So what are you?

Porter - I am a buddy. I'm your kid. I am not a Honey.

Apparently 'honey' is reserved only for me. :)

January 16, 2011


We talked about fasting today, why we do it, how we do it, why its important, etc. I had a few aha moments during the lesson, one I would like to write down so I don't forget it.

I have been taught that one of the reasons we fast is to turn from bodily needs and focus on the spiritual. By disciplining our bodies (the natural man), we can come closer to the spirit. As we talked about that today, I thought about the last few weeks. As some of you know I have cut out a lot of junk from my eating habits lately. I want to feel better and be healthier. The biggest things I have cut out are processed sugars and gluten. I knew it would be difficult from the beginning, but also a good experience that would teach me a lot about my body and my health. (Little did I know just how much.) I felt the need for a little extra help so I asked Adam for a blessing before starting. I remember that blessing every time I learn something new in this process.

After the first week of detoxing my body from junk, I have felt fantastic. I really can't remember feeling so good physically in a long time. Without gluten specifically, I think my body functions much better and have concluded that I might have a sensitivity to it. Without sugar the headaches have gone and my temperature is more in the normal range rather than over hot all the time. I haven't gotten sick from being too hot since I started, something that was a constant problem before. I am sleeping better and feeling better all the way around. Part if this is probably also due to eating larger portions of fruit and vegetables and incorporating more fish.

Anyway, I digress. Along with feeling better physically, I have noticed that I have been more in tune over the last few weeks with the spirit. It was brought home to me today as we talked about fasting that, in a way, that is what I am doing right now. I am disciplining my body away from not bodily needs, but bodily wants, and it is allowing me to be more clear in mind and spirit. I don't know if I am saying this in a way that makes sense. I just know that without junk polluting my body or things that make me physically ill, my spirit feels better too. It is as if the junk clouded or dampened my communications with heaven. Which perhaps is why there is so much of it in the world today. Satan is getting to us even in the food we eat. We don't think of junk food as making us physically ill: we are not usually throwing up after we eat it or getting migraines (although some do). But it really does, in the long run, ruin your body. For me it was reducing my every day health enough to make me feel ill. I just didn't know how much until I did this. You know what they say, you don't know how bad you felt until you feel better? And what a relief it is after you have been really sick to have that first day when you aren't ill anymore? That is me. I had gotten so used to the way I felt, that is was normal for me. I didn't know how much better I could feel. And what a relief it is to see that there is something I can do to improve how I feel.

The spirit and body are so interconnected. If I hadn't decided to do this, I never would have seen how profound an impact it could have on my life. Before when I have tried to eat more healthily, it has been about a specific goal. Once there, the process ended and life went on, and the changes weren't permanent. I am trying a different approach. This is about feeling good in my skin, about feeling healthier and doing what's right for my body. I may never get to what others think is a great size. But I want to be healthy and feel good about my size, whatever it is. (something that I think is a HUGE issue for just about every woman I know, no matter her size) It isn't about denying my body something it needs so much as training my body out of unhealthy wants and back to better habits.

I am sure this will be a challenge my entire life and I may not always win the battles. Addiction in any form is a lifelong battle. Sugar is definitely something that could qualify for me as an addiction. My body craves it, thus the week long detox when I stopped eating it, accompanied by terrible headaches. And those cravings won't just go away. One bite of a sweet and they will all come flooding back; I know from experience. But it isn't reasonable to assume that I can live life without ever eating a sweet again. It isn't like heroin; something that can be completely avoided. It is always available and I will occasionally indulge, but I want to get to where I can occasionally indulge without it being a downhill slide. For me, this is the first step.

Health in body, mind, and spirit. How connected they are.

January 13, 2011


I just randomly open my scriptures today and started reading and this is what popped out at me.

'Ye cannot behold with your natural eyes, for the present time, the design of your God concerning those things which shall come hereafter, and the glory which shall follow after much tribulation.'

It has significance to me right now and I think it is significant for a lot of people. There is a lot of pain and suffering and hardship going around at the moment. My personal trials are large in my eyes, but small in the big picture of what so many are suffering. God knows the plan and there is not only hope but glory ahead if we remain steadfast.

January 07, 2011

A rose among thorns

I read this today and found it inspiring. Hopefully you will too.

A certain man planted a rose and watered it faithfully and before it blossomed, he examined it. He saw the bud that would soon blossom, but noticed thorns upon the stem and he thought...How can any beautiful flower come from a plant burdened with so many sharp thorns?

Saddened by this thought, he neglected to water the rose, and before it was ready to bloom, it died.So it is with many people. Within every soul there is a rose: The God-like qualities planted in us at birth growing amid the thorns of our faults.

Many of us look at ourselves and see only the thorns, the defects. We despair, thinking that nothing good can possibly come from us. We neglect to water the good within us, and eventually it dies. We never realize our potential.

Some people do not see the rose within themselves; someone else must show it to them. One of the greatest gifts a person can possess is to be able to reach past the thorns and find the rose within others.

This is the characteristic of love.... To look at a person and know their true faults. Accepting that person into your life, while recognizing the nobility in their soul. Help them to realize that they can overcome their faults. If we show them the rose, they will conquer their thorns. Only then will they blossom many times over.

~ Anonymous

January 01, 2011

Christmas Part 2

We drove from SLC to Grace after the festivities Christmas Eve so we could have Christmas morning at Grandma and Grandpa Gibsons. They were pretty tired, but once they saw what Santa brought, they perked right up.

The spoils of Christmas. They each got two toys from Santa and one from us. Still, it was more than enough, especially with stocking stuffers. I am so glad we had great sales and coupons this year that kept our Christmas cheap.

Porter's car track. We had gotten him something else and then he kept telling people Santa was bringing him trucks and cars. Good thing Santa got the letter we wrote him two days before Christmas. :) He even wrote back on Christmas Eve. Porter carried the letter around in his pocket all day.

Giving the car some gas
Gabe could have gotten this baby doll and nothing else.

He absolutely loved it.

He has been carrying it around for days and still loves it just as much as he did that morning.

Riding Grandma's horse

Learning how to unlock all the doors

Its not even Porter's gift and he is super excited. Its a cupcake punch Adam got
so you can fill cupcakes with sweet goodness. Yum!

Caleb testing out Grandma's M&M fan.

Porter was more than happy to 'help' everyone open their gifts.

Both the boys got in on the action. What good 'helpers' :)
Nephi helping Porter spend his money during the penny auction.
Someone always gets the glasses. This year it was me.
Porter trying them on for size.
The gang, before everyone headed home. We didn't have everyone this year,
but we had a lot of fun with those that were able to make it.

Christmas Part 1

Christmas Eve and Christmas Day were pretty packed for us, so there are many many pictures. Here's the first batch.

Our finished calendar. All decorated and ready to go to Grandma's house.

We found this at Grandma Cole's house and every kid had it on their head at some point. I don't know what it went to, but they loved it.

Very excited about the books Grandma gave him.
Veins sticking out of his neck and everything. :)
Finally allowed to open a present

We always have to play the piano at Grandma Cole's

Shepherds. Their was some disagreement over who got to have crooks,
but they got over it and were so sweet.

The angel announcing to the Shepperd's

I think he was in awe of the angel? :)

Her turn with the crook

Don't even think of taking it away. :)

Most of the nativity participants
Christmas Eve jammies. Porter had been asking for footie pajamas like Gabe's, so for Christmas Eve they got matching ones.
He held them up like this all evening because they were a little long.

Gabe, very proud of himself for finding a toy in someone else's diaper bag.
Putting their ornaments on the tree for Great Grandma Cole.

He really liked his ornament
Aunt Robyn handmade all the men bowties and all the women bags. Thanks Robyn!
Mid blink :) Of course he was pretty loopily tired at that point.