1. We watched "Marley & Me" last night. Yes, I balled at the end. After it was over I got thinking, wow, that's us. I mean, I'm no Jennifer Aniston (and Jason is obviously way hotter than Owen Wilson), but we got our dogs a few years after we were married - a couple years before we started having kids. I always said that I had to make sure I could keep dogs alive & well before I trusted myself with kids. And now here, we are, working on #3. I imagine our kids will be about the ages of their kids when we will finally have to say goodbye to our sweet dogs. Needless to say, I gave Tundra & Sydney extra loves last night. I always complain about Sydney (she loves to jump up on people and will sometimes bark nonstop), but I sure do love her and Tundra.
2. After taking out the trash last night, I realized how perfect the night was. Clear skies, beautiful stars, perfect temp. So, I made Jason some cocoa & I had some cider & we headed to our deck and sat out there to talk. It was sooo nice. We talked about our dogs, our kids, our home, financial stresses, the 10 lost tribes of Israel, and Obama & his administration. Yes, strange conversations by the end - we had to finally get to bed - but I just love sitting outside enjoying the night w/ my sweetie. Sighh...life is good.
3. We have been loving this "almost-summer" weather. One of my favorite things is to turn on the sprinkler & watch the girls run through, laughing, yelling, giggling. Oh, the simple joys of childhood and summer. I love those girls. We broke out our tiny pool yesterday and you'd think they'd died & gone to heaven. They had so much fun.
4. My entire family was here this week. My sister was in town from Phoenix and my brother has leave from the army. Loved having a picnic in the park with everyone & then watching "New in Town" with them. then yesterday, all the sisters, mom & my grandma went to The Point at the Hunstman Center. Fun, fun. My sister got to sleepover last night, too. I miss her so much & wish she was closer. I am so blessed with the family I have.
5. I've been feeling the baby so much lately. It's fun! Jason even felt her kick last night. We also watched the ultrasound DVD last night. So amazing that this tiny miracle is growing inside me. The past 2 times we have gone to the library, McKinley has picked out new baby books - even though she can't read the titles. She's so excited for her new baby sister.
6. I have to write something about Memorial. Let's just say it was "memorable." We went up to Mapleton Canyon, like we do every year, with my mom's side of the family. This year, we decided we were sleeping over, though - we usually don't. Let's just say that it POURED rain the entire night & was so wet & muddy & cold. Not to mention I got maybe a total of 3 hours of sleep with the girls being up. Hmmm - maybe this is why we never stayed overnight. Other "Memorial Mishaps" this year included Grandma's motorhome overheating, Grandma backing her Jeep into a tree and smashing out her back window, R.B.'s dog, HeyDuke, dying while we were up there, and Cindy's rescued starling bird died as well. Definitely memorable. I'm still doing muddy laundry from the occasion. Monday, we did go to the chuck wagon breakfast, though, and that was fun and had some neighbors over for a BBQ that night.
7. I just finished a couple books - The Last Lecture & Flying Home. The Last Lecture is almost an autobiography. It's about a professor that is dying of pancreatic cancer and he gives his last lecture at the university and includes in it kind of all his life lessons. It was really good. Flying Home was a novel & was a fun read, though I wish it had a few more chapters to continue their lives together. I'm just starting The Great Divorce, by C.S. Lewis. It is going to be a deep one - I'm going to have to focus a bit more.
8. I am just so blessed. There's no doubt about it. I love my Savior, I love my life, I love my husband, I love my kids. I am so thankful to be alive and that I get to have one more day on this earth to enjoy.