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Monday, May 22, 2017

Forever a Family











On Saturday, our family went to the temple to have Ivy sealed to our family for all time and eternity. What does this mean and why do we do it?  Families are the most number one priority for the members of the church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints outside of the Atonement and Jesus Christ.  We believe that families are apart of Heavenly Father's Eternal Plan.  In the scriptures in Matt. 16:19 it says, "Whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven.", so without getting to complicated basically we had Ivy permanently joined to our family not just in the eyes of the government but in the eyes of the Lord.  She will be forever apart of our family. We did the same thing after bringing Avery home. Since our biological children were born to us after we were married in the Temple they did not need to be sealed to us because they were born in the covenant.  The covenant meaning in this case the promise of marriage, When Frank and I married we promised that we would not only love each other but that we would be together forever and because we make this promise to each other in the temple we are also in a contract with the Lord.  We love you Ivy!  We are so grateful your birthmother choose life and that she made the ultimate sacrifice that you may be forever ours.  Love you sweet girl!  On a side note, Ivy's dress was made by my mother from my wedding gown.  Avery and Addy also have a gown made from my dress!

Saturday, May 20, 2017

An Afternoon at Carkeek Park









Seattle seems almost like a distant dream, but boy was it a very good dream.  While I love living in Georgia, I sure do miss this little girl and her fantastic mama who has been my dear friend for over 21 years now.  We got to know each other through our church congregation which at the time was comprised of all single adults. I had just graduated from Portland State University and my friend had moved back home after living many years in San Francisco and Utah.  Our friendship grew even closer when she moved into my apartment complex and served my family while I was pregnant and after my son was born.  If it wasn't for her, most days I wouldn't have gotten a shower because my son cried non-stop 24/7 which made it difficult taking a shower.  My husband was at school all day finishing his Ph.d. and she would bring me yummy treats to help me from loosing my mind. Our oldest is named after her father who is also very dear to us and was a great mentor to me and my husband.   One day while I was in Seattle we just decided to hang out at the park and play at Carkeet Park.  Miss is the same age as my son Roman and it sure has been fun watching her grow into a sweet, sensitive, and creative young girl.  Can't wait to see where her journey takes her.

Friday, May 19, 2017

Confirmation

Last weekend our good friend's son was confirmed in his church.  The cermony was sweet! Afterwards we enjoyed a wonderful meal at their house and spent our time in company of wonderful people.  Doesn't get any better than that.  Grateful, they gave us the opportunity to be apart of their special moment.














Thursday, May 18, 2017

Coyle's Bakery

While I was in Seattle visiting my friend Jennifer, she took me to Coyle's Bakery.  She was almost giddy to share this bakery with me because she knows I love chocolate.  She was like Kelleyn you have to taste this cake-it is so fantastic, and you know me I don't even really like chocolate.  I am a salted Carmel fan.  Jen was right the cake was fantastic and so was the food. I had a salad with curly endive, walnuts, goat cheese, and grapefruit and orange slices. My friend had a bed of ricotta cheese with braised asparagus, pistachios and olive oil.  Both were seriously delicious! I wish I could hop on a plane and go there for lunch today.  So if you are ever in Seattle, don't miss on the opportunity to go to Coyle's bakery.  The staff are super friendly too!





Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Ballard Locks and a visit to Molly Moons

As you can see, I wasn't kidding when I said it has been busy around here!  I am still catching up on these Seattle Post and to be honest I can't believe in two weeks I will be in Germany.  Excited and terrified at the same time as this is the longest I have lived outside of the United States and in a country where the language is not my mother tongue.  One afternoon, while my friend and her daughter were taking an art class I decided to go see the Ballard Locks.  Can you believe all the times I have been to Seattle and living there for 4 years I have never been.  So so fasinating!  Go into the visitor center and watch the movie on how the locks came about.  It is fun to watch the boats move from one body of water to another and even more fun to watch the fish climb the fish ladder.  If you are visiting Seattle and have little ones they will love visiting the locks.  While you are at it stop by one of the restaurants in the vicinity and either have the fish tacos or clam chowder.  I love the fish tacos!  After eating a yummy fish dinner find your way to Molly Moons in the U District where you will find the creamest ice cream with unique flavors.












Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Almost a Graduate



I can't believe 18 years have flown by and like every parent before me I am saying where have the years gone as it was yesterday I held that sweet baby with a head covered in white peach fuzz for hair and big blue eyes.  Boy do I love this boy and I am so proud of him and all that he has accomplished. Did I tell you he is going to be working in the Emory?GA State neuroscience labs this summer.  He is so excited.  Anyway, every spring all the neighborhoods here in Georgia put out big banners in front of the neighborhood to celebrate all the children who are graduating.  So proud to see his name on the banner and that he will be attending BYU for a year and then transfer into Georgia Tech the following year.  He has a one year deferment.  So proud of you Harris!

Monday, May 15, 2017

Mother's Day Tea

I am so grateful I get the opportunity to be a mother to all of my sweet children.  I still remember 18 years ago when I had my first child (Harris) and how scared I was not just about giving birth, but all of the unknowns.  Today there isn't too much that ruffles my feathers and while that doesn't mean I don't worry because I think parents always worry about their children I know in most cases it will work itself out.  Avery's preschool had a Muffins for mom activity while Addy's had a Mother's Tea. The girls were so excited to have me there and show me the things that they had made for me.  So so sweet!   Happy Mother's Day to everyone and to all those who are like mother's to those around them. It really does take a village and I am grateful for all the woman who help me out and who are great examples to my children.



Sunday, May 14, 2017

Gold Medal

The school year is winding down to an end and it seems like it just started yesterday.  How is it possible that we are allready into the 5th month of the year.  Any how, Winston entered into German 2 this year as a freshman.  He could have probably gone into three, but he didn't want to be with the juniors.  Every year they give a series of test in collaboration with the German government.  If he attended the German School with the little kids these same test would be offered.  This year he took the ATG test and scored a 95% and qualified for a Gold medal.  We are so proud of him! While he does have an advantage over many of the students it is still a pretty big accomplishment and I am grateful he hasn't given up.  Way to go Winston!


Saturday, May 13, 2017

Field Day!

I love how field day has completely changed from when I was a kid.  When I was in elementary school it was relay races, the 100 meter dash, the long jump, and you get the idea.  Field day was very similar to track races; however, today they are more about team work and having fun.  Everyone is a winner.  While I wasn't able to be there for Addy's field day this year, her teacher took a ton of photos and sent them to all the parents.  I was sadly at the dentist getting three cavities filled.  No fun!  Addy had a blast though and was so existed that they got to eat Chick fil A for lunch and had Popsicles for dessert.  Do your children's schools have field day and if so what kind of games do the children play?