Friday, December 30, 2011

The Truth about temptation

“No man knows how bad he is till he has tried very hard to be good. A silly idea is current that good people do not know what temptation means. This is an obvious lie. Only those who try to resist temptation know how strong it is. After all, you find out the strength of the German army by fighting against it, not by giving in. You find out the strength of a wind by trying to walk against it, not by lying down. A man who gives in to temptation after five minutes simply does not know what it would have been like an hour later. That is why bad people, in one sense, know very little about badness — they have lived a sheltered life by always giving in. We never find out the strength of the evil impulse inside us until we try to fight it: and Christ, because He was the only man who never yielded to temptation, is also the only man who knows to the full what temptation means — the only complete realist.” C.S. Lewis

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Cowboys and Aliens

This is probably going to be a dumb post for everyone to read except me. But I want to remember it because it makes me happy.

Glenn and I were talking about the movie Cowboys and Aliens and what a dumb name it is for a movie! The funny thing about the movie is that it has big characters in it. The point of our discussion was that if it had had almost any other name it would have done better in the theaters. But Glenn decided to prove that there were still dumber names than that....his top choice was "Saddles and Saucers" and mine was "Buckaroos and Bad Guys".

I really love that Glenn and I joke and laugh about little things, goofy things. He really is my best friend and I love the simple fun that we have every day.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Savvy Stories

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Savvy just started being so funny and I was finally able to get it on video. She is so fun to have around!!

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First Real Snow

She was saying WOW in a whisper over and over again when she saw the snow.
Our little trekker
Her first taste of snow....

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Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Fun Videos

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Judah is blowing bubbles with his mouth lately and we got a couple of them on video : )
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I just love Judah's giggle!
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Look at how big her smile is! She was loving this little Doggie all night. Trevor and Wes you guys spoiled us! We love you guys!

First Tries and Strawberries

This is our little strawberry girl! She really loves eating strawberries. And that is our beautiful tree in the background that we love.
I was debating on whether I should post this cake or not but I decided eventually I will get better and it will be fun to see progress. But this is my first cake with my Cricut. I know it looks terrible....the thing is when I put the top on it crumbled on its way there. Really. the whole top was basically crumbs smushed together so in all fairness I recovered it considerally better than I should have been able to.
Still, it is not the most appealing cake. On the upside I know how to work my machine now and I think I will have a more creative and better quality cake to show in about 2 weeks for my brother Brandon's birthday. Here's hoping...: )

Monday, December 5, 2011

Surprise of my Life!

Today has been quite a shock, in an amazing way!! I heard a knock at the door and saw the FedEx guy leaving, which I thought was crazy because I knew we weren't expecting anything. Savannah and I went over to the door and there was a big package addressed to me in a Cricut Cake box. I opened the box, because obviously this was too much for me to wait : ) and there it was a beautiful red Cricut Cake machine.
I was absolutely stunned! When I told Glenn I promised him it wasn't me : ) haha
I can't express how grateful and excited I am.
This machine is seriously so exciting! It makes it really fun to decorate cakes in incredible ways!

The crazy part is that I have no idea who sent it to me. I am really stumped and have no idea how I could possibly thank whoever it was enough! I really am so thankful and feel really loved that someone would do something like that for me because they knew it would make me so happy and that I would love having!

What an amazing Christmas Surprise! Thank you from all my heart whoever sent this fun and thoughtful gift to me!

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Snow Globes and Christmas Books

On my kitchen table I set out our little nativity and Christmas books. It makes it easier for me to remember to read Christmas books to Savvy and Judah.
Savvy LOVES our little snow globe! When she saw it after I tipped it upside down, she whispered "Wow!" It was really sweet!

Grandpa Clawson

Last week my Grandpa Clawson passed away. I want to share a few things about my Grandpa to make sure that Savannah and Judah know just what their Great Grandpa Clawson was like.

First of all, my grandpa was the most considerate, kind and charitable person! He would help anyone with anything!!! While I was on my mission my Dad and Mom got called to be the Mission President and Wife (I don't know how else to title that) and my grandpa offered to let me live with him when I got back! He was really excited and I really loved having the opportunity to live with him!

Secondly, he wasn't an overly talkative person, he was pretty mellow but every once in a while he would say something that would definitely take you by surprise. My family would have "Friday Night Dinners" with him where we would eat dinner and play games each week, it would get a little awkward sometimes when he would tell us dirty jokes. Or when I was getting married he had a "sex" talk with me with extremely unwanted advice : ) I think he thought because my parents were gone, he needed to step in there.....oh boy. Also after I had Judah and Savannah I lost an extensive amount of weight (thank goodness) and my Grandpa told me he could tell that I was losing weight because my "behind looked smaller". He was really funny.

My Grandpa is a convert to the church...he was baptized when I was 12. Despite that, he was able to serve a mission at the prison for a few years. He LOVED I mean REALLY LOVED telling people he was going to prison on Wednesday...or whatever day he had his assignment. He thought it was such a great joke, and it was.

My favorite moment with my Grandpa Clawson was when I was being set apart as a missionary, my stake president asked for the people in my family who have served missions to raise their hands. I know I have never seen my Grandpa look so proud and happy than when I saw him raise his hand. I know that he loved serving and knowing that he fulfilled his responsibilities to the Lord.

I want to share one of my mom's favorite memories of her parents. When she was a teenager they were all at Disneyland(they lived in California) and there was an area for dancing. My grandma and grandpa were great dancers but my mom was still a little in awe when everyone cleared the floor to watch her parents dance together! What a great moment!

My whole family will really miss my Grandpa but mostly the feeling of missing him is overwhelmed by our happiness that he is with my Grandma. Anyone who knew my Grandpa knew that 10 years of waiting to be with my Grandma was too long for him. My Grandpa is the best example of seeing someone truly CHERISH their spouse. Hearing the way my Grandpa would call her "Sweetheart" and tell her he loved her was so touching.

We are blessed to have his example to influence our lives and blessed with the knowledge that John and Gwen are together forever. I know we will all think of them dancing...

(and I know I look really young in that picture, it was a while ago...)