Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Oh Blessed Day

After many months of people asking when we were going to bless Claire, and the usual response, "The same weekend we get sealed", Brandon and I finally decided to go ahead a bless Claire.  The sealing process/paperwork is coming along much slower than anticipated.

So we invited the family to come on over to the Happy Valley of Utah for a Labor Day weekend extravaganza.  Saturday, we ate lunch and went swimming.  

Daddy and Claire!  She love the pool.  Huge bathtub

Playing with Uncle Chris

I love this picture.  I wonder what is on Brandon's mind.

Claire was done being in the pool but she loved watching everyone swim

I love the Saratoga Springs pool.  It is wonderful in the summer and winter!

Brandon and Uncle Chris are a HUGE hit with mu nieces and nephews.  They love playing and climbing all over Chris and Brandon  (Exhibit A. Kylie is sitting on Chris's shoulders) 

Sunday!  Blessing Day 

Claire is all clean and ready in her sweet dress made by Grandma Susan

Trying to get Claire to look at the camera.  

Nope! still not looking....  

More pictures to come!  My camera died, so great grandma Gwyn is sending them our way!

(BY THE WAY!  I put on my big girl panties and fed 18 people!  I made Sunday dinner, NO WAY!)

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Love Marks

For months I rubbed, no, no, slathered my belly with cocoa butter lotion.  The day stretch marks appeared, I cry a little.  But as the days to Claire's birth day became fewer, the stretch marks became more numerous.  I was pretty sure that God was punishing me for being vain about my skin.  My secret vanity, my smooth creamy skin, void of any stretch marks ANYWHERE!  

Claire is here, the porclein cream skin is gone and all that remains is the ridged and purple evidence of carrying a child.   My whole belly, some of my upper thigh, and some of my back are FOREVER changed.  

Being a woman, and watching too many episodes of "Keeping up with the Kardashians" has made me very critical of my mediocre appearance, and those stretch marks have made me very self conscious.  

The only people who see them are Brandon, Claire and me, but I still feel very ugly.  A few days ago I jokingly explained to Claire that she was in my belly four months ago and showed her the stretch marks.  I said, "See how much mommy loves you?  These are my love marks."  Of course the epiphany I just had made me bawl, because really, why wouldn't I bawl.  I always do!  My stretch marks are a part of me now.  They are not ugly signs of fatness, but my own personal mark of love.  

P.S.  No pictures taken of the stretch marks.  Just because I have come to terms with them doesn't mean you want to see them and then have to go to therapy. I can't afford to send you all to a therapist.  

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Mr Bear SQUASH you all flat

Where the Wild Things Are!

I have a oober cute 31 year old and a super obber cute four month old who have NEVER been to the zoo.  Lucky for them, the zoo is my favorite place (besides Disneyland and anything California), so I showed them the ropes...

Brandon, our favorite public works man, had to set up a CERT booth for Cottonwood Heights at 9, so we got to the zoo at 10. NO ONE THERE!!!  LOVE IT!!!!

Miss Bear loved the monkeys, (Inside joke in my head).  

She especially loved the orange ones... Maybe a new favorite color.  

On to the elephants, my favorite attraction.  This is the oldest elephant in North America.  I shall call her Betty, I can't remember her name.  

Then we met one year old Zuri and her mom Kristie

Then we went to the bird show.  Claire got bored..  Great time to nap


See how we measure up

Seriously mom!  No more.  

Great morning at the zoo, nap time on the way home with a new friend, stuffed elephant Zuri

Great First time at the zoo.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

My New Trick