Wednesday, November 7, 2012


Two posts in one day, whuppah!  (That's my Chandler-like whip crack) I'm on a roll.

During the month of November, I usually (...meaning the last 2 years) keep a daily log on either my blog and/or facebook of the things I'm thankful for.  I really enjoyed doing that and will probably continue again in the future, but this year I decided to do something different.

Well, a few weeks ago I had an amazing opportunity to go to Time Out For Women with some of my sisters...

(Shout out to my beautiful sisters...
And continuing on...)

It was  a wonderful, rejuvenating weekend that reminded me how much I love the Spirit in my life.

As I was thinking about that weekend and the (then) upcoming month of November I realized (in a round-about way) that one of the best ways I can show my thankfulness is by drawing nearer to God. 
Basically everything I'm thankful for, stems from God, the creator of all things.  So, I feel like doing things that help me to feel his Spirit more abundantly in my life would be a great way to show God that I love Him and show my gratitude to Him.

So, my new challenge this month was to do something everyday that is spiritually uplifting. 
I have loved this new challenge!  There are lots of things I can do including listening to gospel music (right now, my favorite being Jessie Clark Funk, You Know Better Than I), reading scriptures, and reading the Ensign.

Along with that, Danica and I have taken on the challenge to say a prayer together everyday that only gives thanks.  We usually say it each morning and I have Danica think of the things she's thankful for, and that's what we say.  (I had to explain blessings, and Thanksgiving, and giving thanks before this started and she still gets words mixed up... it's cute) 
And let me tell you, the things that she says she's thankful for (or, as she says, blessed for) are so precious and cute!

This is definitely something I'll make a tradition and should continue on doing.


Halloween.... Halloween.... Lots of fun on Halloween!
(Someone please tell me they know what that's from... I feel like Kelly or Katie should know.  I totally hear a creeeepy voice singing it)

We actually had 5 shindigs (I guess I'm counting trick-or-treating as a shindig) to go to this year to celebrate Halloween, but with sick kids we were able to just do two.

First we went to Tyler's work party.  They always invite the employees' families to come and go trick-or-treating.  They also had a haunted house this year.  Tyler helped put that together and scare people walking through. It was pretty sweet.  It was too scary for Danica.
Later that night we went trick-or-treating and Danica was much more enthused about going around the neighborhood.  We all went (Talmage lounged in the stroller) and had fun together, seeing lots of neighbors out too.  When we got back there was a non-stop flow of trick-or-treaters and we ran out of candy.

Danica is super cool and wanted me to keep snapping pictures of all her poses.
Talmage, on the other hand, was really hard to capture
He kept walking or crawling away.

It may appear the Tyler does not fit in to our Disney theme, but he's actually dressed as Walt Disney (jk, jk)