Friday, May 30, 2008

Memorial Day

Here is how we spent our Memorial Day. Our ward has an annual Memorial Day picnic. The kids had a blast running around, playing soccer and catapulting water balloons across the field.

Thursday, May 29, 2008

Cameron's Preschool Graduation

Our little man Cameron is officially graduated from preschool. Next step is Kindergarten in August. Here are some pics from the short little ceremony along with a video of their little performance that the class did.
My little preschool graduate.
Cameron's Class

This is the performance that the kids did at their graduation. Really cute and really funny. Especially my little man.

Friday, May 23, 2008

Engagement Party

The siblings from left to right, Tiffany, Laura, Adam, Me, Amanda, and Cara

My sister Laura from Virginia

This is Cara and her fiance Matt

My sister Cara just recently got engaged and her future in-laws wanted to throw them an engagement party. Cara is number 5 in our group of 6. The biggest surprise is that my youngest sister Laura flew in from Virginia to surprise everyone. It was a really great bar-b-que and then we all went to see the Indiana Jones movie.

Sunday, May 18, 2008

Summertime fun!!!!!!!

With summertime temperatures hitting us very early, we suited up the kids for some fun in the sprinklers. Cameron had a blast, but Madeline was content to just watch her brother have fun in the water.

Sunday, May 11, 2008

We are not Invisible

My mother sent this to me and I know we all have those days where we feel no one sees us, but this just reiterates that we are seen. I know that this helps me. Happy Mothers Day to all you MOM'S out there.


It all began to make sense, the blank stares, the lack of response, the way one of the kids will walk into the room while I'm on the phone and ask to be taken to the store. Inside I'm thinking, 'Can't you see I'm on the phone?' Obviously not; no one can see if I'm on the phone, or cooking, or sweeping the floor, or even standing on my head in the corner, because no one can see me at all. I'm invisible; 'The Invisible Mom.'

Some days I am only a pair of hands, nothing more: Can you fix this? Can you tie this? Can you open this? Some days I'm not a pair of hands; I'm not even a human being. I'm a clock to ask, 'What time is it?' I'm a satellite guide to answer, 'What number is the Disney Channel?' I'm a car to order, 'Right around 5:30, please.'

I was certain that these were the hands that once held books and the eyes that studied history and the mind that graduated summa cum laude but now they had disappeared into the peanut butter, never to be seen again. She's going, she's going, and she's gone!

One night, a group of us were having dinner, celebrating the return of a friend from England . Janice had just gotten back from a fabulous trip, and she was going on and on about the hotel she stayed in. I was sitting there, looking around at the others all put together so well. It was hard not to compare and feel sorry for myself as I looked down at my out-of-style dress; it was the only thing I could find that was clean. My unwashed hair was pulled up in a hair clip and I was afraid I could actually smell peanut butter in it. I was feeling pretty pathetic, when Janice turned to me with a beautifully wrapped package, and said, 'I brought you this.' It was a book on the great cathedrals of Europe . I wasn't exactly sure why she'd given it to me until I read her inscription: 'To Charlotte , with admiration for the greatness of what you are building when no one sees.'

In the days ahead I would read - no, devour - the book. And I would discover what would become for me, four life changing truths, after which I could pattern my work: No one can say who built the great cathedrals - we have no record of their names. These builders gave their whole lives for a work they would never see finished. They made great sacrifices and expected no credit. The passion of their building was fueled by their faith that the eyes of God saw everything.

A legendary story in the book told of a rich man who came to visit the cathedral while it was being built, and he saw a workman carving a tiny bird on the inside of a beam. He was puzzled and asked the man, 'Why are you spending so much time carving that bird into a beam that will be covered by the roof? No one will ever see it.' And the workman replied,
'Because God sees.'

I closed the book, feeling the missing piece fall into place.It was almost as if I heard God whispering to me, 'I see you, Charlotte. I see the sacrifices you make every day, even when no one around you does. No act of kindness you've done, no sequin you've sewn on, no cupcake you've baked, is too small for me to notice and smile over.You are building a great cathedral, but you can't see right now what it will become.'

At times, my invisibility feels like an affliction. But it is not a disease that is erasing my life. It is the cure for the disease of my own self-centeredness. It is the antidote to my strong, stubborn pride. I keep the right perspective when I see myself as a great builder. As one of the people who show up at a job that they will never see finished, to work on something that their name will never be on. The writer of the book went so far as to say that no cathedrals could ever be built in our lifetime because there are so few people willing to sacrifice to that degree.

When I really think about it, I don't want my son to tell the friend he's bringing home from college for Thanksgiving, 'My Mom gets up at 4 in the morning and bakes homemade pies, and then she hand bastes a turkey for three hours and presses all the linens for the table.' That would mean I'd built a shrine or a monument to myself. I just want him to want to come home. And then, if there is anything more to say to his friend, to add, 'you're gonna love it there.'

As mothers, we are building great cathedrals. We cannot be seen if we're doing it right. And one day, it is very possible that the world will marvel, not only at what we have built, but at the beauty that has been added to the world by the sacrifices of invisible women.

A Few Disneyland Pics

Here is just a sampling of all our fun at Disneyland. I have nearly 200 pictures that we took throughout our 4 day trip. These are just a few of my favorites.

Saturday, May 10, 2008

We're Baaack!!!!

We have made it home safe and sound from our trip to Disneyland. We had a really great time spending one on one time with each other. Took tons and tons of pictures. Of course not all turned out as well as we would have liked. We are still getting used to all the settings on our new camera. We would have liked it to be a little longer, but time did not allow for that. Now we are going to be planning our next adventure for next year. If you have any ideas we are up for anything within reason. I promise to post pictures of our trip really soon. Be patient. They will be on soon.

Thursday, May 01, 2008

Disneyland Here We Come!!

WooHoo. We are finally able to take an extended, extended vacation. No more taking a Friday and Monday off for a little jaunt. We will be leaving for Disneyland Sunday with a stop in Bakersfield before we finish the trip at Disneyland Monday morning (Madeline does not do well in car seats for extended periods of time). We will head back home sometime Thursday. I am so excited for the kids. I am probably more excited because this will be our very first long vacation we have taken since our 1st Anniversary. Yippee.