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Sunday, December 25, 2011

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

For Thanksgiving we......

finished the Book of Mormon (again)!

In October we realized we were pretty close, and if we made a little extra effort, we could finish by Thanksgiving! We thought that would be a great way to show our gratitude for the many many blessings the gospel has brought into our lives. So Thanksgiving night we read the last 2 1/2 chapters, and accomplished our goal! We now have read the entire Book of Mormon 7 times as a family!

And to keep with tradition, we always take the kids picture to commemorate the accomplishment, and use it to point their hearts toward being missionaries! HERE are some of our other Book of Mormon pictures. It's fun to see our family grow through the years, and realize what an important part of our lives the scriptures have been! Our home and heart are more fully turned to the Lord, and our desire to be like our Savior continues to increase. We feel God's love in our lives. We are so thankful!

Saturday, December 17, 2011


I just didn't want to believe it. Josiah turned 6 months old...2 months ago! I'm just now able to think it's possible. Every momma asks, "Where does the time go?" Well let me just ask,


I mean, seriously, I'm pregnant for like 12 years, and he was only born like a few weeks ago, right? Nope. So let's look at the bright side of things, right? What's one of my favorite things about turning 6 months? Comparing the littlest guy with the other brothers when they were 6 months!!! So let's have even more fun and make it a game, OK? Below are brothers A, B, and C. Identify each brother, and then tell me which one you think Josiah most closely resembles! Here we go!

Brother A

Brother B
Brother C

So what do you think? I think he has a lot of all those guys in him, is totally a brother, but he does remind me of one guy in particular! Oh, and look how cute these next pics are...
6 month b-day
1 day birthday
He still clutches his hands like that! Funny the unique little tricks they have from day one!

And here is a total bad momma testimonial. When Josiah turned 6 months, I took out all the brother pictures and realized baby #8 was a bit....ummmm.....behind developmentally. the little guy was so loved in arms all the time, he was my first baby not to be sitting at 6 months. Oops!!! Or roll over both directions. Another Oops. We just all snuggled and cuddled him so much, he was rarely down. Well, it was kind of tough, but we all made the effort to get our little guy up to speed, and within the month he was totally on target! I love to see each new stage, but it was particularly hard this time to say goodbye to the baby baby stage! sigh. Which makes me ask again,


Maybe I'll blog his 7 and 8 month birthdays in a year or two....

Monday, December 5, 2011

One of my favorite baby milestones!!

Eleven Days AgoAll that slobber can only mean one thing...(see it dripping off he cute baby chins!)

FIRST TOOTH!!! (ok, just barely cut in, his bottom left)

2 days later
SECOND TOOTH!!! (look very closely...)

1 week since first tooth, 3 days ago

Yep, they really are there!
1 week since second tooth, today

So Josiah's happy disposition has only been slightly off, but teething is never fun! What IS fun, though, is watching Little Turtle enjoy his new chompers on pizza crust, crackers, books, yogurt, socks...anything he can get into his mouth!!

Maybe for Christmas he'll get his two front (top) teeth! I bet that's really all he wants!