Monday, October 26, 2009

FHE - Halloween!!

Today Mark and Grant went into town to run around and I mentioned that I thought it would be fun to get a pumpkin to carve for family home evening. Mark was the best, and got one for us to carve!!!
I had mentioned that I thought it would be nice if his family came out to help. My family had been here this weekend, and thought it would be fun for them to do something with us. I enjoy spending time with both families. It was great that they were able to come and help Grant with the pumpkin.
This was the first time Grant has carved a pumpkin, and he thought it was SO cool. Him and daddy cut the top off, while Cami sat on the side line and watched.
Grant and me pulled out all the insides, and let me tell you, Grant LOVED THIS PART!!! Mainly because I didn't get after him for getting dirty. He was able to mess with all the goo, and I watched!!
Then Grandma and Grandpa Maroney, Aunt Shelby and Aunt Morgan came out and helped carve the rest of the pumpkin.
It was just fun to watch Grant with it. He did get a little restless, and left Grandpa Maroney to most of the carving, but he always came back wanting to know how the progress was going!
The pumpkin came out great!! We lit a candle for Grant to see the outcome. I'm very excited for Halloween this year! Grant is old enough to semi-understand what's going on. It was a fun night!! Thanks for coming out!!!!!

Introducing Cami Joanne Maroney

On Wednesday October 21, 2009 at 7:25, Cami Joanne Maroney joined our family!! What an experience that was. This time I had my husband there to enjoy the experience with, and I'm sure it was a new thing for him too!! But it was such a great time, I only wish Grant could have come into the hospital to meet his little sister :(, but he has been in love with her since we've been home, so I couldn't ask for anything more.

Mark is not asleep in this picture... He just happened to be blinking. But I love the picture any ways.

Cami weighed 7 pounds 7.5 ounces and was 19 3/4 inches long! Everyone thought she would be a good 8 pounder, but she surprised us!!

She survived her 1st night at home!! Like I said, Grant is so in love with her. He always wants to hold and kiss her. Every morning our family cuddles, and this is a tradition that we still try to do, even if we have a newborn!!

I feel really bad because I don't have any pictures with Grant and Cami. It is very hard to capture a busy 2 year old kissing his little sister!! Next post I will be sure to get something!! I just wanted to get some pictures on for a long distance sister-in-law, and to let her know I was thinking of her!!!

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

An adventure, waiting to happen

There is no way to describe what it is like to stand in the bottom of the Grand Canyon. For most people, they are onlookers, and only see the beauty of the Canyon from the top of the rims or in pictures. But for the selected few that want and desire to know what really lies within the walls, they take the journey and hike it. Being at the bottom, I have experienced a sense of humility, calmness, and surprisingly, fear.

Tonight there is a sense of humility in my life. I moved to Sierra Vista ten months ago, knowing that I would be marrying the man of my dreams, and taking on new challenges. How grateful I am to have had the opportunity for growth these past few months. In the Ensign last month, there was an article about women and their roles. I have been blessed with a man who honours me, and allows me to grow in area's that I desire. He has never held me back, or discouraged me. He is with me, always, holding my hand, and allowing me to dream. I believe that it was through my past experiences in life, that I have been able to cherish and appreciate my husband. He is the one that I want to spend the rest of my life and all eternity with.

I am humble to be the mother to a wonderful son, Grant. Wow. For two years, I have watched this little spirit grow and learn. Tonight as I read to him before bed, I noticed he was saying something. Much to my surprise he was counting!! Milestones. I have been given this time with him. To love him. To teach him. To do anything and everything I can for him. He is healthy. He is happy. He is smart. He is lovable. I realize that there are those who do not have this opportunity, and I am grateful to my Heavenly Father for giving this to me. There is nothing more I could ever possible ask for.

There is a sense of calmness here. My house is a mess. The dishes are not done. There are clothes to be folded on the couch. The wall in the living room is still not done. The bathroom is still not done. But for some odd reason, I am calm. Maybe it is because I know that the night before I go to the hospital, I will be to wound up to sleep, and will end up mad cleaning my house. Maybe it's because I know that I'm 8 1/2 months pregnant, and I'm tired. Maybe it is because Cami's room is finally all moved around, and now looks like a bedroom, and not a storage room. Maybe it is because I can do without the stress right now. Whatever the reason, I am grateful for the calm before the storm.

Fear. As you stand at the bottom of the Grand Canyon, you get this sick feeling in the pit of your stomach. You know that you just spent hours getting to the bottom, and it'll take you longer to get out, and that's IF you can climb out! You start to doubt yourself, and almost begin to panic. I have experienced this 5 times!! I have always had a wonderful mentor, my dad. He always stresses that hiking out is all a mental game. Every time, my dad is 100% correct.

I have 13 more days left of this pregnancy. Fear. This part of the pregnancy leaves me with a sick feeling in the pit of my stomach. Do I really have to give birth? Can I please undue this? What if something goes wrong? What if she is not ok? I am at the bottom knowing the only way to go is up. And in less than two weeks, I'll be sitting in a hospital room with my husband and brand new baby, thinking, my dad is always right... This part of the adventure is 100% mental.