Saturday, April 26, 2008

Gavin Walking!

Alright, this is the first time I have attempted to upload a video. Gavin started taking steps 2 days before his 1st birthday! This clip is on his birthday when he was showing off for everyone. He was sick last weekend and I didn't encourage walking and now he doesn't seem to want to give it any more thought this week! All in due time I suppose!

Happy Anniversary!

Today is our 5th anniversary. I can't believe how fast the time has gone. 5 years ago I couldn't have pictured that this is where we would be today, nor did I know it would be this wonderful! I feel so blessed to have all that we have, and especially to have eachother.

I wanted to write down some memories of times past, because everyone keeps assuring me that I'm going to start forgetting things as I get older. I will never forget that Keith and I met on the internet. Sure, the things I would like to forget are never going to go away! Despite the embarrassing way we met, I have such good memories of dating Keith. Our first date was dinner with Grant and Nancy and we played a game called "Compatibility". I am still trying to decide if Keith was using that to determine whether I was even worth pursing! Needless to say we won the game and had our second date a week later. After that second date, there was not one day where we did not see eachother until we were married.

Keith will tell you that I started talking about getting married on our 4th date. So maybe I did, but I still claim he brought it up! I knew I was in love with him that day, and that I never wanted to be apart. We had a lot of fun dates, and spent a lot of time with family and friends. We took a trip out to Iowa so Keith could meet my mom, and a week later, on Janurary 13th, Keith asked me to marry him. He will tell you I cried and cried and then finally I said yes, and I'm sure that's all true, but it was such a blur to me.

We were married in the Salt Lake Temple on April 26, 2003 at 8:20 in the morning. We were the 9th wedding of 52 that day. Keith will also tell you that I was late to the temple, which is true, but not my fault! My baby sister spilled her bottle all over her and that made my parents get me there late :) We'll blame them for that one!

I remember getting ready and then sitting with Keith in the temple until it was time for our ceremony. It felt pretty surreal that I would be married in a matter of moments. It was like here we were, 2 different people, and the next minute we were one. I remember my dad commenting on how there is this line, and one minute you're on one side not married, and then next you're on the other and married. I remember how good it felt to be there, how sure I was that this is what I wanted. I want to feel that way everyday.

It had been a beautiful week...until that day! It was so cold and windy, but I hardly felt it. I was just glad to be there living in the moment.

And now here we are, 5 years later, many trials come and gone, parents to a beautiful son, and still in love. I have learned that marriage is hard, but worth it. It's hard to give yourself to someone, hard to learn not to be selfish, but when the other person is doing the same, you're getting not only giving, but getting. I love you, Keith. I will forever.

Bowling in Iowa
Honeymoon at Disneyland
Family Shower with the Smith's
The only wedding picture I could find on this computer, and I'm too lazy to scan them in!!!
Our first apartment!

Engagement Picture


Engagement Picture

Date at Cascade Springs

Friday, April 25, 2008

Gavin's 1st Birthday...again!

Gavin is lucky enough to have 3 sets of Grandparents, and some great-grandparents, which meant another party! Lucky him! Grandma Amy, Grandpa Cobbley, Aunt Tris, Aunt Tay and Aunt Logan, plus Grandma Marcia and Grandpa Jerry all came to visit Gavin this past Sunday. We enjoyed dinner, opened some presents and Grandma Amy had made Gavin another very special birthday cake for him to smash....again! I joked that the person who made the cake had to give the bath. She really even offered afterwards, but I wasn't about to let her! It was so nice of her to do the cake for him, and it was DARLING, as you can see! I finally got the frosting ring off of the bathtub after all of the cake. I think all in all, Mr. Handsome enjoyed his 1st birthday!

I just thought this was cute! He must have been excited!

Gavin with Aunt Taylor
His cute cake!
The best part!

Thursday, April 17, 2008

Gavin's 1st Birthday!

I can hardly believe my little baby is 1. The night before his birthday, I think I finally realized how fast the time has gone. I was driving home from the gym and looked and the clock and thought of how I was just getting to the hospital a year ago. Then it hit, and next came the tears. I am not a big crier...especially over sentimental things. Something about being a mom must change that and I think I've cried more in this past year than I ever have in my life.

Gavin's birthday was a nice day. He didn't get much of a nap in and was pretty tired by the time the party got here, but he did well. I think the presents had something to do with that! He was spoiled by his grandparents. Gavin's favorite toys in the whole world are balls. He could play with them for hours. He ended up with a bunch of them last night and was loving chasing them around everywhere. It was so cute.

He had a puppy themed party and shared his puppy cupcakes with everyone. He had a bigger cake version for himself and as you can see from the pictures, really enjoyed that! He was all boy about eating his cake. Luckily he loves taking a bath and he didn't mind taking one after all of the mess!

I've very proud of my son. I found myself telling him last night that I was proud of him and I will always love him no matter what. I hope he will come to know that as he gets older. I am so thankful for him and Keith. I have a wonderful little family and couldn't ask for more. It's sad to think that I won't ever have Gavin as my "little" (haha, I know he was never truly little) baby, but I'm really looking forward to this lifetime I have to spend with him. Actually, I'm looking forward to spending eternity with him. I love you, Gavin.

Thursday, April 10, 2008

Photoshop Class

I've been taking a photoshop class for the last 2 days and here is a scrapbook page I created...I have learned sooooooooo much with this class. I can't wait to try out my new found skills!

Sunday, April 6, 2008

A mother's job never ends...

Ever just had one of those days? That was today for me! I thought it would be a nice, relaxing, general conference day, but I was wrong. Gavin woke up early, which I really didn't mind. This way he would be able to get a nap in before our traditional between conference sessions lunch. He had a bottle and started playing, being really good. He always gets into a drawer in the kitchen, so it just has lids in it that he can play with. I was sitting at the table, saw him playing with those and didn't think anything of it. Then he crawls over to me after a bit, and I get this strong wiff of something that smells very vinegar like. I can't figure out where it is coming from, and I know there is no way Gavin could have gotten into the vinegar as it is not in reach. I pick him up and realize he is soaked! I'm still trying to figure out what he got into when I walk over into the kitchen and realize he has pulled the Jet Dry out from under the sink, opened it somehow, and poured it all over the kitchen floor! I realize I probably should have been keeping a better eye on him, but I have been asking Keith all week to hang those cabinet locks we got. I went and woke Keith up and told him he had to watch Gavin in the tub while I cleaned up the kitchen floor. As I'm cleaning the floor, I am vaguely reminded of the time that Keith was fixing the clogged sink and for some reason plugged the other side of the sink and left the water running and forgot about it. He left the house and I walked into the kitchen sometime later to a flooded floor! So the apple doesn't fall too far from the tree I guess.

Then my jello/pudding dish I made doesn't set up, Gavin's clothes are taking forever to dry, we're running late to get to dinner....I got to hear like 1 conference talk because I had spent all of the early morning cleaning Gavin up, the floor, getting him fed, down for a nap, etc. and now I had to get myself ready. We had lunch, watched conference, which I heard none of again because of all the kids running around and watching my own kid. It's a good thing I can read conference later, or watch it online.

Also, my house is a pigsty, but Gavin gets into everything I am trying to clean up, he was too tired to relax and go to bed and I am exhausted. And guess what? We get to do it all over again tomorrow :)

Book Tag

A) Pick up the nearest book.

B) Turn to page 123.

C) Find the 5th sentence.

D) Post sentence.

E) Tag 5 people.

"Most traditional dressing recipes are shockingly high in fat and calories, turning your otherwise low-cal salad into the energy equivalent of a fast-food meal." Ellie Krieger
Yes, it was a cookbook, so not very interesting I suppose!
I tag no one because Sandy tagged the people I know who will do this tag!

Wednesday, April 2, 2008


Gavin has been crawling normally for quite some time now, and I am finally blogging about it! I have video too, but I can't figure out how to get it onto my computer to upload, so check back. I was really excited that he stopped doing the army crawl and went to this "normal" crawl. I don't know why I was so sensitive about the army crawl. I think I just wanted to experience all of the "normal" things kids do. But I have learned when it comes to kids, nothing is normal! Gavin actually took 4 steps the other day! I think he will start walking probably around his birthday. I can't believe how fast the time has gone. He is almost 1 already. 2 weeks from today in fact, and I will be the mother to a 1 year old. Sounds weird doesn't it??? He is so wonderful and such a joy, I can't imagine life without him!