Saturday, May 31, 2008

Rolling & Sitting

Last night Elizabeth officially rolled both ways. I have no footage of it but I promise it happened. She has been working on it for a few weeks now and finally got it down. These are just a few pictures of her sitting. Maybe she thought keeping her arms straight would help her balance!!!
She is such a good sitter now. My little girl is growing so fast
But she still falls. . .
video

Friday, May 30, 2008

Cadillac

This is the car we drove on our vacation. It took only premium gas so you could imagine the bill. But it was still cheaper than a rental car. Thanks Dave and Karen!!!


The Armpit of California

Welcome to Bakersfield!!! Or what Jesse likes to call it "the armpit of California" The last few days of our vacation we went to my sister Deborah's home to hang out and fly out of LAX. There was not much to do but have family time and family time is GREAT!!! One of the mornings the boys went fishing and Jesse bought this hat to shield him from the sun. He took the camera but I guess this is the only picture he felt like taking. Vain or what? hahaha
They did catch some fish but since they were small they decided to return they to the water.

Celia and her family came up for the weekend too. It seemed like every time she held Elizabeth she fell asleep. Celia had the magic touch. Can I bring you home with me?

We played Rock Band tons. If you don't know what it is look it up. Haha It is kind of like Guitar Hero except there are 2 guitars, drums and a microphone. Millesha is a killer drummer and the only one who could get it.

Brian slept a lot

Jesse, Brad and Lizard. Funny story... I think Elizabeth thinks her name might be Lizard because she answers to that now. What are those boys pointing to?
Awwww
If Deborah and Brad had a baby would it look like her?
We had fun here. I always love being with my sisters. It was a perfect end to our LOOOONG vacation.


The long Hike

When we were in California Jesse's step mom Karen had us all go for a family walk. Karen is known for family walks after dinner so if you are going to eat there make sure you bring some sneakers. We walked around parts of lake Hodges and some of the trail was not stroller appropriate.
Jamie and I posing for photographer Jesse
Jamie trying to keep up with Karen
The road getting a bit narrow
Rachel and Grandma Karen taking in the view
I think Jamie got the best work out pushing that stroller practically the whole time
Spencer is tired hahaha
The last little bit. See this is the path we had to deal with. It was funny that everyone was giving Karen a hard time for picking this trail but it was all out of Love
Spencer shaking his butt for the camera.

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Home Sweet Home

Well we are back now!!! It was a Long trip but it was a good trip. I decided that one month is just way too long for us to be away from home with a little one. I wish I could say that we were able to see everyone that we wanted but we didn't. But to the people we did get to see, " you rock "

On the plane ride back Elizabeth decided to be one of those crazy children. She started out the ride with throwing up on my shirt leaving it unwearable. Then she screamed for a few hours until mommy calmly gave her drugs so the rest was a pleasant ride. hahaha I am so excited to walk around again and not have to drive everywhere putting Elizabeth in a car seat like you have to in Cali. Oh I missed this place... but at the same time I am going to miss all the mainland family. It saddens me that the family will not see Elizabeth crawl or start to walk. Some day we will live close to eachother but for now there is always pictures and video. I love all you folks so much!

Sunday, May 25, 2008

5 years ago today

May 25, 2003 I was baptized into The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, also known as the Mormons. This life changing decision was not just an over night thought but a decision that took about a year a fasting and praying. It all began one sunny afternoon in Escondido when two boys knocked on my door wearing name tags. They asked to speak to my sister Celia and she told me to tell them she was not home and to come back later. Little did we know that they were very persistent and actually did come back one week later. At that time Celia was not home so I decided to give a listen to what they had to say. Since I was the only one home we decided to talk by the pool where there were others around. We spoke of Christ and his teaching and the Bible. Then after about two visits they introduced me to a pair a sister missionaries who were accompanied by my neighbors (I never knew existed) who would later become some dear friends to me. So the sister Priece spoke to me about Heaven and different degrees and that is where I stopped. I decided to not listen to the discussions and just be friends. The whole time while I had been meeting with the missionaries I had been having an inner struggle with, what my family would think, while feeling that the teachings were true. Another reason I was scared to learn is that I was afraid that God would be angry at me for gaining knowledge. I had never really understood the scripture James 1:5 " If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God..." so once I did understand I asked. For some time dates, FHE and the occasional fireside was all I attended. NEVER did I go to church with them because it conflicted with my own church time.
Well one evening I was at a fireside and afterwards a dear friend pulled me aside and asked me questions: WHY WOULDN'T THERE BE PROPHETS ON THE EARTH TODAY? WHY CAN'T THERE BE MODERN DAY REVELATION? IF JESUS APPEARED TO PEOPLE IN JERUSALEM WHY COULDN'T HE HAVE APPEARED TO PEOPLE IN THE AMERICA'S? These questions got me thinking. The spirit inside me knew that there was some truth to these questions. So that night I went home and prayed to Heavenly Father. I will never forget this night. HE told me that he knew that I knew this church was true, but of course I needed to know for sure so I said to Him "God if I open this book (the book of Mormon which I had never read on my own thus far. Actually I had thrown three of them away) and if it is true then send me a clear sign. I kid you not I just flipped open the book with my eyes closed and pointed my finger. The passage it landed on was Alma 32:16 "Therefore, blessed are they who humble themselves without being compelled to be humble: or rather in other words, blessed is he that believeth in the word of God, and is baptized without stubborness of heart, yea, without being brought to know the word, or even compelled to know, before they will believe." There was no arguing with that scripture so I decided in that moment to be baptized. I came to the understanding in that moment that it was not my family that would be speaking up for me in the END but it was I who had to answer for all my choices. There were people that were not very happy with my decision but it had to be done. One of the hardest moments was when I told my sister and there was silence on the phone. We had NEVER had silence.... I wept in that moment but there is no denying the truth of the gospel. 
I love this gospel so dearly and I am so grateful that the church in which Jesus Christ established in the days of old is now restored in our day. It is because of this gospel that I am able to be sealed to my husband for time and all eternity and be sealed to my little Elizabeth. I know where I am going in life as well as my purpose and where I have been before this life. I know that there are apostles and prophets on the earth today and I know that Joesph Smith was a prophet and Jesus Christ is our savior and the chief corner stone of this church. I am so blessed by everything I have learned and been given from Heavenly Father. I can go anywhere in the world and be taught the same principles and teachings on Sunday. I can partake of the sacrament every week and renew my baptism covenants. I not only have the Bible but I also have the Book of Mormon (another testament of Jesus Christ) , Doctrine & Covenants, Pearl of Great Price and Prophets that will help me hear all that God has to reveal.  I challenge you to do as it says in James 1:5 " If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God..." and find the truth for yourself. In the name of Jesus Christ Amen.




Thursday, May 22, 2008

Story time

Ally is reading to Elizabeth. She loves books
Now she is reading to herself
She is very advanced!!
Cohen was very gentle with her

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Price Family

It's once in a while that all the kids get together in the Price Family so we are grateful when it does happen. 
From the left, Rachel, Jamie, Spencer, Michelle, Jesse, me, Elizabeth, Caden, Tyler, Emily and Tanner. Emily and Jamie are Jesse's sisters. We had dinner together this night. Good times..
All the kids
Grandma Michelle... Elizabeth loves you and loved having you watch her so her parents could go out to see a movie!!
Caden sure loves his cousin. Makes me sad that he won't see her grow up :(
Jamie with her only niece, Lizard. So darling...

LEGOLAND

A tourist completely made out of Lego
Spencer and Rachel going up the Sky Cruiser. Rachel was a bit worried about how things were going to turn out.
It was fun after all Rachel, No worries...
Look, a lion entirely made out of Lego
Why go to Vegas when you can see it here?
San Francisco we meet at last...
and yes this is made out of _ _ _ _ _ too!!!
At the end we found the water area.  
Did they know this was going to happen?
She sure didn't...
Yeah being wet is awesome...
Pirates behind us are moving... and still made out of Lego
If you haven't come here I think you should and if you don't get to go on some rides it's ok come again next week!

Sunday, May 18, 2008

Byob and a side to share

It was fun hanging out with our friends that we miss so dearly. Ian and Katie were there (getting married June 20) Chris, Erin and baby Mason Carr, Jeff Johnson, Andy Pierce and Russ, Darci and the girls.
Eliot getting ready to flip Conrad
Flipping Conrad...
Jesse  making funny faces
Andrew and Stephanie. Aren't they so cute?
Butt crack
Savannah, the owner of the butt crack. She is the cutest little girl.
We love all these people so dearly and wish they could come back to Hawaii with us. One day we will live next to each other. Until then...