Thursday, February 28, 2008

Getting Ready for Baby

Brian and I put together the crib today. I am so excited!!! Thank you Nana! It looks so good in the "Girl's Room." I love saying that. I know that we still have a few months but it feels really good getting things together and ready. I am so thankful for the ease of this pregnancy so far. I hope the delivery follows suit.

Swimming for Special Olympics

Alexis did a great job today during Special Olympics. It was funny, when it was her turn she really took her time going down her lane because she knew she was only swimming once and she wanted to enjoy the ride. Then when the race was over she didn't want to get out. We are so proud of her and her accomplishments.

Wednesday, February 27, 2008


New Church Website

I got an interesting email today from a friend named Rich Hunter (a friend I met when I was living in Hong Kong) who works for the public relations department of the LDS church. The email contained the link to a new website the church launched today about the life and teachings of Jesus Christ. He is writing an article about for the Church's media site and wanted some feedback/comments about the site to help him write the article. I really enjoyed looking through the new website and wanted to share what I shared with him here in our blog.

First, I was excited to see the multimedia page. It was one of the first things I looked for. As I've visited temple and church history site visitors centers I've been impressed with the interactive multimedia tools. It was nice to have some of the same clips from Special Witnesses of Christ on this site. I was also very glad to see the transcripts of the video clips printed below the video for easy quotability. It was nice to see the addition of Elder Bednar, and I was wondering if all of the clips (including the apostles who have recently passed away the newly called apostles) would eventually be available on the site. I have the DVD, but it is obviously missing the clips with Elder Bednar and President Uchtdorf that I saw at the Laie temple visitors center.

The other part of the site that really drew me in was the page on Worship Through Hymns. The page effortlessly guided the reader through the different functions of hymns in our worship. I thought the hymn selection was very appropriate and that the page gave an excellent glimpse into how latter-day saints worship, thank, learn of, remember, and praise the Lord through song. As I read about how the hymns can help teach us the simple truths of the restored gospel, I thought back to my own childhood at the feet of my parents as we learned and sang the hymns of Zion as a family. At a very young age I knew, in no small part because of the hymns my mother taught me, that I am a child of a loving Heavenly Father who sent me here to Earth and wants me to return to Him someday. As a child I understood this simple and wonderful truth about the nature of God that much of the world does not understand. As a future father expecting my firstborn daughter in May, I am looking forward to teaching her many of the simple truths of the Gospel of Jesus Christ as we sing the hymns of Zion together in our home.

I was also impressed with the hyperlinks throughout the site. It was nice (and will be useful for those learning about the church) to have links to the Gospel Library: Gospel Topics definitions of terms. It was also nice that I could click on the hymn links and go to the Church's interactive music player where I could see the music and text as well as listen to the hymn being played or sung. Very cool!

Monday, February 25, 2008

Mommy! Help Me!!!

Funny story. We had Family Home Evening and afterwards we had Alexis get ready for bed. While I was in the bathroom getting her toothbrush, I hear "Mommy! Help ME!" I go into her room and all I see is a tight clothed head or what was supposed to be a head. Lexi had tried putting her head through the sleeve of her shirt. I yelled for Brian to get the camera all the while Alexis was trying to escape her trap. She let us take two pictures. Then we helped her out and she finished putting on the shirt correctly. She then let us take an after shot. Just thought you might enjoy.

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Baby Excitement

Today was a fun day. I got the bassinet I won on ebay and set it up. It's a lot bigger than what I thought it was going to be. We were using a friends before and Lexi had put her two babies in it so that we could practice. So I put her babies in the new bassinet. I am really excited!!!

In the evening Brian and I went out to dinner at the mall. Afterwards we walked to the other end and on the way we stopped in The Children's Place because they advertised sale prices. We went to the sale racks and Brian found a little hat that he liked. We then looked through the rack some more and found a long sleeve onesie that had "Daddy loves me" printed on it. So of course we needed it. Brian then picked out a pair of jeans. It was so fun and cute to see him hold up the jeans to the top to see how they looked together. I had fun and it was exciting to have Brian get involved. Brian said that that was going to be his only clothing purchase for the little one. I say let's wait and see. I have a feeling she is going to be daddy's little girl.