Thursday, February 28, 2013

Dinosaur Museum

We went with our houseguests today to the Dinosaur Museum.  Lynlee is finally old enough to enjoy it, and Ellie loved showing E all of her favorite parts.

There is a new-ish exhibit on sound, and Lynlee's favorite thing was to play the drums -- "just like Ba-rin-a do it!"

Ellie's favorite continues to be playing in the sand.  I was proud of Lynlee for at least being willing to touch the water this time.

This little boy next to us was very concerned about his mountain.  He told the girls, "I worked really hard on that.  Could you not knock it down?"  I was proud of Ellie for immediately saying, "OK, no problem!"

The dry sand part is also a hit.  Ellie and E dug right in (excuse the pun) and Lynlee took a couple of minutes to decide if she liked it.

Smart girl sat on the grate so she wouldn't get her pants dirty.

What a fun way to spend the morning!

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

It's Always Fun at Costco

We find ourselves at Costco once or twice a week.  We get milk there, and always manage to pick up a few other things as well.

Lynlee was so excited to push the cart around.  She was climbing up, and even made her own little seat.  But, maybe it wasn't as comfortable as she thought it would be.
 Ellie wanted to give the seat a try as well, and treated me with a view of her favorite silly face.

Sunday, February 24, 2013

iPhone Pictures

Life lately, according to my phone pictures.

Eliana is getting braver at gymnastics.  I was proud of her for walking and doing bunny hops on this intermediate-height beam.
 We hung out with Aunt Jo for a few minutes so I could pretend I was still on the Library Board and help her with a project.  I found out Jo has an awesome leather making business now on etsy {UrbanCow}.  The girls also got to play with Madelin for about 5 minutes after she came home from school.  It was pretty fun!

 Ellie loves to take pictures of herself.  I love to see them.
 Ellie made a bed under the desk, and was nice enough to let Little Mimic take a turn "sleeping" as well.

 The girls were playing dress up and had on swimsuits and Ellie's gymnastics shorts.  It was cold outside and we needed to go to Costco, but I thought their boots and coats were enough to keep them warm. 
Lynlee is cool.  Love her sunglasses!  She is talking puppy for a walk in the baby carrier.
swinging with Davis and Callie--I think the big kids were having more fun than the little kids
 Spotted:  Daddy snuggles
Lynnie loves Kindermusik!  She pretended her drum was a phone, and was saying "hello!"

Ellie's view in the car.

We have been hosting a birth mom off and on since Christmas (she picked a family from Ogden), and her aunt and 3 year old niece flew in to be with her as she gets close to her due date.  The girls fell asleep on the way to the airport to pick them up and looked so peaceful.

Ellie and E were in heaven to snuggle Greg all night long.

Lynlee was playing on my phone and I asked if I could have it to take pictures.  I took the above pictures, and then tried to take pictures of Lynlee and I.  Lynlee said, "mom, I be mad" and gave me the grumpiest look.  She couldn't hold it for long, and started giggling!  She did this a few times in succession.

Just a few hours after the aunt and niece got here, the birth mom thought she was in labor.  She and her aunt went to the hospital and we got to play with the niece.  Since it was late, we moved E's mattress into Ellie's room and they had a sleepover.

Face painting today with the aunt and niece.  Ellie wanted a turtle, of course.

Lynlee was making the funniest faces as she was trying to hold still.  She wanted a rainbow.

Ellie and E helped me make a texas sheet cake for dessert tonight.  They were really good at taking turns.

Sunday, February 17, 2013


President Spencer
does he look older to you?
I have known our stake was splitting since they read a letter in Sacrament Meeting a couple of weeks ago.  Greg has known longer but didn't tell me anything (as a good Bishop should).  I have been (maybe facetiously) praying for a while that Greg would be called as a counselor, because all reports that I get are that stake presidency counselors spend less time than a bishop, and the weight is lighter.

He was on the interview list, along with all of the other bishops and high councilors and etc.  He came home from his appointment and said, "well, we are off the hook!"  Then he and my dad talked for a while about how the process usually works.  There are a few hours of interviews, 5 minutes each, and then a new president will be called sometime between 1-2 p.m.   Then he takes a few minutes to pick counselors (10 minutes to an hour) and then the counselors are called.  

With Greg's thought that his day was done, I headed down to the Stake Library to try and finish up my music stuff.  I wanted to have it organized to a point that I could easily hand it off, since I knew I would be automatically released by not being in the West Stake anymore.

My phone rang at 1:27 p.m. and Greg asked how fast I could be home.  I knew immediately that this was it and he would be called.  (He did, too.)

We were meeting with Elder Whiting and Elder Lund around 2.  I was interviewed first, and the questions were interesting to me.  Elder Whiting asked me how Greg was as a husband and as a father, and if he provided well for us.  He asked if I had a temple recommend and if we used it as a couple.  We talked about my life, and the girls, and what I like to do.  Then I was excused and Greg was called back in.  After a few more minutes, I was asked back in, and Greg was officially called as the stake president of the Lehi Utah Pheasant Pointe stake.

It was an emotional time.  The Spirit was very strong in the room, almost a palpable presence.  I knew unequivocally that the Lord wanted Greg to serve and had prepared him to accept this call.

Then came an interesting 45 minutes.  Greg was given a list of names of brethren who would be in the new stake boundaries, and then Elder Whiting and Elder Lund left to go eat lunch.  I was invited to stay with Greg while he picked his counselors.  Elder Whiting said this is a unique experience for stake presidents' wives, to be a part of the process this way.

It was so interesting to watch the process and see Greg discover who the Lord wanted as the counselors.  We prayed a lot, and looked over the lists, and listened to the Spirit.  After about 40 minutes, Greg thought he had the answers, but was still a little unsettled.  We prayed again, he made a change, and there was peace.  The answer was there.  One of the men is someone we had never met before, but it was clear he was the man for the job.

We met with Elder Whiting, Elder Lund, and President Yaden one more time, and then our part was done.  We were instructed to get seats close to the front Sunday morning and we left.

On Sunday, Greg attended the youth fireside at 8 a.m. and the girls and I went to be there when it was over at 9.  Greg's parents and Pops & Nana also came.  As the youth were exiting we were able to get in, find Greg, and save an entire row for all of us and the Morrows.  Then it was time to wait.

I was not sure exactly when the announcement would come, and I knew there was a lot of business to read first.  A few minutes in, while Elder Lund was reading all of the boundary changes for the wards, Lynlee wanted to go potty.  I didn't want to take her in case Greg's part was coming up, so Hailey graciously offered to take the girls out (Ellie of course wanted to go as well).  Lynlee wasn't feeling very well (and if it had been any other day I probably would have taken her home) and so she just wanted mama.  But Hailey soldiered through and walked out with the girls, while Lynlee was hollering.  Elder Lund made a funny comment along the lines of, "yeah, some of us aren't too happy about the changes, are we."  That got quite a chuckle!

After the meeting was over, I was touched by how many people came up to shake Greg's hand and offer their support.  I have continued to be touched by the outpouring of love and support to both of us since the announcement.  People are amazing!

 It was nice to go to the Relief Society room and be able to meet the counselors and their wives.  Then came time to be set apart, and that was good as well.  Except that Lynlee was done with church and just wanted to talk.  I was holding her in the back and trying to get her to whisper, and she very loudly counted to 15.  Normally this is an excellent thing (the little smartie!), but I kind of missed Greg's blessing in my efforts to help her be quiet.

Greg's parents and Daniel took the girls home after the blessings and we stayed for some lunch and more training with the visiting authorities.  The thing that struck me most at the training:   
we need to be better than we are.  

Elder Whiting said a few times things to the effect of: you are good men, but you need to be better; you are good women, but you need to be better; be better in your personal worship, be better in how you treat others, be kinder, be more loving.

Elder Lund shared a funny story, about a lawyer who was making a good living but wanted to quit to be a professor.  One day he came home and was complaining to his wife about students and papers and etc.  She stopped him and said, wait a minute--I'm happy to live on a teacher's salary and make do with less, but you better be the happiest law professor ever.  If you are going to be miserable, I would rather be rich.

He shared the story to make the point that there will be hard things, but it is important to be the happiest stake president ever (or the happiest wife of a stake president ever).
Gary Keck, Greg Spencer, Kenny Bunnell
Elder Lund, President Keck, President Spencer, President Bunnell, Elder Whiting

What an amazing 24 hours, and what a difference a day makes!  Greg and his counselors have a lot to do in the coming months to get this new stake staffed.  Plus, Greg gets to be bishop and stake president for a while.  He will have the unique opportunity to release himself as bishop.

I am writing this only a few days after the calling was given, and I am amazed at how many people have checked in with us or called/texted/emailed/dropped off things to show their support.  What a blessing to be joined in a common purpose, to further the work of the Lord and to minister to each other.  

I have been asked a lot how I am doing, and honestly I don't foresee my life changing that much.  Greg's life will change, a lot, but really the changes in my life will come from the challenge from Elder Whiting to be better and do better.

Time to dust off those scriptures and be better in my personal worship habits!

Friday, February 15, 2013

Last Friday

Pops & Nana were in town all last week for Adam's festivities, and I only took pictures on Friday.  Ah, well.

On Wednesday, we went to the temple with Adam as he received his endowment.  Nice friends Traci and Mary watched the girls for us.  Traci took Ellie along for preschool, and Mary took Lynlee along for Kindermusik.  That night we had Pops, Nana, Aunt Sharon, Uncle Bob, and Aunt Gail come over for dinner and to hang out.

On Friday, Pops and Nana went to watch Ellie at gymnastics.  Daddy came, too.  When we walked in, Ellie was sitting on her carpet square doing stretches with her class, kind of looking a little dejected.  When she glanced up at the observation windows and saw us all there, her little face lit up and she started jumping up and down and pointing at us.  There was so much joy in her little body, it was hard for her to express it.  Moments like this make me melt!
watching the watchers
Pops and Nana went off to spend the day with the aunts, and the girls and I headed home, where Ellie discovered that I had sneakily put Lambie in the washer while she was at preschool.  We quickly got her in the dryer, and Ellie cried the entire time she was drying.  Ellie kept on saying that Lambie hates the wet part and doesn't like to take a bath.
you can kind of see Ellie's crying face in the reflection

 Life was much better after Lambie was dry, and we headed over to Kelly's house to work on scheduling for Elementary Festival.  Sam was a great host and the kiddos played so well together.

Then we went home to meet up with Pops and Nana again and head to Mountain View to watch Greg ref a basketball game.  Lynlee fell asleep in the car on the way over and slept for about an hour on my lap.
Ella is saying CHEESE

 Some amazing self-portraits by Ellie.  She did a great job amusing herself while playmate was sleeping.

 Greg motioned to Ellie to come get him when they went out for their pre-game meeting.  Ellie was so happy to go with Daddy!

 Still sleeping...picture by Ellie.
 Now she's awake!

 Starting to explore a little..
 Pops really got into the game.
 Nana really got into Ellie!
 Sisterly love in action.

 Cheering with the cheerleaders.

 Ellie said she was tired and made a bed out of the coats.  Little Mimic grapped Pops' coat and climbed up as well.
 And the game is over and we are ready to go home.  Lots of fun!


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