Emma is sick. It is so sad to see her so quiet and still. She seems to be filling a little better today, but we are still filling our day with lots of cuddles, stories, and her favorite shows. Is it bad that I am secretly enjoying all this cuddle time. I am soaking it up while it lasts. On another note, I was looking through my photos and realized there are a ton of recipes that I never shared with you. It would be wrong for me not share all the goodness, the food was that good! So to start off this food fest, I give you my new favorite cinnamon rolls.
Caramel Apple Cinnamon RollsI found this recipe while I was looking through Pinterest. It was super easy to make and so delicious. They were gone within a day of making them, they are that good! You can find the original recipe here Here is what you need: Dough:
- 1 cup milk
- 1/4 cup butter
- 3 1/2 cups flour
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 2 1/4 tsp yeast
- 1 egg
- 1/3 cup sugar
- 1/3 cup brown sugar
- 2 tbsp cinnamon
- 6 tbsp butter soften
- 1 apple cored and finely chopped
- 1/2 cup caramel sauce (I bought whatever was cheapest at the store)
- 1/2 cup caramel sauce
I finally have a moment to sit down. It has been a crazy morning! Super fun, but crazy. I have been pushing my body to its limit with all the dancing and exercise I am forcing it to do. While it feels good to push myself hard again, I am sure beat. For once I am thankful that it is nap time and I can rest for just a bit. While I have been dancing I started to think about the dance "Brave" that I am choreographing. My train of thought went quickly to how I have to talk to all the youth in a few weeks and get them excited for the big Dance Festival. As I pondered what words I might say to them, my thoughts went back in time to when I was in High School. It seems like it was just yesterday and granted it wasn't that long ago. Just over five years ago I walked the halls of my High School that was full of wonderful, stressful, difficult, exciting challenges. Part of me wishes that I can go back and talk some sense into my stubborn self. But the lessons that I learned then helped shape me into who I am today. So I decided what I want to help the youth to see and know is what I would tell own high school self, if I could go back in time five years ago. Which is this:
I know that you are strong. While you may doubt that for a time, I know that you are strong. This is the time when you will figure out who you are and where you stand. It is so easy to let the pressures of fellow students get to you and turn you into someone that you may not want to be. There will come a time when you will have to choose if you want to be who your Heavenly Father wants you to be or who your friends want you to be. I hope that you choose to be what God wants you to be. I faced that same decision during my sophomore year. So many friends were trying to get me to do things that I wasn't comfortable with. One time many of my "friends" enclosed me in a circle and tried to get me to say the F word. Now I don't cuss, not only does our church council us against it but it was against my own standards that I had set for myself as well. My friends knew that, but that didn't stop them from trying to change me. The kept pressuring me and repeating the F word over and over. I hate to admit it, but I almost said it. I could feel the word at the tip of my tongue. I just wanted them to stop. But then one friend stepped up and told them to leave me alone and then she looked at me and told me to never do what I don't want to do. That one friend was the only one who stood up for me. While her and I were never extremely close, I respected her and trusted her. I learned something from her that day. I learned that I need to be brave and stand up for who I am. Junior year I made several new friends and hung out with different people. Those people who were constantly trying to change me stopped. They learned that I am strong and I am brave and they can not change who I want to become.
I know that you are amazing. Too often we only focus on our flaws. But each and everyone of us are amazing inside and out. Once you realize that, you will be stronger and achieve more then you ever thought imaginable. Do not compare yourself to others. What you see is only one side of the story. You do not see the tears, the frustrations, the doubts, the heartache that every single person feels. Chances are people are watching you and are wishing they were more like you. Embrace who you are and the wonderful talents you have been given. Life would be boring if we were all the same so be happy being you.
Never give up and keep smiling. Always look for the good in situations and in people. And most importantly build people up and do not tear them down. There was a lady that I knew growing up who never said a bad word about anyone. She was amazing and so fun to be around. I knew that I wanted to be like her, always seeing the good in whatever life deals you and always building people up. It has been my goal ever since I was a young girl. I must say it has helped me forgive easier and to ask forgiveness quicker.
Last and most importantly, always know that you are loved and that you are never alone. You have a loving Heavenly Father who loves you so much. He wants the best for you and he is always there to help you. If you ever feel that no one will understand what you are going through just remember our Savior felt and experienced everything you are going through. He will help you through. If you just pray sincerely for help, you will feel light even in the darkest of times.
So be Brave. Be Strong. Be Amazing. Be Happy. And be YouSo many scattered thoughts, but nap time is just about up which means... Play Time! So excited to play with my little girl soon. I am sure that we will have some awesome adventures. I wonder what we will do....
For the past year and a half I have been a nanny for three cute little kids. A little girl who is now turning three and two little boys who are a year and a half. Emma has become best friends with these three munchkins. She starts giggling as soon as she sees their house and always runs and gives hugs to the little girl. And the two boys love my Emma so much that they are always trying to give her kisses on the cheeks. It is super cute! I have had a lot of fun with them and seeing all of them grow and learn. But now times are changing and it is time that I am just called Mom. Wednesday was my last day with this little family. It was bitter sweet. We will miss them, but I am so excited to be a stay-at-home Mom with Emma. I have so many ideas and schemes that I am thinking up, that I am so exited to have extra time with Emma. To start off this new adventure we went to the Library... twice! Emma absolutely loves it there. And I love the programs that they have for children. She loves wandering around the aisles and aisles of book, picking just the right one, and bringing it to me to read. While we are there, we have been able to go to our library's story time that is just for Emma's age. Emma loves it! She gets to sing, dance, and read. All of her favorite things in one place. Now I am on the hunt to find all the other cool things that we can do here in Davis. So many adventures are waiting to happen! Becoming a official sty-at-home mom is not the only exciting thing that has been going on around here. There have been so many exciting changes! It is amazing what a difference a month can make. Here are just a few awesome things that happened...
- Jake got a job!!!!!!!!! He is now a Financial Annalist for Allstate and he loves it.
- We got a new car... Well new to us :)
- I am helping choreograph for a Tri-Stake Dance Festival
- I am choreographing and performing in a dance number for a Stake Relief Society event.
- I am going to start teaching piano
- We have changed our eating/exercise habits for the better
- Emma is talking more and more and I can pretty much have a little conversation with her. (Granted I probably speak Emma more then most ;)
Fall is in the air and I am in love. This is my absolute favorite time of year. I seriously count down until the first day of Fall so that I can whip out my scarfs, boots, and cute sweaters. Plus this means many adventures involving crunchy leaves, pumpkins, and lots of Hot Chocolate. What more can a girl ask for. But with Fall in the Air, it also brings many changes to my little family. First is that we our completely out of school. This past summer Jake was giving a couple of tests that he had to pass to continue his PHD program. He was able to pass one but not the other. We feel good about this though. We both feel that this is the path that we are suppose to be on. We are growing and learning and becoming better people. We know that God has a plan for us and he will lead us where we are suppose to be, even if it is not easiest or clearest path to take. So Jake is now looking for a full time job. We are excited, curious, nervous, and everything thing else you can think of about this new adventure laying before us. It is strange to think that we could go anywhere. With Jake looking for a job and not continuing his PHD our goals have changes significantly. Now we are aiming at working for a couple of years and then going back to school to get an MBA. We are dreaming and scheming about the new adventure ahead, but for now we are trying to be patient with the job hunt and enjoy spending so much time together as a family. And we have been having so much fun together as a family. Yesterday we were able to take Emma to her very first pumpkin patch. She was in Heaven, running around examining all the pumpkins, playing with the hay, and trying to convince us to take all the pumpkins home.... it almost worked too. Instead she got to take home her very own little pumpkin and one pumpkin that we can use to color and decorate. Here is a little peek into our adventure...
This was the pumpkin Emma originally wanted hahaha.
And I am back! This past month has been so busy.I have been working on a lot of projects, trying to meet goals that I have set, and of course play with my daughter everyday :) Life got so busy that something just had to give. Unfortunately that meant my blog. As much as I love to blog, it was not worth stressing about amongst my long list of things to do. But now my crazy few weeks are over and life is getting back to normal.... well as normal as it gets around here. I am so excited to post a few DIY projects that I have created, along with Hot Air balloon theme party ideas, and of course pictures from Emma's first birthday. I just can't believe my little girl has turn one. This past year has flown by. But before I bombard you with pictures of Little Miss Emma, I want to share with you some things that I have learned that past couple of weeks.
- Its okay to ask for help. As much as I would love to take on the world by myself, I can't. It is okay, and good, to ask people around you for help. In fact it is way more fun not doing everything on your own.
- Its okay if a project doesn't come out perfect. Sometimes when you make a mistake, it comes out even better. This one I am still working on accepting, but it is so important. Too often I start to work on a project, trying to create something from a imaginary picture inside my head. More often then not, it dose not turn out exactly as I had plan. At first I am tempted to get frustrated and throw the whole project away. But then I take the challenge to make it even better then the original idea. And you know what, I usually end up loving the finished product.
- You don't have to go crazy and do everything imaginable. Imagine it is your daughters first birthday and you start looking through Pinterest for ideas. Soon you begin to think that unless you do a hug massive overhaul to your house, and make everything from scratch, then you have failed as a mom. I am here to tell you that this is so not true. It is okay to not do everything that you see on Pinterest . If you try you might just get completely stressed out and not enjoy the day. I almost made this mistake. I had to many things that I wanted to do. I even convinced myself that I had to do everything or else I would be a complete failure. Luckily I have an amazing husband that talked some sense into me before it got to bad. And you know, her birthday still turned out perfect without me doing everything off of Pinterest (Side note: I still love Pinterest and use it probably way to often)
- Last thing that I continue to learn is, when things go wrong, just laugh. I love to laugh! What perfect opportunity to do so when things go wrong. The best thing about laughter is that it puts things into perspective... and it is just fun :)