Thursday, January 1, 2009

Happy New Year!

It's so crazy that it's already 2009! This time last year we were a month away from Kate coming and now she's almost a year old!! 2008 has been a wonderful time for our family. Having Kate in our family has been the most amazing gift. We love you Katie Girl!

I've been thinking about a word to focus on this year, and I've gone back and forth a lot. But I've finally settled on one: Believe.
I have so many things that I would love to do and even feel like I should do, but I get so scared because I don't believe in myself! Looking back on my life, I think I've missed out on a lot of things that could have brought so much joy and happiness, but I didn't think I could do it. I'm done being scared and letting negative thoughts control my life!

Believing in myself means this to me:

Believe in myself, believe in others, believe that Heavenly Father truly wants me to be happy. Believe that although life is hard, I can do hard things! Who wants to look back on their life and regret not doing things they wanted to do, but didn't THINK they could do? If our thoughts are powerful enough to keep us from doing things, then I truly believe that I can use my thoughts, prayer, and the help of my Savior to do things I never thought I could do.

Anywho, I'll move on before I bore you to death!

Dustin's semester at UVU was AWESOME! He got a 4.0! He was so surprised when he saw his grades (although I wasn't; he works so hard!) and is determined to do well through the rest of college. That's the nice thing about starting college AFTER your mission. You don't have the pre-mission grades haunting your GPA.

Here's Kate playing with some of her Christmas toys. This tugboat set was given to Kate from Grandma Rogers. She loves bath time because she can splash, yell, and play with toys! Thanks Grandma!!

Ok, so this toy is a little old for her, but she loves it! It's a keyboard that teaches kids how to play the piano. We'll save the lessons for later, but for now she really loves to bang on the keyboard! And the nice thing is that she knows how to turn it on and off.

Kate is just making us laugh everyday. We love to ask her where her nose is and see her point to it. Although sometimes she likes to put her finger UP her nose. Yuck! Her favorite song right now is the one about the Wise Man building his house upon the rock. She'll bang her fist on her palm whenever we sing it to her because that's what we do. So fun!! It's so cool that she interacts with us. Funny girl.
Life is so fun and exciting! We're so looking forward to 2009 and what it will bring our family!


Lindsay said...

I really liked your thoughts about "believe." Good word, good ideas.

Sarah said...

Oh, so Kate liked the piano? Have you guys been playing it, too?
Such fun.
I'm glad you guys made it safely home.
And I love the pics.

And I really love what you're focusing on this year. It's so important to believe in (and love) yourself.

Keep up the good posting. I love you.