Sunday, April 24, 2011

As of late...

Sleepy Baby

Chillin' on Mommy's shoulder

Getting ready for bed

Bright-eyed and bushy tailed after her bath in the morning.

Cutest little bum and skirt

Giving Mom a smile.
A new semester has begun at BYU-I and it is finals for my master's classes! Stressed and behind is an understatement. I like my new students, but I miss my students from last semester too. You don't realize how attached you get to your students until they are gone. Honestly, I am grateful for my great job and the opportunity to get more education, but I could easily fill my time taking care of my sweet baby. She continues to be a joy and is so well-tempered. I realized the other day that her little button nose is bigger, her eyelashes are longer, and she is becoming a baby instead of an infant. She is two months old on Friday!

Cody's job is going well, and he is reading a lot this summer in his spare time. He always has something new to share with me. He particularly likes reading about Dr. Ream's Biological Theory of Ionization. It is very interesting stuff. We are thinking about getting him a bike to ride to work. The problem is the huge hill he would have to ride up to get to work. He says it is okay though...he rode a bike for two years on his mission. He informed me that a bicycle is a good form of transportation. I would rather walk...I don't get very far on a bike as soon as there is the slightest incline.=)

We miss family and friends! Have a great week.

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Jane's Blessing Day

What a lovely day! Cody and my families came on Friday night for Jane's blessing today. We have so enjoyed having them here. The house is too quite now that everyone has left, and I miss everyone very much. I think even Jane has noticed that there are not people around. Jane got plenty of love this weekend. Aunts, uncle, and grandparents were all taking turns. It was great for me! We played games, watched movies, ate great food, and just visited. When family comes it always seems too short. I am so grateful that everyone drove the 8-10 hours to share Jane's special day. Cody blessed Jane with Grandpa Bowman and Panganiban, Jamie, and Tony in the circle. It was a lovely blessing, and I am so grateful my good husband is worthy to bless her.

The gorgeous dress that Jane is wearing was made by Susianne Hughes. I can't rave enough about how beautiful the dress is. There are many details about the dress that I love. I love the lace on the sleeves, the slip, the bonnet, and the handkerchief made out of the same material as the dress. I will try to take a better picture so you can see how neat it is. I am so grateful to Susianne Hughes for making it!

It was really special to have all my siblings and both parents here. Adell drove down on Saturday. We are all excited for her new job and the interviews to come. My life saver Joanie went home for the summer. I will miss her dearly! Cody and I were really disappointed to have our friend leave! Jamie moved to Provo this weekend to start working and going to BYU. We are excited to see how life unfolds for him now that he is home from Japan. Holly is six weeks away from having her baby. Seeing her reminded me of that stage of pregnancy. I am glad it is over for me! It was good to see her because she can't always come on the long trips with a husband and two other kids that need her. We look forward to baby Caleb's arrival. My dad was so tender with Jane and my mom was as fun and loving as ever. I have realized how much my parents have done for me now that I am a parent. I am so blessed with a wonderful family, and I was so sad to see them go!

Mom and Dad Bowman were patient with my family, and as always, very gracious! I am such a lucky girl to have such wonderful in-laws. I love them so much and was grateful they stayed a little after our lunch to visit with us.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

The Pillow

I couldn't resist...We have a special pillow at our house. It is a pillow that I have been trying to throw away since we have been married. Cody has probably had it since he was in grade school. He insists that, despite the fact that what was once white is now yellow and brown, it is just broken in. If pillows didn't have covers on them, I could not have let him keep it. I would have stole it away, replaced it with a new one and disposed of the old before he could have a say, but what I don't see doesn't bother me as much. I do have to say though that I even make sure that the part of the pillow case that opens to the actual pillow is never open towards my pillows when I make the bed (just in case the bacteria could make its way to my side).

Well, with this background, I have to confess that since we have brought Jane home, there has only been one place that she really sleeps...Cody's disgusting, broken in pillow. It is just flat enough and just fluffy enough. She sleeps like a rock on this pillow, and it is great for transfering her to wherever we are. With that being said, I need to put three more pillow cases on this pillow so the slobber and who knows what else from Cody's past does not seep through to my baby girl. =)

I am sure there are some of you out there that have kept something for way too long because it was "broken in." I have, but I won't share my own, I will just tell you about Cody's special keeps. haaa. =)

Sunday, April 3, 2011

General Conference and the past few weeks

This is the first General Conference (a meeting where all the leaders of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints speaks to and uplifts the members) that I have listened to where I have been a parent. There were many talks that focused on the importance of the family, the home, and the roles of parents and children. As I look at my sweet little angel, I am overwhelmed and excited at all that I am responsible for. She is so perfect and pure right now, and I can see now how parents want their children to stay just as innocent forever. Initially it is scary to think that I will have to let her go out into the world, but when I think about the Plan of Happiness I feel peace knowing that I can teach her who she is, where she came from and where she is going. I am also so grateful to know that I can control and create the home environment so that even when the outside world is harsh, unwelcoming, and chaotic, my children will have a place to come and feel love, acceptance and peace. Today Lynn G. Robbins of the Seventy said, "We need our children as much as they need us." I know that is true, and I look forward to Jane teaching me a lot about myself. Already, I have seen how just her presence has helped me to more firmly align my priorities with God's will. I am many things, but my roles as wife and mother are my highest priority.
Today, pain was discussed in the sense that only when we climb can we see the view. Since Jane's birth is still fresh in my mind, I have really thought about how temporary pain is, and even when pain is not temporary, how it prepares us for something greater than we can see. After the pain of labor I got to hold my daughter. After the frustrations and heartache of dating, I got to be sealed in the temple to my best friend for time and all eternity. After the hard work of a summer, I had the money to finish college and the humility I needed to lead. There are so many examples of my pains and afflictions being for my overall good. I see time and time again in my life the affects of trials and pain. In the moment of trial or pain, it can be hard not to feel that God is punishing me, but when the pain leaves I am always so grateful because a whole new vista is before me. As mentioned in D. Todd Christopherson's talk, I am glad that God is the gardener in my life, and He loves me enough to cut me down. Read the wonderful complete story here.

All of the talks that I heard today and yesterday were inspiring and made me want to try harder to be a better person. I am so grateful to be a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Recently, I have noticed that I am coping with life as a mother better these last few weeks. The evidence of this is...I leave the house with Jane (and not just for doctor appointments), I do not try to hide when it is time to feed Jane, and I am beginning to find all the little things that make Jane tick.

Joanie, my sister, has been a life-saver lately because she has watched Jane several times and even watched her one night so Cody and I could see Tangled at the movie theatres. I love that movie, and I especially like this song. Cody's cousin Audra also came to the rescue the other day by going to the store with me. She is a seasoned mom and has been wonderfully generous and helpful since I have had the baby!

I had a good week. I was able to have a pot luck with my classes. I brought seven layer bean dip and my students brought a variety of food. We just enjoyed each others company, and each student shared why they were glad they took the class and what they liked most about the class. One of the best parts of being a teacher is meeting so many wonderful people along the way. I have a picture of some of my students below.

This is the last week of the semester here at BYU-Idaho. Cody and I will be very busy, and then we get to welcome my family and his parents for the blessing of Jane at church. I am so excited to have family here. I have been looking forward to my husband blessing our baby for a long time now. I am sure it will be as sweet as I imagine.

Jane is growing and bringing joy to our lives. Below are some pictures...who do you think Jane looks more like--me or Cody?

I hope everyone has a lovely week!

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