Thursday, November 17, 2011

August 2011

We went to California for our summer vacation to visit Kyle's family.  We had a fun time at the beach with the kids.

 Kajsa loves putting her feet in the water.

 Trey loved to pick up the sand and throw it into the waves.
 They laid on the warm sand for a half hour. It was very cute.
 Trey really wanted to go surfing with dad, but this was the closest we got.

 For the second half of the trip we went to Big Bear to celebrate Steve's (Kyle's dad) Birthday. The whole family came up even Uncle Greg from Washington. We went to the zoo to see the buffalo's, and many other animals. We also took family picture's while we were there (see later post).

 Out on a walk by the lake.
 Grandma and Kajsa.

 Trey and Lucy hanging out with Uncle Greg. He was a real sport, he even let them put him in jail.
 Present time for Grandpa. He got a keepsake CD from family and friends.

July 2011

 In July, Kyle took the GRE in Logan, Utah at the Utah State campus.  It was fun to go up there just for the night and day. We stayed at the university hotel there. I took Kajsa with us but left Trey with my parents.  While Kyle took the GRE, Kajsa and I slept till 9:15!! Missed the hotel breakfast so we ate at McDonalds. Then we drove around town and walked around the temple. It was a beautiful temple and a very pretty city.  Kyle and I are holding our hands up in a "Y" shape underneath the Aggie's "A" :)

We also had a camp out in my parents back yard. We roasted marshmallows and made s'mores and then Trey, Kyle and I slept outside in the tent.  Kajsa slept in the house with my parents. We slept without the cover over the tent so we could see the stars.  It was beautiful!! My parents live away from city lights so we had a pretty good view. Trey decided that he didn't like s'mores because they are sticky and he does not like any food on his hands at all.  It was fun and we made a good memory with Trey. 

Friday, September 16, 2011

A Letter to my Sweet Children

Dear Trey and Kajsa,

These last few weeks have been periods of growth and understanding for mommy.  I was also recently called to teach Relief Society and have been able to really dive into some gospel topics.  I've had a lot of things on my mind and these are some quotes that I've been thinking about and wanted to share with you and hope you will love when you get older.
There are so many things that you will learn in your life but I truly feel that none are more important than these two things. First, that you know your relationship with God and the purpose of your existence, and second to Serve or have Charity.  You will find as you study that these two things are inter-related. :)

Speaking of Life and Death and the Plan of Salvation Joseph Smith said, “It is a subject we ought to study more than any other, we ought to study it day and night, for the world is ignorant in reference to their true conditions and relations. If we have any claim on our Heavenly Father for anything it is for knowledge on this important subject.” 
Study and Pray hard to develop a relationship with your Heavenly Father. He WILL reveal truths to you about your existence as an eternal being. It will make all the difference in the choices that you make and your happiness in this life!!
President Thomas S. Monson, stated: “I believe the Savior is telling us that unless we lose ourselves in service to others, there is little purpose to our own lives. Those who live only for themselves eventually shrivel up and figuratively lose their lives, while those who lose themselves in service to others grow and flourish—and in effect save their lives.”
From Ashley Sullingers Blog  "That's what being a mother is, it's service. That's why it brings so much joy. So tonight, when you've had a long day and your kids are on your nerves, realize how much different you would be without them."

I really want you to gain your own testimony that when we serve others we serve God and ourselves because we have god-like joy.  Our greatest happiness comes in our families. That is why God sent us down here. To have spouses and children who will help us get back to his presence. 

I want to preface this quote by saying that there will be many times in your lives when people will let you down. Get used to it.  Even your closest friends and family will let you down.  We are not perfect beings. But that is not the point. The point is how YOU choose to respond.

Marvin J. Ashton said:
 "Real charity is not something you give away; it is something that you acquire and make a part of yourself.  And when the virtue of charity becomes implanted in your heart, you are never the same again.  Perhaps the greatest charity comes when we are kind to each other, when we don't judge or categorize someone else, when we simply give each other the benefit of the doubt or remain quiet.  Charity is accepting someone's differences, weaknesses and shortcomings; having patience with someone who has let us down; or resisting the impulse to become offended when someone doesn't handle something the way we might have hoped. Charity is refusing to take advantage of someone who has hurt us.  Charity is expecting the best of each other." 

Mommy and Daddy love you so much and feel so blessed to be your parents!!

Love you,

Thursday, August 11, 2011

July 30, 2011 Layton Triathlon

We did it! We packed our bikes in the convertible and headed up to Layton for our triathlon on Friday afternoon. That night we went to our orientation and packet pick up. My parents were so great and watched the kids for us. Then we tuned up our bikes and tried to go to sleep. Neither of us slept well at all. Our brains wouldn't turn off. Example...I was just about to fall asleep and Kyle turns over to me and says "Crystal, when you go to put your socks on in the second transition just put them on inside out, instead of taking the time to turn them right side in."  I had a pretty good laugh at that one.  I didn't care about the extra 5 seconds it would take me to do that. 
For those of you who don't already know, the Layton Triathlon is a little different from a normal one.  In this Triathlon you Swim, Bike, Run, Swim, Bike, Run.  Let me explain.  The total swim is 600 yards, the bike is 11 miles, and the run is 3.1 miles.  All of these distances were cut into two parts. So we swam half, biked, half, ran half and then DID IT ALL OVER AGAIN!  Mentally it was hard to get back into the water and feel like you had to start all over again, but once I got onto my bike again, I knew I could do it.

Kyle finished 11 minutes before I did with a time of 1hr 37 minutes. I was 1hr 48 minutes. Instead of a time goal I decided to make a goal to not walk at all and was happy that I was able to keep that goal.  We were both tired but felt so accomplished afterwards and decided that we would like to do at least one of these a year.  It was really nice to have something to work towards when we were working out.  Here are some of our pictures :)  P.S. Kyle got his outfit from the Physical Therapist he volunteers for, he looks so professional.  The doctor is actually 3 inches taller than Kyle :) haha  Mine comes from walmart :)

6am leaving for Triathlon

Standing in line to get into Pool

Our supporters minus mom who took the picture. So nice of them to come so early!

Getting out of pool for the first round

first round swim

running to bike transition area

Pretty much the only time we were together on our bikes. Kyle took off :)

I'm coming in on my bike and Kyle is just startin his run. He's the guy with the blue bum :)

Starting my first run

finishing Round One and getting ready to get back in the pool

Kallie and Wesley

Just finished the race and still smiling

Time card :1hr 37min

Sprinting to the finish line. Had a hard time smiling for the camera and breathing :)

Finish line Crystal time of 1hr 48min