Wednesday, April 30, 2008

last day of the month...

Since it's the last day of April, I figure I better post about something. I seriously can't figure where this month has gone...I mean, is April really over? The past couple months have been super crazy for me...but in a good way (minus Ruby's little accident). I was thinking recently about how boring my life would be without the church, as the majority of what keeps me busy can be directly connected to my membership in the church. Now, I'm not saying that I spend every minute of every day fulfilling my calling, or reading my scriptures and praying, or serving everyone around me. Although I would love to be able to make those claims, I also believe that the Lord expects us to be well balanced.
Looking back over the month, I feel happy, as we have most definitely managed to maintain a good balance between work, and service...and fun. Of course, I owe most my social enjoyment, as well, to the fact that I'm a member of the church. After all, where is it that I have met most of my friends?...You guessed it...at church. So, without the gospel, my life really would be so empty. I'm so grateful to my Heavenly Father for blessing me with something that not only brings so much happiness and enjoyment to my life, but that also provides me with a great deal of purpose and structure.


I haven't been very good at documenting our day to day dealings as of late, but because I rarely leave the house without my camera, we can (for this month at least) allow the pictures to tell the stories...


This was actually the day before Easter. Grandma Judy and Paul and Amy were in town, and we all went to see the Easter Bunny, ate lunch, and rode the carousel.


My friend Celeste introduced me to the neatest park in Scottsdale. It has the most darling little train, fun carousel, playgrounds, and cute lunch place. Both times we went, it was quite an adventure trying to keep up with Ruby, who was constantly running away from me. One time I finally caught up to her, and found her in a wagon that didn't belong to us.


This picture - of my friend Tara's sweet little Ashley - was taken at a park near our house. A few of us friends got together, took the kids to the park, and had a picnic while our husbands were at the Priesthood session of conference.

Ruby looks miserable in the picture below...but I promise, she really did enjoy herself.



Here she is completely enthralled in the Sunday morning session of conference...an enthusiasm which lasted all of 3 minutes.


Because we were on the go so much this month, Ruby didn't get too many naps in her own bed. Lucky for me, she'll fall asleep anywhere.


We've attended a few of John's softball games. Ruby is so cute cheering for her daddy. "Go John!" she yells.


This month we rediscovered the Drive-In movies! We've gone three times now, and we're hooked! It's so much fun because we can take Ruby and not worry about the fact that she really doesn't sit still, and that she really isn't all that quiet during movies. She has actually caught on to the fact that when we transport her car seat into "daddy's car", it means we're going to the movies. She loves this new little family tradition. Well, of course she does...who wouldn't love to eat goodies and stay up way past bed time?


Ruby loves her friends Ava and Sofia. (And sweet little Evelynne too, but Evelynne and her mommy weren't able to make this play date). This pic was taken at a nearby park. Look how adorable these three are with their sunglasses. Barnes & Noble does a story time and craft for the kids that we've been going to. I love it because it gives me and Ruby a chance to get out of the house and enjoy time with our friends. Plus we always go out to lunch afterwards...and going out to lunch is probably one of my all time favorite things to do.

Ruby loves being with the girls, but she also has some pretty adorable little boy friends...


Here we have a couple of the cutest little boys ever...Ty (above) and JR (below). Celeste and I took the kids to another beautiful park where we took lots of pictures, did some hiking, and then ate lunch. It was a really fun - really eventful - day, and both Ty and Ruby conked out in the car on the way home.



My friend Amber and I took the kids to the new San Tan Village. We did some shopping, went to lunch, and then rewarded the kids by letting them play for a while in the fountains.




Ruby is totally ready for a sibling. Look how cute she is with little baby Brenner.



These last two were taken on Friday night. John and I took turns going to the temple, so while he was inside, Ruby and I enjoyed some quality time together on the beautiful temple grounds. She was in the friendliest mood, and waved at every person that we passed. (See below.)

15 comments:

Daily Jot & Tittle said...

Your pictures are all so dang cute!

Jane said...

You take such good pictures, I love every single one, especailly the one with Ruby and her friends at the park in their glasses, too cute!!

Dad said...

I'm glad you have such wonderful "park-going" weather! Here it is May 1, and it's snowing in Utah! Very cute pics!

Travis and Teresa Wilson said...

I love to see pictures of little Ruby She is getting so big. Talking about big I can't believe how big my "little" niece Ashley is HOLY COW!!!!!

Rachel said...

Way cute pictures! I'm jealous of your weather. It's May today, but definitely not park weather here. Maybe by June???? (:

Brandon & Ashley said...

I love the pics. Ruby is darling. She is getting so big. It looks like she is healing well. I love the sunglasses. How cute!

Brooke said...

It's fun to see all you've been up to! Fun times!

ahe said...

The swimsuit pic is my fav. I love those legs. Maybe if it is warm enough we can get a swimsuit pic of Ruby and Charlie together (since they have the same body type). Or maybe a bathtub pic? :) Can't wait to see you!

Sarah Anthony said...

So cute!

Layn & Celeste said...

I love all those pics Nicole. And yes, we really do need to plan a mini vacation to a Scottsdale resort sometime this summer with our kids. We'll have to get our calendars together and I've already looked at all the prices & resorts. When do you guys go to Utah? Just wondering because Layn has been wanting to take John golfing one Saturday morning before it gets TOO hot!

The Bentleys said...

YEAH!! Thank you for that update! I LOVED the pics! Ruby is getting so big!

~~Heidi~~ said...

she really is so cute!! I can't get over how fun she is. I love the glasses post, ty loves glasses too! I love how she loves all glasses... Nicole you guys do so good with her!!

Brady & Karissa Smallwood said...

Ruby is probably the cutest thing EVER! And you take the best pictures of her!

Jaime said...

Hi, you don't know me I am a friend of Nia's, I was just wondering where you got that cute swimsuit for her? I love it!!

Jaime, JloMamaJama@aol.com

diana rose said...

i'm so glad we got to share a piece of your fun april! shall we continue on through may??