over the weekend

Conference weekend always leaves me feeling refreshed and rejuvenated and ready to conquer the world.  It was a little different this year. Trying to watch a baby makes it a little difficult to take detailed notes and soak up every word like I have in years past.  But it was still a great weekend. And now I’m left with a greater resolve than ever before to read, study and re-watch the talks again.  I feel like there’s so much more I could get out of all of them.  I think one of my favorite quotes came from the very first talk, by President Packer. He said, “Family time is sacred time, and needs to be protected and respected.” I love that.  We could definitely be a lot better at that.  Sometimes I just want to throw our tv and computers out the window and go for a walk.  But I’m too attached…. and I don’t think screens are bad things, they just need to be used in moderation.  I’ve gotten in a bad habit of tv watching this winter. It’s hard when you’re home all day and sitting on the couch feeding the baby what seems like half the day.   I love that the weather is getting nicer.  I’ve gone outside a lot the past few weeks. And now I’m just rambling… okay
Saturday morning I took some pictures of a couple friends of mine.  It was for my assignment and it changed directions many (many) times… it ended up turning into more of a portrait session.  But hey. It worked.  It helps when you have a simply gorgeous subject :)

Madeline finally rolled over! Between sessions on Saturday. We realized she probably would have a while ago if her toy hadn’t always been in the way. And it’s not like it’s that late.  She’s not even four and a half months yet.  Our poor baby has been sick though.  She has a nasty cold.  Runny nose, weepy eye, kind of not too interested in eating and coughing quite a bit.  Her nose is so stuffy it’s hard to hold her binky in but she can’t sleep with out her binky. Last night we had just laid her down and were happy to finally have some much needed husband and wife time when Madeline coughed resulting in her dinner spiraling to the floor.  (Thank goodness for industrial carpets that get cleaned for free three times a year!) Nothing takes the spark out of a special moment like a throwing up baby. ha. It’s so hard to watch her be sick.  Even though she feels horrible, she still manages to send a smile our way.  She’s an angel.  I don’t know how we got so lucky.  
Her personality is blossoming every day.  She’s becoming a busy little girl.  Always interested in something.  She also loves standing up next to the ottoman we have.  She’d much rather be standing than laying on the floor or being held.  There’s a little bit of independence in her, but oh she’s so sweet.  I wish I could be sick for her. But alas, I won’t be able to do everything for her for her whole life. Might as well start with letting her experience her first real cold. As if I have a choice.
I think the last thing on my mental list of things to jot down was how confusing it is trying to loose weight.  My mom and I have been doing kind of a ”weight watchers” of our own.  Really simple.  Just trying to eat healthy based on choosemyplate.gov.  It’s a really neat website that I highly recommend.  We made up a points system where we get points for reading our scriptures, staying within our caloric limit, eating vegetables, exercising, etc.  I did pretty well the first week.  My mom still got about 100 points more than me, but I did pretty well.  This week was a total doosey.  I didn’t record hardly anything and I went back to my sweet tooth days and caved to pretty much everything.  But guess what.  I lost one pound on the week I did really well and four pounds the week I ate horribly.  Go figure.  It doesn’t leave me with a lot of incentive to trying being healthy and exercising again now does it.  
Well I think that’s about it. Happy Monday. You can expect a post about our April Fool’s tomorrow… hopefully…. kluvyoubye
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