Sunday, October 3, 2010

priesthood punch & priestpoweaid for Sale!!!

The girls and I set up camp down the street from the Stake Center before Priesthood to hydrate all the Priest, unfortunately all who had stopped were girls, on there way out for "girls night out." Ella; after given some insight to the hungry in our world decided to donate half her proceeds to the hungry kids in this world.

btw, this lemonade stand has been in my storage unit for 4 years. It was time to drag it out whether we have a house or not. Just learning about life's little lesson... concerning perfection even though; I still continue to seek after it.

Saturday, May 30, 2009

absolutely adorable little girl...

Nora Jane Tate was born on April, 10 2009, ten days too early. Most people would be ecstatic to have their baby early, me on the other hand, I was completely taken off guard. On the seventh of April I went for a routine visit and my Doctor. He informed me I was dilated to a three. I headed straight for the storage unit and the next few days are now a blurr as I prepared for this little gal. I awoke on the tenth with what I thought were contractions. I called my Doctor and made an appointment. He informed me that I was in pre-labor and that it certainly could be another week or two. I was slightly discouraged being that I thought I was really brave and strong this time around, yet I was relieved that I still had time to do a few finishing touches, like grab my car seat. My mother arrived that afternoon and we ran around town. It wasn't until that evening as I was hanging things up that it became really uncomfortable, and I finally convinced myself again I was indeed in labor, as I was curled up in the fetal position with tears rolling down my face. Not so brave and strong, right! I was dilated to a five when American Fork Hospital checked me in. I pretty much was begging for an epidural and they were trying to be as quick as possible but they were pretty much slammed with babies left and right that night. My Doctor was sure I would have a baby less than Ella's birth weight which was 7.14 oz. I told him that's what Ella's Doctor thought too! And to his surprise Nora out did herself; weighing in at 8 lbs 9 oz and 20 inches long. Apparently, I literally know how to "pack them." The delivery went so fast and smooth. She did have a few issues breathing and they took her straight to the NICU, she bounced right back a few days later and she was able to come home with us. Ella was so excited for her and has a hard time understanding why Nora can't quite hang out and play yet. She definitely is my second, absolutely adorable little girl!

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Travis Victor Alexander...The Mighty Mighty Mormon Missionary

Travis Alexander may in fact be one of the most amazing people that I have ever met in my short 29 years. Seriously hands down this guy was truly remarkable. Travis had this thing about him that distinguished him from most people in this world. He was witty and full of adventure but with that he was "tight with Jesus." This guy not only believed in Christ and his Gospel but he had a relationship with Christ and God. He was never afraid to tell people about Christ, hence, his title. This is what he had called himself on his mission; The Mighty Mighty Mormon Missionary. He loved and embraced every moment of it, although when his mission was all said and done he never let go of teaching the Gospel and inspiring others to make the most of their journey in this life. This guy literally inspired every living Soul on this earth he had come in contact with. He never stopped motivating or teaching. It was his passion and he loved Christ so much that he could not stop, we have him on a old video tape literally singing to the Savior, he had the camera and came across a picture of Christ and busted out a song to him, not as a joke and not as a geek but someone who was witty and had this connection with the Savior. After recently seeing him sing this song to the Savior on that video tape, I realized that Travis got it. He got what life was about and we were only sixteen years old at that time. I believe in Christ and I believe in the plan but there is so much more to it then belief, I want what Travis had, to know the Savior, truly know him and remember him every moment of my days on this earth; as Travis did! On June 4, my dear friend moved on to the next life. In a short 30 years he has accomplished what most will never come close to. Although, Travis had been murdered and taken from this life, I know that it was his time to go. Anyone who has ever met him will testify that he comes close to perfection, an individual who completed the Journey of Life. I am so blessed to have known such an individual. Guaranteed this guy is right next to God and our Savior. Travis served part of his Mission in Colorado, where I have some relatives. I told him before he left to teach them and baptize them for me. Apparently they were playing "hard to get." Although, I am certain that he is up there right and this very moment teaching every single one of my relatives that have passed on. Travis don't worry I will do my part with them...You are as real as a they get, a true friend, hands down one of the most remarkable people I know that has walked upon this earth. I know the veil is thin I feel you all around, in the wind, as I look at the big bright moon. I love you Travis Alexander. I can't wait to see you on the other side!
Pictures above were taken back in 2006 for a get together in Huntington Beach, and then 1999. He and I had a broken heart. One day we were feeling down and out, so we decided to hit Big Bear and go Hiking. It started to rain and we apparently got a little rugged with all the mud. And though we were broken hearted we seemed to chuck those sad depressing, hating life feelings to the side for a moment and in that day we learned that life is beautiful and though we may have felt that life could not be more cruel and sad we knew that we would continue our journey in this life. Because we believed in the PLAN. We love the PLAN. And in the end happiness only lies...

Travis is characterized as a ispirational person. He was a motiviational Speaker in his career in which he was extremely succesful, he just finished a book, Raising You. A self-help book that describes his rough childhood, explaining that it is up to each of us to make our lives. Travis and I were closely bounded together in that we sort of raised ourselves in the Church and always had a connection with that. Here is just of one insightful things he as said,

"The difference between a stumbling block and a stepping stone is the character of the individual walking the path." - Travis Alexander

If you get a chance here some of the blogs that he posted with regards to his book. If you get a chance check it out you will be inspired....

Travis' Web Site
Travis' myspace

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

A Garden Princess Birthday

Our little girl is growing up so fast on us. Again we went all out for the big 3. Ella better live it up because other little siblings are around the corner and we won't be able to spoil her like we do now. The theme this year was a Garden Princess the little girls wore tutus and we planted some flowers, had a pinata, downed some garden fresh food, and delicious cake, Ella opened all of her one million gifts, and we enjoyed all of our amazing friends. Thanks guys for joining us and all who were there in heart. We love you guys!!!!

can I seriously not be a GAZILLION YEARS BEHIND....

My Easter Lilly bug and her cousin, Joshua in CALI we hit my parents for an annual Easter bang at Rodando Beach. It was such a beautiful day the beach could not have been more beautiful, it was surreal, one of those moments when you remember the meaning of life and the amazing experience this LIFE is......
I guess the goal is to save those moments in our minds so when we are distraught and feeling down and out we can remember such moments and keep loving the journey of life with all of it's ups and the many, many, many downs.

Friday, May 30, 2008

Oh the many place we will go...
Here's the deal.... I GRADUATED, hallelujah.
Although I am not going many places in the working world; instead we will be playing hard. We will be hittin' the beach, 7 peaks (thanks to Kayson!), thanksgiving point, riding our horse, Poca-Motion and traveling all around. My focus is surrounded around my little Ella who has endured the most for my education, for her sake we are going to party hard this summer! As far as my degree goes I will continue working JETBLUE, which is the best job ever. I feel very fortunate to have a job that allows me to work from home and allows me to visit my family whenever, especially with the scary fuel prices. It may not be the highest paying job but with all the other benefits I would almost work for free. As far as school goes I love learning, as President Bednard stated in his address to us graduates, he emphasized; the Love of Learning. It was quite ironic he was the keynote speaker being he was my Ricks College President. He is a very powerful speaker and he hit the nail right on the head for me. I love school and learning, although the stress sucks the outcome is so worth it. I am hoping to continue my education journey further more...

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Your Love is BETTER than Icecream...

Happy ValentiNes Day!

I'm sure all of us have a little "Serendipity" story with our LOVES. Jamis and I met up at Sundance almost 7 years ago. The moment I was introduced to the guy I knew there was something different about him. Cheesy, I know. I called him Jamie for 2 weeks straight after that. You would think he would have corrected me but instead he just got a kick out of it and wanted to see how long I really would call him that. That's one of things I love about him, a good sense of humor. I love that he looks good in Pink; hence his shirt in the picture. I love that he is every one's best friend. Although, I do admit I get a little jealous at times. I love his blue eyes. I love that he sings in the shower at the top of his lungs. It's cool, he thinks he is going to be an Opera singer. I love that my daughter thinks he is the best thing to walk upon this earth. I love that he is excellent with children. I love that he really does think Utah is the greatest place in the world. With a particular fettish for Orem, nonetheless. I love his long hair dew and I love his short hair dew. I love that he thinks I am the finest girl he knows and I think that he's the finest boy I know! But most of all I am head over heals in love with him even with all the bad times or disagreements. Knowing what I know now, I would still do it all over again. And that my folks is what love is. Your love is truly better than icecream, better than chocolate, better than anything else that I have tried! As good old, Sarah put it.

Dedicated to my fineboy love your finegirl.