Saturday, August 25, 2012


Today was my birthday and it was long planned that Ian and Liam would be there to cheer me on for my mud run. It was such a GREAT morning full of good old fashion fun in the mud.  Liam joined the last obstacle to get his mud fix and then joined me in the suds at the finish line!  Such a memorable and wonderful morning!  I am so blessed to have the wonderful family and friends that I do. 

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Liam Finishes The Book of Mormon

Liam finished reading The Book of Mormon tonight.  He's probably read half of it on his own and I've been very impressed with his reading skills - and with larger words such as "wickedness" and "Nephites" and many more he sounded out on his own.

I've ordered the Old and New Testaments in the same story board format and also the Doctrine and Covenants.  He's excited to get those soon!

Saturday, August 18, 2012

5K and Mud Run

Liam joined me for an early morning in Farmington, Utah... we did a 5K fun run together and he really pushed me!  We would do little sprints here and there... sometimes he would do them alone and then come all the way back to get me.  I was really proud of him for going over 3 miles - he was proud of himself and told everyone afterward that one mile is the furthest he's ever gone before now.  ;)

Here we are after the run.  He was anxious to get the show on the road for the next part... a mud run for kids ONLY!

As we waited for the families and tons of kids to gather for the race, we met up with Heather and Nathan Sachs and their two boys Taylor and Lee.  Liam remembered them well, but it's been a long time since we made it up to their neck of the woods!  It was such a treat to see them especially for a cool event like this one!

Below is a photo of Liam going back to help his friend, Lee, finish the race.  Heather reported there was a bit of applause from the stands for his good deed.  She also said Lee was going to throw in the towel until Liam came along.  So proud of our boy!

After all the age groups finished their runs, the firemen had a hose going to spray the kids off.  I will post more photos of Liam braving the spray!  He was such a nut getting closer and closer to the mouth of the hose!  

 Here is a photo of Taylor all soaked!

It was such a fun morning!  On our way home we stopped to help clean the church and Liam got a good work out cleaning chalk boards and lining trash cans.  We then went swimming for about 2 hours. 

Me and Ian in Park City - celebrating at one of our favorite places, Chimayo!

Ian and I had an anniversary date scheduled to celebrate 12 years so Sadie came over to babysit.  She later reported that they only played for a little while before Liam ASKED to go to bed!  We were stunned to hear that.  I don't think that has ever happened... and now we know the formula of activities to cook up in order for this kiddo to be completely worn out! 

5K + playing in the mud + cleaning chalkboards + 2 hours swimming = Worn Out Liam

Sunday, August 05, 2012


Liam flew solo on the stand today as he stood before the congregation to bear his testimony.

For most of July he's been anxious to get up there again and do it without my help.  So, this last Friday night as we had our pillow talk, I let him know that this Sunday was fast and testimony Sunday.  He was excited to hear that.  He recited to me what he wanted to say and then asked what else he should say.  I responded with, "What else do you know about the church?"  So he added a couple things on his second rendition.  He then asked me to write it all down for him.  I declined to do so and reminded him that when he gets up to bear testimony he needs to speak from his heart.  This isn't a planned talk that we organize and write down.  A testimony is something that we feel and then express in words at the time we bear it.  He understood and said, "Oooooh!"

So this morning Liam walked to the stand right after the Bishop was done with his testimony.  I thought it was sweet of him to let another little girl go first since they both had the same excitement to share their testimonies.

Liam said:

"I'd like to bear my testimony, that I know this church is true.  I am thankful to Jesus Christ for dying on the cross for us so we can repent of our sins and live with Him and Heavenly Father again in heaven.  I am thankful for President Monson and I know he is a true prophet.  (He got stuck here with his nerves, but was able to utter that last sentence eventually as he looked to me for guidance... which I didn't provide - I only smiled in approval.)  I love the scriptures and know they are true.  In the name of Jesus Christ, Amen"

He came reverently back to our pew and sat on my lap as I hugged and whispered praises to him.  I then got up there to bear my own testimony of the truthfulness and goodness of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.  It was a lovely meeting.  I love hearing the personal witnesses of Christ each fast Sunday.  We have such a special group of people in our ward family.