Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Relief Society

Over the past few years I have really grown to love, love, love our church's women's organization called Relief Society. It's one of the reasons why I can handle Chase's career choice that will have us moving every 2 years. I'll have a much easier time making friends.

On Saturday we had an activity where I learned a few more tricks to couponing, learned how to cut Chase's hair (he's been begging me to learn in order to save us money), and made a cute pillow for Mila's crib. How cool is that? The Lord knew what He was doing when He created this organization!

Sunday, January 29, 2012

The Great Communicator

In November Mila developed a little quirk that has become her way of communicating to us. Spend a few minutes with her and you will see what we're talking about. Mila communicates to us whenever she wants something by twisting her wrists. The more she likes/wants something, the more her hands twist. We love it! It scared me at first because lets be honest, it is a bit weird, but I find this form of communication way better than her screaming or crying. Plus, it makes buying her things way easier...she lets us exactly what she really wants. (However, I am trying to do sign language with Mila, and it is difficult to know when she is "all done" with something because she twists her wrists a lot, which looks a lot like the sign for "all done." Oh well.)

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Friday Outing

To unwind from the week we headed over to the Riverwoods to walk around and to use our gift card at Blickenstaff's. As will be seen from my next post, we successfully found a toy for Mila and a candy bar for ourselves. I love the old school candy they have!! Anyway, Mila thoroughly enjoyed walking around so she could stare at the water basins with fire. She thought those were pretty sweet. I really love the Riverwoods and will be sad when we move away from it.

Friday, January 27, 2012


It snowed at the beginning of the week, and Mila finally got a chance to experience it! It had snow a few Saturdays ago, but by the time Chase finished his BAR studying for the day it had melted. So, we jumped at the chance to bundle Mila up this time and take her out.
She made a snow angel.
I built her a snowman (Chase chose to be the photographer on this adventure rather than getting his hands dirty (or wet in this case)).
All in all, she didn't mind the snow. She wasn't a huge fan of laying down in the snow because it was still snowing outside and so it was getting in her eyes. But, she didn't cry so we count it a successful outing.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Overwhelming Gratitude

Sunday night, our church celebrated the seminary program's 100 years of existence. For those not of my faith, seminary is a program designed for teenagers to attend that allow them to study the scriptures for four years in order to study the Old & New Testament, the Book of Mormon, and the Doctrine and Covenants along with our church's history. Living in Texas, I attended seminary before school at 6AM at my church building. Here in Utah because there are so many Latter-day Saints, there is a greater demand for seminary classes, and so there is a seminary building adjacent to practically every high school and junior high. This allows students to be released from school for one period a day and walk to the seminary building. My seminary teachers volunteered their time each morning to teach us from the scriptures. In Utah, they pay seminary teachers since they teach all day. As many of you know, I had the opportunity to teach seminary for five years. Although in the past few months I have missed being in the classroom less and less as I grow more in love with my life as a mother, today my heart aches. Today I realize how blessed I am to have been a part of such an amazing program.

Many of you reading this will have been blessed by being able to attend seminary growing up. Like me, you may not have realized as a teenager, how blessed you were to be able to study daily with peers the scriptures. I realized years later the impact seminary can have. I realized it because during my senior year I was not diligent in attending seminary. I did the necessary make up work in order to graduate from seminary, but I definitely didn't value seminary like I should have. Near the end of my senior year I faced some difficulties that I know came about because I did not have a full measure of the Holy Ghost in my life to help guide and direct me. Maybe that's why when I became a seminary teacher I was passionate about students coming and making the most of their time in seminary. Plus, as an adult I understood that it's not every day that you get to have gospel discussions and feel the spirit as your testimony grows. But that's the thing, it was every day for me while I was a teacher. I think that's what I miss--being in an environment where I felt the spirit daily and witnessed the strength that the youth today carry with them. The Lord really is sending some pretty choice spirits in these last days. I had that witnessed to me time and time again. If you have a second, you should watch the beginning of the broadcast starting just after the 5 minute mark. You'll see for yourself in the short video the church produced about seminary how strong the youth are.

I'm grateful for the Lord's hand in guiding me towards teaching seminary. I'm grateful for the youth and faculty of Mountain View that I rubbed shoulders with for four years. And I'm grateful to now have the chance to use my teaching skills on my daughter. I just hope I don't get rusty :)

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Goodbye 2011, Hello 2012

This past week Chase and I took time to reflect on 2011 and all the blessings we received from the Lord. Really, 2011 was quite the year and I don't know how 2012 could top it. But we do have a lot of unknowns left, which should make for some excitement in 2012. Here are some of the highlights of 2011.
**Chase finding out he landed an internship with the Air Force as a JAG.
**Being showered with love by friends and family in preparation for Mila's arrival.
**Living in an area that allows us to attend married student wards. We find it such a blessing that last year we served in amazing wards and made more lasting friendships.
*Obviously THE highlight of the year was the arrival of Mila Christy Gunnell on May 17.
*Spending the summer in Texas near family and having family present in person and via technology for Mila's blessing.
**Quality family time (just the three of us) in San Antonio.
**Mila surviving two 1,000+ mile drives. She was a trooper!
**Selling our condo...bitter sweet, but definitely a huge blessing!
**Chase receiving an offer to be a JAG for the Air Force.
(Here's a picture of our celebratory breakfast since he received the call at 7AM)
**Spending Christmas as a family of three!

Monday, January 2, 2012

Screech Owl

Last night Mila was on one. It was hilarious. I must say she is a social butterfly and loves living with family. She just wants to be the center of attention. Just look...

Best Toy Ever

After researching and asking friends and family for opinions, we decided to buy Mila the Bright Starts Around We Go saucer for Christmas. I felt this saucer was better suited for Mila's age. When we have a second child we will probably purchase a traditional saucer for the age range of 4-6 months. But this saucer is perfect for the older, more sturdy child. Plus you can take the seat off and it can be an activity table for the toddler stage.

We weren't sure if she would like it or not. But take a look at her first trial run in it. (Please ignore my commentary.)
I think we have a winner!