Tuesday, November 25, 2008
Ty has learned over the past few weeks to give real good hugs and kisses. Before bed we go around to everyone in the house and he gives them a big hug, a kiss (if he likes you, you get one on the mouth, if you took him away from cleaning ie the broom or mop you get the cheek) He makes sure to give each one of the dogs the same treatment. It's so cute and as he leaves each person he tells them nite-nite. So with that XOXO nite nite
So somehow between the Temple and the family dinner on Thursday and the reception for Greg and Carinna on Saturday we were able to get some Butler family pictures in. For anyone who would like to take a look here you go. (ps I fixed my website so you can see your password so it should all work... takes a few minutes to load the slideshow but well worth the time... hee hee)
go to www.barefootlifephotography.com click on client log-in
password is butlerfam1008
Saturday, November 22, 2008
Here's just a few favorites of Ty's lately....
He loves the mop and mop bucket, anything to do with cleaning
He LOVES bellybuttons
He loves olives, hotdogs, chicken fingers, frosting, cheetos, grapes, french fries
He loves running, hiding, swinging, hanging on bars, going on runs
He loves his puppies, and kit-cat (our cat)
He LOVES Home- Depot and tools
He loves music dancing and spinning
LOVES ICE CREAM
Electronics... phones, computers, plugs, fans
It's been one of those years kiddo hasn't it. I think though that it has brought us so much closer. I'm so glad to have you in my life... for eternity.
29- you make me laugh
28- you have superman strength
27- kind heart
26- strong testimony
25- knows everything about anything
24- can fix anything
23- super height to reach things on the top shelf
22- helps me keep my goals
21- loves doggies/ puppies
20- will watch chick flicks with me
19- supports my popcorn habit
18- loves ice cream on waffles
17- takes care of us
16- understands shmily
15- knows my BFS
14- plays with Ty to no end (plays a mean game of dinos & cars)
13- loves his monster unconditionally
12- watches Grey's with me
11- lets me cry on his shoulder and wipe my eyes with his ties/ shirts/ sleeves
10- loves me unconditionally
9- build anything
8- wild imagination
7- sings while driving and plays the drums on the wheel
6- helps with my photography
5- encourages all
4- loves to read and learn new things
3- own private chef
2- loves crazy even if it means he has to clean the house before leaving
1-You are amazing
WE love you!
Friday, November 14, 2008
Between lots of family, pictures, open house in Sacramento, reception in Arroyo Grande we had a busy week but are so glad to have Carrina in our family. Here's just a few. If anyone is interested in seeing their wedding pictures you can go to
www.barefootlifephotography.com go to
As it often is for me, it's either been raining or snowing for Halloween depending on where we've lived. This year it was raining... We had lots of fun getting soaked. Ty loved splashing his mom. He and Dad would gang up on her it really wasn't all that fair I do have to say....
Now my mom might be a more accurate person to ask but as far as i remember I've never been to a real pumpkin patch. This year I had it in my head that we needed to go to one... something about having a little one makes you feel the need to do some of these things. So I dragged the family out to Apple Hill, which if any of you come out this way it's lots of fun. Farmer's markets, apple groves, pumpkin patches, Christmas tree farms- it's this girls dream area. Anyways we went and found one well ok like 10 (1 for everyone) that we liked. it took a little more searching as it was 4 days before Halloween. It was so much fun watching Ty's eyes light up looking at all the pumpkins and picking out the best ones. I love PUMPKINS, Fall leaves, and this time of year!
ok so really I do have some wonderful excuses this month for being such a slacker on my blogging.. this is pathetic I'm starting to sound like my every 6 months journal writing. Oh well I'm trying to catch up- so back to my excuses. Oct was really busy with work in UT and then Greg and Carrina getting married. With Mom B still not up to 100% I volunteered my services in wedding open house planning services. We had alot of fun and hopefully the happy couple liked it to. I decided to make little cakes so as to not take away from their wedding cake at their reception. I know I'm a bit biased but I do have to say they turned out pretty good along with the center pieces. If I thought I could actually make some money doing this I might enjoy it but for now it was lots of work and lots of fun. Ty loved helping as you can see. By the time we were done with all the cakes and frostings he thinks he's a pro and NEEDS to HELP mom and dad all the time when the kitchenaid is involved.
So I made it the big 2-9 wow I never really thought that I would get to be this old... and really how is it that I can call 29 as old, but you know us youngins' and our mentality. So the bishopric thought that a talk would be the best b'day present ever and so ask me to give one. It's amazing how much you learn with a great topic like pick your favorite General Conference talk and so for those who've missed my ramblings enjoy :)
With everything that has been going on in ours and I’m sure many of your lives I felt a great comfort from Pres. Monson’s Sunday morning address during conference. In it he said: “one of the most inevitable aspects of our lives here upon the earth, is change. At one time or another we’ve all heard some form of the familiar adage: “Nothing is as constant as change.”
Throughout our lives, we must deal with change. Some changes are welcome; some are not. There are changes in our lives which are sudden, such as the unexpected passing of a loved one, an unforeseen illness, the loss of a possession we treasure. But most of the changes take place subtly and slowly….
Day by day, minute by minute, second by second we went from where we were to where we are now. The lives of all of us, of course, go through similar alterations and changes. The difference between the changes in my life and the changes in yours is only in the details. Time never stands still; it must steadily march on, and with the marching come the changes.”
He went on to say that one of the greatest lessons we are to learn is to “distinguish between what is important and what is not.” That we not let the “most important things pass [us] by. Instead, to find joy in the journey—now.
So, how is it that we can find joy in our journeys in time of adversity? Elder Wirthin in GC said “If we approach adversities wisely, our hardest times can be times of greatest growth, which in turn can lead toward times of greatest happiness.” I’m not sure about ya’ll but his promise of greatest happiness definitely peaked my interest. He then gave 4 suggestions to help us find this joy.
1. Learn to laugh- The next time you’re tempted to groan, you might try to laugh instead. It will extend your life and make the lives of all those around you more enjoyable.
• China shots- laughy taffy jokes (Why does a milk stool only have 3 legs)
• Find your stress laugh- keep doing it until you feel so silly you’re laughing
• Keep a family story close to you so when things get tough you can laugh/ or even a picture that makes you laugh.
• Make memories so that we might have “June roses in the Decembers of our lives”
2. Seek for the eternal- We may often feel like the only one when adversity enters your life. But eventually at one time or another, everyone must experience sorrow. No one is exempt.
One of my favorite quotes that helps me keep my perspective is from the Teachings of President Gordon B. Hinkley is one he got from Jenkins Lloyd Jones ,
“Anyone who imagines that bliss [in marriage] is normal is going to waste a lot of time running around shouting that he has been robbed.
“[The fact is] most putts don’t drop. Most beef is tough. Most children grow up to be just people. Most successful marriages require a high degree of mutual toleration. Most jobs are more often dull than otherwise. …
“Life is like an old-time rail journey—delays, sidetracks, smoke, dust, cinders and jolts, interspersed only occasionally by beautiful vistas and thrilling bursts of speed.
“The trick is to thank the Lord for letting you have the ride”
• D&C 121: “My son, peace be unto thy soul; thine adversity and thine afflictions shall be but a small moment; “And then, if thou endure it well, God shall exalt thee on high; thou shalt triumph over all thy foes.”
With that eternal perspective, we can take comfort from these words just as the Prophet Joseph Smith did in Liberty Jail.
3. Understand the principle of compensation- The Lord compensates the faithful for every loss. “While it may not come at the time we desire, the faithful will know that every tear today will eventually be returned a hundredfold with tears of rejoicing and gratitude.”
D&C 58: 2-5 “For verily I say unto you, blessed is he that akeepeth my commandments, whether in life or in bdeath; and he that is cfaithful in dtribulation, the ereward of the same is greater in the kingdom of heaven. Ye cannot behold with your natural aeyes, for the present time, the design of your God concerning those things which shall come hereafter, and the bglory which shall follow after much tribulation. For after much atribulation come the bblessings. Wherefore the day cometh that ye shall be ccrowned with much dglory; the hour is not yet, but is nigh at hand.”
A couple of days ago my husband received his motorcycle license which in turn meant that I received my motorcycle ride. I’ll be honest I was scared to death. My grandpa used to call them murder- cycles and I’d seen one to many accidents but I knew it was something that he wanted me to try. So I hopped on the back said a little prayer and held on tight. At first my body wanted to do the opposite of what it was supposed to- I wanted to correct the lean of the motorcycle instead of going with it. I wanted to go as slow as possible like 25 MPH, but the other cars around us didn’t seem to think that was a good idea in a 50 MPH zone. So I closed my eyes and let go of my insecurities. I found that when I closed my eyes I was able to enjoy the ride (at least around the turns) In closing my eyes I gave my trust over to Brian, I was able to lean into the turns and let the speed go. In a way I learned what it was like to give Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ my full trust, giving him the control.
4. Put our trust in our Heavenly Father and His Son, Jesus Christ. 2 Ne. 22: 2 Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust, and not be afraid; for the Lord Jehovah is my strength and my song; he also has become my salvation.
Since my sophmore year of college I’ve had a motto that “I can do hard things.” After listening to Sis Dalton’s talk I’m starting to wonder if I got it from a fireside or talk, but I too would agree with her that it should be “In the strength of the Lord, I can do all things.”
As Matthew said repeating the Savior “Take my ayoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am cmeek and dlowly in eheart: and ye shall find frest unto your souls. For my yoke is aeasy, and my burden is light.
I know we can do hard things as we let go of our control and hand our trust over to our Savior and that with an eternal perspective and a little laughter we can know that the blessing to come will be greater than we can imagine and enjoy our own personal journeys.
Echoing the words of President Monson and Elder Wirthlin, it is my prayer that we may adapt to the changes in our lives, that we may realize what is most important, that we may express our gratitude always and thus find joy in the journey. And as Elder Wirthlin’ mother said, “Come what may and love it!”