Sunday, December 20, 2009

OKC Experiences

This is a funny marriage story, well its more about how patient Nate is with me. So for Thanksgiving diner I was in charge of making the green bean casserole along with some other things. We where going to eat at Chelsea's and so everything was packed and we loaded up for the about 20 minute drive. They only live about 10 miles away but you have to get on the free for a little and there's a long stretch of lights so it takes a while. Anyway we get there and are hanging out and I start making the green bean casserole and I don't have the french fried onions and I forgot the cute little turkey napkin rings that I made and was super excited about. So after some deliberation Nathan says he'll go back to the apt and get. My hero, so sweet right. Well last night was the ward Christmas party and I said I would make jello, a centerpiece for the table and bring our stockings for wall decor and show up a little early. Well we drive up to the church and I forgot the jello. I'm loosing it. This time after a little convincing Nathan goes back to the apt to get the jello. He's so sweet.
Fun parent moment. Our meeting house is right next to the temple and one day we were pulling into the parking lot and Nahlia yells "Tempol, Tempol". It was so sweet. We've never tried to get her to say temple before so it was a wonderful little surprise.
A "game" Nathan and I play when we're driving around is calling out all the different gas prices we see. One day on the same road we saw $2.43 high and $2.23 low with about 3 other prices in between. I think its just crazy how different it is at every station. I know we lead a very exciting life.

Monday, December 7, 2009

A Day in the Life

...of Nahlia.
A little hide and seek

Playing on mommy's iPod.
Getting out supplies for coloring.
Even though these pictures were taken on different days she's wearing the same thing (or not wearing) everyday because she immediately takes of anything you put on her.
Dad wanting a little attention himself posses for a picture. He's off to control some air plains.
My little Divas aren't they cute.

Thanksgiving 2009

Thanksgiving with the Grafes. We are thankful for Carl, Chelsea, and Garen for inviting us to share their Thanksgiving feast with them.
Nathan modeling the turkey napkin rings I made. He's thrilled. I loved them and they will be with at every thanksgiving from now on.
We had so much food for 4 adults and 2 toddlers. Especially pie, two pumpkins, banana cream, chocolate, apple, and lemon marange. It was ridiculous but delicious. Later we went on a walk to the park. It was a beautiful day. Nathan didn't get to watch any football because they don't have a tv, and we all lived. So it can be done.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Trick or Treat

This Halloween we went to Grandma Lorna's house. Nahlia dressed up as a garden fairy from Tinkerbell the movie. Johny and Dillon were a swamp monster and a mummy. Nahlia just adores them but when they put their masks on she'd freak out. She could have stayed in this chair with them all night.

Nahlia wouldn't go anywhere with out holding Dillon's hand. She wanted to hold Johny's too but he would run away ahead of us to the next house. After the boys had to leave Jason was nice enough to take Nahlia to a few house but without them Nahlia lost all interest in trick or treating.
Nahlia's not in this one because she would stop crying.
Uncle Paul dressed up as a gorilla and pretended to trick or treat at the door but when Lorna brought the bowl out he grabbed it and ran. It was hilarious. Nate knew but chased him down the street for show. Lorna couldn't believe someone would do that but she figured it out.
The next morning we were off to Tahoe to bring Laura home. We met up with my parents, Craig, Linzy, and Brennen. Bye auntie Laura we'll miss you.
We went to Donner lake that evening before they left. It was beautiful. Nahlia loved throwing rocks in the water.

We had a wedding planning meeting while we were there. I love wedding planning.

Our last night in SLC. We're going to miss living my our cousins.
The drive to OKC was a little harder this time but we still made it.
Nahlia spooning in catchup.

We like it here so far. It will be a pretty mild winter this year. We go to the ward that meets next to the temple. There are a lot of other FAA trainees here and some with families. We play with one little girl a little older than Nahlia.

Saturday, October 17, 2009


18 months
New Words: Book, Shoe, Flower, Fish, Hug, Foot, Quack, Meow, Oink, Moo.
Interest: Jumping of the couch into the love sac, getting into the frig, being naked all the time, running away from mommy down the street and in the store, babies and small animals, getting her nails painted, spinning, dancing, reading her big princes book before bed.
Favorite Foods: Cottage cheese, apple sauce, bananas, cookies.
Favorite Songs: Just Dance and Poker Face from Lady Gaga, the Kidz Bop version of Take You There by Sean Kingston, all hymns (she sings along every time).
Recent Stories: We had banana splits the other night and Nate bought cool whip instead of whip cream, it was Nahlia's favorite part of the banana split. Two days had past and Nahlia was playing in the next room and had gotten very quiet. When I went in to check on her she and the floor was covered in cool whip. Another favorite item to get out of the frig is the egg carton and resort all the eggs.
Tantrum Style: Falling to and laying on the ground and high pitched screaming.

Is so excited that Linzy and Craig want her to help them plan their wedding.

Went fishing with his Dad and brothers today. Had to get some new clothes for his training in Oklahoma City and when it was all over said to Carly "That was fun today".

Sent her mission papers in.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

". . . charity never faileth."

I've recently been asked what my favorite scripture is. I never like this question because there are so many that are beautiful and meaningful that it's hard for me to choose just one right in that moment, also because I can't remember scripture references very well. That being said the one that I usually go to first is
Moroni 7:44-47
"If so, his faith and hope is vain, for none is acceptable before God, save the meek and lowly in heart; and if a man be meek and lowly in heart, and confesses by the power of the Holy Ghost that Jesus is the Christ, he must needs have charity; for is he have not charity he is nothing; wherefore he must needs have charity. And charity suffereth long, and is kind, and envieth not, and is not puffed up, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil, and rejoiceth not in iniquity but rejoiceth in the truth, beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things. Wherefore, my beloved brethren, if ye have not charity, ye are nothing, for charity never faileth. Wherefore, cleave unto charity, which is the greatest of all, for all things must fall But charity is the pure love of Christ, and it endureth forever; and whoso is found possessed of it at the last day, it shall be well with him."
Whenever I'm wondering how I'm doing in the grand scheme of things I like to think of this scripture and see how I measure up. I don't think charity is an action or a feeling, I think it is a state of being and something to always strive for. I also like that this scripture has specific things to work on and gives the reward for there accomplishments. Some of my other favorite scripture talk about charity as well. This is the second scripture that I look at for guidance in establishing a home and family
Doctrine and Covenants 88:118-126
"And as all have not faith, seek ye diligently and teach one another words of wisdom; yea, seek ye out of the best books words of wisdom; seek learning, even by study and also by faith. Organize yourselves; prepare every needful thing; and establish a house, even a house of prayer, a house of fasting, a house of faith, a house of learning, a house of glory, a house of order, a house of God; That your incomings may be in the name of the lord; that your outgoings may be in the name of the Lord; that all your salutations may be in the name of the Lord, with uplifted hands unto the Most High. Therefore, cease from all your light speeches, from all laughter, from all your lustful desires, from all your pride and light-mindedness, and from all your wicked doings. Appoint among yourselves a teacher, and let not all be spokesmen at once; but let one speak at a time and let all listen unto his sayings, that when all have spoken that all may be edified of all, and that every man may have an equal privilege. See that ye love one another; cease to be covetous; learn to impart one to another as the gospel requires. Cease to be idle; cease to be unclean; cease to find fault one with another; cease to sleep longer than is needful; retire to they bed early, that ye may not be weary; arise early, that your bodies and your minds may be invigorated. And above all things, clothe yourselves with the bond of charity, as with a mantle, which is the bond of perfectness and peace. Pray always, that you may not faint, until I come. Behold, and lo, I will come quickly, and receive you unto myself. Amen.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Fall Festivities

The weather today made me full of fall feelings, so to celebrate we had grilled cheese and tomato soup and painted pumpkins. It was the first time Nahlia had had grilled cheese and tomato soup and it's safe to say she loved it. I have to thank my mother in law for the pumpkins because I wasn't going to buy pumpkins to carve this year. I don't know why I just didn't feel like it which is weird because I usually love carving pumpkins. She gave us these from her garden, they are so cute and little. I also worked on Nahlia's Halloween costume, she's going to be a garden fairy from Tinkerbell. I'm almost done with it and I'm proud of myself because Halloween is still three weeks away. The first moving boxes where taped up today signaling the official start of packing. Tonight I'm off to Walmart for box hunting.

Monday, October 12, 2009

Congratulations Linzy and Craig

I just received the text announcing they're engagement. We are so happy for you guys and just love Linzy. Craig flew to her home in Pennsylvania this weekend to ask her parents and today went on a day trip to New York City where he popped the question.

This isn't from NYC but its one of my favorite pics of them. I have awsome sister-in-laws. By request a pic of Linzy's face. She looks great Craig not so much but we already know he's cute.

Play Date with Old Friends

With all the moving around we seem to do its nice to be with old friends. Natasha, Richard, and Lowell came for a play date today. They just moved to Utah and are getting settle. Nahlia and Lowell have been playing since they were baby's but this was the first time they really played together. They have very different personalities in that Nahlia is possessive of her things and Lowell could careless. So they make great playmates.We've been teaching Nahlia how to do somersaults and She DID IT all by herself today. She would only do it in her tent though so she'd somersault and then the tent would fall on her. Always a great activity at our house, jumping off the couch into the love sac.
We can't wait to see you guys again.

Introducing Charlie

Charlie Katzourakis born on Tuesday October 6th at St. Mark's hospital in Salt Lake City. He's a beautiful little boy and looks like is older brother Dillon. At the hospital the day after. Johny and Dillon weren't there when we where there and Nahlia was to sick to be around a new born so we look forward to being all together when Nahlia is all better.

Monday, October 5, 2009

Bewitching Weekend

We had a fun filled weekend and it was conference that made it even better. My Nana GAK (Great Aunt Kathy) returned from her mission this week and we got to meet up with her on Thursday. We met at Pat's BBQ in Salt Lake, they picked it because it was featured on a Food Network show, it was pretty good. I sadly don't have a picture. Aunt Brandy came in from Hawaii to get her and Aunt Marie and Kory came down from Idaho, Kelly and her daughter, James and Erin, cousin Kim and her husband, Laura, Nahlia and myself. It was so fun, they are hilarious and I hope we see them again soon.
Friday we went to the BYU game courtesy of Brett. Nahlia loves going to sporting events. She claps and dances, watches the marching band and cheerleaders. She really liked it when they would run around the field with the big BYU flags. Matt and Jeanne drove in from Cali. We love all the BYU gear they have. Sorry I cut your head off Matt. Auntie LALAWe told Nahlia to smile and she did this, followed by more funny faces.Brett "Ocho Cinco" ThompsonSaturday after conference we met up with the Katzourakis clan at Gardener Village for their Halloween activities. Everybody is dressed up like a witch and they have animated witches everywhere and the kids come dressed up. I didn't have it together enough for Nahlia to dress up yet but oh well.
Dillon, Johny, Nahlia, Conner and his sister.Nahlia LOVES her cousins. There was a lot of hug'n going on.Running through the hay maze.Holding hands. She would go anywhere without holding one or both of their hands to the point where they would say "Are you ever going to let go of my hand" and "You're squeezing my finger to tight"The petting zoo. We told her to give the animals hugs and he walked around hugging their bums because she was to scared to hug by their faces. Really cute petting zoo. They had sheep, goats, pigs, lamas, donkeys, chickens, rabbits, and they all had babies.They also had a pony ride that was really fun. First time Nahlia riding a pony all by herself. She wanted them to go faster.

And of course conference was this weekend. I'm pretty sure every talk was great. This time they didn't really talk about money or emergency preparedness. There was a lot about the daily impressions from the spirit, providing consistent and frequent opportunities to talk of Christ in the home, making service a daily act, and reinforcing the basics of being a decent and productive member of the church and society. I loved it. Conference is amazing because you get to hear so many powerful testimonies and it is evident they are the mouthpiece for Heavenly Father. They truly are the Prophets and Apostles for the world. Every conference I try to finding something we can do as a new family tradition or make a commitment to do better. For example last October we decided to have a prayer of gratitude every thanksgiving inspired by Elder Bednar's talk. Coincidentally he's talk this time gave me encouragement about family home evening, that it doesn't always have to go well as long as it happens.