Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Jordan's weekly Email

ola,

I am so grateful to have been able to talk to you all this last 25 of December in Brasil. I am so grateful for all you who love me and send your love in emails, packages, letters, and prayers. I am so grateful for my family who give me inspiration and bring me the direct revelation that I need in the moments that I need them. I am so grateful for my Mom and Dad who I admire so much. I can feel their love and I miss them terribly. I am tremendously grateful for my brothers who act like they don't love me ha. but I know that they do. I am so grateful for my Grandmas and Grandpa who make me laugh in their letters and give me support and news about how the Trailblazers are doing and how Kobe is a joke ha. I am so grateful for all of you who are taking this time to read what a 20 year old kid is writing. I want to say, "thank you." I've thought about this life so much this December and what is the purpose of it all. I know I haven´t found the secret to life but I think I got at least a hint.
.......................

It's you. It's my parents. Its my brother's, grandparent's, sister-in-law's, nieces, and friends. I am here to let to know you, learn to love you, and to help you and me return to our Father in Heaven. This life has challenges but why do we dread them? They are glorious opportunities to grow and become a little more of who we should be. Why can´t we smile when its raining and windy outside? Remember somewhere, someone asked for the rain. Or give thanks to our Heavenly Father when one of the people we love is taken from this world? Because in Spirit World he has a purpose and will help hundreds of people. I won't claim that I am perfect in looking for the silver lining in the hard thinks but I am learning to, "that all these things shall give [me] experience, and shall be for [my] good."

I love the story of the Saviors birth and I had the chance to read it this Christmas. And I found a few things that I didn't see before. The first was something that Sister Hart commented in the Christmas conference that we had with President. She talked about the angels that brought, " good tidings of great joy," she commented that the angels that sang in Celestial Choirs were not resurrected angels but pre-mortal angels. And I like to think that I had the opportunity to bring tidings declaring the birth of the Savior 2 times. When I sang in a Celestial voice (and I know that Johnny Brown was in the Choir too) and I have the opportunity now to lift my voice to declare the things that I knew and I am blessed enough to know now! and the second is in verse 7:

And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.

I think the reason that Mary did not give birth in the safety and comfort of an inn I think is very symbolical. First I think that it was Mary´s mission to be humble enough to accept the humblest of conditions as we have to accept hard things in the conditions that we do not always choose. The other thing that makes me really feel something for my Savior is that The King of Kings, the Lord of Lords was born in a manger because he was simply rejected by the inn keepers. Jesus Christ was born into this world having already been rejected by many. He grew up and was the great teacher and soon after was rejected again. I know that my Savior had a purpose on this earth. I know that he was born, lived, and died in the face of rejection and hostility. I know that my afflictions are only but a moment in the eyes of the Lord and i know that he has already walk the road that i am traveling. I love Him.

I am so grateful for my Savior, Jesus Christ. He lives and is calling us back home. Lets make a goal this year to LISTEN and FOLLOW that sweet sound of our Saviors voice.

te amo,
elder brown

Monday, December 26, 2011

Christmas

We had a very Merry Christmas. Here's a few highlights.
Paisley had fun playing with her very own nativity.

We opened just a couple things before church...

Santa brought her a Baby Alive...a couple movies, books and some candy...

She got a fun recliner...a cute little ballerina doll to dance with and a ton of princess stuff!


She started out opening presents in her Christmas dress...then came Belle...

and then Tiana...

and finally she transformed into Snow White...

Our Paisley is definitely the princess of the household. She is super girlie, sassy, smart and thinks she is the boss! She likes to test us but we know life would be boring without her. We love our Paisley Girl!!


We had fun opening presents and watching the excitement and happiness in her face, but one of the best parts of Christmas was getting to talk to Jordan!! He called about mid afternoon and talked about and hour or so. It was good to hear his little Brother voice and to hear more about the area he serves in and more about Brazil. He talks funny a little bit, but speaks English good enough...for now! :) He says they have their work cut out for them down there and they stay really busy but there is nothing better then the mission. He sounded good and we were happy to hear from him.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Christmas Tree '11






Michelle and the boys came up this weekend so we decided to decorate the Christmas tree. They literally did it in a matter of minutes, but they did a good job spreading them out. Paisley didn't hang any ornaments, she would just hand one to Cale or Bryce and have them hang it.
All the rest of my Christmas is in storage so its nice to at least have a tree.
(Don't mind Paisley's outfit, she dresses up EVERY day and for some reason wanted to wear her doggy leash while decorating!? She is her Father's Daughter when it comes to crazy clothes combos!) :)

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Cars, trucks, bugs, dirt...

and anything else BOY! I can't wait for April!!!!

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Baby Update

So I am now almost 18 weeks and tomorrow will be officially 4 months pregnant! I had an ultrasound a couple weeks ago but the baby didn't feel like cooperating so I go back in this Thursday for another appt./ultrasound and we should know whether this little one is boy or girl. I can't wait and can't believe how the time is flying by! I feel good so far. I've been feeling more hungry lately but haven't gotten to the eating in the middle of the night stage, thankfully! :) And still continue with my Zumba class a couple times a week. (if you haven't tried it...you have too, its sooo fun!) I'll take a belly pic eventually. Josh told me it looks like I'm "showing", but I just feel like its more of a muffin top then usual....we'll see.
Meabwhile, here is a pic from baby center of what the baby "looks like"

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Happy Halloween




We had a fun day yesterday. Paisley and I went down to Josh's office for a work party. They did a chili cook off and let the kids trick or treat from desk to desk. Paisley had no shame and would straight up grab handfuls of candy for every ones bowls! That's my girl, she loves her candy!
After that we all headed home and went to a party. We did some trick or treating with friends and ate lots of food and candy!! Paisley's legs were "tired" and needed to be carried a bit, but it was fun.
We came home and went around our neighborhood. By the time we got home she must have gotten a second wind..or was already on a sugar high!? And almost ran from house to house talking about how she wanted more and more candy!
After a few houses we came home checked out the goods and handed candy out to the kids who came by.
She originally said she wanted to be a butterfly, so we bought wings and a cute little tutu. After she got some princess dresses for her birthday, she quickly changed her mind. :) Of course she couldn't be anything else but a princess. She chose to be Rapunzel. She wouldn't wear her crown but she would wear this nice little hair piece I found at the $1 store! I think she was cute and we only ran into one other Rapunzel.
We had a very Happy Halloween, hope you did too.

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Cheese


I Love this face!

Friday, October 21, 2011

Birthday Girl

Paisley turned the BIG 3 last week! She had a super fun birthday week and a pretty fun party too! My Mom flew in last Wednesday so she could celebrate with her and Paisley enjoyed having 2 Grandma's with her at the same time! Paisley was spoiled with attention, toys and treats! I had fun getting the party together and was thankful to have our parents here to help(and Josh of course). Paisley is all about anything Princess. So that's what we went with when planning the party. We had a tea party/princess theme. The girls had cute tutus with fun costume jewelry and the boys got shields and swords. There was plenty of food and fun friends to visit with! We all had a good time and Paisley is still talking about it. I wanted to do a fun, big party for her since this is the last year she'll be our one and only...but, I think next year we'll tone it down and do a family birthday!










We let her open a few gifts from family on her actual birthday. She pretty much loved everything she got. More princess stuff of course! She is definitely a girlie girl! We are just in shock how much of a little girl she is and by how smart she is! She surprises us everyday and we couldn't love her more!



Saturday, October 1, 2011

Sequel...


Coming April 2012!!!
(We don't know the sex yet...just that there will be another baby this cute next year! :)

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Summer


...according to my phone.


We went to the Fair. Where Paisley milked her first live cow without any hesitation! We also entered one of Johnny B's zucchini's and it won a Blue ribbon!


We've also been able to enjoy lots of fresh fruits and veggies from Johnny's garden. Here is the first delicious and juicy watermelon and one of his enormous zuccchinis! He's also got a ton of tomatoes, onions, cucumbers, cabbage, collard greens, and corn! He's a serious gardener! :)


Grandpa helped Paisley plant some tomatoes. She waters them everyday and checks on them all the time to see if they are red yet. Well today was her lucky day, she picked her first ripe tomato and then carried it everywhere! She was pretty excited!!

While Josh is busy at work...the girls will play! We've spent many days by the pool and at the aquatic center with friends and love every minute! Paisley is usually out after five seconds in the car!

We've been loving summer and don't want it too end!! Take your time Fall and Winter!

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

California

My parents recently moved to California to take care of my Grandparents. So we were lucky to stop and stay with all of them for a couple days. My Brother Michael came up for the weekend so that was a nice bonus! They loved having Paisley around and had fun watching all the crazy things she does and says. We ate plenty In N Out and Jack in The Box. Along with a lot of other good food.


My Nana has dementia so every day was like a new day for her! :) She doesn't remember who any of us are but it was fun to spend some time with them both. Despite the memory loss, there is still that familial connection and love felt. And its almost like getting to know her all over again. She is so relaxed and is a great Nana! It was funny too, every time she would see Josh or if he would stand after sitting for a while she would say, "wow he's a tall guy, huh?" "he's really tall" EVERY TIME! Because she would forget she said it like 3 times before! I guess its not really funny, but kinda is at the same time. Gotta find joy in the journey right!? :)


Paisley had fun skate boarding with Uncle Michael.
I'm not sure why they are both half naked!?
Its nice to visit family in a place that is warm and sunny! I love Washington, but 80 and sunny, perfect!

Disneyland

Josh and I celebrated our 5 year anniversary in June and we decided we wanted to do something fun to celebrate. So we thought we would take Paisley with us and go have tons of fun at Disneyland! We were able to get a deal on a three day park hopper pass and we had the most fun ever! It was fun to go and be a kid again and to see all the excitement and happiness in Paisley's face each day! Josh was a good sport and rode all the kiddie rides also. Paisley was about 4 inches too short for the more big rides, like Splash Mountain, but we had fun riding the smaller rides. We'll have to take her again when she is a bit taller. (Its a good deal though, because before 3 they are free!)


Paisley enjoyed her daily cotton candy.

Mesmerized by "Its a Small World"

I got to ride on Dumbo with her like I did with my parents when I was a kid. I loved it! (not sure why I have a death grip around her...we were buckled in)


She love, love, loved the tea cups!


Paisley was happy, yet shy at the same time to meet two of her favorites Princesses.

The carousel was a must...

as well as trying to pull the sword from the stone.




The parade was amazing! Lots of color, music and dancing!


We never took a family shot, but I guess this will work.




California Adventure had some fun shows to watch and more smaller rides for Paisley.




The Ariel ride was fun, just like riding through the movie!


Paisley picked an Ariel doll and swirly sucker as her souvenirs, along with the crown she is wearing in some of the pics.

And of course you can't go to Disneyland and not have some if this!

Disneyland really is the happiest place on earth! :) We were smiling constantly and I had so much fun sharing some of my childhood memories with Paisley & Josh and also making new ones on our fist "family" vacation. Its crazy how much you love your kids and how much seeing them happy can make you happy! We all had a blast and can't wait to go again!