Wednesday, February 29, 2012



Last Monday, the 20th, my husband had the day off.  The annual Christian Carnival had commenced.  Many countries celebrate Christian Carnival (especially Brazil), & each country has their own twist on it, but essentially, ‘God is blindfolded for one week’ allowing mankind to do whatever they want.  Yikes.

So…we decided to avoid the hoopla & drive to Rosario (about 2 hours away).  It rained the entire day, but we had a great time.  We visited El Monumento de la Bandera which is a beautiful monument honoring the Argentine flag.





Nathan’s guardian angels watching o’er…



Sitting next to the creator of the Argentine flag.  Carlie is in shock. 


She was probably looking at this…






AnnMarie took this last picture. She must share my love of doors. ;)

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Life Is Good

Lately, my life has been busy.  No more than all of you, I’m sure.  Mothering never stops.  Never.  I’m beginning to seriously question my ability to handle three.

At any rate, I’ve been relearning how to live in South America.  Before coming back to Argentina earlier this month, I was convinced that I WOULD find a more efficient way do things here – from cooking, to cleaning, to socializing, to integrating my children into society, to getting from Point A to Point B, everything.  I was going to make this experience easier.

Hmm…let’s stop right there. 

“Character cannot be developed in ease & quiet.”  - Helen Keller

Ease?  Yeah, that’s probably not a good goal.  How about efficient though?  One problem, I’m 5 months pregnant, & let’s face it, I’m getting slower by the minute.  (In my defense, pregnancy hormones have been proven to cause short-term memory loss.  Oh well.)

So efficient or not, we’ll smile because after all, each day is a gift.  Life is so good.

(And…Uncle Nate’s still here…. and will be for 2 more months….Woohoo!  We’re so lucky.)



Wednesday, February 15, 2012

A Good Delay


Phew!  I made it back to Argentina…but only with the help of my little brother.  Nathan traveled with me, & I don’t know how I would’ve done it without him.  Traveling that far never gets easier, but I have gotten better at  taking in each moment a little more & enjoying the journey full of all it’s little surprises.

Speaking of surprises, we had a 4 hour delay in SLC which was extended by 2 hours due to an exterior decal on the plane that wasn’t positioned just right – yeah, I don’t know what that was all about.  While waiting, we spotted Elder Holland at a nearby gate.  This was a huge deal for us!  You can read more about him HERE.

Since it was a Wednesday, there were plenty of missionaries in the airport who wanted his attention, but he found a moment to visit with us.  It was amazing.  He asked, “So you’re traveling to Argentina…with these two little kittiesThat’s wonderful!”  His enthusiasm was a boost, & he was so proud of Nathan’s recent return from the Roseville, CA mission.  He thanked us for our efforts, & told Nathan to ‘keep that Roseville look about him.’  AnnMarie was so cute – she said she picked out her favorite sticker & gave it to him.  She appears to be going through her selection in the picture ;)!

We had a few mishaps in Atlanta, but essentially, due to the delay in SLC, we missed our flight to Buenos Aires.  Luckily, Delta Airlines gave us a free hotel voucher along with plenty of meal vouchers.  It was crazy, but after 3 solid days of traveling across the world, we made it.

As for now, I’m resting, adjusting, & enjoying my little brother.  I’m so happy to be with my husband again & especially grateful for the girls to have their dad back.

Monday, February 6, 2012

A Glimpse of Uruguay


My husband was in Uruguay a few days ago.  It looks a little cleaner than our neck of the woods in Argentina.  (I guess I’ll find out when I visit Uruguay’s capital, Montevideo, next month.)

I’m literally within 48 hours of heading back to South America, & no joke, I came down with the worst cold ever.  Chills, aches, runny nose, sneezes, sore throat…yeah, all that garb.  Any suggestions??  I slept most of today away.

On a lighter note, I saw a hilarious melodrama in SLC over the weekend.  Who Shot Juanito Bandito? “Oh my heck,” it was funny.  It’s playing in SLC & Logan this month if you’re looking for something really really fun to do.

And last but not least, here is my little Olympic swimmer, Carlie Joy at her finest.


What’s that - you need a closer look??


This girl has no fear when it comes to water.  She’ll fight to the death & give it her all to swim on her own.  I’ve never quite seen anything like it.


Now this little one…well, let’s just say she’s a little more on the cautious side when it comes to water, like me.



Thursday, February 2, 2012

Bring on the BLUE!!!


It’s official!  Baby #3 is a BOY!!  We can’t believe it!!  Seriously?!!  I’m still in shock.  AnnMarie has wanted a brother from the start.  I was prepping her for another sister because she was so adamant about having a brother.  The night before I found out, we had a long talk.  She resolved that she would be happy with whatever Heavenly Father gave us.  Here is her reaction to the news:

Our little tender heart

On the morning of the appointment, I wasn’t sure if I would receive the comprehensive ultrasound.  After all, it was my first appointment with a doctor here in the United States, but when Dr. R found out that I wouldn’t be here much longer, he ordered the ultrasound & worked me in that morning. 

I was all by myself, & I was so nervous, but so excited.  It certainly wasn’t ideal that my hubby was out in the middle of nowhere in South America, but he was prepared to find out over the phone.  The gender wasn’t determined until the very end of the ultrasound.  I gasped, I screamed, & I cried (just a little) which I’m sure I would’ve done no matter what we were having.  I drove to a random parking lot (Target…I think) & called Jared.  It was priceless.  I couldn’t see his face, but he was beaming for sure.  Here we come trucks, tournaments, & …ER visits (j/k, hopefully not).