Friday, November 18, 2011

Jinn


Hey all... just wanted to write a quick post and direct you all to check out a review I wrote for Utah Theater Bloggers. The show was really interesting and honestly, if you don't have plans and you're in SLC, you should check it out. Very unique and thought-provoking show...

Here's the link! http://utahtheaterbloggers.com/7596/a-puzzle-worth-watching-jinn-other-myths-at-the-off-broadway-theater/

Thursday, November 17, 2011

November Already?!?

Wow. So it really has been more than 10 MONTHS since I've last posted. That is just insanity. I guess Facebook took over. And life. I know... excuses, excuses... but at least I'm posting now!


Our family was the Mario Brothers for Halloween... Big Mario and Big Luigi and Baby Mario and Baby Luigi. Yes, we are dorky. But we love us some Mario Kart!!! :)

The kids are both older (birthdays are in February) as are Robert and I (birthdays in August)... Peter is 4 and loving his three-day-a-week preschool; Jeremy is 2 and insanely active all the time; Robert is 28 and still living up the attorney life, gaming or watching movies with me at night; and I am also 28 (3 days older than Robert) and trying to enjoy the everyday moments (not usually succeeding, it seems)...

I have recently discovered Pinterest and I am totally addicted but loving it! I've decided to implement the awesome ideas I "Pin" there by doing one pin a week. There are so many cute and easy crafts and activities on there to do with kids... also great home ideas, etc... so I'm going to do one thing a week and then post it here. Hopefully I'll be better at keeping this up!

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

We Are Alive!


Yes. This is Jeremy wearing a batman mask. He LOVES it. Should I be concerned?!?
Hello Everyone...

We have been lame at blogging. And I take the blame, since Robert does work full-time and Peter and Jeremy don't know how to read and write yet.

Here's a G Family Update:

  • Robert is happily back to being obsessed with the Jazz now that we're in Utah again. He has always been a fan, but now he devotedly watches every Jazz game and EVEN watches his "worst (NBA) enemies" to cheer AGAINST them (sorry, Lakers fans!). Robert's firm has season tickets to the Jazz... so we've been able to go to a game so far (against the Magic) which was AWESOME!!!

  • Peter is potty-trained (WOOHOO) and keeps his pants dry, provided we bribe him with DS/Gamecube privileges. Yes, he's three. I know. It's kind of scary he already loves video games. And I AM contemplating banning them from the house... but for now, they're helping motivate him, so they're doing some good. He also loves his preschool and is our silly big boy, always.

  • Jeremy is a spazz. A TOTAL spazz. He TODAY discovered how to climb out of his crib, which I am not happy about. Needless to say, after putting him back into his crib 20 times (yes, this kid is stubborn)... I gave up and he didn't nap today. Here's hoping naps aren't gone forever!!!

  • I am generally happy and crazy... somewhere in the middle of the two, I guess. My house is currently a disaster area... but I tend to be an all-or-nothing cleaner unfortunately. Hopefully I'll find my mojo and finish cleaning up tomorrow. Sorry, Mom and Megan! You really did teach me better... I have become a gym rat, though, and luckily, my kids love the "Kid Zone" there, too... woohoo!!!
Sorry this is short and choppy but I wanted to get it out there! Hope all is well with you and yours!

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Jeremy Sticks a Bowl on His Head, Peter Acts Like He's Really Cool, and Other Adventures

The Gibbons family has not posted any pics in a while. Here's a few good ones, starting with Jeremy learning how to lounge:

Here's the part where Jeremy sticks a bowl on his head. He really likes wearing hats and bowls, apparently He's also been known to stack sticky suckers on his head:



Here's the lucky parents of the young gentlemen, at a release party for Brandon Sanderson's / Robert Jordan's new book The Towers of Midnight. Both of us won prizes at the event.


Here's Peter, just after launch on a dinosaur slide at the Dinosaur Park in Ogden.


And here is Peter's best GQ pose at the same park:

There was one scary episode that day at the park. We were with friends digging for dinosaur bones when we noticed that Jeremy had vanished. We found him a short distance away staring at the ducks:

He must be thinking really deep thoughts.

Stay cool, kids.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Hooray for Daddy!


First off... isn't the pic above to-die-for cute?!? Peter and Ethan are close cousins and are quickly becoming BFFs. Peter even asked me to call Ethan on the phone yesterday. The conversation was pretty funny (given that they are both 3-year-olds):

PETER (with my prompting): Hi-- is Ethan there? This is Peter.
(after chatting a bit with Aunt Rachel G.)...
ETHAN: Hi Peter! Do you want to play?
(as reported to me by Rachel G.)
PETER: Hi Ethan! Uh hum... [Awkward silence from Peter's end]
He just kind of sat there. But it was thrilling to see that he wanted to reach out and connect with his buddy. Seriously, so cute. We'll keep practicing phone conversations. :)

As for the HEADING of this lovely blog... HOORAY FOR DADDY... Robert was sworn into the Utah Bar today and so is officially a full-abled practicing lawyer!! WAHOO! He came home with his new awesome business cards yesterday (a day early I guess, before they were "official")-- "Robert.... Attorney-at-Law." Congrats, honey! This has been many years in-the-making and I am proud to be a part of it all.
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Friday, September 24, 2010

The Miracle of Forgiveness





Just a warning... this is going to be one of those introspective posts, because I've been thinking about this topic a lot lately. I will put in some cute pictures of my kids to add some excitement. :)

Forgiveness... I have unwittingly considered myself a forgiving person before. I am naturally forgetful about most things, so it fits in that I forgive easily, right? I also try to forgive when I feel offended or hurt...

...but (hate that word in this scenario!)... through many heartfelt discussions with my husband, I have realized that I am the type that forgives 98% and holds onto that 2% of hurt to protect myself against being hurt again. Two percent isn't such a big deal, except for when you start adding it all up... the English teacher in jr. high who made me cry regularly, my terrible wedding DJ (isn't it so funny that I actually still feel resentment for this?!? I mean really, how immature can I be?!?), "friends" who hurt me, rejections and failures I hold onto too tight (aka, not fully forgiving MYSELF).

Does anyone else feel this way? Like forgiveness really is a Divine gift -- so against our "protect myself and survive" nature?


The thing is, when I think of myself and all of the dumb things I've done and said... I sincerely hope people forgive me for those mistakes. I want people to know that despite my "bad" moments, I am not a bad person (I hope). I want people to give ME the benefit of the doubt and see me as a person... not label or define me by one poor decision.

As our Savior said:
“Ye have heard that it hath been said, An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth:
“But I say unto you, That ye resist not evil: but whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also.
“And if any man will sue thee at the law, and take away thy coat, let him have thy cloke also.
“And whosoever shall compel thee to go a mile, go with him twain.
“Give to him that asketh thee, and from him that would borrow of thee turn not thou away.
“Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy.
“But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you” (Matt. 5:38–44, emphasis added).
Pretty powerful. And pretty clear. It gets down to trusting the Lord: If I trust the Lord's promises, I will give Him my heart. Part of that gift is giving up and letting go of the protective resentments I hold, with trust that the Lord's miracles will outweigh my own capacity to "protect" myself.




For even more motivation, in order for me to be forgiven fully, the Lord taught, I must first forgive fully:
“Wherefore, I say unto you, that ye ought to forgive one another; for he that forgiveth not his brother his trespasses standeth condemned before the Lord; for there remaineth in him the greater sin.
“I, the Lord, will forgive whom I will forgive, but of you it is required to forgive all men” (D&C 64:9–10, emphasis added).
 






President Gordon B. Hinckley said it best in his epic October 2005 Conference talk, "Forgiveness":
"I know this is a delicate and sensitive thing of which I am speaking. There are hardened criminals who may have to be locked up. There are unspeakable crimes, such as deliberate murder and rape, that justify harsh penalties. But there are some who could be saved from long, stultifying years in prison because of an unthoughtful, foolish act. Somehow forgiveness, with love and tolerance, accomplishes miracles that can happen in no other way.
"The great Atonement was the supreme act of forgiveness. The magnitude of that Atonement is beyond our ability to completely understand. I know only that it happened, and that it was for me and for you. The suffering was so great, the agony so intense, that none of us can comprehend it when the Savior offered Himself as a ransom for the sins of all mankind.
"It is through Him that we gain forgiveness. It is through Him that there comes the certain promise that all mankind will be granted the blessings of salvation, with resurrection from the dead. It is through Him and His great overarching sacrifice that we are offered the opportunity through obedience of exaltation and eternal life" (emphasis added).
I pray that I can finally learn to forgive and let go of all the little things I harbor... and that we all can learn to have more love and trust and less resentment.

AND I ask any of you whom I might have offended to forgive me. I will sincerely try to do the same, forgiving completely and in a way that only comes through the Atonement of the Savior.

I know that Jesus is the Christ and that His way is the way of love and forgiveness. I know that as we follow Him-- even when we can't comprehend "why" or even "how"-- He will bless us.
 

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Great News!

... Robert PASSED THE UTAH BAR!!! He got the news in the mail today and we are ecstatic!

Yay Daddy! ...now back to our show...
I love you, Robert!
Congratulations, honey! I knew you could do it! WOOHOO!!!!