Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Lullaby

So many fun adventures, trips and memories have been made since the last post that I want to find time to blog about! But, right now there really is just one very, very special memory standing out above the rest...


My nephew Cannon Lowell Crumpton was born on April 20, 2011. This picture makes me smile and hold back tears simultaneously because it's one of the few times I ever got the privilege of holding this sweet little piece of heaven during his four months of life here on earth.



Really though, I'll cherish these pictures forever. Cannon's entire life, from his first breath to his last, was a miracle. My sister Jasmine recounted his life story best at his funeral and shared it on her blog here. It's impossible for me to make it through that whole post without crying, but at the same time, I love reading it over and over again. I love remembering Cannon and looking forward to the day I get to see him again.


I loved when my sister read from the book, "Oh, the Places You'll Go," by Dr. Seuss. It melted my heart and will FOREVER make me think of Cannon: how special he is, how tough he was to suffer through as much as he did for as long as he did, and how valiant and great the work he has been called to do on the other side must be. I'm posting the entire Seuss story below...yes I loved it THAT much. Every word.


Today is your day.
You’re off to Great Places!
You’re off and away!
You have brains in your head.
You have feet in your shoes.
You can steer yourself any direction you choose.
You’re on your own. And you know what you know. And YOU are the guy who’ll decide where to go.
You’ll look up and down streets. Look’em over with care. About some you will say, “I don’t choose to go there.” With your head full of brains and your shoes full of feet, you’re too smart to go down a not-so-good street.
And you may not find any you’ll want to go down. In that case, of course, you’ll head straight out of town. It’s opener there in the wide open air.
Out there things can happen and frequently do to people as brainy and footsy as you.
And when things start to happen, don’t worry. Don’t stew. Just go right along. You’ll start happening too.
Oh! The Places You’ll Go!
You’ll be on your way up!
You’ll be seeing great sights!
You’ll join the high fliers who soar to high heights.
You won’t lag behind, because you’ll have the speed. You’ll pass the whole gang and you’ll soon take the lead. Wherever you fly, you’ll be best of the best. Wherever you go, you will top all the rest.
Except when you don’t.
Because, sometimes, you won’t.
I’m sorry to say so but, sadly, it’s true that Bang-ups and Hang-ups can happen to you.
You can get all hung up in a prickle-ly perch. And your gang will fly on. You’ll be left in a Lurch.
You’ll come down from the Lurch with an unpleasant bump. And the chances are, then, that you’ll be in a Slump.
And when you’re in a Slump, you’re not in for much fun. Un-slumping yourself is not easily done.
You will come to a place where the streets are not marked. Some windows are lighted. But mostly they’re darked. A place you could sprain both your elbow and chin! Do you dare to stay out? Do you dare to go in? How much can you lose? How much can you win?
And if you go in, should you turn left or right…or right-and-three-quarters? Or, maybe, not quite? Or go around back and sneak in from behind? Simple it’s not, I’m afraid you will find, for a mind-maker-upper to make up his mind.
You can get so confused that you’ll start in to race down long wiggled roads at a break-necking pace and grind on for miles across weirdish wild space, headed, I fear, toward a most useless place.
The Waiting Place…for people just waiting.
Waiting for a train to go or a bus to come, or a plane to go or the mail to come, or the rain to go or the phone to ring, or the snow to snow or waiting around for a Yes or No or waiting for their hair to grow. Everyone is just waiting.
Waiting for the fish to bite or waiting for wind to fly a kite or waiting around for Friday night or waiting, perhaps, for their Uncle Jake or a pot to boil, or a Better Break or a string of pearls, or a pair of pants or a wig with curls, or Another Chance. Everyone is just waiting.
No! That’s not for you!
Somehow you’ll escape all that waiting and staying. You’ll find the bright places where Boom Bands are playing. With banner flip-flapping, once more you’ll ride high! Ready for anything under the sky. Ready because you’re that kind of a guy!
Oh, the places you’ll go! There is fun to be done! There are points to be scored. There are games to be won. And the magical things you can do with that ball will make you the winning-est winner of all. Fame! You’ll be famous as famous can be, with the whole wide world watching you win on TV.
Except when they don’t. Because, sometimes, they won’t.
I’m afraid that some times you’ll play lonely games too. Games you can’t win ‘cause you’ll play against you.
All Alone!
Whether you like it or not, Alone will be something you’ll be quite a lot.
And when you’re alone, there’s a very good chance you’ll meet things that scare you right out of your pants. There are some, down the road between hither and yon, that can scare you so much you won’t want to go on.
But on you will go though the weather be foul. On you will go though your enemies prowl. On you will go though the Hakken-Kraks howl. Onward up many a frightening creek, though your arms may get sore and your sneakers may leak. On and on you will hike. And I know you’ll hike far and face up to your problems whatever they are.
You’ll get mixed up, of course, as you already know. You’ll get mixed up with many strange birds as you go. So be sure when you step. Step with care and great tact and remember that Life’s a Great Balancing Act. Just never forget to be dexterous and deft. And never mix up your right foot with your left.
And will you succeed?
Yes! You will, indeed!
98 and ¾ percent guaranteed.
Kid, you’ll move mountains!
So…be your name Buxbaum or Bixby or Bray or Mordecai Ale Van Allen O’Shea, you’re off to Great Places!
Today is your day!
Your mountain is waiting.
So…get on your way!
As much of a fighter I know Cannon was, I can't imagine how much he must miss his mommy and daddy. I've honestly never witnessed so much love, patience and gratitude as I did from Jazz and Rod with baby Cannon. I love this picture of my sis and him so much!

I have always loved the song, "Lullaby" by the Dixie Chicks, but now I love it even more because it makes me think of my sister and her precious little baby...and the reality of FOREVER.

Who would have ever guessed that a person could find a hero in a 4 month-old? Without question, I did.
Love you so much little one! Can't wait to see you again :).

Sunday, July 10, 2011

One Year Ago Today...


One year ago today...


This happened:


this happened:




...and this happened:



Four years ago this month...

This happened:



In 3 months...

THIS IS HAPPENING:


For our one year anniversary, Chad surprised me with a whole trip he has planned for us to go back to Hawaii this October!! I can't wait to go back to all the places where we first met!

I love being married to Chad Moody.

Happy One Year Anniversary!!!



Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Colors, Nephews, Get-a-ways and Angel's Landing


Life is really only as good as the memories we make...is it not?

Here's to memory-making and taking eight billion pictures to ensure we don't forget the bliss.









Festival of Colors!





When Kara and my nephews came to visit!!




Bowling at Provo Beach Resort with Lando & Shelby

St. George again!!
Last weekend we went to Zion's to hike Angel's Landing! It was awesome!!














Park City for Chad's Bday Weekend!





We're going to AZ next weekend and I'll get to see my new little scrumptious nephew Cannon Crumpton!! Can't wait!!!

Sayonara.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Hello February.

I'm drawing blanks about what to write about in this blog post, mostly because I'm disappointed that the things I want to blog about, I don't have pictures for! I can't remember the last time I didn't have pictures to document an outing. How will anyone believe that we just got back from a tropical island adventure in Figi? Ok, no...we didn't just get back from Figi. But we did just get back from a weekend trip to Delta, Utah. Population? 3,200.

That's right, I have zero pictures to show for it, but we did go to Delta a couple months ago for the annual pheasant hunt! So, here are some pictures from that!


Shootin' Skeet.


Chad hunting the non-existent pheasants.



We went this weekend with Chad's cousin Brandon and Chelsea to Delta again to visit their Grandma Margie! We took her out to lunch and she told Chad that he needs to get rid of his soul patch. Awesome.

That same Brandon and Chelsea also introduced us to something wonderful about California Pizza Kitchen, that we feel selfish not to share! Turns out you can buy ready-made pizza dough from CPK to-go for $1 each! They have it all rolled out perfectly so all you have to do is take it home and add toppings! It's a fun little date night!

See!!

Chelsea & Brandon
Chad & Winnie!

We did the CPK pizza thing with Chad and Winnie one night when they came over for dinner! I still suck at cooking, so this seemed like a safer bet : ).


JASMINE AND ROD came and stayed with us two weeks ago in our little apartment and it was so much fun!!! Thankfully, she took pics AND video of our tubing adventures and wrote a lovely blog post about the whole trip that you can read here. Yes, I enjoy inserting hyperlinks.

ARIZONA. We graced ourselves with the presence of Arizona not once, but twice between October and December and I DO have a few pics to prove it...Hooray!



Keri & Craig's Wedding!



Andrew & Ali's Wedding!






Other random AZ pics!



I love this picture so much!! My favorite part is the creepy dead face on the TV in the background.

Halloween!


Savvy, Raeg, Meg, and Sis. Duffin were there in spirit!


My nephew, Lennox!!

BJ's for Sterling's B-day!

Back to Utah Life...

So, for my work Christmas party we decided to do a "Grinch-themed" party, which meant we needed to recreate Who-ville. After a lovely 6-hour Saturday, I was proud to contribute to this awesome painting! One of the girls at work free hand drew this on an 8.5x11 size paper and then my co-worker Amanda and I went and traced it onto 6'x30' butcher paper. We felt quite accomplished when all was said and done.



Did I mention Ugly Sweater Contest?



Snowbird!!!


^ Park City!! A day to remember...don't ask why. It involves throwing up on the ski hill and...welp, we'll just leave it at that. Ya!

Temple Square!

Fondue Night @ our apt. with Shannen, Spencer, Aubree & Sean!

Oh! One last thing! We also got to go on a little overnight trip to Manti with the Lyons to see our friends Steve & Whitney get married! We stayed at this cute little bed & breakfast that Spencer's uncle owns and it was sweeet! All of the rooms had a theme and were decorated so cute! And, of course my camera died, so the two pictures below do not do the place justice. But, we had lots of fun and the Manti temple is amazing!!!



Congratulations if you made it this far into my boring blog post. Thanks for readin' !!

P.S. Chad says hi.