Saturday, June 30, 2012

What Would I Take

What with all the recent fires lately, I've been thinking a lot about what I would take if we had to leave our house behind.

If we had 5 or less minutes to leave...
...72 hr kit
...important papers (birth certificates, social security cards, marriage license, sealing certificate, etc.)

If we had 15min to leave... scriptures/patriarchal blessing
...our pictures on the end table (wedding, Hailey, Grandma Naomi Septon)
...the Sealing Ceremony from Missy (not the actual ceremony - just the advice from the Pres. Brown)
...toiletries journals pump
...diaper bag
...extra diapers/wipes shoes/socks or ...our Vibram Five-Fingers
...change of clothes/underclothes (the amount of changes depends on how much time I really have to pack)
...our guns
...cell phones/chargers

If we had an hour to leave with possible time to pack up the car...
...Scott's mission journals (that are buried in the storage room) pictures from childhood (that are also buried in the storage room)
...extra clothes/blankets for Hailey
...the outfit Hailey came home in (also in storage room)
...her blessing dress (also in storage room)
...pillows and/or blankets
...our box of wedding pictures
...Ensign/books for reading material
...our "Benson Est. 2010" picture

If we had 2 or more hours to leave... flamingo stuff (don't laugh - it's true!!)
...Scotty's model P-51 D Mustang
...our Korean Ducks
...couple little knick-knacks/mementos
...Scott's hockey jerseys
...Scott's leather pilot's jacket from Disneyland
...Scott's pilot books

Mind you, this list was really hard to make. I hope we can all be prepared and stop and think about what's most important to us. I also hope you will get together with your families and prepare an emergency plan. Decide on a place to meet if you are both at work. Discuss together what needs to be grabbed if only one person is at home to avoid anger when you realize your spouse did not grab what you wanted out of the house. And most of all....just hope and pray this never has to happen to you and pray for those who haven't been so fortunate.

I hope these fires get out soon!

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Family Pics

Ok, so I know I am WAAAY overdue for these pictures. I was super excited to show them to you, but then I was supposed to keep them a surprise until Mother's Day for our moms, and then I just sort of never got around to posting them except for the banner on my blog. So here you go!

These pictures are from CamerShy up in Lehi. They were great! Hailey was 2 months old...and they thought she was two weeks. That's ok! And they are a great place to do pictures because you pay one set price and you get the whole CD and if you have a coupon, you get two free print-outs of your choice. They also have cute outfits for little babies to wear, which really relieved a lot of stress off of me!

Obviously, she did not want to curl up in a cute
little ball.

Definitely daddy's little girl.

Love, love love.

If we were only allowed one picture, this would be it.
I love this pose for babies.

Hailey's Blessing

On Sunday 6/10, we blessed Hailey in church. I crocheted her headband and Hailey's Grandma Benson (Scott's great mom) crocheted her entire dress. Isn't that amazing??

We had a great turn-out from close friends and family members. Afterward, we enjoyed the beautiful sunshine and ate some food outside in the driveway of our house.

So many thank you's to everyone who helped out and volunteered food or donated a canopy (thanks Katie and Jason!!!) I am so grateful for everyone's love and support on this special day for us.

Here's some more pictures:

4 Generations!
And one last you believe in coincidences? I believe that coincidences are actually small miracles from God to let us know that He loves us. Scott's former mission president's wife is the Primary General President, Sister Rosemary Wixom.

In the summer, she only ever has, like, 2 free weekends. Ever. Last weekend, she decided to visit our ward, out of all wards, out of all weekends. We know this wasn't coincidence. Scott was able to have President Wixom stand in the circle with him, which meant soooo much to him. Sis. Wixom had to run up to primary, but we were able to snag a picture with Pres. Wixom. 

How blessed we are to have such great people in our lives. We love you all!

Friday, June 15, 2012

It Can Be Hard

Expressed breastmilk can only last in a top compartment, non deep-freeze freezer for 2-3 months. We've about hit that mark with all of Hailey's NICU milk, and then some.

Good-bye, milk. Now that is hard to watch something like this go down the drain, or in the garbage. But this is milk that Hailey doesn't really need anymore anyway. Newborn milk has different nutrients in it than does 3-4 month-old milk, including, but not limited to, colostrum. The only hard thing that I wish I would have thought of sooner was to donate this milk to a bank because a) I knew I wasn't going to get to it in time anyway and b) donated milk goes to NICU babies first, and those are newborn babies that need these nutrients still. But somehow, I just couldn't get myself to let go.

Well, such it is. At least we still have all this milk to last us!

Yes - can you imagine how much space that took up in the freezer together?

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Air Show

So a few weeks ago, we went to the annual Air Show at Hill Air Force Base. I was pretty excited. Scott was ecstatic. We thought the weather would be decent, so we donned shorts, t-shirts, and no jackets.

When we got there, we had to go through security. We passed a big bucket that said "No concealed weapons or glass, coolers, etc." or something like that, and realized that Scott had a pocket knife. So I stayed in line while he ran back to the car, only to find out that I still had my pepper spray on my keychain and had to get that confiscated. Shoot! I had never used it, but I always felt comfort in having it. It was also huge, so it made finding my keys easier. But at the same time, I was looking for some excuse to get rid of it, so I guess this was it.

We saw Scott's FAVORITE airplane fly - a P-51 D Mustang from WWII! It was pretty neat! We also saw the Extra 300 (Red Bull plane) fly and do it's fancy tricks and maneuvers. Now that I know what actually goes into flying a plane, those maneuvers are a lot more impressive to me. We also saw an old trainer jet fly around. It had weights at the ends of the wings to help balance it, it sort of made it look like an x-wing fighter from Star Wars, minus the x-wing. It was pretty cool!

We mostly just walked around and saw the planes and jets they had on display. We got a picture of Scotty by his favorite jet - the F-22 Raptor. We also got a little pin of an F-22. Sweet!

Can you tell we like airplanes?

UVU Plane - DA-42. Scotty can't wait to fly one of these!
And then it started raining. It was already windy and slightly drizzly, but then it was getting worse and they had to post-pone the air show for a little bit. We were going to meet up with some friends, but their kids were beat and were going to hide at the air museum. We decided to do the same and as we were attempting our way back to the car, the heavens let loose! Needless to say, we were rather soaked by the time we made it to the car. But it was fun! And the museum was awesome!

I got some neat pictures of a WWII bomber. I love those things, mostly because of "Memphis Belle," one of my favorite movies. I took pictures of all the different areas of the plane, including where D.B. Sweeny, Sean Astin, and Harry Connick Jr. sat, to name a few :). We also got a picture by the P-51D Mustang they have at the museum.

This is where Harry Connick Jr sits.

Cute little toy planes for kids to sit in!

For Heather

These guns are so huge that the plane is literally balanced according to the gun's weight. They also have to be careful how many they shoot in a row or the plane will start going backwards - in flight!
All in all, it was quite a fun day, though rather tiring. We stopped and ate at KFC, and that was probably the best meal I had ever eaten. Ever. I definitely want to go back to the Air Show again next year!