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Thursday, December 27, 2012

It snowed...

Well I hope all of you had a great Christmas- we did! It was really nice to spend time with family, some of whom we don't see very often- eating awesome food, and playing some fun games! We had a great holiday!

Anyway, two exciting things happened in the past two days, #1 is that Jarom's brother and his wife Megan had their baby girl Charley Marie Bowman! We can't wait to meet her (although it wont be until shes like 6 months old, so sad) So we are very happy for them!!! the second thing really isn't that exciting but Fae was excited- It snowed! And not just a little bit, a LOT.

Fae spent a good portion of the day playing in it actually, she didn't have any snow pants- I was planning to go out and find some yesterday but I never got around to it- so we dressed her in warm layers and she of course has good gloves and a warm hat, so she was warm and happy even without them! (we did purchase some super cute ones at Gap on sale for $14! they were the only ones left and they were her size so I took it as a "sign" and bought them haha, they are cute).


What a cute little bird she is!

And here are her new snow pants!

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Merry Christmas

To be honest, I can't really remember when this year started- I know, that's silly you say! Of course the year started last January... and I know that, what I mean to say is I can't remember what life-changing or even exciting changes we made in this last year alone! (There have been a lot) However, I just wanted to take a minute and say how grateful we are to have such loving, kind, generous- friends and families. We are so blessed to have them in our lives. These past few months have been a little more difficult- and by difficult I mean we are poorer than normal- haha- and that in turn means I had to switch to a cheaper shampoo and deal with all the issues there... but I digress. Even though we have been experiencing a bit of bad luck with a side of poverty (okay it's really not. that. bad), we've been blessed in so many other ways. Jarom and I have got to spend a lot of time together- which is normally a rare event- Fae has been able to spend more time with daddy- and we've been figuring out ways to stay entertained without spending any money- which is difficult, but also awesome. I also learned what the true meaning of "window shopping" is.. and I'm pretty sure I like regular shopping better. No, I'm just trying to be humorous.

Seriously though, I've been thinking a lot about Christmas lately, and it's meaning and what I should be teaching Fae- most of you know that I like to focus on the birth of Christ rather than gifts, we like to do gifts too- don't get me wrong, but I feel like that is way too much of a focus in the world today. This year I orchestrated a toy drive at our church for the City Mission of Schenectady. I am kind of a bleeding heart for children- and given the opportunity- and permission from my husband would likely adopt all the little infants in the world (that's probably an over exaggeration- but none the less, point made.) Christmas is a time for giving, not just gifts or cookies, or money, but for giving time and service. I'm not a saint by any means, but I decided that as a family we were going to "give more"; give more service, time, talents, etc. What is important during this time of year is that everyone know they are a child of God- no matter what race, what religion, or whatever else. Everyone matters- even that annoying upstairs neighbor that threatens to tell the "manager" every time we drop something and make a loud noise. We all matter, and we are all special in some way.

I just want to wish you all a Merry Christmas, and a year filled with charity and love for one another. Spend time with those you love, make time for those who don't have anyone else, and most of all treat everyone with love and respect, everyone.

Love,
The Bowman's


Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Faith

Faith is knowing the sun will rise.. Faith is knowing that you are doing on this Earth has a purpose greater than the immediate outcome. Faith is giving your whole self to someone. Faith is hard, and scary sometimes, but without it what would we have?

I am so thankful for the wonderful opportunities we have had over these past two months, everything we've gone through has a purpose, and has caused us to grow and a family. I am thankful for my husband, and my daughter, they are both relentlessly forgiving and kind. I am so lucky to have them in my life.

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Pumpkin Patch

We went to a pumpkin patch today with Marlo and my aunt, this was a duck race... so obviously the girls loved getting dirty and wet while they pumped water into the tubes to make their ducks win the race! It really was quite cute!



The girls really had a lot of fun seeing all the "pumpkin people". Each set of pumpkin people were actually from different stories or movies, for example they had alice in wonderland, the three little pigs... etc. 


My favorite boots, and a lonely pumpkin = art. 

The Hay Ride! Fae wasn't sure what to make of it, and both the girls we upset when we told them we weren't getting off to pick pumpkins haha! (But we had already gotten pumpkins at a different pumpkin patch the week before)
Marlo and Auntie
Waiting for the pumpkin-cannon to launch! 

Here's the cannon! It launched the pumpkins so far, it was like a tiny speck in the air- super cool!
Fae is just a little too short for this one! haha she is SO CUTE!
The Club house! The girls had the most fun in here I think. 
Leaving!

We had so much fun, got dirty, and ate the yummiest apple cider doughnuts ever! I also bought a really cute orange circle-y necklace, I love it!
Here's to all of you during this Fall Season, get outside while you still can! 
Isn't it cute?

Fae the Skunk

So, I guess this year we are supposed to be hit by some hurricane Sandy?? And we wont be able to go trick or treating, so here are some pictures of Fae in her costume!

(We might do the mall trick or treating thing, I've never done it before but I think it might be fun)

Anyway, Happy Halloween!

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

I have to say...

This semester has been the hardest semester of my educational career thus far, not because of the content, or the demanding schedule, but because of the busy work, my responsibilities as a wife and mother, and my ever-changing day to day schedule. Since we returned home from North Carolina, until about a week or two ago, Jarom has been busy about 95% of the day writing, writing letters for potential fellowships, emails, papers, etc. He of course, took the lap top with him, making it very difficult to get anything done, as our desktop computer is in Fae's room... and the only time I can do homework is when she is taking a nap. Quite the conundrum  I know. (And yes, we thought about moving the computer out of that room, but who ever installed the Ethernet outlets didn't do a sufficient and or thought out job, making it impossible.) So, needless to say I was constantly in "catch up" mode. There is nothing in this world I hate more than being behind in something and being stressed about it.. well, maybe 1 thing, wet paper towels. (SICK!) In all seriousness though, I truly was having stress issues. I try to live my life in a calm, collected manner so that I don't really ever exhibit much stress on the outside, nor do I feel stressed on the inside. I try to let the little things go, ignore Fae when she is screaming in a store, or not worry too much when Jarom makes a huge mess in the kitchen right before I am having company over. However, I could not stop worrying, stressing, and freaking out about my classes during those first 3 weeks. I was moody and mean, and having the worst bout of stress headaches in the world, insomuch 3 advil every hour didn't even help. My back hurt, my throat hurt, my neck was killing me, and I could tell my body was literally shutting down. I'm sure you're thinking, "wow, this girl can't handle anything!" and you know what, maybe you're right.
After listening to conference this past weekend, Pres. Uchtdorf spoke about preserving the relationships that matter to us the most. I was really touched by that, I was upset with myself for ignoring Fae to do homework, and mad that I was moody, and mean toward Jarom, but after much thought that madness faded into humility. I knew that was something I needed to hear. I thought about school,  and realized that there were really only 2 reasons I was finishing my degree, 1 was because I want to be a good example for Fae. I want her to value education and become everything that she is capable of becoming. 2 is because I know it is what I should do, and I will be happy I accomplished such an amazing thing.  However, making sure my family knows they are my first priority is more important than either of those two reasons. I never want Fae to feel like my homework and grades are more important than her. I decided then and there I would never put off reading her a story or playing with her to do anything that wasn't dire.  I vowed to be more cheerful and loving toward Jarom, even when I am annoyed that we don't get to see him as much as we would like, and to stop some of my complaining that he doesn't help as much as I'd like around the house. (Some of my complaints are valid by the way, haha)
Anyway, religion aside, I think we all need to preserve our relationships with the people we love and cherish the most, because all those other people and things don't matter. Time, is love, and it's the best thing you can give.


I look forward to many cuddle sessions, lots of learning and new experiences with my little bird, because those are the things that are most important, not the perfectly edited paper, or the immaculate house (much to my chagrin, just joking, but I'm a real, live clean freak). I love the song "Time is love" by Josh Turner, I sing it loudly when I hear it so Jarom really hears the lyrics, but how cute are they?





I only get so many minutes,
don't wanna spend 'em all on the clock
in the time that we spent talkin',
how many kisses have I lost?

time is love, gotta run,
love to hang longer,
but I got someone who waits,
waits for me and right now
she's where I need to be,
time is love, gotta run



I LOVE THESE PEOPLE! (even that wierd one giving the camera a silly face)

Sunday, September 30, 2012

Fae's Party

Well, maybe I went a little overboard, maybe we got too much food, and maybe the two cakes me made were too much.. maybe... but definitely not! Fae had such a wonderful birthday party, spent with friends and family! We were so thankful that we got to see some extended family, eat yummy pizza and in Fae's case, play with friends! 
I had been planning her party for a few weeks, I arranged a bounce house (courtesy one of my mom's friends) a ball pit (courtesy my aunt), and balloons, and the kids loved it! 
We were also able to use the church's gym... so there was tons of room for the kids to run around.

The tables has balloons and little bags of caramel popcorn with "tags" that said "We can't believe Fae is Turning two, We're thankful we got to celebrate and play with you!"

I made each of the kids a drawstring backpack (yes, I sewed them myself) with their initial on it! - they were really easy, so don't give me too much credit!


Oh! and we also had a pinata, which of course even though I "rigged" it, didn't break haha! still 
fun!
I didn't get any pictures really because we decided to video tape it instead (which sucks because I don't have one of her eating her cake or blowing out the candles :( oh well, there's always next year, right?), but here is one with 5 of the kids!! They were loving the ball pit and the big balloons! 
I will try to upload some video footage at some point, but I think it's going to be too long. 

Fae being really excited about her Dora water bottle! 


video
Singing happy birthday! (it was the shortest video I could find)

These were the water bottles I made for her party (stole the idea from my sister in law, megan, but they were so cute!)


I had a great time planning and carrying out her "way too big for a 2 yr old" party. I love to see my little Bird laughing and running around crazy, so all our efforts were totally worth it! A big thank you for all the beautiful presents and for coming and hanging out with us to celebrate Fae's special day! We love you all! 

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

What is beautiful?


I have been seeing this picture popping up all over Facebook lately, and I have to say it has really bothered/stuck out to me. I'm torn by what this picture is really saying, I know the general message is something along the lines of "you don't have to be a skinny super model to be beautiful" and with that, I totally agree. The other thing this picture is telling me is that it's okay to be over weight, and that your weight has nothing to do with beauty.. which I also agree with, to some point.
I have never noticed how huge of a role society plays in our everyday lives, on one hand we have actresses coming out and saying "I'm fat, I know it, embrace it, love it, because it's okay to be unhealthy, it's still beautiful." along with other things like "we don't have to be skinny like "everyone" wants us to be. On the other hand we are willingly forced to see beautiful men and women on TV, in magazines, online and in newspapers who are stick thin, claiming they do not have a disorder, that the bones sticking out of their chests are a sign of being healthy. So what is it? What is beauty? Should we all put on 50 lbs and call it good? or should we exercise and deprive ourselves of food? It seems as though these are the only answers we have.

Now, I beg to differ on this. I spent a majority of my life worrying about my weight, as you can tell from some of my previous blog posts, I even went through a 2 yr. eating disorder in which I literally ate nothing new- ever. My diet was horrible, but I lost about 30 lbs and kept it off. Awesome? no. When I became pregnant I wasn't one of those people who stuffed their faces and blamed the baby, (not to be rude, but some of those people are out there) I tried to eat a little better, and get over my - what I will call "fear of  new foods". The pregnancy helped a lot, and I gained a normal "healthy" amount of weight, and delivered a beautiful healthy baby girl. I'm using the word healthy a lot here because I think that is what beauty is. To me, beauty is a combination of happiness, healthiness, and confidence. There is nothing worse than either a skinny person OR an overweight person complaining about their weight. In fact, I find it pathetic.

Right now, according to the "doctors charts" I am right at a "healthy weight" and I have to say that, no I'm not as thin as my wedding day, but I am much happier and a LOT less self conscious. There are days of course that I wish I could look good in some skinny jeans, but come on, do those really look good on anyone?? (Maybe I'll address the world's fashion problems next). Beauty should not be defined by a persons weight, although (AND ALL MEDICAL ISSUES ASIDE- obviously) weight can be an outward expression of an inward problem. What my main concern is, is that we (especially here in America- according to my homework this week) are so willing to let society and the mass media tell us what is beautiful and what is acceptable. Letting our weight define us as individuals, letting it dictate our level of happiness and confidence is absolute ludicrous.

What I suggest isn't that all the overweight people loose weight, and all the underweight people gain it, I'm suggesting that we all find our "happy place" the place where we all feel most comfortable, the place where it really doesn't matter what number your jean size is because you are confident in yourself anyway. Beauty is NOT self consciousness, and it is NOT unhappiness. It also isn't the classic "trying to make your self feel better by putting others down"-syndrome that many girls these days have. We all just need to worry about ourselves, find what makes us happy, and the people who will fully support us in this venture. So often are we surrounded by people who don't want us to be our best selves, and this is something we need to get rid of.

For the younger girls out there, it's hard sometimes, in high school to realize how meaningless, and silly all this is- but let me assure you- it will pale in comparison to your "grown up years". Are we going to sit back and willingly let society, or friends, the media, etc, tell us what is acceptable and beautiful? OR are we going to decide for ourselves what makes us happy?

Happiness, Confidence, and Healthiness= Beauty.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

How I feel about...


Fae! I love Fae. Actually, that is an understatement, but I am having a hard time finding a better word, cherish, adore, am enamored with... you get the idea. Fae is one sweet, funny, silly little girl. She is so smart and so beautiful. I am so blessed to have such a wonderful little girl in my life. She has just so many awesome qualities, one of which is a fantastic sense of humor. Lately she has been making funny faces and saying "mommy, that's funny!" haha she is just the bees knees. I love my girl. I am so excited/sad/happy about her turning 2.. I really can't believe it has been almost 2 years since she came into this world. So much has changed, in our lives and she has been quite the little trooper.

All I can say is that I adore and cherish the little life Jarom and I brought into this world. I couldn't have asked for a more perfect baby girl. She is the light of my life, the apple of my eye.. and all the other corny phrases.


Saturday, September 15, 2012

Farm Festival



Well, I didn't get very many pictures of this girls today, but just know that they had a blast. We only made it to Bowman Orchards, but it was more than enough. They have everything from apple picking, to apple cider doughnuts to pony rides. Fae and Marlo both got tickets to ride the pony, but of course once we went to put Fae on she freaked out and only wanted to give the pony a hug, I do have to admit it was the biggest pony I've ever seen... I have my suspicions that it was a full grown horse haha. So, Marlo got to go twice! We decided not to pick apples since it was crazy crowded, and just let the kids play in the playground, and feed the goats and sheep. We also got some delicious apple cider doughnuts, apple fritters and kettlecorn. Oh, and I bought both the girls a little pumpkin and a chocolate lollipop. (They are spoiled).

After that we headed to Lakeside Farms to get lunch (they have the. best. hard rolls)
Lakeside has a great breakfast as well, I make Jarom take us there every one in a while.

Here are the girls literally drooling over the fresh pastries... I didn't get them anything (because at this point they had both had a doughnut and candy necklace.. enough is enough right?!), but I bought Jarom an awesome looking apple fritter!
And here they are with their balloons, picking out a pumpkin! Fae kept yelling "Mawoo, wook! Punkins!" haha it was so cute.

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

a funny little story...

*This may be T.M.I for some people, so beware*
I meant to post about this after it happened back in July, but I never got around to it... I haven't forgotten about it though, so enjoy at my expense!


One sunny day, Jarom and I decided that we would go to Raleigh for the day. We were living in Durham NC at the time, and thought it would be fun to explore some of the free museums.
As we were getting ready to go, I started packing up some last minute snacks, juice boxes and gathering some change for the meters. I came across my birth control pills, which I had misplaces a few days before (this story does not result in me finding out I am pregnant, I'm not.) I hadn't felt any cramps or anything so I decided I would just pick up where I left off. I took the Thursday pill and didn't think anything of it.
The day went on, we walked around Raleigh, seeing the sights, checking out the various restaurants and finally hitting up the museum of life and science (which was awesome). While we were in the museum I started feeling cramp-y, and I knew I was going to get my period. Unprepared as I ALWAYS am for this situation (because I normally skip the white pills and only take the pink ones.. so I don't normally get my period) I started looking in all of the bathrooms for one of those "dispensers"... of which there were two, both of which I tried and neither of them worked- and I lost a dollar in change. So, I was pretty desperate, not wanting to ruin my favorite purple pants, and also just not wanting to be uncomfortable- so I walked around until I found a janitorial person. I told her my problem and she laughed about it, telling me she would go get the key to the "dispenser" and get me a tampon. So there I sat, outside a bathroom, (which was located in the cafeteria area) on a rocking chair with Jarom and Fae. We waited about 10 minutes before I hear OVER. THE. INTERCOM. "Does anyone have a key to the tampon dispenser? There is a girl sitting by the bathroom who really needs a tampon." Pretty much the whole cafeteria turned to look at me, and a MAN janitor comes over to help me.

I really never get embarrassed, but this was definitely an awkward situation for me. haha, so since then I've always been "prepared".

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Rigby Lake



After bear world, we took the girls to Rigby lake, they had a blast! I swear, Lyla and Fae NEVER STOP MOVING! So that means neither do I. haha. But even so, the girls had fun swimming, splashing and building in the sand.

Our sweet set-up!

The beach was fun, I didn't go swimming, but Rachel did, she was a fish! Aaliyah and Bella swam too, and eventually I had to dun Fae since she got so sandy!

Bear World

On Wednesday this week, Requel, Rachel, the kids and I went to bear world, it was seriously awesome, and worth the $$, s I highly recommend it if you live in the area.

The bears came very close to our car!
A pretty white wolf!

We saw a ton of bears, but I'm not going to bore you with a hundred pics haha.. so at bear world, there is also a small petting zoo, and kiddie carnival rides:
Here are the girls wearing the cute tunic's I made for them, you can't see it, but they each have the first letter of their name painted on them, they came out pretty good if I do say so myself! (we couldn't get a good pic of them... of course haha)

Looking at the baby bears!
Fae and Lyla looking at the Duckies, and eventually all the kids got to feed them.. which was SO fun for the kids haha (Fae loved it especially)
Fae hugging the deer haha

Petting the baby deer.. there were also chickens and a pig, and goats, all of which we petted... I didn't touch the pig though, because it was so hideous looking, and also Fae threw rocks at it and it kinda got mad and scared us haha... fae is naughty.

And the rides:

See little Fae up there??
Getting ready for the roller coaster!