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Welcome to the Utley Family Blog!

Meet the family....Gabe, Emily, Paige and Sophie.....pardon our dust while we get this new blog up and running!

“Surrounded by a Bunch of Hearts”

We went to the church history museum tonight for family night. It was a great evening. I met my crew of girls at the Lion House for dinner. Then off to the museum. The way there was cold but we enjoyed skipping through the streets of downtown. We stopped by Deseret Book to warm up a bit and take in some great artwork. We walked around a book case and ran into cousin Sarah Kennington Malmstrom working there and we chatted for a bit.

Walking into the museum there was definitely a good feeling. It wasn’t 5 minutes before Sophie decided to say in her soft, sweet voice, “I feel the spirit”. With no prompting from us, this sweet child recognized a difference in the feeling of the museum.

I asked Sophie and Paige what the spirit felt like and Sophie said, “It feels like Jesus is right next to me.”

Paige said, “It feels like I’m surrounded by a bunch of hearts”. I couldn’t help but feel grateful for the hearts of Paige- my first born in the wilderness, Sophie- Daddy’s little girl, and Maggie- who has stolen my heart in her own powerful way. Last but not least, Emily- who organizes and cares for these hearts in a way only a Mother can.

I count this experience one of the blessings of following the counsel to regulary hold Family Home Evening. It was a sweet moment.

It’s The Little Moments

[Billy Joel] LullabyeI don’t know how she did it but Maggie May has stolen our hearts.  I held her today in my arms.  I pressed my cheek against Maggie’s bald spot on the back of her head.   For a moment… my life was perfect.    I don’t know what tomorrow holds… but for that moment everything was just as it should be.  I soaked in the moment as if time didn’t matter.

Of course, time kept ticking away (as it inevitably does) and the reality of life’s responsibilities crept back in.

It’s those moments though that keep us moving forward- through the ups and downs.

Full of it…

Em and I were talking with the girls over dinner tonight asking them different questions about their day.  Sophie had just finished her dinner when she began saying in her ever so sweet high pitched cute little voice almost in a singing manner  Mommy… I’m full of it… I’m full of it… 

After dinner she continued to be in great form.  Em and I were on/by the couch and Sophie kept telling us to freeze and to close our eyes.  She then took her pink blanket and threw it over our heads and then told us to open our eyes.  She couldn’t stop laughing before, during, and after her parlor trick.  We couldn’t stop laughing at Sophie’s cute voice asking us in the most tiny but tender way to follow her instructions.  Her voice, her laugh were a joy to us tonight. 

It was a much needed distraction for our minds as our thoughts often fast forward to Sunday in anticipation of a very important call for our family.

Here are my dancing queens

My Dancing Queens

Matt and Kimmie hosted the June Utley FHE.  The theme was a lip sink extravaganza. As you can see, Emily and the girls did a great job.  Emily’s choreography and lip sinking skills are off the hook. I love how Paige anxiously follows her mother’s moves and how Sophie just enjoys being on stage and shaking her stuff.  Since I was in the emergency room that morning due to a combination of bronchitis, sinusitis, and compounding seasonal allergies I only caught the video rendition.

Go Girls! Girl Power!

Exciting news from the bathroom

From Paige just now:

“Mom, you gotta come see. We have DESIGNS on our toilet paper!! It’s so cool.”

I really need to start appreciating the little things in life.

My kids make me laugh

I am a terrible blogger. I think about doing it a lot, but like so many things in my life, it just never gets done. Lately it has occurred to me that the girls are growing up. We have had some particularly fun & sweet moments lately that just make me love them all the more. We moved them into bunk beds a few weeks ago (which they love). I thought putting them together would help Sophie sleep better, and I just thought it would be good for them as sisters to share a room. Well, they absolutely love it. Sophie is so proud to have a room with Paige. It has been one of those things that has turned out to be a perfect fit. Paige just started preschool, and is completely loving it. She lays her clothes out the night before (she is especially enjoying her new “school clothes”), and wears her Hello Kitty backpack with pride. I got an i phone a month or so ago, and the girls think the camera and the voice recorder are the coolest. Paige has photographed just about every object in our home and yard, plus several shots of Sophie eating breakfast. Anyway, this post is a bit of a ramble. I’m hoping it will get me back on the blogging bandwagon….maybe I’ll even add some images next time.

And finally, what better to end with then a quote from Paige. She was sick with a cold a couple of weeks ago, and woke up in the middle of the night feeling yucky – she just couldn’t clear the phlegm out of her throat. So we go to the bathroom to get a drink, and I ask her how she feels, and she says, “It just feels like there’s…..PAINT in my mouth.” Then she thinks for a second and busts out laughing at herself because it sounds so funny. Oh, I just love the way kids describe things….

Ensign Peak Hike

I thought I'd join my wife and the ranks of the blogging community by embracing my inner writer. 

As a family we hiked Ensign Peak yesterday. Before leaving work, I checked weather.com and discovered that there was a 5%-10% chance of showers.  I'll take those odds any day.  I met Emily and the girls at the trail head at 5:15 pm.  There were some clouds afar off, but nothing that seemed too threatening… at least in the near term.  We ate our sandwiches and carrots at the trail head and then started up the trail. 

With Sophie strapped on my back in a light weight child backpack my speed was less than stellar but respectable nonetheless.  If only Sophie was as light weight!  She, of course, is perfect just the way she is.  Thank you Mom and Dad for buying our back pack and giving me a love for the outdoors.

Ensign Peak, though a short hike, is by every measure a steep one.  Paige loved stepping up the stair-like logs across the trail.  She was amazingly strong and steady. 

Early on, a light sprinkle began.  Paige was heard saying, "Can you get soaked from rain?".  Emily answered, "Yes, you can get soaked from rain".  Little did we know our little Paige's gift of premonition.  Half way up the trial, it began dumping rain.  As is clearly evident in the pictures, rain can definitely soak someone's clothes, hair, shoes, keys, etc.

We made it to the top for a quick picture and down the muddy trail we went.  Me, in my short sleeve shirt, Sophie without a sweater shivered down the trail.  Despite the shivering, we couldn't help but be awe struck by a beautiful rainbow arching over the valley scene below us.  I mentioned to my ewok on my back how Care Bears live close to rainbows.  Little did I know what that would mean to Sophie.  Even when we reached the end of the trail head, still shivering, Sophie insisted we keep looking for Care Bears.  I love that girl.

All things considered, a wonderful summer kickoff family night event.  A delightful experience as a family.  The first of many planned for Summer 2009.

With deep appreciation to the heavens for an inspired wife and two beautiful kids,

Gabe

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P.S. This is Emily – the girls loved this so much, they've been asking me all day when we can go hiking again!

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Shoshone: A Trip to Remember

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Sophie said something funny today

So it snowed last night after having a couple days of beautiful weather. I showed the snow to Sophie this morning and she said, "Mom, we need a new house." I asked her why we needed a new house, and she said it was because she wanted one with no snow. Ah, the way a 2 year old's mind works.

We had our annual visit with Sophie's plastic surgeon today, and everything is looking good – no surgeries this year. Hurray! I sure love that little girl.

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Funny things the girls said

So they're not just Paige-isms anymore – Sophie has some of her own.

Me (to Sophie): You're tired.
Sophie: I'm not tired. I'm cute.

Hard to argue with that.

So we've been talking to Paige about lying a little lately. This is our latest conversation.
Paige: I decided I'm not going to lie anymore.
Me: Oh, why not?
Paige: Because when I lie, I feel like "heh, heh, heh" (the heh heh was a wonderful impression of an evil laugh)
I don't know how well that translates to the written word, but it was really funny.

And finally, this is a conversation we had last night. Lately Sophie is very insistent that I put her to bed, so Gabe always puts Paige down. Well, last night Paige wanted a turn with me and decided to try to convince Sophie that it was a good idea. This conversation was especially funny because Paige was using this super patient voice the entire time.
Paige: Sophie, you know how Mommy puts you to bed and Daddy puts me to bed. We are supposed to take turns, so tonight Daddy will put you to bed.
Sophie: No, I want Mommy.
Paige: Do you want to have a happy family?
Sophie: Yes
Paige: Well then we need to take turns. How about if Daddy puts you to bed tonight and Mommy puts you to bed tomorrow?
Sophie: NO, Mommy puts me to bed.
Paige: I don't think this is working……(thinks a little)….Sophie, do you want a surprise?!
Sophie: Yes!!
Paige: OK, Daddy will put you to bed tonight and Mommy will put you to bed tomorrow, and then you can go to the beach!
Sophie: I want Mommy.
Paige: (resigned) OK, I want Daddy.
There was a little more to the conversation, but the beach comment was the highlight. Paige also kept asking Gabe & I what was so funny because we could not stop laughing. 

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