January 02, 2011

Sunshine Sunday - Best of 2010

So every Sunday I shared what I'm thankful for.  I thought it would be fun to sum up the year.  So, here are a three of my greatest blessings from 2010.

1) My parents returned from their mission in Russia and moved to Utah.  I adore my parents and feel so lucky to now have them close enough to see my boys grow up.  They are always up for a project and are always willing to dream with me.  In fact, we are doubly blessed.  My husband's parents also live close and are amazing people and grandparents.  I love that my kids get to know both grandparents.  It's wonderful.

2) Watching Rex and Baden become friends.  When you first have baby #2 it's so hard for your firstborn to understand how much his world is going to change.  On the downside for Rex, babies aren't exactly ready for playing superheros on day one.  This year Baden has learned how to walk, run, and talk quite a bit.  Watching the two of them start to play together has been so beautiful.  There are intense moments of joy.....like hearing Rex tell Baden he did a good job with something....or hearing Baden say, "Rex?  I wuv-oo!"  Maybe I'm wearing rose-colored glasses, but I just feel deeply that these two will always be very close friends.

3)  My little piece of the blogosphere.  I know it may sound like a small thing, but starting this blog has been a great blessing to me as well.  Music was always my main hobby/career, but after I started having kids it just didn't fit anymore.  Concerts and traveling don't really mesh with parenthood.  So, I needed something that was mine.  It wasn't until I started this blog that I felt like I had found that something.  I get to create.  I get to share it all with you.  It fills some of the void you feel when you haven't talked to another adult all day.  I sit in my family room, but I still feel connected to all of you and it really is a blessing.

I also feel like I have someone I have to answer to.  I said I would keep the schedule I had set and I feel the need to keep my word.  Maybe that seems like a stress-creator, but in reality it has helped me accomplish so much more than I thought I could during the past year.  It has stretched me and it feels good.  I feel like ideas are gifts or blessings and the more I use and share them, the more they keep coming.

So, thank you. Whether you drop by and leave a kind comment or whether life is hectic and you drop in for just a quick second....you're still a part of this and I really appreciate you. Really.

Lastly, I definitely owe a lot of thanks to my husband for completely supporting my in this endeavor. He realizes that it's important to me and that it makes me happy. I am so grateful that he gets me.

What were your greatest blessings of 2010?  I'd LOVE to hear about them.


  1. Thank you so much for Sharing your creativity, talents, & heart with us! I look forward to reading your blog everyday and I have tried ALOT of the fun crafts/projects you have posted this past year! I was super excited to find a blog with fun ideas for little boys, I have a son that is 2 and another little man due here in April. I can't wait for them to get to the age when they can truely interact and become friends. How far apart are your boys?

    Thanks again for sharing!

  2. This made me smile...I have two boys that are 15 1/2 months apart but now teenagers, and even though they fuss sometimes, they still have each other's backs. :) It took some time for Brady to get used to Bodie too, but then they played so well and loved each other so much. So very thankful for that myself! I love your blog...and thank you for sharing all you have shared this year! I think you have found the perfect spot for yourself.

  3. 2010 was a fantastic year! I've enjoyed reading your blog this past year and look forward to reading it in the new year! :) I too had a wonderful 2010, and I just posted about it on my blog! Happy 2011! www.love-sundae.blogspot.com

  4. Your boys are super cute, those eyes...killers! It is so good to think of the things we are thankful for because there is just so much! Thanks for the super blog... look forward to seeing what you get up to in the new year :-)

  5. i love the pictures of your boys! i really really do! we're probably going to wait another 6 months before baby #2 but I am so excited for my little man to have a buddy :)


  6. Awww, #2 made me tear up. Sooo sweet...brotherly love. They are so cute. Those pictures are priceless.

  7. You are right, husbands and kids need to be at the top of our blog lists, because without their help and understanding, we'd be in a losing fight. You have a beautiful family!

  8. You have a great blog, and I'm glad that blogging brings you so much joy and comfort. It's great to have a supportive husband in the mix too! I'm thankful for many blessings from 2010, but mainly I've seemed to find a different connection with my almost 13 year old son. It started off as a strange year, him starting to find out who he is and me struggling to keep up. I think we've struck a balance and I look forward to what our new year might bring. I'm still a bit scared of having a teen, but I'm more positive that he'll be a kid who makes good choices.

  9. Great blessing of 2010? Finding your blog! You truly have inspired me in so many ways I seriously visit it every day. I love that there is someone else out there with 2 young boys and I'm not the only one (only they seem so much more well behaved than mine!) Thanks for this blog...it's definitely something that keeps me sane!

  10. I always love to see your "Sunshine Sundays", Cheri (and I know I've said that before), but thanks so much! :)

    I would have to say that my greatest blessings in 2010 were (1) creating new friendships with youth who share similar standards, beliefs, and goals as I do, (2) letting go of a relationship that was turning into more than friendship, and getting rather awkward, with a wonderful guy, and changing that to a fabulous just-friendship, (3) my dear baby sister and the joy that she has brought into my already wonderful life, and (4) recognizing my talents and abilities and going forward in expanding my horizons.

    I just have to tell you, I greatly admire you for the fact that you value motherhood above everything else, besides your God. I am grateful for the influence that you have had on my life, although I have never actually met you. I definitely rank you close to the top of my list of "people who have inspired me". Thanks!

    Love and blessings,

    Felicity, at {Simple Elegance}

  11. Hi!
    I'm brazilian and i love your blog!
    It's wonderful! I always visit for inspiration in their customization tips. Congrats! Happy new year!

  12. a)stop it with your cuteness.

    b)it's fun to know you had a music background. maybe everyone else knows about that but me b/c i haven't been following very long.

  13. hi! i love your blog and all the crafts that you share! i was wondering if your parents served under pres. and sis. bennett? their son is married to my cousin and i know that they came home a few months ago(summer i think?). small world.

  14. Loved this! Thanks for helping me rethink of my blessings over the past year. #1 for me would be welcoming our second son to our family. He had a rocky start but is as healthy as can be now and I am truely greatful! #2 My husband gpot a new job that has really blessed our lives in many ways. #3Finding your blog and getting a little glimpse into the life of someone else and knowing Im not the only one out there trying to make motherhood work. Thank you!

  15. Love thist post! Cheri rocks! Woot!

  16. Kim - My boys are about 23 months apart. It was a great gap for us, but I know that's different for everyone.

  17. As a mom of two boys (4 and 2), I agree - it's so wonderful when they get to the age that they're able to do things together. I have the same hope also, that they'll grow to be good friends.

  18. I really appreciate this post in many ways. Being a mom of 2 boys too, I am totally feeling the same way about how my sons have started to interact and truly show their love for eachother. It is a blessing to see. And for the fact that blogging is a way that we can escape and share with others and even touch them on some level. So, thank you, for sharing in 2010 and lookng forward to many more fun posts in 2011.

  19. You are blessed those two lil guys are so sweet.That picture of them eating the batter just melts my heart! Thank~you for sharing...

  20. I haven't remarked but I have kept up with the blog. Everyday is wonderful for me. To see you create is marvelous and then to see the boys almost everyday in pictures is like the best.
    I hope to see that great picture of the temple in print.
    Also let me say that the neck warmer is fabulous. I wear it every night just before bed and it so warms the muscles and relaxes them. But I think I am cooking the rice. Soon I can make rice pudding.
    Love to all

  21. Your 3# hits the nail on the head. I too needed something MORE then "just" caring for my brother and my son. And I too love how blogging/creating connects me to ADULTS. YAY!

    I hadn't been by in a while. Glad I stopped by to see your list : )

    Thanks, Carly


  22. I love your blog..admire you so much.


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