Thursday, April 19, 2012

Motherhood Is...

One of my inspirations, Stephanie Nielsen of, had an essay contest entitled Motherhood Is...Since I am about 90% sure I did not win :o) here is my submission:

Dancing Through Life…Like My Mommy Taught Me

“Dancing on a stage in LA or NY.” That’s what I would have replied just 3 years ago if I had been asked where I saw myself in ten years.
Where am I today? I am cleaning up the cheerios that my little man has thrown from his high chair in an act of letting me know he is done with breakfast. I am gathering the crayons that used to be neatly in their box before my beautiful blonde needed to find the right shade of purple for her zebra drawing. I am fixing lunch for my Prince as he heads out the door to another day of teaching at the local high school.
I used to think being a Mother meant sacrificing all of the dreams you once had for yourself. It has always seemed that I could not have the career I dreamed of and the family I dreamed of at the same time; the two were constantly battling for my attention. Days after making the decision to stay home with my little ones so that they could be taught by their mommy instead of a sitter, I am in fetal position on my bed, sobbing as my babies finally lay down for their naps after a hectic lunch.
“Heavenly Father, please let me dance again,” I plead.
“Look around you,” a reassuring voice in my heart speaks.
I remember my baby girl before she was born, dancing in my round belly to any music that was playing around me. I remember my little man falling asleep in my arms after I begin waltzing with him after a pretty rough night of fevers. I remember the excitement in the eyes of my baby girl as she runs for her tutu to dance with the ballerinas on the television. I remember chasing after my little man as he darts for the dance floor, eager to join the big kids.
“Thank you,” I tearfully reply to a Heavenly Father who knew where I needed to be to have my dreams truly come to life.
I may not be dancing in NY or LA, but I do dance. I dance center stage, each day in my toy-filled living room with my sweet little red head in my arms and my beautiful blue-eyed blonde copying my every move. The bright lights of NY or LA dim in comparison to these precious moments.
Motherhood is the blessing of seeing your dreams come true in a much grander form than you ever could have imagined. So, where do I see myself in 10 years, you ask? Tying my daughters ballet shoes for the up-teenth time as she makes her way to dance practice, her self-done blonde ballet bun neatly pinned as her mommy taught her. Adjusting the tie of my little red head as he heads off to church walking in his Daddy’s footsteps just like his mommy taught him. Remembering to slow down and really enjoy each moment with my “babies” just like my mommy taught me.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Love Grows

Today I am reminded that:

June 21, 2009
1. Cameron will not always let me kiss his sweet little neck.
2. Today, I am Nora's best friend.
3. I love My Prince more today than I thought I did 3 years ago.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

World's Longest Update


Sorry it has been such a long time since our Wiser family has given an update on how things are going. I will keep things brief and just give you a highlight reel of the last year:

January 2011
  • I got to stay home for a little while with my new little Cameron and my Nora Bug.
  • My Prince started his student teaching semester at Herriman High School in Herriman, UT.
  • I turned 24 :o)
February 2011
  • Maternity Leave is over...I had to head back to work at
  • I was promoted to Manager of the International Customer Service Team.
March 2011 - My Prince interviewed with Provo High School for a possible teaching position in 2011-2012...and got a call back within hours offering him the job!!!
April 2011 - My Prince graduated from BYU with a BA in Music Education.
May 2011 - We were able to go to Uncle Paul's graduation from Bradshaw Mountain High School.
June 2011 - My Prince turned 25 :o)
July 2011 - My Prince and his new quartet, The Elements, competed at the International Barbershop Contest in Kansas City, MO. Nana and Grandpa were able to come too!
August 2011 - We moved our little family to Provo, UT to be closer to work.
September 2011
  • My Prince started his first year teaching at Provo High School.
  • Nora is potty trained!!!!!!!!!!
October 2011 -

  • Cam started walking!!
  • Nora started Ballet class.
November 2011 - Spent Thanksgiving with all the Christiansen siblings and cousins at Grandma's house!
December 2011

  • I decided that Cam and Nora deserved a full-time Mommy and quit work to be home.
  • Nora turned 3 :o)
  • We spent Christmas in Arizona with Nana, Grandpa, Great Grandma, Great Grandpa, Becks, Paul and Jenna.
  • My Prince and I celebrated our 4th Wedding Anniversary.
  • Cam turned 1 :o)
  • Cam got his first tooth!
January 2012 - I turned 25 :o)
February 2012 - Apparently February was completely uneventful :o)
March 2012 -
  • We went to the Museum of Ancient Life at Thanksgiving Point to see the dinosaurs.
  • One of My Prince's choirs earned straight Superior ratings the Region Festival.
April 2012 - My Prince and I took his auditioned choirs on a tour of San Francisco...which means I got to walk Pier 39, take in a great sundae at Ghiradelli Square, have lunch near the Cliff House with Grandma and Grandpa Rudd, and play at Great America with the Odells :o) Thank you to Nana and Aunt B for watching the little ones!

Whew! That was a lot of remembering :o)