baby brother bonding time

i hope you all have a brother who is as cool as mine.
or almost as cool.
i don’t think anyone is as cool as him.
including me.
 he lets me drink his milkshake.
little girls are in love with him.
 he makes fun of my hair by singing ‘mulan’.
 his feet are twice as big as mine.
 he makes funny faces with me.
 creeper number one.
 creeper number two.
we’re pretty bomb.

children are the best medicine.

i have come to the conclusion that nothing stresses me out more than children who i can’t understand or won’t listen to me or who cry the second i hold them.
i have also come to the conclusion that there is nothing sweeter in the world than listening to their reasoning and letting them ride on my back and making them laugh and kissing their faces.
which makes it all worth it.
we’ve pretty much broken every rule in the hospital. but track insisted on playing in the patients’ play room. and he kind of has me wrapped around his little finger.
 and then he crashed.
 club laken. i’m totally in it. be jealous.
i love being an aunt.

locke william

in september of 2010, we found out my unborn nephew had a chromosome disorder called trisomy 18.

on january 25th 2011, locke william arrington was born. he lived a few precious minutes before returning to our father in heaven.

although he was with us in his physical body for an extremely short time, i know his spirit has lingered and comforted us these past few days. i can feel his love and his amazing character. i know he could not stay on this earth too long because of his divine mission in heaven. he truly is an example to us and has helped us bond as a family that could not have happened any other way. he has helped me realize that, at the end of the day, what do you have if not family?

i am so grateful for the blessing of such an amazing family.
to be able to call matt my brother and jade my sister.
to have witnessed this miracle of locke’s birth.
to have felt his incredible spirit.
for the knowledge that families are forever and we will see locke again.

i love you locke. thank you for coming here to touch my heart but for a moment.


four years time.

i got ferris bueller’s day off for my sixteenth birthday.
on that day, i became friends with a guy in my grade named alex lark.
he said he loved that movie.
i said i did too.
we decided we needed to watch it together.
then junior year started and we kept reminding each other of the ferris plan.
but it never really came together.
senior year we would still bring it up, but no time was ever decided.
we graduated high school.
ok, we said, we really have to watch it now.
but alas.
i went off to college and alex went to australia for his two year mission.
with no ferris.
time passed, we wrote each other once or twice and then it was forgotten.
then. alex got back from his mission in september and came up to byu in january.
i got his number from a friend, we had dinner and caught up for a couple hours. it was nice.
then, the next day, it hit me.
i had completely forgotten about the ferris plan.
i texted him and he said he remembered that and we needed to make it happen.
and make it happen we did.
four and a half years later, we finally watched ‘ferris bueller’s day off’.
and it was perfectly hilarious.
high five, sixteen year old ahlin.

friends and food.

i love sundays.
i started the day off early [yay early morning meetings] and caught the sunrise.
after lots of church and meetings and visiting i went over to devonshire to make dinner with my best friends.
we made cucumber cream cheese sandwiches, little baguettes with tomato and cheese slices, sweet potato fries and lime water, finishing it off with some yummy pie. it was delicious [and healthy] to say the least.
then we watched ‘toy story’ slash tanner and bennett.
i’m kind of in love with them.
being with people you love can be the best cure for anything.

the honest truth.

this is what happens with you take accounting 200 and econ 110 in the same semester:
you end up keeping your clean clothes on your bed when you sleep because you have no time to put them away.
not a proud time for me right now.