Happy to be a Mom!

I love this thought from President David O. McKay

"She, who can paint a masterpiece or write a book that will influence millions -- deserves the admiration and the plaudits of man. But she who rears a family of beautiful sons and daughters, whose influence will be felt through generations to come, long after paintings have faded, and books have been destroyed she deserves the highest honor that man can give, and the choicest blessings of God. In her high duty and service to humanity, she is co-partner with the Creator himself."

Thursday, December 3, 2009


This is Spencer's new face. When I go to feed him, he open's his mouth as wide as he can and clothes his eyes. So funny.

So I never thought I would eat out for Thanksgiving dinner. But we heard Notre Dame puts on an amazing Thanksgiving feast for $5.00 a person and we decided to try it. We went with some of our close friends and had an wonderful meal. There were bouquets of flowers and tablecloths and plates. They had tables of desserts and breads and turnkey with all the trimmings. Really it was wonderful. Not quite the same as being with Family, but if you can't have family this wasn't bad.
On Saturday we made our way to Kokomo Indiana, (we passed the cities of Miami, Mexico, and Peru all in Indiana to get there). We met up with an old friend and his wife and daughter. Devin and Mike were roommates in Spain so we were all great friends. It was great to see you Mike.

Girl Clothes

A girl in the village just brought us over 20 onsies and 20 sleepers all 0-3 months for a little girl, people are so nice here. Naomi was soooo excited to go through them and have a whole pile of pink and a whole pile of purple clothes! Yea for little girls.

Having fun

Spencer being a boy just loves to throw balls, we used to play iwth a bunch of golf balls Devin had hanging around. However he is getting such a good arm, we have to hide those ones and just use tennis or toy balls.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

New Moon

Yep I just have to post about it too. I went with a gaggle of girls last night to see New Moon. Which is really the only way to do it, I mean how can you be in love with Edward, and Jacaob and then Edward again and with your husband sitting next to you, really one too many men for a movie theater- so husband has to go.

Well in short words I loved it, so good, much better than twilight, Edward was much better which in my opinion wasn't very hard to do. Jacob was wonderful, Bella was lacking some major emotion, not one tear in the whole thing just 3-5 word sentences with a lot of gulps and sighs between everything. But I went to see a romantic movie and was not disappointed.

If you are interested here is a link to a small screen play that Devin and I just busted up laughing over about twilight: Enjoy:

Saturday, November 21, 2009


The business school has a school grant to take 20 MBA students to Lebanon, Kenya, and Uganda to study the role of businesses in developing economies. This was what Devin studiesd in his Undergraduate Thesis so he was really excited about the project. So he applied in October but was not accepted to go, however he signed up to be the "extra" student in the class who would help with the writing and class research, and be an american contact incase they needed stuff faxed or whatever.

So Thursday night Devin comes home with a big smile and it turns out they have an extra spot, so guess who gets to go to Uganda, Africa from Dec 10-Dec 20th!?

Yep you guessed my favorite Travel Bug husband, I should have know when I met him in a foriegn country they he would be a world wide traveler.

Spencer and I are taking off to spend a few extra days in Sacramento and Fresno visiting family, so we will all be gone for a month at Christmas!

Sunday, November 1, 2009


We had a fabulous Halloween starting with the Ward Truck o Treat on Tuesday and then a MBA family party on Friday and then the best of all the Village Halloween Party.

Our apartment put on the best Harvest Festival that had a horse drawn Carriage, Petting Zoo, Heated Tent, Pizza, Hot Chocolate and a Pumpkin Grotto. It was awesome. Getting ready for the carriage ride.

Spencer really liked the Petting zoo. He got to feed the goat some leaves which was so awesome

Of course on e of the best things was the Fire Truck. The Notre Dame fire department personally came and lit our bon fire.

here we are at the Truck o Treat. Devin was a very scary nursery leader, Naomi was pregnant butterfly, and Spencer was our Frog

Monday, October 26, 2009


As you may know, Devin went to China with Notre Dame's MBA program last week. Here are some pictures from the Great Wall of China. It was definitely the highlight of the trip. The Great Wall has many different sections that tourists are allowed to visit. This particular one is slightly less touristy than some of the others, but there were still plenty of vendors, a gondola, a chairlift, and an alpine slide to help you up and down the mountain.

Here's the gang resting after about an hour of uphill hiking on the wall.

The wall is about 30 feet high and would be hard to get over.

The wall extends over all the ridges you can see in this picture.

Posing for the camera.

Showing off...again.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Until Further Notice. . . It's A

So our little cute person had the cord between her legs throughout the ultra sound today, (the stinker), so the tech was not very confident, but there was no sign of boy, and maybe some girl signs. So until further notice, which we hope to have another ultra sound, its a Girl!

Of course Devin being the sensible one, told me not to get too excited. Is this too excited?

Welcome Baby! We are having trouble coming up with Girl names we both like. What are your favorites?

Amongst the combined list we have: Kathleen, Miriam, Marian (Martha I love her name), Camilie (millie), and Analise, Elise, Abigale.

I like old fashioned names. . . .Any Ideas for us?

Yea Notre Dame

Our Family during a football weekend.

We are starting Spencer Young. Everytime we say "football" or "Notre Dame" he smiles and has a big clap.

The trees are gorgeous!

The Chocolate Factory

This week our MBA playgroup went on a tour of the South Bend Chocolate Factory. So Fun!
They had this poster of "I Love Lucy" that I couldn't resist taking, one of my favorite episodes.

But the best part was they got yummy samples, including this huge chocolate ball which Jonah (our friend) decided to put the whole thing in his mouth. It was a pretty funny sight.

The kids had to wear these nice nets on their hair. Which Spencer kept taking off.


Devin worked so hard this last summer to line up some interviews, and the work has finally paid off, we have had four interviews show up in the last two weeks! So Devin packed up and flew to SLC for two interviews last Friday, and then we just droped him off at the airport tonight for two more interviews in Sacramento. Wish us luck! Hopefully one of these will pan out.

Spencer loves his daddy, and really wanted to go with him. He even tried out the carry on to see if he could fit. In the end we decided it was better for him to stay home and keep me company. Buy Daddy, we love you and are so proud of you! Good Luck.

Faces of Spencer

This kid is so animated, he has huge facial expressions. I love these ones he has been making lately. "I think I am Stuck"

"No I don't like that!"

"I need this read to me right now, or I am going to die!"

"You are kind of funny mom"

"I am really really sad, can't you tell"

Parties and Activities

Last week we went to a big Library Festival. Spencer loved all of the costumed animals.

I watch a little boy named Jonah a few days a week. And two weeks ago he had abirthday party. We had balloons, which Spencer wanted to eat, and a really cool Spider cake.

Sunday, September 20, 2009

A Day That Will Live in Infamy

Well it has finally happened.
We knew the day would one day come.
We've been waiting for it, we just didn't think it would be today.

Today Spencer learned a new word:


Saturday, September 19, 2009

Family Picture

Wagstaff Family Photo

Here is the long awaited for Family Picture of the Wagstaff's. From Top to Bottom Grandpa, Nana, Amanda, Chad, Devin, Naomi, Jessica, Jerrin, Spencer, Macie, and Eli.

Well we couldn't get any of the kids to smile but all of us adults look good so what can you say.


Last Weekend we left super early to make the trek to the Temple. It is about a 2 hour drive without traffic We got super lucky and didn't hit any! We left at 5;45 Chicago Time and made it for the 8:00 session.

After we went and saw one of Devin's Law School Friends, we hung out with them and went to lunch. Spencer got lucky when Tiffany's little boy got us an invite to an amazing birthday party he was going to. They went all out with a bounce house and a balloon man, not to mention amazing costco food.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Small Blessings

The missionaries came over for dinner tonight, I was trying all week to figure out a good meal to fix them without actually going to the store.

(I try really hard to only go every two weeks, this has been an amazing strategy to help me stay in my budget, and we are nearing the end of our two weeks, so of course the pantry is bare).

I honeslty could not make any of the 3 decent meals I came up with without going to the store. And then I found my milk was going bad, any body have a good recipe that takes a lot of milk, I have almost a gallon of milk that will be bad if not used immedietly. So point is, going to the store today was required.

Spencer and I went to the store, and this was the big trip of the month, we were out of everything.

1st blessing- Spencer did not cry once, did not climb out of the stroller once, and made it through the entire grocery line happy (of course fruit snacks and grapes were being bribed), but still the last time we went he cried at least half of time, so huge improvement.

2nd blessing my total grocery bill came to $40.00 less than I expected it to. I mean I even bought diapers and everything. The immediate thought came to my mind, you are feeding the missionaries tonight, chalk it up as a blessing for feeding the Lord's annointed.

Sometimes I have a hard time seeing the hand of the Lord work in my life. So these moments when I can feel the spirit and see something specific I feel blessed. So weather everything was just on sale or maybe I really didn't buy as much as I thought, I think I will give the credit where its due and say a thank you to my Heavenly Father.

Moral of the story: Feed the missionaries and your grocery budget will be less, or you will be blessed in mysterious ways :).

How did the Lord work in your life today?

Monday, September 7, 2009

The Notre Dame Game

So Notre Dame has two religions Catholicism adn Football. These games are insane. On Saturday we did football all day long. First we got up early and went to the Football Collage Hall of Fame. Which was an awesome museum.

Here is Spencer sporting his football wardrobe from Grandma and Granpa. Number 7 is the quaterback Jimmy Clausen

Here he Katie and Me by the entrance
At the Game. Look at this stadium it holds 80 thousand people, BYU holds 65 thousand. Notre Dame games have been completley sold out for over 200 games. It was incredible.
And Notre Dame won!!!!. We also watched the BYU game that night Go Cougars! And last Thursday the Uof U won their game. So all the teams that we have been apart of are all on a winning streak!!! Go Football.