Thursday, October 29, 2009


Lance is adorable with the girls. He's so sweet when he holds them and gets them to smile and laugh. Here he is with Sabrina. ...So cute.He had a big ole' cheeze for me when I took the picture!

Sabrina was pretty entertained too.
Sometimes I stand back and watch. There's a lot to take in. A girl's relationship with her dad is SO crucial in her development -how she'll interact with all men in her own life. Today isn't the day I go into depth on my relationship with my own father, but I wish and hope for these girls that they have more than what I did. ...That they'll feel his approval, his love, and always have the special bond that they seem to have even now.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Mi Familia

My sister put this photo on Facebook, and she did such a lovely job with editing it, I thought I'd post it here. This was taken when I was a junior in highschool. It's my immediate family -and yes- we all played those instruments! From left to right: Dave, Me, John, Mom, Dad, Sarah, Mary, Rachael. Aaaah, memories. *Fun to share!

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

I love this baby

"I love this baby" is what I whisper in my little baby's ear all the time. I did it with Ella and Mia as well. There is nothing more precious in this world. My children will never question their mommy's love.

Monday, October 26, 2009

Pumpkin Walk!

In efforts to get the girls out of the house and doing fun stuff, we hit the North Logan Annual Pumpkin Walk!

This looks like a lovey picture of Ella and Mia, but really, Mia pushes Ella away when she gets too close. She has a bit of a personal "bubble"...
Ella has a bit of an obsession with Ariel from "The Little Mermaid" -She heard "Part of your world" and loves the song. I'll take it! It's the ONLY Disney princess she'll have anything to do with!
Mia fights me for her personal space too. :)
Sabrina just tried to stay warm!
More pushing. Nice kid! Ella brought her pirate patch from a birthday party she'd been to. It's SO typical Ella.
Afterward, we went to my Mom's house for some lunch. Mom was blowing some leaves, so the girls had an absolute BLAST playing in them!
*Token self portrait.
*Love this shot. Great day!

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Halloween Party Part 2

The Halloween party was so much fun -and there were SO many super cute photos, I had to post more! Here's my adorable Mia!

Here's Ella! *Thanks to Lexie for the face painting -SO fun!
Yes, some of the pix are stolen from my sisters (who edited them and made them all kinds o' cute) -thanks, girls!
Me and beebee.
Here's Mia against Nanny -while decorating yummy sugar cookies!
Sabrina and Nanny.
Here's all the kiddos before Benji made a mad dash and got away. Left to right: Tessa, Lily, Phoebe, Benny (back), Noah, Ella, Sabrina, Mia.
Ella has the sweetest smile EVER.
The kids went for a walk collecting fall leaves, etc. Here's Ella and Nanny.
Here's Phoebe and Sabrina -the two are only a few months apart. I'm sure they'll be good friends!
I'm doing much better. I was released from the hospital on Wednesday and have been recovering quite well. *Thanks again to all of you for your love, your support, and your help. :)

Monday, October 19, 2009


Headin' to the hospital in 45 minutes. Thanks for all your help, your thoughts and your prayers on behalf of myself and my little family. :)

Halloween Party Part 1

On Saturday we had a super exciting Halloween party for all the grandkids in my family. It was AWESOME! Here is me with the three girls!
Baby Sabrina!
My sister Mary put this collage together of all the kiddos (including Rachael in the bottom right corner!)- how stinkin' adorable is that??

Friday, October 16, 2009


Not to self: get new camera battery. My blog needs new pictures!!!

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

This Monday...

This Monday I'm having a hysterectomy. The details of why aren't necessary, but it's something that I have to do.

There are a million thoughts and fears that go with something like this. ....Most of which can't even be voiced because it's such a strangely private and quiet ending to something that has defined me in a way -to something that provided my own personal meaning for my life.

That will be gone.

It's not an organ of my body that I'll be missing, it is a worth. My children mean absolutely everything to me. My body has told me (in a very painful way) that I am not supposed to have any more... It's the end of this era. I'm growing old. My life is so real -and is taking on a new shape of where I stand in it. I'm not 'young and fabulous' -I have years and years behind me. ...More than turning 32 years old, THIS is the moment I have dreaded: realizing that any youth in me is long gone. Realizing that there is no moving backward -and these three angels are the only angels I will bare.

I would not be doing this if I hadn't come to terms with all of it. I am absolutely greatful for each life I have brought in to this world; my role goes on to raise them now.

I can't put these words together right.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Mmm Not So Much -Phoebes

Monday, October 12, 2009


Oh man... The last two days I've been SO tired -inexplicably (baby getting me up in the middle of the night is bad, but this was SO much worse). It hit like a ton of bricks yesterday afternoon, and I'm sick sick sick. :(

One nostril works, so maybe I should be seeking out the silver lining here?

Heard the most BEAUTIFUL Taylor Swift song -read these lyrics, and tell me if as a mother -or if you're close with your mother that this isn't amazing:

I'm five years old, it's getting cold, I've got my big coat on
I hear your laugh and look up smiling at you, I run and run
Past the pumpkin patch and the tractor rides, look now, the sky is gold
I hug your legs and fall asleep on the way home

I don't know why all the trees change in the fall
But I know you're not scared of anything at all
Don't know if Snow White's house is near or far away
But I know I had the best day with you today

I'm thirteen now and don't know how my friends could be so mean
I come home crying and you hold me tight and grab the keys
And we drive and drive until we found a town far enough away
And we talk and window shop 'til I've forgotten all their names
I don't know who I'm gonna talk to now at school
But I know I'm laughing on the car ride home with you
Don't know how long it's gonna take to feel okay
But I know I had the best day with you today

I have an excellent father, his strength is making me stronger
God smiles on my little brother, inside and out, he's better than I am
I grew up in a pretty house and I had space to run
And I had the best days with you

There is a video I found from back when I was three
You set up a paint set in the kitchen and you're talking to me
It's the age of princesses and pirate ships and the seven dwarfs
And Daddy's smart and you're the prettiest lady in the whole wide world

And now I know why the all the trees change in the fall
I know you were on my side even when I was wrong
And I love you for giving me your eyes
For staying back and watching me shine
And I didn't know if you knew, so I'm takin' this chance to say
That I had the best day with you today

Sunday, October 11, 2009

...When I get your camera...

Aaah Kimmy. I got your camera, and I'm sorry to say-
I took my photo, a few times -just to play.
The camera was nice, I was looking GREAT,
Perhaps next time you should tell me to wait!
Now the images are yours to treasure,
All I can say now is; you're welcome! My pleasure!

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

"What the Favre?"

So how 'bout that game last night? It was nice to see Brett Favre kick Green Bay's bum.


Monday, October 5, 2009

Happy Birthday to MEEE!

How TIME FLIES! I'm old -but the birthday was goooood. Here's me -32 years old.

During the day, Mom and I went shopping and spent a little time together. Later, Lance told me that we'd stay in for the evening and cooked me a romantic and wonderful dinner for my birthday. We had king-crab legs, steak with mushrooms, shrimp, and baked potatoes... It was awesome! He was such a sweetheart and made sure that my birthday was full of happiness. :O)
Here's my HOTT CHEF.
...Some of dinner.
Ok, here's the two of us before we headed to Lance's family's house to pick up the girls... Once we got there the entire family (including Scott and Candace/ kiddos as well as Chaedon) were gathered for a surprise party just for me! WOW! Who gets that??? It was the sweetest thing ever! They gave me some beautiful gifts, and Donny even made me his famous orange cheesecake for dessert. WOW. *Lance took a picture with his cell for me! The next morning the girlz and I took off for a fun weekend in SLC. Here's our "on the way" photo! Yeah, Mia has a thing for toothbrushes, and Ella was more interested in her "homework" than posing for a picture! You'd only see Sabrina's car seat, so it wasn't worth it to try to get her in the shot... :)
Generally speaking, this weekend (my birthday weekend) is the pique of the fall colors in Logan Canyon. I think our early mountain snow storm drabbed out the colors a bit... I tried to catch a glimpse of the beauty, however.
While in SLC we had an awesome little chick -Andie- come and do "glitter toes" for all of us! Here's the order, starting with me on the bottom in the darkest red: me, Mom, Rach, Lex, Mary, Sarah. We had SOOO much fun just hanging out and enjoying each other's company... It's what the ultimate birthday weekend was to me --time with those I love.
...Got my traditional carrot cake!!!
Here's me and my sisters -the picture says it all. We're the best of friends. I can't imagine my life without them -and truly, they made my birthday absolutely wonderful. Left to right: Rach, me, Sarah, Mary.

Getting older isn't a big deal. I think it's just weird to know that there are SO many more people who are younger than me...


It's been an amazing 32 years. I couldn't ask for more.