Nov 30, 2011


Thanksgiving Story-

Once Upon a time... there was a little girl named Ellie who brought home a Thanksgiving book. It contained many cute wonderful pages of Pilgrims, and Indians, and thanksgiving food.  

The back page was a list of things she was thankful for.  Nana, Sam...then number 4.  Number 4 clearly states satin.  I'm pretty sure my six year old does not know what satin is... but is is definitely something to be thankful for.  When she was reading me the book and got to number 4 she read "Satan."  I said, "Oh... ok, why are you thankful for Satan?"  To which she replied, " Well, nobody likes him and says that he is really bad... and I just want to be nice." 

I didn't have a reply. I just said, "that's nice of you."
I am am so thankful for my satin/Satan appreciating daughter.  She is so sweet... even showing compassion toward Satan.  This girl.  So much love... so little time. 

Making the rolls was a family affair. 

Everyone got to put in their respective ingredients.  Flour was a big hit.  
We added a little too much flour... but they were still tasty!

Our Thanksgiving FEAST!  All of my sisters had other plans so it was just us.  It is by far the smallest group gathered for Thanksgiving (except for when we had Thanksgiving dinner at the hospital) to date. 

Sam didn't mind that the rolls were oversized and had too much flower in them. 

He ate them by two's!  

Happy Thanksgiving from all us roll making crazies. 

Nov 27, 2011

Transplant Anniversary Day

Transplant anniversary day was a great day.  Definitely a day to be thankful!  Thanksgiving day has nothing on transplant anniversary day.  If the two were competing for day of most gratitude, transplant day would win hands down.  It was a beautiful day.

Our first stop was to the hospital for her check up.  She did awesome.  She is such a flirt will the doctors, nurses, and echo ladies.  The fist words out of her mouth when someone talks to her is a grocery list of everything she does in preschool.  It's pretty important stuff, and everyone needs to know!  Coloring and snack are extremely important topics in her world.  Medically everything looked great. No changes, no concerns.  They even gave her a little blanket for her transplant anniversary... which she fell in love with.  She labeled all of the animals the entire drive home.

It was such a speedy appointment that we made it home in time for her to go to "pweeschool."  My mom had cupcakes all ready to go for her classmates.  I frosted them up headed out the door.  We also took some of her favorite snacks to share for her big 3 year anniversary.  Mia is such a lucky little girl to have six teachers.  One of them was not there, but she has really fantastic teachers and loves going to class.  She gets so much attention and is learning so much.  It is going to be a shock when she has to go to Kindergarten with only one teacher.

Sammy took Mia for a stroll after school. 

He didn't get very far using the baby doll stroller

Mia didn't seem to mind that they were barely moving.  
Mia and Sam waved to Heaven and we sent balloons off earlier for Jacob.  It was a wonderfully peaceful day.  

Papa said he would have something special for Mia later that night. 
He did not disappoint. 

Mia was in love with her surprise.  

Papa set up his train and Mia got to play trians with Papa.  
After a lot of "ooo's" and "ahhh's" we went and got Sammy. 

Sammy loves "choo choo" and it might as well of been Christmas morning in his book. 

Papa showed him which button to push to make the whistle blow.

Buttons and trains.... heaven on earth

It was really entertaining to watch their joy.  Sammy kept squealing with delight and Mia kept giving Sammy the play by play about the train. "It go round and round Sam, round and round."

Papa stepped it up a notch and let Sammers wear the conductor hat

Then he hooked on the train pocket watch- he was adorable. 
Mia shared her special treat with her little bro.  
They stayed and watched that train go "round and round" for a long time.  
I sat and watched their Joy and thought about our sweet Jacob.
Then I thought of his sweet Mama.
I wish she could see the sweetness of little Mia... and know that the heart she gave her is so happy... and that maybe he was there playing trains with Mia in spirit. 

Despite the cold, it was a beautiful day.  Mia was fascinated with all of the leaves stuck to the fence.  It must have seemed like magic to her.  Mia living each day is like magic to me.  We are so blessed and have been given so much.  Thanks to our sweet donor family we have our little girl.  I know it is a difficult time of year for them, and I know that no amount of me saying "thank you" takes away the pain of not having her son and their grandson.  I hope they know of our love and gratitude.
Thank you!!!!

Terrible One's!!

We've got Naughty

Yes we DO!

We've got Naughty

How bout' you? 

 Santa has got one tough decision to make! :-)

Nov 22, 2011

Superheroes and Washington Love

My friend Rebecca came into town to visit me.  Ok, I was actually an after thought, but whatever, I'll take it.  We wanted to do a photo shoot together so she gathered up all of her girl cousins and a boy from our old ward brought his friends and we had a superhero photo shoot.  It was awesome.  The rain was POURING down 20 minutes before we were going to take pictures.  I told her it was all her fault for coming from raining Washington to sunny Utah.  We lucked out and the clouds parted right in time.

While we waited for the photo shoot to begin, we did a little shopping and then we took a nap on the grass by the bell towers (before the downpour).  Sleeping next to the bell tower is not the brightest idea... but we were crazy tired and would have crashed pretty much anywhere.

After naptime we went to the BYU creamery for old times sake (even though we weren't there at the same time) and both got the burnt almond fudge.  It might as well have been plain ol' fudge because there might have been one maybe two almonds. I knew I should have gone with the mint/chocolate chip :-) 

A day after she left, Jensen and Ellie got these adorable pillow cases in the mail from Alice and Ruby.  They have pictures of their friends so they could see them every night before they went to bed.  Such a cute idea!!!  I am going to make pillows with my face on it for all of my sisters for Christmas- HA! totally kidding!

ok- onto the awesome photo shoot- 

We sped up to Orem to find some fabric for capes and some masks.  It is still up for debate who can cut out a better block letter.  She claims that cheerleaders (really old cheerleaders mind you)  ;-)  have the upper hand when it comes to block letters...I'm pretty sure that my M smoked her M.  When the two of us get together it goes on and on like this... we have so much fun together!  Once everyone got there, it was all fun and games after that!  Here are a few of my fav's from the million that I took.  Oh, and the picture above is completely out of focus... but I still like it.

Super Hero boy....

Meets super hero girl.....

and another girl.....

 and another girl.  That is just how it goes down at BYU.  he he.  totally kidding

We were hoping they would be as enthusiastic about each other as they were about being superheroes. 
Toward the end of the shoot they warmed up... but 19 year old boys... are 19 year old boys.

I love this superhero shot- I wish his cape would have flown up more...
it looks like we safety pinned it to his rear... which we did not. 

This cape did its job... 

Superhero Boys by Day

Superero Boys by Night

The girls (Rebec's cousins) were nothing short of perfection.  How fun to have your sisters (four on right) and cousin at college with you?? Talk about clothes swap!!  I'm all about the sister thing... all about it.  I was never at college with a sister, but I can imagine the fun times. These girls were so fun, and seriously must have the the best mom EVER!  :-)

"Superman" - I just like this one.

Everyone jump on the count of 3!!



I said 3! 
- I have more pictures of this beautiful girl that I will post soon.

This was one of the boy's idea... we just went along with it.  Love it. 

Would you believe that this very photoshoot was the begining of a relationship for them all?  Yes, they all went on a big group date and pretty much fell in love.  No not really... but that was our plan!
We are going to go into business taking pictures of complete strangers hoping they like each other and end up dating.  It's called matchmakerograpy.  Book now cause we're filling right up. 


On a totally separate note, can someone PLEASE tell me why my a handful of my pictures are coming up like this on my computer?  This has never happened to me before and I am at a loss.  

the end.