Husband and Father

Husband and Father
July 15, 1958 ~ August 25, 2008

Monday, December 20, 2010

Finally Legal...

Sarah turned the BIG 21 today! Wow, the year's have gone by way to quickly. Sarah is so much fun to have around. She keeps us laughing, and as Ben said today, she is the party started. She is a beautiful girl both inside and out. We love you Sarah!
Happy Birthday!

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Santa Claus Comes To Town

This year's Santa Party was held at the Hanna House. Fabulous hosts I might add. Delicious dinner, dessert, and lots of fun.

Santa's arrival was anticipated with a lot of enthusiasm. Christmas carols were sung as we waited his arrival; a story was read; and a surprise talented soloist performed. When Santa finally arrived, the kids couldn't have been more excited.

I'm not sure which of my kids were on the naughty or nice list, but by the looks of the pictures, the boys' might not have made it on the nice list. They seemed a little concerned with Santa's naughty and nice book.

Santa spoiled them with new Utah sweatshirts.

Friday, December 17, 2010

Festival of Trees

The Amethyst group from Creative Dance Academy dancing at the Festival of Trees. They were all wonderful!

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Violinists' at JSMB

There are so many things I love about Christmas. One thing I especially love at Christmas time is Christmas music. I know I could probably turn on a CD and call it good, but I especially love watching my kids perform. I love harp music, violin music, piano music, and choirs. I feel the spirit of Christmas through Christmas music.

Today was Katelyn’s last performance at JSMB. Her violin studio has performed there since Katelyn was small. It was a little emotional thinking that this is the last time I will see this group perform at this location. The JSMB is so beautiful, you can feel such a warm spirit there.
As usual, the violinists (especially Katelyn), did a phenomenal job!

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Christmas Dance 2010

Katelyn went to the Christmas Dance with Coulton Kilpack. It was a girl's choice dance, so I didn't get a picture of them together. Katelyn looked beautiful!

Monday, December 13, 2010

Bella, Bella!

If only dogs could talk what do you think they would say?
When I look at this picture I wonder: Does she need more attention? Does she need a softer place to sleep? Does she sleep walk? Does she subconsciously want to be a part of the Christmas Village? Or……… DOES SHE JUST WANT TO TICK ME OFF! I think the latter.

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Turning Twelve

When a girl turns 12 she: begins Young Women’s; becomes very particular about what she wears and how her hair is worn; shops at fashionable older-kid stores ; contemplates the use of make-up; prepares for Jr. High School; loves spending time with friends; and becomes well……..rather silly. Twelve is wonderful!

Lizzy's birthday celebrations began rather early that morning. At 5:20 a.m. we left to pick up her friend to go the temple and perform baptisms for the dead. It was a beautiful experience for both her and I. I must admit I teared up a bit when she was being baptized by someone other than her dad. I was so sad that he physically wasn’t there, I could feel his spirit though, and that made it special. The priesthood holders at the temple are so kind and gentle, they knew it was her first time at the temple and helped her every step of the way.

After our spiritual high, Ben and I took Lizzy to Sunshine Café for breakfast. It is one of our favorite places.

In the evening she had a small birthday party. We went and saw the movie Tangled, (which I would highly recommend) and dined at the Spaghetti Factory. I couldn’t stop laughing at these adorable, silly girls. They have all grown up so much, and are very entertaining.
At the movie Tangled. Dinner at the Spaghetti Factory - Did I mention 12 year old girls are silly.Bailee, Lizzy, Ashlyn, Ali, Reagan, and Liz.
We decorated her room, and gave her an adorable magnet board, and lots of cute clothes.

Happy Birthday Baby Girl!

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Look A Likes?

I was browsing through The American Girl Doll Catalogue, when I happened upon this magazine advertisement. To me, the little girl in the advertisement resembles Lizzy. Oddly enough, I wasn't the only one who had mentioned this to her. What do you think?

Friday, December 3, 2010

Peanut Butter Cookie Surprise

To all my Julia Child "cook-a-likes", please do not read this post. You know who you are..... Si, Eden, to name a few. For the rest of us regular cooks, listed below is the recipe for the cookies I brought to our Thanksgiving Feast. Several people inquired, so here it is:

1 package Betty Crocker Peanut Butter Cookie Mix.
Make according to directions.
Place one miniature milky way candy bar in the middle of each cookie. Roll dough in a ball, and cook according to the package directions.

When cookies have cooled, melt chocolate chips, place melted chocolate in baggie cut off the tip of baggie and drizzle chocolate on cookies.