Wednesday, December 16, 2009


Austin had his acting debut
when he played
Reginald Smarmy,
the game show host in the play,
"Who's Dying to be a Millionaire?"
It was a fun, entertaining show
a comedy/murder mystery
put on by the drama club
at the middle school.
He did awesome!

Great job, Austin!
Just don't forget us when you're
rich and famous. :)

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Snow day

They are very few
and far between.
But when they happen,
we LOVE it!
Didn't so much love the 4:30 am phone call,
but the news was good.
No school!
We woke up to over a foot of snow.
And it just kept coming!
Half the fun is
digging your way out.

Much of the day
was spent playing in it.
Syd built an awesome
snow cave.

After they were thoroughly frozen,
they came in for some
hot chocolate and
indoor fun.
London was counting the days. . .
Snow just makes it feel
more like Christmas!

Sunday, December 6, 2009

I write the songs...

London has been learning recently
how to write letters of the alphabet.
She puts them down randomly
on paper
and then tells us the story.
One night, she told me
she was going to write a song.
Of course I assumed she would write
more letters,
then sing me the song that went with them.
I was wrong.
This is what she brought me:

I thought that was pretty cool.

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Giving thanks

This year was a special year
for Thanksgiving.
It was the first time in
quite a while
my whole family was together:
Mom, Dad, my brothers and sisters.
It was so awesome.
We also got to have my grandparents,
cousins, aunts and uncles from
mom's side together, too.
There were almost 50 people there,
so we celebrated at the church
near my parents'.
Several tables were set
with red tablecloths
and festive dinnerware and centerpieces,
thanks to mom.

Getting together wouldn't be complete
without the guys shooting some hoops.

Dad carved the turkey, as is tradition,
and gave Austin some pointers
along the way.

My cute sis, Lindsay,
and my future niece!
My brother Justin and
his wife, Andrea.

Let the feast begin!

My little brother, Mitch.
I'm surprised he wasn't
first in line!
(Just kiddin', bro)
My wonderful grandparents.

It was a feast to remember,
and a wonderful chance
to think about all
we have been blessed with,

Sunday, November 15, 2009


Jordan was busy using the computer
one night.
When we saw what she had been making,
we got a good laugh.

Silly girl.
What would we do without her
to keep us smiling?

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Haulin' wood

This year
Doug bought some split oak
to help heat our home
during the winter.
So our lucky kiddos
were excited to get to help
haul and stack it.
They are such awesome workers!

We are looking forward
to having lots of cozy nights
by the fire this winter!

Sunday, November 1, 2009


This year
we were invited to the home of
some good friends who had their own
pumpkin patch
and the kids each got to pick out
their favorite one to take home.
The kids then designed faces
that would bring their pumpkins to life.

Aren't we a scary bunch?
Heading to the ward Halloween party.
It was on Halloween,
so we only had to get dressed up once. :)

We came home that night with some

fun memories,

good times,

and waaaaaay too much candy! :)