Monday, May 30, 2011

Another Ice Age


“Insanity now!”

Can you believe it?  It’s 36 degrees here in South Ogden and is supposed to be in the 70s tomorrow.  “I have no response to that.”

(Sorry about the crooked picture.  Too early in the morning for proper balance)

Thursday, May 26, 2011



I am now the mother of twin 1 year olds, again.

Happy 1st Birthday to my baby girls!

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I know people are always shocked at how quickly their kids grow, but I am mega shocked!  How in the world did they turn 1 already?  My babies are now in the year category of age counting.  In rebellion I will keep referring to them in their month age, hey, maybe even weeks.  Yes, my daughter is 120 months old, and no, I will not do the math for you.

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Not quite sure about the cake, but the frosting was completely gone in the end.

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The Party Animals!  A post cupcake picture, obviously.


Two conversations in which mommy was quite entertained…

(Mommy watching Reed as he sneakily takes something off of the shelf and heads outside)

Mom:  What do you have?

Reed:  Can’t I just keep one secret to myself?

Mom:  No.

Reed:  Well, this one I’m keeping to myself.  (and hastily leaves the room.  Mom does not pursue, too busy laughing).

Watching Douglas in the back seat of the car doing something conniving to his brother Isaac.

Mom:  Give that back to your brother, it’s his.

Douglas:  I was just looking at it.

Mom:  Right now, please.

Douglas:  (with an evil smile on his face, throws it to/at his brother)  Here!

Mom/Dad:  Not like that. 

Douglas:  Like what?!

Mom/Dad:  We saw that evil smile on your face.

Douglas:  I guess you’ve found out my “tell.”  (said with a smile, not so evil).


Two babies who make their mommy smile and smile and smile (the big boys do that too, it’s just harder to capture them on camera being innocent and well mannered, and since I’m not the type to blackmail a person, I have refrained from taking  too many of those kinds of pictures (pickers, burpers, lickers, etc.)

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These hats aren’t as fancy as the ones worn to William and Kate’s wedding but they certainly aren’t lacking anything in their athletic simplicity.

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Elizabeth fell asleep with the ipod in her hands and every time Chris tried to take it away, she would wake up and grab on tighter to it.  That’s the light saber app she’s got going.  I guess Jedis do keep them on/in hand when they sleep.

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Doesn’t she look just like sherbet or a lollypop in these pajamas?


Isaac’s Kindergarten Class Performance

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The kindergarten kids were wonderful and all of them knew the songs. 

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Graham cracker encrusted Elizabeth totally enthralled during her big brother Isaac’s performance.

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Isaac is the second tallest kid in his class.  The girl next to him with the dress, is almost a whole head taller than him.  Now they are all on their way to 1st grade!  Oh, and did I mention, full day?!

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Mawiage, not a funeral, is what bwings us togever today.


Here are just a few of the pictures I took along with my lovely assistants Tessa, and my friend Christi, at the wedding.   Thank you so much for your help ladies!!!

The wedding of

Dani and Michael Scott Thomas

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The ring bearer is starting to wonder when Michael is going to heft Dani over his shoulder and run down the aisle.

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Mr. and Mrs. Thomas

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Waiting for the festivities to begin or for this stroller strap to start tasting like mashed bananas.

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Mr. Isaac practicing his well behaved smile.

Families who rarely manage to put official reunions together find that they are unified by either weddings or funerals.  Perhaps if we could manage annual reunions nobody would die or get married!

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The camera crew.

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Wedding?  Nah, Legos definitely trump this romantic stuff!

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Tessa and Jodi, the fairy god mothers of wedding d├ęcor, wow what a beautiful setting!

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The Flower Girls making sure the peddles are soft enough for this special occasion.

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The dancing was the favorite part of the night for the kids.  I never knew my kids had those kinds of moves!  Douglas, to my surprise and shock, was doing the worm in his new suit!

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What a beautiful and adoring couple.

…and they live happily ever after.


There are at least 300 plus more pictures but we’ll let Dani share those with you Smile.

Friday, May 13, 2011

The Exodus and a wedding

Trip to So. Cal.

We got back yesterday from our exodus to California and, at times, it felt like we too were with Moses taking the 40 year route.  The poisonous serpents sometimes showed up in the far back seats.  The cure was getting out once in a while and letting them run wild.  Our main purpose in going down was to attend my youngest sister’s wedding, Dani, to her adorable Michael.  It was all very nice, but like any major event, one needs a recovery period and we chose to spend a relaxing day at Knott’s Berry Farm and a stroll on the beach.  We practically walked onto most of the rides and, as you can see from Douglas’ familial gesture, quite easily mingled with the staff.

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Come on Douglas, snuggle in just a little bit closer.

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Salty pretzels, yummy.  Thank you aunt Jodi.


Wild-haired Miriam.  Almost as silly as Tickle-toed Elizabeth.

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Grandma giving Isaac a well needed squeeze.

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A rapid river left us all looking like we couldn’t find the restrooms in time.

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Wild little lady!  Appropriate, considering the fact we were watching a stunt show.  This was Isaac’s kind of humor.  I don’t think I’ve ever seen the boy laughing so hard as the actors jumped off of roofs, pretended to die, tumbled into wells and tossed explosives to each other.  This is the same kid who thinks Tom and Jerry are two of the funniest animals on the planet.  It’s time to introduce him to the Three Stooges.

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How the girls reacted to the end of the day at Knott’s Berry Farm….zzzzz….let me out!

The Beach!


It’s been way too long since I’d smelled the memory filled scent of a salty sea breeze and the ever soothing rhythm of the ocean waves.  The boys had a great time digging in the sand for crabs while trying not to get wet.  They looked like the funny little stick-legged birds further up from us, doing the same thing.  Run…dig…wave coming!…run…and repeat.


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Look what I found!

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“Can we get our swim shorts on?  No, it’s only 60 something out here.”

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That salty sea air contributing to their already goofy demeanors.

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Huntington Beach and in the far faded out distance you can slightly see Catalina Island.

I have more pictures from the trip and many from Dani’s wedding to come…They are currently on their honeymoon in Hawaii.  “Aloha! Aloha!”

“In Hawaii, don't they use aloha for, like, hello and goodbye?….
So?….So if you're on the phone with somebody and they won't stop talking, how do you get them off? You say, 'Okay take care, aloha' don't they just start over again?”  --Miss Congeniality


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