Ringing in the New Year

I have rededicated myself to blogging on a regular basis.  There is so much that has happened since last post and I don’t have the time or inclination to go into every detail of the last three and half months.  So here are the highlights of the last 3 months of my year 2009.

Katie turned five years old the 13th of October.  I can not believe I have a 5 year old.  She is so smart and wonderful to have around.  She is so photogenic.

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We went to McDonalds for her birthday lunch.  We don’t go there often so it was a big deal for Katie.


Katie had a Halloween party for her birthday.  It was so much fun! Bryce helped out by doing a treasure hunt and his mom was great letting  us use her house as well as making the cake.  We also played games. Her friends came in their costumes.

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And then there was Halloween…

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My Supergirl!

Of course while Katie was celebrating her birthday, our other little girl was doing some growing up as well.  She didn’t like getting her pictures taken.  I finally got a few good pictures but WOW…what an ordeal!


This is my favorite picture.  I think she looks like Curious George.



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   Little sweetie.


My girls!  Just had to add it.


November brought us a wonderful Thanksgiving dinner.  We spent Thanksgiving with my sister, her family, Bryce’s parents and his Brother and Sister in law.  It was so much fun. Tried to get a Christmas Card picture, and this is what I got.


I should have used this one–


Love those girls!  We had a great Thanksgiving dinner.  It is really nice to be with family.

December has been a very busy month.  First- our most exciting news—we are doing our basement!! I will post pictures of that project when it is all finished.  We just got our sheet rock up today.  I am so thrilled I about cried when I saw it all put together.  Now we just have to tape and mud the sheet rock, paint, put in the bathroom toilet and sink, and flooring.  I can hardly wait to see it done!

Katie was in a few performances for Christmas and Bryce played one on the three wise men in a nativity at church. I made his costume in 2 days.  That was a busy week!

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Christmas was a blast.  We went to a family dinner at Bryce’s Aunt Ramona’s house for Christmas Eve.  Later that night my parents came into town.  It was a nice surprise for Katie to wake up to not only presents and a stuffed stocking but Grandma and Grandpa too!  After opening gifts and eating candy to our hearts content we headed down to Misty’s house for Christmas dinner and family frivolity. The day after Christmas we were able to support Jacob, my nephew, in receiving his Eagle at his Court of Honor.  It was beautiful.

The next day was Sunday and we rushed home just in time to get ready for church.  It was a stressful day because we were blessing our daughter, Elizabeth that day.  I was so worried that she would poop in the dress that she only wore it for 10 minutes.  I worked on it for about a month.  There you go.  Let that be a lesson to us all.  I didn’t get any pictures of the dress or the family that day, but I did get some later with help from Bryce.  The blessing was beautiful and now I realize that the most important thing about a blessing day is not the dress, but the blessing.  I will still make my kids blessing outfits, but maybe I won’t be so concerned with it the day of the blessing.

That being said—here is the dress!

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Wow! That’s it.  Happy Holidays and a Prosperous New Year to all!

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