You will have significant experiences. I hope that you will write them down and keep record of them, that you will read them from time to time and refresh your memory of those meaningful and significant things. Some may be funny. some may be significant only to you. some of them may be sacred and quietly beautiful. Some may build one upon another until they represent a lifetime of special experience. - President Hinckley

Friday, December 31, 2010

And they're off again!

So mom and dad are off again for yet another mission. This time for one year! I can't say I am very excited about it. I do love having them so close and my kids will miss them so much! Gwendalin cried all the way you can see from the morning they were set apart Tricia and I and mom were all pretty emotional. Their blessings were beautiful and they got to leave after they were set apart. Earlier in the week their car died and they ended up having to get a new one...huge blessing in disguise....what if they had taken the one that had issues and broken down somewhere along the way....ugh! It's just wierd that they are not here and they have a newlywed couple living in their house....really wierd.....but everything works out and I know that they are where they should be and we will be blessed for their services. Travis' parents start a new mission this year too!

Tuesday, December 28, 2010


We were able to spend some good times with Marie for almost a week and Tricia and Matthew's family for almost 2 weeks! We could go shopping together - cousins could play and sleep over - we went to Zumba. Travis and Matthew played the Wii and reminisced about when we had a million employees and actually made money. We went to a movie, and we stayed up way too late! At each departure Gwendalin was in tears that they had to go! But hopefully we can get them all back soon! Oh and for the first time EVER I dyed my hair RED!


Sunday, December 26, 2010

Christmas 2010

This year was probably one of my favorite Christmases since I have been married ( aside from the first one, where Travis surprised me with a piano). I only put up a Christmas tree and the stockings....I was not stressed out about cleaning up or all the things that come with decking out the whole house in Christmas attire. Another year perhaps but not this was simple and I loved it! We did our Christmas after Grandpa and Grandma came over. The kids were able to open their gifts with their company. Lucky for us Grandpa could put some of the toys together and Grandma took some good pictures. We feel very fortunate to have been able to have the Christmas that we did and are grateful that it was such a calm day! Travis got a lock picking practice board ( I bought the locks, dad drilled the holes and Matthew put them into the board) he was thrilled. Dallin didn't care if he got anything but he had a blast opening all of the gifts. Hunter got a soccer net, some BSU attire, and some other sports things, Gwennie got a walking dog, barbies, purse, etc. and Tyler got a scooter and criss cross crash! Success all around! Plus fantastic company for a divine dinner that evening!

Friday, December 24, 2010

3rd Grade Around the World

Hunter has been "around the world" this year in 3rd grade and for their Christmas program they all got together for a program that the parents could attend. Christmas songs from around the world. I thought Hunter was the cutest kid there....HE WAS.


Our ward had a visit from Santa a few weeks back. All of the kids were able to sit on his lap and write him letters. Sadly my camera blurred the first few pictures. But Tyler had to be coaxed off - he wasn't through telling santa what he wanted. Dallin wasn't sure if he liked him. Fun morning with the kids!

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Some Tyler Performances....and Hunter

Tyler was in a little singing group this year and the girls in his group LOVED him! We captured a few shots at his performance a few weeks ago. He's quite a looker. :) Hunter had a chance to play his christmas recital song as well...he did awesome! played deck the halls a few too many times but eventually got it all wrapped up.... ;)