Monday, December 31, 2012


Time to look back on the year. So much has happened – certainly more good than bad, but plenty of both. I am ready for a fresh start in 2013!

Here’s a picture from a January trip to visit Grandma Gingie and Grandpa Pete:


Sandy also started Sunbeams. She has really loved her Primary class this year, and her teacher. Wow, looking back at the kids in January really shows how much they have grown this year!


Here are the girls in their Easter dresses:


Abby turned 2 in May:



We saw an annular eclipse and got some home improvement projects done (despite help from our children).

Sandy turned 4 in June:



Learned we were pregnant then lost a baby boy, which was simultaneously something I wouldn’t wish on one of my worst enemies and yet a life-changing and spiritual experience.


Sandy started preschool, Megan turned 32, Bill turned 36:





Happy New Year!


One of the highlights of the Christmas seasons has become the extended family Nativity. Always after Christmas (brilliant because it’s so much less hectic) and always entertaining as the youngest in the crowd perform the nativity.


My girls were angels. Abby initially insisted on being an animal (I believe a bunny, although she was finally talked into a sheep), but once she saw Sandy was an angel, she decided to be one, too.









Arizona Trip

We went to Arizona for Christmas. We got to see lots of family and that was a lot of fun. Sandy getting carsick both ways and Bill’s job stress that delayed our departure and kept him busy most of the time were there was not so much fun.


2012-12-23 10.43.32 The only picture I took on the drive to Arizona. We were driving through the Indian Reservation and I looked back to see that Abby had added some war paint.

Bill hooked up an amazing system in the car--several movies stored on a laptop which then functioned as a wireless server that the Nooks could talk to. The girls could each watch their own show, with headphones. It really made the drive easier.


Here are some pictures from the Phoenix Zoo:

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We also saw the lights at the Mesa Temple. Amazing!



Christmas morning the girls found stockings in the car.

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We had planned to spend Christmas morning with my family and Christmas afternoon with Bill’s sister and her family (we also stayed at their house on the trip), but Sandy started throwing up again and we made a hurried departure. Dealing with vomit is not my strongpoint as a mother, dealing with it while traveling kind of pushes me over the edge.


Heather made the most adorable princess dress ups for the girls. They were so excited. I need to get a picture of them wearing them, shouldn’t be hard since they wear them a lot.

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We have gotten many helpful suggestions for dealing with car sickness. Next roadtrip we will have to remember them – particularly giving Sandy chewable dramamine before we leave and disposable barf bags.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

A Box from the UK


Remember the Christmas swap we did? We got our box from our new friends in England.


Chocolate candy ornaments you can tie right on the tree. Amazing, I’ve never seen anything like it, but what a fun idea!



Chocolate coins – I’d never seen silver ones, the silver coins were white chocolate, the gold coins were milk chocolate.



A Christmas pudding:



Handmade Christmas ornaments:

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A game and a collection of Christmas cartoons:



A box of Christmas crackers:

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Nested star cookie cutters:




The box also included two Santa door hanger craft kits:



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What a fun box! Thanks to our new friends!

Monday, December 3, 2012

Time for a New Fridge



Hooray, we have replaced our fridge. Sandy’s standing in front of the old one – look at that color, don’t you think it was about time?!

I will have to post a picture of the new fridge soon!