Friday, April 12, 2013
My family has had the opportunity to have adoption touch our lives in multiple ways. I gained a sister through adoption, we were given the chance to add to our own family with the adoption of Camryn and now we have had the choice experience to see the miracle of adoption bless the lives of another family through the adoption of Camryn's baby. Someone asked me once how I could possibly bond with and love someone else's child. I wondered, "How could I not?". After all, "Hello... it's a baby!", how could you not love them? But most of all, when you go all the way down to the very foundation of how we are all related, anyone, baby or not, is our brother or sister and how can we deny them the love that we have been given by the Heavenly Father that we all share?
So...thank you to all of you who have been so supportive and patient and kind to all of us. To those who have openly shown your support as well as those who quietly offered prayers of love in our behalf. While we don't specifically know who each of you are, we have profoundly felt and are grateful for each and every one.
Here is to moving onward and upward. Life is wonderful and definitely never dull.
Sunday, January 29, 2012
Byron is first.
Next is Kellee.
New sweater, a knitted hat from Meghan, bracelet, iTunes and some special shampoo and conditioner.
Ashton was up third.
This was Ashton's big 3-0 birthday. Do I really have a child that old? How did that happen when I didn't get any older? Guitar strings and picks, phone case and a Guy on a Buffalo T-shirt. If you haven't seen these videos on You-Tube, you should watch them. So silly!
Now for the birthday twins born two years apart. Skyler is 9 and is Ashton's son.
Apparently he was a little camera shy. Birthday card from Grandma Hall and a 3-in-1 Lego Motorcycle kit. He also got a sweet skateboard from his dad and Becky. Meghan and Jared got him an awesome moon phase light for his bedroom.
Payten turned 7 and is Kellee's oldest.
Payten also got a moon phase light as well as Dino Legos, a piggy bank and kit to make a wooden helicopter.
Here are some pictures of the other party attendees.
Silly Meghan, you are supposed to eat your pudding, not wear it.
Abadee, abadee, that's all folks!
Friday, January 20, 2012
Sunday, January 15, 2012
What a week! This week Byron and I celebrated 32 years of marriage on the 10th. That date this year had some other excitement in addition to the anniversary but more on that later. I still can't believe that it's been 32 years. It doesn't seem like it's been that long and yet, sometimes-not very often, I feel every year of it. We waited until this past Saturday to celebrate so that we can go out with my best friend from work, Jaimi, who just so happens to have the same anniversary the I do. She and her husband were celebrating number 15. Yes, we are old enough to be their parents, almost, but that's the best thing about being an adult, there are not a lot of age constraints when it comes to making friends. We went to dinner at Texas Roadhouse, drove some cars (more on that later) and went to see Sherlock Holmes. Dinner was great, the movie was amazing and the company was wonderful.
Jeremy and Jaimi
Last Sunday was a sad day, it was the day our cat, Junior died. I am not much of a softie over animals but he was the last of the "original" animals we had at this house and I remember specifically telling my son NOT to bring him home but when I woke up the next morning, there he was. About the same size a stick figure drawing of a cat. We soon fattened him up and we eventually started calling him our Buddha Kitty. He was friends with all of our other animals, unless they didn;t want to be, and he used to wrestle with Gus, our dog. Jr was 11 and it was time I guess. We said good-bye to 3 cats and 2 dogs this past year. 1 cat and 1 dog went to live with others. The rest just went...I am done saying good-bye to pets.
This is Junior and Me-Mow
Now we get to the fun events of the 10th and another good-bye. On my way to work I was hit by a someone who ran a stop sign and hit me. The initial report was that the car appeared repairable. Once it got to the tow yard, it was a different story. So it is good-bye to our Sonata. It was a great little car and took us on some amazing adventures.
Not sure what the replacement will be although the official contenders are the Hyundai Santa Fe and the Subaru Outback. Stay tuned...same bat time...same bat channel.
Sunday, January 1, 2012
Sunday, November 27, 2011
Can I just say that I love going on a Handcart Trek? This year makes #4. I got to go as an aunt again and I was part of the Schmidt family.
There was Ma and Pa Schmidt and then most of us got our names from the song John Jacob Jingleheimer Schmidt. So we had John, Jacob, Jean, Jill, Hyrum and then Mary Lou, Sarah and Winnie (me), too.
We got a little (understatement of the year) wet....
and had a lot of fun.
Our fearless leaders, Los Tres Amigos.
That's one way of supporting the bishop....we couldn't let that cranium get fried. After all, it was in charge of getting us all to the end safely.
Our wonderful support staff....cooks, wood choppers, latrine drivers, water haulers, all round fun bunch.
My cousin, Darla, came to Utah all the way from Finland for the McAllister Reunion this year. She used to live close when we were younger and we loved spending time at each other's houses and getting up to all kinds of shenanigans. Here is a picture when we were about 13 or 14.
Here we are, a little older and much wiser? On the left is our cousin Shelly who used to join in on the shenanigans once in a while. The three of us took a road trip with Grandma Eleanor one summer that was quite action-packed. Funny thing is these two ladies are actually my dad's cousins due to the very large family my grandma came from. Shelly's dad and my dad were just months apart in age and Darla's mom was Shelly's dad's older sister. My Grandma Eleanor was an older sister to both of them. It was good to see Darla again. The last time we saw each other was when her daughter, Sarah was a baby. Sarah is now 6 or 7.
Before heading to the reunion we took a side trip to the North Rim of the Grand Canyon. I think I had been there when I was younger but I really don't remember. I want to go again when we can stay longer and do some hiking.
Just one of the many pictures I took. It was a beautiful day and we were jealous of all of the motorcycle groups we saw. I think that next time we may just trailer the bikes to St. George and make the trip on them.
They had a bunch of these little "shelters" so Camryn and I took advantage of a great place to have our picture taken.
Byron opted for a sunnier spot outside onside on the observation deck at the lodge.
This is a statue of Brighty who is a pretty historic part of the Grand Canyon. I remember reading a book about him when I was younger because it was written by an author who wrote about horses and I had a serious horse addiction as a girl.
These are just some cool things I saw in the lodge.
Why, yes, that IS a life-sized Kachina Doll.
This is a picture of one of the chandeliers in the lodge.
Now to be a little irreverent......We didn't have any of these pies but the signs are good for a giggle.
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