Monday, November 28, 2011


We spent Thanksgiving in Arizona. We had a great time. Brad and I celebrated our anniversary and we were able to spend time with family. We were expecting some warmer weather but it was chilly. We spent a day in Mesa at the Dr, Golfland and doing a photo shoot for a great friend.

We didn't do much, but the kids loved it. They love being at my parents house. They can roam free. They play in the dirt and rocks, jumping on the trampoline, playing with the dogs and this year we went shooting. Tyler even hit a couple of targets. He said it was the best day ever. I love when that little boy smiles.

We had a big turnout for Thanksgiving dinner, unfortunately, we didn't get a picture of everyone. We got a picture on Saturday but are missing a lot of people.

We took Tyler and Katie to this coral in town that has donkeys and Shelton ponies. They enjoyed petting them.

I love going home. There is nothing like it. It is comfortable and peaceful.

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Family, Friends and Giving Thanks

Last night a tragedy occurred. As we were coming back from Mesa, we saw this light on Superstition Mountains. We couldn't tell what it was, I thought maybe it was a hot air balloon and you could see the flame from it. Not really knowing what it was, we continued on our journey back to Safford. We saw 4 police cars racing down the freeway, lights and sirens driving like I had never see police cars go. I wondered what had happened and wished those safety.

When we got back to my parents house, the news came on saying there was a plane crash on the Superstition Mountains. My thoughts immediately turned to my dear friend Deanna who I knew what traveling from Idaho to Arizona. I thought maybe they had stopped in Mesa to refill their plane. Tears immediately started to roll down my cheeks. The thought of losing her was almost unbearable. The thought of her, her husband and 4 beautiful daughters passing at such a young age. I called her but their phone number had been changed. I tried to reach her on facebook and nothing. I had no way of getting a hold of her. I continued to check facebook and saw that her and her family were okay. They were safe in Safford. I felt relief for them knowing my good friends were okay.

As I continued to watch the news and see what was going on, it became known that the airplane belong to Ponderosa Aviation. That was my friend Mikel's company. Then my thoughts turned to his family. What if it was Mikel's family that was on board that plane. Again the tears rolled.

As information became available it was Mikel's brother who was on board. My heart aches for their family and for the families of those who were on the plane. There was a total of 6 people. 3 adults and 3 children. I don't know any of them but to have such tragedy come to these families is heartbreaking.

I guess the moral to my story is to love those around you. Don't argue or fight. It isn't worth it. It isn't worth being angry or upset over things that have been said or done to you. Life is to short to hold a grudge. You NEVER know when it is your turn to meet your maker. Love your family and friends more. Tell them you love them, show them you love them.

I am thankful for my friends and family. I am thankful for their love of me. I am especially thankful for my little family. I have the best husband in the world. I have 2 miracle babies that I love to death. I would not trade any of them for all the money in the world. I am thankful for the gospel in my life. I am thankful for my Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ. I am thankful for temples and to know we can be a family forever. This is what is important to me.

To all my friends and family, I LOVE YOU! I am thankful you are a part of my life. I am thankful for the things you have taught me.

Monday, November 14, 2011

8 Years

We are celebrating our 8th anniversary this year. We have had our up and downs, many scary situations, fun times, lots of laughs and tears. Through it all it has been wonderful! I am married to the best man in the world. Brad is absolutely AMAZING! He loves me, even all my downfalls and insecurities. I can't wait to spend eternity with Brad. Happy anniversary Brad! I love you! I can't wait for all the years to come.

Happy Halloween

I know this is late but better late than never, right?
We had our 2nd Annual Halloween Party. We had about 25 kids and it was tons of fun. Totally hectic but fun. We had bowling, wrap the mummy, pin the bow tie on mr bones, pumpkin toss and bean bag toss. At the end we had a pumpkin made out of balloons. Everyone got to pop a balloon and there was a treat in side. We then had pizza and cupcakes. I think everyone had a great time, kids and adults. Thanks to everyone for coming and helping this be a success.

Soccer Season

Tyler recently finished his 5 soccer season. He has improved A LOT! He still has a long way to go but this little boy is starting to get the hang of it. He even scored a goal this year. I wish I would have gotten pictures of it but I was way to busy cheering for him. It was so fun to see. I can still see the smile on his face. He was beaming ear to ear.
After the game was over, Tyler's coach called him to congratulate him on his goal and a great game! We have the most amazing soccer coach. We have been with Ron since the beginning and the same boys too. It has been really fun getting to see them learn the game of soccer.
Tyler's coach would tell the boys to get on a red shirt. Tyler would guard his guy....literally! He wouldn't pay attention to where the ball was, he was too busy watching his guy.

Monday, November 7, 2011

Thankful Tree

Tonight for Family Home Evening, we are talking about giving thanks. I found a talk called Gratitude and Thanksgiving by President Marion G Romney (link here: ) It talks about the 10 lepers. It made me think how ungrateful I am sometimes and I need to give thanks more.
Starting tonight, we will create out Thankful Tree. Every day we each will write something we are thankful for on our leaves and create a beautiful fall tree. I hope it will remind us of the things we should give thanks for everyday. Our Heavenly Father has given us so much and we are indebted to Him for all we have.

Here is what our tree looks like now .

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