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My Loves


You can hold your own part while Phoebe harmonizes with you!

Being so excited about your scooter and basketball and wanting to go outside even though it’s like 20 degrees.

“Carnegie Hall! Check!”

You got a sample from Fresh and put it on your hands and noted that it was “not smooth” I took a look at it and realized it was an exfoliating face mask….not lotion

You got very loopy after we kept you up too late watching The Hobbit.

lice again. HATE


Being SO GOOD on set…standing RIGHT on your spot and laughing hysterically right on cue

Kissing the baby that was your model partner

Touching people’s arms when you sit next to them on the subway, when they look at you, you smile, and when they look away you repeat it all over again.

Bringing me a bowl or plate with a Zbar 4 to 6 times a day.

Getting 2 cups and approaching Lolly and asking her to take a Tubby with you (Bubby?)

Babbling, real words, singing, 18 months is the best age.


Being excited about eurythmy-doing a great job

Loving your school and your new friends

BEGGING to see Catching Fire

Loving the cowl I made you for Christmas and wearing it all over town.

Being excited about naming your new pet fish.


I am going to potty train Pickle today as my Christmas gift to you.  Cut to a few days later, all we have is her saying BYE BYE anytime anybody flushes. (yes there is a lot of bathrooming with doors open around here)

Waking up early to run even though you are sick

Puking your guts out but we didn’t! We took a homeopathic preventative! so glad.

Blowing up all the balloons

2013 ~ Best Year Ever

2013 best year everThis year has been one like no other.  Love just seems to multiply as my family increases.  Pickle continues to be the greatest blessing to our family.  The wrinkles on my face have emerged and deepened as she causes me to laugh and smile all day long.

We have had so many wonderful trips and adventures this year…probably our most adventurous to date.  On January 1 I never imagined all the adventures that would come my way in 2013.

The most important thing about this year is my faith was tested and strengthened.  I can think of several major points in which this was the case.  The first opportunity was experiencing the ups and downs of New York City Middle School Applications/Interviews/Auditions/Drama.  Throughout the entire stressful process I just kept on my knees and quite literally Gave it to God.  I will never forget the feeling I had one day early in the year that EVERYTHING WAS GOING TO BE OKAY.  When the going got tough, I kept returning to that experience.

It was particularly important when I was then upset by the Pickle hand burns.  I experienced a miracle that day as her pain was erased after receiving a blessing from her father.  I will never forget the feelings I felt–just wanting to take her pain away.  I was willing to do anything, and I grew closer to The Savior through that experience.

As I embarked on the 7 week journey with my most precious little ones, I kept my faith strong so that I would be safe and protected no matter what would befall us.  I never felt alone on that trip, always felt safe and calm.

Finally, as I experienced the change from Bishop to Stake President I knew I had learned so much of faith that I could also exercise it to support my husband in this.  I knew I could do it, and it was because of the year leading up to it.

This year I have never felt so present, so in the moment.  I continue to battle the brain buzz, but find that I overcome it more quickly and efficiently and I feel so much more in control.  Quitting work has been a blessing.  I am no longer distracted from my most important focus and duty: caring for my children.  Family has never been more at the forefront than it is now, and that feels just right.  It feels like enough…like I am enough.

My gratitude for this special life I am leading cannot be expressed in words.  The blessings I have are beyond what I could have ever dreamed up.  I am so happy.



I had some gift fails this year.  Several gifts never made it to ME on time, let alone to the recipient.  Then gifts I DID get out on time never made it!  And I gave my brother a gift certificate to a restaurant that isn’t even in his town.

But! I had some gift successes too. I loved making all the handmade gifts this year, including a few here that I haven’t blogged about yet:

a phrase that a friend uses often and an embroidered version of my friend’s business card:

IMG_8057At Phoebe’s school the teachers are really into cool stuff like fiber and wood and minerals.  At the fall fair I noticed Phoebe’s teacher and another teacher both noticed a pink stone egg at the same time.  It was a tiny little thing, and the OTHER teacher won and bought it.

I had to return to the mineral man after the fair, so I picked out 3 different kinds of stone for her and made little corresponding bags with the labels on them!

rocksAnd then I took a chance and ordered a family photo by Blue Lily to be made into an afghan for Great Grandma Glass. I kind of love it:


Handmade Christmas: Fox

foxThis year for our Christmas present exchange..Lolly got our new baby cousin for her gift!  We decided together to make him this fox. Thank you A Beautiful Mess for the tutorial, and Lolly, thank you for sewing on those eyes!


Handmade Christmas: Baby Doll

I found this tiny baby and a pattern book for it in Ogden Utah this summer on the road trip.  Then I found this little pink bed with red bedding at the local Slovak gift store in my neighborhood for $20- Together I was inspired to make a postage stamp quilt and afghan and little bloomers for the baby.

I need to make baby more than just that, but I ran out of time.  Pickle’s Handmade Christmas:




Handmade Christmas: Embroidered Doll

My daughter sketched some drawings a few months ago that inspired me to make a gift.  I had a wonderful time embroidering my version of her drawing. My vision for the doll didn’t come to fruition because I am not an accomplished doll maker or seamstress.  I don’t love the way I had to finish this with a felt backing (and even though I used anti fray I am worried it is going to), but I just kept telling myself it’s a little craft and she will love it. (I hope)

drawingHere is the finished product:

IMG_8210ps. she is pictured in front of Todd Oldham’s embroidery for kids book. I really like it.