Thursday, November 29, 2012


I am grateful for the month of November.  Here is why... most of the month leads up to the holiday of Thanksgiving.  This is an opportunity for me to really reflect on all the things I have been blessed with in my life.  We had a great Thanksgiving here in Logan with Josh's fam.  I love how Thanksgiving is a perfect excuse to get together with family without all the distractions that often come with Christmas.  It's a chance to visit and anticipate the upcoming Christmas holiday! November (well October 31st) is when "the holidays" begin!  We have had a great month  and it has flown by all too quickly.   Christmas is literally around the corner.

I have really tried to have the mindset of "living in the moment" this month!  ALL OF THE MOMENTS...including the moments where Kason has thrown his food on the ground...again, having a grumpy babe because his first two teeth are finally breaking through, or remaking a recipe because I put a Tablespoon of vanilla instead of a teaspoon...these moments are all a part of being a mommy and a wife so I am trying to appreciate these moments more.

We don't always expect what life is going to throw at us.  I was quickly reminded of that this month.  My mom found out that she had breast cancer.  I was in shock, so I can only imagine the shock she was feeling. What? MY Mom? Breast cancer? Nobody wants to hear that news.  I am incredibly grateful for all the support and love that we have received as a family as people have found out.  I am grateful for my faith and the comfort I feel knowing we can get through this trial as a family. I am grateful for the amazingly strong and courageous mother I have...It was no surprise that my mom was able to accept this trial with such a positive attitude.  She is human, and of course she had her ups and downs with finding out the news.  However, she too has accepted and is facing this trial with great stride.  She is amazing.  

It is a MOMENT like finding out my mom has cancer that encourages me to be grateful for ALL of the moments in my life and appreciate the things that I have been blessed with!

Here are the moments that have mad this month great!
My friend (since kindergarten) Cass got married!
Such a fun wedding...on the dance floor till late into the night!  Yes Josh was there too (and dancing) we just failed to get a pic! : (
Little Kase man knocked out after a day of shopping with mom and Grammy!
 Roomie get-together!  We got to see my roommates from college Sar and Megs and their hubbys and the babies!  Last time we were able to get together there were only 3 babies; Sar had just had Kam and Megan a new mom to twin there are 6!  Megs lives in Las Vegas, so we LOVE it when she comes to Utah and we can see each other!
 A picture with all of the babies looking!
(Kam, Halle, Nora, Kason, Cohen & Crew)
 Kason pushed this little stroller around the entire night!
 This handsome little man all ready for church
 Thanksgiving dinner- don't let this smile fool you.  He wasn't really a fan of any of the food.  Maybe next year when he has some teeth!
My most favorite face in the world.  "Mooches" this kid gives some great kisses!
Playing with Dad
Going in for an open mouth kiss. He didn't hold his pucker on this one! : )
 My tough mother SMILING at her first round of surprise!

Friday, November 2, 2012


 This year Halloween was SO. MUCH. FUN.  I would say this was the first holiday (other than Kason's first birthday) where Kason seemed out of the "baby" stage.  As hard as it is to see my little guy grow so fast right before my eyes...I am LOVING this stage!  It is pure joy to watch those wheels turning in Kason's head nonstop and he explores and learns the world around him.  Even though Kase didn't really know what was happening on Halloween...he knew he liked it!  He got excited when he got candy in his basket (yes my child went house to house with an Easter basket!)  He wore his bear costume...a lot...especially the head.  If he saw it hanging in his closet he would yell and jabber while  pulling on it.  Kids really do make the holidays more magical and fun.  We are looking forward to Christmas!! : )
"Practicing" for Halloween...

We have had great weather these days and have taken full advantage of being outside!
Someone spotted the kitty.  Kason LOVES cats or any animal for that matter (unlike his mom)

This year we Trick or Treated with Kason's friend Monroe aka Popeye and his cousin London aka Little Miss Peacock
 This cute little costume was actually worn by Kason's uncle Brogan : )
Halloween 2011
Halloween 2012