Fairy Tea Party 2016


We were able to attend the Fairy Tea Party at the Provo City Library again this year. The girls were so looking forward to it and had a great time.

Adam went early in the morning to stand in line for tickets. If you recall my post from our first Fairy Tea Party, it was a miracle we got tickets at all last year. We were ready this year and were able to get tickets without a problem. We bought a couple extra tickets in case my nieces wanted to come again. They weren’t able to come, so my neighbor and her daughter came along with us.

Lucky for me, the dresses the girls wore last year still fit, and they were excited to wear them again. Pretty Jane was especially excited.

Megan was torn between being too “grown up” for the fairy party and still wanting to go. She decided to go and had an okay time. She is growing up too fast.

Fairy mama with her fairy girls
Jane hurrying to the party.
Megan looking over the program and the menu.
Jane enjoying the dance part of the program.
One of the lovely fairy ballerinas.
All the children received a colored fairy coin from the king that they get to exchange for a book.


Jane and Megan and Gabi.
The girls meeting the King and the rest of the fairy royalty.
The girls with the fairy dancers.

The Fairy Tea is always such a fun activity to do with the girls. It’s nice to dress up and sneak away for a couple hours. I sure love my beautiful, beautiful girls.


The Provo City Center Temple


I can’t even begin to express how devastated I was when the Provo Tabernacle burned down. That building had such special meaning for our family. I remember attending a choir concert of Adam’s after his mission and before we had decided to start dating again. We had decided before his mission that we wouldn’t plan on dating after his mission and definitely didn’t see marriage in our future. Sitting in the tabernacle that evening, I remember feeling so sad that we had come to that decision and wished there was a future for us. We had both grown and changed so much since his pre-mission days, little did I know that he was having the same thoughts as I was having. That choir concert in the tabernacle was the start of a renewed relationship that turned into something very very wonderful😉.

After we were married, Adam and I attended Stake Conferences in the tabernacle. I have never been in a ward choir let alone a stake choir, but one stake conference season I decided to join the stake choir. I will never forget sitting up in the choir sits looking out at the rest of the congregation in that beautiful building. I am not sure why I decided to be a part of the choir then and never before or never again, but it is an experience I will never forget. Even little Megan remembers attending conference there, and climbing up and down the spiral staircases.

Perhaps the most special memory I have of the Provo Tabernacle was with Megan. Megan has what is called a pragmatic language delay. While she takes in everything she hears and reads like a sponge, she has extreme difficulty sharing the thoughts in her head. With age and experience it has become easier, but communication is still a struggle for her. Communication was especially difficult during her preschool years. But I’ll never forget the very first time she had a unique thought, and was able to share it with no problem. We had just recently returned to Provo and she had barely turned 4. She and I were in the car together. We drove past the beautiful Provo Tabernacle and she looked out the window and exclaimed, Look! A temple!” This was such a breakthrough for her!! With happy tears in my eyes I told her it was the tabernacle and not a temple but that it was indeed a beautiful and special place.

Today the tabernacle IS a temple! When the announcement was made, I was so overcome with emotion. My devastation at the loss of the tabernacle was nothing compared to my joy at its rebirth. When the announcement was made, our future was very very unknown. I prayed regularly that we might stay in Provo if only long enough to see the temple to completion. My prayer was granted. We were able to not only attend the open house more than once, we were able to volunteer at the open house, Megan and I were able to attend a special bridal room tour, Adam and I were able to attend the actual dedication IN the temple and I was also able to do a session in the brand new Provo City Center temple before we left Provo. Also, my uncle Bob painted the murals inside the temple ceremony rooms. Adam was able to come and have some conversations with him while he painted about the astronomy aspects of the paintings. That was a wonderful experience for Adam.

IMG_d95d0aaf-68e0-4440-82db-4dacb79a4d07We took our family through the Open House the very first day it started. We were THAT excited!


Our family outside the temple after going through the Open House


My mom and my sister Sarah and he family came from Las Vegas for the Open House


My little group. Megan at school and Adam at work.


Our tickets for the Young Women’s (ages 8-18) Tour


Megan and I after the Bridal Room tour. Megan LOVED it.


The rest of the YW from our ward.


Adam and I were thrilled to be able to receive tickets to attend the dedication in the temple.

20160320_163348 Aunt Janice, and I after the dedication. Uncle Bob wasn’t able to be there because he was too ill, but he was definitely there in spirit.

I am so grateful we have temples. I am so grateful I was able to have so many experiences with this new Provo City Center Temple. No matter where I go, it will always be my temple.


Alec has Surgery…AGAIN


In November Alec had his 6 month post ear tubes check-up. They checked his ears and tubes and everything looked good and tubes were working.

Not too long after, in December, Alec woke up screaming and crying in the night. We comforted him back to sleep but the next morning he was saying “ow” and touching his ear.20151210_083146I called and made an appointment for him to be seen. Turned out not only did he have an ear infection, but one of his tubes was also starting to come out. They prescribed antibiotics and told us we would need surgery to replace the ear tube after the new year.


We started the antibiotics, but he continued to complain of pain off and on. They wanted him to finish the entire 10 days, so we headed out to Vegas for Christmas Vacation. Alec was generally happy and had a good holiday, but it was obvious he was often in pain and uncomfortable. As soon as we got back to Utah we got him right back in to his doctor.


Both tubes were trying to pop out but were stuck in his ear. He had a massive infection and needed double surgery ASAP. He needed the ear tubes replaced and also his adenoids removed. His audiologist said an adult in his condition would be totally out of commission due to pain. He had many symptoms pointing to enlarged adenoids which can cause ear and speech problems.


It might be hard to see, but this picture is of the inside of Alec’s ear. The ear tube is stuck in place and the inner ear is all red and built up with a massive infection.

We scheduled the surgery for the very next week (January 5th.) It was Alec’s 5th and 6th procedure and 4th time being put under general anesthesia. We were super hopeful that this would be the fix we finally needed to help with speech and ear problems.

The surgery was first thing in the morning which was nice since Alec couldn’t eat before hand. They allowed me to bring Charlotte with us which was a huge blessing since she would need to nurse AND Adam had work. Adam was able to take Megan to school and Jane went to a neighbor. Everything went so smooth…a million times smoother than last time.

Alec did well waiting beforehand. We watched TV and just hung out. They came in with a liquid sedative about 30 minutes before they took him back. He drank the entire thing for the first time. He wavered between super silly and super checked out, and he didn’t complain at all when they took him away from me.

Charlotte and I waited for him for about an hour. They came in and told me everything went well. He was SUPER GRUMPY coming out of anesthesia and it was a little difficult to comfort him while attending to Charlotte. The nurses were as helpful as possible and we were out of there pretty quick. I brought him a couple new toys which he held onto tight. I was trying to carry both him and Charlotte as I made my way out to the car and it was really hard. Alec refused a wheelchair. A sweet older woman offered to carry Charlotte to the car for me. I am grateful for her kindness.

We stopped by 7-11 on the way home and grabbed Alec a Slurpee which he refused. I got him home and laid him on the couch and he was out in seconds. When he woke up he was feeling SO MUCH BETTER. He chugged his Slurpee, was his old self again, and never looked back.




Since his surgery he has been so much better! He hasn’t complained of ear pain and his speech is FINALLY taking off! This was a long road to hoe but I think we made it! The surgeon said his adenoids were HUGE. Size 4+ which is as big as they get. I am so happy that we figured things out and I hope my sweet boy is so much happier from here on out.

New Years 2016


In March we found out that Adam wasn’t getting the job we really really *really* wanted. That moment definitely ranks up there as one of the most devastating moments of my life. Pretty much the rest of 2015 was spent with me worrying and wondering what our future held while also trying really hard to trust that things would work out for our family. 2016 is now upon us and we’ve got a number of irons in the fire, but our future is still unclear. I know big changes are upon us and I’m confident that there are good things to come. I know some scoff at new year’s resolutions. But I see the new year as an opportunity for me to brush myself off and clean myself up and to try harder to do the things I need to be doing to be worthy of the blessings I’m seeking for my family. I’m anxious for many of my dreams to come true this new year. From Sweet Charlotte (who is definitely the best thing to happen to the entire world in 2015) and me, Happy New Year to all my friends and family..


Jane Turns 5!


Our wonderful little Jane is now five years old!


Jane is an absolute sweetheart. She is a little people pleaser and wants to make everyone happy. She LOVES each member of her family. She has deep and strong bonds for the people closest to her.


Jane is as social as they come. She always wants to be around others, and doesn’t enjoy time spent alone. She makes friends easily and is a very kind and giving companion. In the past little while she and her little brother have become WONDERFUL playmates. It is so fun to watch them play and imagine together.


While Jane is not the best eater, fruits and veggies are at the top of her favorite foods. She is tall and thin but strong and healthy. She is active. She doesn’t like to sit around and watch movies or tv. She likes to be playing and moving and running about.


Jane has been doing the UPSTART preschool program this fall. At first it was a challenge to motivate her to do her work, but lately she has been really been enjoying it. She is reading more and more and will point out words she recognizes when we are out and about. She loves to write letters more than anything else. She loves to draw pictures and label what she has drawn. She is very smart and is learning more and more each day.


Jane has a tender little heart and she can get down on herself quite easily. I hope with time she sees how absolutely wonderful she is in every way.

We had a little party for Jane in Las Vegas. We had cake and ice cream and pizza and presents. Jane had a wonderful time surrounded by those she loves most.




Every day with Jane is a joy. She is so fun and spunky and sweet and sassy. She makes my mama heart so happy and I love her so much. Happy birthday to my sweet rainbow baby.


Christmas 2015


We had a wonderful Christmas Vacation in Las Vegas. Sarah was our Holiday Planner and she did a great job.


Hit Quiver Point to see the amazing Christmas lights and Displays:



Visited the beautifully decorated gardens at the Bellagio:



Did a nativity dress up:

Had a sweet Christmas Eve program followed by Christmas Eve PJs:



Woke up Christmas morning to stockings and gifts under the tree:


Had a wonderful morning opening gifts:


Decorated gingerbread houses:


Played Minute to Win it games at the church:

And attended Christmas Sunday in my mom’s ward:



We really had so much fun this Christmas. It was wonderful celebrating the real reason for the season with our growing children as well as incorporating fun Christmas activities.

Holiday Happenings


This post should probably be separated in to multiple posts, but I am trying so hard to get caught up on my blog and it’s just not going to happen any time soon if I don’t throw down a few big posts. So here are just some of our fun Christmas season activities.

The first Monday in December we put up the tree and put out our Christmas décor. I have so many lovely Christmas treasures but my home is just too small to put it all out. So I pick just a handful of items each year. One day I will have a home with enough space to showcase all my Christmas prizes. One day…

The children love decorating the tree. As per our tradition, our main Christmas tree only has star and angel ornaments (in memory of our sweet Jack.) The children had a “kid’s tree” downstairs that they decorated however they wanted.


We put out a couple advent calendars this year with candy. We will be changing this next year as the candy didn’t last more than a week. Little Alec snuck candy every chance he got.


Jass, our shelf elf, returned on December 1st. In our family Jass is very beloved. She symbolizes Santa’s love for our family and Santa symbolizes Christ’s love for all of us. Jass was pretty silly this year. She had a cold and was captured by villians and made snow angels in flour and many other fun things. But each Sunday morning she could be found kneeling at the Savior’s manger.


We sent out Christmas cards. I love sending out cards. My rule is usually to only send a card to those who send a card to me, and then most family gets a card as well. But I do send out a few to some friends who don’t send them to me. FYI, we love getting Christmas Cards.


The children helped me with a big Christmas present project. We made cousin memory games for all of Adam’s siblings and their families. It took a lot of time and was a lot of work but the children loved the project and it turned out great.


Adam’s cousin got married early December. December weddings are so sweet and it was fun to dress the children up in Christmas-y outfits for the reception. Adam’s parents are serving a mission in Salt Lake right now so we see them fairly often.

We discovered that Alec really, really, REALLY likes Nutcrackers. He loves holidays so much. But he really LOVES Nutcrackers.



Of course there has been lots of snow play this winter. We got ZERO snow last year. I mean I think it snowed like twice. This year had more than made up for it!

Megan even went skiing for her first time. She went with her school so I didn’t get any pictures of her in action but she had a BLAST!!!


One day we busted out some gingerbread men. This was definitely a favorite activity.

Simple holiday pleasures are matching holiday jammies and getting dressed up for Christmas Sunday.

We had a great experience visiting Santa this year. A dear friend directed me to the perfect location. There was no wait and no photographer selling pictures. We could take all the time we wanted and all the photos we wanted. Megan asked for “something beautiful and musical.” Jane asked for a Wii game, Super Mario Maker. Alec didn’t ask for anything, but he LOVED seeing and sitting with Santa. And Santa asked if he could keep Charlotte. Nice try big guy!


Our ward threw a great Christmas party. Megan and Jane were part of an angel choir and Megan was part of a hand bell performance. There was yummy food and fun activities and a great program.

Megan also had a school choir concert. She loves being a part of her school choir and this year she was in concert choir. We enjoyed going to listen to her perform as well as watching her feel the music through her dance moves…


We had a Christmas party and gift exchange with my sister and family. The children had a ton of fun with their cousins and loved dressing up for the nativity. The bigger kids also went ice skating which is a favorite of Megan’s.

Before we headed down to Vegas for Christmas, Adam took the older kids up to Salt Lake. He met up with his brother Josh and his family as well as his parents. They saw the lights at temple square and visited where Grandpa and Grandma are serving their mission.


This was just a taste of all our pre Christmas vacation fun! We had a really wonderful holiday season.