Alec Turns 4!

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Our little Alec is FOUR!!!

Alec is such a good boy. He is sweet and obedient and loving and sensitive and funny and content. He is so so so cute. He is such an easy child to love. He and his sister Jane play SO WELL together. They really are BEST FRIENDS. He and little Charlotte play well together too and I think they will only get to be better and better buddies in time. And yesterday he was doing something on the computer with Megan and they were both loving it so much. He just gets along so well with everyone in the family. He doesn’t cry much or whine or complain. He just bounces along so happy and so easy-going. Adam and I are just crazy about him. I feel pretty certain that no mom loves her little boy more than I do him.

His birthday was on a Sunday this year so we did gifts and our little family party on Saturday. We got him several outside toys so we can enjoy our backyard more, some clothes, video games, and Plants vs. Zombies figures. He also got a new nightlight for his room that projects the planets and sun on the ceiling and he immediately started referring to his room as “the planetarium.”

We played and played all day on his birthday and then the next day after church and dinner we did cake. He wanted a Plants vs. Zombies cake so we tucked away a few new figures to surprise him with on his cake. He loved it and was so sweet and excited.

4 is a pretty awesome age and Alec is a pretty awesome boy. We are so so so glad he is in our family. We cannot imagine life without him!!!

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Jane is 6!

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The sweetest girl in the whole wide world is 6!

Jane loves to make people happy. She cares so much about how other people feel and wants to always do and be her best. She is the best girl a mother could ask for.

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Jane loves science and gems and learning and building and animals and dolls and girlie stuff and being outside and her family and everything! She just finds so much joy and excitement in all the world around her.

She had a great birthday at home with the family. We had donuts and cake and yummy food and enjoyed playing together and relaxing after the holiday rush.

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Jane was so grateful for every gift and call and message she received.

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Jane is gorgeous and so smart and sweet and I could never have asked for a more wonderful little girl. Happy birthday to our Jane. We LOVE LOVE LOVE YOU!

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Charlotte Starts Nursery

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Charlotte turned 18 months old on December 17th which means she is officially nursery age at church. She is such a doll face and she will love having a class of her own. I know she’ll need mom and dad’s help making the transition…since all of my children have…but we don’t mind since she is our baby.

20170115_085439Our ward called two new nursery leaders right when Charlotte turned 18 months. I know they will love Charlotte so much. One of them is a convert of about 12 years and she has never had a calling before and she is so excited and LOVES the babies. I love the church members here in Mississippi and I can’t imagine never have met them or knowing them.20170129_102456

Charlotte is the cutest little spitfire in the whole wide world, and while her nursery leaders only have just one child to tend, she will certainly keep them on their toes.

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Halloween 2016

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This Halloween we had the cutest little group of superheroes!

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We had the most beautiful Super Girl:

Wonder Woman has never been more gorgeous:

Cutest Batman I’ve ever seen:

And the sweetest Catwoman EVER!

While I love coordinating the children’s costumes, I do let them decide on what they want to be. I don’t know how many more years I have with them going along with my suggestions so I’m glad they liked and agreed on this theme.

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We went to our ward trunk or treat and they had a blast!

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We also did a little trick or treating around the neighborhood which was a little but of a bust. We learned the ropes though so next year should be much better! Hope you and yours had a Happy Halloween 2016!

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Uncle Bob

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My dear wonderful sweet Uncle Bob passed away on August 20th. His health had been deteriorating for quite some time but it was still heartbreaking to get the news. I was so sad that I wouldn’t be able to be in Utah for his funeral. It was a very hard decision to make that the timing wouldn’t work out. I would have loved to have been there.

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Together we toured London and Paris. We sat on the steps of our flat and discussed art and life; in that order. But my most favorite memory of my Uncle Bob was far from the beauty of Europe. It was in 2014 when he was in the hospital recovering from a serious surgery. He wasn’t supposed to make it. The first night I went to visit him, he couldn’t speak. I’m not sure he knew who I was. He drifted in and out of consciousness. The next night I came again and he was awake. He was smiling and chatting. They brought in his dinner but he didn’t have the strength to eat it. So I sat by his side and spoon fed him soup and a chocolate shake (he much preferred the later.) I was humbled by the opportunity I had to serve this powerful, spiritual giant of man. He has left behind a wonderful legacy in his art and in his children. He will greatly be missed by his sweetheart and all those who love him. My heart hurts that I won’t see him again in this lifetime, but it’s difficult not to envy his return to the other side and the wonderful reception he will be met with there. I am honored to be his niece and love him dearly. Until we meet again.

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First Day of School in Mississippi!

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Exactly one week after we moved into our new home, the girls had their first day of school! The school year begins pretty early in MS, and we felt very blessed that the timing of our move meant the girls wouldn’t have to miss any of the first days of school.

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My sweet wonderful Jane is off to Kindergarten! It is all day Kinder here and she is nervous and excited and is going to ROCK!

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Jane’s teacher was just as southern and sweet as can be. She is going to LOVE Jane.

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Megan is heading into 5th grade!

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She was doing Chinese Immersion in Utah, but that is not an option here. She will miss Chinese, but is okay with moving on to a new school with new opportunities. Her teacher is also as sweet as they come. She is going to be thrilled to have our sweet smartie pants in her class!

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Our house is just around the corner from the girls school and we are so glad we can walk each day. We feel like we were so blessed to find the home we found! We are loving it!

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Here’s to a great school year! I love these precious girls and know they will do great things!

Reunited and it feels SO GOOD!

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Adam found us a house and the closing date has arrived!

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Adam flew out to Vegas from Mississippi to load up our family and our moving van. The children were SOOOOOO EXCITED to see their daddy! It had been almost exactly 10 weeks since he headed out to Mississippi without us.20160728_135319Of course I was so happy to be together again as well. I rely on Adam so much to help with the children, especially as I continue to deal with severe back pain. It was a long summer for me. My family helped a lot, but nothing compares to having your other half around. And then there was of course the stress of finding a place to live and starting a new job and being 1500  miles away…anyway, so glad to be together again! Charlotte especially could not stop looking at her long lost daddy! Any concerns we had about whether she would remember him were totally unwarranted.20160728_135553

 

 

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Now it’s off to our new adventure in Mississippi!

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