Thursday, December 22, 2011

Santa Came Early

Since we were not going to be around for Christmas day, we informed Santa and he came a week early:).  He even sent us a letter from the North Pole!

 We opened the traditional pajama gifts the night before.
 The morning of, the kids could hardly stay behind the "do-not-cross" line.  (Shane hates that I'm so controlling on Christmas morning).
 Cade basking in his Lego Santa gifts.
 Adelle, trying not to be overwhelmed. 
 Brinly, diving right into her gifts. 
 Cade and Shane building memories together:).
 Opening of family gifts.
This is Brinly's Christmas concert at her school.  I LOVE this photo because she is literally singing her heart out!  It is so apparent from her expression, she LOVES to sing.  She sings all the time and has informed me she is going to be a rock star when she grows up.  After all, she wants to be just like her aunt Lyndsey....who sings beautifully. 

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Two for Two

profile; head center (black circle eye); body curled up right side

Boy proof:)

side view - head on right; leg/knee on left; ambilical cord center

Baby #4 laying on back- head/profile in center (rt- forhead; lft- chin)

Well, we were able to take a little peek at our little babers! This little GUY, seems to be healthy and well. This makes it much more real and exciting. Here are a few pictures of his first pictures.

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Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Thanksgiving 2011

Thanksgiving was just great.  We were able to share it with Grandpa and Grandma Ford!  They drove from Virginia to spend a few days with us, and were we happy to have them.

Here is our spread.  We also had the senior missionary couple over as well as one other couple in the branch.  It was yummy and we were all stuffed!
 Adelle, awaiting her meal patiently.
 Cade being silly, and Brinly just a cheesing at the Thanksgiving feast.
 This is the gang, unfortunately, it's blurry. 
 A day or two following thanksgiving, we had fun at the local parade. 

Shane and Jay trying to stay warm. 
 Waiting for the parade to start.
 Our missionaries were in the parade.  Front right is Elder Isaacs, and behind him are the two elders. 
 We love Grandpa!  He always brings his x-box kinect for us to play while they are here.  Fun times. 
 We love Grandma as well!  Look at that happy face.

And we can't forget Zip!  The kids love him and thoroughly enjoyed their time with him....I'm not sure the feeling was mutual though!

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Halloween 2011

Pumpkin and Fall Fun.  Carving pumpkins and dressing up.  Cute kids!

Monday, October 10, 2011

My Cute Kids

We took fall photo's, but unfortunately, the exposure on my camera was set incorrectly, and I didn't realize it. So the pictures are quite exposed...but they are still cute and I need to document the adorableness of my children!

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Grandpa Stones

Grandpa Stones, me and Adelle Jan. 2010

Well, I think it finally hit me last night that Grandpa passed. I was making a written list of memories…and it made me miss him. He will definitely be missed. Such a wonderful man. I love him.
My very first memory of him includes driving up to the Texaco station after a long drive from California or TX with him standing outside of the station store doorway. We always knew there was a treat involved when we saw Grandpa first thing! He was a very giving person. He always set up the swings for us whenever we arrived at the house, and we so looked forward to the swings! It was always fun to watch him open the mysterious shed in the back of the house- chuck full of exciting unknown items- just waiting to be explored (though we never did, until I was in college b/c if I recall correctly, it was usually locked). Even when we twirled those swings until the chains broke, Grandpa never got after us. He quietly made his way to the shed or his notoriously messy truck to retrieve the needed tools and repaired them.
One time, when the back room was just completed, minus the carpet and possibly the dry wall. Tara and I were probably only 3 or 4, maybe 5 and we decided to start chalking all over the cement foundation/floor. Grandpa sat there in his very well known jumpsuit, didn’t say anything to us, so we thought it was ok- though when Grandma arrived on the scene, we were out of luck! He was pretty laid back.
The image of Grandpa contains several dominate characteristics- his wonderfully happy and sparking eyes that would often get misty when you told him you loved him or said goodbye. Then his wonderful laugh where his entire body chuckled in sync with his laughs. It was perfectly contagious. He loved genuinely and tenderly.
I had the opportunity to live with Grandma and Grandpa for a year while I attended Utah State from August 1998- May 1999. During that time, all the wonderful characteristics of Grandpa were made even more evident. He always tried to give me money when I went on a road trip (along with the numerous bags of food from Grandma)or even sometimes when I went out for an evening. He never refused a treat. He loved his bolo ties, stayed up late watching Johnny Carson reruns, always left his evidence of mechanic work on the bar soap, hesitated to talk about his war days, and always gave wonderful hugs goodnight.
I will always remember Grandpa Stones with gentle tender love, the love he always showed. I will definitely miss him, but know that I will see him again. I look forward to that day. I love you Grandpa!

This picture was taken in January of 2010- the last time I saw Grandpa. I’m thankful we took pictures.

Lastly, I hope his dear wife is fairing well. It must be very, very difficult to lose a spouse. Thinking about you Grandma!