"If you know someone who has lost a child or anybody who's important to them, and you're afraid to mention them because you think you might make them sad by reminding them that they died, they didn't forget they died. You're not reminding them. What you're reminding them of is that you remembered that they lived, and that's a great, great gift" - Elizabeth Edwards

"The deep hurt is the mirror image of the deep joy that still awaits you." - Bruce C. Hafen

Life lately…

Nicci was so excited to go to a pajama birthday party!

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Eric’s cousin Elise just got engaged to a guy named Brannen. We had them over for a game night!

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I went to a baby shower! I love how many babies are being born in our neighborhood!

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Savannah and her friend Abbi!

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My lularoe outfit!

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Nicci snuck into my room and did her make up, haha.

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I went and watched La La Land with some neighbors. I loved it!!

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Watching TV shows with friends is fun!

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Tyler is officially done with his pacifier. I had a few rough days with him but now he is done!

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Nicci and Eric made some window art.

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Last time I was at Paola’s house, Savannah took these pics of me without me knowing. We often watch the new Gilmore Girls show when we work.

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Kids had fun with friends after Lionel’s scout meeting

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Yesterday we had fun in the snow!

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I had a fun play date with moms from various countries in Europe, including Sweden, France, Switzerland and Denmark!

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Bunco night in the neighborhood!!

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We celebrated Marilyn’s birthday!!

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Nicci and her friend wore the same outfit 🙂

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I love this picture of the kids and my dad

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This cheese cake is to DIE for haha. Peppermint!

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Jordan is ready for school!

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I love doing my nails!

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I continue to help Paola with her Lularoe clothes almost every week. Last week we took pics of leggings!

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Savannah went to a birthday party at Kangaroo Zoo. I got to hold a sweet little newborn while I was there. Such a cutie!

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A neighbor took this pic!

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Nicci had fun with salt dough.

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Our van was starting to have more and more problems. We started to casually look for a new car a few weeks ago. On Saturday we went to a car dealership where we found a new car!! It’s a 2014 Honda Odyssey Touring Elite! I love it!!

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It has 8 seats

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It has a back up camera!!

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Pretty cool to just push a button to start the car!

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I love using LipSense!

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On Sunday I wore Praline Rose for the first time.

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I have always wanted to have my own space where I can do my make up, hair, lips, and nails. Eric got me this table for Christmas!

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I love Savannah’s hair!

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This crazy boy put clothes inside his pj’s to look big.

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New Years Eve!

We had such a fun new years eve with family! We had pizza for dinner and then lots of yummy treats! We had some photo props that we had fun with and we also had a dance party. The kids loved it! We also danced around the Christmas tree like we do it in Sweden. I love nights like this!

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Kids had fun in the hot tub!

We took the kids to the hot tub last week. They were so crazy and played in the snow and then jumped into the warm water. They had so much fun!

 

Christmas!

We loved our Christmas. It was such a nice, relaxing day. I even took a nap in the middle of the day. Eric’s mom and Paul came over and we spent the day with them. The kids played with their new toys all day and also watched a movie. We had steak for dinner and lots of treats after. We were stuffed!

What the kids woke up to

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Opening presents

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Nicci is so cute. She made this for Savannah, Lionel and Jordan. Their favorite characters.

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We woke up to a white Christmas.

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Nicci made this at school!

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Lionel doing an experiment!

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Nicci’s favorite new toy. Her cat Lily.

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Christmas Eve!

We had a nice Christmas eve with my family. We had delicious food and treats and got nice gifts! The kids were so excited!

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Gift from my in laws!

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I love all the Christmas cards we got this year!

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At my parents house

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LeAnne’s pig!

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School Christmas program

The kids had a Christmas program at school the day before Christmas break started. Normally Eric watches the younger kids when I go to watch the older ones at school for different things, but this day he had something at work he couldn’t skip. So I brought the younger ones and they were good for the first 15 min but then they started to want to walk/run around or sit on me and bounce when I was trying to record. You can tell that the videos are very shaky at times. During Lionel’s last song Tyler almost ran up to the stage so I couldn’t finish recording. I told Eric that I will never bring them again hahaha.

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Polar express party!

My friend and neighbor Diana invited us to a Polar express party on the first day of the kids Christmas break. She had us moms take turns to read the Polar express book to the kids, then we had cookies and hot chocolate and then we watched the movie. The kids had a great time with their friends and I had fun getting to know some of my neighbors better!

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Getting tickets for the polar express

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All the kids got a bell before we left!

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Jordan’s birthday!

Jordan turned 7 on the 19th! He had a nice day. He brought some treats to school for his class and after dinner my family and Eric’s family came to celebrate him. I think his favorite gift was the game “Pie face.” They love playing it. I posted a video and some pics below.

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My mother in law was so sweet and decorated Oliver’s grave for us.

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We went to a Christmas puppet show with some friends.

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Savannah got this from preschool. So cute!

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The kids decorated a ginger bread house.

 

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We made saffron buns at my parents house. Yum!

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We had a neighborhood Secret Santa/ugly Christmas sweater party last week. It was lots of fun! We all got a gift and there were a lot of yummy treats!

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Some of the girls

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Jordan and Lionel had their last basketball game. 🙂

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My friend Laura and her family stopped by and visited while they were in Utah. It was so fun to see them!

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Tyler wasn’t feeling well last Wednesday and fell asleep in my lap. Cutie.

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Savannah had her second dance recital last Friday. She loves to dance!

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I hate it when one piece of a puzzle is missing!!

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Nicci has started to sleep with Santa hat on.

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We were invited to a game night last Saturday. We played two games, ate lots of treats and also had hot chocolate. It was fun to get to know some neighbors better!

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Our Family

Beatrice and Eric

Nicolina

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