"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

Archive for May, 2014

My birthday!

I had a wonderful birthday. Eric took the day off and sent me to the Apollo Nails and Spa in the morning. I spent more than 3 hours there getting pampered. I had a facial with neck, shoulder and hand massage, and then I got an eye brow waxing and a pedicure and a manicure. I was so relaxed and almost fell asleep a few times. When I came home Eric had cleaned the house and I could just relax.In the afternoon we had my favorite strawberry trifle. It was so yummy! Later at night Eric and I went out to dinner and did some shopping. It was a really nice birthday.

Eric made me a strawberry and rhubarb smoothie. Yum!

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Dinner at Panera! I love this vegetable soup with pesto and a Mediterranean sandwich.

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Fun stuff

A couple of weeks ago we had a fun game night! 🙂

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My cute Nicci and Savvy. They always have so much fun together.

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Nicci has lost both her top front teeth now!

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Playing in the sprinkler on a sunny day!

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We went to the farmer’s market a few weeks ago and the kids got some treats.

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We went and watched the play Sleeping beauty. It was so fun! The kids loved it. Savannah did great and sat in her stroller almost the whole time.

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Fun visit!

My dad came and visited us last week and we had a wonderful time.  The days went by so fast! He is such a great dad and grandpa. He was so helpful and played a lot with the kids. We loved having him here!

I was sooooo happy to get my Swedish candy! Yum!

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On Thursday he came with us to the YMCA and got to watch the boys have their first day of mini golf and he also got to watch the kids have swimming lessons.

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In the afternoon we went down to the beach. The kids were running all over the place and found a lot of crabs.

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Savannah had fun swinging

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At night dad helped Nicci with some math and spelling homework. So sweet! He also walked with her to the bus both Thursday and Friday.

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He played outside with the kids a lot.

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I loved my dad!

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On Friday night Nicci was performing at Viking fest. She did great!

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My dad tried some yummy Chinese food and I had a gyro.

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Nicci going on a ride.

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The next day the kids had a T ball game and in the afternoon Nicci was in the viking fest parade.

Ready to watch the parade!

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We had some yummy ice cream from Mora.

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At night we had dinner at Applebee’s and also did some shopping!

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When we came home dad read the kids a book.

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The next day we went to church and then it was time for my dad to travel to Oregon to visit my sister Isabelle and her family.

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Thanks for coming to visit us!! We love you!

Mother’s Day

The days leading up to mother’s day the kids made me lots of cards and different gifts. One day Nicci made me this flower necklace. So sweet!

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She also came home with a cute little gift from school.

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The boys brought home some gifts and cards from preschool too. Sweet boys.

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On Mother’s day we went and had a yummy barbecue at my in laws house. We had a really nice day. The kids played the whole time and the adults sat and chatted while we stuffed ourselves full of food. Yum.

Before we got to my in laws house we stopped at their neighborhood park.

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We cooked kabobs, hot dogs and smores around the fire pit.

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We had a wonderful day, but I always miss my Oliver and wish he could be here with us.



No TV Week

Last week Nicci’s school challenged us to turn off the TV and all electronics all week. The first day was kind of hard for the kids, but it was really nice to see as the days past, how much more they read and did other things instead of asking to get to watch a show or play a game. The school had planned some different, fun activities to help the kids be motivated. On Monday they had a 1 dollar night at Skate land for everyone and so we went!

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Another night they had an open gym night and the kids had a blast!

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I’m so glad we did this challenge!


On Friday night Eric and I went on a date and watched the play “A Midsummer Nights Dream.” It was fun! Afterward we went to Blueberry’s for some frozen yogurt. Yum!

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We got there a little early and had to take a pic of course 😉

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On Saturday we stopped by Home depot and the kids got to build a flower pot thing. They also got to paint it and put a flower seed in some dirt. They had a lot of fun!

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Savannah having fun at music makers.

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This tree was so pretty for a little while.

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A couple of weeks ago we had dinner at Olive Garden….love the food there.

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Lionel wanted to try a clam….he didn’t like it.

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Lionel and Jordan brought home their own flower to take care of from preschool.

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Savvy’s first pair of flip flops….this girl just loooves to be outside. She loves to run and play and has bruises and scrapes on her legs from all the playing.

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Our ride on lawn mower is finally working again!

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Jordan wanted his face painted after the march for babies. Cutie.

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I love this Thai coconut soup from Our best bites.

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My little princess. Eric curled her hair for church and took this nice pic.


Lost tooth

Nicci has had a loose tooth for a long time it feels like. This weekend it was sooo loose but she wouldn’t let anyone touch it. It was hanging funny and looking crooked. But then, when she was eating lunch today it finally came out.

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One happy girl!

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Fun at the beach

The weather was beautiful and warm for a couple of days last week. One night the kids got to play and have fun down at the beach. I can’t wait for more warm days like this! It makes me so happy!







March for babies

This was the third year in a row for us to walk in the march for babies walk. I love doing this. I love walking the 3.5 miles and just think of and remembering my boy. The kids did great and loved all the snacks they got. It rained off an on but they were all troopers. We love and miss you Oliver!







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