"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 December, 2014

Christmas day

We had a really nice and relaxing Christmas. We stayed in our pjs almost all day and played games, watched movies, read stories, played with toys, ate food and just rested! I love days like this. I loved watching the kids open their stockings and gifts. I loved the look on their faces when they saw all the gifts under the tree when they first came into the living room in the morning. This year they had a giving tree at Eric’s job and we donated some gifts for a 3 year old boy  as a way of remembering our Oliver. He would have been 3 1/2 this Christmas. At night the kids had a bath and after we talked about the birth of Jesus Christ and the real meaning of Christmas. I hope everyone had a magical Christmas!

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Christmas eve

We went back to my in laws for Christmas eve. We all made soup and had lots of snacks and treats. I ate way too much but everything was so delicious!

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My mother in law has this old potty chair that the kids had so much fun with!

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Grandma snuggling with Tyler

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Savvy and Lilly

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We all sat down to read two books.

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Then Santa came!!

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The kids were very excited!! Nicci figured out later it was uncle Dane-haha.

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Kids in front of the tree!

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Kevin, Tracey and grandkids

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Our family after the kids put their pjs on and got some gifts from grandma, grandpa and cousins!

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Decorating cookies with grandma

On Sunday afternoon we went to my in laws house. They had invited us to come and decorate cookies with them. They had made lots of yummy sugar cookies for the kids to decorate and had tons of sprinkles for them! We had a lot of fun!

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One day the kids came home from school with candy canes that they got from the bus driver. Lionel’s accidentally got stuck in Savannah’s hair and I told him to wait so that I could try to get it out. (I was on the couch feeding Tyler). They went into the kitchen and I thought they were eating a snack or something, but 5 min later they come out and show that they had cut off some of Savannah’s hair to get the candy cane out. Crazy kids!

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We have so many wonderful friends. We got lots of cookies from different friends during this Christmas season.

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One Friday night we had a girls night at Chelsey’s house. We painted our nails and put on jamberry wraps while we talked and ate yummy treats!

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Someone gave Tyler this nice sweater. We have no idea who left it on our door step. Thank you to whoever it was!!

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Tyler’s first ferry ride to Seattle at 1 month.

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Tyler one day after he woke up in the morning.


Tyler in his new sweater.


Yummy Swedish chocolate from my parents!!


Jordan’s 5th birthday!

Our little Jordan turned 5 on the 19th. He was very excited about his birthday. He wanted pizza for dinner and when we asked him what cake he wanted he said, “your cake mom,” which meant he wanted the strawberry trifle I had for my birthday. “It sooo good mom”, he kept saying. 🙂 He also wanted to watch a movie and eat popcorn. Jordan LOVES popcorn. So thats what we did!

Here Savannah and Jordan were helping me make the trifle. They love to help me in the kitchen.

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Happy boy opening some of his gifts!

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Jordan with his gift from mormor and morfar

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We love our little Jordan! He is the most energetic of our children and always up to mischief! He was our easiest baby but hardest toddler by far-haha. He loves to play with legos, train tracks and play games. He loves preschool, swimming and playing at the Y.

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Church Christmas party

On Saturday we attended a Christmas breakfast at church. We enjoyed some yummy food, some good conversations and sang Christmas songs. I love singing Christmas songs!

The kids sang a song for us too. Cuties.

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The kids also got to color a picture of Rudolph the red nose reindeer and hold it up in front of everyone when we sang that song.

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Christmas and Lucia party

Last week we went over to my Swedish neighbors house and had traditional Swedish Christmas dinner and also celebrated Lucia. Its always fun to get together with other Swedish people and Im glad we do this every year. The kids had lots of fun with their friends Nils, Olivia and Kajsa. We also lit the third advent candle!

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Our Christmas card/birth announcement

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We celebrated Lucia on the 13th. The kids always love to dress up. I absolutely love this tradition. We also watched the Lucia celebration in Sweden, online in the morning.

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Tyler in the bath

This little guy loves to take baths!


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Our Family

Beatrice and Eric





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