"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


The kids went to the movie theater and watched Boss Baby during spring break!

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Eric built a retaining wall in the front yard

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We went to a public open house at a really cool house in American Fork. It looked like a castle on the outside. It was beautiful! Savannah loved meeting some Disney princesses.

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We celebrated Lucy’s birthday at Blaze pizza!

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Nicci did a project on Goblin Valley State park in Emery county.

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We celebrated my brother LeRoy’s 19th birthday!

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We have been thinking of getting a puppy for a long time. We researched a lot about what kind of breed we wanted. We decided that we wanted a small dog, one that doesn’t shed very much, one that doesn’t bark very much and one that was good with kids. We decided on a Havanese. We found a breeder 30 minutes away and the puppies were born in January. We got our little Halo right before Easter. We love him! He is such a good puppy and so cute! He is doing pretty good with the potty training and he is so nice to the kids.


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A trip to Zion!

We had a great time in Zion National Park during Spring break. It was beautiful there!

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Funeral in Washington

Eric’s cousin Mindy was married to a wonderful man named Garet. We were so shocked one day when we found out that he had passed away suddenly at work. He was such an awesome, funny and nice person. We used to have game nights with them sometimes when we lived in Washington and they were always so fun. I always loved Garet’s laugh. It made me laugh every time I heard him. He was a very talented singer, a great husband, father and friend. He will be so missed. We really wanted to attend the funeral, so we left early on a Thursday morning, drove all day and got to Washington around 10 pm on Thursday. The funeral was the next day. I’m so glad we could be there. It was heartbreaking to watch his wife and kids cry. It was hard.  The following day we attended their daughter Lily’s baptism. I love spending time with all the Merrills. We also went and visited our old neighborhood and saw some friends. Washington was rainy and cold.  I also stopped by the Marina market in Poulsbo and bought some Swedish stuff. It was also fun for us to see Kevin, Tracey and almost all of Eric’s siblings and spouses. One nice thing was that we could finally visit Oliver after not being able to for over a year. We drove home on a Sunday and it was so nice to be home after driving the whole day again. The kids did so great in the car. I was so proud of them.

Memories with Garet






Our trip: Lunch stop at Burger king

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30th birthday party!

There are a lot of girls in the neighborhood who turn 30 this year. I attended a surprise party for Carly earlier this week and it was so fun! We danced, ate yummy treats and chatted. It was so fun to dance, it’s been so long!

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Field trip!

Tyler and I went on a field trip with Savannah’s preschool class earlier this week. We went to the police department and Domino’s pizza! The kids loved talking to the police officer and look at the police car and other things.

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I love to eat Plättar!

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Girls night!

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I love my new make up from MaskCara!

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Chalk is fun!

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Lionel brought this home from school, haha.

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Tyler’s hair looked crazy one morning!

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I went and watched Beauty and the Beast with three friends last Tuesday. I loved it!!


Lunch with Annabelle and kids.


Getting some yard work done!


Painting the girls room

We painted the girls rooms a few weeks ago. Nicci’s room is pink, and Savannah’s is purple. We also got some new decorations for them. They love it!

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Eric built this desk for Nicci.

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St Patrick’s day!

We had a fun St Patrick’s day. Another mom in the neighborhood put together a leprechaun scavenger hunt for all the kids. The kids loved it! A ton of families in the neighborhood attended. The weather was really nice too.

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Pi day

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Our Family

Beatrice and Eric





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