Saturday, May 30, 2015

Happy Birthday... an average sized boy with a GIANT heart.

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

In Memorium.

I won't lie.
Things have been a little rough lately.
I love Memorial Day because it helps bring things into perspective.
My heart overflows with gratitude for those who gave the ultimate sacrifice for this country--a country that seems to have lost it's own perspective on freedom and the basic principles on which it was founded.
But I love feeling and knowing that there were those who lived and died with honor. 

A heartfelt thank you to those men and women. 

God bless America.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

May. The Fastest Month of the Year So Far.

Seriously, so much has happened this month: 

I took a quick trip to Florida to see my favorite family.
We had lots of fun playing together again. :)

 Jacob turned 12 and received the Aaronic Priesthood.
Somehow I missed the important pictures in his new suit...

 He looks so mature already.

 He is also officially taller than Janis, 
a right of passage in the Brown family....

Michaela started a new job at Vivant Solar...

...and Bethany started a new job at Sodalicious.
 Will played in his final orchestra concert,
he switched it up this semester, 
taking on the bass instead of the cello. 

He also finished his volleyball season...

 and took 2nd place overall.
Go Badgers. Yes, really- Badgers. 

 We went to the Payson Temple Open House...


 And finally, Elijah flew in for a Court of Honor 
where he officially became an Eagle Scout.


One down and one to go.
(Will became a Life scout last night)

So, for a month with another week and a half to go, 
we sure have packed it in.


Wednesday, April 29, 2015

I have to admit...

...I bribed him. 

After seeing him read the same books over and over again-

I paid him money to start this series.

Mother of the Year- 
that's me.


Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Bladder Control.

On Sunday, we finally got around to the family celebration of these two siblings' birthdays.
With the wedding and all, they kind of got put on the back burner.

It was a momentous birthday for Laura....

...because she turned that wonderful age of 50.
The age that I will be turning in just a few short months.

Apparently, it's super funny to give adult diapers to a 50 year old.
No thank you.

Luckily, Michael is still a youngster and diapers 
won't be in the picture for a couple more years.

Happy Birthday.
May your days be merry and bright, all year long.

And dry. Definitely dry,

Thursday, April 23, 2015


Orlando Temple Trip-Summer of 2014.

Hannah and Elijah's expressions have more to do 
with me taking another picture and are not a reflection of their temple experience. :)

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

A Weekend to Remember.

The second best thing about Cameron getting married, (Cameron getting married would be the first best thing, obviously) is that we got an ever so brief visit with the Halliday clan. Well, most of them. They pulled in early Friday morning and exited late Sunday night.

After a briefly awkward re acquaintance, 
these two were once again inseparable.

 Never an awkward moment with this bunch-
Molly and Bethany always pick up right where they left off.

Molly will once again be spending the summer with us...

Nikki and Merrily...

Bethany and Mikki and Malia...

Mother and sisters of the groom...

Crazy cousins of the groom...

More crazy cousins...

It was so sweet to see Cameron, Mr. Tough Guy, 
so emotionally overwhelmed
 by the greatness of the day. 
He broke down a little during the mother-son dance. :)

 First dance as husband and wife...

And the evening was capped off Hawaiian style.
A fire dancer had a couple of the toddlers in hysterics-
but the rest of us were highly entertained.

Such a great day!

Congratulations and best wishes Cameron and Lynnea.