Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Sad and Happy.

Doesn't this just break your heart?

Today is Bethany's 19th birthday. 
At this moment she is en route home.
After spending the last 3 1/2 months in China 
teaching English to little ones, she is coming home a little older
 and maybe a little wiser. :)
Our home is filling up again.
Happiness.
Happy Birthday Bethany.
Love you so much.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Of Flying and Such.

Elijah flew in for a brief weekend visit courtesy 
of a young lady who wanted to take him to a dance.
An ugly sweater dance no less. 
He was with us for a couple of short days,
only to fly back to take finals.
He returns tomorrow for 3 weeks.

Bethany comes home in 8 short days.
Is it just me or did China seem to fly by much faster than Russia?

And speaking of flying, where the heck has December gone?
I am almost in full-fledged panic mode.
Thank goodness I started my Christmas music early.
That tradition always pays off.
Here's to a happy, hurried and house-filled Christmas.
 Feliz Navidad!

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Seattle Roundup.

Just a few more shots of the awesome city that is Seattle...
So much love for the buildings, the waterfront 
and the Christmas busyness.
The weather was chilly but the sights were worth it.
Go Seahawks.
 













Saturday, December 6, 2014

Confession.

I have a confession to make. 
 I don't like this Mormon Message. 
 

Just don't like it at all. 
A couple of months ago it was everywhere,
and every mother seemed to love it .
It just made me stressed.
And sad.
Instead of making me feel validated-
I felt exhausted and frustrated.
A woman who did so much for others...
 A rare visit with her friend at the airport 
could have buoyed her up with joy for a week.
Nope, I just didn't feel it.
I feel this one though.
I feel it right in the very corners of my heart.
No stress, 
or guilt-
Just love.
He IS the Gift.

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

The Gum Wall.

In Seattle, they have this awesome attraction called the gum wall. It's exactly what you think it is. Chewed up gum, stuck to a wall.
 I like to call it vandal-art
Whatever it is, it is amazing to see. 

We were very careful not to actually touch it...

...but some needed to be persuaded not to eat it.
Ugh.




With all of the many family friendly attractions 
that Utah has to offer, 
we have nothing like this.
Kind of glad :)

Monday, December 1, 2014

Thanksgiving.

It's late and I'm tired, but I promised Bethany a post today 
and so here goes:
This past week we trekked up to Washington 
for a Thanksgiving to remember.
We wanted a visit with the prodigal son (wink, wink) and to spend some time with family that we don't see as often as we would like. 
It paid off nicely on both counts.
First of all, we confirmed what we already knew...
He doesn't really need us.

 He has a good life carved out for himself 
and is doing quite nicely, thank you very much.
We are learning to live with that. :)

The rest of the time was spent hanging out with family, seeing movies, shopping, touring Seattle and was just what we needed.

Thanksgiving Day was one to truly be grateful for.
So much family, friends and food.
It doesn't get better than that.

Kathleen was an amazing hostess.
Thanksgiving Eve was spent making this deliciousness:
Seriously so good.


And then, she put together a beautiful Thanksgiving table.
She even taught us that there is a word for the art of table decorating. It's called "tablescaping."


She does it beautifully.

The food was delicious. 
We had about 15 pies when all was said and done. 
Worth every darn slice that I ate for the next two days!




 Big shout out to Alicia's Almond Joy Pie.
 Yowza.

But the best part was soooo much family.









Yesiree. 
Pure Thanksgiving happiness.
Til next year then....



Thursday, November 20, 2014

Life Happens, Part Two...

Everyone I know would have put money on this happening to the truck while daughter #2 was driving it (JK Beth).
But alas, safely tucked away in China, she had no part in the demise of this iconic teenage vehicle... 
To be fair, Michaela was not at fault.
Nonetheless, it happened.




Adieu...
A new chapter begins...