Friday, January 28, 2011

Happy Birthday to my beautiful Natalie

I was in labor…in the hospital for 3 days.  The doctor was trying to stop you from coming.  But you wanted to be here.

General Hospital was on the tv in the room and I was hurting.  I remember your daddy holding my hand….we were both so young.

Then they took me into the delivery room.  I wanted to stay and watch General Hospital on the black and white tv but you wouldn’t let me.  That’s ok…even though I was really scared, I was really excited too.

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At 5 lbs. 2 oz  and 18” you were so tiny and cute.  I didn’t even get to go to my one and only and very first baby shower because you were born 5 weeks early, so the family put a shower together while we stayed in the hospital for 3 days.   I was ok with that….I had a new baby girl, and back then…we didn’t know what we were getting until you were born!



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You were your daddy’s princes from that very first day!  and still are to this day…



6 months



I guess baby’s eyes were always blue, but yours….were bluer than the ocean…I’m glad they eventually turned green like mine…




Age 2

Everyone always told me how beautiful you were and that you looked like Cindy Brady on the Brady Bunch!  You took forever to grow any hair….I did what I could with it





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Some days I couldn’t do a thing with it!…..




age 5 my sweet gir!

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There were days when you wouldn’t let me do anything with it.  You were very strong willed….and still are……

But those curls….oh how I loved those curls!  Even though you hated them…

You went through lot’s of stages……….we all did…and still do…..

Love the dance!

Love the hair!








Remember the “Glam” shots?  No one could make you more beautiful than you already were, your skin has always been like a porcelain doll..

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Sometimes I wanted to scream when you did your make-up and hair…but it was the 80’s and we got through it…

High school…ah the good ole days!

Just try and remember that when Madi puts a little toooooo much on….hehehe


 all grown up! and BEAUTIFUL!

I remember how you seemed to grow up overnight…and became my friend and not the alien from mars that I thought I had given birth to….with a teenager of your own, I think you know what I mean right?




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It seems like forever since I have seen you.  I look at your picture every single day.  I look forward to our phone calls almost every single day.   Last year’s visit seems like forever ago….yes…you are even more beautiful today…



Natalie 40th BD Even though you will turn 40 tomorrow January 29th, you will always be your daddy’s princess……….and my baby girl….always have been, always will be.  Thanks for the picture (above) that you sent me today….you look so happy….

Happy Birthday Natalie

I love you……..

We miss you……….

Can’t wait to see you………

Love always


Your mama…

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Good morning sunshine!

The “Little Rascals” came this past weekend while my son went to a “geek” electronics convention  in Las Vegas.  His friend had tickets so Mike, Camille and friend drove down to St. George on Thursday, dropped the “rascals” off on Thursday night and headed to Vegas.

My husband is such a good sport…either that or crazy, probably both, but he would never say no to me…so he watched the “rascals” on Friday, (while I was at work) then  brought them to my office so we could have lunch together, after lunch I went back to work and Huh-honey took the “Little Rascals” to the playground at the park.  This helped to take in some of the day and wear them out (a little)(actually he was the one worn out). When I got home it was dinner time, bath and jammies, it had been a busy day for them.   It didn’t take them long to fall asleep.

We had a great couple of days together.  It was short but sweet.  Mike, Camille and family friend returned to our home Saturday evening.  The “rascals” didn’t get in bed until after 9:30 …. they needed to leave our home by  8 am.    Camille had a Sunday School class to teach and needed to be home before 1pm.  It is normally a 4 1/2 drive so they needed an early start.

Lauren was up at right after 7 am and I was waiting for her on the sofa.  She immediately announced she was “starving” so I quickly fixed her some cereal…

As we were sitting at the kitchen table the sun was starting to come up and the sky had a beautiful orange hue with blue background.  scenary 003

Lauren:  “Look at the sunshine  waking up this morning Oma!  It’s like giving us a hug…..It’s like a breath and light”….

“Right Oma?”

(sigh…..BIG sigh)

Me:  “Right princess”……….

From the mouth of babes….it keeps me in perspective….

This is why I miss them so much

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Lauren and Bob

she is still small enough to be held…



I am glad they live within driving distance…

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My “Little Rascals”

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

New Year, New Memories

I am so grateful for the fact that I know how to type.  If I were to actually write words on paper with a pen or pencil I am afraid that years down the road it would be illegible.  Maybe days down the road illegible!  I usually start out all pretty and  then my brain starts thinking faster than my hand can write, so..I am just grateful that my fingers over the key board can keep up!  This is the way I journal.  I am grateful that I have a camera that can capture some of my journaling.  Did I say some?  Yes, I know I am pretty much over the top when it comes to taking pictures and 99.9% will probably be trash.  But that .1% will make memories come to life…..

I read a post by Claudia from Dipity Road  I loved her post about being grateful.    You can go to her beautiful blog, at this address:   ( she said something that I think is so perfect and I would like to share it with you because it actually reflects my thoughts as well.

“I simply reply that my goal is to live in the moment. Find the joy, the passion and contentment in my life this moment and enjoy my Happiness. I am a firm believer that no matter our circumstance there is always something to be grateful for.”

How perfect is that!  We spent most of the day last Saturday taking down all the Christmas “stuff”



It took a little extra to get this huge tree in the box and taped back up, I am so grateful for my little elf….he made my life pretty easy putting everything away…



I wasn’t sure it would ever get back to normal…whatever normal really is….this doesn’t even look bad!  But it was a big mess…




My youngest son Brad had a birthday on Dec. 28th.  Bob and I watched the kids while he and his wife went out to dinner.  They were gone a whole 2 hours….they don’t get out much…??????they should….we don’t even charge to watch the grand kids!DSCN7518

I really need to do a little something about Brad.  He really has been through a lot in his life.  That’s a whole other post…

Kinlee was such a sweet baby, it was fun to have her all to ourselves for those 2 hours…


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It snowed yesterday here in the desert….

My yard was covered in snow…now don’t laugh all my Eastern friends and ski friends….this happens only once every other year here and then it melts the very next day…snowmen don’t have a chance…

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I even left my footprints in the snow, and it was cold…I had my high heel boots on..I could have hurt myself…I don’t like snow…it is only pretty to look at…(my friend Barb is laughing right now)

If you knew of my first experience skiing when I was 18 you would have a stomach ach laughing….it is a comic book story…I won’t bore you… I am sure people are still talking about it…so I don’t ski, even though I lived where the Winter Olympics were held.

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I am glad that 2010 is behind us…and I can put a silly wreath on my face and look forward to 2011.  I have a lot of memories.  Some really great ones and some really bad ones.  I am glad I can be silly….and Huh-honey is around and be silly with me…

HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE, I look forward to posting more often….LOL ok, ok. maybe shorter post more often LOL

hugs and smiles across the miles