Wednesday, December 30, 2009
Friday, December 25, 2009
The White Mountain Independent wrote an article about our family and it appeared on the front page of this past Tuesday's paper. Eventhough having your picture in the paper really doesn't constitute you being famous...I thought it was still cool!! Here is the link...
It is always a blast to get together with just my siblings, their spouses, and my parents, and have some good ole fun. This year it was at Trav and Kalees and we ate yummy mexican food. We didn't do any fun Christmas games which I really missed, but it was still fun to be with everyone. This was the first year that we weren't able to ALL be there. Jody and Chantel had a trip to Vegas already planned, and Melanie was doing a 10k run in Tucson. We missed them and hopefully everybody will be able to be there next year. I have been blessed with an amazing family!!!!
Here are my 4 favorite photos of the night...
Courtney with her Christmas Banana!!
Tim opening this snuggie was the funniest thing of the night. He was SOOO mad. But Jami redeemed getting his gag gift by winning some Torreon Golf tickets!!
Jake and Courtney won the 'good' gift I brought to the party. The blocks of this quilt were my Grandma Porters that she had already cut out and had pinned together. I decided the Sunday before that I was FINALLY going to do something with those quilt blocks and put together this rag quilt. I think it turned out gorgeous...and it for sure had everybody fighting over it and was the hit of the night!!! After putting all the time and hard work into it, it was hard to let it go!!
The CASA Christmas Party is always one of our FAVORITE Christmas events. We truly appreciate the CASA program and all that the specials CASAs have done for our family. The shorter, older lady in red standing by Brandon is Betty Ann Ellsworth, and she is the BEST CASA anybody could ever ask for! She does a great job and truly loves and watches out for the kids she is assigned too! The lady standing behind her is the judge that did all 6 of our adoption cases, and the man standing next to me is Kirk Grugel, head of the CASA program for Navajo County(he rocks and is always so supportive of Brandon and I!).
Thanks again to CASA for throwing an awesome Christmas Party!!
Saturday, December 19, 2009
I got to spend a few moments outside the temple today waiting to take pics, and looking at the larger than life nativity scene outside the temple reminded me of what it's all about. How grateful I am for a loving Heavenly Father who sent a Savior, MY brother, to earth that through him we in the end will be able to return and live with our Father again.
The world has forgotten...there is so much noise in the world it's hard to remember, but he truly is ALL we have to hang onto. Without him we are and have nothing. He was born in the humblest of circumstances, yet was and is OUR king.
Wednesday, December 16, 2009
Noble (Joseph), Dallin (the Donkey), Callie (Mary), and baby Lydia as Baby Jesus
Monday, December 14, 2009
Ross opening his favorite gift of the night!!
Reese and Marinda
People that were here...Rick & Corie Turley, Brian & Ginger Starkes, Hal & Elisa Hall, Nicole Johnson, KC & Shana Clark, Nathan & Tiffany Western, Jed & Nicole Reidhead, Bruce & Shawna McLaws, Ross & Tiffani Owens, and Reese & Marinda Parry!
Can't wait til Next Year!!!!
The Sunday Tristen was getting ordained a Deacon was the Sunday that our Primary had their program. I decided since it was a big day for Tristen, being ordained and doing his last primary program, that he should probably look presentable! So I went out on the back porch and started buzzing his head with a #3. Well I wasn't paying attention, due to yelling at Miles to get out of the pile of hair, and didn't notice that the guard came off...enough said! Yes I buzzed his head clear down to the scalp!! I couldn't believe it. I just started craying!! If any of you have seen Major Payne you will agree that he looks like the freckled face, big ear boy, on that movie:) Despite the screw up he forgave me and we had a good day!!!!
Thursday, December 10, 2009
Brandon..."Morgon, do you want to buy some flowers for mom?"
Brandon..." Do you think she would like this one?"
Morgon..."Dad! If you buy those flowers for mom...You're gonna get married!"
This kid ALWAYS keeps us rolling!!!
Wednesday, December 9, 2009
Sunday, December 6, 2009
Just have to wish one of my favoritist peoples ever a happy 30th birthday! Marinda turned 30 while I was in Utah this weekend and I missed out on her birthday party. Marinda and I have known each other since we were little kids. I remember inviting her over for sleep overs, and going with them to ball games, and having fun at girls camp together! But it wasn't until after we were both married that I truly realized what an amazing person she is!! Here is a little shout out to her...
Talented in SOOO many ways!
An awesome mom
An amazing wife...(i don't think Reese really knows how good he's got it!)
Is an amazing seamstress
A runner... she runs A LOT!!
A GREAT personal trainer
Easy to talk to
Always willing to help others
An Amazing friend
And the list goes on and on!!!
Thanks Marinda for being such an amazing friend! Hope you had a great 30th birthday!!