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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Beautiful Girls

The fact that Millie is adorable is well established.  But what I really love about this photo is that it seems to me that Naomi's inner beauty and peace are shining through and enhancing her own image, and Camilla's too.  I hope my beautiful girls will always love each other and depend on each other and make each other better.

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Friday (er... Saturday) Five

1. Naomi has mono.  The poor girl is totally exhausted, spent a couple of days throwing up, has a rash and... other problems from being on amoxicilian, and couldn't be sadder.  She's all set up with a small TV/DVD player in her room, a pile of books, and comfy pants.  But it's going to be a long road to recovery.

2.  This coming week is Spring Break for the kids.  We didn't have anything big planned anyway, but because of Naomi's mono our plans just got even smaller.  We'll try to plan something fun each day for the boys.  And we'll try to not let Mom go insane however necessary.

3.  Asher got his first bloody nose last night.  He panicked and ran around his room yelling and spraying blood for at least a full minute before Mom got there.  Professional carpet cleaners have been called in to fix the crime-scene-like horror show that their room became.  The "story" is that he fell of his bed. Face first. Really hard.  ...We think there may be more to the story that will come out at some later date.

4.  I've been selling pillows at a local consignment shop.  I use designer interiors fabric that my Mom gave me and pillow forms that I buy using coupons.  It's a good way to keep me busy during nap time and help me feel just a teeny bit like I make a difference outside of my tiny sphere of home.  Plus there's some money - but not much.

5.  Richard loves his new job at DonorDirect and they love him so much that what started as "You're a contractor and we'll never hire you permanently" four months ago, has indeed become permanent.  We feel very blessed.

And here's 5 photos:
We are now a fully mobile biking family. Even *I* have a bike!
 Sammy's new bike helmet is too awesome for words.
 Naomi's sad, sad face at the Dr's learning about mono.
 Milli's silly face eating carrots.
 Asher's happy face after scoring 100% on his math CBA (curriculum based assessment)

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Family Night At the Movies

Last night we took the family (minus Camilla and plus Grandpa) to see Frozen at the theatre. We don't take the kids to the movies very often because it's just plain crazy and crazy expensive.  But we all really wanted to see Frozen so off we went.

Sammy sat next to me and pretty much talked through the whole movie. The only time he was quiet was when his mouth was full of Grandpa's popcorn.  Luckily the noise was fine since there were only five other people in the theatre.  The fun with Sammy really started during the previews.  At the start of each new preview he would say to me, "Is this Frozen?"  He tripped in the aisle several times as he walked back and forth stealing Grandpa's popcorn time after time.  He sang along to the chorus of the songs - songs he had never heard before, but that didn't stop him.  Then during the climax of the movie, as the main character is frozen into an ice sculpture, Sammy starts crying (with real tears!) and saying "Oh no! Oh no!".  I comfort him by saying, "It'll be OK, buddy. It'll be OK."  And he looks at me, motions toward the screen, and says, "No it won't! ... Just look!"  It was adorable.  Then, to highlight the whole trip, as we're walking out of the theatre and down the long hall toward the exit, two men are walking past us in the opposite direction and he says to them, in a very compassionate and concerned voice, "Awww. You missed it! It's over!"  They laughed and said he was cute.  Then Sammy tripped, fell flat on his face, jumped up and kept going like nothing happened.

What a sweetheart.

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Camilla's Blessing

Camilla's blessing day was a happy, peaceful, perfect day.

She started with a bath and combing her hair.

She wore the same dress Naomi wore for her blessing - it fit her perfectly.

Her headband is made from trim leftover from Naomi's baptism dress - which will be Camilla's also.

We didn't notice until later, but Camilla cut her first tooth this day also - hence the finger in the mouth in all these adorable pictures.  She really is such a doll!

Everyone was so happy to celebrate Camilla.  She is such a great addition to our family.

Daddy was able to bless her using the power of the priesthood.

Like I said, a perfect day.

Camilla was blessed to know the love of her Heavenly Father, to recognize truth, to know the Lords will, to be faithful, and be directed on her path.  It was beautiful.  I could feel God's love for this beautiful baby so strongly. And I could feel that same love for everyone else - since we are all God's beautiful little babies.