Friday, December 30, 2011

December has been Kind

sharing a harry & david pear with darling benson (7 months) in the backseat of the car on the way to the temple

seeing the tired bishop, still smiling, after a long sabbath day

repeatedly hearing 'la la' from the sweetest tiniest voice from a little one

being with my family in the temple, all dressed in white, with eternity in full view

devouring frango mints.  yum.  you should try one.  i would share but ... mmphuh, chew, lick fingers, gone.

wrapping white elephant gifts.  this may be my favorite holiday tradition.  just wait til you see what i have in store for this year

kurt metzger's concert

finding christmas presents on my desk at work

holding a very new baby Greyson

watching Jana open her presents for her first baby shower

playing, tickling, chasing the kiddos around the house and hearing their chaotic, beautiful laughter

The Christmas Devotional from the Prophet of the Lord

remembering and focusing more on the Savior

Thursday, December 29, 2011

kids & blenders

what a kid.
after he kissed eva on the cheek. 
A two-year-old is kind of like having a blender,
but you don't have a top for it. ~Jerry Seinfeld
mohawk city.  oh yeah!
or maybe just a little alphalpha
hey what's up.  we cool. we hangin'.
mickey blue eyes
isaiah should get an award or something for his
awesome facial expressions
just a little man
in his track suit

ps eva's cute fleece shawl - costco, 12.99
if they had one in my size, i'd have a matching one.

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

my dad stole my hat.

let's see - this is what we packed into one day:
gingerbread house making
white elephant game playing
a little park excursion
lots of cookie eating
baby holding
picture taking
and lots & lots of noise.

hope everyone had a lovely christmas!

what does crazy look like?

shopping, the day after Christmas, with 4 children, driving a huge Target cart.  just sayin'.

reva:  this is the most fun i've had all year!
(she was being serious! we did laugh a lot)
oh my gosh. she just grabbed some of his cheek and pinched!.
i guess i want to pinch his cheeks too -- he's so cute. - marla
eva, tell isaiah you are sorry for grabbing his cheek. - emily
sorry zayah! - eva (after many tears
and a time out in the air filter aisle)

marla, quit taking pictures! - dan
well slow down and i will - they are getting blurry! - marla

Saturday, December 24, 2011

A Little Tree

With Christmas near, it brings a lot of memories. 

I looked at my little tree and was transported to a hospital at Christmas time.  My mom brought me to visit Katy, a little girl with Leukemia.  We brought her a small tree and decorated it with her and played some games.  I remember feeling such varied emotions - glad that we could visit her and spend time with her, but deeply pained that there was nothing I could do to save her.  When you are little, dealing with death and dying is incomprehensible. 

Being 'almost' grown up now, I don't understand a lot of things.  But I do know that the Lord is in charge of every little detail in our lives.  And the more we come to rely upon Him and figure out what He wants us to do, the results are always better. 

Katy passed away a few years after that Christmas.  I'm sure her family thinks about her at every holiday, every family gathering, every wedding.  They look forward to seeing her again and they find comfort in knowing that this IS possible.

I know it is too.

Thursday, December 22, 2011


so i'm watching snippets of t'he fugitive' last night with harrison ford. 
and i look a bit more closely
at the characters --
one of them is an african american 
woman that sounds so very familiar.  
i look closer and scream at the tv
'oh my gosh, it's Rose!'

see! everything does all relate back to LOST.
Best. TV. Show. Ever.

what did we all do before i.m.d.b.?!

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Monday, December 19, 2011

Mormonism. All True. Every Word.

I about spit out my gum...

It's funny, I never see this stuff coming.  Watch the video - make sure you get to the end.


I know they are poking fun, but I think it's so very ironic that even in a mocking tone, they are speaking the truth. 

A member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints
All True.
Every Word.

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Repeat the Sounding Joy

"Focusing on what we already have and are grateful for right now is one of the most powerful things we can do to alter our life in a positive way."  - Mike Robbins

isn't this a lovely time of year? so much to be grateful for. 

here are some people i am grateful for -- in the form of quotes.

Get that flashlight out of my face. - Dan 

Grandpa! You’ve been tickling me ALL DAY LONG. - Eva

I can't figure out how this tree goes together! 
Dan, will you help me? -Marla
Women... - Dan

I totally tricked you Dan.  You put up the whole tree.  Ha ha HA. How's that for a woman?!  - Marla

It's my magnetic personality. - Jeff, after setting off the emergency alarm five times.

There hasn't been any Lady Gaga in this concert.  - Richard, at Kurt Metzger's Christmas concert

La La.  - Benson
Oh my gosh! He just said my name! - Marla
He said MA MA.  Geesh.  - Emily
Oh.  - Marla

Um. She smells like a ball of parmesan cheese.  - Marla
Yep, that's what Eva eats.  - Emily
She certainly does seem to love condiments. - Marla

La la's ipod! -Eva

You should really clean up your workbench, it's quite messy.  - Marla
I think it's time for you to go home.  - Dad

muppet movie = super good!  loved it!
had a smile on my face the whole time.
the kiddos made it even more fun.
just another day in paradise.  isn't my laundry darling?

Monday, December 12, 2011


"I cannot do all the good
that the world needs.
But the world needs
all the good that I can do."

- Jana Stanfield

Light bulb = ON. 

What a wonderful message!

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

I wonder what Howard looked like...

Howard Castle, York
March 2012
Let the adventure begin.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Happy Birthday Dear Dad

just a man and his cake, 2011

just a girl and his her dad, 1976

Friday, December 2, 2011

Let the Record State - Movies & TV Edition

Let the record state:
  • I am a VINTAGE Muppet Fan.  This means I love the original movies.  This means I've watched the real Muppet Show, in childhood and in college.  This means that I may not like the new Muppet movie.
  • I ADORE the show Parks & Rec and if they cancel, I will be "occupying" myself in front of the NBC building. 
  • Favorite line from last's night epi:  “Leslie Knope: ‘Let the record state that I, Leslie Knope, love Ben Wyatt. I love him with all of my heart.’ Did you get that?’ Ethel Beavers: ‘Yes, I got it.'” Ben and Leslie kissed perfectly while Ethel piped up:  'Can I get a ride home? It's freezing.”  ADORKABLE!!
  • I heart "New Girl".   Jess: Believe it or not, that's not the first time someone's broken my feeling stick. I have a travel size. Nick: Did you just make up a theme song for yourself? Schmidt:  And I don't want to hear Schmidt, Schmidt, you're using too much tarragon.  Because I'm not.
  • Vampire Diaries doesn't start up again until January 5 and I don't know if I can live a normal life until then. 
  • I need to see Breaking Dawn again.  One more time.  By myself.  So no one else makes me laugh and I can enjoy the embarrassing parts with no judgment.
  • This looks like a super fun messy projects for me and kiddos.  Nothing says Christmas like colored snow. Wait a minute...
  • Favorite holiday movies: 
    • The Family Stone (You have a freak flag. You just don't fly it.)
    • The Muppet Christmas Carol (Muppets!)
    • Home Alone (KEVIN!)
    • ELF (Buddy the Elf, what's your favorite color?)
    • The Family Man (my bell, she stole my bell!)
    • While You Were Sleeping (These potatoes are so creamy. Mary mashed them.)
    • Swiss Family Robinson (The world is full of nice, ordinary little people who live in nice, ordinary little houses on the ground. But didn't you ever dream of a house up on a tree top?