Wednesday, November 5, 2014

We’re totally rad

So Denis and I might be the coolest Aunt and Uncle on the planet…no, I’ve decided, we are the coolest. I had a brilliant idea to throw a Halloween party for some of our nieces and nephews the night before Halloween, mostly because I was SO excited that I actually got to celebrate Halloween with them this year. It took about four shopping trips to the dollar store, one trip to Michaels and a scavenger hunt the day of the party to five different craft/party stores in Lehi to try and find the right color tissue paper for my last minute brilliant idea for decorations. But it was all so worth it.

Funny story, when Denis and I were scavenging for the right colors of tissue paper, we were walking around Hobby Lobby (doing some side Christmas decoration shopping too) and Denis would be like, “Oh I’m going to get some of this for the party too and I think we need this and I want some more of this….etc” Until I finally was like, “Ohhhh who’s getting into the awesome Halloween party now?!?” As I poked him teasingly, to which Denis responded, “I was always going to make sure we did it right.” Classic D. Love him.

Denis and I had a blast baking, decorating, and dressing up for the party. The first thing we did with the kiddos is paint the outside of mason jars, later they would draw on jack-o-lantern faces and we would stick a plastic tea light inside to make the perfect little everlasting Halloween lantern. They loved those and some of them used them as their night lights. After that we played a game called, “Grab the Ghost”, which was so fun. Then they ate some treats. After that we headed outside for some glow in the dark ring toss. And we ended the night with the game, “Find the Monster”, which is sardines. It was so fun, I love those little people, they all have my heart. <3

Here’s some pics of our fun!

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Monday, October 20, 2014

Has it really been 10 years?


Do you remember the very last time I saw you in this life over ten years ago? I do. Today, I tried to keep the memories at bay until I got home from work and could enjoy them to the fullest, but it didn’t work out that way. I was on my way back to work, on my lunch break, when for some reason Cold Stone jumped into my head, which then triggered my very last precious memory of you.

You asked me to come down to your little white house on the William’s farm and babysit the Buddy boy while you took Cathy out on a date. And of course I did, because Bubby is my guy, so full of love and life, just like you. You didn’t get home until nearly 11pm, Braden was already asleep and I was watching TV. You came in with a half eaten cup of Cold Stone ice cream and asked me if I wanted the rest. “REALLY?! You’re giving me your ice cream?!” I was shocked, because I know how much you love good food. Then came an even more shocking thing, you talked to me like a person…like a friend, instead of your little sister. You listened. I loved it. It meant so much to me. Then you and Cathy gave me hugs and thanked me again for babysitting. That was the last hug I got to give you in this life. I cherish it. I look forward to our next hug.

Tonight, Denis being so kind and wonderful, knew that today, like every year, is always a more emotional day for me. And so he asked me if he could take me to get some ice cream. There is a Cold Stone within walking distance, we enjoyed sharing a cup together while I shared memories of you with Denis. He listened, asked questions, and gave me hugs in all the right moments. Tonight, I miss you John. Like crazy and it’s wonderful because I get to remember all the awesome things about you and I get to look forward to when I will see you again. Of course my heart aches today, but I wouldn’t change that for the world. I love you forever and ever <3

Thursday, September 25, 2014


Here’s our trip summed up in pictures, because after all that’s the best way to describe Hawai’i…with gorgeous photos!


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Denis’s brother, Erick and his family just moved to Hawaii with the Air Force. Great to see them and to meet Grant finally!

View of Diamond Head from the plane on our way home

Our goodbye view of Hawaii as we left Sad smile 



Pearl Harbor

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Pearl Harbor


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