"they left us something more precious than silver and gold..."

Monday, December 31, 2007

These are a few...

...of my fAvoRIte things

The fam...the favs

...the Wii...Lucy's first baby doll...the binki
Future Blue Devil or
the Devil wears Prada - it's a toss up!
*My girls Sunday morning
Pre-Christmas Eve dinner with dad at the hospital*

Poppy Freeze: The annual Night Before Christmas Story...
My Quilts...Jess - Mom - Jordan...luv you guys!

Classic cousin pj picture!

Christmas salsa for our friends & neighbors

Booyah Daddy...you are the best.

My favorite sisters.

*A couple weeks ago at church someone was talking about their favorite Christmas memory...and so I started to think of my own. I admit I don't really have a great memory but as I was trying hard to think about a favorite toy...outting...treat...etc...although I do remember a great Barbie pool side set I got one year, the Christmas memory that stuck out most in my mind was sleeping in a queen bed with all of my sisters back in our house on Kilmer Way. I remember us all staying up late into the night...talking about what Santa might bring...laughing...singing funny songs...me always crying at some point...saying we couldn't fall asleep and then magically waking up around 5 or 6 and begging for mom and dad to let us open up presents. Now that I am "grown-up" I laid in bed on Christmas Eve and thought about that memory...a part of me always wishing things didn't have to change and that somehow I could go back for a few minutes...about my sisters and how much I love them...and also hoping that one day Vanny & Lucy will share that same memory. It reminds me what is most important to me and that is my family...craziness & all. Christmas is Christ and He gave us the chance to experience forever families.

Saturday, December 22, 2007


Yesterday Cam & I celebrated our 8th Anniversary...

Cam, HERE'S TO...
*Being Married December 21st, 1999 in the Mount Timpanogos Temple. To all the fun that goes with getting use to married life - you learning how to put down the toilet seat (lost tooth brushes), me learning not to be so anal about cleaning, to you playing Nintendo games with your baseball buddies when I am not around, to me learning about your Seinfeld obsession.
*To Mesa State College: Our small branch & institute, to our first little "apartment" in the turquoise building in downtown GJ (andthe $200 a month rent, those were the days), to your scooter, lots of MSC basketball & baseball games, Body for Life, to Docs on Call & St. Mary's hospital, to lots of hikes & running out in the country, to our black jeep & camping trips.
*To our summer at Camp Laurel in Readfield, Maine...you teaching me how to salom, lots of sunsets, trips on the east coast (Red Soxs baby), really the summer to remember.
*To becoming running partners..."Cami, I hate to run" - now who out runs who? Our half marathons: Buena Vista (CO), Moab, Lake Tahoe, Phoenix Rock-n-Roll
*To Midwestern Universtiy...to getting the acceptance letter in the mail and driving like a maniac over to your work and opening it and celebrating in the parking lot! To a great four years, awesome friends, learning alot together, my first nursing job, our first little home, your S10, our AC going out in the middle of the hot AZ summer, spring training baseball, lots of visitors, our first little baby "Daphne Bell" (then Vanny!), intramural sports at MWU.
*To our honeymoon 4 years later (better late than never) in Maui..let's go back!
*To our temple sessions: Timpanogos (UT), Salt Lake City (UT), Provo (UT), West Jordan (UT), Idaho Falls (ID), Logan (UT), Denver (CO), San Diego (CA), Monticello (UT), Bostin (MA), Washington D.C., Lousiville (KY).
*Our girls...Savannah & Lucy. To you giving Savannah her first bath, taking her with you everywhere you went (runs, hoops, a few times to class), your little twin. To you working on the floor while I was in labor with Lucy and making it for the last hour (still trying to forgive you for that one) but not letting the 100 hour work weeks let you miss out on rocking Lucy to sleep, getting up with her at night, and always calling home to check on her. The sweet blessings you gave them. You are a great daddy...you are a kid at heart and I luv to watch you play with the girls...how your eyebrows get all high on your forehead when you get excited & pumped.
*To always being there for our family and your own. You always go out of the way for us (helping with dishes, changing diapers, laundry (even though I forbid that!), and giving me a break when you can). For being a great uncle (Darth Vader for Kyle, baseball gloves, things off EBay for the ones you luv dear), a good brother, son, and friend.
*To your 30th birthday and the surprise trip to Bloomington, IN for the Duke vs. IU basektball game.
*Luv of sports...
* To bed and breakfast Inns.
*Medical Residency...to surviving, working together to accomplish a dream, wanting to kill each other and then not, supporting each other, crying/laughing, telling gruesome hospital stories - and trying to out do each other, realizing it has gone by quickly and has been an awesome adventure.
*To summer because it always rocks: Island Park, 4th of July in Provo, beach in San Deigo, swimming, biking trips, laying on the grass and looking at the stars.
*To another 8...20...35...let's go for 60 (at least!)