I forgot to explain the first set of pics I posted. The girls made a snowman, the snow had a hard time sticking. We made sugar cookies which the girls decorated and we went and visited some widows, older couples and friends to sing carols to them and give them cookies. It was fun! These next pics are some of the girls opening their presents. Notice the theme, dolls!
This is the year of the dolls! Everyone wanted a doll this year or at least they got one. We have 8 kids at our house now instead of 4! The girls actually slept in till 8:30 this morning. Kauai made his famous Cinnamon roll wreath and I made breakfast shish kabobs that had chunks of sweet italian sausage, red pepper, yellow pepper cubes and pineapple. everything was great!
Her new nickname. Zara makes it sound like begga boo, which makes me laugh. This was at thanksgiving at Nessa's house. She was having fun hanging out in her stroller. She is a great baby. She loves to eat and sleep!
She is starting to talk. Today I was singing "teach me to walk in the light of his love". She told me, "no momma sing Jesus". She had decided she did not want to hear me sing and not a jesus song either. Silly girl. She uses her name when she talks too, like "Zara want some, or Zara go walk?" I will have to share some funny things that she says. Her hair is as straight as can be which is so bizarre! Grandma cut it last month and it looks great in a bobb style.
Ella had her first swim meet of the year in Prescott. She got first in backstroke 25. She got a second, 4th and 6th place in other events. She said she had a great time. She has enjoyed doing swim team this fall, she was not sure if she would like it but decided to go ahead with it. I am so glad she did. She tried out for the team and was put on a team with 9 and 10 year olds. She has really been able to improve. Her coach says she really tries and makes so much effort at practice. She does get really cold getting out of the pool afterwards! We have an outdoor heated pool at the community center. She had her second meet last week. She got 2 first places, freestyle 50, backstroke 25. 2nd in breastroke 25 and 4th in freestyle 25.
We had a great time at grandma's this summer. I forgot to get a picture of the garden. It was beautiful. Everyday, I would go out and pick a basket full of veggies to make a meal. I love GARDENS! I am envious and wish I had one....some day I will. Grandma's house is just the best. The feeling their is so inviting, warm and peaceful. I do wish I could live with Grandma!!!!
In Mona Utah is Young Living Farm. Young living essential oils are some of the best in the world. They have a farm here and we got to go and see the gardens and check out the lavendar fields. So picturesque! The only other lavendar farms this large are found in France! Lavendar is my favorite oil, along with peppermint and thieves. I use these oils on myself and family regularly. Lavendar is great on your feet for sleeping, peppermint on the temples for a headache, or on the abdomen for a tummy ache, and thieves on the feet to protect against colds and infection. We had a delicious lunch with lavendar lemonade and wolfberry cheesecake, how cool is that? Here is my mom, or affectionately known as Grandma Sandy! Savannah asked recently, "mom, how come we don't live with your mom? When I grow up, I want to live with grandma Sandy!" I told her, " I wish I could live with grandma sandy, it's just that when you grow up, you go and make a home with your husband!
We had a great visit with Forshee great grandparents. We always try to stop by on our way in to or out of utah. They are always so good to us. They had a yummy breakfast spread for us to enjoy and selected a splash pad/park for the girls to let off some steam from the car ride. Grandpa was a chief warrant officer in the US Army and a Vietnam Vet. He also worked for Ratheon overseas for many years. They lived in Kuwait/Eygpt for over 14+ years (we are not sure on the years). Needless to say, they have traveled the world over and have settled nicely in to a great community in Utah. They enjoy retirement. Grandma is in to health and while grandpa loves bowling and is quite talented.
Beloved auntie jamie, the one who gives the best wheelchair rides, knows what books kids like for christmas and gives cute ornaments each year! We stopped by to visit her apartment in Utah. She has such a way with kids. They love being around her. I am proud of her accomplishments and wish her well with the last leg of her social work education. I am excited she will graduate in social work, what a feat!
A new gourmet pizza place opened in Midway by the cabin. Great pizza! I had one with chicken, white sauce and Argula. Very tasty. I highly recommend the place. It is right down town Midway, across from the visitor center. Also, we found a new bakery in town that makes great cupcakes and cakes. If you did not know already, I am a self appointed "foodie". I love good food and will go to great lengths to get it! The bakery is on the corner you turn right to go to the cabin when downtown. We had a great time at the cabin. Just hung out mostly. The girls wishe some cousins were there. So did we! Maybe next year. I hope so. We went boating, had a BBQ, took tobey and aspen for walks and took some good naps. The sleeping is not so great at the cabin sometimes with the altitude changes so a little nap can be helpful. We appreciate Nana Mo and Papa dave for having the cabin for the family to use.