happy 4th!

The Fourth of July is one of my favorite holidays to celebrate. It fills me with immense gratitude for the tremendous sacrifice that has been offered for our freedom and prosperity. It reminds me to stand valiantly as our freedoms are being threatened from every angle—in the school system, personal privacy, gun control, health care, […]


We had a glorious Easter celebrating the life and resurrection of our Savior Jesus Christ. I know Christ lives! I know He loves us and that through His atoning sacrifice we can repent and return to live with Him. This knowledge brings me immense peace and gratitude. Sunday after church we enjoyed a fabulous dinner […]

happy valentines day

  from our family to yours HaHaHaHa…. I can not stop giggling over this picture. I couldn’t stop laughing even in the moment when she was screaming her head off—I have the hardest time taking her seriously when she’s mad and that gets her even more upset. I am sorry Kaitlyn, I can’t help myself, […]

We did celebrate Christmas…

       We did decorate our tree. Decorating the tree was a true sign of what five kids has done to my level of perfection and increased ability to embrace complete chaos. I sat on the couch nursing Cora, snapping pictures one handed, as I watched four busy little bodies yank ornaments from the box, […]

Give Thanks

Thanksgiving was fabulous, but it was not what we expected. Rachel and her family were unable to come, because her sweet Hazel had an appendicitis. I felt TERRIBLE for them and am so happy to report that Hazel is doing well. Our wonderful friends, the Horkely’s, once again welcomed us in as family. Thank you […]

Five houses and a tree

Saturday we cut down our Christmas tree from a man who sells ANY tree on his lot for just $20 bucks—just one of the many reasons to love Washington. =) I surprised Wes and left my camera behind—wanting to fully enjoy the moment with my family and we had a fabulous time! Later that evening, […]

making a list…

I absolutely, positively love. love. love. Christmas! I love scouring the stores whether it is online or off for the perfect gift—can I just say, online shopping is the best!?! My girls are able to happily destroy the house, Cora receives all naps- uninterrupted, while I sit at the computer with a messy bun, jammies, […]

Doting Fairies

I know I am a wee bit late on this, but we had a great Halloween. The girls decided to dress up as Flora, Fauna, and Merryweather. Cora was their baby Aurora. I must say, there couldn’t have been a better fit for my girls. They made the perfect little doting fairies. They scurried flightily […]