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family pictures courtesy of Andrea Busath

Wednesday, December 25, 2013


I love this time of year.  It reminds me that there is still good in the world.  

There is something about the winter holidays that bring peace and happiness to most of the world.

Since Arthur and I have been married we've either been at someone else's house and have been able to enjoy their christmas tree or we have had a fake one.

When Maya was born, we spent a lot of our time at the hospital because she spent some time in the NICU.  Some wonderful friends made Christmas happen in our home.  They provided us with a tree and all kinds of ornaments.  It was beautiful to come home and find our home decked to the Christmas nines.

When we moved from ID to CA we decided to let someone else enjoy the convenience of a fake needle clean up.

This Christmas, or first in UT, we got a real tree!!!

We think she's the best lookin' thing!!

It was so fun to have the kids decorate her and get her all dolled up.  You can't tell in the picture, but there's a section of the tree that has about 10 ornaments all in a group.  I couldn't bring myself to move any of them because it was so cute the way Maya put them up...she was so proud she was able to help.

The tree has been falling over lately.  We bought a base and thought her trunk would be big enough, but it's been interesting to try to center her just right so the screws would hold her up.

Last week, I took the morning 'off' to fix the precarious lean she had going on.  After about an hour of shifting and cutting off unnecessary branches, I think we got it under control

May you and your loved ones enjoy this season of giving.  Enjoy this time to reflect on the true meaning of Christmas, our Savior Jesus Christ, and his gift to us.

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Waking up

It's 2:52am and I'm sitting here with my two-year-old.  He's wide awake and I don't know what to do.  When I put him back in bed he screams...and I mean s.c.r.e.a.m.s.

He's been struggling with this for the last week or so and I'm getting a little bit tired.  He doesn't wake up screaming like he's had a nightmare, but once he's banging at the door, there's no turning back.  

I'm trying something different tonight...I turned on the TV.

(move ahead 11 days)

It's now December 17th. I started this post on December much for that.

You'll be glad to know that Kade is sleeping like a champ.  I believe he was having bad dreams from watching the movie The Avengers.  I've learned my lesson. We stick to the cartoons and the happy movies.  He's doing great!!