Thursday, September 27, 2018


Cameron and Guen came a couple of weeks ago and we took a little hike up past Kelly Canyon.
Teddy was thrilled to find a big feather.
Timmy was happy with sticks.

Uncle Nate got to hold the twins.
We went to Denver over Labor Day Weekend to bless them.

Little Leighton LOVED holding beebees.

All of the family that could come came.
We brought my parents as well. 
Matt and Tara and family came from Utah,
Nate and Sara and family came from Twin Falls.
It was a full house and completely enjoyable.

Locklyn was acting shy.
Good act, because she is definitely not shy.

Lucy and Lilly!
We even got a little smile out of Lilly.

They are 5 months old now!
But are 7 pounds and 8 pounds.
They are like 6 week old babies.

Mommy took a minute to hold them before we took them out of the dresses.
Lucy wasn't enjoying all the lace.
Lilly wore Lexi's blessing dress from 10 years ago.
Lucy wore Aunt Candice's blessing dress from 27 years ago.

Grandpa was holding Nick's little nephew that is 4 months old.
He was born at term.

Matt and Tara 

My mom and dad.

Grandpa Howie and Matt and Nate.
Some of the favorite men in my life.
We missed having Cameron and family and Candice and Tyler.
It would have been so great to be all together.

They are growing so fast and I wish I lived closer.

Lexi is such a great big sister!
She dances and hops around to entertain them.

Lilly's eyelashes!

Sometimes I think they look a little bit alike.
And sometime I don't think they look related!

It is such a blessing to see my family grow.
These humans have turned out good.
And our family isn't done growing yet.
Guen and Cameron will add another in February!

We are blessed beyond measure.

Saturday, August 4, 2018

Annnnd ANOTHER trip to Denver!

Lucy came home so now it’s game on! 

I took a few days off work and flew to Denver. 
Who could resist a $39.00 ticket from Jackson Hole airport?
Not me. 

I’ve been here for about 10 days and will go home Tuesday or Wednesday of next week. 

It’s been fun to be with all of them and I love watching Lexi fulfill her big sister role. 

Saturday we got to go to a LaCrosse game that our Utah grandson was playing in  
He came over after and had dinner with us and held the babies. 

It was fun to get a close up with both of them awake. 
Lilly on the left and Lucy on the right. 

Another treat was seeing Howard’s youngest sister. 
Her and her friend Annette were

It has been pure deliciousness!

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

ANOTHER trip to Denver

After we got back from our family reunion last week, I immediately had to work for 3 12 hour shifts.
It made for a long week.
I had to look at this picture frequently to remind myself that we 
did have some together time at the reunion.

I finished my shift on Thursday evening.

On Friday early morning I picked up Candice and we drove to Denver.
10 long hours in the car.

But it was completely worth it.

Lucy is still in the NICU.
She's still having trouble getting enough nourishment so she has a feeding tube through her nose.
They will have her drink what she will, then they finish putting the rest through the tube.

She's still an itty bitty mite, but almost 6 pounds!

Here Candice is holding her little niece while Lynsey finishes the feeding.

Little Miss Lilly has been home for about 2 weeks.

Big yawn!

Candice loved holding them both!
We all wish they lived closer so we could snuggle and spoil to our hearts content!

Lynsey called me today and told me that the doctor was going to let Lucy come home tomorrow!!!
85 days!
Now I wish I were there all over again.

Thursday, July 12, 2018

July already?

I brought Lexi home with me when I went to Denver last month. 
We have had a good time. 
An Olive Garden date....she loves the breadsticks. 

She sleeps on the floor on my side of the bed.
This is what I woke up to this morning.
She may have a snacking problem.
We spent a few hours making strawberry jam.

And Lexi sampled it.
I think she approved. 

And in other exciting news....
Little Miss Lilly came home!

Lexi was facetiming.
Looks like we snapped the picture right as she was spitting up.
Lynsey looks tired. 
She has to wake her every 3 hours to feed her.

The cheeks are so kissable!

We aren't sure when Lucy will come home.
She's a little stinker and doesn't want to eat very well.

Their due date is the 17th of July.
Hopefully she will bust outta there before then.
It still amazes me that they have done so well.
They were born April 24th.

For the 4th of July weekend we went to our family reunion.

There was hiking in these beautiful mountains.

It was fun to reconnect with cousins we hadn't seen for a year.
Cousin Bill, Howie and son Matt went hiking with a passel of kids.

Nothing as beautiful to me as the Sawtooths.
It was a much needed getwaway. 
My soul was fed.

I'm back at work for three days and then another QUICK trip to Denver.
The summer is going way too fast. 

Monday, June 25, 2018

Events and Memories

Last week (the 23rd) Howie and I celebrated our 40th Wedding Anniversary.
I have no idea how that happened.

It was like I blinked and here we are!

We didn’t do anything fancy.
We just celebrated being together.
I couldn’t help but ponder how close we came to not being together.
I’m so thankful for each and every day.

On the 14th I made a “quick” trip to Denver to see the babies.
I took my daughter in law Tara and had so much fun with them.

This is the first time I have gotten to hold them both.

Tara and I admiring them. 
Still so tiny. 

Hello Baby Doll!

The monkey doesn't seem to be quite so big anymore.

Side by side...they still look different.

Tara just loves babies. 

It was so wonderful to see them all and I got to hold both of them!!
They are still in the NICU.
They still have trouble doing the suck-swallow-breathe thing.
And the both have been having bradycardic episodes as well.
The neonatologist reassured us that this is common for these little preemies.