Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Oh Christmas Tree

It's that time of the year again!
Festival of Trees has arrived.
As a board member, I work all year for this event.
Every single penny raised helps children at 
Primary Children's Hospital.
Last year over 2.3 million dollars was raised.
It's pretty much Christmas all year long for our family.
We LOVE it!
This year our family has donated several trees to the auction area.

I decorated this tree in memory of Kristen.

Ryan and Morgan decorated this tree also in
memory of Kristen.

Kamie decorated this tree in memory of my mom.

Lisa decorated this tree.
Her niece made those darling dolls.

Katy decorated this cute tree.

This past weekend Christmas on Temple Square began.
Rich and I are still serving there and had the opportunity to
host when these 2 came with the Children's Choir that they belong to.

Monday, November 2, 2015

more halloween

So each and every year grandma has this really awesome Halloween party.
I think the best part of the party is seeing what costume grandma 
will come up with.
This year she didn't disappoint...

Dr. Shots, AKA grandpa, had fun giving out shot to all of the kids.

3 witches

Best costume ever...

3 cats of Halloween

The baby boy and awesome sister were in town so 
newborn pictures were a must

Sunday, November 1, 2015

Halloween Fun

It felt like we partied all week. 
Maybe because we did.
We started with a parade at school, luckily all of my grandchildren
go to the same school. It was fun to see all of them.

First the mermaid came along

Then a peacock

Next up, a soccer player.

a ninja
Another peacock

Then we have the ever awesome clown who was eaten by a shark.

All 11 of my little beauties!

The next day I helped with a birthday party.
Sara decided she wanted to have a "Cake Party," 
kinda like cake wars.
Once upon a time I was a cake decorator so I felt I was up for the challenge.
I showed the girls a few ideas and then they each got to decorate their own cake.
It was a lot of fun.

 I have come to know that there will always be
an empty feeling on each and every holiday.
There is and always will be an empty space in our lives.
Even so, I will always celebrate and look for joy. 
I take nothing for granted and try my best to live each and every day to the fullest.

Rich took me to the cemetery late on Halloween night. 
I left lights and jack-o-lanterns for Kristen and my parents.

"We do not ever walk alone. 
I promise you that you will one day stand aside
 and look at your difficult times,
 and you will realize that He was always there beside you."
 —Thomas S. Monson

Thursday, October 15, 2015

baby boy

Baby boy has arrived!
He is adorable. He looks just like his sister. 
He is named after 2 special grandpas,
MaCoy Charles.

 Big sister celebrated her 3rd Birthday with a monster theme.

It's been an amazing week.