Sunday, October 30, 2011

A perfect angel

My family is a little emptier today, and I am feeling shocked and sad.
When I think about what my loved ones are missing, I feel really bad.

I am grateful for the times I got to hold you.
I feel so blessed for the short amount of time I had to know you.

You were too perfect for this earth.
You've been an angel ever since your birth.

I am honored to have been a part of your life, Tabitha Grace.
I know the day will come when I will once again see your beautiful face.

Forever Sisters: Emily and Tabitha

My brother Dan and his little girl

Their sweet family

Danny and his cousin: Partners in crime

I'm glad Danny gave you a shoulder to lean on.

We'll never forget you, Tabitha Grace.

My brother Dan, his wife Rachel, and my niece Emily said good-bye today to their beautiful six month old Tabitha who passed away in her sleep this morning.

April 10, 2011–October 30, 2011

Monday, October 17, 2011

Inexpensive Halloween Decorations

I have not done anything yet to decorate my house for Halloween, but luckily one of my cats has taken care of that for me!

This week, Chloe has blessed our home with two dead mice and . . . *drum roll* a disembodied squirrel head. Delightful. What is more Halloween than rotting, creepy carcasses?

I am really surprised by the squirrel though. Maybe it was sick and old or something. Or maybe Chloe is just an amazing huntress. We discovered that one last night, and in the dark we were thinking large mouse or maybe a mole, but upon closer investigation, it was definitely just a squirrel head.


Why spend money on jack-o-lanterns, fake cobwebs, and ghost cut-outs when my cat will bring stuff home for free??

Because I like you, no photos have been included in this post.

Saturday, October 15, 2011


We are finally back from our fantastic wanderings, and a longer post will soon appear, but for now I am exhausted, yet I really wanted to share these pictures! So here's a short post.

Remember how last post I wrote that Jill has just always looked really cute while enjoying a lollipop?

Tee hee.

Here is Jill enjoying her lollipop on the beach our last night there.

Here is Jill right after she dropped her lollipop on the beach. 
Not her cutest moment. But pretty funny!
(Even the wind played a role in making this picture extra awesome.)

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Teeth have arrived!

Daniel's two bottom teeth poked out through his gums yesterday. Fabulous. :)

Jill's wildest dream finally came true, and they let her join their family! But after about two seconds, we wanted her back. :) And the strange blur next to Michael is a jogger that I decided to only spend about one second trying to remove. I did not feel like opening Photoshop and trying to do a nicer job. It's only 6 in the morning after all.

She looks good with them though, doesn't she? tee hee

And Jill just has always looked really cute while eating lollipops.

In other family news, we are leaving in just over an hour to drive to Myrtle Beach! The sad part is that I think Cincinnati might be warmer than Myrtle Beach this weekend. It is supposed to be in the 80s here! What an October. :) Oh well. We'll still enjoy Jeff not being at work, playing in the sand, looking at the ocean, and swimming in the pool. Jill has been asking us to go to the beach for a long time, and the time is finally here. (Although she still does occasionally tell me that she is going to Pennsylvania. Haha. That trip will never be forgotten!)

And after Myrtle Beach, Jeff will come back to the grindstone, but the kids and I will join my mama for more fancy vacation in Virginia and then a wedding in West Virginia at Harpers Ferry! Yay!

Monday, October 3, 2011

I want to be a pirate when I grow up.

Pirates are not really the best role models when you consider how they were often thieves, murderers, and worse. I suppose some may have had noble purposes, but surely the lot of them were unethical. (And I guess I should realize that pirates do actually still exist today even though I always think of them in the past.)

Jill is blessed to know some really great five year old girls who don't seem to mind the age gap and play with her very well: Alexa, Lilly, and Alyssa. Alexa is one of the famous Whitney children, the family to which Jill seems to wish she belonged.

Here is one of Lilly and Jill.
(Obviously this picture was taken about two years ago.)

Alexa and Jill

I don't have any of Alyssa and Jill, but rest assured that they play well together when the occation arises. :)

The other day, Alyssa was sitting in the back of the car with Jill. She said, "I want to be a doctor when I grow up. What do you want to be, Jill?" Jill replied, "I want to be a pirate."

Jill is obviously very fixated on Halloween. I do not know if she yet realizes that she will "grow up" some day and be big like mommy. She does know, however, that she really wants to be a pirate and that Danny is going to be a pirate also. A few months ago, Jill said she wanted to be a bear. Then she picked the Mickey Mouse Clubhouse Halloween board book from the library. In that book, Mickey Mouse himself is a pirate. So what does Jill want to be? A pirate, of course. Thank you, Mickey.

I have nothing against Halloween pirate costumes. I was one many years myself. I just think it is somewhat interesting how much influence Mickey Mouse has on Jill.

And I can't wait until my amazing mother-in-law is finished with the matching pirate costumes.

Daniel is really crawling now. He never crawls for really long periods of time, but he gets where he wants to go and he pulls himself up to stand whenever possible. He also loves Cheerios and any food that he can get in his mouth. He loves mirrors, too.

Jill continues to attend "Hammer face" every first Saturday of the month. ("Hammer face" is what Jill calls "Kid Workshops at Home Depot." There is always face painting at our store (maybe at all locations—I don't know), and the very first time she went with her daddy, she asked to have a hammer painted on her face. She asks throughout the month if she can go to hammer face, and I sadly have to tell her it is only once a month. It is completely free, which is great! And sometimes there are special events going on, too. Like this month, there was a hay maze. Jeff had to work, so Jill went with her grandpa, and they made this great helicopter! (Which Jill already broke by throwing down the stairs. It looks good, but sadly it did not fly. Ha.)

Isn't it cute that they give the kids little aprons just like the employees? You get a pin for every craft you make. Jill has a lot of bling! :) I think I am going to see if Jill's joy school wants to go on a fieldtrip there. It is a lot of fun.

My church had General Conference this past weekend. It happens twice a year, and we get to hear from the prophet, apostles, and other general auxiliary leaders. It is fantastic! Every time, I leave feeling refreshed and . . . eager. I always feel so encouraged to improve and so loved. If you're curious what the prophet and others said, all of the sessions are online, just click the "General Conference" link at the beginning of this paragraph.

This weekend, Jeff and I finally get to show Jill what the beach and ocean are! We are going to Myrtle Beach for five days. I am excited! :)

Oh, I found another cute Lilly and Jill one.