Friday, December 26, 2008

When What To Their Wondering Eyes Should Appear...

4-Wheeler, "a bedtime bear", BB Gun & Sewing Machine

Other Christmas favorites include:
Ellie: "Sparkly pink shoes from Nana and my baby doll from Santa"
Joshua: (very first pair of) cowboy boots from Grandpa and the pink stroller from Santa !?!? (probably so I don't keep fighting Ellie for hers)
Luke: "Camouflage gloves from Mom & Dad and Cabelas shirt that Nana and Grandpa gave me."
Megan: "Gift certificate from Santa to get my ears pierced and new clothes"
(?!?!????!!! Can parents veto Santa gifts???)
Daddy: Skill saw, Seinfeld Scene It and new clothes
Mommy: Bosch mixer, Monster Truck tickets, money for new camera!!

And within hours of Christmas morning we have-a finished sewn blanket made by Megan and a plastic tent in our family room!?

Thursday, December 25, 2008

The Kids Are Nestled All Snug In Their Beds. . .

After our Christmas Eve dinner, and traditional Christmas Eve Family Home Evening, the kids all went to bed in their new pajamas the Pajama Fairy delivered that morning. The picture shows them with their bags (Santa doesn't wrap at our house, he fills bags!) and their stockings are close by. Tradition at our house is to leave your stocking by your bedroom door, and your bag by the tree. And off to dreamland they went....
Until Luke comes out crying, because he's thrown up. An hour later followed by Ellie who has done the same. No visions of sugar plums danced in our heads-instead we have Megan (with what Mike and I have self-diagnosed her over the years) with insomnia, Luke and Ellie throwing up every couple of hours-and Joshua-oh maybe Joshua had visions of sugar plums dancing in his head-he's the only one that slept well!!!
Somehow, someway,at some point, we must have not stirred because, Santa with his magic was able to fill stockings and fill bags while nobody awoke.
Merry Christmas!

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Twas The Night Before Christmas

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After a long, complicated situation, our Formal Christmas Eve dinner is now an annual event, full of tradition. Everyone arrives in their best dress and a nice roast beef dinner is served. Christmas crackers are snapped open, jokes shared, hats worn, trinkets observed. Polite (well, as polite as all the Unwins plus Mike together can be!) conversation is enjoyed and everyone leaves room for dessert. Not necessarily, just because the chocolate trifle is yummy,

but because, hidden inside the trifle is a quarter,which if in your serving, will win you the crisp $5.00 bill that sits waiting on a displayed easel waiting for an owner. This year Casey decided we had to have an order to who gets theirs dished up first (Casey-always making it fair.) James was first, followed by each individual, anxiously, thoughtfully and suspensfully dishing up their serving of chocolate trifle. But for the first time in our 5 year history, everyone finished their serving and no quarter was after discussion whether everyone should have seconds, or have it be $10.00 next year...everyone opted for seconds...(whether you're full or not-afterall, there is money involved!) And so, for the second year in a row, Cindy became the proud owner of $5.00.
(In 5 years, we've had only 3 winners. First two years my dad, then Luke, then last year and this year Cindy.)
Dinner is the event, no program, no activities, no games. Before everyone leaves, the kids like to change into their pajamas (that the Pajama Fairy left that morning), for everyone to see, and everyone leaves wishing each other a Merry Christmas, full of excitement and anticipation to exchange gifts the next day.
We are very blessed. Merry Christmas.

Monday, December 22, 2008

(To The Tune of The 12 Days of Christmas)

Our December Christmas Memories this year will include:
Luke's First Grade Program, Uncle James' Birthday, Meeting The Grinch instead of Santa, Posing by the tree.
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Joshua's first time in the snow, dinner with Taylors, dinner with Tingeys and a kid decorated Christmas tree.

Monday, December 15, 2008

Our Christmas "Miracle"?

So, the reindeer sweater Luke "wore when he was 4" has 'magically' resurfaced. I looked up and down and in and out of everywhere to find it, to "prove" to Mr Christmas it didn't fit him anymore.

I guess I neglected one thing in my hasty search; to tell my mother I was looking for it. I showed up at her house the other day, and she casually and nonchalantly said, "Here's the reindeer sweater." I looked at it as though a Christmas miracle had occurred-instead she replied, "Granny made two. Besides, this one has always been too big for Luke." Me, the member of the family, with the near perfect memory, had forgotten that:

a. I returned the sweater to my mother for safe keeping (it should be properly handed down to my brother Casey's kids when he has them)
b. It has always been too big for Luke in years past.
c. There are two sweaters-has he already outgrown the other? Or was 'the other' sweater his size before the Mr Christmas era.

As Mike handed Mr Christmas the sweater on Thursday night, the squeal that came from Mr Christmas, was something, had we anticipated it, would most definitely have been recorded.

As I sat and looked at Luke in church yesterday, proudly wearing his Christmas sweater. I thought back to my dear Granny, who knitted the sweater 20+ years ago. Tears came to my eyes as I reflected on Christmases as a child. As we were Granny's only grandchildren, Christmas always included Granny.

I decided to find Granny's journal and see if she felt the same way about us at Christmas time. Following is written in her own words Christmas of 1986,

"Wonderful day provided by Christine, Peter and the children. A lovely Christmas dinner prepared by Christine...I shall always remember the table display and decoration. So well arranged by the two older grandchildren...Everyone enjoyed their delicious dinner and filled crackers, wore hats and exchanged jokes round the table...At 6pm we were all prepared for Pat and David Brain and children to visit us...'What my Mum and sister would have enjoyed' to see their happy faces and pleased with their many blessings...
Went to bed happy and contented with a lovely day spent with the children."

I have been blessed to have Christmas childhood memories, worth always remembering, hopefully my children will too, especially Mr Christmas and his memories of the reindeer sweater.

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

The State of Our Union 2008

So this is the same ole (hopefully not boring) format I have used for 7+ years now for our family Christmas card. "The State of Our Union." Some of the categories change over the years, some stay the same. And so, as not all of my blogging friends are on the Christmas card 'list.' Here it is.
Merry Christmas Friends and Family. We love you ALL.

Please note, it does not have the typo error that those on the 'list' received. I fixed the typo that said, "Favortie Vaction" (which incidentally, both words are accepted by Microsoft Word's spellchecker) to Favorite Vacation! Embarrassing, I know, but OH WELL!
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P.S. Please also note, for my brother Casey's pleasing, there are NO enlarged or colored words on this post!

Sunday, December 7, 2008

Want Her Autograph?

Since singing, "I Love To See The Temple" at 21 months, and performing "The Star Spangled Banner" at age 3, in front of 30+ people at a Family Reunion, Megan has been blessed many times in her 10 years of life to share her musical talent.

A highlight of her singing, was a year ago, she was asked to record a song for the Stake Primary CD that was distributed to each Primary Child in the Stake. She beautifully sang, "If The Savior Stood Beside Me."

But, even that recording last year, didn't quite compare to the opportunity she had on Saturday. She was asked to sing and record some arrangements of Primary songs that a lady had written. Megan faithfully listened to the CD and practiced the music she was given. Singing in the professional recording studio, complete with headphones, microphones and all sorts of fancy equipment gave her a combination of nerves, excitement and pride.

We'll let you know when the CD is published.
Want a copy?

Saturday, December 6, 2008

My Best Kept Christmas Secret

I was telling my husband and my mother (hint, hint) that I would like a new potato masher for Christmas.

It made me recall a favorite Christmas secret I once kept. The Sunday afternoon process of mashing potatoes had caused both my mother and father to discuss the need for a hand potato masher. (We used a "mixer/blender" to do the potatoes, which once caused my father and me to make Wallpaper Paste!)

One year, as Christmas approached, my dad came to me with a shopping bag and said, "Hide this somewhere, it is a potato masher for your mother for Christmas." I was so excited, just what she had been mentioning. Well a few days later, my mother whispered, whilst holding a similar shaped shopping purchase, "We need to hide this somewhere for Dad. It is a potato masher for Christmas."

Ohhhh-Ahhhh-the agony of having to keep a straight face. But me, yes me, didn't open my little childhood, talkative mouth. I kept my mouth closed. But oh how I remember giggling on Christmas morning, when my mother and father produced out of their Christmas wrapping paper piles, their very own potato masher!

Thursday, December 4, 2008

First Time For Everything

Either Ellie doesn't get out much or I don't get out much. BUT, after careful consideration of people on my Christmas list, and strategically waiting until Megan was out of earshot, after the older kids left for school this morning, I turned to Ellie and said,

"I think we will go to the mall today."
"The mall?"
"Yes, I'm going to go get in the shower and get ready."
"And get dressed? In sweats?"
"No, not today."

As I finished showering, Ellie appeared holding her dress-up princess gown (which incidentally, she rarely wears), and suggests,
"Don't you think this is a good choice to wear to the mall."
Next thing I know, she has on the princess gown, and is holding the 'curly iron' requesting her hair to be "curly for the mall."
We did however, negotiate on regular shoes, not dress-up shoes. (As they are an adult size high, high heel!)

Finally, as we were pulling out of the driveway, and Ellie has a big smile on her face, (wishing I had a working camera,) I questioned, "Do you know what the mall is?"

Sitting on Santa's lap, eating at the food court and looking at all the sights and sounds was sheer delight for Ellie.
"Do we really have to leave yet?"

And that is what happens when you are a third child!?!
Has Ellie been deprived in her 41/2 years of life? Or am I simply, a wise mother!?

Monday, December 1, 2008

Aagh-What An Ordeal!

So our tree is finally up, straight, lit and decorated. Our hall floor and baseboards are also clean.
Setting the tree up...
Lighting the tree...
Snappy spouses...
Impatient children...
So many choices of ornaments...
Partially decorated tree falling down...
Kids jumping out of the way...
Snappy spouses fixing tree...
Impatient children...
Mr Christmas not seeming like himself...
Mr Christmas running to the bathroom...
Mr Christmas taking his head out of the toilet too soon...
Daddy cleaning hall...
Mommy finishing the tree...
Big sister getting bucket for Mr Christmas to lay on the couch...
Mother cheering up Mr Christmas by saying, "Look on the bright side, you can stay home all day tomorrow and stare at the Christmas tree."
Little sister exclaiming, "I'll stare at the tree with you all day tomorrow."
Crazy camera so no pictures to prove anything...
Didn't I once tell you Christmas is NOT my favorite holiday???!!??!?!

Does He Think We Smoke?

So, those that know us well, know Mike and I do not enjoy movies. In our family, Megan is about the only one that enjoys watching a movie once a week or so. For the rest of us, it is a rare occurrence. However, we obliged our children on Friday afternoon and sat down and watched 'Home Alone' with them (that I quite enjoyed!).

Well, Saturday evening rolled around, and our children wanted to do "Family Movie Night again." It is such a novelty at our house to sit and watch a movie, that Mike and I had to sit in the front room, while the kids prepared the family room for the occasion. Upon arrival to the family room which had blankets, pillows and the love sac anxiously awaiting occupants, the following sign hung on the wall. Look closely on the middle left, and see if you can tell what Luke 'sounded out' to write.

Saturday, November 29, 2008

Giving Thanks

Thanksgiving was as usual yummy and entertaining.

Though I LOVE mashed potatoes, and Mimi's homemade stuffing, I also LOVED playing Nerts, Kings In The Corner, and Wacky Sixes. (Even though, I accidentally called my Aunt Paula (who just so happens to be one of the NICEST, KINDEST people I know), and my kind sister-in-law, Cindy a 'butthead' during a game or two!)

Happy Thanksgiving, we are very blessed.

Ellie, "Preschool"
Luke, "Everything"
Megan, "A school education"
Daddy, "Two feet to get me around"
Mommy, "Warm house, food in the fridge, and money in the bank."

Note to Santa: We didn't get our annual Thanksgiving Day picture due to my camera making me if you have any extra cameras in your sleigh...

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

I Won't Take It Personally...

That yesterday, I didn't have time to get showered and dressed before taking Ellie to school. So I hurried and threw on some (shock, gasp) sweats and a sweatshirt to take my FOUR YEAR OLD to pre-school. Ellie walked in and said, "Oh Mom, wear something more betterer than that."

Or today, when she said, "When I'm all the way a mom and all the way grown big. Will my hands and ears get big like yours?"

Or when she looked at my tummy (THAT HAS A BABY GROWING INSIDE!!), and said, "Oh look, your bubble is getting a little bit big."

Monday, November 24, 2008

History Repeats...

Last year, Luke earned the title, "Mr. Christmas." Based on his non-stop Christmas chatter yesterday, we believe he may be given the title again this year. Enjoy the sampling of what we heard all day Sunday.

"How many more days until Christmas?"

"Daddy wouldn't let me wear my Christmas tie, he said it was too noisy."
"Can we get the Christmas books out after church?"
"Oh! Where is the reindeer sweater I wore last year?"
"How many more days til we put the Christmas tree up?"
"When will Dad get out the Christmas books?"
"I can't wear any shirt today. I don't have a Christmas one. I'm just not going to wear one then!"
"Jayden is putting his Christmas tree up in four days."
"My reindeer sweater still fits me, even though I wore it when I was 4."
"Mom, can you buy me some Christmas socks?"
"I'm drawing a Christmas picture to take to Nana's."

"Does Joshua have his first ornament?"
"Joshua, be quiet and good so Dad will get the Christmas books out."
"Dad when are you getting the Christmas books out?"
"Where did my candy cane go from Nana?"
"Joshua, help me do clean up so Daddy will get out the Christmas books."
"Where are the Christmas books?"
"How do you spell C-h-r-i-s-t-m-a-s?"
"Can we get out just some ornaments?"
"Why don't you plug the 'garlic' (garland) in?"
"When will you go to the store to see if they have boy Christmas shirts?"
"Will you read me a Christmas book before bed?"
"It's not fair, Megan has taken three Christmas books to bed with her."
"Look at their Christmas lights."
"This is my favorite Christmas book."

"Tomorrow when I wake up, can I look at the Christmas books?"

Exhaustedly, we parents finally replied,
"Goodnight, Mr. Christmas, we love you!"

Thursday, November 20, 2008

What Really Matters?

This is how a 19 month old feels when he isn't allowed to play with the camera...

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And then...

Mother has a change of heart...

She thinks about the impossibility of the worst happening to the camera...

and decides instead to make a 19 month olds day.
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The giggles and sounds coming from him were worth more than any camera could ever cost.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Not even in the running for...

Mother of the Year...
As I sat and looked at my children in church today; the 1 year old with no shoes.

The 7 year old with an un-ironed shirt and hair sticking up in the back and the front, not to mention the permanent marker line on his shoes that his (cheap) Dad "polished" his shoes with a couple of weeks ago that has now turned a bluish-purple instead of black.

The 4 year old with a hair style (kindly done by her older sister), but when Mom and Dad are yelling, "Get in the car!" what are they to do? Leave with a crooked part and a less than desirable finished style that mom doesn't notice until TOO LATE! To go right along with her hairstyle, were pen lines on her neck and around her lips that had been placed there the evening before.

The 10 year old wearing a jacket that was supposed to be lint-brushed before wearing to church, and nylons with a run in them from knee to toe, who 10 minutes into the first meeting, turns to me and says, "I have a talk in Primary today."

So, as I am about to leave the church building after the three hours of church are over, I pause to chat with a friend to vent a frustration (not even included above!) that built up while at church. I was just about to exit the building when a well meaning couple came to inform me that my one year old was running around alone outside! Hey his 4 year old sister was somewhat close by, and the 7 year old was patiently waiting in the (running) car (that he himself started!)

I simply turned to this sweet couple and politely informed them, "I take great comfort that I will never achieve the Mother of the Year award. It would cause me far too much stress deciding on what to wear for the ceremony."

P.S. Reminder to the clown's parents: Please glance in their general direction at least once before walking out the door to church. Oh and don't forget to hang the slip of paper on the fridge that tells a child's assignment in Primary the next week. Oh-and it might also help to know the whereabouts of the one year old!

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Photo Tag

I got tagged to show my 4th photo from my 4th folder. It happens to be one of my favorites.

This is June 2007, on Joshua's blessing day with his Uncle Casey and Uncle James, the two people he is named after. Each of our children have their middle name after someone important to our family. For Joshua, the whole "named after" thing is kind of creative, but special to our family. We knew we wanted him named after his two uncles, Casey and James and wanted a way to use both their names for Joshua's middle name. We decided to make a combination of both, so his middle name is Jace. Casey and James are two of my favorite people and people I hope Joshua will grow up to be like.

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

A First For Tiffany

I was awake at 5:45am eager and excited that today is Election Day. As I was getting dressed, I suddenly had the urge to dress up for this special occasion. (I can already hear some of you laughing as you stare at a computer screen!) I decided against it and began to put on some jeans, but I turned to Mike and said, "I can not bring myself to wear jeans for such an occasion." He laughed and I knew EXACTLY what he was going to say, and so I hurried and responded, "or sweats either." To which Mike replied, "Wow, this must be a special occasion." (To those that know me WELL-especially Casey and Cindy--you know that my sweatsuits (yes plural) are my ALL TIME favorite outfits of choice.)

So, not caring what anyone said, or what anyone may have thought, I dressed up in one of my best outfits, and at 6:45am, showered, dressed (in my best)and saying goodbye to Mike, I left to cast my vote for all elected officials, but more importantly this election, a vote for a President of the United States of America!

I was honored and proud to wait my turn in line. And thought it appropriate that a lady behind me in line, (I believe unaware that this was my first election ever), tapped me on the shoulder and said,

"Isn't this a wonderful feeling?"

Indeed it is. I placed my votes and with a tear in my eye took the "I Voted" sticker from the waiting volunteer.

Happy Election Day! It is a day of celebration at our house. Complete with red, white and blue balloons and hot dogs/hamburgers for dinner. After all, this is the great land of America-whether people like the candidates or not!

P.S. I am back in a comfy sweat outfit, despite Megan's pleas of, "Stay dressed like that, you look so nice." To which I replied, "It's snowing/raining and cold and I have nowhere to go-sweats it must be!"

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Today's Luke's Birthday, Shout Hooray . . .

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Today Luke is SEVEN YEARS OLD! He had a fabulous day. Luke's enthusiasm and excitement over every gift he receives brings a smile to everyone's face around him. If you ask him what his favorite gift is, he mentions every single one of them. But the definite highlights are: bike, camouflage hunting jacket, camouflage hunting overalls from Nana and Grandpa, toy hunting set (complete with hunters, animals and guns), cowboy belt from Paul and Vickie, Cabela's snow hat from Casey, Cindy, Kristin and James, cowboy shirt, cowboy coaster, etc. etc. He is one lucky boy. And throughout the day he kept hollering from where he was playing (with his toy hunting set while wearing ALL of the above mentioned articles of clothing), "Thank you so so much." He was such a thankful boy-he didn't even complain that he couldn't ride his new bike outside because of all the rain. (We would have let him ride it outside, but told him he couldn't bring it back in the house after, so he opted to keep it in the house and ride it around occasionally inside!)

We enjoyed a pizza dinner with Nana, Grandpa, James and Kristin. And then Tingeys (and Feos) came over for cake and ice cream.


And the answer to Ellie's question asked with a surprised voice, "Oh, is he going to Junior High now?" is no, he's only SEVEN!

(Pictures will follow tomorrow when I replace my camera cable.)

Monday, October 27, 2008


So while leaving a comment on my friends post, that I admit was getting way too detailed (my comment, not her post!), I thought of an idea for a post. And even if no one cares, maybe my posterity one day will. These are the order of my favorite holidays. Side note: I'm not big into traditions on holidays, (although I have plenty), but I much prefer traditions on random days.

1. Easter: I love the simplicity of the holiday, yet the richness of the meaning. I love seeing my tulips and daffodils in my garden and understanding the realness and truthfulness of the resurrection. I also LOOVVVEEE Cadbury Creme Eggs and Mini Eggs.
2. Thanksgiving: I do love my extended family TONS (they all know it too!), but like I told them last night, it isn't all about the is so about the FOOD! Homemade everything-rolls, dressing, gravy, potatoes, pies, etc. I didn't even celebrate my "first thanksgiving" until I was 14 years old. However, I do remember as a child the occasional year, when "a Thursday" would roll around and my mother would be teary eyed and weepy. She would mention something about "Thanksgiving in America" and I would have no idea what it meant. Really, though I love that Thanksgiving are about food and family and truly giving thanks. No gifts, no surprises, no commercialism. Just food, family, thankful hearts and love in abundance. (And family, don't worry-I think I enjoy your company as much as the food.)P.S. I don't agree with people when they say Thanksgiving gets ignored in the commercialism of Christmas, I think they go hand-in-hand together (even though Christmas is further down on my list...)
2. July 4th-Which actually is a tie with Thanksgiving for 2nd favorite holiday. It is probably pretty self-explanatory after reading my last post. But who doesn't love to remember our freedoms and see flags waving, anthems sung and of course play in my Mandatory Annual 4th July Water Baseball BBQ.
4. Christmas-I like the month of December and love Christmas Eve, however, I actually don't like Christmas Day. I agree with my friend Becky (who is the reason for this post!), it isn't that I don't love celebrating the Savior's birth, I do. I don't like what the world has turned Christmas into.
The following are all tied for last place.
St. Patrick's Day-WE AREN'T IRISH-WHY SHOULD WE FEEL LIKE WE ALL HAVE TO WEAR GREEN. I lived in England for 14 years (duh-mentioned before), my very best friend across the street was part of a very Irish family. And guess what? Even they didn't celebrate St. Patrick's Day. Occasionally, there would be the odd St. Patrick's card on their mantle-but none of this leprechaun and wearing green nonsense! Although, my kids do love Nana's green dinner.
Valentine's Day-I love my husband. He loves me. We don't need a special day to have our love remembered. And why in the world do we have to celebrate IT IN SCHOOLS!!?? PATHETIC. However, I do LOVE my mother's nice formal Valentine's Dinner (for kids too)-we celebrate "family love" not "romantic love."
Halloween-Another holiday, that I didn't grow up with. I never went Trick or Treating until I was 14!(14 is such a familiar age...) Again, WHY WASTE A DAY CELEBRATING IT IN SCHOOL?! Heaven forbid, in what is considered a Christian nation, we can't even mention Christ's birth or death at school, but let's by all means celebrate Halloween and Valentine's day. (FYI-I tried bribing my kids this year that they could skip school the day of the parade/parties. They don't want to!)
OK-I'll get off my soap box now. Happy Holidays, as we head into the "holiday season" and I say that now because on Saturday morning, "Christmas" will be playing on the radio (which I actually don't mind) and marketed even more heavily in the stores. Happy Holidays.....

Saturday, October 25, 2008

"There Ain't No Doubt I Love This Land..."

FINALLY, at the age of 34 and after living in the United States of America for 20 years, I can say, I am an AMERICAN CITIZEN. I am so proud. I truly am. You can count on me being at my local voting center on Tuesday, November 4th, 2008. I know myself well enough to imagine, there will be tears in my eyes, and joy in my heart as I participate for the first time in an election. Though there is so much negativity surrounding the elections, the candidates and the country as a whole. There is no doubt in my mind that we live in a nation that was founded by God. (Doctrine and Covenants 101:80)We are a blessed people, and if we hesitate to go exercise our right to vote, we need to be reminded that we may one day be held accountable for that choice.

Just prior to the 1992 Presidential Elections I was having a so-called “political conversation” with my grandfather who was a great patriot. We were discussing who he was going to vote for and who I would vote for if I had voting rights. As one of the candidates name came up as a possibility I replied (with all my political prowess), “Grandpa, Isn’t that throwing away your vote? There is absolutely no way he is going to win.” My Grandpa’s reply broadened our conversation and taught me a great lesson I will never forget. He said, “Tiffany the Lord will one day hold us accountable for how we support our political leaders. He referred me to Doctrine and Covenants 134:1 which reads:

“We believe that the governments were instituted of God for the benefit of man; and that he holds men accountable for their acts in relation to them, both in making laws and administering them, for the good and safety of society.”

So as fellow citizens of the United States, let us each make sure and vote. I know that if we are studied, wise and prayerful, we will know who the best candidates are for us individually to vote for.

"... God Bless the USA"

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

The End

My dear brother Casey (hi Casey!), was less than amused at the thought of "a fourth birthday post." So I will keep it short, (and picture free as my cable is broken!?). I had a wonderful birthday. Thank you everyone for all your comments, visits, gifts, phone calls and love. I am truly blessed. Until next year...


Hooray, Hooray, Hooray-are those the distant sounds I hear from all you readers? So we have well and truly covered the fact that I LOVE MY BIRTHDAY! So why don't ALL of you reading take a moment and comment why you love ME!? I hope I have a great day.
Happy Birthday Tiffany!!

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Birthday Eve

OK-So of course the last post covered the fact that my birthday is kind of a big deal (to me!). Well, how lucky am I that not only do I have a whole day to celebrate, but TECHNICALLY I get to begin celebrating each year (since 1988) on October 21st at 5:55pm. Let me explain why.
I was born October 22nd (DUH) at 12:55am. I was born in England. When my mom called her mom in Utah to tell her I was born, my grandmother said, (I'm sure among many congratulatory and happy things), "Oh, October 21st." My mother had to correct her and say, "No, the 22nd, it is already the 22nd here."

My 14th birthday was my first birthday in America. And you better believe it-that every year, I make sure everyone around me knows when my birthday has officially begun. 5:55pm tonight will officially mark my 34th year of life accomplished! Perfect that someone who LOVES their birthday so much gets seven extra hours to enjoy it!
P.S. Don't try to tell me that it should end officially 7 hours early. I will celebrate as long as it is the 22nd in the time zone I am in.

P.P.S. My children woke up to the sounds of someone (hmmm wonder who?) singing the line, "Tomorrow's my birthday, shout hooray." They even spontaneously started singing it as they got ready for school. However, Ellie, poor Ellie who is home with me ALL DAY finally, said, "Can you not sing it anymore please?"

Monday, October 13, 2008

What is MISSING???!!!!????

I am pretty certain there are very few adults in my ward, besides me, who have a count-down to their birthdays a month in advance, and/or have a difficult time falling asleep the night before their birthday.

I LOVE my birthday. I have every year. I don't think others need to make a big deal of my birthday, but it should NOT BE THE ONLY BIRTHDAY OMITTED FROM THE WARD NEWSLETTER. Someone completely skipped over the 22nd-as though the day doesn't even exist! IT DOES EXIST. October 22nd is MY BIRTHDAY. One of the happiest days of the year! It is only 9 days away.....

Good thing I'm not one to hold a grudge....

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Today's Megan's Birthday, Shout Hooray...

So officially, tonight at 6:25pm, Megan turned 10 years old! 10 YEARS OLD! Where have the years gone???

After having big birthday parties (theme, party favors (often homemade!), guest visitors (one year Barney!, fancy cakes) for her last 9 birthdays, she thought it would be a novelty to have a 'family party!' and wanted a cake that was a "rectangle with 10 on it." EASY, EASY, EASY!! and with her birthday, falling on a Sunday this year, it worked out perfectly.

We went to The Mayan for dinner yesterday, with her friend Kassi from American Fork, and of course Nana and Grandpa. (When I clarified last week with Megan that she only wanted us and Kassi, she said, "Well duh, of course Nana and Grandpa too."

Megan woke us up before 6am, too excited to sleep any longer. Mike doesn't understand, I completely do. (If you've always been blessed to have good birthdays you know the anticipation and excitement that surrounds them.) We did make her wait until 7am before she awakened Joshua, Ellie and Luke-who of course wake up willingly and happily when it is any member of the family's birthday (I am convinced birthday excitement is NATURE not NURTURE!!!)

We opened presents, had a cooked breakfast (courtesy of Daddy), the kids tested out her new coloring set, we all showered/dressed and were in our seats at 8:55am waiting for church to begin!!

Later, Nana and Grandpa, Uncle Casey and Aunt Cindy and the Evans family joined us for dinner and cake/ice cream. And of course, according to tradition, we took turns around the table telling Megan why we each like her. (Just a few responses: She is polite, energetic, responsible, gave me her candy at church...)We missed Uncle James and Kristin, but Ellie kept reminding us ("They are on a big ship kind of by Florida"-(a honeymoon Caribbean Cruise)

Megan was lucky to receive many nice gifts; books, pajamas, clothes, girly jewelery/makeup stuff, CD, DVD, giftcard, money and cook books.

Happy Birthday Megan-We love you and are so glad you are part of our family.

Saturday, October 11, 2008

My Baby Brother Is Married!?!

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I can recall clearly the day when my older brother Matt, walked into my 6th grade classroom and said, "The baby is born. It's a boy!" I was shocked-what about the pink clothes my mother had bought, not to mention the fact she called "him" 'Becky' almost the whole pregnancy?!

And now, almost 23 years later, James is married!! What a fun couple of days we have had. A classy wedding dinner, a simple yet eternal ceremony, a beautiful reception and family and friends gathered together.

We are happy for James and Kristin and wish them a lifetime of happiness together.

Even though Ellie LOVES Kristin, she keeps saying with a sad voice, "I really wish James would still live at Nana's."

We Love You James & Kristin. Congratulations.

Tuesday, October 7, 2008


"It is Christmas tomorrow. Heavenly Father told me that. Should we go to the store to get a tree?"

Sunday, October 5, 2008

Saturday visit to the ER

Poor Megan! A broken piece of glass and 6 stitches later!
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Luke showing his nice brother side with a homemade get well picture!

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

7 Random Facts About....ME!

1. Mike and I do not have "sides" in bed. In fact, every few nights if I think we have slept on one side too long, I make us switch so we don't "get sides."
2. When all my kids are eventually in school, I want to work at a grocery store as a BAGGER! I think I would do a very good job!
3. At a restaurant I like to save most of my salad to eat with my main course. Once at a restaurant with all of my family, I burst into tears when the waitress took my salad away without me seeing. Now everyone in my family/extended family is also protective of my salad to save THEM from the embarrassment when and if I cry.
4. I HATE the smell of playdough. It makes me sick to my stomach. It is a NO-NO at our house. I am horrible to admit, but I have ignored the pleading look on my children's faces as I have thrown it away after they have received it from a party favor/gift/trick or treating, etc.
5. When I was a little girl, I used to "play church" on the bottom stair. I have never "showed" or "told" Ellie about it. It must be hereditary though-she also plays church and does the EXACT SAME THINGS!
6. I am competitive when it comes to playing games. I LOVE games, but I do not enjoy them in large groups-at baby showers, ward activities, group parties, etc. I try to avoid playing as I can actually FEEL my blood pressure rising to unsafe levels.
7. I have never had a nosebleed before. As a child, I remember once laying in bed hitting my nose against the wall trying to induce a nose bleed! (It didn't work.)
Now tagging 7 people... Cindy, Kim, Michelle, Jen, Gina, Marisa, Karlyn.


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