Sunday, December 28, 2008

The Lights At Temple Square

Last Sunday, we headed with Rhett and Natalie up to eat dinner at Jarod and Jamie's house and then on to the temple to see the lights. The meal at J & J's was awesome and it's so much fun to live close enough to them to be able to do that. I love it!! I got to see Lilli (their daughter) crawl for the first time that night, at least it was the first time I saw it anyway. It was exciting! She is so adorable. After dinner, we left for Temple Square. It was real and it was fun, but it wasn't real fun. haha! I just can't take the cold very well, but the kids seemed to enjoy it, so I guess it was worth it.

Happy 4th Birthday, Tori Bug!!!

Happy Birthday, Angel, your family loves you!!! Here is a brief look at how she has grown:
One day old6 months oldOne Year OldTwo Years OldThree Years Old
And here we arrive at her 4th birthday. We had planned to celebrate it on the 19th even though her real birthday is the 22nd, because it was a weekend night and we invited several family members to a little party for her. It snowed really bad that day and none of them could travel safely, so none of them made it. Our awesome friends, the Nelsons, stepped in at the last minute and helped us by coming over for cake and ice cream, so Tori felt like she really had a party. Thanks so much guys!!
I love this picture, for two reasons. First, because of her attire in it. She got this Snow White dress as one of her presents. It rains glitter everywhere she goes. When she wears it, our house just shimmers, as well as our faces, our car, our garage steps, pretty much anything she comes within 10 feet of has glitter on it. She loves loves it. Secondly, because of the intense concentration on her little face as she colored on one of her other presents. She looks so much like my dad did when he was working hard on something. As many of you know, she was born two weeks before my dad died. He was in a coma from the time she was 3 days old until he died. We lived in St. George at the time and my parents lived in Vernal, UT. It took us about a week to get to his side after she was born, so he had never seen her. On the night he died, he woke up for only a minute to look at her. We asked him if he had seen her and he nodded yes and then he slipped back into his coma. Later that same night, he passed away. In the days following this, I was told by my mom that in mid-December, my dad had asked his bishop to give him a blessing that he would live long enough to see my baby. I know without a doubt that he would have died weeks sooner, if not for his desire to see her once. It's always a bittersweet time of year when we celebrate her birthday for me because at the time she came into my life, my life was so full of different emotions. For some reason, Tori's birth and my dad's death are always interconnected in my mind. So on her birthday, I am filled with happiness that she is my daughter while at the same time, still sad and needing my dad to be here to see her. I know that he would be so proud of her. I know that I am. I love her so much it hurts sometimes. She is everything and much more that I hoped a daughter would be.

Victoria's New Earrings

I have always wanted to get Tori earrings, but Adam was against it and since he lets me do pretty much whatever I want most of the time, I didn't fight him on it. A week before her 4th birthday, Tori started asking her dad if she could get her ears pierced. He said he guessed she could for her birthday the following week. I did not want her to go into this without knowing the whole process, so I explained it all to her, that holes would be put into her ear with a little gun and it hurts a little bit and we have to keep them clean and medicated and such. I thought it would change her mind, but she said she still wanted it done. On the day we celebrated her birthday, she and I headed for the mall to get it done.
This is Tori while we ate some lunch at the food court. She is way excited about her earrings she is going to get in a few minutes.This is Tori getting pretty nervous. I asked her a couple times at this point if she wanted to change her mind, but she was having none of that. This is the actual piercing, for the second time. Initially, two girls were going to do both ears at the same time, but one of the girl's fingers slipped and she did one earring before the other girl. Tori jumped off that chair and we had to do some negotiating to get her back up there for the other side. I was so proud of her. You can see the determination on her face in this picture that she was going to suck it up and finish the other side. She started smiling before we ever got her out of the booth. She was so excited. And here she is after it was over.