Tuesday, April 3, 2012


We had a great Christmas holiday this year. We love going to Idaho and spending time with family. The kids love being with their cousins. Due to the fact that our family was traveling to Idaho, Santa made an extra stop at our house a week early so we didn't have to travel with our stuff. Luckily our Elf Klive brought this letter with him and the delivery. ;) The girls thought they were pretty special to have Santa come twice. 

We of course had to do a bowling night which has become tradition. The kids love it and we are always loud and crazy. This is Brynlee and Remi doing a little cheer. 
Papa and Mimi purchased Just Dance for kids and they loved it. It was so fun watching them try to follow along. We had a lot of dance parties. :)
 On Christmas Eve we had a little Mexican dinner and even let the kids hit a pinata. I'm not sure when Christmas Eve became Mexican themed, but the kids had a lot of fun. 
 This picture of Halle cracks me up. Every so often she struggles with a genuine smile in a picture. This caught that awkward face pretty well. :) 

 If front of Mimi's beautiful Christmas tree and lots of presents. 
 Cookies for Santa and a big yummie garden carrot for the reindeer. 
 My very talented, crafty sister in law Kate went all out for her kids this Christmas. She made these darling costumes for her kids, and I wish I would have taken a picture of the tee-pee she made. It was life size and amazing. Little Halle and Hayden are kind two peas in a pod. They are both super skinny and don't enjoy eating their dinner.They got along most of the time and definitely kept us all laughing.  
 We took the girls skiing again this year and it was so much fun. Halle and Brynlee both had a two hour private lesson. Brynlee was a little hesitant at first but thankfully she had the same fantastic instructor that she had last year. She was instantly comfortable and they had a great time. Halle didn't have as great of a teacher, but she still enjoyed herself and did really well. She was tough and had a blast. Later in the week we took them to Targee and it was so much fun. Brynlee, Crew and Remi went non stop. I stayed with Hal on the bunny hill and she did so good. She was going back and forth and making great turns. I took her up the chairlift a couple times. I don't remember being nervous with Brynlee on the chairlift, but I definitely was with Halle. Luckily they have the bars that come down, but she was totally leaning forward and it was freaking me out. After we put the bar up, there was one time she went to lean forward. Oh this girl....always keeping me on my toes. All I can say is that my knees were killing me after all of the "pizza", but it was all worth it! 


 Somehow I forgot to post about Halloween this past year. This is my journal and I print my blog into a book, so I don't want to leave anything out. A couple weeks before Halloween we took the girls to Brynlee's school carnival. It was a great turnout and they earned a lot of money towards a cover for the new playground at the school. The girls enjoyed the swings and pretty much everything else. They loved getting their faces painted and riding the bumper boats. It was a fun, beautiful day! :) 

 We celebrated Halloween night with our best buddies the Websters. They fed us dinner, and the husbands took the older kids out trick or treating. I felt kinda bad missing out of the door to door knocking, but enjoyed hanging out with my girl Jamie. Sure wish they still lived next door. :( Sophie was our little strawberry. She kept this hat on a lot better than I expected. 

Getting everyone to look was pretty much impossible. :)
Aislee, Halle, Sophie, Lewis, Brynlee and Easton

Thursday, March 8, 2012

A Happy/Sad Occasion...

 On Nov. 5th, 2011 my grandpa, Joseph George passed away. What an amazing man he was! Poor grandpa had been fighting the affects of Parkinsons for the past couple of years. His main struggle was with eating and swallowing. My grandma did everything she could to try and make food that was easier for him to eat, but it was hard and embarrassing for him. He was getting very worn out from the affects. Fast forward to a few weeks before Nov. 5th when I received a phone call from my dad telling me that he was in the hospital in a lot of pain. He had a bowel obstruction and the doctors wanted to do surgery. Grandpa had another plan. All of his kids, my dad in particular, really tried to talk him into the surgery. Grandpa was convinced that he wouldn't make it through the surgery and he wanted to go home and pass when he was supposed to. This turned out to be a very neat experience for the whole family. My grandpa was able to have a conversation with almost every one of his 40+ (I think) grandchildren. I was able to fly home for about 24 hours to see grandpa. He was really weak, and struggling to talk. The poor man hadn't had food for over a week at this point, and was only given about 4cc's of water twice a day with some meds. Luckily he wasn't in any pain. We all knew he couldn't survive on so little for very long. My grandpa had me tell him about my little family and he asked if I had good memories of being with my George cousins when I was younger. Chris and Sadie had both had a very neat experience the weekend before and Sadie documented their conversation. I am going to copy what she wrote here. It is lengthy, but I want to remember it.

Hey Papa... Here is kind of a journal entry of our night with Grandpa. What an incredible spiritual experience... You are so strong papa. I can tell that this whole process has been somewhat of a spiritual experience for you as well. It was cool to see you re capture the stories with Grandpa. I never realized the relationship you two shared growing up, and I loved getting a feel for it. Thanks for being my leader dad and for being such a dominating example of Christ. You are your dads son.. and you can tell by the way you live your life through the Lord. Love you:) 
When we first walked into the room to see Grandpa, tears immediately started to flow. He looked so feeble and helpless..ready to pass any day.. but at the same time, he still had a sense of strength about him. We sat down next to him and he said the first thing he wanted to do was just 'take a look' at us. He studied our faces as if to lock them into his memory for safe keeping. He then asked Chris about everything he was doing in his life..about school, work and BYU football, and girls. He told Chris that he seemed pretty "particular" when it came to the ladies. He then wanted to know details of my life and specifically the names of the boys I had been going on dates with. He then began to tell of some of the girls he dated. He said that they would 'kiss a little and that was it' but that with one girl, something different happened. Grandpa and this particular girl were out (on a baseball field?) I think he said and they were doing a little bit of kissing, and she tried to take it too far. She grabbed Grandpa's hand and brought it up to her chest, but he refused and placed his hand back down. He then told her it was time to go and drove her home. He said there were several instances where he had to hold himself back in those situations. He related this to a lesson that "if you don't do something the first time, you won't be tempted to do it a second time or a third". He also related this guideline to his brother Reynold. Reynold had a mosquito bite near his eye or something and he would keep rubbing and itching it. Grandpa told Reynold that if he would have just resisted itching it the first time, then the second and third temptation would have been much easier to resist. After the third, the temptation wouldn't even be problem. Grandpa then pointed to me and Chris with surprising strength and said " So if you are tempted to do something for the first time, don't do it. Know that I am watching you and that I am your angel" :)  .... Grandpa also got on the subject of his parents. He asked Chris and I some trivia questions and wanted to know if we knew if his parents were members of the church or non-members. His mom was a less active member, and his dad was not a member. Grandpa did not grow up in the church but he told of the boys from his ward that would come each week and yell from his window "Hey Joey lets go to church!" and Grandpa would always reply with something like "Nah I am too tired" or some other excuse. Well the one day that Grandpa finally decided to go, he got all dressed and ready in his Sunday best and waited for the boys to come to surprise them. But they never did. He said that he was nearly in tears, went back to bed, and that if they would've come just one more week, Grandpa probably would've became active in the church at a younger age. He told of the time that he was 17 and he was in the kitchen while his dad a few of his dads friends were in the other room drinking liquor. They called Grandpa in and offered him a glass. Grandpa wanted to please his father so much, but he told him that he didn't want to drink it. His dad keep pushing him to do so, but Grandpa wouldn't bring the glass to his lips. He never took a drink and he remembers going in his room and crying because he knew he had disappointed his dad... Grandpa started to cry when he told this part of the story... I can't believe how far Grandpa has come! You never would guess he wasn't a member growing up because all my life I have known him as this spiritual giant who is so intune with God... After this Grandpa told stories of him and my dad. He told of the time he and my dad were driving in a blizzard down in Utah up and around point of the mountain. They saw this lady out of her car on the side of the road waving a white hanky of some sort and moments after they saw her a semi appeared on the road that had wrecked and was stretched out across the freeway on its side. Grandpa and my dad swerved and missed the semi truck, but others behind them were not so lucky. He also talked about hunting and how on one particular hunting trip, my dad had to keep pushing him up this hill. They had taken a short cut that ended up being not so short and had to do some intense climbing. Well after lots of pushing and words of determination, dad and Grandpa made it safely up the hill...my dad wouldn't let Grandpa quit. He also said that one time while hunting, they had to drag a doe a very long ways and they were exhausted. They ended up leaving the doe and coming to pick it up in the morning...but what was so special about this hunting trip was that the spirit confirmed to my Grandpa that my dad was going to get his life back on track and turn out ok. Supposedly my dad wasn't doing very good things in his life and when Grandpa told him about his spiritual experience, my dad thought he was crazy. But he was right:) My dad turned out more than ok and has been such a shining example of Christ. Grandpa lives through my dad..... Grandpa told the story of when the office burned back in the late 80's and how literally in minutes everything was consumed by flames. He and my dad tried to put the fire out, but the extinguisher had hardly any juice left and the smoke was so toxic. There was a moment where Grandpa didn't think he was going to make it out. They did however and he and my dad held each other for a long time. Grandpa started to cry while telling this story as well. Everything was burned except for a few records, and the proof of the fire still exists on the burnt edges of these files. You could tell that Grandpa and my dad had a pretty incredible relationship. They worked together in the dentist office for several years..it was cool to hear my dad tell these stories with Grandpa and re-live some of his past. You can tell that he looks up to Grandpa in so many ways... I was surprised at how well Grandpa told all these stories. He hadn't eaten anything for days and was still laughing and showing that "wit" inside of him. Towards the end I grabbed his hand and he asked me to end with a prayer. Well.. I don't know how great of a prayer it was because I was crying my eyes out... but I got through it.. and the spirit was so strong in that small room. I then read Grandpa a letter I had written him telling him "thank you" for all he had done for me and that I was so blessed to call him my grandfather and friend. He has been such an incredible example and leader to me and I've been so blessed to have him live down the road. I took that blessing for granted growing up and so I wanted to tell him from the bottom of my heart how much I loved him and appreciated him. If it wasn't for him I wouldn't have my amazing dad and who knows if I would've been raised in the gospel... my life would have been much different were it not for Grandpa. He has given all he has to the Lord and has a sincere love for the gospel... he is a shining example. Im so blessed to know that I can see my grandpa again after this life and that this is just the beginning... if I do all I can on this earth and in this life.. I can live with my family forever:) ... My grandpa has incredible strength and faith and I've never met a man more intune with the spirit. He obviously knows that it is his time to go... Before we said our final goodbye Grandpa had me kiss his fore head. Oh how I love you Grandpa and know that you will always be my angel watching over me. I LOVE YOU.

Sadie writes very well. Grandpa was ready to meet his Heavenly Father. His funeral was very nice with lots of good music. All the the grandchildren over the age of 16 sang How Firm a Foundation and it really sounded amazing. My dad's whole family is very musical so luckily it passed down to most all of the grandkids. The spirit was strong! Grandpa was definitely smiling down on all of us. He lived a full life. He was a great example. 

The following is a sketch that my brother Chris did. He is really talented, and this just really depicts grandpa very well. Way to go Chris! :)


The first week in Dec. I went on a girls trip to LA with 20 other girls. This trip was all planned around Wicked being in town. Such a FABULOUS show! The interesting part is that I only knew about 6 of the 20 girls. My friend Andrea planned the trip and the majority of the girls are in her ward. We decided to caravan down to LA in three different cars. I had to invite my bestest friend Jamie to go with me and I'm so glad I did. She was definitely my security blanket among lots of unknown girls and personalities. Jamie and I ended up in a car full of strangers but we had a great ride. It was fun to meet new girls that are close to my age and live very close by. Overall, the trip was fantastic. WICKED was soooo good. We had a blast standing on the little red carpet seeing all of the celebrities entering the show. I was thoroughly embarrassed by the girls (Jamie;) screaming like little kids for Manny from Modern Family. I was dying/sweating, but still loving it. Have I mentioned I have an issue with getting embarrassed...It's a real problem. :) 

Days Of Our Lives...
Anyone?? :)
 Ricco...aka Manny from Modern Family...

The next day we had plans to go to the Fashion District. I had no idea what it was, but I was just told that it was a great place for shopping. Jamie and I were at the mercy of our car so we were just kinda along for the ride. They decided the Fashion District wasn't for them so off to The Grove we went. I wasn't super excited about leaving the whole group, but like I said...along for the ride. The Grove is a very nice outdoor mall. We started off with a MAC makeover and it was so fun. I had bright red lipstick and felt kinda sassy! :) Oh ya, but just before that I saw Mario Lopez, and Kimora Lee...and of course the camera on my phone wouldn't work. I was so mad! Jamie and I ended up getting separated from the other girls and kinda got stranded. It was more complicated then that, but it all worked out. We ate at Cheesecake Factory together and then took a cab back to the hotel. That was a dang long 30 min cab ride, with both of us feeling ill when we got out. It was all about the experience. :/ We caught the end of a tree lighting ceremony with performances by several reality stars performed. Havier Colon, and several American Idol and The Voice stars. They were all staying at our hotel, so some girls ran into a few of them.Oh, I forgot to mention...Jamie and I ended up in our own hotel room. We got totally hooked up by one of the girls in our group and got cheap rooms at the nice Marriott right downtown. There was some confusion about who was going in what room, so we just took a key and went up to get settled. When I walked in the room and found out the beds were FULL BEDS, not Queen, we quickly decided we would keep our mouths shut about getting any other roommates. :) So it was just Jame and I hanging out, sprawling out in our comfy beds. We got lucky...  For so many girls, there was very very little drama.
We ended up switching cars with a couple other girls that wanted to get home quickly. Jamie and I were in no hurry to get back to reality! :) We first went to an awesome fabric warehouse that had pretty much every fabric choice under the sun. We spent a couple hours there and then decided to hit IKEA. Myself and one other girl in our car had never been, so everyone else decided we had to go. We told ourselves we wouldn't be there very long, but if you've ever been to IKEA...in and out doesn't happen. We were all starting to wear down after several late nights, but we had a 6 hour drive ahead of us and knew we had to muscle through. That car ride home seriously topped off an already fantastic trip. We all had our phones out finding every old high school song we could find. We were all singing at the top of our lungs having a great time. We talked about anything and everything and managed to keep each other awake. It was soooo much fun... and sooo needed! 

Tuesday, January 10, 2012


 I am pretty behind on my blogging, but I am going to try and do better. There is a lot to catch up on, but I wanted to do a quick post about my little Hal. She has such a fun little personality and I wanted to write down some cute things that she says often. She switches words around a lot and a lot of them have become part of all of our vocabularies. Here are a few...
*Pol Nalish (Nail Polish)
*AterGade (Gaterade)
*Paty Kerry (Katy Perry)
*Chucky Larms (Lucky Charms)
 Halle has such a cute little smile, and a sweet little personality. She is best buddies with her dad and can play with just about anyone. She could spend all day watching Barbie movies or playing with her barbies or princesses. She has a great imagination. We sure love our little Hal Pal and all of her funny words. :) 

Sunday, November 6, 2011


(Don't you love those thighs!) 
Dave took the girls swimming a couple weeks ago. I drove up to Salt Lake for a benefit concert for my best friends baby. I hadn't driven further than 20min by myself in a long time so it was actually kinda fun. I was singing and having a fine old time by myself. It was fun seeing my friends and my parents just for a night. Anyhow...it was still beautiful at home, and Dave took the girls to the pool. Sophie loves water....and so does her older sisters. 
 Also while I was gone...Dave remembered something from his childhood and taught the girls. It is called finger weaving. I'm pretty sure I knew how to do it when I was her age too...I'm just glad Dave remembered it. Brynlee was loving it, and it kept her busy for quite a while. 
 Brynlee had red ribbon week last week and Wed was crazy hair day. I had to fly to Idaho for 24hrs so I wasn't here (explanation coming later). My very fabulous friend Jamie took time out of her morning to come over and do Brynlee's crazy hair. She did a FABULOUS job and Brynlee loved it! I am sooo blessed with great friends like Jamie!


 I forgot to post this earlier... In August Dave and I decided to be spontaneous and drove to Salt Lake for the Josh Groban concert. We bought tickets on Friday and the concert was Saturday evening. We took off Saturday morning...dropped our kids off in Provo and went on a little date. We caught a quick dinner, hit Nordstrom Rack, and went to the concert. Oh, and did I mention we were on the 7th row on the floor!!! Dave got some major brownie points! This first picture is of the opening act. I don't remember what his name was, but he was a serious piano player! He didn't sit on a bench. He was in some sort of a lunge the whole time he was playing. He would reach his hand inside the piano and pluck the cords at the same time he was playing. It was crazy. He was very entertaining to watch. He honestly made the weirdest faces...like he wasn't all there. Very entertaining though...and a dang good piano player. 
 So amazing... just like listening to the radio. 

So much fun! Thanks babe!!!

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

A 6 Year Old Milestone...

On September 24th Brynlee lost her first tooth. There had been a lot of talk about how all of her friends were losing teeth and she wasn't. I think I heard almost every day that she thought she had a loose tooth. She would wiggle one of her upper teeth and had herself convinced that it was moving. Then about a week before the loss...she was eating something and accidentally bit down on her fork. That instantly made her lower tooth wiggly. After the pain, she was super excited to actually have a loose tooth. It didn't take too long for it to be ready to come out. We actually had family pictures taken this same day, in the morning, so I was glad it held on until the evening. I think she has a pretty cute toothless grin! :)

One week later, Marathon weekend, Brynlee was at a little birthday party for some friends who were in town. None of us know exactly what happened, but when she was eating cake and ice cream she swallowed her other lower tooth. I knew it was slightly loose, but not enough to come out eating soft food. She loves that she now gets to tell people she swallowed a tooth. She is really starting to grow up. Kinda freaks me out. Sure love her! :)

Thursday, September 22, 2011



Halle turned 4 on Sept. 9th and she sure is a fun 4 year old. She is really easy to please and plays with just about anything. She LOVES barbies right now and her favorite princess is Ariel. She is pretty dang girly but thanks to her good buddy Eastie...she fits right in with the boys too. She can tell you every character from Star Wars, Transformers and Power Rangers. It is hilarious to listen to a conversation between Halle and East. Most of the time when they are playing Halle has her barbie and East has one of his men. They always seem to come up with a play scenario that works for both. Right now Halle likes to have her hair down but doesn't have much of an opinion when it comes to her clothes and shoes. She is still happy to let me dress her which is so nice for me! 
Halle also really likes to sing. The other day we were in the car and she seriously knew the words to 3 songs in a row on the radio. I was cracking up because I didn't know how she knew a couple of them. She seems to pick up on the words pretty quickly. Halle loves to practice cartwheels and handstands and it getting pretty dang good. She is also getting close to being able to do a back bend from standing. This is also a skill that Brynlee is working on right now. She can sit flat in her right splits and likes to stretch with Brynlee at night. It is fun to see them working on these things together. 
Dave was unfortunately out of town because he was doing LOTOJA, but luckily my parents were on their way back from a Lake Powell trip and stopped to spend a few hours with us. We went to dinner and Mimi took the girls shopping for a little bit. It was fun to have family here on her special day! 

These last 2 pictures were snapshots from a video on her birthday. The one thing Halle asked for was the Ariel Barbie wearing the dress....not as a mermaid. So me being the procrastinator that I tend to be, went to Target the day before to buy the Barbie. She had seen it there and was asking for it for a few weeks. So I got there and the Ariel Barbie was no where to be found....EXCEPT in the box that included ALL of the Disney Princess barbies. Of course....   I sat there stewing for quite a while and knew that she would LOVE having all of the princesses but just wasn't planning on buying that much for her. After thinking, and remembering that Brynlee was able to have a party I thought it was probably fair for Hal to have a big gift. Anyway....I got the barbies and this was her waiting for her surprise.She was so excited and couldn't get the box open fast enough! :) 

Halle also just started preschool again and these are on her first day of school. She wanted to do these poses.  We are in a carpool with 4 other kids and I only have to drive maybe once a week.  So nice!! She loves going to school and learning new things.