Thursday, January 29, 2009
a PRINCESS slide into the princess HUT
Jaren and Reagan making endless strands of edible ropes
Brooklyn & Aubryn ATE atleast three necklaces each
Ricki & Michael from Texas joined in on the brightly colored cereal craze
Sunday, January 25, 2009
Who would of guessed a little outdoor snack could be so much fun!
I think we found a great outdoor snack
Seth & Brooklyn hit a flat spot....hang on
Brooklyn (Age 3) goes out for the first time at Alta ski resort
No tow ropes....just straight for the lift...AAAAAUGH...Mom was nervous!
Seth says not to worry...he will teach her in no time!
Thursday, January 22, 2009
Grandma Swenson-Butler has a tumor in her stomach that has been growing non stop...her abdomen appears to be nine months pregnant ...and counting... due to her very large tumors. It is hard for us to watch her go through so much pain and discomfort. I will continue enjoying her while she is with us. I have very fond memories of my grandma who once lived across the street where I grew up, I love the advice she gave me, the warm arms that embraced me and the kind, patient loving example she has shared over the many years I have known her. My amazing grandma has always had a room just for genealogy...what a passion she has for it too! When she moved into an assisted living a few years ago, with two rooms...she chose to have her bedroom in the kitchen area and the bedroom was made into her very own genealogy office....I adore her for her passion! Go Grandma! My grandma has always been there for me when I needed her...I cleaned her house several years before college....starting at the age of 11. This woman taught me about makeup and shared much of her own. I love listening to her stories and can't seem to give her enough hugs!
The loss of a Best friend
Today was a hard day...My mom lost her first cousin and her dearest best friend. Julie Larsen has been my mom's friend ever since I have known my mom. Julie even dormed with my mom in college...they shared their lives together and I have seen so much goodness come from their great relationship. Julie died from the same disease that my mom has...pulmonary fibrosis. Julie was a remarkable lady and she will be missed dearly. During her last days, my mom helped her do mountains of wash that piled up, she helped take care of her, she washed and styled her hair. I love the bond that these women had. I know my mom will miss her tremendously. I am grateful I can still enjoy the time that I can with my mom...even if it is during trials such as these...what a great blessing it is to be able to share the good and bad times. As long as it is together. My heart is full of gratitude for the people that come and go from our lives...the people that nurture us and lead us along the way....those that love us and stand by our sides throughout this journey.
Being together...makes the journey
Mom, Brooklyn, Me & Brittney
Tuesday, January 20, 2009
This event was as close to a royal coronation as American government gets. It was a day filled with ceremony, guards, salutes, parades, speeches, a party that is still actually called a "ball" and of course, symbolism; of new beginnings, rites of passage, of change...
The United States of America reached a new milestone today, when Barack Obama, standing on the steps of the U.S. Capitol was sworn in today as the country's first black president.
The 47 year old former senator was sworn in today by Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts. Michelle Obama, the wife of the president-elect, carefully held Lincoln's Bible, which had not been used since he took the oath in office in 1861. ( I loved this moment).
Obama gave an amazing speech today whom will enter the oval office facing significant domestic and foreign policy challenges including a deep economic crisis and wars in Iraq and Afghanistan...I cannot imagine the pressures that fall on this mans shoulders.
Although I did not vote for this man, and have some thoughts and qualms on some issues ... I support him totally and pray and wish the very best for his success while he is our leader and governor of this beautiful country. I love the compassion that this man deems for everyone...I honor him for the words that he shares for us as American people to turn our efforts into an ongoing commitment to enriching the lives of others, in our communities, our cities, and in our country.
Our prayers will continue to be with this amazingly beautiful country. I am grateful for its freedoms and the opportunities that continue to bless us. God Bless America. May we all welcome our new President with open arms.
Saturday, January 17, 2009
Seth's idea of a COMMERCIAL was getting his Saturday morning fix of CARTOONS. Whoops...funny, funny Seth! So darn CUTE! We all had a good laugh.
Friday, January 16, 2009
Friday, January 9, 2009
a NOTE to self...taking a picture of young boys with snowballs in their hands...be prepared to get HIT!! Well, I ran and missed probably half a dozen or so...but...I did get pretty clobbered.
Hmmm...mmm should I frost, or should I EAT!
Being together is what matters MOST!
Grandpa Fritz, Brookly, Brenna and our newest Great Grandpa Swenson...who added to our family addition when he married our cute grandma Butler at the young age of 92.
Grabbing a hug from Grandma Fritz
The Hawks bunch came to our house for candy houses, we had fun visiting and tried to build all sorts of contraptions. We skyped Grandma and Grandpa Hawks who are serving a mission in Mt. Vernon Illinois, it was fun to visit with them and keep the tradition alive that they began...
Of course...How could we end the night without a little ALLSTAR wrestling
Wednesday, January 7, 2009
On top of the stairs on Christmas morning...bearing one more photo op....at the worst time EVER....Can we go yet?
Learning to open the presents was part of the fun...Three gifts were given this year to symbolize the three wiseman that gave gifts to the Savior...and one from Santa, and of course the infamous stocking stuffers!