Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Hanging Out

One day I just decided to take my kids to the store and buy each them of a new toy. It was so fun.

Vivian loves to play on Lucy's bed with her. I love to listen to them play. Lucy will play peek-a-boo with her, sing to her and hand her all of her toys. Such sweet sisters.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Great Grandma is so cute


Monday, February 20, 2012

Great Grandma

Vivian turned 9 months on President's Day so we celebrated by heading out to my parents' home to spend the day with them and my Grandma.

I have been wanting to record my Grandma singing and telling stories to my children for a while now and I finally did today! Vivian was so sweet to sit on Grandma's lap the whole time. My Grandma sang to her and told her stories about her Grandma Rose (Vivian's middle name is Rose).

My Grandma with all three of my babies. She has a way of making everyone around her feel important and valued. No matter what the age.

Lucy sharing a tender moment with her Great Grandma. I am so grateful for her legacy in my life and now my childrens' lives.

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Morning time . . .

One of my favorite ways to spend the mornings is letting the kids paint. I love to watch them create and they enjoy having the time to be little artists. Lucy is starting to make more identifiable objects in her artwork and David's strokes are so thoughtful and always filled with color. Their works are masterpieces to me every time. And lest we forget, Vivian is certainly their number one fan.

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Happy Heart Day

Marc took me dancing at The Provo Valentine's Ball and it was so much fun! I had a neighbor friend come do my hair and we got all dressed-up for the occasion. I cannot think of the last time I did this and I loved it! They had a delicious dinner, the ballroom was decorated lovely, each couple got their picture taken by Justin Hackworth, every lady received a long stem rose and then we danced the night away to a live band. Marc and I knew just enough to be dangerous on the dance floor. We laughed so hard that my cheeks were hurting by the end of the night. It was a very sweet way to spend time with my Valentine.

On the actual Valentine's Day, we went to breakfast as a family. I would love to make this a tradition. Lucy and David sat on a bench by themselves for the first time without having Marc and me right there to help them (well-we were right across the table, but you know what I mean).  It was so fun to watch them interact as these little humans. Vivian loved eating bites of the wheat pancakes and made us smile with her innocent joy in everything around her. Later that day, Grandma Kay stopped by with Valentines and toys and then to add to the magic, just before she left, Grandma Sampson showed up with her Valentines. It was so fun. We ended the night with incredible pizza from Slab and sugar cookies from Smart Cookie. YUMMY! It was a great way to celebrate a day with the people I love most.


My dearest friend in this life is my sister. My mom would always say to us, "Heavenly Father sent you a sister so you could always have a best friend."  And now I am so grateful to be the mother to this next generation of sisters. They are so sweet to one another. Vivian loves to watch Lucy play and Lucy is so good to play with Vivian all the time. She will bring her toys, play peek-a-boo and sing & dance for her all the time to get her to smile and giggle. I am so excited for the opportunity that is mine to continue to see their friendship blossom into a powerful bond of sisterhood.

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Lucy is learning to read

I am using a book called Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons and she is doing great. I want to know that my children have a strong foundation of phonics prior to starting kindergarten (Lucy will start in a year and a half). I decided to try it with her and to keep doing it with her as long as she felt it was enjoyable and didn't feel frustrated. Yesterday she sounded out her first word: "me". It was a beautiful moment in her heart and mine.

Friday, February 10, 2012

6th time's a charm . . .

Vivian is the sixth granddaughter to wear this adorable dress. My Mom made it about 14 years ago. It melts my heart to see her in it and reflect on all the other lovely little ladies who have also worn it. Such a blessed family.