Sunday, November 30, 2008


We asked Lyza what she was thankful for and she said. "Jesus". How dang cute! I'm not sure where that came from, I wish I could take full credit. We then asked her what else she was thankful for and she said ," Jesus! And..... Um.... Food!" She is such a sweet little girl! We went to a friends house this year for Thanksgiving. The food was amazing, and we had a really good time! I still think it is weird to be away from family on holidays but we had a good substitute.

Monday, November 24, 2008

Cyndal Marie

Is there anything I can do to make you stop growing so fast?

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Bath Time!

Both Lyza and Cyndal love bath time. I had them both in at the same time and took Cyndal out first. When I was dressing Cyndal, I heard Lyza screaming, "Ahh! Dont eat me, dont eat me!" When I came back in I found Lyza with all the sharks, whales and dolphins on her fingers. She said to me in a high pitched squeal, "Mommy they ate all my fingers!" She is at such a fun age, always using that imagination!

Monday, November 10, 2008

Christmas Pictures Again

Last year a girlfriend of mine ,Lara Ellingson, took the most beautiful santa pics with Lyza. This is just one of the many... I was so happy because I was in Az just at the right time! This year I was so bummed because I wont be there this year... But she just called me and told me she is doing them in Ohio as well! WooHooo! I am so excited! If you want them as well, check out her web site and sign up fast because she fills up quick! She is doing them in Arizona and Ohio.

Thursday, November 6, 2008

I am the new proud owner...

Of a really old family heirloom! My Great Grandmother Hazel Peterson was given this stool by her sister in the 1940's during World War 2 just after the great depression. It served not only as a stool but as a bedside table in her home. Later my Grandma Daisy used it in her home, I remember it being under the piano for a number of years. My sister and I spent countless hours spinning each other on it. I am so excited that it will now be used in my home! I have found the perfect place for it beneath the sewing machine my grandmother gave to me before we moved here to Ohio. We were almost done packing the U-haul, and here came Grandpa Gerald carrying a table with Grandma a few steps behind. I was so excited because I knew exactly what it was... They stood and watched and redirected Marcus as he found a safe spot for it! I had joked with my grandma a while back that if she needed to find a new home for the stool I would gladly take it...My mom just recently made a trip out here and brought the stool with her. Grandma had become very ill a couple moths ago and has moved in with my mom, so they are slowly cleaning out my grandmas house.. Very depressing, but I am overjoyed that the stool has found its way to us! It will be truly treasured for lots more years to come.

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

First Shots....

Cyndal had her first shots ever today... I know... You are probably thinking, "She is 10 weeks old?" I am a paranoid freak and dont give my kids shots right away. I took Lyza in for her infuenza shot today and decided to start Cyndal's as well. I have to say I was tearing up watching her be so willing to lay on the table, while giving me a big smile, not knowing what was to come. I dont remember Lyza's first shots being so bad. Cyndal freaked out but calmed down rather fast. The worst part has been several hours later! She had her first real tears and everything. She must be feeling really bad... I want to cry for her. I hate to feel so helpless, I wish I could be hurting for her.

Monday, November 3, 2008

Amish Country

It was nice to have company in town over the weekend and on Monday we took Grandma Wendy and Garrett down south to Amish country. After a long drive we finally arrived at the Der Dutchman restaurant. The food was delicious, especially the chicken! Grandma Wendy bought some incredible dutch apple and chocolate cream pies we enjoyed later that evening. We loved the scenery, and it was fun seeing the different way of life of the Amish. We had some good laughs playing Cranium and Mad Gab in the evenings, and a good morning of fishing before they had to go back home to Arizona. Lyza has especially loved having all the family in town and was disappointed when they all left. We will be looking forward to seeing them all again over the Christmas holiday.

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Cyndal's Blessing Day

I had one of the most beautiful Sundays today. I am sure I will remember it and cherish the memories made for years to come. Cyndal received her baby blessing and it was such a wonderful yet emotional time for me. I felt so many emotions running through my body, literally like fire in my chest, but peace in my heart. Crazy I know, but it was so amazing. I felt so peaceful, yet filled with so much happiness, I could have burst out of my own body. As I sat and listened to Marcus bless Cyndal I felt every moment I have ever sacrificed getting my girls here come rushing back to me. Then all of a sudden a realization that it was worth EVERY single one of those moments to get to this beautiful place in my life! I felt my Father in Heaven's love for me and my family more than I have ever felt before. I am so grateful to Him for entrusting me with His beautiful children to raise here on this earth. To have come to this point in my life to have a such a loving husband and father for my two little angels means so much to me.
We were so fortunate enough to have Grandpa Richard, Grandma Wendy, and Garret in town from Az. to attend Cyndal's big day. Not to mention some of our closest friends we have made here, were able to come as well. It was such a special day and I thank everyone that was a part of it.

My Little Cyndal in her blessing dress

little booties I made for her special day

some of our family and friends

Participants in the blessing (left to right) Grandpa Richard, Marcus and Cyndal, Hadley McArthur, and Kurt Kinghorn

Cyndal, Marcus, and Grandpa Richard

Cyndal and Grandma Wendy

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Fun with Grandpa

Saturday, the day after Halloween, we all took a walk down to a nearby park to play on the playground. Grandpa and Lyza sure had a fun time on the swings. Grandpa was trying to teach her how to pump her legs to go higher. After the park we went down to the river to enjoy the nice scenery of the fall colors and to fish with Grandpa Richard. On the way we spotted 4 bucks and a doe on the side of the road. We stopped and had fun taking some pictures. As usual the fishing was slow (we only caught this tiny wierd fish called a gout?) but Lyza sure had a fun time fishing with grandpa and her new barbie fishing pole! After a while they both wandered off and ended back at a swing set for the second time of the day, and then Marcus got busted for fishing off the dock.. Pretty funny, I must say, watching him talk his way outta that one. We sure enjoyed having Grandpa Richard in town!