Wednesday, July 15, 2009

We can be together, forever someday

On June 19 we were saddened to find that our beloved Bruiser had died. A tragic accident of him being too friendly with dogs much bigger than he. We loved Bruiser so much and have so many fond memories of him. I am going to miss him coming running out the garage door every time we came home and being soo excited to see us. I miss him being our cleaner of food off the floors. I will miss him being carried everywhere by the Kalea and Tai and the neighbor kids. I miss his excitement and his exuberance. I will miss finding mutilated Barbie's and other various toys underneath Kalea's bed. He was so outgoing and loved to visit all the neighbors but was very protective of us. We love you Bruiser and miss you terribly....we can be together, forever someday!


January 2002-June 2009

Rainbow Bridge

Just this side of Heaven is a place called Rainbow Bridge. When an
animal dies that has been especially close to someone here, that pet
goes to Rainbow Bridge. There are meadows and hills for all of our
special friends so they can run and play together. There is plenty of
food, water and sunshine and our friends are warm and comfortable.

All the animals who had been ill and old are restored to health and
vigor; those who were hurt or maimed are made whole and strong
again, just as we remember them in our dreams of days and times
gone by. The animals are happy and content, except for one small
thing: they each miss someone very special, someone who was left

They all run and play together, but the day comes when one suddenly
stops and looks into the distance. His bright eyes are intent; his

eager body begins to quiver. Suddenly, he breaks from the group,
flying over the green grass, faster and faster. You have been
spotted, and when you and your special friend finally meet, you cling
together in joyous reunion, never to be parted again. The happy kisses
rain upon your face; your hands again caress the beloved head, and
you look once more into those trusting eyes, so long gone from your
life, but never absent from your heart.
Then you cross the Rainbow Bridge together...

"Author Unknown"

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

7th folder, 7th file

I had to change the tag up from, 6th folder, 6th file because that was a picture of the corner of Danny's spray truck---boring, so here is from the 7th folder, 7th file. This is Tai in his blessing outfit when he was around 2 months old.
I tag Heidi, Tory, Kimball, & Kelli.

Thursday, January 8, 2009


I can hardly believe the holidays just zipped right by and it is 2009! Has it seriously been 9 years since the turn of the century? Seems like just yesterday! I am trying to regain my energy and get back into the swing of things. Billy and Dave's families were able to join us this Christmas/New Years. What a blast, but exhausting! We had so much fun getting all the grand kids together--what a sight all ten of them were!
They had so much fun together. We spent 10 days altogether and had various activities planned. Each night one of the families was assigned to make dinner for everyone--awesome--I didn't have to make dinner almost all week and let alone clean my kitchen. We did a talent show for FHE. We put on an encore presentation of Kalea's ballet recital, "Good Ship Lollipop." Kalea stole the show but Danny almost did too!

Billy's family did some kind of kitchen pot skit:Mike's family (minus Amanda, who had to work, so sad!) showed off their talents, Kuhio with his amazing art skills, Kaila and her dance moves, and Mike with his second language vocal styling!
Tia and Will did a skit on Mom and Dad--hilarious! They dressed like them and all, but the originals are definitely the BEST! Dave and Liz did a "Name that Tune" as Dave played on the guitar (I won!). We jammed with Guitar Hero, played sports at the Stake Center, watched Bedtime Stories, went to Jumpin' and Lasertag in Loveland, brought in the New Year, joined Dad & Mom at their ward sacrament meeting, and ultimately just enjoyed being with each other! We definitely missed out on having our Elder, Seth, around but, it was so good to hear from him. We can hardly believe he will be finishing up his mission this year--and we are definitely excited to see him again...he is one awesome missionary though!

Christmas this past year was so exciting. It is so much fun to have kids and see their eyes light up and all the excitement Christmas brings. We enjoy Christmas Eve every year with Danny's family at his parents home. It was exciting to have all of us together, especially for Randalyn and Marc to fly home from England to join us! We enjoyed a night of baking, eating, and exchanging gifts. I have never seen so many BIG presents under--or rather around a Christmas tree. Dan and Susies gave all of the kid's families food storage. Needless to say, to put the cans and pouches in a box and wrap made for the huge gifts, it was a great idea and much needed! As we were packing up the car and heading back home, Kalea and I looked up in the sky to see if we could catch Santa--to our amazement we saw a red blinking light way up high that could only mean that it was Rudolph lighting the way! What a real treat for Kalea; she shared this experience with some of her cousins that were a little disbelieving until I confirmed what we saw.
Christmas morning is so great around our house still because the kids still sleep in. After enjoying presents, we rushed off to help serve food at the Salvation Army. It was a great experience for all! I enjoyed so much being with family especially at such a special time of year. It is so great to know that our families are eternal and to know the greatest gift that we have been give is Christ's Atonement for us--we are truly blessed! On a side note, I just read Glenn Beck's book, TheChristmas Sweater; outstanding! I loved the message behind the story.
So here I am, eight days past the New Year and still have in hand my "Happy Holidays" photo card to send out. How embarrassing that they will be late coming out, but nonetheless, coming!