Friday, April 26, 2013

sisters trip . . . six days in heaven

where to start . . . 
spending this time with my sisters was just the boost i needed as a busy mother

it was the perfect get-a-way

. . .and to spend time just the three of us, has not happened in a very long time, probably since we were living at home together
 seattle is such a beautiful place, everything was so green and lush, with blossoms on the trees and flowers blooming everywhere . . . and to see the ocean - it was like paradise.  
while a snow storm raged at home on the prairies, timing - perfect!
 our time together consisted of eating out - panera bread was amazing!!
 i am definitely in love with fondi
 this is the beautiful ranch house that my sister calls home, where we stayed while visiting . . . it truly is a little piece of heaven, they have cows, goats, sheep, ducks, chickens and the most beautiful yard imaginable
 this is one of the beautiful harbors just minutes from their door - breathtaking.
looking for shells and sand dollars and taking in this view was one of my favorite afternoons of our trip
 the cheescake factory was incredible - the avocado roll appetizers we had were my ultimate fav!
 and shopping . . . .yes we did! $$$$$$$$ 
 on our last morning in Gig Harbor we ate at this amazing cafe right on the harbor.  
the eggs benedict were to die for and the view spectacular

goodbye seattle
there were definitely some sleepless nights while in Seattle, but these were the best kind of sleepless . . . . the ones where you are lying awake talking to dear sisters til all hours of the morning.  this was a trip i will always cherish.  
i love you jenny anne and sarah and sweet baby emery
my life is so blessed because i have sisters.

 doing the chores
 my heart is full and i am so grateful to my little sis for her generous & loving heart.  jenny and i  were truly pampered and treated like queens  - dinners, spa day, including my first ever facial, loved every minute!  

we had amazing moments together that i will never forget

~we were called charly's angels one day while walking through the mall together, we laughed and laughed and got our strut on!!

~we met a really amazing girl, of all places, while looking for MAC makeup in Nordstroms.  we visited and got to know a little bit about her and later that night in a really inspired moment realized we should give her a book of mormon.  the next day it all worked out so well and we met up with the missionaries to get a book of mormon and headed back to the mall to share a precious gift.  
it was truly an incredible experience.

~ going to church and meeting all the good people that adore my little sis was so fun, especially the youth. sarah and scott have really made a difference in their ward and the young people just flock to them. we kind of felt like celebrities as we walked in and all eyes were on us because of how much we look alike.  a couple of young women turned and waved at me, and then looked away confused as they saw Sarah sitting beside me. hahahaha.

~we met two amazing young women, true DIMONDS (H &T).  we loved them instantly and had so much fun singing and laughing together (you know who you are)  

~ scott was gone to montana so we had the house to ourselves and that meant chore duty was up to us girls.  it was so fun going out together in our "gum boots" and chore coats and working together.
a huge thank you to scott for letting your wife stay behind and play with us. you were so good to us and we love and appreciate all that you do for our little sis, and the beautiful, happy life you've created together in "probst paradise."  

can't wait to see you all in july


Tuesday, April 23, 2013

i feel so blessed
look at how my babies are growing
i guess i can't really call will my baby anymore . . .  he is officially in YM and the second in command when it comes to holding the priesthood in our family.
he is such a good boy, oh how i love him.

my hannah is one.
i can't believe how fast the first year of her life went, it is kinda not fair how fast the last of the bunch grows up . . .  because life is so busy. 
she is the sunshine in my day and such joy to my heart.

mr. ethan
 such a handsome man in his bow tie . . don't you think?? i love a little boy in a bow tie.
he never ceases to amaze me with his talents and gifts.

maddison dawn
what a fine young lady she is becoming.  i have watched her tackle hard things this year and oh how she shines.   her light is growing brighter  - this light of her testimony and faith in the gospel of Jesus Christ. 
i can not believe she is just over a year away from YW . . . how did that happen?

i love her sweet pose in the picture below . . . . it is my very favorite of her!  it shows her spunk and energy and sparkle.  she just turned seven on sunday and that is very hard for me to wrap my head around.  she is my peanut, my little mini me, in my mind she is still five years old (maybe because she is so tiny still, just recently graduating to size six clothes;).   i wish time would slow down so i could take more time every day to just soak up all her happy energy. there is never enough time in the day to do all i would like to do with each child. 

oh how i love that squinty eyed smile . . . when seth smiles his eyes light up and i can see his soul.  i love it when he smiles, he lights up every day.  "oh good morning mom", "will you lay down with me, "wets pway wegos" (can you figure that one out??)  he is my little man now that he is four and tells me every day all  of the new things he can do . . .  now that he is four years old.  xoxo

a song i sang as a little girl comes to mind . . . . .

one little two
    little three little babies i can love

of all the joy, for me i'll choose no other how happy i will be
four little five   
    little six little babies in my home

i am happy