Sunday, January 25, 2009


So today I spent a little time helping my mom create a blog of her own. I also taught her how to read everyone else's blogs and how to leave comments. I have had such a great time reading all the relatives' blogs, seeing pictures of the little ones (as well as the big kids), and reading about what everyone is up to, and I am hoping that Grandma and Grandpa will also enjoy seeing how you all are growing and learning and having fun. I can't figure out how to get the "&" thing off their name. Any ideas?

Lynn and I celebrated our 28th anniversary yesterday. We have been married longer than we've been single. In some ways it seems like just yesterday, and at the same time it seems as though we've never NOT been together. We had a yummy ham dinner which we shared with Gma and Gpa and Travis. Gpa did a tender thing: he looked up stuff in his autobiography about me, my mission, Lynn, our engagement and wedding, and Travis' birth. It was fun to hear him read with some emotion about those precious memories. We also laughed over Aunt Kim's experience having her picture plastered all over the news in connection with Sex Education! Funny story from the past.

Molly Phair gave me a good idea. At a book club discussion she had the idea of filling a jar with slips of paper that we've written things we love and appreciate about our husbands. I thought that was a cool idea, so for over a month I've written down the things I am thankful for that Lynn has done for me. I put them together on a poster and gave it to Lynn yesterday. Thank Heaven for good loving husbands! For marriage. For covenants.

Sunday, January 11, 2009


Grandma Lovelle has been sewing up a storm! She made 4 aprons using a cute pattern I found called "Flirty Skirty". I think the apron would look a lot flirtyer on young skinny girls, but we of the older more comfortable crowd can pretend! She also shortened a bunch of skirts for me. They all used to hit me around the ankles, which is not very flattering given my height to width ratio, so she cut off several inches and made them all MUCH more attractive (all things considered). Happy day!

I also wanted to post a picture of a super fun paper project. Aunt Kris and Melissa taught Grandma Velle and I how to make these adorable tic tac covers. We made lots of snowmen covers and several spring type covers. I think the possibilities are limitless. I've heard there are different colored tic tacs, which would be a fun variation too.

Monday, January 5, 2009

Sewing with Molly

Brad and Molly spent the week after Christmas with us. Brad went hunting as often as he possibly could. What a passion! Molly had fun sewing a blanket for her sister, Sonja. Jessi made 4 blankets over the Christmas break. And Molly and I finally finished our bags. They are made from the same pattern that Jessi and Jena used for theirs. It was so fun having the kids here with us! We loved having Jessi here, and enjoyed getting to know Richard.