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It's Not a "Happy" Thanksgiving

Charlie and Jack came down with the stomach flu last night. Talk about terrible, terrible timing. And we had spaghetti for dinner. We will never have spaghetti ever again.

So, today we are holed up in our house- with the sick and exposed quarantined to one part of the house, and the others banned to the basement. We will have chicken noodle soup, lots of clear liquids, play video games, and watch Christmas movies. And pray to the holy heavens that no one else comes down with it.

Scrubbing, sanitizing, scrubbing some more. And feeling sad that we won't be with our family today.

But through it all, today I am thankful for my family, my parents, my siblings, my in laws, all of the cousins, amazing friends- old and new, our generally good health, our home, our jobs, and my faith, all of which come from the hand of God.

We are blessed, and I am thankful. Even when I'm covered in kid barf.

Once more... Happy Thanksgiving to you!

Happy Thanksgiving

Wishing you a grateful and indulgent Thanksgiving day... and a cozy place to take a nap.

Family Pictures- 2008

This is why it's awesome to have a photographer in the family! I want to wallpaper my house with every single one! Thanks Kelly!

So... the story behind family pictures 2008? Parker hated taking them. Max loved posing for them- which is TOTALLY out of character. Jack loved to pick his nose. And I gained 10 pounds since last year in my cheeks alone. As always, Aaron is handsome, Maddy... beautiful even as a brunette, and the camera loved Charlie.

Pearls & Swine

This moment actually occurred 2 months ago. Sometimes I write and don't publish. And as I was deleting posts that I am glad I didn't publish, I came across this one... that I don't want to forget. A priceless moment of complete embarrassment shared for the sake of my posterity, and my case of early dementia.

Recently, our church meetings changed from 1PM to 9AM.

A shock to my system, but a very welcome change. Church from 1-4PM is just wrong. It takes the entire day to get ready (and we're still late), it's right in the middle of nap time, and by the time you get home and eat dinner, the day is over.

But church at 9AM, has is pros and cons as well. We have to wake up at the crack of dawn, but at least we're home by lunch time with the rest of the day to enjoy the Sabbath and keep it holy. To eat, to nap, to read, to take walks, to visit family, to make brownies and eat them with our favorite friends.

But there was a HUGE con that happened today. And it involved my…

Go For Broke

{My Pamps and my mom}

We called our Grandpa- Pamps- it was how my older brother pronounced Grandpa. And even though I was 6 when he passed away, I have some wonderful memories of him. He and my Gramma were the greeters in Primary- they would stand at the doors and welcome all of the kids to Primary, often shaking hands with the children and giving me a hug. I was so proud. He would also watch Herbie The Love Bug with us on Sunday afternoons while my Gramma made us toasted cheese sandwiches. He was sick a lot, and I remember going with him and my Gramma to dialysis on Saturday mornings.

I remember his funeral, and how sad I was. I think it was my first experience with complete devastation.

Today I am thankful for the memories that I have of him and with him. And I am thankful for the service he provided as a member of the United States Army. I could not be more proud of my heritage.

He was a Japanese/Mexican American who was taken to live in a concentration camp with his father, brother, a…