Busy, busy Christmas! Nativity & Christmas Eve with Grandma & Grandpa Shill. Then to Sevey's to call Chase on his mission in New Zealand. Then Christmas with Sevey's. Bed. Christmas morning with Vance. Christmas morning with Shill's and breakfast. THEN, trip to Payson and Christmas dinner with Davenports! 

A Very Merry Christmas to ALL!


Willie's Grandpa passed away yesterday. In my short time of knowing him he was a sweet grandpa with a great sense of humor!  Driving he and Grandma to dinner from the temple one evening I reached the intersection exactly as it started to turn yellow and proceeded to go safely through the light. 
Grandpa said to me, "Don't you know yellow means stop... not speed up." 
Extra cautious? Maybe. Extra caring? Definitely! We will love and miss you Grandpa!




Although Vance knows who Santa, is his interest in him is still subtle.  What he IS interested in this year are trains, trains, trains. My mom let him take home a small wooden train she got in New Zealand and he is obsessed! He eats with it, sleeps with it, wants to bathe with it. It goes to church, the car... you get the idea. We nearly missed our turn with Santa because we couldn't pull him away from the giant train set and village that bass pro shop lets the kids play with. Soooo. When Willie walked him up to Santa he said tell him what you want, and he  quietly had his finger pointed at the train the entire time! Thankfully we got him to look at the camera for a split second, then off of Santa's lap and back to driving the train. Sure hope Santa brings him a train set this year!


A big THANK YOU to Marianne & Bill Cotter (see their wedding video business website HERE)! Thanks for getting a handful of shots of our family with me in it since that is one shot I can't get! 
You guys were so fun and sweet! 

With being preg, sick, tired, willie's work schedule & a 2 year old that wont look at mommies camera I came to grips with being lucky to get any photo with  us all together this year! Between bribing Vance with Tic Tacs and him getting soaked in the fountains it wasn't easy. We did get ONE kinda. I also managed to grab a couple of my really handsome boys, can't wait to add one more! 

The  photo featured below is proof that ....

A.) photo sessions don't always produce lovely family photos. 
B.) I have about a thousand faces and I am still trying to figure out
 what this one means and why I do it????!! 
HOWEVER it does remind me of the following quote...

"And I doubt she gave you the stinkeye that's just how her face looks, you know? That's just her face."


Mom & I made Christmas Candies today. A LOT of sugar, cream, nuts & caramel later we had some DELICIOUS fudge, divinity, caramel drops & pecan rolls. It officially feels like Christmas! 

It's been almost 10 years since i've been in YW's!
 Now being called to the Mia Maids feels like I never left. I love all the fun lessons, projects and handouts. These girls are so beautiful, so talented, and genuinely good girls. Im amazed how some go to different schools are in different groups but come together and are such good friends.
 To be 15 again... ummm, I like where I am at! At least I get to pretend every Wednesday and Sunday! 


 Well there was a small chance for this family to be a 2 girl, 2 boy family.
 But it is officially 3 to 1 BOYS win! 
When Vance saw the ultrasound he thought we were going to be watching "Mickey". Dr. Beck gave us a chance to have a reaction to both sex's... by first saying "It's a girl" (I saw the 3 lines also) and then retracting that comment and saying, "Actually the umbilical cord was in the way its a boy." When we told Vance he was having a baby sister his reaction was not good we then told him it was a brother and he seemed a little happier about that, a little. We are soooo excited. No new clothes and I don't have to commit to all the girl things I know I would be dying to get. Well not yet anyway. 
Since Vance is named after my Grandpa who has passed away Willie got the chance to name this one...
We can't wait for Hoyt William Shill to get here in May.