Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Six Years

I love you Danny! Thank you for making me the luckiest girl in the world. Since the day we've met you've been my best friend and even though I didn't admit it for several years you were the love of my life. Thank you for being an amazing husband, and a fabulous father. All three of us love you and appreciate you so much. Happy Anniversary sweetie!

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Happy 1/2 Birthday Lily Lou

Six months ago today was one of the best days of my life. Our little Lily was born, and we just couldn't have been happier. My mom always said that I was a little ray of sunshine in her life, and that is EXACTLY how I feel about Lily. She is constantly smiling and is overall the happiest baby I think I've ever met in my life. She has her moments of course, but once the problem is rectified she just goes right back to smiling. She also is the LOUDEST baby on the planet, so when she is not happy, she is sure that the entire neighborhood knows about it. I think she will mostly likely be an Opera (I nearly wrote Oprah...) singer, and is just practicing early. This six months has just flown by, but at the same time it's hard to imagine life without her. Danny said she just fits in to our family so well it's like she's always just belonged here. I just adore this little girl with all of my heart, and I am so grateful that she has joined our family.

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Stupid Human Tricks

This is Danny's buddy Nate doing his interesting little trick. I thought I was pretty cool that I could balance a salt shaker on it's bottom edge, but that's nothing compared to this. WARNING: If you are eating, or ever plan on eating again, do not watch this video.

He's hoping to take his act on the road... you may be seeing him on Letterman here shortly. Good luck Nate! Don't sneeze!

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Sites and Sounds at the Phoenix Zoo

So we were at the zoo a few days ago, and I almost thought I was going to have to have "The Talk" with my two year old. Luckily she didn't really ask a whole lot of questions. I do have a video of this, but honestly I think it might be a little too vulgar to place on my blog, which I generally try to keep on the "family friendly" side. But I was visiting my friend Katie's blog earlier and she had a very similar experience at the Honolulu Zoo a few days ago so I had to post my picture. These turtles are over 100 years old, so hopefully neither of them busted a hip or anything.

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Thanksgiving 2008

We had a great Thanksgiving this year. Danny's brother Tommy, his wife Jamie, and two girls drove down from Utah, another brother Nate and his girlfriend Elise flew in from Utah, and his parents flew in from Hawaii. We were sooooo glad that everyone was able to make the trip, and definitely missed the family that was unable to be here.
We had tons of fun playing games, eating, hanging out, playing volleyball, hiking, going to the zoo, and all kinds of other things. Sadly I wasn't my normal self with my camera, and didn't take it with us everywhere, but I did get a few good ones here, especially of the cute girls. Allie had a BLAST with her cousin Libby (and hasn't stopped talking about her since she left), Lily and Paisley were entertained just by looking at each other, and the rest of us kept busy with our Rock Band careers. Jamie is an animal on the drums, Tommy by far the best singer out of all of us, and Danny rocked it on the guitar. We had a fabulous Thanksgiving dinner which was made mostly by Danny's mom, with a few of us helping here and there. The lady sure knows how to cook.

Since the weekend was really so crazy I hadn't really gotten a chance to really think about what I was grateful for. First and foremost I am grateful for my family. Danny and the girls are my life, and their health and happiness are so important to me, so for that I am extremely grateful. I'm grateful for my wonderful parents, my beautiful sisters, their husbands, and my sweet baby neices Mayumi and Leah (who will be making her appearance in February). I love them so much. I'm grateful to have married into such a great family, full of loving and generous people, and adorable neices and nephews who I just love to pieces. I'm grateful for our house, I'm grateful we live in such a beautiful (warm!!) place, and I'm grateful for all of our wonderful friends.
I hope you all had a great Thanksgiving! And thanks guys for making the trip out here!! We had a blast and miss you all already!

Monday, December 1, 2008

Yumi's Birthday Present

My birthday was a few days ago, and I wouldn't normally be advertising that, but I had to show you what my niece Mayumi made me for my birthday. Isn't she adorable?!?? Along with Danny decorating the house, and Allie running around crazy playing with all of the decorations, and the pancakes that Danny served me in bed in the shape of my age (2?), and getting to see Quantum of Solace, going to my favorite Mexican restaurant, Danny's family arriving for Thanksgiving, and a bunch of great presents including Rock Band, it was seriously the best birthday ever. Thank you everyone who was involved and for the calls, texts, emails! I feel very loved.