Sunday, November 17, 2013

Happy Birthday too You!

Mason first and Bradley's last Pinewood Derby. Grandpa Brad helped Mason this year and Uncle James helped Bradley. Mason got 2nd place and Bradley got 3rd. They both felt so special and were super excited. Thanks Grandpa and Uncle James, I'm sure you made Brian proud.

Bradley's TEN! We had a fun day, he went swimming with his cousins and ate out at Costa Vida for dinner. I think Bradley had a fun day, I can't believe how grown up he is becoming. He is a good boy, and I'm so lucky to have him here with me.

Erika's FOUR! This year she wanted a Fancy Nancy Party. All her friends came in their fancy clothes we played games, colored, ate fancy food and painted toes nails. It was so fun and so sweet. Later Grandma and Grandpa came and they came to the Nickel Cade with us and then ate Chinese. It was a fun packed day. I love my little Princess.

Mason is EIGHT! It's great to be eight, I can't believe how time has flown. Mason has been counting the days until he'd be eight. It was an awesome morning. He got his favorite breakfast Crepes and he picked out his own home cooked dinner. Grilled Chicken, fancy rice and salad. He also wanted Mint brownies for his dessert and mint ice-cream. I think Mason had a special day, and he can't wait for his Baptism. I love my Mason, I'm so thankful he belongs to me.

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Well it has been awhile since I've blogged, I've been dragging my feet. My husband past  away unexpectedly June 19, 2013.  He had dealt with severe chronic migranes for years, then caught viral encephalitis towards the end of his life that put him over the edge. As much as Brian wanted to do, his body fought him constantly. He did the best he could, and was amazing. I love him and I miss him so much. But, I know that he is happy and healthy now and he awaits the day he'll see us again. This is just a temporary separation. He is my Guardian Angel watching over me and his kids. I know that if I live faithfully I will be with him again.

Saturday, May 4, 2013

Latest Happenings!

 Just a few pictures from our latest happenings. Erika got her first bike, she picked it out herself. She also got a new gymnastic outfit which she's really excited about. Bradley at his Hersey Track Meet, he got second place in the 50 yd. dash. My kids are growing up so fast, they are so much fun.

Saturday, March 2, 2013

Warning this is a long one...

I'm so behind on my updates, I'll try my best to catch up.

So Christmas came and went. It was a fun year, on the 23rd of December I started an Ames Finnish tradition in my home. I made a nice dinner and served a Special Finnish dish of Rice pudding with a one lucky almond.  It is said that whoever gets the almond in their serving gets to make a wish.  Erika said she got it and ate it but, we were all pretty sure she didn't but, we let her take the credit. I've decided to make a smaller batch next year. After dinner we did Sauna together and afterward the boys ran and jumped in the snow. Then we ate Pulla which I made by myself for the very first time. I have to say it turned out well. Then instead of going to a cemetery and putting a candle on the grave of our  loved ones we lit a candle an talked about ones who have past mainly my Mummo. The boys loved our new family tradition and can't wait for next year.

The 24th of December we went to Grandma Sargents for a yummy Christmas dinner. The kids also got to hear the" Twas the Night before Christmas" told by Grandpa, and also had a surprise, Santa came.  All the grandkids acted out the Nativity as they do every year and then got to open their new pj's from Grandma. Christmas morning was great, the kids were happy and excited. Mason got a tool set for Christmas and was dying to make something so Brian took him down to the basement and helped Mason create a night stand and a race car track. Bradley and Erika and I went a built a Snowman. It was a fun Christmas. We're so grateful for the Savior hands in our lives.

New Year Day we invited family to come down to Payson and go sledding  with us. Afterward we came back to our house and ate and let the cousins do Sauna. That night I started another tradition for our little family. We all wrote down on paper things we wanted to work on personally for the new year. I put all their resolutions in the balloons and and at midnight we'll this year about 9pm. We popped them and then tried to guess each others resolutions, kinda fun.

Brian and I celebrated our 12 of marriage with my oldest brother Rodney and his wife Kim. We actually share the same anniversary. So this year we decided and planned to go on a Cruise on the Royal Caribbean. We went to the Cayman Island, Jamaica and Haiti. It was so wonderful fun and relaxing. We had an awesome ship to play and relax on, plenty of yummy food to eat all the time. Kim and Rodney were a blast to be with. We got to go snorkeling, fish swam right up to my face thanks to the guides throwing fish at my head. It kinda freaked me out, but I'd do it again. We went on a relaxing bamboo rafting trip saw and learned about so many herbs that grow in Jamaica. Rodney and I collected seashells together. We saw some wonderful shows musicals and comedies. I climbed a rock wall, sorry no pictures. We ate, yummy Lobster tail and Steak. It was so fun to hang out relax and create memories. So happy to have the opportunity to go, so sad to hear that all my kids were sick while I was gone. I'm so grateful for MaryLouise and Brad that always offer to take our kids letting us have a chance to get away. I'm so blessed to be surrounded by such great examples in my life.