Tuesday, December 11, 2007


Congrats to Michelle and Ben. Here is our photoshoot of baby Drew. He was a champ and let us get all the pictures we wanted. He was the perfect little angel. Alec and Ella were also great sports at Grandma's house hanging with Josh on a "Snow Day". Thanks Grandma and Josh! We so appreciate you. And once again Steve for taking over in a pinch!

NYC girls Trip!

One of my favorite places in the world just became my favoriter. NYC was so much fun thanks to the NYC gang. THANK YOU Diane and Daniel for letting us stay at your place! We were so lucky to have you there for us. And Thanks Kari, Isaac and Stephanie for showing us around town! And with Mama Lois Jean by my side, we figured out how to not die in the process of what we called "having one adventure afer another". We'll leave out all the details as to not incriminate ourselves. Let's just say we had a few near death or near embarrassed to death experiences!

We went on the great cupcake tour of NY while we were there sampling such delights from Tommies, Sugar Sweet Sunshine, Buttercup, Magnolia (Of Course) Amy's Bread and Crumbs. I agree with Alicia giving Sugar Sweet Sunshine the prize for overall best cupcake. My fav was the Red Velvet from Amy's Bread however.

Who is missing? Answer: Alicia who took it for Grandma!

Tuesday, December 4, 2007

Where's my Stevie?

Stevie Batman, Stevie, Steve, Steven Will You, my Steve, Alec's Toy. All of him are leaving. What will we do you ask when waiting those last few hours for Brady when Steve is usually entertaining the endless requests of Alec to "tie-it" (Cape fashioned from soft blue blankie by Steve) or do "jumpin' song" for the 32nd time in a row. Who I ask you will chop the onions and offer advice to "just add more butter"? And who I beg you will "hoagie" (hold and hug) Alec when he wakes up crying for an hour after his nap. What, what will we do without "my Stevie". I just don't know. So, Stevie....enjoy the peace and quiet but remember we miss you in more ways than you know! We love you!

Friday, November 2, 2007

Vintage Ella

This is my baby blessing dress from 1977 accessorized with Grandma Lois Jean Spencer's baby bonnet from 1955-ish. Can't get over it.

Happy Halloween!

I'm suprised at myself that I had so much fun taking Alec around to trick-or-treat. Maybe it was how he explained everything in his stash to the dracula that asked him what he had in his bucket just making conversation. Or perhaps it was that he made me carry the bucket until he got to each door. Or that he kept asking me "Mom...what's that scary noise?" referring to the spooky halloween sounds coming from a decked out front door. He didn't seem to be as stoked about the entire package of candybars he got from the neighbors across the grass. But somehow I was having the time of my life. I guess that was it. It's the best time of my life.

Monday, October 29, 2007

Ode to Sunny!

Sunshine Elizabeth Garner
Died of natural injection today after suffering from a tumor in her mouth. She had just been miraculously rescued by Dad the night before in a crazy escape gone bad. Typical Sunny had darted out of the shutting garage door and slipped down into a bunch of cold mud when dad and Mike found her buried so far that only her head could be seen. Here is the last picture of poor Sunner Bunner! We shared a special bond sunner and I. First....She was born on my birthday. Top that. Second...my personal favorite. She would growl at anyone who she thought was going to hurt me. AND she would also growl at them if I tried to hurt them! What a loyal little pup. Sunny the cat finally went to heaven. Goodbye old friend.


Classic Alec with cousin Sam going for a vintage ride in this sweet metal fleck painted carnival ride car. This was also the day of the perma-scowl I posted a few weeks ago. They had so much fun riding the rides, the ponies and even holding hands for a minute until they realized that was the best way to slow each other down. Thanks to Kristy, we actually have pictures of the post camera-battery-loss-tragedy afternoon at Sonny Acres. I owe you Kristy!

PS I just have to add, that the hat......was all Alec. I can't believe he actually fit it over his head. It was too small last summer and he insists on wearing it every time he finds the place I've hidden it. "It's my fishin' hat mom!" How can I say NO to that.

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Ella 4 Months

I have to Laugh!

I just have to laugh. Last night Brady asks me. "Can you just take like that picture on the desktop and take off all my hair just to see how it looks?" "Um, I guess so. Why?" I reply. "Can't you just do it? It'll take you like 5 seconds right? Now that sounds like a challenge. Since he was up for the change, I thought I'd take liberty to morph in a little x-men while I was at it.

Monday, October 15, 2007

"Little Miss"

Brady calls her "little Miss". Something about it that I love. She is the little miss. She kicks it all day perched on my arm out to the side watching intently trying not to miss a thing Alec does. And every so often she turns and catches me off guard with the hugest grin you've ever seen. But all the while sucking on that sweet soggy hand of hers. MMmmmmm!
Oh.....isn't he so cute! Oh wait. Look a little closer and you'll see the fierce growl I get everytime i yell...."Hey Alec.....look at the camera." It's like he has this horrible vengence against the idea that the camera, if given into, will have control over him. And Alec is not controlled by anyone! Except for maybe a good sucker. So....maybe halloween is the miracle we have been looking for!

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Chicago Botanic Gardens

Dragging the kids out sometimes seems futile. But Megan, Matt and Courtney were so much fun. The botanic gardens have orchards, vegetable gardens, gigantic carp and a ton of greedy geese. The day ended at the fountain for the last day of summer weather.

Wednesday, October 3, 2007

Baby Legs!

Okay so I'm in love with these new leggings for kids 0-4 yrs called Baby Legs. You stick on a cute onsie, add baby legs and presto - you've got an outfit. They come in a million different colors and styles. When the legs are little the baby legs are big. When the legs get big....the baby legs get a bit littler.

Tuesday, October 2, 2007


So I guess cupcakes are all the rage these days and of course I had to try out Chicago's finest while we were downtown this weekend. We stopped by Cupcakes which was a little on the "I gotta get used to these freaky combinations" sort of bakery with really stylishly decorated cupcakes. I loved the pear and pistachio flavors.

Ella and I hopped out to check out Angel Food Bakery and it's vintage collect-all atmosphere. They are known for their Boston Cream Pie cupcake (shown with red sprinkles). I now know why. YUM!

We happened to drive by a bakery on our way home and I bought Alec a Blue Fishy cupcake. He seems to be loving it here.

Love...true love...

I just had to share this dang funny e-mail poem Brady wrote me today. He called in the middle of poopville celebrating screamfest. He is such a smart little keister.

"I'm sorry that you are sad today. I will write you a poem about my true love...

Marriage is what brings us... together... today...
Kids are what bring us... together... today...
Work is what seperates us... today
Fun is what brought us... together... 3 years ago...
Future is what will be so fun...later
Love is what... I have today.. for you...
Smile.. is a word you hate...
Smirk is what you have on your face... right now...
Bad Day...
Bad Day is what you were having... before this email...
Love is what.. I have yesterday... today... and always... for you.

Little Sweetheart.

Even though she is pretty fussy for a few hours a night, she really is a sweetheart. She is totally cool with just hanging out, but she LOVES when you'll talk to her.

Monday, October 1, 2007


Alec seems to have only one volume. So he knows exaclty what this means. Only this time.... it was to keep me on the stairs while he went to wake up Ella! This picture is probably the third day in a row he wore that Spiderman shirt. He'd wait by the dryer every morning for it so he could put it back on. Heaven help us.

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Thursday, September 6, 2007

Baby Ella is Home!

The holiday weekend turned bad when Brady found Ella blue laying on our bed Friday night. We'd just gotten home from catching our own trout for dinner and after 500 tests at the hospital found out that little Ella had choked on her own reflux. Luckily the only thing that took a hit was her liver that quickly recovered and after almost a week in the Ped's Intesive Care we went home with an apnea monitor and no sleep! But, we did have a little fun taking pictures in-between a CT Scan, MRI, EKG, EEG, Spinal Tap, Blood Culture, Urine Culture, Mucus Culture, Urinalysis, 24 PH Study, Apnea Study, Chest X-RAY, Video Swallow, Upper GI and 3 failed IV's. Bless little Ella's heart!

Thursday, August 30, 2007


Jamie and I talked today about experimenting with photos. I love how this turned out of Alec!

Wednesday, August 29, 2007


Let me just say that we gotta keep the kid busy. Ella and I were there too. But we opted out of the photos.

Friday, August 24, 2007



I die laughing everytime i look at this picture. Alec already had 3 stickers adorning little Ella's head before I noticed his little sneaky adventure. He was so happy and a little suprised when I found it so funny and let him continue his artwork.

Friday, August 17, 2007

Happy Anniversary Nana & Tata

Happy Anniversary to the sweetest couple ever. These two beautiful people are the very best example of how we all would love to be. We love them so much and wish them the best year ever!

Thursday, August 16, 2007

Little Devil Shea

That little red headed devil shea tagged me and if she knew how often I respond she would never have done it, but what he heck I love Shea so Shea....this is for you!

4 jobs I've had:

• Graphic Designer for Heidi Swapp (Scrapbook Co.)
• Flagger (I was a true F-Chick)
• Hostess - China Lily
• Graphic Designer for 4 Life

4 movies I can watch over and over again:
• Elf
• Anything with Tom Hanks (Big etc.)
• You've Got Mail
• Count of Monte Cristo (?)

4 favorite TV shows:

• The Office
• 24 (Thanks Tanya)
• Spongebob
• Those are the only shows I watch.

4 favorite hobbies:
• Design (Anything creative really. )
• Photography (Brady keeps buying me equipment for my birthday. He plans on quitting and making me go back to work! Ha Ha.)
• Wedding Cakes (Thanks to Jamie's tips and tricks of course)
• Wake Boarding (Not that I'm any good but I sure do love to go once a year.)

4 places I've lived:
• Orem, Utah (East)
• Orem, Utah (West)
• Orem, Utah (1 block away from West.)
• Barrington, Illinois

4 places I've been on holiday:
• Europe 2 times with Shea (the perks of being single forever!)
• Cancun (Honeymoon & returned to climb the pyramid stairs at 7 months pregnant)
• New York (College Art Tour)
• Florida (With a bunch of friends right on the Beach)

4 favorite dishes/foods:
• California Pizza Kitchen's California Club Pizza
• Wingers Wings
• BBQ Ribs
• Peanut M&M's

4 websites I visit daily:
•Martha Stewart Weddings (Don't make fun. I love designing wedding stuff.)
•Pottery Barn Kids
•Blogs of everyone I know (I'm going to kill whoever got me sucked into blogging....MARISSA!)
• Everywhere else

4 places I'd rather be:
• At any roller coaster park
• York (at Betty's during Christmas time drinking proper hot chocolate.)
• New York
• San Diego on the beach

People I'm tagging---Jamie, Marissa, Michelle, Jessica

Monday, August 13, 2007


I needed some pretty faces to practice couple shots with. Enter Dustin and Danielle!

Tuesday, August 7, 2007

Family Pic Time

San Diego

Ya gotta love these kids!
Some inner need for Disneyland took over my whole body this year and even though I didn't ride a single roller coaster, I loved every minute of the dang place! I think everyone went to appease me. But I love em for it. But I had at least two fans. Alec and Caden bawled after almost every ride not wanting to get off. In fact I actually had to pry Alec's fingers off of the carousel horse after the ride attendant asked us to leave!
We all had a blast at the beach!
Brady happened to find the manufacturer of Victoria Skim Boards...say no more!

Sunday, July 22, 2007

Fast Friends

These two have become fast friends. What more could a mom ask for!