Monday, April 20, 2015

What could have been

I often wonder how different life would be right now.  What could have been.......if you weren't born with a CHD........if you hadn't died.
  Would you still be friends with Handen?  Would you now be friends with kids in our neighborhood your age, Alyssa, Tyson, Adalin?  What could have been......your favorite sport, book, music?  What could have you love and hate?  I only know what was, a tiny 2 year old girl.  14 would be so much different.  What stays, surgeries, "meddies" and poles.  Wiggles and Shrek and cold dogs and ice water.  Buzz and Binkies and babies and Vi.  You will always be this little person to me.

Saturday, March 7, 2015

Cats and Dogs

Well, cats and dogs fight.  You know what else kids.  Specifically #2 & #3.  Oh MY- LANTA!!!  Just go to your separate corners and ignore each other and we will all be happier and more sane!

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Sili Squeeze! Squeezing for a Cause!

Don’t wait until the last minute to add one of these limited editions to your collection. When these sell out they are gone FOREVER! A great Christmas gift or special surprise in your child’s school lunch, these camo Sili’s were created for our Sili fans!  $1 of every unit sold will be donated directly to, Intermountain Healing Hearts, a foundation that offers support for families of children and adults with congenital heart defects (CHD) and childhood onset heart disease in Utah and the Intermountain West. Squeezing for Cause... has gone CAMO!

Go Here to place your order!

These are a great money saver (reusable) and have helped many kids within our organization learn to eat better.  PLease consider purchasing!!

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Thanksgiving Music

Okay everyone, so what are some of your favorite THANKSGIVING songs?  I have tons of Christmas but want some for this upcoming Holiday.  I already have For the Beauty of the Earth, This is my Father's World and Thankful.

Here is an old fall picture from 2008. 

Saturday, June 7, 2014

Positive reinforcement

As a parent one often wonders "how badly am I screwing up my children?"  Yesterday at my son's ball game I was sitting on the sidelines.  I had Myra and Vaughn with me.  Vaughn has been playing  a lot with a bow and arrow set.  He wanted to bring it tot he ball park.  I went over a few ground rules about bringing the bow (but not the arrows) to the ball field.   He said he would comply with said rules.  

Inevitably in the course of time, one rule was broken, and then another.  The bow went into timeout a couple of times, and there were other normal kid needs.  After one of his melt downs, time out and then getting back to playing, a little old lady (her great grandson was playing ball) leaned over and said she enjoyed watching my interaction with my children and was glad to see discipline and love at the same time.

She was being sincere and it was reassuring.  I forget sometimes that people are watching how we treat our children and how we talk to them.  It was a good reminder.  I'm glad that at least one person besides me thinks I'm doing a good job!  Whew!     

Monday, May 5, 2014

Proper Young Lady

"There was a time, not too long ago, when a proper young lady wouldn't think of showing up to church on Easter morning with the same hat she wore last Easter."

Year after year my daughters and I are the only ones at our Easter church services wearing an Easter Bonnet.  My girls didn't even wear their gloves this year.  We don't always have a new hat.  We usually have our favorites that we wear that day, although I know traditionally it is supposed to be new.  

So, my question is, what has happened to this tradition?  Why has it faded in to the woodwork while candy, gifts and excess take over?  In New York City there is still an Easter Parade on 5th Avenue.  Here is a bit of history on the long lost tradition.

"Easter was once known as the "Sunday of Joy." After the Civil War, mothers and daughters who had donned the dark colors of mourning for such a long time began wearing colorful flowered hats and elaborate corsages as part of the Easter celebration. Their hats were adorned with blooming and fresh flowers. If the flowers were not blooming they would make them from paper, ribbon, feathers or sea shells.  Read more HERE.  

This is a cute article about a woman remembering making Easter hats during the Great Depression.  

The Easter bonnet reached its apex with the release of MGM's 1947 Irving Berlin musical, "Easter Parade," that starred Judy GarlandFred AstaireAnn Millerand Peter Lawford. The movie was set in 1912 Manhattan.  It is a fun story, with the famous Easter Parade song.  

And then, what happened?  It was no longer "required by society" for respectable women to wear hats to church.  

 The practice withered in the 1970s when hats became optional for women going to church. "Or perhaps hats went out of style when girls started wearing bouffant hairdos,"


Here is another clip about Easter Parade from the Movie Holiday Inn.  It's a favorite of mine. CLIP

Sunday, April 20, 2014


A friend gave me this poem.  I love it.  I pretty much sums up how I feel.  Thank you Patsy Gaut for writing this!

A Little While
I held her for a little while...
Made plans to watch her grow...
We played each waking moment...
So she'd know I loved her so....
I cherish all the tiny things....
That went unnoticed then...
A special bond between us grew...
My little one, my friend....
A place of honor she will have....
In my heart and in my home...
It gives me strength and peace...
To know she's not a lone....
I know that Jesus holds her close...
And tends her every need...
My child is safe in heaven....
She holds a noble place indeed!

Elaine truly was my little friend.  13 years ago I became a mommy.  It was just her and me.  All day, everyday.  Sigh, I miss her.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Tulips and Daffodils

In the spring time, when the tulips and daffodils emerge, I cannot help but think of my girl.  Elaine loved flowers and would (naughtily) pick them.  Then she would carry them around like wands, and hit people with them.  During her last hospital stay while waiting for a new heart, it was spring.  When we could, she was allowed outside for short periods of time to visit her baby sister, who was too young to be allowed in the PICU.  Elaine always wanted a flower.  So I (naughtily) would let her have one.  Then, after the short time outside she would be exhausted and want to go in and watch a movie.  Sometimes Santa Clause is coming to Town, or something equally as silly.  Today I wanted a picture of Elaine with my flowers in the yard.  This is the best I could do since she is gone.  It's been a long and hard 10 years without her little hand in mine.  I know she would be turning 13 and be all teenagery.  But this is how she will always be to me, until I see her again..  Love you, Bugga!

Saturday, February 8, 2014

Swing Time!!

This is your official invitation!  Come for a great evening of dancing, oh and dinner.  Can you tell I am excited?!  I love an excuse to get dressed up and go out!

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Corliss Archer

I was able to go and see the play Kiss and Tell last night at Hale Center Theater in Orem.  What a gem!  It was hilarious!!!  There was a movie produced in 1945 based off of the play.  It is a Shirley Temple film of the same name.  I cannot recommend it enough.  
  What surprises me is that there is no way to purchase a copy of this movie.  Not on DVD or VHS even.  Why are these spectacular parts of our history hidden away?  I didn't realize that Shirley Temples last film, Almost a Bride (which I do own and love), is a sequel to this movie.  I highly recommend them.  There is a copy you can "watch" on you tube but it is poor quality.  I recommend watching for it to come on your cable or dish channels.  So, so so fun!  Thank you Hale Center Theater!!