Wednesday, December 31, 2008


We want to wish everyone a very Happy New Year!
Love The Germans

Tuesday, December 23, 2008


Tuesday, December 9, 2008

ZOO Lights

We went to the zoo on friday to see the lights, it was so beautiful and freezing, but we had a good time.

Sunday, December 7, 2008


I wonder, what does Christmas mean,
With its stars and shiny balls?
Is Christmas more than Christmas trees
And toys and games and dolls?
Of this I’m sure: There’s something more,
For I’ve heard many say
That in a strange and far-off land,
A child was born this day.
And Christmas is to celebrate
His coming from above.
He showed us how we all should live
And told us we should love.

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

It's the LITTLE things...

The little things I LOVE...

My Father in Heaven.
My husband.
My two little boys of course!
Cold cereal in the morning, so much easier than cooking anything.
I love my two new callings, the nursery and enrichment!
A good book.
A smile.
Christmas lights.
Aleck falling asleep while playing, eating or watching Elmo.
Quintin's snuggles.
Chads way of always getting me to laugh.
My homemade sweet rolls.
Cherry blossoms.
A cold glass of milk.

Monday, December 1, 2008

Monday "MOO-SINGS"

I have always loved cows,

I for some reason think that they are quite cute, as are all farm animals in my opinion, well except for turkeys. Although I do not like to touch cows, because I am afraid that they are going to kick me, it scares me to death. I also like COWBOYS so maybe that is why I like cows who knows! Or maybe it is because I have been called Heifer by many little ones in my life!

I love to go to the rodeo and watch the BULL rides,

but I am thankful that I did not marry a cowboy,

I don't think I could handle the stress of watching CHAD kill himself ridding a bull, he is very accident prone, he does not need any help from a bull in hurting himself.
As I say that I realize it has been a few months since Chad has been injured so I assume something will be happening just before Christmas, because that is just our luck! I wonder what it will be maybe stitches, shingles, electrocution (without death) or a broken bone, that one hasn't happened for a while so that is my guess!
I will pray for his saftey though.
Anyway back to the cows, I just love them, best out of all the farm animals, so my Mondays are for my

Sunday, November 30, 2008


"As sons and daughters of God, we cherish life as a gift from Him. His eternal plan provides opportunities for His children to obtain physical bodies, to gain earthly experiences, and to realize their divine destinies as heirs of eternal life."
Russell M. Nelson, “Abortion: An Assault on the Defenseless,” Liahona, Oct 2008, 14–19

The last few days I have not been able to stop thinking about a news story that I saw, about Carlos Boozer's family and another family here in Utah. (Here is the link to the story, With Aleck's condition this really hit home, both of these families chose to go and have their embryos tested for disease/disorders/disability, however you want to put it. After testing they choose which embryos get to live, and which do not, their whole purpose is to have a "healthy" child, unaffected by what ever could be passed on to them from the parent(s). I just wanted to cry as I watched the story. I cannot imagine someone choosing to kill, in my opinion, a child or multiple children in these cases because they inherited a bad gene. I am truly thankful for medical technology and the treatments we have for disease/disorders/disabilities, but when it comes down to life I believe that all have the right to live no matter what is wrong with our physical bodies, and in the end we all have at least a little something wrong.

Aleck's condition came about because of a gene mutation, because Chad nor I have the condition, but he has a 50/50 chance of passing aniridia on to his children. If I had known that he was going to be born with this ailment I would have never chose to not have him because of it, and I pray that he will do the same for his children. He is a child of God, (as we all are), who deserved a chance to gain a physical body and to live on this earth to learn and to grow, I know I am blessed to have the gospel (being a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints) and to know the truths of this life. It just breaks my heart that the world is becoming so careless that they would be willing to sacrifice a life for their idea of "perfection", which is unattainable anyway. In my opinion it is all selfish, no one wants to see there children suffer physically, or in any other way, and no one wants to spend endless hours in the hospital, or at the doctors, or therapy or potentially have to watch there child die, but that is what being a parent is all about, becoming selfless.

I would not trade anything for the opportunity that I have to raise a child with special needs, it is not easy and many tears have been shed over the difficulties. But in the end he is Aleck, a child, and aniridia does not define his life, in the eternities it will just be a small spec of who he is and what he went through in this life.

Aleck the day he was born, wouldn't trade it for anything-
This is what LIFE is about!

I just needed to vent, sorry it is so long!

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Family Fun!

Send your own ElfYourself eCards

Friday, November 7, 2008


I kinda forgot about Halloween! We had a fun time at Quintin's school party, and then we carved pumpkins, but after that he got sick and spent the rest of the night throwing up. Better luck next year! If your wondering who the little kitten is, she belongs to one of my friends, that babysit for, isn't she soooo cute! We love our Adda (Addison), thats what Aleck calls her.

Tuesday, November 4, 2008


Today for our family home evening we are talking about gratitude and blessings. So last night I was going over in my head all of the wonderful things that I have been blessed with in my life, some times I get so caught up in life that I forget how truly blessed I am. I first thought about Chad and what a wonderful husband he is, I don't think that there is another person in this world that could deal with my craziness at times!

Then I thought about my two beautiful boys, and what wonderful blessings they are in my life. I remembered when I was trying to get pregnant with Quintin and we prayed for two years to have a baby, I was beginning to think that it wasn't going to happen and then out of the blue I ended up pregnant, we were so excited. It then took us four years to get pregnant with Aleck, needless to say I didn't always have the best attitude about waiting that long, it was very frustrating at times, but I really tried to remember who was in charge. When Aleck came along everything fell right in to place, or at least it made sense to me. With Alecks disability and constant doctors appointments I would have never survived with two little ones, and I needed Quintin's maturity at times to lift me up when I fell. Although he was only five when Aleck was born, he at times had the wisdom and faith that I lacked. I remember one night I was putting him to bed and I thought he was asleep, it had been a long day, with lots of doctors appointments for Aleck and I was confused and overwhelmed. I started to cry, and I felt Quintin hug me, he looked up to me with his big beautiful blue eyes and asked why I was crying, and I told him I was sad and scared for Aleck, then Quintin said, "Mom you don't need to be scared you know that Jesus will fix him someday, he will give him blue eyes." (For those who don't know, Aleck was born with a rare visual deformity/impairment called Aniridia and he has no iris, which is the color part of the eye.) I just sat there for a moment and thought to myself is it that simple, and I realized it is. Life isn't easy and we will have challenges, but if we have faith we will receive the blessings we need to endure. Quintin was there for me that night so that I could endure.

I am just so thankful that Quintin was chosen to be here with me and to bless my life. I am also so thankful for a Heavenly Father who knows best, I try not to ever question his timing or intentions. Going through this challenge with Aleck has taught me that, "There are no accidents in Gods plans." I am just so thankful for a loving Heavenly Father, who sent me such special children who continue to bless my life every minute of every day, and continue to remind me of what is important.Who could ask for more!

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Boy Are They CUTE!

This weekend we went and took the boys pictures. It is are annual Christmas gift to our parents and grand parents. They all turned out so cute, it will be hard to decide which ones to give. Here is a sampling. Quintin thinks he is a super model, he wants his picture taken only his way, he is always posing for the camera! Aleck just wants to be left alone, but we managed to get a few good ones. I am so blessed to have both of them!

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

9 years and still counting!!!

I can't believe it has been nine years already, I guess that is a good thing! Chad and I were married on August 17th, 1999. We have made it a tradition to try and go camping for our anniversary, we didn't go last year because things were to crazy, but we did make it this year and we had a lot of fun. Anyway, I just want Chad to know how amazing these years have been, I can't even imagine what my life would be without him, and the two beautiful children that we have brought into this world.

Things I love about Chad.....

I love that I was the first girl he ever loved.
I love how he always makes me and my mom laugh!
I love how he loves our boys!
I love how he loves me even when I can be kinda mean!
I love how he misses me.
I love how he looks in camo.
I love how he knows that I am always right, and he admits it!
I love the way he helps me to be a better person.
I love how excited he gets when he catches a fish.
I love his testimony.
I love his muscles!
I love how he plays Star Wars with Quinitn.
I love the way he makes Aleck giggle!
I love how he stays up late with me and lets me talk his ear off!
I love the way he works so hard to provide for his family.
I love how forgiving he is.
I love how he helps me through the hard times.
I love how he lets me tease him all the time.
I love how often he goes to the emergency room!
I love his dedication to the Young Men in our ward.
I love all of his funny voices, my favorites are Elmo and Barney the kids just love it!
I love watching him play hockey!
I love how happy he is to be home with his family.
I love the way he makes me feel like I am the most and the best of everything in his life.

What a STUD!

Aleck just got his first pair of real glasses. He has always had to wear sunglasses outside so I figured it wouldn't be all that bad keeping them on him, boy was I wrong. The first few days I just think he thought is was cool because he could see, but after that he realized that throwing them was much more fun! He also likes to hide them in with all of the toys, I spend more time trying to find his glasses than he does wearing them. But he sure looks cute!

Monday, August 11, 2008


We went to Lagoon with Chads work on Monday, the 4th, and the kids had a blast. Quintin was a bit of a chicken, but I think Aleck would have went on all of the rides if he could have. They both enjoyed themselves though. Mackenzie came with and she had a good time also. I am not really a huge fan of Lagoon and all the rides and stuff (weak stomach, and fear of dying), but Chad got me to go on the Cliff Hanger, and honestly I loved it, I was still scared out of my mind but it was a lot of fun. I got some real cute pictures of the kids enjoying themselves.

The Great Outdoors!

We had our ward camp out at Camp Ensign on the 1st and 2nd of August, and the kids both loved it. In all of our other wards they never had camp outs so we were all very excited! Quintin had so much fun playing with all of his friends, and Aleck just loved being outside. At night we played a fun game with the ward and then we watched the Princess Bride outside, along with roasting marshmallows. The next day we went to the lake and canoed, Quintin got a little "lake sick" on the canoe, the wind was really blowing so it was pretty rocky out there. He had fun playing in the lake though.

Friday, July 18, 2008

So sad!

So Chad and Quintin are so sad because they don't have as many pictures on here as Aleck. So this is to make them happy. I sure hope Chad isn't upset about the pics of him, but I am well entertained! I don't think I will ever get over Chad dancing around in a speedo or as he says, "posing trunks".


1. As a comment on my blog, leave one memory that you and I had together. It doesn't matter if you knew me a little or a lot, anything you remember!

2. Next, re-post these instructions on your blog and see how many people leave a memory about you. It's actually pretty funny to see the responses. If you leave a memory about me, I'll assume you're playing the game and I'll come to your blog and leave one about you.

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

What's Happening...

Last week was a long one Aleck had his first EUA (exam under anethisia) and I was just stressed, they thought that he had developed glaucoma and they also wanted to take a look at the development of his eyes. If he had glaucoma then they had also talked about operating, which freaked me out. But all went well he has no glaucoma and they said that nothing they saw was unexpected for a child with aniridia. We need to go and have another ultrasound of his kidneys to be sure that there are no tumors. Then we can rest for a few weeks before his next doctors apointment. I begining to feel like I should just live there! I took some cute pics of him at the hospital in his gown, I think everyone thought I was crazy sitting there taking pictures, but he was so adorable!

Still trying

Since we moved my internet connection has been horrible, but the other day I upgraded and now it is great. So I think I will be able to really get this thing up and running! We shall see!

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Almost there!

Well it has been almost two months since I started trying to make this blog and it is still a work in progress, but it is coming along. All is well here, we are keeping busy and trying to enjoy our summer.

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

This is a test!