Tuesday, December 6, 2011


I had the wonderful opportunity of being in a play done by our stake, called the Kirtland Pageant. I believe it was a pageant originally done in Kirtland, Ohio. It was about Joseph Smith, Emma, and the Saints moving to, then away from Kirtland.

I wasn't planning on auditioning for the show, but I was at the auditions with the Young Women in my ward and thought maybe I should. I called Russ to see if he'd be okay with it and he said to go for it.

I'm so glad I ended up doing the show! I met some wonderful people. Russ was so good to have Elliot while I was at rehearsals and performances.

Nelly & I (She was a hoot!  We had a lot of fun together)

Carden & I

Marty Reimchissel had the vision of doing this show in our stake. He was a wonderful person and liked having fun. He put so much time and effort into the pageant.  Marty became hospitalized about 2 weeks prior to the show and sadly passed away last night. Thanks for everything, Marty:)

Feeling Christmasy

...It's the most wonderful time of the year... I really do love this time of year. Lights & decorations, baking, Christmas movies, activities & music, snow, hot chocolate, feeling warm & cozy, family, focusing on our Savior's birth.

We have been feeling quite Christmasy at our house. Russell put up Christmas lights on our house and around our front window, we busted out our decorations, we went to the Festival of Trees with my mom, and we decorated our tree. I'm looking forward to the rest of the month.

He loves this beaded garland!
Festival of Trees (Grandma Kari & Elliot)

One thing I love about the Festival of Trees is the gingerbread houses

Weasley House (Russ & I have come to love Harry Potter)
Decorating the tree

9 Months

Our little goose turned 9 months on November 26th! This is such a fun age. He is all over the place and keeps us entertained and laughing. He is also such a sweetheart and loves climbing on us and giving "kisses."

Thanksgiving 2011

We spent Thanksgiving this year with Russ' family. His brother Scott & his wife Diane came up from St. George and stayed at our place. We have fun with them and loved having them.

Thanksgiving dinner was at Grandma Patsy's house in Provo. We had about enough food to feed a church congregation. So many appetizers, turkeys, desserts. It was delicious. We are so blessed.

Grandma Patsy with Jasani & Elliot
The little ones going through the Black Friday ads
Robert, Scott (Russ' bros), Diane (sis-in-law), Angela (cousin), Russ, me
Uncle Bob, friend, Amber, Jack (cousins)
Chris (bro-in-law), Helen (aunt), Papa Petty, Mama Petty, Tim (uncle), Anika (aunt)
First Thanksgiving with our little family

Monday, December 5, 2011


November went by pretty fast, but we had a lot of fun with our little guy.

He stands up to everything! Here he is underneath a chair.
Playing in his carseat (and he loves that little binkie bag)

Being pulled by Daddy in his little wagon
We were playing outside and Elliot loved the rake!
Cheese! Playing in the mirror