Monday, October 31, 2011

Happy Halloween!

 Here are all of the monsters and the neighbor monsters! Kelly is a sailor girl, but her hat fell off. I'm just impressed that they are all looking. I should get a star on my forehead for achieving this miracle.

 So Paige reaalllly wanted to be a vampire. But mean mom (that would be me) told her NO. She expressed her sadness to her good friend Brandon and his mom about her Halloween dilemna. His mom called me the Halloween grinch and before I knew it Brandon was at the door with an early birthday present for Paige...  yep you guessed it. It was a vampire costume. So it is only fitting that we took their adorable picture together. (Just don't tell them that we plan on showing this picture at their wedding in 15 year years).

 Here is our annual picture in front of the tree. I love the little cheesy face that Our froggy is making.

Little Known Fact: That Dragon and Froggy costume has been through all of the kids. The Dragon started out as a present to Kelly from a friend (oddly enough because she wanted it and I wouldn't get it for her. Huh? I'm seeing a trend here). And all of the kids on down have worn it.

What a good sport Poppy was. It wasn't easy following Ms. Laney around. She thinks she is one of the big kids.

And off they go! One house down only 4500 more to go. Actually they made it about an hour and then they all broke down. Kelly wanted to go hand out candy, Paige wanted to go home. Tommy said his feet were no longer working. Preston stopped accepting candy from houses.

 In fact one women tried to put candy in his bag and Preston stopped her and said, "No I am done trick-or-treating".

So we went home. I survived another Halloween.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Beautiful Baptism

A couple of weeks before Paige's baptism, my friend Amy Rahm took Paige out and got some amazing pictures of my girl. They totally captured her spirit.

 Love this girl and her twirly-ness.

Look at that sweet face

And of course one of Paige being Paige!

Here is my sweet thing on the day of the baptism

Had to get a family pic in!

Adam all ready to go.

This is right outside of the font.

We had fabulous friends and family come. It's always great to have them around.

Paige was over the moon about Crazy Uncle Willy and Sarah coming

Paige smiling with Nonnie and Poppy.

And of course we can't forget Grampy!!

Monday, October 24, 2011


Dear Paigemonster,

Today you turn 8. Time sure flies when you are having fun, and I must say that life with you is fun. You are a joy in our house. You are kind and you share and you are a peacemaker among your siblings. You are the first to volunteer to help and all you really want to do is please me. And I hope you realize that you do. I am more than pleased with you. Just watching you giggle and laugh makes me happy.

I remember when you were a baby and you would cry ALL.THE.TIME. Then you turned 2 and you were just difficult. Luckily you were adorable, because you were a pain. You were picky and whiney and always wanted to have your way. But somewhere over the past 4 or 5 years you turned into a heavenly child. I can always count on you to pull through for me. If I'm having a hard day, I know that you will be my rock.

You deserve the world my dear and I hope that you always know how much I adore you. I love how you snuggle and how you have to give me 50 hugs a night before bed. I love how you jump onto my side of the bed when you have nightmares and hold me all night long. I love how you say you aren't girly and hate the color pink, but when we do your hair all pretty you sneak peaks in the mirror and smile.

 Who wouldn't love this beauty?

 Little known fact: She was the first Monster. She was such a little devil that I called her Paigemonster and the name just sort of spread to all the other children. Before I knew it I had a house full of monsters, but it all came from her. She started it all. So happy birthday my little Paigemonster. My blue-eyed beauty.