Friday, February 28, 2014

Grandma Elizabeth Lefler

February 28th we drove out to Woodland to visit Grandma Lefler.  We don't get to see her very often just as our little family (if ever) so it was nice for Mason to get some one on one time with this sweet lady.  We don't know how much longer she will be with us.  She had an interesting experience lately that I'll write down for memories sake.

One night she was tired at the end of the day and she had the thought, "I wonder when I'll die..."  She heard a voice say, "Are you ready now?"  She said, "Well... not quite yet..."  The voice then said, "Then get ready."  She has been gathering her family ever since and saying her goodbyes.  We all  honestly believe that this 92 year old lady who has spent the majority of her life in service would be given the opportunity to know it's her time to go and prepare herself and her family.

Mason had a project for school where he had to interview someone on their life views and he chose to do her.  It was a special day for all.

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

January on into February

My birthday came and went.  Another year older and wiser too.  31.  My age doesn't seem to phase me anymore.  At least for now.  We'll see what happens when I turn 40 - bleh.

Mason celebrated my birthday week by giving me a gift every morning.  Tuesday night we went to a USU basketball game.  It started at 9 so we just had someone come hang out with our sleeping kiddos.  We've been wanting to go to a game since we moved up here.  The basketball games are crazy intense. The USU fans have been rated the loudest crowd in the Mountain West conference.  They make up all kids of crazy cheers and rants.  It was so fun.  We sat in the student section and cheered with the best of them.  Every game the students choose a theme that a lot of them dress up as.  This game's theme was Duck Dynasty.  The entire front row of students dressed up like hill billy's and had fake gaming ducks that they were quacking at the players as they'd run by.  It was great.

Friday night, my actual birthday, Mason took me out to eat at The Copper Mill Restaurant.  I got delicious prime rib.  He knows the way to my heart.  We walked around downtown for a little while after and then went home and had a little party with Boonie.  Boonie made me a book.  He told the story while Mason wrote it out and then they both illustrated it together.  He was SO PROUD of it and the story was quite hilarious.  Boonie was very excited for my dirfday.

Below is Marae and Jack checking each other out.  We met up with them for dinner after Laura's blessing on Saturday.

Boonie and I went on a date last Saturday night.  We went to the dollar movie and watched "Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2."  He was very excited about our date - and his popcorn.  In the movie there are giant taco monsters chasing people around.  After the movie I asked him if he wanted to get something to eat.  He said, "Let's get tacos."  So our date ended at Taco Bell.  I loved my time with my little man.  He's growing up so fast.

Cute babies eating muffins.

Speaking of getting big... this little lady is almost 18 months!!  Nursery, here she comes!!!  Have I ever mentioned how much I ADORE her curly hair.  I wish I would have gotten a picture of the back.  It's getting pretty long and it's just ringlets all the way down.  She's so purdy.


Saturday Feb. 1st we drove down to Alpine.  Mason's mom, Laura, was diagnosed with chronic cancer.  She found a dark spot on her ankle and had it checked out.  She was going in for her test the upcoming Tuesday the 4th and the whole family got together to give her a blessing.  The test would reveal if the cancer was originating in her bone marrow or just forming from her blood.  If it was from her bone marrow she would have to have chemotherapy and if it was just centralized in her ankle they could do radiation on the spot and it would be gone.  It was very shocking to hear all of this.  Poor Mason was so upset... I mean who wouldn't be.  It's your mother after all.  Laura has been very upset over it but trying to be strong.  When we got to their house the mood was very somber.  Tom was having the hardest time.  He's such a strong man and he was fighting back tears or in tears the whole time.  The thought of his wife leaving him first was more than he could bare.  It was a very tender morning.  

Laura got her blessing, Danielle listened over skype, and we had a nice lunch together.  Luckily the results came back with as good of news as everyone could hope for.  The cancer cells were not being generated in her bone marrow so she won't need chemotherapy.  They will just localize the radiation and she'll have to get checked every now and then.  Thank goodness.

This picture below is so tender.  Marae doesn't snuggle anyone... she's always too busy on the run.  After the blessing she went up to Tom's feet and asked to be picked up.  She laid her head on his shoulder for (I'm not kidding you) about 5 minutes.  We even took a movie of it.  She just sat there and he rubbed her back.  There is something so comforting in a baby's hug, let alone one that lasts that long.  I think she knew her Papa needed that long hug.  Tom quoted the verse in Malachi 4:6 "...turning the hearts of the children to their fathers..."  It was so sweet.

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Snow Week

Last week it snowed a TON!!  Yay!!  We've been waiting for it to really dump like everyone warned us about.  It's been a pretty mild winter and Boonie has been asking to go out and make a snowman since Christmas!  The two pictures below are before it snowed.  This snow that was on the ground was the iced over crunchy snow.  We've been going a little stir crazy being cooped up inside so I decided to pull the babies to the river to look at it in the snow.

About a minute after I took this picture below Boonie fell in head first.  He was leaning over to get a stick and with the bulk of his snowsuit he toppled over.  I didn't see it happen or hear anything.  I turned around and he was silently sprawled arms outstretched in the river.  It was so cold it took his breath away.  Poor little guy.  We went right home and took his snowsuit off.  Those suits are certainly waterproof because it always held all the water in.  He got to take a nice warm bath after that.

We woke up Monday morning to a TON of snow!!  We were all so happy and had to go out and play in it.

Marae was making this face because of the tractors down the street that were making so much noise.  Every time they'd send something crashing she'd make this face - so basically she looked like this for 5 minutes straight.

Checking out the tractors:

It continued to snow all week.  Friday we went out and made an awesome sled run into our neighbors yard.  It started at the top, curved, went for a while, and then curved at the end.  We had friends over too and all the kids loved it!  It was Mason's construction idea before he went to work one morning.  We had just been going down the hill straight.

Boonie got to make his snowman!!

Good thing we didn't wait a day to build this snowman or go sledding because the next day it rained and melted almost all the snow.