Sunday, October 31, 2010

Happy Halloween!

I loved dressing up for Halloween when I was a kid...trying to figure out how to make a costume out of what I had hanging around.  I remember the store bought costumes and the only kids that wore them were the "uncool" kids.  Now it's totally the opposite.  One year Aren dressed up as a ninja - a costume he put together himself - and I heard a friend of his at school say, "Oh, could you not afford a costume from the store this year?"  What the heck?!

It is now my goal to make cool costumes out of stuff I have around the house.  If something needs to be purchased, fine, but I want them to be able to wear it later and not have it look like a costume.  So, without further ado, I present to you my two little rock stars...

Monday, October 18, 2010

Time Out for...Eating?

This past weekend I, along with two of my very best friends in the world, got to spend the weekend in Phoenix at Time Out for Women and while it was really was amazing, as I looked through my pictures I realized that the whole three days could be documented by what we ate...and ate!  Oh my goodness we went everywhere! 

First we have...
(I was an In-n-Out virgin until that day!)

followed by...

(Cafe Rio deserves before and after shots)

and last but not least...

This doesn't even include the places I didn't pull out my camera, the movies, the snack runs to the CVS across the hotel parking lot.  Goodness gracious!  It was a fantastic weekend that I can't wait to do all over again next year.  Mark your calendars SV ladies!  We're hitting the Phoenix Time Out for Women on November 4-5, 2011!
Lori and Brenda at Hard Rock

Me and Brenda at TOFW (Hey Brenda, I need that one picture of all of us!)

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Five Years

Our family has celebrated a few five year anniversaries.  The first one was our fifth wedding anniversary on December 29, 2003 and it was a good one.  Rick was home from a nine month deployment to Bosnia, Aren had just turned four and Lily was not quite two and both were as healthy as either of them could be.  The next one happened on January 3rd of this year when we remembered the death of our beautiful daughter Lily.  Today we celebrate again as we remember how five years ago today Aren got a bone marrow transplant.  Aren loves today because he says it's like having another birthday every year, lol!  Well, he's right.  Each year we celebrate his birthday AND his transplant day. 

This year Aren was excited to finally receive Halo Reach, after all, it's been out for a whole month!  We also went out to dinner at one of Aren's favorite places - The Golden Corral.  Why is it his favorite?  Because "I don't have to wait to order my food.  I just get to eat right from the start."  That's my boy! So, Happy Transplant Day Aren!  I love you and I love that you are here with me still.  Every day I thank my Heavenly Father that you were able to stay with me just a little bit longer.  Your happy spirit fills me with joy.