Wednesday, February 23, 2011


 Today we got Violet's first hair accessories.  I think I am pretty hip and cool as to what is popular with little girls.  When you have FOUR of them, you really should be in the 'know.'  Well, today we got what is 'in' right now, it's a beautiful big hair bow.  This craze has truly become popular in the last two years. No one wore these while Madelyn was little.  So of course being one of our girls, you have to show off your new accessories...
Just chillin with Mom and Dad.
Mommy and Me.
This hat is SO CUTE!  We like our accessories around here.

Monday, February 21, 2011

Three weeks

Violet is three weeks today.  I don't know where the time went.  I think it went somewhere with all our sleep:).  She is so wonderful.  Her doctor made the comment that "she is a really laid back baby."  I think that is her.  She is also a snuggle bug.  She loves to cuddle up and sleep on Mommy or Daddy.  Her sisters still all discuss who gets to hold her when.  The rough part has been that Savannah and Madelyn have taken turns being sick.  So they have not  been able to hold her as much as they would like.  They each keep telling me that "they are no longer sick" as they wipe their nose. 

We found out today that Violet and I have Thrush.  I'm sore and so is she and we are just going to get through it together.  She is such a trooper and I am so grateful for doctors and medicine.  I love her more and more every moment I spend with her.  There truly is something extra special about out little Violet.  I look forward to every new milestone that we get to share together.

Monday, February 14, 2011


10 years ago, I was invited to have lunch with a guy who was funny, kind, sweet and very romantic.  He made me lunch and even though it was far from fancy, I was hooked.  I loved his company and I loved his zest towards life.  Ever since that lunch he has continued to make me smile, laugh and love.  So as this Valentines Day comes and goes yet again, I am just so grateful that I get to celebrate my ELEVENTH with the same great guy.

I love you Moroni.

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Angels among us

A couple of nights ago, I was cuddling with our oldest and talking about her day.  While she was sitting with me, Moroni had changed Violet's diaper and had left her on the floor to play.  Ellie then wanted to get up and show me something from school not knowing that Violet was placed on the floor.  She was bouncing away and like a train wreck you see it coming and there is nothing you can do about it.  Ellie was about to step right on Violet.  I couldn't get the words out fast enough and as I watched what was playing out before me a miracle happened.  Ellie's foot that was just about to go directly on Violet's stomach moved so it went right next to Violet's feet.  Finally the words escaped me and I was able to tell Ellie that Violet was on the floor.  We were both very upset.  Ellie starting crying and saying she didn't know she was there.  I starting crying because I knew I had witnessed a miracle.  I knew with all my heart that the only explanation for how our little 10 day old was not stepped on was that an Angel must have moved Ellie's foot at the last minute.  It was an over-whelming experience.  I still get teary-eyed talking about it.  I am so grateful for the little miracles that happen everyday, and I am so grateful for these moments that I get to witness.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011


Since little Violet has come into our lives we have had a lot of visitors drop by to help and to see our newest edition.  We are grateful for all the love that has been shown our way. 

Violet's middle name is actually named after my Mom Elaine.  I'm so proud to be her daughter.  So here are the two 'Elaines.'

Yet again on the coldest day we had to take our little Violet out to visit the doctor.  Some times it would be nice if one of the visitors was the doctor herself.  Can't wait to see who comes over next...

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Dear Blog(Violet edition),

What an amazing week it has been.  Our newest edition Violet has truly completed our family.  I am just amazed every time at how instantly I fall in love with each of our children.  Violet is truly a JOY.  I love her little face, I love to kiss her little nose and love to tickle her little feet.  So far we feel so blessed to have another amazing baby.  The day she was born ended up being a lot longer than I thought.  I think back to how much I wanted to meet her.  I just wanted her to come out so that I could see this face that I couldn't stop thinking about.  When the time finally came for her to officially enter our lives I looked at her face as they put her on my chest and I felt an over-whelming feeling of peace.  I knew she was suppose to be here.  I knew with my whole heart that Violet was meant to be part of our family, and that she has been meant to come to our family from the beginning.  I looked at her and all the awfulness of 40 weeks of pregnancy and days of laboring melted away.  She was perfect, she was special and she was all ours. 

As the week has progressed and any sleep has ended, I am still so happy.  I can't help it.  I am so happy.  I have aches, pains and frankly a lot of issues we will not discuss BUT...I am so HAPPY!!!  Last night as I sat there nursing our little Violet, I looked over at my sweet husband who was sleeping(he went to sleep after he got Violet and changed her diaper for me) and I felt pure gratitude for the blessings in my life.  Our life is not perfect, no ones is.  But one thing is we are perfect for each other and we make some PERFECTLY adorable children.  If you need more proof...

Bringing Violet home from the hospital.

She loves to look at you.  I really believe she is trying to tell us something.
As her shirt says...I AM hugging or kissing her all the time!
The answer is "NO" you can't have her :-).

The biggest JOY is knowing that our girls each have 3 sisters that they will have fun, laughs, fights and never ending love with.  So over-all week 1 of Violet's life...amazing...

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

And now we are SIX!!!!

On 1/31/11 @ 4:55 p.m. our world was forever changed.  We welcomed our newest princess, Violet Elaine to our family.  She was 7 lbs 4 oz and 20 1/2 inches long.  We have been looking forward to meeting her for 40 long weeks and she came right on her due date.  The doctors and nurses keep commenting that Violet has to do everything right.  Even her oxygen level has been 100%.  So far she is a wonderful baby and looks a lot like Daddy.  I just love kissing her little face and touching her little toes.  We feel so blessed!!

Violet sounds amazing.  I think she will be a singer.
Mommy and Violet: so happy to be together.
That's some face ;-)
Daddy holding Violet for the first time.
Auntie Mar was there for Violet's birth.  We were so grateful and she was so wonderful! 
Isn't she PERFECT??
Our FOUR princesses.
Ellie loves being the queen of all the princesses.
Savannah is such a loving big sister.
Madelyn is a BIG SISTER!!
Mana so happy to hold this little one.
Papa and his youngest grandchild.
Daddy and his girls.
The girls just couldn't get enough of Violet.
Daddy's girls!
Welcome to our family Violet. You are loved more than you know! 
And now finally, we are truly...6!!