Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Birthday Girl

Who's the Birthday girl?

Did you know Marissa:
Was born frank breach (butt first).
Went to to 3 proms her Junior year.
Favorite color is yellow.
Sucked her two fingers on her left hand.
Finds the good and gets along with everyone.
Wears basketball shorts constantly.
Loves oatmeal.
Laughs easily. 
Her nick name was Bowissa (thanks Natalie) or Baby Bo.
At 18 months, had a 20 word vocabulary.
Puts her make-up on in the dark.
Won a Physical Fitness award in the Junior Miss program.
Played high school volleyball.
Loves to sleep.
Went on two dates in one day.
Committed  crimes involving spray paint.
Went skinny dipping. At girls camp.
Was voted Dancer Of The Year.
Spoke at Seminary graduation.
Plays the piano.
 Is wonderful. :)

Some (but not all) of the things we love about Marissa:
She can't rhyme. She still thinks "bum"and "sun" rhyme. (Natalie)
Marissa has the confidence to be her own person and laugh at herself. (Mom)
I love how thoughtful she is. She bought me an unexpected gift at Christmas. (Kimmy)
Once she read the word Llama, and pronounced it La-lame. (Paige)
Marissa is amazing. She is a great example and stands up for what is right. (Max)
Looking at a plant she said,  "I love these. They never die." It was silk. (Mitch)
I love how she thinks she has a higher butt crack than everyone else. (Bryce)
She buys me airplane tickets to fly to Washington to see her. (Hailey)
I love her infectious smile and laugh. (Dad)

We Love You Marissa. 
Happy 20th Birthday!

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Very Merry

Christmas 2011
I was so lucky and got to spend the Holidays with these guys!

Nativity Walk
It was a chilly -12 degrees. It was cold but our hearts were warm!

Christmas Eve
Our friends the Ritchies invited us to go on a horse-drawn sleigh ride, pulled by two Blond Belgian horses.

Blond Belgians
Ben and Amos

Our Christmas Eve festivities included fixing and eating some good food, going on the sleigh ride, playing our annual game of Christmas Bingo, (with amazing Dollar Store prizes) and watching The Forgotten Carols.

Christmas Day
Such handsome men. They clean up nice!

The Roylances

The Dummars

Our traditional Christmas morning bow photo!

Kimmy and Bryce

Christmas Dinner For 18
The Greenwoods, The Madsen Family, and Cindy and Brian

More Christmas Fun
Too much Christmas fun.

I love my girls!

Snow Fun

The amazing 8 foot snowman. It was a collaborative effort!

A Movie And Dinner At Rocky Mountain Sea Food
Salmon Parmesan. My favorite!

Shrimp bread.

Hailey's Basketball Game
Cute Sisters!

 Hailey's Fan Club

We All Got To Love On This Cute Thing!
Brittin Loves Aunt Paige!

And Aunt Hailey!

And of course, Aunt Marissa too!

And the cool and handsome Uncle Mitch.

Brittin and grandpa looking at the music box. :)

But honestly, this guy was her favorite. He didn't try to entertain, sweet talk or bribe her. He didn't have to do a thing. She just liked to sit on his lap and chill.

She also loves Grandma Grandma!

(I'm pretty sure she is not supposed to be playing in there......)

Having a bowl of oatmeal with grandma.
I loved to get up with her and have breakfast together!

Tree 2011

Brittin liked grandma's Christmas tree. A little too much. I talked to her, and explained that the tree was just to LOOK at.  "No, no," I would tell her when her cute little hand would reach out to touch. It was so pretty, and the bulbs were so shiny and sparkly! So hard to resist! I spend a lot of time putting the bulbs back on the tree....... Brittin was a quick bulb snatcher! She would take a bulb off, and promptly, and ever so  nicely, hand it to the nearest adult. My favorite tree moment was when I saw her walk past the tree, shake her finger and head, and keep on walking. :) It's a good thing I love her so much!

Life for me doesn't get any better than when we are all together. Thanks to everyone for spending the Holidays with me. I love you all!

Here's to an amazing 2012