Tuesday, March 30, 2010

For Mark

Taken at 27 weeks, but this girl is currently 29 weeks

I can't quite figure out my face, specifically my crossed eyes

Also, you'll be pleased to know that I just drank my weight in Strawberry Lemonade from Del Taco. Ever had the stuff? Deeevine. Then I felt like I needed to eat half a bagel to, ya know, absorb some of that liquid. Makes sense, right? Well, it does to me.

Happy Tuesday!

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Grandpa Coxes 89th Birthday Bash

Grandpa Cox turned the big 8-9 this year which called for a party! Relatives traveled from Orangeville and SLC to celebrate the occasion.

Blowing out his candles. I'd say we skimped on the candles!

Grandpa with all of his 12 great grandchildren

What do the women do at a party? Chat and hang out in the kitchen!

What do the men do? Watch sports, of course!
It was a great party, and we look forward to his 90th next year!

Friday, March 26, 2010

Betty Lou

A few weeks back I drove to California with my dad, sister and her baby girl to visit my sweet grandma who is recuperating. She sure is a fighter! And through everything she's kept up her great sense of humor, and really knows how to make light of her situation.

I so enjoyed visiting her, and my fabulous aunts, Marcy and Robin, who have taken fantastic care of my lil' grammy.

It's so sweet to see my dad around his mom, it's so obvious how much he loves and misses her, and she, him. California is too far away!

Grams is sporting a seriously cool fauxhawk, and I'm sporting a super puffy face.

A 10 hour drive on Saturday and then again on Monday ended up taking it's toll on poor little Addison, but really only near the end. She was such a trooper! I think the above picture perfectly depicts how she felt near the end. "Get me the hell out of this carseat"

How did I entertain her for the last hour? Licorice (which she LOVED) and about a million new verses to "The Wheels on the Bus", most of which were very inappropriate. She doesn't understand, right?

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Wacko Turns FIVE

March 10th was the day.
Jack Rockwell was the one we honored.
Kick @ss buttermilk cake and chocolate ice cream was the treat we devoured.

And these pictures are too cute for words.

Tadd and I will be taking him to FIVE Guys Burgers and Fries, and to the Dollar Store to pick out FIVE things very soon to continue the celebration!

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Welcome Baby Lyla!

Grandchild #11 was born today to Chris and Tysen (Tadd's sister), and she is such a doll! 6 lbs. 14 oz. and just as sweet as can be. You've never seen a rounder face with such delicate features, I could just stare at her all day!

Warning: picture overload, I just couldn't resist!

Lyla Mae DeMartini

Tysen, please don't be mad that I posted a picture of you, you look beautiful!

I just LOVE this picture!

Our family is overcome with this blessing of having not one very special Down Syndrome child, but now two! Our three year old niece, Bree (daughter to Tadd's brother and his wife, Kris and Kecia), is also Down Syndrome, and has been a constant joy who has taught us so much!

Although this is a very difficult and overwhelming responsibility for Chris and Tysen, we've seen what a great reward and joy it can be. And luckily, as Chris said, "we do Down Syndrome really well in our family".

We are very much there to support the DeMartini's during this time, and can't wait to see this darling angel grow and develop, especially alongside her cousin, Bree!

Welcome to the family Lyla Mae!

Monday, March 8, 2010

Ahhh the Luck o' the Irish

I am 1/16th Irish, and I wear my heritage proudly. My mom made it a point growing up to instill that pride within us, and I'm glad she did!

Friday afternoon Haley, Mallory and I gathered at Haley's to make these sugar cookies, with the frosting recipe provided. Addie helped a little too.

First batch, too crispy. Second batch, perfection. Third batch, too crispy again. You'd think we'd learn right? Not so much. Don't worry, we ate them anyway. Fourth and fifth batches, delicious. This is the best sugar cookie recipe I've ever tried. Maybe we'll make it a monthly thing!

When it came time to frost, we exercised our creativity a little TOO much. Aren't they oh so lovely?

Ah, and might I mention the lovely Easter sprinkles Jon got for us at the store? Yes, we killed two birds with one stone and made Irish Easter cookies. So efficient.

We saved all the pretty ones for my mom, as you can see above. Maybe it would be a good idea to take a professional frosting class. Do they even have those?

Erin go Braugh!


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