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Friday, December 05, 2008

School Pictures...

This year was my first experience with having the kid's school pictures retaken. Until now, I've been lucky the first time around. So, I asked lots of people what they would do, held my breath, and sent the not-so-pretty pictures back to school with my kids & prayed they would be better. After all, they couldn't get much worse.

This is the original...I scanned it before sending it back.
Some people's comment about this were
"He looks like he's on drugs."
"He looks like he's about to cry."
"He looks like he's bored."
"He looks like he thinking 'just take the darn picture already."

And this is the re-take! Best decision EVER!
I know exactly what he's thinking in this one because
I told him to remember when mommy slipped & fell on
her bottom in the kitchen. I knew he would have a natural smile...
It worked!

Here's Emily's original picture...I have no words for this!

And here is the retake.
She doesn't want to show her missing teeth,
so we get the precious smirk.
It's MUCH better than the first one.

Here is Zach's preschool picture 2007
with the ultimate cheesy fake smile,
but still very cute!

This is Emily's 1st grade picture 2007.
I have to say that out of all of the, this
one is still my favorite.

And finally, here is Emily's Kindergarten
picture 2006. She looks so little!

Tuesday, December 02, 2008

"I Don't Even Know Any Japan Words"

Okay, so I don't have any pitctures to post with this one, but it's a cute story that I want to share before I forget it. I was saying betime prayer with Zach & I prayed that the missionaries would not be missing their families too much and that they would get to talk to them on Christmas.

When the prayer was over I asked Zach if he knew that missionaries don't get to see their mommies or daddies or brothers or sisters for two whole years.

Then he pouted & said, "Then I don't want to be a missionary". It was super sweet, but of course I explained that it was okay because they are serving Heavenly Father and he takes care of them.

Then he said, "You know what? I can't be a missionary because I don't even know any Japan words".

That made me laugh & I said that if he was called to serve in Japan, he'd go to the missionary training center & they would teach him Japan words.

Then he said, "I only know one Japan word. It's for hello. It's

I laughed & told him that's one word down and he's on his way. He is so stinking adorable. Marc giggled the whole way through the story when I shared it with I thought you all might get a giggle or two too.

Monday, December 01, 2008

Missing Pregnancy and Newborns...

Okay, so I've been around all these young mamas who are either pregnant or have's making me nostalgic.
I'm pretty sure we are done having babies,
so I'll relive the experience with these pictures.

These two were taken on Easter 2001...
3 days before Emily blessed our family.

This was taken on my way to the hospital to have my precious Zach.
A bit of a sad story...I'd just found out
that the day before, my step-mom passed away unexpectedly.
I went in to be induced so I could go to her funeral in Sacramento.
Talk about mixed emotions during delivery.
It's okay though because I know that she was with Zach in heaven from the 9th to the 11th before he joined us on earth.