Wednesday, July 29, 2009


I'll make this quick. Hallie has a few words now! She started talking in MI thanks to a cat named Bubble. She loved that little guy, and refers to him as "Bup." That's pretty much what broke her language barrier. (She had been saying "what's that?" and "daddy" for months, but would not move past those words)

Now she says, pretty much clear as a bell: (and I might forget a few)
what's that
more this
breakfast (ok not clear as a bell, but she tries real hard. she loves breakfast.)

So we're excited about this!

Friday, July 24, 2009

Nauvoo, and Bagpipes

Yesterday Hallie and I got to go to Nauvoo, because my visiting teaching companion offered to let us go with her when she went, and that she would watch Hallie for me so I could go to the temple. So, of course, that was wonderful, and we had a great day - thank you Sandy! But that's not the point here.

While we were in Nauvoo, and Sandy was having her turn in the temple, Hallie and I were walking around after lunch. We heard bagpipes playing nearby, so of course off we went to investigate. We found a cluster of people, and the bagpipes were louder, so we knew we were in the right place. There were four people playing the bagpipes, and two people playing different drums. They were in full Scottish-wear, and they looked and sounded fabulous. Hallie had (dare I say obviously?) never heard anything like a bagpipe band (?) before, so she was enthralled. We stood there and listened to them for a while, and I realized that I had the goofiest, cheesiest grin on my face, and I don't even know why I was so happy, but it was just a really beautiful moment. Then they started a new song, and it sounded familiar, but before I could place it I found myself practically sobbing. I commanded myself to get a grip, and managed to return to control before anything awkward happened, like dropping Hallie, and then I realized what song they were playing so beautifully. It was "Praise to the Man". I'm not sure why it struck me so hard, but I've never heard it put to bagpipes before, with drums and everything. It was so majestic, and tragic sounding at the same time, and yet what a triumphant song! It's hard to describe, maybe you see what I mean. Anyway, by the time they finished I had managed to work my face back into a smile, you can't imagine what a feat of control that was because for some reason I was still battling the desire to weep.

You're probably thinking, 'she's pregnant. and she's crazy.' But it was beautiful, it was in Nauvoo, and it was bagpipes! How could you not feel a surge of emotion when thinking about Joseph Smith in a setting such as that?

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Our Trip To MI

We went to MI to visit my parents for the Fourth of July, and it was really nice because both brothers and my sister were able to come with their families too, and it was the first time in a long time that we've been all together like that for just a vacation. Which might make you think that it was relaxing, until you remember that it was MY family. :) Which really means chaos!!! AND bonus, I talked my friend Al into coming up too. Here are a few photos of that awesome weekend. (note: I don't know how it happened, but I have NO pictures of Dan and Rachel!!! Yikes, I apologize, and I love you two.)
Beautiful, beautiful GranB!

Pappy is just loving having us all around.

Annibelle, Mindee, and Pete! (Pete wanted to match Mindee.)

Mimi, Jill, and Jeff hiding in the back.

Hallie loves her Al soooo much. (Mostly because Al gave her kitty.)

Tuesday, July 21, 2009


I am still alive, albeit somedays I think only barely. I haven't given up hope yet though; each night I go to bed thinking 'tomorrow I won't be sick anymore.' Today I am feeling better, but trying to lay low to keep the germs from being suspicious. But, the pictures of Hallie and everything else just keep piling up, so here I'll put up a few in an effort to begin catching up.

Hallie wears "high heels".

Hallie loves swimming. This pool had a deep end, and a shallow end! How clever!

Hallie helps Daddy clean the bathroom. I try to stay out of it, or I would worry about the chemicals, but I do tell Devin to at least put her in her swimsuit and then I mostly just cross my fingers and try not to think about it. (Am I am bad mom?)

Hallie loves to read.

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Haven't Been Posting

Well, I haven't gotten on my computer much lately, and most of you are probably angry with me because I haven't been answering my phone either. (I know, I know, you hate it when I do that.)
This really isn't the way I wanted to do this, but I think it's going to be a while before I manage to get everyone called, and maybe this will make you not hate me so much.

This is the main reason I've been so sick and tired lately:
This, and I've just plain been sick this week. It's no fun when you're not allowed to take anything! (Ok, I know it's never fun to be sick, but please pity me. Please?) :)

So, look for Baby Rose #2 January 20th, 2010!!!