Monday, December 31, 2007

Holiday Highlights


A few photos and a few memories from our Christmas celebrations:

On Christmas Eve, elves left pajamas on our doorstep! Every night since, Louisa has been watching and waiting for additional deliveries.

The girls favorite gift from Santa was a My Little Pony talking Skywishes doll.

Steve nailed a spectacular gift for me, and kept it a perfect secret (Quite a feat, knowing the great lengths to which my curiosity often takes me. He even went so far as to pay in cash!).

We enjoyed a whole day at home, and shared a traditional ham dinner with many members of the Dalton family.

A Sparkle in my Eye


If you happen to see a little sparkle in my eye lately, it is because my cute husband knows how to show me that he loves me. In my book, he wins every award for "best all-around great guy".

Monday, December 24, 2007

Joy to the World!

Each year as a family, we journey to the Teton mountain range. We camp at the base of gorgeous mountains, surrounded by nature and a great dome of sky.

The mountains, with their beauty and grandeur, invite us to contemplate our true place in the universe. Our thoughts are drawn to the miracle of creation. We look at the majestic mountains and think of God, our Creator.

We see how many stars there really are in the night sky - without competition from city lights. We witness that some things are most beautiful without our interference. We climb the terrain and see the raw courage of a flower pushing through a boulder. We watch how nature renews and balances. We take time to be awe-inspired.

In this setting, we see that we have work to do: more love to give, more of our own character to refine, more to teach to and learn from our daughters.

We are grateful for the joy we find in this magnificent journey of life. We are surrounded by a beautiful world: filled with love and laughter, family and friends.


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Wishing you

The joy of family

The happiness of friends

And all the best in the new year!

x

Sunday, December 16, 2007

Santa Lucia


Ella sang with the International Children's Choir (dressed as Santa Lucia) in their annual Christmas performance at Libby-Gardner hall. She was so cute and animated... definitely in her element!

Sweet friends: Ella and Kate.

Friday, December 07, 2007

Steve Edgley Day!

Today is a special day in our home... Steve Edgley day! December 7th, 2007 marks 6 years to the day that Steve survived and conquered a stroke. We have learned a great deal from his experiences, and continue to marvel with the life he now leads. He is an amazing man, who has dipped into the deepest parts of his soul, and come up victorious.

Monday, December 03, 2007

The Sky is Falling!


Saturday, a large limb from our backyard tree (under the weight of the new snow) came crashing down. It took our power lines and a few pieces of our garage (as well as some substantial parts of our neighbors home) down with it. The limb was just large enough to fill most of our backyard, but just small enough to miss our home and garage by about 6 inches.

We are grateful for our safety. Ella had been playing in the backyard snow about 20 minutes before the crash. And Steve had, just a minute before, finished shoveling the driveway. He was putting the shovel back in the garage when the limb came crashing down. By the sound of things, he was sure the garage was coming down on top of him, and jumped out to find sparking wires, which he carefully navigated to safety.

We are also grateful that the majority of the tree is still standing. It is large enough that it potentially could take out our whole home!

Sunday, November 25, 2007

We've Gone Private

It's official: this blog has gone private. However, I am taking a day-long break from all this behind-the-scenes glory to let those of you who are subscribed to a reader know that post updates will not come in through your feeds. For this, I apologize, and wish there was a better way. Hopefully technology will catch up soon. And in the meantime, I hope you will occasionally stop in!

Also, if you have not received an invite, but are interested, send an email (or comment) my way. The more, the merrier.

Memorable Message

Today in Church, Louisa (age 2 1/2) flipped open the scriptures and was looking at them with great intent. I asked, "What are you doing?" She replied, "Sending an email to Jesus."

Saturday, November 24, 2007

Football Fever


Football fever is in full force in our state. Today is the big day when the Utes play the Cougars. We're excited here at the Edgley home!

After twelve years of football fun with Steve (spending many long hours cheering on the BLUE team... seeing how happy he is if they win, and how much emotional devastation a loss brings), last year I consciously made the choice to be a BYU fan. As you can imagine, this was a decision that was very heavy for me, being that my fair alma mater is not BYU. But in the end, it was a decision made for the greater good of my little family (well, that and fearing that despite his great love, I may be disowned by my father-in-law).

This morning Ella broke some news to me. She has created a fairyland where the good side is blue and the bad side is red. Children who are naughty go to school on the red side. Children who are good go to the museum, playground, store and zoo on the blue side. Butterflies fly freely on the blue side, and rainbows form as well. The red side is fairly empty and bleak. However, teachers are nice at the red-side school. (That's good... being that Steve is technically both a medical doctor and a professor at the U).

So, I figured this would all translate into her preferences for football teams. When I asked, "What kind of fan are you, Ella?", she responded, "A snow-cone fan." Smart girl. Very smart.

Post-Press Edition: Ella just informed me that the red side was just not complete. She brought the finished version to me, and the red side now contains: a church, toy store, hospital and office (in addition to the school). And the fairy parents get together on the red side at the "meeting spot."

Is this any predictor for who will win the game today? You be the judge...

Friday, November 23, 2007

Giving Thanks!

Thursday, November 22, 2007

We're Thankful For...

Ella: My skin, it protects me. My privileges.
Louisa: My mommy and daddy. Running and jumping.
Steve: Football (especially BYU football). Responsibility.
Emi: Love, life, laughter. Family and friends.

Saturday, November 17, 2007

Is this Really my Husband?


A flashback from Halloween (this is the modest picture... you should have seen him with the jacket off and tatoo shirt ablaze)!

Thanks Momma E. for sending the picture.

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Remember?


A while back, I posted about a contest (access via this link) in which Ella participated with a local photographer, Wynona Robison. I suspect many readers voted, because Ella was selected for a sitting. Well, the pictures turned out to be stunningly beautiful.
I will post my favorites, and to see more, you can link to Wynona's blog at http://wynonarobison.typepad.com/photography/2007/11/ella.html As you can see, Nona even shot a few of Lulu (who always seems happy to be along for the ride!).

Monday, November 12, 2007

Weekend Away

I was lucky enough to escape and enjoy a fun girl's trip this weekend... seven great friends, tons of shopping, too much food and lots of laughter. I loved being in Phoenix with my Chicago book club friends. These friends have been with me through many of life's difficult moments. We really connect... and not just because we all have blonde hair!


Here are a few pictures of us (there were not many from the vacation, I was having too much fun to pull out the camera). Can you guess what is going on in the bottom right picture (hint: those are dryer sheets)? Winner gets a tip on where to find the BEST gelato outside of Italy.

Monday, November 05, 2007

Genome Projects

Two projects of note:

Music Genome Project - The genius minds over at Pandora are working to "capture the essence of music at the fundamental level" using over 400 attributes to describe songs and a complex mathematical algorithm to organize them. A given song is represented by a vector containing approximately 150 genes. Each gene corresponds to a characteristic of the music, for example, vocal harmony, melody, level of distortion on the electric guitar, lyrics, etc.

They have compiled an in-depth analysis of music. You can start by choosing song or artist you like, and then create a station full of songs with musical qualities similar to your favorites. If, like me, you find yourself listening to a mix of NPR and Raffi, or those classic James Taylor faves, you may want to mix things up a bit and check this site out! www.pandora.com

Sorenson Molecular Genealogy Foundation - DNA analysis with the goal to illustrate how closely we, as members of the human family, are all related. Philanthropist James LeVoy Sorenson (of Salt Lake City), one of the project's founders and the program's namesake says, "I can't think of anything that matters more than reminding people everywhere that in a very real sense, we are all brothers and sisters." The Sorenson Molecular Genetic Foundation hopes to promote tolerance and peace by making people aware of our intricate ties. Request a kit and add your branch to the world genetic tree (for free to boot!). www.smgf.org

Sunday, November 04, 2007

Monsters

by Louisa

Teeny little monsters are nice.
They don't bite me.
They don't eat my fingers...
Just my toes -- all gone.

Friday, November 02, 2007

More Halloween...




Pictures taken by Silver Pelican Photography during trick-or-treating at Foothill Village. As always, you can click on the image to view the photos larger. Enjoy!

Thursday, November 01, 2007

Halloween 2007

The witch flies across the moon... with a black cat on her broom!

Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Quack Like a Duck

James and Louisa spent a fun morning feeding the ducks at Sugarhouse Park. Jamsie is 100% boy: non-stop and not at all afraid of the ducks. He ran through them, around them and after them. Louisa (typically a no-fear child) became a bit more intimidated when a large goose snatched a piece of bread right out of her hands!

It has been a beautiful day... we hope this weather continues through the Halloween festivities tonight!

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

It's Autumntime...


...the leaves are falling down!

Monday, October 29, 2007

Overheard...

Yesterday in Church I was telling Louisa - in very simple form - some of the miracles of Jesus: the curing of the lepers, the raising of the widow's son, and the healing of the man born blind. I told her of the woman who had bled for twelve years and no one could help her - except Jesus. Louisa immediately said, "Did Jesus have a bandaid?"

Saturday, October 27, 2007

Sensible Child


Ella earned her first dollar today, by "babysitting" Louisa while I ran on the treadmill. She spent quite a bit of time determining where to store the crisp bill, and then remarked, "I want this money to go toward my education."

Thursday, October 25, 2007

It's Your Birthday!


"Happy Birthday!" wishes go out today to a wonderful man... our very own Steve! How fortunate we are to share our lives with you. We love you!

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Yah, Yah


Louisa enjoyed a fun playdate this morning with her good friend Andrew. Andrew and Louisa played together a lot as they were both learning to talk (a little more than a year ago). At that time, Andrew could not say "Weesa", so instead he called her "Yah Yah". Soon, Louisa endearingly referred to Andrew by the same name. And the nickname sticks! It was great to enjoy some time with this sweet boy -- our friend Yah Yah -- today.

All Girl

Cleaning out files today, I found this note from our remodel (dictated by Ella):

Ideas for Ella's Room --
Nightstand - white, with chandelier lamp - pink
Desk to fit in corner - pink
Streamers all around hanging from the ceiling and from the curtains
Pretty Bed - make it beautiful

And for the actual room:
It is filled with art from my childhood bedroom and antiques from my Grandmother Dalton's home: a drop-leaf bedside table that was her kitchen table for many years, a needlepoint bench made by my Grandma, and a combination piece of furniture (not pictured) that functions as a bookcase/secretary/dresser and vanity!

My Grandmother Jessie Johnson Dalton was an elegant lady -an actress, musician and poet - who brought many elements of culture and beauty to Springville, Utah. Ella is, in many ways, much like her Great-Grandma, so I find it fitting that her bedroom be filled with reminders of this amazing woman.

Monday, October 22, 2007

On the Road Again

In a quest for better health, I'm getting back into running. It has been a slow process, but I'm starting to pick up speed and gain greater endurance. I think about all kinds of crazy things while on the road, or on the treadmill. Things that seem like epiphanies while running, but are actually rather odd when I slow down and take a big breath. This morning, while thinking about who I want to be when I grow up, my mind brought me back to this classic advertisement by Nike (double-click on it for an extra good view).

Sunday, October 21, 2007

Changes

We will soon be changing our settings on this blog to become open only to invited readers. If you would like to receive the invite, post a comment here (along with your email address) or send me an email at edgleyfamily@msn.com. Thanks!

Friday, October 19, 2007

Art that Speaks to Me

Especially the "wear red shoes"...
...see her other work at kellyraeroberts.com.

Thursday, October 18, 2007

Louisa Kate


Colored her palms smurf blue a few days ago (we're still scrubbing). Asking nonstop for Bubble Tape to put in her "hold cuppers" today. Constantly jumping (on the ground and off tall things). Insisted, for a few days, on only being called "Weesy." Happy almost continuously. Loves her bed and naps. Says, "please" and "thank you." Cutest little kitty cat. Eats her vegetables (and most everything else).

What more could a mom want? I just love this kid so much!

Friday, October 12, 2007

Remembering Eliza


We remember our baby Eliza today, on her heavenly birthday. It has been 9 years since we held our precious girl. Yet almost daily we feel her influence in our lives. Her life (and death) provide us with perspective that perhaps we could not have obtained in any other way. When Eliza stopped living, I felt like a large part of me died with her. With the perspective of years, I now feel that knowing her greatly enriches my life.

Helen Keller taught, “The marvelous richness of human experience would lose something of rewarding joy if there were no limitations to overcome. The hilltop hour would not be half so wonderful if there were no dark valleys to traverse.”

Recently we placed a wreath upon Eliza’s grave. And while at the cemetery Ella scolded us (with her wise beyond years wisdom) for calling it a “grave”. She remarked: “It is not her grave, it is a door!” Perhaps it is a door: and God comes into our lives through the struggles and the triumphs of life. God comes through that door in the blessings and in the celebrations, and also in the moments of sadness and weakness. I turn today to God--with great thanks for the joys of life--foremost being my husband and daughters and the great love we share.

Tuesday, October 09, 2007

Image from Nature

A photo from my daily walks to and from school with Ella.

Monday, October 08, 2007

Defying Gravity

Can you guess what Ella is practicing to be for Halloween?

Sunday, October 07, 2007

Simple Pleasures

Ella with her friend Claire on our backyard tire swing.

Friday, October 05, 2007

Fun with Friends


Louisa's friends Amanda and Emma joined us for a morning of playtime fun!

Thursday, October 04, 2007

New Heights

With a face this animated, Ella had to be "up" to something...
Later in the day, I found she was practicing her climbing skills for one purpose. To summit the fridge. Anything for a thrill (...or a waterbottle)!

Tuesday, October 02, 2007

Waterskiing Fever

Wishing for one more day of waterskiing weather...

Monday, October 01, 2007

Sunday, Sunday

We seem to display a lot of pictures of us camping, in swimsuits or waterskiing on this blog. To balance things out, here are a few of the family in our Sunday "best."

Life of Louisa

Before Dance Class
Kissing Ella
At the City Library

Saturday, September 29, 2007

Where Does the Time Go?

It has almost been a month since we posted! So the question is, "What have we been up to?"

These past few weeks, we have enjoyed:
The new routine of all-day school for Ella (she loves her teacher!).
Volunteering in Ella's class.
Homework, homework, homework!
Art class, music class and dance class for Louisa.
Choir and ballet for Ella.
Playgroups and playdates.
Potty training (we're almost there)!
Park City with our "Chicago Friends" over Labor Day.
The beginning of a new season of BYU football (huge at our home).

Pictures to follow... soon!

Monday, September 24, 2007

Spikeys

Louisa and I ventured out on a jogging stroller walk this morning, where we were sprinkled in a little rain. While the rain grew more intense, I thought, "It is very fortunate we are only a quick run away from home." It was a fun autumn adventure, that is until the heavens opened and started pounding on us--with hail--that Louisa named "spikeys."

Sunday, September 16, 2007

Labor Day Weekend in Park City


Finally... a few pictures (mostly of the kids) to post from our Park City vacation over Labor Day Weekend! We enjoyed boating, the kickoff of the BYU football season, shopping, playing the "wii" and just hanging out with our "Chicago Friends" the Evans, Liljenquists and McDougals.

Friday, August 31, 2007

Summer Swim

On Thursday, we spent a lively afternoon swimming with our friends the Halls: pictured are Ella, Katie and Claire as well as Maddie and Louisa.


First Week of School



Ella has officially survived the first week of 1st grade - homework and all! Here are some pictures from the first day.

Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Contest

Ella is a finalist in a contest to receive a few free sittings from a local Salt Lake City photographer. Vote for her by sending an email to wynona@wynonarobison.com selecting #1e, or view the contest online at http://wynonarobison.typepad.com. Go, Ella!

Voting deadline is Saturday, September 1st at midnight.

Sunday, August 19, 2007

Family Pictures

A couple shots from our recent family outing with Kelly at Gallery Photograpy.


Tuesday, August 14, 2007

I Love the Mountains

We're back from a wonderful extended vacation in the Tetons -- our annual pilgrimage.