Friday, February 29, 2008

Let's Celebrate!

The Celebration of the Arts was a grand success! It was a fun night in a crowded school full of excited parents and students. The community rallied and we raised $20,000 for arts education at Beacon Heights!

Saturday, February 23, 2008

Welcome Baby Andrew!

We are so excited about the arrival of baby Andrew Dalton who is the son of my brother Jess and his sweet wife Annie. Andrew was born February 19th, 2008. He weighed in at a substantial 8 pounds 13 ounces, and measured 22 inches, with a full head of beautiful brown hair.

Amidst adjustments, big brother James constantly says, "I love baby Andrew." Andrew, we love you too!

Monday, February 18, 2008

The Crash

Steve and I enjoyed a sunny afternoon of President's Day skiing at Alta!

The day ended with a BANG! when we were hit by a UTA bus. The bus driver was speeding down a hill in the Alta parking lot. The bus missed most of our XTerra, but just happened to catch on the bumper and give us it's best attempt to rip it off (slamming our car 3 feet to the side in the process).

We are frustrated that the crash will be followed with an extensive investigation of finding fault (and likely litigation), as well as many days of repair work. But we count our blessings that the car is still driveable and neither of us were hurt.

Pictures from the scene of the accident. Note the irony of the
bus billboard which says, "Slow is for Ketchup."

Sunday, February 17, 2008

3 Wishes

Lulu's Big Day

Louisa on her 3rd birthday:

Saturday, February 16, 2008

Blessed Birthday

Our sweet Louisa, who has been praying "Please bless my birthday" for months on end, is now 3 years old.

In typical Louisa style, she celebrated with great enthusiasm: a small party the day before (themed Cock-a-doodle-Lou!, as she says each morning when she awakes), and breakfast in bed, skiing, and dinner at Noodles & Company on the big day!

We love you Lulu. Every day with you is both a grand adventure and a blessing.

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

My Life... Lately

My days this past month (or so) have been consumed by this...

I have been managing the communications aspects of this upcoming fundraising evening at our local elementary school. I have learned so very much about graphic design, creating logos, writing requests for donations... and I am so very grateful for individuals and businesses (and all my friends) that have been willing to contribute toward the success of the evening.

I am celebrating that Ella attends such a wonderful school, where arts education is a very high priority.

Mark your calendar for Thursday, February 28th. Come and join our family and neighborhood in the Celebrations! (Bring lots of money to spend...)

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Birthday Highlight

By Ella

A highlight of my birthday was going to Nana's house. She made a pink cake and gave me and Louisa glass slippers, just like real princesses wear. I love my Nana.

Monday, February 11, 2008

Breakfast in Bed

A family tradition is that we serve breakfast in bed for the Birthday Queen!

Sunday, February 10, 2008

Our Baby...

Our baby is seven years old today! She is just as precious today as when she came into the world years ago.

Ella, we love you so.

Ella at One Month - March 2001

Monday, February 04, 2008

Apologies: 6 Year-Old Style

Yesterday there was a problem at Grandma's house. Today Ella wrote apology letters.


Dear Anna:

I'm sorry that I said it was okay to ride in a basket down the stairs. I've done it before at my own house, but I've never done it with the whole staircase. I've done it, but I don't really remember how many stairs I went down. But it was pretty much a number really close to four. I'm really, really sorry that I did what I did. I'm sorry you got hurt. I should have obeyed Grandma.



Dear Grandma:

I should have obeyed you, but instead I didn't. You knew that something was going to happen. And something did happen. Anna got hurt. She hurt herself very, very badly. And it made a big dent in the wall. Now, Grandpa has to fix the dent in the wall. That is going to cost a lot of money, and take a lot of time. I am so sorry that I did what I did. I will be better at obeying you, I am practicing obedience at home. I'm doing really well.



Dear Grandpa:

I am really, really sorry that I did what I did. I got the basket and Anna hurt herself riding down the stairs in it. And she bonked her head into the wall. It made a big dent. I'm sorry that you will have to fix it. It will cost a lot of money. Maybe I can sell something to help pay. How about gingerbread cookies?


Sunday, February 03, 2008

Farewell, Dear President Hinckley

Reflecting on the life of our beloved prophet Gordon B. Hinckley and listening to the various testimonies that have been given this week has helped to solidify the feelings that I and so many others share about this wonderful man. Hearing from many of you, your love and devotion for a truly remarkable prophet of God, has strengthened me. His example of integrity, kindness, inclusiveness, "standing for something," " standing tall," reaching out to others, tenderness with his wife, tempered wisdom, leadership, transparency, honesty, faith, and courage are not to be forgotten. There is tremendous value in identifying the impact that President Hinckley has had on our lives. His legacy will be measured in terms of how well each of us is able to internalize his teachings and follow his example to "stand a little taller, be a little better."


Friday, February 01, 2008

Jonah is Home!

Baby Jonah went home from the hospital yesterday!

My brother Jon said it best: "We are so humbled and grateful, words cannot express the gratitude we feel for all of the tangible miracles we have seen minute by minute. We are even more overwhelmed by the many, many unseen miracles that we know are taking place behind the scenes."

"Jonah's stay in the NICU has been so amazing. We can't thank you all enough for everything done in support of our family. We are so excited to bring Jonah into the new season of his life here in our home."

"I need to say how blessed we all are. I know that our Heavenly Father loves each and every one of His children dearly. Through these last two weeks I have felt great lessons of importance in asking for, recognizing, and especially remembering the many miracles He imparts to us. We are truly blessed by Him and by all of you.

With tears of joy I will finish writing as we are preparing a little outfit and ourselves to bring our little Jonah home!"

We're Going to Settle This Family Debate....

Once and for all!

MyHeritage: Look-alike Meter - Family history - Family histories

So, it turns out, the Edgley's are right (just barely)... Ella looks more like me, by a slim margin of 4%.

MyHeritage: Look-alike Meter - Family search - Descendents

And the Dalton's are right (just barely)... Louisa looks more like me, by another slim margin of 8%.

Dalton's think Louisa looks like me, and Ella looks like Steve. Edgley's think Ella looks like me and Louisa looks like Steve.

Either way, Dalton genes dominate (just ask any of my brother's wives).

Celebrity Look-Alikes

Louisa and I laughed so hard when we saw that 3 of Steve's look-alikes were women. Doesn't he have beautiful features?

Then we cried when we saw that 5 of Louisa's 8 look-alikes were men (one of them being Dale Earnhart Sr., the race car driver).