Sunday, February 24, 2013


Ellie has been cooing/talking a lot lately. I love it! 

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Ellie's Blessing

Ellie is 2 months old now and I wanted to get her baby blessing done before she was too old.
However, since we are living in Idaho now we knew we wouldn't be able to get a lot of family here for the blessing which I was sad about. James and I picked a date and James' mom and dad were going to fly up to be here for it, and that was it. But, after James' Grandma died we had to change those plane tickets because his dad wouldn't be able to miss work for the funeral and then the blessing. But because all the family was gathering in Washington we decided to do Ellie's blessing there on Saturday. We figured it would just be James' immediate family, as we didn't want to bother everyone else and there plans, but to my surprise 35 people showed up and piled around the living room of a family friend's house. Talk about a blessing. I was so sad in the beginning to not have anyone there but prayers were answered and 35 people we able to enjoy the blessing of Ellie.
Thank you everyone!

 Ellie looked like an angel. She slept the entire time too. She has such a calm spirit!

The men who stood in the circle: 2 brothers, 3 uncles, 1 cousin, dad, grandpa, and of course James.

Monday, February 18, 2013

Grandma Duvall's Funeral

James' sweet Grandma Duvall (mom's mom) passed away this month and we drove up to Washington for her funeral. It was a great time being with family and learning more about her.

Honorary Pallbearers 
James-far right

Grandma had 10 children.
 One passed away at age 13, but here are the 9 others.

James' family. James and 3 other siblings were able to make it.
Ellie is their 33rd Great Grandchild

Over the weekend, the girls put on a fashion show with Grandma's old clothing that she kept in her cedar chest. Most of the clothes were made by her mom. Tailored so perfectly. Apparently, she even won best dressed in High School. Her waist was so tiny and it was quite fun for all of us to try and squeeze into those dresses. 

Dress I wore- she often wore to Primary to keep the children's attention 

Dress I wore-Grandpa remembered this one and said she wore it quite a lot when they first got married.

Dress I wore-Grandma used to wear this to greet Grandpa after working all day.

She also had TONS of coats from when she lived in Minnesota so we modeled those too.

Picture with Grandpa and his mules

I was exploring the farm house and found these old suite cases that were Grandma's. They even had her initials on them, PJM. 
While Ellie isn't a few days old anymore, I still thought I should put her in a suitcase like a newborn. It was cold outside and her headband got all wonky. But hey, she is in her Great Grandma's suitcases-pretty cool! 

Last quick family picture before we headed back. (Eva is holding Ellie)

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Ellie's First Valentine's Day

Happy Valentine's Day!!

I'm so grateful to have James and Ellie in my life. I sure do love them, A LOT! 

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Happy Birthday James

January 24th was a special day. Not only was it James' birthday, but my best friend Tania welcomed baby Jane into the world.

I made James a yummy cake and we went out to dinner the following night with friends and had left over cake after. It was mighty big!

I love you James. Thank you for spending your life with me and many more birthday's to come. 

Thursday, February 7, 2013

2 months old

Little Miss Ellie is 2 months old now! She is just one adorable baby that I can't get enough of her. James and I don't think it's fair when the other one gets to hold her. She is constantly getting passed back and forth between us.