Friday, December 31, 2010

Millie’s Blessing

We were so lucky that Millie was born at a time when family was to be in town. Not only did she get to meet lots of grandparents at Thanksgiving, but all of her uncles were in town to bless her at Christmas. Dave gave her a beautiful blessing last Sunday and Uncle Scott, Uncle Jason, and Grandpa were all able to be in the circle with her. Along with our home teacher Josh Abbott, our good friend Brad Summers, and Bishop Bailey. Lots of close friends turn out for the event too. Thanks so much for coming and supporting us. While picture taking was a little crazy, it was a beautiful day.

And Millie looked beautiful in the blessing dress that her grandma made for her. Thanks so much Mom!

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Thursday, December 30, 2010

A Changing Season

As I sat alone in my kitchen cutting and wrapping homemade caramels. I thought back to years of wrapping caramels with my family and how my mom would always coax us into the job, (it was not liked near as much as eating them), and suddenly I felt very alone. My thoughts traveled to Christmases from when I was very young and the whole family would listen to carols as we decorated the Christmas tree, and I then realized how different it was this year, I decorated it all alone. Between feedings of a little one, I hung my decorations all alone. I did all my Christmas shopping alone or online. I thought, “Christmas used to be so different.” That’s when I realized that Christmas changes so much through our life time.

It goes from being all about Santa, gifts, goodies, and toys. To not believing any more and being too cool for your family. To being so happy it’s Christmas because you finally get a much needed break from school. Then it becomes a time when family that has moved away comes home to be together for a little while. When you have your own children you begin to relive your Christmases through them, and it becomes “fun” again, as you get to play the Santa roll. It will change again as grandparents are no longer hosting but being invited guests. The way you celebrate Christmas certainly changes with your age. The best part is it’s always spent with the ones you love. I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas! We certainly did!

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

It Wouldn’t Be Christmas Without Cookies


After last year’s successful cookie exchange, we got together again this year. The cookies were even more spectacular and delicious than last years. We could hardly believe it, we really out did ourselves this year.

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Saturday, November 27, 2010

How Millie Came to Us

in not so many details…for the sake of time, and how pass due this post is.

On Wednesday November 10th I went to work just like every other day. I worked my 7 hours felt fine and journeyed home a little sad knowing that Thursday would be my last day at a job I had come to love dearly.  As I drove home I thought to myself that it felt as though Millie wasn’t up so high and possibly had dropped a little. I took a short nap when I got home (if I had know what was to come this would have been a much longer nap). I cooked dinner and then sat down and watched the CMAs. Once I got bored of that I decided to do a few things on my lengthy to do list. Like find a pediatrician.

By bed time I was starting to have a few cramps but nothing unusual from the rest of my pregnancy. After an hour of some restless sleep I was up looking for something to do until the pain stopped so I could sleep. So I decided to pack my hospital bag and a few things for Millie (good thing I did). I was feeling a little better and very tired so I went back to bed. Only to wake up every six minutes or so as the “cramps” got even worse.

Somewhere close to 2am I started noticing how frequent the cramps where, and said to Dave, “These are about 5 minutes apart…” He reminded my that they had to be 5 minutes apart for an hour before they warranted anything, and not believing that it could actually happen tonight I said, “right, ok” and took a couple Tylenol and tried to go to sleep.  Shortly after, I gave up on sleep and decided to finish watching my birthing video. We never got to the chapter on pushing and I was curious how it was to be done, and felt now was as good of a time as any to find out. So little did I know I was learning about being in labor and what to do while I was actually in labor!

As the pain increased I was no longer able to focus on what my lamaze instructor was trying to tell me, and I decided whether this was labor of not I wanted to go to the hospital to have someone tell me. At 3am I called the doctor and after a short conversation she told me to go to the hospital.

Once at the hospital we left all our bags in the car, not believing that this was the real thing, and fully expecting to be sent home. However, when we got into triage and they told me I was 7! I knew we weren’t going anywhere. I couldn’t believe it! A 7! They rushed me into the delivery room so I could get my epidural before it was to late. While the epidural ended up slowing my labor down considerably I was very grateful to have it, especially when she was face up and had to be turned. We got to the hospital around 4 and they expected my to have her before 7, but it was 7:30 by the time I started pushing. Only a short 35 minutes later Millie was born at 8:04am. She was beautiful, healthy, and we could hardly believe our eyes. She was here! Two weeks early! We were so happy to have her and so blessed that everything went to well.

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Thank you so much to everyone that has come to visit and has helped us out in the last two weeks. It’s been a great help. Thank you. :)

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Our Veteran’s Day Surprise


Millie Kate Thomson

Born Thursday, November 11, 2010 weighing 6.8 oz and 19.5 inches long. We are so happy for our beautiful healthy baby girl.

Details of her arrival coming soon.

Sunday, November 7, 2010


Some things about Halloween this year were still very traditional, but we also did some things a little different. There were still Halloween sugar cookies, and dressing Elle up in her hot dog costume, but we didn’t carve pumpkins for the first time since we’ve been married, and we didn’t hand out candy. Our friend’s little boy did a very good job of that. See, this year on Halloween we had more of a Thanksgiving feast. Thanks to our friends Beth and Brad we had a fabulous fall feast with some great friends. The best part was all I had to do was open up my house and enjoy the food.


Our good friends the Farmers joined us.


The kids were so lucky they got Mac and Cheese, yum.

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And we got all this beautiful food, braised beef short ribs,  butternut squash ravioli in a browned butter sage sauce,  spinach salad with a warm bacon dressing, and dark pumpernickel bread with apple cider!


Thanks to these wonderful guys!


It was so fun, like something you see out of a magazine.

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Here is our candyman. He did a great job keeping all the trick-or-treaters happy.


Chef Beth did an excellent job and deserves a big round of  applause. (no we did not have any popsicle sticks, a minor detail that was over looked.)


And Elsie reminded us all of what Halloween is all about, CHOCOLATE!

Earlier in the month Dave and I also went to an adult Halloween party. It was a blast.


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17 Days and Counting


Day 17: Enjoying my Sunday at home… not sure what I’ll do yet, but that’s what’s great about it.

Day 18: Went to a movie and dinner with my hubby. We also went to Baby’s R Us and got the last few items that we needed. We are both getting very excited. It was a great night.

Day 19: Decorated for Thanksgiving. I love all things in fall colors.

Day 20: Thoroughly enjoyed myself while eating a caramel apple :)

Day 21: Made pancakes for breakfast (in the middle of the week!)

Day 22: Took a much needed nap.

Day 23: Watched Chuck with Dave.

Day 24: Celebrated Halloween with a wonderful fall feast with some great friends.

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Baby Shower

Last week I had two friends throw me fantastic baby showers. One that was attended by old friends and family and the other with ladies from my ward. Both were super fun and made me filled loved.


My two great high school friends, Kayla and Shawna, put together a great shower with an awesome pancake bar (of which I unfortunately have no pictures :( )


It was so fun to see some many ladies who were great examples of Mothers to me while I was growing up, there to support me.


My good friend Mindi, who I have been working with in Wolves, put together a fun shower last Thursday night. It was so fun to hang out with all my girlfriends.

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Saturday, October 30, 2010

25 Days Left!

Day 25: Cleaned my house. It may not sound like a me moment, but it really needed to be done and now I feel so good walking around a clean house :).

Day 26: Went to The Orange Patch and found myself a super cute Halloween necklace. I also happened upon a bag marked 75% off, it  will make a super dipper bag :)!

Day 27: Had a baby shower with all the wonderful girls in my ward. I love you all, thanks for making it so fun!

Day 28: Decorated Halloween cookies with friends.

Day 29: Baked the sugar cookies.

Day 30: Worked out and make sugar cookie dough. Eat way too much dough, but couldn’t help it, it’s sooo good!

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Hamilton Senior Night

Friday night was a long anticipated night for one of our Nero patients. I’ll call her Mary. Mary’s son plays for Hamilton High School’s football team, and on the night of  their homecoming the  senior football players are escorted out onto the field to meet their coaches by their parents. 5 years ago Mary had a brain tumor removed that left her in very disabled state. However, with lots of work she has made remarkable progress in the last year. She has begun speaking a little and walking very well. It was her goal to walk her son out on the field. So with the help of her sister, her son, and one of out therapy techs Mary was able to reach her goal, and walk with her son! It was so amazing, and wonderful for her and her family.

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I am really going to miss my job. The patients are so inspiring! I’ve been so privileged to be part of their lives.