Holidaze (Thanksgiving & Christmas 2011)

I was in a daze over the holidays. I became sick the week of Thanksgiving, of course. I seriously thought I had strep throat with how sore my throat was. I even went to Urgent Care the day before Thanksgiving to make sure I didn’t have strep before we left to visit family in Idaho. [...] Read more »

Santa is Good (Jesus is Better)

We took the kids to see Santa. Leah was excited. Jack was not. As we stood in line we asked Jack if he would sit on Santa’s lap with Leah, and tell Santa what he wanted for Christmas. His response? “NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!” Leah gladly hopped onto Santa’s lap when it was our turn. Jack clung to [...] Read more »

The Sounds of Music

Our kids love to sing. It’s fun to listen to them, even if they get the words wrong or sing a little off-key. I love to sing, but my voice sounds best when singing the tenor part. If you don’t know already, that is a male singing part. Awkward much? Peter is the musical genius [...] Read more »

Halloween 2011

Rapunzel. Zombie. Princess. Alice in Wonderland. So many ideas flowing through Leah’s head for Halloween, and it was driving me crazy! I had a vision, though, and I somehow convinced the kids to go with it. Presenting Mermaid Leah and Pirate Jack. My favorite part of Halloween: Jack’s pirate headpiece slipping over his eyes like [...] Read more »

Family Reunion, St. George & Heidi’s Visit

The Benson (Peter’s mom’s side of the family) Family Reunion was held in August at Zion Ponderosa Ranch Resort, along the border of Zion National Park. We had family flying/driving in from all over to attend. The Thursday before we headed down we hosted several family members at our house. Slumber party!!! We had 4 [...] Read more »

Brenda’s Baby Shower

My sweet sister-in-law, Brenda, was due early September with her first child. Because the whole family would be in town for a family reunion in August, we decided to throw her a surprise shower just a few days before we all headed to southern Utah for the reunion. We all had a lot going on [...] Read more »

Summer 2011

I am finally posting summer photos! Until yesterday it has continued to feel like summer here in Utah. I am so ready for fall. I love boots and sweaters and apple cider and pumpkin anything and chili and soups and Halloween and changing leaves and football season! It’s not the same rooting for the Buckeyes [...] Read more »


Before I can accept that October has arrived, I must finish my spring cleaning and blog about our summer. I’m going to make this as painless as possible by summarizing what’s been going on lately with each member of our family. After that I will bombard you with photos of our summer activities. PETER Peter [...] Read more »

Ballerina Bunny

Leah was so excited for her ballet recital to perform on a real stage! Some of the other girls cried, or were scared, but Leah loved every second in the limelight for dress rehearsal and the big day. The ballet studio she went to did a Sleeping Beauty ballet for all the students to participate [...] Read more »

Spring 2011

It’s June. Wait, what?! When did that happen? Here’s a few hundred pictures (not really) to recap Spring, and to get me back on track with blogging. Peter and his Uncle Gordon and Aunt RoseAnn snowboarding  at Brighton for his birthday. Leah and her second cousin, Piper. Right before I took this picture they were [...] Read more »