Friday, December 21, 2012
All pictures by my amazing friend Sigrid
I'll show you all the rest later!
Posted by Elise at 11:03 AM
Monday, November 19, 2012
You know I love Halloween, so we filled this year with a lot of Halloween goodness.
Earlier in the week, we met up with all the Wilding cousins. So fun to see everyone in their cute costumes!
We started Halloween out right with the most important meal of the day. Had to make it Halloween-y too.
Then I got to go to Max's kindergarten class to help with the Halloween party
Around 4 was the ward trunk-or-treat
Then at dinner we got Halloween-y again. I remember my mom doing this when I was a kid and loving it. You order from a menu, not knowing what food you will get or what you will be eating it with. I had them order 7 different things for each course. We had a blast!
And naturally, the photog in me has to leave you with some more costume pictures. Sorry to make this post even longer! We went pretty simple with the costumes this year. Max has wanted to be Robin Hood since last year and has never changed his mind. Lucky for me, my friend Jamie had made a Zelda costume for her son a couple years ago and it worked perfectly. We just had to make the hat, the bow and arrows and the quiver. Thanks Jamie, you saved me a load of time! Max really wanted Shane to be Little John, and I'm sad that we didn't make it happen (I mean come on, I would love to see that man in some tights! :) Max still loved being Robin Hood, even without his trusty sidekick.
I have always wanted Jayne to be Dorothy. I hoped she would be on board. Well, turns out if you give the girl some red sparkly shoes, she's in :) Even though it's not that unique a costume (because I always see a ton of them on Halloween), I think it is a classic and always cute. Shane's bro actually sent us the dress as a hand-me-down and it was a perfect fit. I was ecstatic. Plus it forced me to FINALLY learn how to french braid. I know, it's sad i just learned. I still suck at it, but we'll get there. I debated whether to make Lucy the witch or Toto, but I loved the idea of them strolling together down the yellow brick road to the Emerald City together this way. Too bad everyone thought Lucy was a cat...oh well :) As soon as I knew what they were going to be, I knew this bird refuge by our house would be the perfect backdrop...complete with a yellow brick road and an Emerald City (with a little help from photoshop of course :)
Posted by Elise at 1:21 AM
Sunday, November 11, 2012
Not sure why it is SO hard for me to keep up with this thing. I've actually had this post sitting here half done for a while and never finished it. I love having this blog, I just can't ever find the time to do it! But enough of that. Since this happened all the way back in May/June, it's a little outdated, but it was the biggest thing that happened to us this year, so I wanted to make sure it got documented. That is also why this post is a mile long...oy.
Jayne is doing fantastically well and we are so thankful! Thank you to all who visited, sent well-wishes, prayers and even gifts our way. We truly appreciate it more than you know. It really is an amazing thing to have so many prayers in your behalf. It's almost tangible and there was such a peace in our home the whole week leading up to her surgery.
A couple of weeks later, we had to go in for a post-surgery checkup. Jayne had such a good experience there (she actually loves going to the hospital...that's how good they are:) and we wanted to show our thanks in a special way. Jayne has been able to bring home a couple of blankets from Primary Childrens and she absolutely loves them. So we decided to all help sew a blanket and donate it for some other kid to keep as a treasure as well.
Definitely one of the best parts of this whole experience was the outpouring of love that we felt from everybody around us. Our family and friends were amazing, our ward had a special fast for her among the other nice things they did and one of the most surprising was how supportive Shane's students were. When Shane first found out that Jayne had to have open-heart surgery, he was at school getting ready to start class. Through tears he told this particualr class the news. The next day, they gave him this poster (below) for Jayne and had all signed it. When the surgery was upon us, many of his students had a special fast for her and all along the way told Shane they were praying for her. My favorite story is of a boy in one of Shane's classes who Shane thought had pretty much checked out from day one. He kept his head down throughout most of the classes and never participated. On the last day of school, right before Jayne's surgery, Shane was saying goodbye to everyone. This same boy came up to him and said, "Bro Frazier, I really felt the Spirit in your class and learned a lot from you and I just want to let you know that I'm praying for your daughter." This touched us so much and made us remember just how many people were thinking of her and praying for her.
Posted by Elise at 11:18 PM