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Sunday, November 29, 2009

{..we've been good but we can't last..}

Santa Claus is anyone who loves another
and seeks to make them happy; who gives
himself by thought or word or deed in every gift
that he bestows; who shares his joys with those
who are sad; whose hand is never closed against
the needy; whose arm is ever outstretched to aid
the week; whose sympathy is quick and genuine
in time of trouble; who recognizes a comrade
and brother in every man he meets upon life's
common road; who lives his life throughout
the entire year in the Christmas spirit.

EDWIN OSGOOD GROVER


Last night we wrote letters to Santa. Jared thought we were crazy for doing so. "well...we can just call him..." He is SO his father's child. I'm sure there is some hotline you can call, I know for sure you can just email him or stop by the mall..but I like to do things the old fashioned way..the way I did it as a child. Jared wanted to mail him a page from his favorite toy catalog with his selections circled. Again, so his father.

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I had him dictate to me what he wanted the letter to say...then helped him write his cute little name.

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Ashton got away with just drawing a picture. When I asked what it was the reply came, "a trampoline!". I had no idea.

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Christmas is exciting again. I get so much more joy out of watching them light up...their imaginations flourishing..than I ever could fathom. That's all I want for Christmas. Ever.

{The DAM Tour}

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Dave and I went to Las Vegas for a business trip last weekend..

Friday, November 27, 2009

{I'm in LOVE...}

With the way my house smells that is! My favorite candle company here in Logan just came out with their own version of warmers and scents to rival Scentsy and I have to say I love it! I got that whole tube for about $5 and I've had that wonderful tube of "Russian Fir and Tangerine" for 3 weeks now, melting in my warmer 24/7 and it's still half full. My house smells SOOOO good!! They are beads instead of bars and if you still want to use a wick you can. For $26 you can get two tubes and a warmer in black, white, or brown. The only drawback is that they don't have nearly as much selection of warmers or scents as Scentsy but I love that it's local and I get to buy directly from the outlet and sometimes the OWNER! You gotta love THAT! I do anyways. Well, 'nuff said. Ashley, OUT!

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{I could do this all day}

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Thursday, November 26, 2009

{so blessed..}

Are you ever burdened with a load of care?
Does the cross seem heavy you are called to bear?
Count your many blessings, every doubt will fly,
And you will keep singing as the days go by.

At times I get so caught up in my troubles. I carry the bricks of negativity upon my back.

That's why I'm so grateful for this holiday, not only Thanksgiving, but the entire season that follows. It snaps us out of that mode we all seem to slowly drift into. Our hearts turn towards charity and we begin to see how many others there are that have nothing, and how so very blessed we really are.

I am so blessed.

Not only with the shirt on my back and the roof over my head, but blessed with intangible evidence that I have a purpose, and I don't have to serve it alone.

I am blessed with forgiveness and the Love of Christ.

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I am blessed with two little angels who sprinkle my life with love, purity and laughter. dirty faces.

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An honorable man by my side, showing me more love than I could ever possibly be worthy of.

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freedom.beauty.progression
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family. friends. strangers

health. passion. belief
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LIFE.

Monday, November 23, 2009

{go, dog, go}

"Grandpas are just antique little boys" ~author unknown

I walked in on this the other day. My heart just about melted.

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Words can't even describe how much it means to me that my children get to spend so much one on one time with my Dad.

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Leaving behind his legacy. My house is full of empty bullet shells and old metal toolboxes. They tell a story of two boys and their grandpa. It doesn't bother me because I know the stories behind the rusty metal. The tractor rides and the canyon adventures..burning weeds in the backyard and finding treasures in the garage. These are the moments. This is what my boys will remember about their Grandpa. I wouldn't change a thing.

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Nope. I wouldn't change a thing.

{3 years ago..something amazing happened}

3 years ago..on November 7th 2006.. Ashton David Hawkes blessed our lives.

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7 weeks early, Ashton couldn't wait to grace us with his little presence..and now we can't imagine a day without his spunk and personality sprinkled throughout it. If you don't know Ashton, you are missing out. This kid is insane. He has an imaginary monkey (or is it? some days I wonder) that gets him through every difficult situation, takes the blame, and often causes chaos of mass proportions in our home. What would we do without "Baby Monkey"?

I took Ashton to the doctor for a check up and catch-up on his inoculations last week. WOW. His answer to every question he was asked was either "red" or "blue". "Ashton, how old are you?" "UMM..blue!" "Ashton, what shape is this?" "UMM..RED!" Then when it came time for shots, and the candy that distracts from the shots, he requested a sucker for Baby Monkey. Explain THAT to a nurse.

We love Ashton so much. He keeps us laughing during rougher times, and always has something profound to say. He's smart, he's a genius, he takes EVERYTHING apart and puts it back together again. He WILL NOT be ignored. You ignore him and he will make you regret it with a very loud broken record.

His Birthday party was a lot of fun. He sat in the corner with my Dad (who smuggled in a Mountain Dew specially for Ashton) and ate candy and drank much caffeine. We had a great turnout and he got way too many presents! How did everybody know that he loves monster trucks?

Tuesday, November 03, 2009

{Halloween}

Halloween weekend was awesome. Friday night we took the boys to a HAUNTED corn maze. Before we went in I explained to Jared that there would be people in there trying to scare him with fake blood and masks and chainsaws but that it is all fake and they can't scare us if we don't let them. It was SO fun! Jared only screamed a few times but once we finally made it out (17 acres!!) he was so proud of himself and let out a big "WOOHOO!!" We're not really sure if Ashton was scared, he had a sucker in his mouth the entire time. After the maze we got brownies and chocolate milk and went home and watched Scooby Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed on our 100 inch projector screen. (dave. ya gotta love him)

On Halloween day we went to the mall and trick or treat-ed. Lame. We felt like we were in a herd of cattle and all we got out of it was a handful of tootsie rolls. Seriously. But I think the boys enjoyed seeing all the other kids costumes.

Then we went to my parents house in Portage and the boys played. I cooked hot dogs over a fire for dinner (the kind with cheese in them YUM) and Dave once again worked on his four wheeler.
I took these pictures before we headed out at dusk.

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The boys absolutely refused to wear their masks which I was more than ok with. I painted their faces instead, although I'm no Rick Baker!

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So my Dad offered to let us take his heated Yamaha Rhino (like a golf cart with 4 wheel drive) out for trick or treating in the sparsely populated town, but I thought we were too tough for that so we put the kids in the stroller instead. We got to the corner and we were already so flippin cold! Needless to say we went back and took my Dad up on his offer! We spent about 2 hours going door to door and got a TON of candy!! Most everybody knows us, since that's the town David grew up in and it's also where we met and lived for a while. Everybody was just dumping candy into the boys bags, inviting us in, we got homemade rootbeer and full sized candy bars. Jared was begging to go home but Ashton couldn't get enough. If sugar's involved, he's all over it. Anyways, it was a blast!