Friday, July 7, 2017

Blog Update - A call for help!

I just sat down to try and blog about January 2017.
Yes, I am that far behind.
Don't judge.
At least I'm still trying! :)

BUT I just hit a brick wall!!
The photo storage site I use to post my pictures (photobucket.com) now wants to charge me $40 a month for me to post my pictures on a 3rd party host site (a.k.a. my blog).  Oober frustrating!  I'm not willing to pay $40 a month to keep blogging.

I'm not very tech-y or up to date on the latest technology so if there's anyone out there who still reads our blog and has any suggestions on other sites that we could use, I'd really appreciate any tips that can be thrown my way. You can leave me a comment (comments are kept private until I approve them to be posted so if you leave your personal info for me to contact you, your info will be safe with me!) or if you have my email address/phone number, please contact me!

If I can't figure out another solution, this may be the end of blogging on Luckily Got Lucky.  It would be a major disappointment as this has been my main source of recording our family happenings and has been our family journal since 2007.

Super sad!

Friday, April 7, 2017

A letter to Nastassia.

Dearest Nastassia Grace,

Believe it or not, it has been 5 years since we found ourselves holding your tiny lifeless body in our hands.  We still wish every day that it had all turned out differently and that you were here with us blessing our lives with your sweet spirit.

I had a long letter planned out in my mind with lots of things to tell you but I think this song sums it all up in a more beautiful way than I could ever put into words.

Longing for you and missing you every single day.  Until heaven, baby girl!

Love, Mom


Saturday, December 31, 2016

Play-doh, Snow and New Years Eve!

Play-doh!
The girls got new play-doh in their stockings this year.  They love to play with play-doh!
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Our Christmas cowgirl playing with play-doh.
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Savy makes some great faces!
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Rori made some yummy ice cream creations!
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Snow!
I mentioned in my Christmas post that we got fresh snow for Christmas.
Here's some of our pretty snow!
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Talmage wasn't feeling really great so he didn't get a chance to play in the snow but the girls loved it and definitely took advantage of the chance to play in that fluffy, cold, white stuff!
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Snow tracks!
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Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow!
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Our little snow girl!
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Savannah making another snow angel.
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This kid loves to eat snow!
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Winter time is so much fun!

New Year's Eve
Also, tonight is New Year's Eve.  It's pretty low key.  Aurora fell asleep in the tub.  Scary!  And I won't post a picture because it's actually pretty creepy, although we did take a picture to document it.  We're so super glad she's okay!  Talmage went to bed at his normal bedtime and the girls both fell asleep on the couch watching the latest Ice Age movie.
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Time to watch The Martian!
Bring on 2017 and lots of new adventures!
Happy New Year!

Friday, December 30, 2016

The kidlets in December.

Aurora has been losing teeth like crazy.
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She thinks it's pretty awesome that the tooth fairy has been coming to visit so much.
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 I don't blame her.  The tooth fairy leaves some pretty cool coins!
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One afternoon she spent a long time racing cars back and forth across the floor in the basement.
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 Thanks to Nanny for giving the girls these cool cars a couple years ago!
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And she does bunny ears on everything lately :)
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Savannah wasn't feeling well so we had some snuggle time.  Daddy thought it deserved a picture.  Thanks, Daddy! :)
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 We went shoe shopping one day to find Aurora some new snow boots.  Savannah displayed how I generally feel about going shopping.
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Then Daddy decided to join her after I commented how great it must be to be a kid and to lay down on the floor in the middle of shoe store when you feel like it. Haha!
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Cute kids snuggling on our bed in the morning :)
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Going for a ride on Aurora's giraffe pillow pet
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Then Savannah joined the fun with her zebra pillow pet
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 Aurora finally lost both front teeth on the top and is truly singing "All I Want for Christmas is My Two Front Teeth" all the time now.
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Silly girl :)
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Savy wanted in on the photo shoot too.
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Cutie pie!
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Happy girls!
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Where'd Savy go?  She's such a funny kid :)
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Love these cute kiddos!

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Christmas Day!

Christmas morning is always so magical!  This year was extra special because we woke up to lots of fresh Christmas snow (the best kind!), and Christmas day fell on a Sunday this year.  Most of our church meetings were cancelled but we had a special Sacrament meeting and Christmas program.

We had a few hours in the morning (especially because the kids woke up so early!) before we had to take a break to get ready for church.  We planned to open presents when Uncle Ryan came over and the girls were very patient in waiting to open presents while we waited for him to come.  In the meantime, Daddy shoveled the sidewalks and cleaned off the car and the kids were able to go through their stockings.
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Checking out their stockings and finding their presents.
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They even had gifts out on the porch!  Grandma and Grandpa brought them horses from their mission at Bluff Fort, UT!
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Saying good morning to Grandpa upstairs :)
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Santa gave us all a luma light in our stockings.  They were a big hit with the girls.
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Talmage got some great stuff in his stocking too!
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Santa also gave us a couple of wrapped gifts inside our stockings that the girls got to open while waiting for Uncle Ryan to come.
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Rio 2 soundtrack!
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Eating candy inside the wrapper is a no-no ;)
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This kid has the greatest facial expressions!  Happy first Christmas, Talmage! :)
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Good morning to Grandma and Grandpa!
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Savannah got the Christmas Beauty and the Beast movie in her stocking!
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The girls got new bedsets from Mom and Dad.
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Checking out their new blankets!
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When Savannah was helping me wrap presents a couple of days earlier, she wrapped up a paper clip which she was excited to open and show Daddy on Christmas morning :)  Silly kid!
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Savannah's Christmas paper clip :)
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Talmage thoroughly enjoyed the contents of his stocking!
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He also loved the beautiful wrapping paper and ribbons!
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The girls were very willing to help Talmage open his presents.  He needed a little bit of help :)
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A new toy for his car seat!
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Opening their gifts from Uncle Ryan.  He always wraps their gifts so beautifully!
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He gave them each a set of dinosaur claws! So fun! :)
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Talmage and Grandpa :)
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We take turns opening our gifts.  The kids are really great to wait for their next turn.
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Me and my Savy-girl!
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Talmage got the ribbon stuck on his leg :)
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Talmage got a giggle-ball from Santa
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When we went to visit Santa at the mall, Savannah asked him for a stuffed giraffe.  He brought her a super special purple one because he must know that purple is her favorite color!  Thanks, Santa!
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He also brought Savannah the princess castle she's been asking for.  Lucky girl!
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And Santa brought Aurora a super snuggly zebra that she wanted, along with a Dr. Seuss book!
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Savannah got a new horse to play with--Rapunzel's horse, Maximus!
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Very excited!
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Happy girl!
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She also got a Flynn Ryder barbie doll from Aunt Georgiana.
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Awesome!
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Aunt Georgiana sent Aurora a Prince Phillip barbie doll.  How fitting! ;)
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Along with the horses they got from Grandma and Grandpa, they also got some really awesome cowgirl outfits!  Grandma hand-made their vests, and they're reversible!
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Grandma and Grandpa gave Talmage a horse too!  His rocks and sings.  He loves it!
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After taking some time to open and enjoy our new gifts, we got everyone ready and headed to church.  Our kids looked so nice in their Christmas outfits!
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Tal's expression cracks me up every time!
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Silly Savannah in her beautiful purple Christmas dress! :)
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Aurora looked so beautiful in her Christmas dress too!
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Silly girl!
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Our handsome boy on his first Christmas!
I love the tie Santa brought in his stocking.
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Goofy kid!
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After church the girls changed into their cowgirl outfits from Grandma and Grandpa.
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So much fun!
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Our purple cowgirl on her new horsey!
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And our pink cowgirl on her new horsey too!
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Love it.
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We drove up north to spend the rest of Christmas day with my family.  We didn't take very many pictures but we got a couple of all the cousins together.  We missed our family who couldn't be there!
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Opening gifts for our family gift exchange.
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New barbies!
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And the classic animated version of the Grinch!
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It was such a great Christmas and we were so lucky to see most of our family on Christmas day this year.  We are so blessed to live so close to so many of our family members!

We're always so grateful for the opportunity to celebrate the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ.  Our lives are so blessed because of His birth, life and sacrifice for each and every one of us.

Merry Christmas to us all!