Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas, we hope this holiday season finds all of you well.
Love, The Hanceys

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Merry Christmas!!

Merry Christmas to you and your families!  

We hope that this Christmas will bring you true happiness and that you will have a wonderful New Year!

We are truly blessed to have such great friends.

Love, The Winkel Family
Jason, Andrea, and Aliyah

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Wedding Pics

I realize that I am slow at this blogging thing, but I have really enjoyed looking at each of your personal blogs! It is fun to know what is going on in each of your lives. So...two months later, here are some pics of our day. We are loving our "first Christmas together." We hope that everyone is excited and enjoying their holiday season.


Friday, November 28, 2008

Happy Thanksgiving everyone. I hope you all enjoyed the day with your family and friends. Love, Savanna

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Happy Birthday Heather!

Happy Birthday Heather!

Hope you have a great day! :)

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Larsen Family Fundraiser

Some of you might know my cousin and his family, Daryl and Ashley Larsen. For those of you who don't, they are a young couple here in Perry, who just lost their baby to a rare lung disorder. Their loss is truly a tragedy. They are now experiencing the beginnings of what will be a land slide of medical bills. In an effort to aide them, there will be a one day fundraiser at the Maddox Steak House. On November 5, you can call Maddox at 435-723-2916 and order the Turkey Steak dinner. You can choose the 2 or 4 family meal at the regular price. All proceeds will then be donated to the Larsen family. You do need to remember to mention the Larsen family name when ordering. You can then pick up your meal at the take out window in the back of Maddox. It will be for lunch and dinner. Please spread the word. Feel free to copy and paste this post on your blog.

Thank You, Savanna

Monday, October 20, 2008

Aliyah Cara Winkel

She is finally here!!  Our sweet Aliyah was born October 18, 2008 at 2:33 pm.  She weighed 6 lbs 9 oz and is 19 1/2 inches.  We have been doing well and are happy to be at home.  We are just enjoying having her here.

Soon after she was born

Our littlle bundle of joy

Sweet baby!!

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Our new baby

Hi Everyone, I guess since it has now been a month I can stop slacking and let everyone know that we had our baby!!! Time goes by way too fast! We named him Levi Richard, we just adore him and Corbin and Taylor have been so good to him, they almost love him too much! If you want to see lots of pictures, please come see our blog! I hope everyone is doing well!

Sunday, August 31, 2008


Okay, it's that fun time of wedding planning when I need to get addresses! If you're uncomfortable posting them, understandable, just email them to me instead! Thanks! Hope everyone had a great summer!

Monday, August 25, 2008

The Watkins' Blog

We have joined the blogging world as well! Our address is: We made it private so if you did not get an invite just let me know and leave your email address and I will send you one! You can also email it to me at I think I got everyone, but I am not sure! I hope everyone is doing well!

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

The Brazeltons Finally have a Blog

Hi Everyone
I know it's been ages since I got on here. Don't worry we are all breathing and doing fabulous. I have finally put together and updated a blog for our family. It is Check it out when you have a chance. Also my email address has changed to I am getting a ton of spam at my hotmail accounts to I'm going to get rid of them. Thanks and take care.

Friday, July 25, 2008


I wanted to let you all know that Evan and I are expecting! Right now we are just calling the baby “Baby Gherkin” (Baby Pickle) as we do not know the Gender and do not agree on any names. The Due date is Jan. 9, 2009, so we still have a long way to go. My mom and sister are going to throw a baby shower in Brigham City on Friday September 5th (I know the Friday of Peach Days, but it was the only time we could fit it into my trip there.) It will be an open house so you can come and go as you please. I would love to see as many people as can make it! (If I can’t see you then let me know what works better for you as I will be in Utah from Aug 30 to Sept. 6th and would love to meet up. ) I also need mailing addresses; if you have a lot of current addresses or can just send your own I would really appreciate it! Please send them to . I hope to see you all in Brigham City!

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Pigs are flyin'!

It is official...I am engaged! :) I have finally found the man that does it all for me! I truly feel so lucky/blessed. His name is Bryan Nielson and he is simply wonderful. Just wanted to share the exciting news...

Monday, July 7, 2008

Baby Blessing

Hey everyone,

We are blessing Masen Reed Hancey
Date: Sunday, July 13th
Place: 139 E 300 N Brigham City, UT 84302 (behind the Kent's grocery store in Brigham)
Time: 9:00 A.M.

Please join us afterward for lunch at Christen's Park located about 300 North and 1100 East. It is along Highland Blvd up against the mountains in Brigham.

Hope to see you there. If you have questions call me or e-mail

Thank you,
Allen, Savanna, and Masen Hancey

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

It's A Girl!!!

Just an update on our little one. Jason and I recently went in for an ultrasound and found out we are having a little girl. We are both really excited. Either way we would have been, but it is just fun to finally find out. She is just perfect and beautiful. This picture isn't the best. Jason took the clearer one to work to show off and put on his desk. It has been so much fun to experience the little movements she makes as she gets stronger. Jason finally got to feel it for the first time on Father's Day. She obviously wanted to give him something special.

Jason's family is really into football and even though Jason had dreamed of his own football team, he is still really happy. For Father's Day I ended up giving him a Broncos shirt that had DAD on the back for the name and a big #1. Then I bought a little onesie and embroidered BRONCOS in blue and orange. Jason was thrilled to know that even though it wasn't a boy, he could still have his little football fan alongside him.

Well, hope everyone is doing well. Take care!

Love, Andrea

Saturday, June 14, 2008

Holly's Baby Shower!!!

Hi All,

I am posting this announcement for Alicia. Please comment on this post or e-mail Alicia at and let her know if you can come! We will miss all you that live far away. Just wanted to let everyone know that you are all invited!

Love, Andrea :)

If you don't want to call me, you can sure just e-mail me back. I forgot to put that on the majority of the e-mails. If you are around any of the other friends, please tell them of the shower. I know many of you are far away, but we wanted to let you know that we are thinking of you. I hope to see you all there!!!
Holly's Baby Shower
When: Sat., June 21, 2008
Time: 1:00
Where: 405 E. 800 N. Brigham City

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Happy late Mother's Day!

I was just thinking today, how awesome it is being a Mom. I am so grateful to my Heavenly Father for bringing such a wonderful blessing into my life. I can't even begin to describe the feelings I have had these past six weeks. I knew that being a Mom would be special but I never thought in a million years that it would be one of the greatest experiences in my life. This is a little late but I just want to wish all you great women, a HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY (this is for all women, not just moms)!!! Love, Savanna

Monday, May 12, 2008

Introducing... Brooklyn Mae Watkins


Well I guess that this post is long overdue! Brooklyn Mae Watkins was born on April 29, 2008 in Mesa Arizona! She was 9lbs. 8ozs. and 21 and 1/2 inches long! She sure is beautiful and a very sweet baby as well!

It was alot of effort to get her here, she was transverse and so the doctor tried to do a bunch of things to manipulate her position, nothing seemed to be working though! Because she was transverse she would not drop at all, so I was dialated to a 3 and 75% effaced for almost 3 weeks. My doctor is a very traditional and conservative guy and so he did not want to start anything early, his philosophy is, is that if you can let things work out naturally then it is so much better for the infant and mom. Well I completley agreed with him, until it seemed that nothing was going to happen naturally. :) Finally, on Monday April 28 I was getting up to go get ready for bed and my water broke! We were so excited! We went to the hospital and then waited and waited and waited. The contractions came but after 12 hours I was not dialating anymore and the poor baby still would not drop and still was the wrong way. So they started me on potossim(sp?) and said ok well you are going to be here another 12-14 hours!!! So we just waited and waited. I did get an epidural but becuase my labor was so long the silly thing ran out about 3 hours before she was born! Finally things had progressed enough to start pushing, and I had a great nurse who somehow got this little girl to turn around! Well then she came fast! The nurse barely could get the doctor fast enough!(I think he almost did not even believe her considering the way things had been going!) So our little Brooklyn was born at 7:56pm after 22 hours of labor! It kind of sounds like it wasn't that much fun, but we had a great nursing staff and Ryan and my mom helped me keep my mind off everything so it was actually a really nice experience. We feel so blessed that she is here, and that all went smoothly! I just can't believe she is 2 weeks old!! I hope everyone is doing well! Congratulations, Savanna on your new little one, and Congratualtions to Andrea on such wonderful news! Have a wonderful day!
Take care,
Holly and Brooklyn:)

Thursday, May 1, 2008

And then there were 3!

Hey Everyone,
Masen Reed Hancey arrived April 25th. He weighed 8 lbs. 1 oz., 19.5 inches long. The doctor started me 2 weeks early because I had high blood pressure. I ended up having a c-section. Allen and I are glad to have him in our lives. We are working on making the adjustment from 2 to 3.

Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Miracles In My Life

I just wanted to post an expression of my gratitude for everyday miracles in my life. First off, I better just come out with the big news. I figured it was about time for me to contribute to the baby frenzy. Jason and I are expecting a little one October 30th. Many of you were probably wondering when it was finally going to happen. We are coming up on four years being married and have numerously had to answer the torturous question of “So, why don’t you have kids?” I guess we can finally be rid of that in our lives.

Just to explain a little of our background, we had been trying for quite some time to get pregnant and were successful three times, but all ending in an early miscarriages. We sought out medical explanation, but they couldn’t figure it out for quite some time. We finally had a lot of blood work done and found out that I was at a very high risk for blood clots. So, this increased my chances of miscarriage significantly. They told me that if I ever wanted to stay pregnant I would have to test very early on and get into the doctor as soon as possible. So, month after month we waited and nothing. We were getting quite frustrated and one day decided that it was going to happen on the Lord’s time and there was no reason for us to force the issue. And you guess it, just the next month we found out I was pregnant. This being a miracle that we weren’t sure could ever happen.

I have been watched over very carefully by my wonderful doctor (another miracle that we found him). He is just perfect for our circumstances. We had some difficulties at first with a lot of bleeding and cramping, but a very inspired priesthood blessing was offered and comfort was given. Everything was looking good and we were finally letting it sink in. Until, my second run of blood work came back. They immediately filled a prescription for me for injections to thin my blood. I was terrified of the idea of sticking myself with a needle everyday. We had prepared ourselves for this because we were told that with my condition it may be the only way to remain pregnant and alive, but I still didn’t want to face it.

Luckily, it has been tolerable but my belly looks like a battle ground. Jason has been so kind and comforting when giving the injections. I think he may even enjoy it a little too much. How many husbands are given permission to “bruise” their wife?? Well, we have really learned so much from this experience and I am sure we will be learning much more. I am so appreciative of the Lord’s guidance in my life. He has been a steady hand for me throughout it all.

Sorry about the novel and I don’t mean to write a pity post, but I just wanted to give the details of a grateful heart and a few miracles.

Take care everyone and I will keep you posted.

Love, Andrea

Monday, April 14, 2008

Baby #3

Hey Everyone, guess what - we are having another boy! I am so excited and can't wait to have him here. If you want to read more details and see the ultrasound picture just go to my blog. I hope everyone is doing well and looking forward to summer!

Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Happy Birthday Andrea!!!

Happy April Fools Day, I mean Birthday!
Just Kidding! I hope your birthday is the best An!! We love you!
Here is a "cyber cake" for you since we can't be there to celebrate with you!

Monday, March 31, 2008

New Blog

Hey Everyone, I hope all of you are doing great! I have been feeling great lately, yeah! Although I have been really tired lately. I feel like it is because I have had lots of processed foods - white bread, white rice, biscuits, quick breads (my weakness); I just love that stuff too much. I still say for everyone to eat it and I am not a health expert, I just know that my body is so weird sometimes and can be really sensitive to foods, weird I know. By the way Heather, when you were talking about food trends, I have noticed that also. Sometimes I feel guilty for not eating as "healthy" as I should, but I also know that you have to enjoy life; how can you live without yummy treats!!!

I hope all of you are doing great. Holly and Savanna - time is close, yeah!!! Good Luck!! Send lots of pictures. April 11 is when I get to find out the gender of our baby - I will definantly let all of you know!

Also, I have also started a Blog if any of you want to have more detail of my overly excited life?!

Take Care Everyone!

Tuesday, March 25, 2008


Ok for all of you that are still in Brigham City I am wanting to do a park day once a week during the summer where we can all meet and just let the kids play. I thought we would do a diffrent park each week, and meet in that same day every week. We could do lunch or just meet there and let the kids play. I know my kids bring food to the park just means they will eat it later. I just thought it would be nice to get together, and catch up. So I need all your imput, and then I can get it all put together.
To all of you out of Brigham City I hope you all come back and visit soon, and I will post the schedule, and if you plan on coming to town if ya give heads up I am sure we can switch around the schedule.
So let me know, and you can come even if you don't have kids yet , and that includes the expecting parents too!

~Heather i am so glad you made it home ok, and I hope you are feeling better now! Also your easter picture is just to cute, and that little man is growing way to fast! Take care out there!

Easter Pictures

Well, here is our Easter picture for this year! I must say it's a lot more flattering than last year's. (I gave birth five days after Easter last year) I want to see some updated pictures from everyone!

Good luck to Holly and Savanna with your upcoming births. Not long now!

Oh, And Cami has a new blog that I've added to the blog list on the side!

Love you all, Heather

Monday, March 17, 2008

Becoming Jane

I started this post before I left for Utah and before I got sick and I'm finally going to finish it....
We had the funnest girls night two weeks ago! Do all you Brigham Girls remember our Pride and Prejudice parties? Well this was even better! We had a English Tea Party and watched "Becoming Jane". My darling friend Allie had this awesome idea to have a movie night and have a traditional English tea(all except the tea of course). I must say that it beat out our old Jane Austen parties by virtue of the fact that we all have gotten to be much better cooks in our latter years. We had scones with (fake) clotted cream and lemon curd, cucumber sandwiches, cranberry white chocolate scones, brie melts, cookies and an English trifle that I made with homemade lady fingers. It was such a delightful evening. There is something so refreshing about spending time watching a good movie with great friends who share your enthusiasm for Austen all while eating delicacies off of china dishes and tea cups! Simply Charming! I only wish you all could have been there!

Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Diet Trends?

So I don't know about you girls, but it seems like every ward I've been in has a different diet trend. Right now it seems like everyone around here is "going vegitarian"! I almost feel guilty for not jumping on the bandwagon.
I talked to Jared about his views on it and he basically told me not to try to make him a vegitarian. He likes his meat. :) Does anyone else know what I mean?

Sunday, February 24, 2008

Kids say the darndest things!

So I wanted to start writing down some of the funny, cute things that some of my students have said about my pregnancy. I thought that I would share them with you to brighten your day!
-After we had been using balloons in a lesson a little boy said, "Oh I get it, Mrs. Watkins, your stomach is like a balloon and it just keeps getting bigger and bigger and when the baby comes it will just POP!"
-A little girl came up to me with a very sad face; Me:"Whats wrong?" Girl " I just think that you just might love your baby in your tummy more than you love us, your real kids!"
- "Mrs. Watkins maybe when I am big I will marry your little girl!"
-"Mrs. Watkins when we came to 2nd grade you were just an old kid, now you are mommy, that means you are all grown up!"
-After I had accidentally bumped a student with my tummy she said, "It is ok, your baby just wanted to give me a hug!"
-"Mrs. Watkins can't race us anymore becuase she is fat and her tummy will make her fall over!"
-"Mrs. Watkins, I think after you have your baby you should make your husband baby-sit it. Becuase we need you more here at school and we don't want a substitute!"
-"Mrs. Watkins your legs are starting to disappear when you sit down!"
-"Mrs. Watkins I think your baby is going to be super smart because everyday she is learning what 2nd graders learn, and that is ALOT of hard stuff!"
-I had a little boy with Asperger's syndrome last year and when I told him I was going to have a baby, he said, "Boy I just make all of my teachers have babies!" His first grade teacher had a baby the year after he left as well! Then he said, "I am an Uncle now!"
-Names that have been suggested: Hannah Montana, Miley Cyrus, Sunshine, Susie, Holly Jr., Shanelle, Dulcita, Juana, Maria, Pocahontas, Ariel, Springy, Molly, (so our names rhyme!) Beauty, Daisy, Rose, everyday there is another one!
-"Mrs. Watkins what do want your baby to be Mexican or American?"
-"Mrs. Watkins, can I baby-sit your baby? I will be very careful! I will even take her to the park and let her ride in my basket on my bike! I will push her on the swing so she goes very high! I will let her have chocolates too! Well, maybe just chocolate milk since she is just a baby!"
-"Mrs.Watkins everyday you get more and more glowy!"
-Some of the girls at Recess were playing school. They were taking turns being the teacher and when they were the teacher they would place there jacket up thier shirt so they could look like me!
-For Valentines Day the baby recieved, 5 used stuffed bears, a marker(that smells), many drawings, many chocolates and a naked Barbie doll!
These kids are so cute and funny! I need to be better about writing down all the funny and cute things, I just always forget!
As you can tell I teach in an area that is highly Hispanic. Out of 30 kids 24 have Spanish as their first language!
As far as the pregnancy, things are going well! I am trying to keep my energy up for these cute kids at school, but everyday it gets a little bit more difficult. I just found out that I am enemic as well so that has made me very tired! I am trying hard to eat all the red meat and leafy greens that I can find! So hopefully that helps! We still have not decided on a name, but we have narrowed it down to 2, so we will see what she looks like!
Take Care! Have a wonderful day!

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

By the way

For those of you who want to know. My due date is August 24th. When the nurse told me my actual due date, she said, "I am so sorry!" Oh well, I knew what I was getting into. I am actually looking forward to not having a baby right in the middle of winter.

I would love to have a little girl and right now I have a feeling that is what it is and plus everyone around me says they feel it is a girl (due to the fact that I am sicker with this one than I was with my boys). Justin and I were talking and we think it would be great to have another little boy. Corbin and Taylor are such opposites that it would be interesting to see another boys personality and see who he was more like! (How is it Christina?)

Either way, we will be so happy with a healthy beautiful baby!

Isn't life funny? (A.k.a. Andrea's plans, or lack thereof)

I was determined to graduate from high school, attend 2 years of college majoring in who knows what, and then serve a mission. After the mission, I was going to finally decide what to get a degree in, date someone for a year and get married at 23 years old in the Salt Lake Temple. Then I was going to finish college, have some kids, and just be a mom and wife in Utah.

Here's what really happened...I did go to college (BYUI). I was supposed to be out of here in 2 years and moved back home to finish my bachelors. Instead, I met the man I was going to marry at age 19. We got married in the Bountiful Temple when I was 20 and I finally decided what to major in when I was almost 21. I graduated in Early Childhood Education/Special Education at 22 years old and taught special ed preschool for five months before Allie came along. (I really wanted to be a kindergarten teacher and have nothing to do with all the special ed. paper work). Funny where the jobs lead...

I did what I swore I would never do (once I had kids) and finished teaching the school year. Thank goodness Cody was off of work for those 2 months to take care of Allie, or else I probably would have just resigned without finishing teaching. Teaching was a blessing. I am grateful for the experience I had teaching, but I am so grateful to be done for now and raising my baby.

I should have moved back to Utah 4 years ago and be living in a starter home raising a few kids by now. Instead, I am married to the love of my life, we have the best baby I could ever wish for, and we are still living in an apartment in Rexburg. We have since applied to 6 grad schools, and been invited to interview at 1. We are in the process of applying to 2 more and hopefully we will get more interview invites soon. :)

I think what I have learned the most is to totally rely on the Lord. He puts you where He wants you when He wants you there. Hence, I am still in Rexburg enduring the snow ;). Our temple was dedicated last Sunday, and I have the opportunity to see it everyday out my kitchen window and attend as frequently as I want. There's a reason for everything and I hope that I can just have the faith to press forward when I don't see that reason.

I thought I might put some future plans here just to see what really happens. I would like for Cody to attend grad school this fall, graduate in 4 years with a doctorate, move back to Utah, practice for a few years with a collegue and then open his own practice (in Marriage and Family Counseling). I woud like to have at least 3 more kids and live in a comfortable home in a nice neighborhood with a good school district. I would like to serve faithfully in the church and raise a righteous family. After my children are grown, I would like to continue teaching in an elementary school and eventually serve a mission with Cody. We'll just see what actually happens... :)

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

The Plan

Well, I thought that Heather's question was very thought provoking. It is very interesting how our life "plans" change all the time, well at least mine do. I guess that is the wonderful thing about life is that you really never do know what is around the corner. The time in my life when I had the most definite plan was my last year in college. I was going to graduate, teach for a year somewhere besides Utah, go on a mission, come home and teach and date and then get married. Well it is funny how the year that I thought I had things figured out I met Ryan and all plans changed. (Of course for the better!) I ended up getting married right after graduation moving to Arizona and teaching. I never thought that I would ever live here but it is just how life turned out. (this was in Ryan's plans however, to graduate date and move back to his "home".) Now the girl who would have been completely content to live in good old Brigham for the rest of her days live in Busy Hot Arizona! (Yeah today it was 79 degrees!) I have had so many learning and growing experiences and I know that it is the best decision for my family.
Now we are making other plans, having a baby, buying a house, quit teaching, Ryan taking his last CPA test (WAHOO!!) Who knows if these plans will all work out. I do know that if we have faith in Heavenly Father, he will lead us to the best plan that we could ever dream of!
Thanks Heather for asking this great question! Like you I am very interested in others response! Take Care!


This is such a great question - I am probably the only one who did what I really planned on doing. Start going to college, meet someone, get married, and start a family. The only thing is that I really didn't think it would happen to me(of course you know I never dated anyone in High School - I only wished!!!)

I had several different ideas of what to do after graduation. Luckily Cindi asked me to move to Salt Lake - which (thanks to her) was where I was suppose to be. I started dating Justin weeks after sending off a missionary (Cindi would always tease me - "you couldn't even last two months!") But it was right for me!

Five years later and I have the most wonderful husband, two of the greatest boys, and (I guess this is a great time to announce - I am pregnant with a third child!!!) I am 12 weeks along and that is why no one has heard from me for a while - but I am hoping the sickness will soon be over! We couldn't be any happier. I know to some people this is not leaving a dream, but to me, it really is.

I do plan on going back to school and graduating in health and nutrition. I would love to be a dietition when all my kids are in school. Of course this is a few years down the road so as we have all said - anything can happen!

This was a fun idea! And I will be sure to keep you posted on the pregnancy and when we find out what we are having in a couple of months!

Monday, February 11, 2008

What was your "plan"?

I was reading on one of my friends blogs the other day about what she had "planned" to do with her life and it made me think about how what I "planned" to do with my life has changed since high school.
I knew I wanted to be a dental hygienist about junior year. I finished my dental assisting program the summer after high school and then I was going to take the fast track to my dental hygiene degree which included (I thought) getting into school the first time (even though only 1-2 people out of the class of 30 get in on the first try). And then I was going to be a hot young well-off dental hygienist living the single life, dating and having fun. Then I was going to go on a mission. Then I was going to come back, date a couple more years, get a cute red sports car and then find Mr. Right.
Alas I did not get into my program on the first try, but it ended up being one of the best things that ever happened to me as I moved to Salt Lake and got to live with Em for two years and was the reason I met Jared. And as I got preggo I never did get to live the well-off hygienist dream as my belly got in the way of getting hired. But I've got one of the hottest husbands (who we hope will someday be a successful MBA), one of the most beautiful, sweet babies around, a temple marriage, and a happy( if crazy) life here in Indiana.
So the question for all of you is, "What did you "plan" on doing with your life and what have you actually done?" To answer this question add a new post, not a comment. I think it will be fun to compare!

Saturday, February 2, 2008

Great recipe!

Hey all,
I have a great recipe for you all if you need something to take for your Super Bowl party tomorrow (J/K)! We have a recipe night once a month for Relief Society and I got this great spinach dip this last time that I wanted to share with you all. Super easy and way yummy! I made it for my playgroup and a party the other day and everyone loved it!

Spinach Dip
2 packages chopped, frozen spinach
2 cups onions
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp garlic powder
12 oz mexican Velvetta

Thaw the spinach and put in crockpot with onions, salt, and garlic powder on high for 1 1/2 hours. Cube velveeta and add to spinach mixture, cooking on high for an additional thirty minutes. Serve over crackers or baguette slices.
Hope some of you try it! It is soooo good!

Sunday, January 27, 2008

Dear President Hinckley

I'm sure you all know by now that President Hinckley passed away this evening. Jared just came in and told me and I started crying. I'm so grateful to have had President Hinckley as long as we did. I feel so fortunate to have had his influence in our lives as we went through our adolencent and young adult years. He was put in just before I turned 12 and was made a beehive and the General Young Woman's meeting was the first meeting he attended as our new prophet. I was able to be there in the tabernacle in Salt Lake for the meeting with my mom and my sister. When he walked in the door everyone stood up and without music started singing, "We Thank Thee O God for a Prophet." The Spirit was so strong that we all were crying and young as I was then I was so grateful to know that I stood in the presence of a true prophet. That our chruch will always have a prophet. I loved President Hinckley and I'm so sad that I can't be there in Salt Lake at this time to pay my respects. He was such a great man. I pray that we can all (especially myself) do honor to his memory by living the priciples he taught. I love you all, -Heather

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Nap time help??

So Miles is standing! In fact that is all he wants to do is pull himself up to a stand! So my perfect little napper has now turned into a holy terror at naptime, standing up and crying instead of sleeping. The last two days he has only had one nap because he cried during the morning nap and would not go down no matter if I nursed him, if I rocked him to sleep and then put him down or if I went in repeatedly and layed him back on his back. He would just stand up and cry. He has been crying now for a half hour and my heart is breaking but I don't know what to do. He is so over tired. He was fine when I first put him down--just sucking on his thumb, but after a few minutes he decided to get up and he's been crying ever since. Does anyone have a method that they used to get their child to sleep? Do I go in and lay him back down and will that eventually work? Do I just leave him alone and let him cry it out the whole time? I tried to put toys in there that he could play with but he hasn't wanted that? ANY advice would be helpful!

Friday, January 11, 2008

Old Navy Sale!!

Hey everyone! Old Navy is having a 75% off sale! Yay! They had this last year while I was preggo and I got maternity pants for $5 a piece and maternity shirts for $3. As I had just found out that I was having a little boy I stocked up on 6-12 month boy clothes for this winter at $2-3 dollars for shirts and pants (which Miles is currently wearing) Anyway, I just got back from ON and I got a little winter coat for next year, 5 heavy cable knit sweaters, 4 shirts and 2 pairs of jeans and some socks, all for $50! Not as good as my Sears deal this fall, but still pretty darn good! Especially the sweaters- its cold in Indiana! I wish I had a girl, they had so much more girl stuff! But if any of you are in a shopping mood tomorrow I would check it out! I've definately learned that it pays to plan ahead and buy things for next year when there are close out sales! Yay for being a poor college student's wife again!

Oh and on that note, a big "Good Luck" to all of you that are either applying for graduate programs or have husbands that are applying! This time last year was very stressful at our house, waiting for decisions! A special "Good Luck" to Emily and Chelsea and to Cody and Jason and whoever else that I don't know of.

Saturday, January 5, 2008

Baby Names Poll

Hey everyone! Andrea happens to love polls and she suggested, as Savanna is having a hard time coming up with names, that we put a poll with the top baby names and vote for the ones we like. So here you go! It would only let me put five answers on the poll. Here are the top five baby names of 2006 according to the Social Security Administration!