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Jody and I have been married for 6 years now! We live a simple life, but it's a happy life. We've been blessed with our sweet Elsie who we adore each and every day. Here's to a blog of thoughts, memories, and who are we kidding, lots of Elsie!!
"People don't always remember what you say... They remember how you make them feel"

Friday, December 27, 2013

Christmas 2013

Christmas was busy this year... I felt it came so fast, and we felt anything but prepared. Luckily none of that pitty stuff really matters and it ended up being a perfect Holiday. 

We had a Christmas Party with my family on the Thursday before Christmas. It was a lot of fun, especially for the little ones. My mom made an awesome dinner... We wrote gifts to the savior, and sang lots of songs. When it came time for Santa to come, the kids pulled out the rhythm band and played all the tunes they could. He dropped off some fun gifts! And the kids loved seeing him. 

Fast Foward to Christmas Eve. Another party... The Leavitt Party is always on Christmas Eve and it is a tradition we love. First of all, Aunt Launa is an AMAZING cook, we had a great dinner, and then Santa came to give more presents. Every year, he brings us all matching pajamas and little goodies! It was a great night and E had fun with all the cousins. We then came home, put her to bed and hurried the last of wrapping and projects. Of course we had the movie "Christmas Vacation" playing... Such a classic and after all these years, it still makes me laugh! 

It was time for Christmas morning and THAT was a blast! Elsie is such a fun age and had an awesome Christmas! I don't know why we spoiled her so much... We could have used this year to shower ourselves with gifts I suppose but buying for her was much more fun. She definitely made out!! From a trampoline, to Minnie Mouse toys, barns, books, a bee backpack, clothes, shoes.... she loved it all!! J didn't do so bad himself. He got lots of clothes, a go pro, riding gear, and ..... A new bike! He has been wanting a bike for a couple years and I finally caved. Merry Christmas to him! Mama made out good too... Not as well as J, but I didn't have much I wanted this year. My list really struggled if I'm being quite honest. I told Jeff I wanted measuring cups, a whisk, a garlic presser and a pizza stone. Talk about not needing much right?! Being pregnant during Christmas made me boring and too lazy to want much!! Santa did surprise me with a new TV, lots of jewelry, new tires for my denali, a beautiful wire basket chandelier I wanted, and a vacuum which was more then I needed. And seeing the smiles on my families face is really what made my Christmas complete. 

I love Christmas and the spirit that comes with this holiday. I love giving. It really is so much more fun then receiving... I'm learning that as I get older!  I'm truly grateful for my Savior and the beautiful year we've had as a family. I am truly blessed! 

Marshall Family 2013.. 
Elsie 2 years old... Mom; 25 weeks pregnant! As beautiful as it gets people!! 
Fun game with my family
Playing the rhythm band waiting for Santa

Mom played, Elsie sang!
Me and my love on Christmas Eve! 
E excited for Santa to come!
My world!! Minus Diesel ;)
Leavitt Christmas Party! 
There's that belly!!

Christmas morning! 

The new 2014 Suzuki 450 bike!!
My TV and gorgeous chandelier!! 
The jumping that never ends
Loooooong Day!! 

Hope everyone had as beautiful of a Christmas as we did!!! Merry Christmas to all!!

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

One word to a million!

Elsie's speech has been a big concern for me for some time. When she was just a baby, she didn't roll over right away, but learned to sit up instead. At 6 months she wasn't crawling, but started walking at 9 1/2 months. I always told myself they all do different things, at different times, and that is okay. I was always assured she was "fine" because she ended up doing something else to prove she was on the right track. 

Then 18 months came.. Nothing new had really happened. Still walking, and not a lot of talking. She didn't know too many words, and the words she did know were anything but English. She babbled and babbled all day long, but never would even try to repeat words or show any interest. I started to get concerned. 

Then she turned 2.. She knew a few more words and a few more became more clear, but still not where she needed to be. I was starting to get really nervous at this point, and even switched doctors to seek some help about the issue. He didn't make me feel much better really, said to give it a little more time and he referred me to a speech therapist to have her then evaluated. I kept telling myself, she'll get there. She understood everything I told her to do, which brought some comfort, but I still doubted her efforts and my efforts as a mother. 

I'm so HAPPY and so relieved now to say we have made it so far. Since she has turned 2, her words have gone to 2 clear words to what seems like a million. She has learned so many letters of the alphabet, her colors are almost there, and a few shapes! Her words have become so much more clear and she is constantly asking little questions. It's been lots of fun hearing all she has to say, makes some of those long hard days worth it when she comes in and says "wuv you mama!" I've waited 2 years to hear that, and it melts my heart every time!

I'm grateful for the little spirit that she is. She is a perfect fit for our family and I hope we can be that for her as parents. She's our everything!! 

My two favorites...

I always tell myself these two are my very favorites in the world, but mostly so I don't beat them both daily from all their craziness!!! 

However, lately, it's been the truth! Not sure what's making them BOTH be sweet as pie.. Maybe they think Santa is watching?! Want a little extra love this Christmas?! Not sure... I'm still trying to figure out the motive, but I love these two more then anything and thank them for being the best part of my life!! 

Thanksgiving 2013

Thanksgiving is my favorite Holiday. I think I say that on every blog post I make but it really is the best day/weekend ever. First of all, it's the only time of year my whole family is together. Christmas is too hard with so much going on and hauling presents everywhere that we never make that happen. Makes me sad we don't do more as a family, or that Nate and Lezlee have to live so far away! And whenever food is involved, it always makes for a great time :)

Every year really we eat with my family, then cruise over to Launas to visit with J's family. We are lucky to have both in the valley so we never miss Holidays with either one. 

Shellie was over Crafts this year and Elsie loved all of it; painting, gluing sparkles on trees, and making her ornament! She loved having all her cousins around too. I've decided having more babies isn't the way to go but adopting a 15 and 12 yr old. We've got it all wrong folks ;)... But Maddie and Abbie, even Becca, made the weekend so enjoyable and played with Elsie nonstop. Thankful for all they did!

I never do the whole daily posts on FB of what I'm thankful for.. Things like that just aren't for me. I don't have to post in order to be thankful and I don't really care if the FB world knows what I'm thankful for or not really. But on my personal blog, I will share some of my favorite and most precious things in my life that I am thankful for....

First being J! He is every bit of awesome. He is the best decision I ever made, and it's shown daily why I love him so much. He's the best Father to our little Els.. These two know how to have fun and she adores all his fun adventures and endless energy! 

The Gospel is everything to me. It keeps me grounded. It reminds me to keep things in perspective.. Someone once told me this life is 2 1/2 hours in a real perspective of life after this mortal experience. That has helped me a lot to not let gossip, financial burdens, trials, affect my attitude. I have my days but when I lay my head down at night, I remind myself The Lord is asking me to do my part, be a good servant for such a short period of time... I can do this!! At least I pray for help that I can!

My sweet babies! Never in a million years did I think I would have a baby, and now I have my sweet Elsie AND a little man on the way. My heart is complete with these two spirits... As of now ;) 

And of course my few material things that I love... My little jetta! She's an awesome car! We bought her brand new, paid her off and she has been nothing but kind to us with awesome gas mileage! My little home. I've realized I WANT nice things, but I can live without much! I'm glad I can do that. When I walk into our home late at night after a long day in Vegas or something, and the Christmas lights are on giving it a nice touch of light, I have a moment where I think; We have some good memories in this 2x2!! It's made me appreciate no matter what roof is over my head, I can find happiness in it. 

I am a blessed little lady... I don't have it all that's for sure, but I have what's important to me, and I keep it all close to my heart!

Happy Thanksgiving to all!! 
Elsie staying up way to late every night!
Making Ornaments!
We had a great Holiday and I hope you all did as well!!! Xoxox