Monday, December 22, 2008

Snow Day #8

Here we are in the snow again, 14 inches. So I have a few pictures for you old time Oregonians who have left the NW.

Our hot tub, I think.

We found these hanging from our house.

2nd layer of ice.

The 14 inches in 2 days.

Can you believe this?  We hope you are all safe and warm this holiday season.

Saturday, December 20, 2008

Snow Day #6

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Take a look at all the Oregon snow !
We have had snow days all last week. 3 weeks of Christmas break. We have been snowed in. 
It is beautiful, but Oregon has not seen snow like this in 30 years. I have a little cabin fever, but the girls are loving it.

Look at my girls working together to create this wonderful masterpiece. 
A freaky green-eyed snowman.
Momma is so proud!

Our sweet neighbor let the girls build a snow fort in his yard. Maddie, Kait, and Hannah named it "Fort Whitaker" after his 7 month old son. He even helped, "Bless you Mike." They were out there working on it for 3 hours straight.

Welcome to FORT WHITAKER. I dreamed of making snow forts like this when I was young. They had a blast.

Saturday, November 15, 2008

I am 40!!

My sweet husband threw me a party to celebrate.

My wonderful friends showing their love.

All right. The party went a little crazy.

Thank you to all of you who shared and sent memories ( Mom & Dad, Becky w/a y and SNAFU). I felt very loved. It was a fun night.

Sunday, October 26, 2008

The Princess Quiz

I have finally taken the Princess Quiz.

You Are Mulan!
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Strong and spirited. You're no one's girly girl; actually you are very determined person with a strong sense of self. Never let go of that! The only thing that equals your sense of self is your family, but the traditions of society can always be bent to protect something or someone you love.

Go figure.

Which Disney Princess Are You?

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

A Family Wedding

CAN YOU BELIEVE IT!! MIKEY IS MARRIED!! My baby brother is now a husband. This happened on October 17th, at the Salt Lake Temple. Almost all of the Haroldsen family was there. It was wonderful to be together. There were cousins galore. The following are a few pictures from that day.

My family all dressed in wedding colors at the temple.

Joe's beautiful family.

Sarah and her children. We missed you Mike.

David and family.

Dan and fam.

All the sisters with Mike. (Kat, Jenn, Mike, Sarah, Me)

Cute cousins.

Matt and Mom

My Parents and Sarah. (Matt's arm trying to get Mom to smile)

The Elko, Nevada Reception

After the wedding we traveled to Elko for the reception. It felt like Sunday at my parents.

Teen-age attitude. Cassidy, Austin (Kat), Maddie, Makenna (Dave), Cody (Kat)

Brothers hamming it up. (Joe, Dave, Dan, Matt)

The Haroldsen family dance party!!!

We had a great time. Family is the best.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

You know you are getting old when . . .

. . . your prom dress, that you looked all over to find, is now a costume at a 80's retro dance. I guess that I just have to face it. The large shoulder pads and criss-crossing lace will not be coming back.

Plus, Cassidy looks better in it than I did.

Pictures of the first day of school.

Here are the first day of school pictures of my girls. I tried to create a slide show, and just couldn't do it. I would love to have any advice you could send me.

Hannah - first grade

Kait - 3rd grade

Maddie - 8th grade

Cassidy - 10 grade

My other daughters Lindsey and Willow

Sunday, September 7, 2008

First Day of School

My children are back in school. I now have all my girls at school full time. Everyone keeps asking me what I am going to
do with all of my free time. I haven't had any yet, so I can't tell them.

Hannah loves first grade. She comes home laughing about the funny things her teacher does and all the fun that she has at recess.

Kait is happy to be in 3rd grade. She was excited to discover that a friend of hers, that she thought was going to move, didn't and is in her class.

Maddie is excited to be the oldest group at school. She is excited to be in Theater and Concert Choir.

Cassidy is feeling a little overwhelmed. She has a tough semester with both Advanced Chemistry and Pre-IB English. She will have to work and study, but she will do well.

I hope you are having a great beginning school year.

Sunday, August 31, 2008

Sunday Night fun at Grandma's.

What more can I say. We have fun.

Monday, August 4, 2008

I love this singer.

Checker her out. She has an amazing voice. Her name is Adele, she is out of the UK. Her album is wonderful. A mix of a lot of genres. She is 19.

This is my dream voice.

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

I have returned from girl's camp.

Girl's Camp is over.  Look at all my beautiful girls.  It was a wonderful week.  I am just now coming out of my "no sleep" fog.  It was the hardest and most incredible time.  I have a few    pics to let you know how my week at camp was.

This is Melissa, she is my right hand and sane mind.  If you could have one on no sleep.  I could not have done this with out her.  I feel that the great blessing of this calling was meeting her. 
 I haven't laughed so hard, or cared so much. By Wednesday we were finishing each other's sentences, and by Friday we were speaking in stereo. She was always reminding me to breathe and that all things are fine, and if things were out of my control, it was an "Oh, well." moment.  She is my dear friend, I am thankful that I had her with me this year.  I refuse to do camp without her.

This is Melissa and my cabin after 3 days of busy people.  Foam stickers on the walls for the first 2 days (princesses themed on Tuesday, Island themed on Wednesday), then came the yarn.  I was quite impressed with the yarning skills of our pranksters. We had yarn through the legs of our pants, around handles, it was a work of art.  Then came Friday night,  we went to bed at 2 am and woke to this . . .

(Sorry Melissa, I kept it small).
  We woke early to open our door and find it filled with styrofoam beanbag beads and a message that said, "To our favorite princesses - from the peanuts".

We were also "Padded".  Needless to say, we had a lot of fun.  The girls were great.  

Here are just a few pics of some of the "fun" that was to be had a camp.

 This is the gator that we drove around.  Yes, I drove a gator.  I slid down most of the hills, but the girls learned to stay out of my way.

This is the 
final moment of camp.  Some one else was selected to go into the pool, the YCL's (youth counselors) felt I was still looking a little hot and dusty. 
So as you can see. I had to take a swim. At least they let me take off my shoes, watch and glasses.

I loved my experience at camp.  I felt the Lord's hand guiding me through this experience and I have grown and learned and I am a better person because of it.  I also learned that my heart can grow so big that it could love 246 people at once.  178 of them were the Young Women and the rest were my wonderful Stake Staff and Ward Camp Directors.  I have met some amazing people, I just can't describe how my life has changed.