Sunday, May 23, 2010

The Last Lincolns

I love to read! I especially love to read about real people in American History!
This is my latest find and sent to me by my friend Dennis in Salt Lake. Thanks Dennis for such an incredible book. It seems there is always something new to learn about the Lincolns.
Poor Mary Todd Lincoln............such suffering, mentally and physically.

A young Tad Lincoln...............

I have to be able to get something out of a book in order to read it. I mean....really get something........some sort of knowledge. What started me on this post was my interest in the death of young Tad who was only 18 years of age. I was just reading along when I read this:

Illinois was experiencing one of the hottest summers on record. The day before Tad's funeral, the thermometer in Springfield reached 114 degrees. At nine in the morning, the coffin was carried out of the Edwards' ( This is Mary's sister Elizabeth's home) parlor and transported to the First Presbyterian Church. Fittingly, the pallbearers were six young people who had known Tad when he was a frisky terror living in Springfield before his father became president. The pallbearers carried the beautiful rosewood casket, decorated with wreaths of immortelles, in the church and placed it in front of the pulpit.

Whoa......................I am suddenly thinking what? What is a immortelles? So I mark the page and try to remember to go back later and look it up on the internet.

Well, that day is today! So in my next post you will find out all about the immortelle.

Poor, poor Mary Todd Lincoln........It was the fourth deathbed vigil she would endure: first her son Eddie, dead in 1850 at the age of three; then Willie, dead at age eleven from cholera; the martyred Abraham Lincoln in 1865; and now her cherished son Tad, eighteen years of age in the year 1871.

This is a wonderful book and one of the best reads yet on the Lincolns!


Immortelles: a name given by the french to those Flowers which from their papery nature do not wither on dying, known in this country as "everlasting flowers".

"The Immortelle requires no attention: you just hang it up, and there you are; just leave it alone, it will take care of your grief for you, and keep in mind...better than you can;
stands weather first-rate, and lasts like boiler-iron."
"Mark Twain, Life on the Mississippi"

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Miranda Lambert

She is my new favorite country artist. Her songs are amazing! It's almost as if she is singing from her heart......Oh wait....She is. The first song on my playlist is her latest hit. It is so beautiful and touching to the ears and the soul. .

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Baby Wynter, the Mommy and the Daddy...

Baby Wynter showing off the cute bracelet her mommy made her!!

Wynter's new floatie. How cute is this little house on the water?

Just hangin by the pool in Laughlin, Nevada for the weekend!!!!

And where are my shades mommy???????????????????

Wednesday, May 19, 2010


Please check out the amazing new photos of the twins on their Aunt Aubrey's blog.

Monday, May 17, 2010

Big Ole Tree

I love big ole trees. I would think this tree is at least a hundred years old and probably the seeds were handcarted west by the pioneers.

Amazing Tree in The Provo Park

Check out this beautiful tree. It was the only one I could find in the park and I had never seen this variety before but had to capture it on film. Anyone know what it is?

Jenny Bracken thinks it could be a Crepe Myrtle? I will have to google it Jenny! Thanks...

Who Doesn't Love The Park?

For two days in a row the kids and I went to this sweet park in Provo. It really is a very nice park. Very clean and what beautiful playground equipment. Henli loves to swing......

Beautiful views of the Wasatch Mountains and check out them clouds!

Holding The Babies.......

The kids love holding the babies...........I'm sure the newness will wear off but they are all really good and careful with them.

My Little Buddy!!

My little buddy Lukas is growing up! He will even go to kindergarten next year!

Look...........It's my Nana's purse!!

There is always good stuff in my Nana's bag! But most of all I know there is "BUBBLE"!!
Henli loves bubble gum and that is her most favorite word. She talks about "BUBBLE" all day. Unfortunately she swallows it and we even had to cut some out of her hair on Saturday!

Sunday, May 16, 2010

First Photos of "the girls"

Baby Jenny on the left and Baby Claire is on the right.

They are both really good babies and such good sleepers!

Again baby Jenny on the left and baby Claire on the right....Claire is already thinking..
That Nana and her camera!!!

We had to take both babies into the hospital lab four days in a row to have their bilirubin level checked. This is baby Claire.

Baby Claire is doing some "in front of the window suntanning"..............

Jenny is also suntanning.............Isn't she just too cute??

The face of an Angel .................................

Hey look................We are twins!!!

These are the cute carrier covers I made for the babies...They turned out so cute!!

Friday, May 7, 2010

They Have Arrived!!!

On May 6th, 2010 our beautiful and healthy baby girls arrived. Claire Cynthia weighed in at 6lb. and 2 oz. Baby Jenni Rebecca weighed in at 5lb. and 15 oz. Each name has a very special "family meaning" to it and we feel so blessed to have them as part of our family.
We have been blessed by our loving and kind father in heaven with the birth of these babies.