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So sweet

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At 8:00 this morning Sophia said to me, "Make cookies Mommy, make cookies! I will help."

Yeah, right, maybe she'll help eat them.

Aubrey Allyn Call

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This is a picture of Aubrey on our wedding day, October 12, 2002.


When Chrislynn and I got married, Aubrey was 3 years old. Now, Sophia is about to turn 3, and we find ourselves laughing at things that remind us of Aubrey when she was Sophie's age.

Once while we were at church, I was sitting next to Aubrey when she looked at me and very seriously said, "You can kwatch my back if you want to." Chrislynn and I thought it was so funny! To this day, when I want Chrislynn to scratch my back I say, "You can kwatch my back if you want to."

Aubrey used to pronounce her f's with the sh sound. We have a good friend named Frank that she called, "Shank." She used to say, "Shanks" instead of thanks. And on more than one occasion I heard her announce that she had "sharted."

One of my favorite Aubrey stories is once when Chrislynn had a tummy ache Aubrey was very concerned about her. Aubrey had just had a bout of constipation. So after he…

Apple picking time again

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It is that time of year again.  The time when nights are cold but days are pleasant (lately they have been a little hot for fall, but I am not complaining; I haven't had to turn on the heater yet) the leaves are beginning to change color and I get excited about going apple picking.  Just before Sophia was born we went apple picking for the first time at a farm in Princeton and I was hooked.  Growing up we had apple trees in our own yard, but somehow I never appreciated how much fun it could be to pick them in the fall.  It is a different experience going to a farm to do it, though.  So I have been pining away for my apple orchard in New Jersey unitl I found out there is an orchard in a little town near Logan called Paradise where you can pick your own apples.
On Saturday morning we bundled up the kids and packed them up in the car feeling excited about going apple picking again.  It took about twenty minutes to get there, but it was a beautiful drive to Paradise.  My expectations…

What a Year

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My birthday was on Tuesday.  I didn't have gifts to open because I got presents before the big day.  Little Richie was very disappointed that I did not have presents, and when Dad told him that he could give me a hug and kiss, he very grumpily said, "That is NOT a present."  Even though I didn't have things to open, I had a good day.


Having a birthday made me reflect on this past year and everything we have gone through.  Finding out we were having another baby at Thanksgiving; going to Utah for Christmas and then not going back to New Jersey after; spending two and a half months apart from Richie; finally reuniting in March and moving to Logan; Richie working for the Lyric and getting hired at Utah State for the year; having Grace; Little Richie starting kindergarten.  It really has been a crazy year!  It has been challenging, and hard at times but also joyful and full of blessings.  I miss living in New Jersey, but I am happy to be where we are now.  Who knows what …