About Me

"I don't want to drive up to the pearly gates in a shiny sports car, wearing beautifully, tailored clothes, my hair expertly coiffed, and with long, perfectly manicured fingernails. I want to drive up in a station wagon that has mud on the wheels from taking kids to scout camp. I want to be there with a smudge of peanut butter on my shirt from making sandwiches for a sick neighbors children. I want to be there with a little dirt under my fingernails from helping to weed someone's garden. I want to be there with children's sticky kisses on my cheeks and the tears of a friend on my shoulder. I want the Lord to know I was really here and that I really lived."
— Marjorie Pay Hinckley

Monday, December 13, 2010

Amazing new Christmas song!

Merry Christmas 2010

What a year this has been! We have all been extremly busy and productive. Haydn loves being in Kindergarten and has many many friends, including high schoolers! Weldon continues to grow like a weed and learn all kinds of new things. Emmaline is really turning into a little girl and learning how to exercise her independance! Jeremy is still working at his job Cargill as a grain elevator operator. He is still busy taking care of his cattle and trying to stay ahead of all the ice accumulation now that it is winter! I have been busy keeping everything else under control and still teaching lessons and taking pictures on the side. Below are some of the latest photo shoots I have done. We found out that in April we will be expecting a little girl!

I got new glasses since my eyes have been giving me troubles with this pregnancy.

In November we ventured back to Idaho to go to Jeremy's younger sister Hilary's wedding. It was so much fun and great to see family again!

It was one enormous party! So much awesome food and a great dance show. Of course my favorite was watching Hilary do a traditional dance for her wedding.

Melissa and I strutting our big bellies - mine holding a girl and hers holding a boy!

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Long time, no Read!

Now that we are in the month of October, I fully admit to being a bit of a blog slacker! Much has been going on, like usual! The first rather large news for the family is the expected addition of a new family member. Although I have no official due date (due to a serious reluctance to go to a doctor) the new bundle should be here in April. Although my first trimester has passed, I have not gotten over the pretty ugly bought of morning (aka all day) sickness. As such, much has been neglected except for the absolute necessities of life. Haydn is old enough to understand what is going on and is just so excited! Emma talks about a new baby, but not sure she really knows what one is.

Yes, I permed my hair. It was either that or chop it all off again.
Weldon of course has always loved babies and is practicing daily!

Haydn was chosen to be the crown bearer for her schools homecoming coronation. I didn't even know what a crown bearer was until some kind friends explained it! There is one girl and one boy chosen to carry the homecoming crowns for the new king and queen. She was so excited and it was quite an honor to be chosen. She was even pictured in the local newspaper - on the front page! She and a little first grader (already going for the older guys!) practiced and did a great job!

Emma has been keeping herself very busy being home alone with mom now. She loves to go and play with the horses, Nitro and Hollywood and even give custom haircuts. One to herself and one to the cat - I wondered what the high pitched meowing was...

Before the haircut.

After the haircut!

Weldon loves school and has gone on lots of fun field trips. They just got back from a pumpkin patch - pictures to come soon. Jeremy has a new best friend. Of course she does have four legs and only eats hay, so I can only be slightly jealous. Our friend that gave us our other two horses, gave us an appaloosa mare that isn't broke. She has taken to Jeremy quite amazingly, and I think doesn't like me, since I am his wife - and not her! I know weird, but I really think that is why she absolutely ignores me! We named her storm.We were finally able to replace our front porch. Back in February we had to tear the old one off to fix the basement. Jeremy, with a little help from the elders, built a beautiful front porch, one that is much better then the previous one!

We will decided whether to paint or stain in the spring. Now if only life could slow down just a bit - I might be able to keep up!

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Kindergarten and Fair!

For the first time since moving to Nebraska, we were in town for the Holt County Fair! I have never been able to display anything at a fair before, so I decided now was as good a time as any! When the girls get old enough, they will be involved with 4H... but that is a few years down the road still. So I put 4 pictures in the fair. A church, a skunk, a cowboy and a "blushing bride"! They all won ribbons! The skunk won a blue ribbon and the rest won a purple. Purple, I think, meant just like an honorable mention. But I did get a prize for my blue ribbon skunk! Fun!

Haydn officially started her Kindergarten year on the 16th! She gets to ride the bus to school and back. She was so excited and still is! She is growing up so fast! Weldon started on the 20th and was very happy to get back to his friends and favorite teachers!

Monday, July 19, 2010

A Zoo in Nebraska!

I realize that it is now July. However, it feels as though it should still be May! Our summer here in Nebraska has been extremly full. Of course, like every mom knows, every day in the summer seems to be full of something - we just aren't sure what it was that it was so full with! So here is the latest happenings at the zoo in Nebraska!

Some of our greatest friends moved to Pennsylvania. We threw them a "desert" party, because they were totally deserting us! I, of course, was ecstatic when they asked if I could do a couple of last minute family pictures - bitter sweet!

I did another photo shoot for some other friends of ours - their boys always keep me on my toes! But those always end up to be the most creative photo shoots!!

The end of June we had the 2nd CMS family gathering... CaMoSteele - Campbell/Moses/Steele! We had three whirlwind days of fun! We visited the Omaha Zoo, which quite literally was a Zoo! There were so many people there, it was insanity! But it was so much fun!

Who needs playgrounds and video games when we have hay bales!!!

Weldon's Favorite!!!

Soon after that fun filled weekend, Jeremy's mom, dad and sister came to visit. The kids loved all of the attention from Grandma and Grandpa, and Jeremy and I loved having such happy and gunhoe helpers around to finish what was left of our acreage transformation! As usual, Kim wanted some one on one time with my camera! And I always love to give her that!

And of course, with such helpful parents around, we were finally able to purchase some cattle!!! The boys are here! Over 100 of them!

And just in time for Jeremy's 34th birthday!!! Happy Birthday... you finally got your ultimate birthday wish! To be a rancher!!!

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