Monday, September 19, 2011


Poppa Somers has often spoken of family and how very special it is to all of us and to Heavenly Father. One of the most memorable teaching moments he gave was one where he spoke of the entire purpose we are here is to have families; that our Heavenly Father has set up this experience for us to have families. Now of course we live, we laugh, we cry, and all along the way to try to grow closer to our Heavenly Father. I have lived a varied life. I have been all over the world. I have sky dived, I have hiked into breathe taking mountain scenes, I have danced in Istanbul discothèques until 3 AM, mountain biked through Moab, swam a kilometer into crystal clear Mediterranean waters, snowboarded into fluffy Utah powder, and helped thousands of people feel better and walk away with a healed mouth. None of these things compare to the feeling that I have when I am with my family. I snapped this shot of Maggie a few months ago and I just love it. Truly family is the most important thing that we can experience in this life. It helps us feel a small sliver of what our Heavenly Father feels for us. Thank you Lord for this amazing gift. Thank you Maggie for the gift of your presence in my life. Thank you Ruby for being such an amazing blessing to our lives. Each day waking up with this to look forward to literally is the best day of my life.

Friday, September 9, 2011

Sleeping in the Car

Ruby fell asleep in the car. Bobby decided he had to take a picture of the cuteness. And let's face it, there is a whole lot of cuteness going on. But my favorite part of the picture is Bobby in the back with his thinking face on.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

A visit to Houston

A couple weeks ago we went up to Houston to visit my cousin Chris and his wife Ashley. They just moved there from New York City and have been enjoying more space, a slower pace and a less crazy life. We had a great time catching up and spending time together. Chris's sister Tara and her family came into town too, so it was fun times.

We took a quick trip out to the Kemah Boardwalk and enjoyed some good dining at the Aquarium restaurant, which Ruby adored. They had huge aquariums throughout and Ruby was mesmerized by the fish.

Then we let Ruby and Tara's little girl, Molly, run through a fountain after dinner. They had a live band playing and Ruby had a great time dancing, getting soaked and trying to get other kids' belly buttons. We knew she had a great time because she threw a fit when we had to leave. First one ever.

Thanks, Chris and Ashley for your hospitality! We had a great time!

Monday, September 5, 2011

Grocery Shopping

Which Ruby loves to do, by the way. When I ask her if she wants to go, she nods, grabs her shoes and quickly sits down so I can put them on her. We have a great time at the store. She gets excited about her favorite foods and I hand her the items we need and she throws them into the back of the cart. She waves to just about everyone who goes by and they smile and wave back. Occasionally a weird stranger will stop and touch her hand or hug her, which causes me to cringe inside while I smile at them. There's something magical about this little girl that makes other people happier when they're around her. Including me.

Friday, September 2, 2011


Ruby loves to give kisses (when she wants to, of course) and has the best pucker. Who can resist this?