Monday, November 30, 2009

November 30

- I am thankful for a loving Father in Heaven who knows me and still loves me
- I am thankful for my Savior, Jesus Christ and His atonement for me
- I am grateful for the knowledge that life contines after death and that I know I'll one day see my loved ones again who have passed on.

Sunday, November 29, 2009

November 29

- we potty-trained 2 kids this year -- BJ finally got it back in January and Amelia potty-trained herself this last weekend!
- fresh fruit
- fireplaces

Saturday, November 28, 2009

November 28

- music in almost all forms (no rap...that's where I draw the line!)
- Christmas decorations
- our home that looks SO beautiful at Christmas time

November 27

- the ability to have fun while Black Friday shopping (if it wasn't fun for me, I just wouldn't do it, no matter how poor I was!)
- day after Thanksgiving movies
- my amazingly wonderful husband (have I mentioned how great he is?)

November 26

- Thanksgiving feasts
- time with family making memories
- improvisation

Thursday, November 26, 2009

November 25

- lazy, sit-around-and-relax days
- Ensign, General Conference edition
- a living prophet, Thomas S. Monson

November 24

- outings full of sisters, cousins, and mom
- a happy heart
- mouse traps

Monday, November 23, 2009

November 23

- kids who love their incredibly imperfect mom
- modern appliances (if I didn't have a washer and dryer, I wouldn't do ANYTHING except laundry ALL DAY LONG!)
- 7 people in our family (who, by the way, are great at getting clothes dirty!)

November 22

- Dutch Apple pie
- Crock Pot dinners
- home teachers

November 21

- family pictures
- mother/daughter dancing in the kitchen!
- excitement of the holidays

Friday, November 20, 2009

November 20

- successful potty training
- successful wax museum
- successfully cleaning my kitchen

Thursday, November 19, 2009

November 19

- kids who love to read
- Thanksgiving in just ONE MORE WEEK!
- games that get people moving

November 18

- my mom...I know I wrote about how much I love her on her birthday, November 14th, but she is always saving the day in some way or another
- kids' finished homework
- french bread

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

November 17

- wireless internet
- freebies
- the magic of a no-chocolate diet

November 16

- opportunities to serve
- swaddling blankets
- wonderful neighbors

Sunday, November 15, 2009

November 15

- beautiful music
- Sunday movie night
- for primary music ideas

Saturday, November 14, 2009

November 14

- my mom -- I can't say enough how much I love her!
- sisters
- worthy priesthood holders

Friday, November 13, 2009

November 13

- early Black Friday ads (
- living in Salem...we love it!
- great neighbors that feel like family

Thursday, November 12, 2009

November 12

- violin students who have the desire to progress
- my Grandpa Ottley and the very good man that he is
- that my Grandma Ottley is back to her wonderful self

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

November 11

- members of the military past and present who keep our lives and country safe
- this no-chocolate diet isn't as hard as I thought it would be!
- coupon-shopping

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

November 10

- Family Home Evening
- repentance
- Christmas jammies

Monday, November 9, 2009

November 9

- that every day is a new day to try to be a better person
- written history of people I love
- people who inspire

November 8

- 5 newspapers on my driveway every Sunday morning
- musical talents
- primary kids who are excited to sing primary songs!

Saturday, November 7, 2009

November 7

- modern technology, namely the internet
- pink -- what other color would look so adorable on a cute baby girl?
- family get-togethers (it seems like I did that already, but because I'm SUPER thankful for them, I'm sticking with it!)

Trick or Treat

It was a trick keeping up with all the kids as they ran from house to house filling their candy buckets, but it was definitely a treat to spend the evening together.


Aren't my parents adorable?

Here are the Rich triplets. Alice is 5 months, Drew is 8 months, and Ruthie is 2 months.
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Ruthie's blessing day!

We felt incredibly blessed to have Laren's sister, Terra, and the entire Rich side of our family with us over Ruth's special weekend!




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She cried through the entire blessing, but we forgave her completely when she flashed her winning smile afterwards. Isn't she a doll?

Friday, November 6, 2009

November 6

- kid-sized shopping carts at Smith's
- sweet, forgiving people who smile even when their heels get run over by said shopping carts
- sunshine and warmth

Thursday, November 5, 2009

November 5

- neighborhood preschool
- Olay Quench body lotion

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

November 4

- breastfeeding
- space heaters
- a working vehicle

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

November 3

- my baby went to sleep on her own WITHOUT crying!
- community activities
- violin duets

November 2

- the baby swing
- text messaging
- green enchiladas

November 1

It's November and I'm trying something new. Each November my friend Sue blogs 3 things each day that she's thankful for. I think it's a great idea so I'm going to do the same. Of course, I'm a few days late, so let me catch myself up.

- testimony meetings
- a great husband who can also cook
- family get-togethers