April 30, 2011


Dear Kurt,

Today you bought me my Mother's Day present: A tv stand.

Usually I don't condone getting gifts early, but seeing as how you might not have this one actually put together until Mother's day, I'm okay with it.

So, thank you. I'm sure I am going to love it.

Sincerely, Lori


Dear Everyone,

Does anyone want a one 1/2 year old?

She's really, really cute.

And she throws the best fits you ever saw. Today she even laid down, in the middle of the store, and kicked her feet and scream.

And soon she will have the biggest mouthful of teeth. Right now there are three molars making their way to the surface.

And she loves to party. Lately her favorite party hours are somewhere between two and four a.m. Who can say no to that?

And what an arm she has. She throws toys across the room. She throws her food on the floor. She throws small items into the central vacuum outlet.

If that does sell you: I'm pretty sure she has gone deaf. Not completely, though, just when you are telling her not to do something, or when she is running as fast as she can to get away from you, or when she knows she did something she shouldn't.

So, does anyone want her? Anyone?

Sincerely, Lori

April 28, 2011


Dear Brooklyn,

We are temporarily housing (or should I say garaging) Aunt Mia and Shania's pregnant cat, Fluffy, until she has her kittens.

She has only been with us for a couple days and we are afraid she would run away if we opened the garage door, so when your dad needed to move the trash can, he put Fluffy inside for a while.

You immediately pounced.

You followed her around the kitchen saying "kitty, kitty, kitty, kitty..."

Finally, Fluffy laid down in the living room and you sat down right next to her.

Soon you were trying to share your Cheerios and Gold Fish with her.

When that didn't work you brought her some of your favorite toys.

Soon you gave up and just stared at her.

It was so adorable.

Then I kicked her out of the house.

It'll be nice when it is warmer and you can go outside to play with her because I am obviously turning into my dad and hate having pets inside.

Until then I'm sure your dad will sneak her back inside for you when I'm not looking.

Sincerely, Lori


Dear Mom,

Now that I am feeling better I can sit down and write you a letter.

I am so glad that you and Christina were able to come out and visit, even if it was only for about 36 hours.

If was good timing for me since I always want my mommy when I am sick.

And Brooklyn loved having you guys here!

So, thanks for taking care of me. And doing all my laundry. And teaching Brooklyn how to some gymnastic/stunt moves. And for taking us to dinner. And being amazing.

I love you so much!

Come again soon.

Sincerely, Lori

April 27, 2011


Dear Kurt,

Last night I honestly thought I was better.

And although you were the one who spent half of the night sleeping next to the toilet, I also woke up this morning feeling sick again.

When will this end?!

I really, really, really hope tomorrow we will be 100% better.

Sincerely, Lori

April 26, 2011


Dear Kurt,

I am alive!!!

Okay, I know that is slightly dramatic, but I did feel like it was touch and go there for a while.

So, here is how the last few day's went down:

After some great Easter fun we made our way home with me not feeling too great. I went straight to bed.

Late that night, Brooklyn woke up puking her guts out. After a screaming bath, she puked up some more.

And then some more.

I was quite miserable so you took care of her and eventually got her to go back to bed.

Meanwhile, I was tossing and turning and hurting so bad that I wished death would take me.

Finally around 4:30 am, I decided to break out the good stuff: Zofran.

I had about 20 tablets left over from my pregnancy and let me tell you: this stuff is like gold to me when I am pregnant. The fact that I waited until 4:30 to take it is proof of that.

But on my way to dig the pills out of the medicine cabinet, I stopped by the kitchen sink for my own little puking session.

After ridding my body of everything I ate in the last six months plus any stomach acid I had stored up, I took my precious pill and went to bed feeling a bit better.

Until morning that is.

The next ten hours I laid in bed thinking "this is the end."

I waited for flashes of happy moments and maybe some bright lights, but instead I got you trying to stuff medicine and gold fish into my mouth.

I cried for my mommy and later that night she showed up. Just in time for me to realized that my life was not over and I could maybe contemplate eating Easter dinner again sometime in the distant future.

Now I am feeling a ton better but now you are tucked in bed feeling a little nauseous yourself.

Poor boy.

Not a nice thank you for taking care of your sick wife and daughter, huh?

Well, I really did appreciate it. And now I can return the favor.

I'll even let you have some Zofran and stick gold fish down your throat.

I love you so much!

Sincerely, Lori

April 23, 2011


Dear Brooklyn,

This morning we woke you up early (which was our first mistake of the day) to go to a ward breakfast and Easter egg hunt.

You "found" three eggs that a nice lady gave to you.

Then you were super grumpy so we took you home and put you back to bed.

You woke up by the time one o'clock rolled around.

Then after shopping and web-camming with Grandma and Grandpa Brooksby, you were grumpy enough for another nap.

An hour and half passed and you woke up just in time to dye easter eggs.

Actually you only dyed half an egg and slowly picked apart two others.

Then a few friends came over, you found eggs, we ate Golden Rod (one of our only Easter traditions so don't forget it), watched Cars, and talked.

Now you are in bed and have no idea that tomorrow is Easter!

You will love it.... if you ever get your "vacation lag" and being sick and start eating again.

But I think you will love it either way.

And I will love you either way.

Sincerely, Lori


Dear Kurt,

I promise to post all the letters I wrote to you while I was in California before the end of the day on Monday.

I would do it sooner but I still have a butt-load of pictures to put on my computer and then I have to copy the letters from my phone to the computer and Brooklyn and I are still recovering from vacation and I still have to unpack and tomorrow is Easter.....

So, long story short. You will get to read about our vacation and see pictures on Monday. Sorry.

I love you a ton and I'm glad I am home with you but I think we should consider moving to California... don't freak out, I'm just saying we should think about it. Calm down, I just said think!

I love you.

Sincerely, Lori

April 15, 2011


Dear Kurt,

I'm all packed and ready to go.

In a few short hours I will be on a plane headed for Southern California.

I am super excited! I can't wait to see my family.

I hope they let Brooklyn on the plane. Us, being the inexperienced flyers and dumb first-time parents that we are, didn't realize that we never order Brooklyn's birth certificate.

Hopefully, one of the other ten legit documents I have will get her on that plane.

But if not, I am fully prepared to beg, plead or cause a scene.

I wish you could come with us, but you have work and school and someone in this family has to be the responsible one.

We will miss you!

I love you.

Sincerely, Lori

April 14, 2011


Dear Brooklyn,

I took the ottoman away from the stairs today.

At first you kept peeking around the corner like you couldn't believe there was nothing stopping you from going down.

Then you started to inch your way backwards toward stairs.

You thought you were being pretty sneaky.

Then you sat down.

And then turned toward the stairs and gave me a look like "What? I do this all the time?"

Then one last "I'm so cute and innocent" look and...

you were off!

Then you giggled all the way down like you just pulled off the best trick in the book.

You are too cute.

Sincerely, Lori

April 13, 2011



Dear Kurt,

On the way home from your little sisters birthday dinner Brooklyn was not happy.

So we did our absolute best to cheer her up.

We sang songs, we made animals sounds, we quoted Finding Nemo, we made up rap songs, we told jokes, we danced, we yelled....

We thought we were the funniest people that ever lived.

Brooklyn was hardly amused.

I think she was more scared than anything.

She was probably seeing her future flash before her eyes.

Poor girl.

She will definitely have some embarrassing moments in her life thanks to our Two Man Funny Band.

At least we think we are funny.

And that is another reason I love you so stinkin' much.

Sincerely, Lori


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Sincerely, Brooklyn

April 12, 2011


Dear Richard,

Happy Birthday, brother!!

I hope it was great.

You are such an amazing person.

You do so much for your family. Nobody can deny the love your little family radiates.

You and Amy are some the best parents I have ever met. I am proud that you are my brother.

I hope you went out and had a little fun for your birthday.

I love you so much.

Sincerely, Lori

April 11, 2011


Dear Kurt,

We spent another evening at the movie theatre.

I could get use to this.

I love dating you.

Sincerely, Lori

April 10, 2011


Dear Everyone,

I am getting really bad at taking pictures everyday. I'll try to do better.

What do you think of that necklace I am wearing on Friday?

It's a t-shirt necklace. I saw one somewhere so I googled it and five minutes later one of my new favorite necklaces was born. Yes, it was that easy.

Most of the sites I found made it more complicated then it needed to be. I literally just cut the strips out of an old t-shirt, stretched it really tight, and put it on. I guess it is kinda of a mix between a necklace and a scarf.

Google it. Make one. Love it.

Sincerely, Lori

April 9, 2011



Dear Carrie Fox,

Congratulations on your Graduation!!!

I'm so happy for you.

I can't believe it has been almost FOUR YEARS since we have been roommates!!!

It seems like yesterday that we were staying up all night eating breakfast burritos, and riding our bikes to Great Harvest for free bread, and sneaking out of our apartment to go skinny dipping, and painting our names on that car in the Broulim's parking lot, and having dance offs after watching So You Think You Can Dance.....

We really did have some AWESOME times.

I miss it.

I think we should eventually move to the same neighborhood and our kids will run barefoot in the street together and cause havoc of their own.

Deal? Deal.

Anyways... I hope you enjoy this next chapter of your life. You will do amazing things, I have no doubt.

So go conquer the world and don't forget about me and our summers with the ladybugs.

I love you tons. I'll miss your buns.

I love you boobs to belly button.

Sincerely, Lori