October 30, 2013


Dear Brooklyn and Molly,

Happy Halloween to my scary little witch and my buff little Robin. 

You two are freakin' adorable and I love you. 

Sincerely, Mom

October 24, 2013


Dear Brooklyn,

Today was "pumpkin day". 

We went out to Reed's Dairy Farm to pick out our pumpkins. 

First we went and saw the animals, which we had to drag Molly away from, kicking and screaming. 

We each picked out some pumpkins.

You picked out a little pumpkin, Molly's was a bit bigger, mine was bigger still and daddy's was a nice big one.

After that we couldn't pass up their delicious grilled cheese sandwhiches for dinner. Yum.

Then we went home and got to business. 

The neighbor kids joined us and you kids painted your pumpkins. 

I carved mine and you and Molly helped a bit until you were completely and utterly grossed out by the whole thing. 

Dad spent most of the time helping Molly paint, me cut the top off mine after I got a tiny little cut on my thumb, so he was left cutting his all my himself. It's a good thing he loves us so much.

I do love some good family fun and tradition.

And, of course, I love you.

Sincerely, Mom

October 23, 2013


Dear Kurt,

Tonight was awesome. 

We went up to the ropes course at BYU-Idaho with some friends and family.

We did a bunch of team building and other games.

For the first one we had to get our entire group across a rope swing and onto a small platform without touching the grass or falling off the platform. 

Then we had to get our group over a waist high wire without touching it. 

Then we had to get our whole group up a wall. Only two people were able to help from the top and once you had gone up you were just a spotter, you couldn't help. 
Then we each had the chance to climb the tower.

It was scarier then I remember. Or perhaps it had something to do with the fact that this time I was climbing without you and without a blindfold. Or maybe I'm becoming a baby in my old age. 
So while it was more difficult this time, it was so rewarding. Getting to the top and seeing the lights and the view, it was a pat yourself on the back, feel good moment. 

Lastly we partnered up and walked across two tight ropes that slowly separated with our hands together causing us to have to lean on each other more and more. At first no one could get it until Katie and I figured out that you have to tell your partner when they need to lean more. 

The whole night was so much fun, the people and the activity. 

Thanks for the awesome date. And thanks for being amazing. 

I love you. 

Sincerely, Lori

October 21, 2013


Dear Brooklyn,

This might border on being animal cruelty. 

You, sticking the neighbors cat in a basket and then putting a couple rocks on top so he can't get away... 

I felt bad for the thing for about point two seconds until you turned your back and it jumped out and ran away. 

But I do worry a little bit about the next time you get your hands on him again.

One day that cat might fight back. Hopefully it will be when the kids next door are carrying it around by the neck rather than when you find something heavier to hold it down with. 

Sincerely, Mom

October 20, 2013


Dear Brooklyn,

I love when I am looking through pictures on my phone or iPad and come across tens and sometimes even hundreds of close up little Brooklyn faces.

It makes me happy and I can't help but laugh at some of faces you make. 

I love you and your spunky, fun personality.

Sincerely, Mom

October 19, 2013


Dear Kurt,

Today you go down in history as the worst cookie maker. Ever.

Christina came over and made a delicious dinner for us and you decided that you were going to make some chocolate chip cookies for dessert.

So we broke out the family cookbook and found a promising recipe and with a lot of help from the peanut gallery, you went to work.

And that is where everything went downhill.

The cookie dough wasn't very good. But that sometimes happens with cookies.

The first batch of cookies ended up being one big gooey cookie. It's texture wasn't right and the aftertaste was awful. 

You added some stuff and the cookies ended up a bit more cookie like but the flavor was worse.

More stuff added. Another batch. Worse.

The rest of the cookie dough went in the trash and all the cookies soon followed. 

And as for us, we sat there with the awful aftertaste of the worst cookies we ever ate, and talked about how if you're not first, you're last. And if you're going to be last you might as well be dead last.

Words to live by? Hopefully not.

Sincerely, Lori


Dear Molly,

Today I put your hair in pigtails for the first time and I have to say, it was freakin' adorable.

Especially with your little curls.

I feel like this is going to be a daily happening from now on. That is, if you don't scream the whole time like I am torturing you.

It's worth it, right?

Sincerely, Mom

October 17, 2013


Dear Brooklyn,

You are such a good little helper.

When I ask you to help with something, as long as it's not cleaning up your toys, you jump at the opportunity.

And whatever you are doing, Molly must do too.

It is nice to have the help and it makes you feel like you are a big girl. And a bit like Cinderella.

So, thank you. I love you.

Sincerely, Mom