Thursday, December 31, 2009

Snow FUN 2009

Sam is my best friend. I love him. He is my frozen ice and snow friend. That is all. You can turn the camera off now.
This is Sam. Sam the Snowman. Sam comes and goes depending on the snow...and right now he is here to stay. Garrett: "you stay right there Sam. No melting! You understand?"

TEARS...I want to use the Blower!

Isaac pushing the snow. Not as fun as the blower...

Isaac using the blower.

This is the beginning of Sam the Snowman. Say hello April.
Push that blower! Push that Blower! Push that Blower!!
Smiles? I think that is what she is doing.

We got a great storm on December 29, 2009--about 8 inches in the end. We were home all day, so we shoveled, built snowman, and helped out a few neighbors. Just enjoy! It was Snow much fun!

Wednesday, December 30, 2009 more

Opps, I forgot Garrett...sorry.

School Pictures 2009

FINALLY!! I did it! My goal was to have the school pictures taken BEFORE 2010. We did it...thanks to a great friend. Thanks JOAN!! We did the photo shoot on December 29, 2009. Here they are! Enjoy!

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Christmas 2009

Virginia made this plate for me. She is so talented! I love her!

Look at cool Isaac! He got all that he asked for!

Good Job Santa! You brought the right ones!
Look! Something Shiny on my finger!!
Fun charms! I love my Students.

Busy Ginny. She didn't look up once during the 5 minutes. She was focused.

Look! I got all the star wars and a toothbrush! YEAH!
I am overwhelmed! YES! YES! YES!
START your engines!!

Cute and Controlled Virginia! Go baby go!

Down the Stairs! Down the Stairs! Must go Down the Stairs!
All Smiles!! Isaac is not only so patient, he helped and worked, and did everything, to ensure his best behavior ever. I just love this kid!
The two Grandpa's! All singing, one playing, one in shock...all these kids? :) It was wonderful.
Uncle Marc: I got ya! I got ya!

Mommy and Margaret Susanna! I love my 6 year old! She is the singing, acting, dancing, most talented girl in the world!

We had a wonderful first Christmas all together. It was so wonderful to start our new family traditions: going to Grandma Ann's spending Christmas eve sledding, eating, singing, talking about the Christ Child, and of course opening up gifts.

Then comes the long awaited night....tick, tick, tick of the clock...all that waiting for Santa to come...all that thinking and praying, and wondering if they'll get what they want. ???
Morning....start your engines! All wait the long drop and descend from the stairs into the living room. Go! Go! Go!
Grand record for opening gifts: 5minutes and 57seconds. It is total free-for-all! I love it. Then they calm down and enjoy what everyone got....even mom and dad. We love it! Scott gave me slippers, hospital jammies, and the softest bathrobe ever. I love you! The kids gave me HARRY POTTER!! MEGA Thanks! Scott got a temple tie from the kids, new shoes from me, and something shiny for his finger! It is the most handsome ring ever! It just shines!!
Then we have Christmas Omelets, bacon, and English muffins with homemade jelly. YUMMY! (well okay Garrett got pancake puffs, Isaac had fried ham, Kellis had a bagel with bacon--we all can't enjoy the same things yet...but we are closer!) Following breakfast, the kids play and play and build and build and shout for joy! It is wonderful.
Following a few hours of play, Scott and I went and cleaned Grandma's house...Merry Christmas from your big and little elves!
Finally we take the left overs and other goodies to Aunt Weeze's. FUN!! Cousins take the boys, girls play and play with Uncle Shawn, I get to talk and talk and talk with mom and Weeze. Scott and Shawn talk some music...hey with all this musical talent we need to form a band, PRACTICE, and play together. It is just a day to relive the wonders of Christmas, the feelings, the blessings, the traditions, the food, the smells, and the most wonderful time of the year! I just love it! Merry Christmas everyone from our house to yours. We love you all.
The Giauques

Monday, December 21, 2009


Virginia brings me my bra...and asks, "how do you wear these?"
Mom: blink!
Virginia: "hummm"

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Merry Christmas Letter 2009

Here is the Christmas letter....Enjoy! Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas! Merry Christmas everyone! I wish to share our feelings for the past year. To begin with, as 2009 rolled into the play book with great adventure awaiting us all: Scott and I were able to be sealed together in the Bountiful Temple on April 2, 2009. This is a miracle that is eternally blessing the lives of all the Giauque Family. In January, we began the process and by March 27th the process of permission of having an eternal family was complete. The deal was SEALED on April 2, 2009. It was the faith of Stake President Manwaring, the faith of both Scott and myself, and the faith of the Prophet of the Lord President Monson. This was the first miracle of 2009.

At the end of March right before the wedding another miracle: our bedroom addition was complete and ready for us to move our things into. We now had a place of our own. The construction (THANKS DAD!) went smoothly, beautifully, and it is strong! We just love to have our alone time, think time, our movie time, and especially for Scott his music time there. It is another blessing!

In April another Miracle happened: we had a family vacation! Our trip to Southern California was all a blessing and a gift. The family was given time to bond and to connect. Our favorite time was playing games in the hotel room, laughing, and laughing! Kellis shared his humor with us all, Garrett shared his cute “voices” with us, Isaac giggled and giggled, Margaret Susanna was mesmerized by the ocean—if she could have become a mermaid that minute she would have. And Virginia filled our hearts with love because of her many, many hugs! She is her daddy’s girl!

In July we were able to enjoy birthdays, th 4th of July, a wonderful RIVER trip, and later in the month finding out that we were expecting our 6th baby. What a joyful blessing! The girls immediately wanted a girl, and Isaac immediately hoped it was a boy. Garrett just wanted the baby to not hurt me and Kellis was very logical about the whole announcement: “You know, I’ll be almost 12 when the baby comes.” We also enjoyed scout camp, going out on Grandpa Dale’s boat with the cousins, and swim, swim, swimming! We even braved a drive in movie! We are going to make that a tradition.

Aug and September met us with going back to school, teaching, and getting through the morning sickness…blah. The days were cooler (YEAH for Scott!), and we were able to enjoy the evenings playing baseball. We even found out the Garrett enjoys football. “get em! Did you see that, Scott? He just squished a big guy…whooaa.”

October met us with the H1N1, two birthdays, pneumonia, sinus infections, trips to the Insta-care, and the ER, and whatever else the old swine bug could throw at us. We washed and triple washed, wore masks, and stayed away from everyone as best we could. All hugs were foot hugs…and talking through the doors. Blah…not one to repeat!

November was enjoyed by great weather, improved health, and a wonderful birthday party for Great Grammy Annis. I felt such a moving Spirit to have the whole family there, to take pictures, and to say how much we loved her. But towards the end of the month, we lost a wonderful member of our family: Grammy Annis. She was 98. She pasted after Thanksgiving and was reunited with her hubby and dancing partner Grandpa Howard. Her legacy was celebrated by all the family, family ties were healed, and family connections were forged. It was the best Christmas gift that grammy could have ever given to all us. We love you!

Now as December descends upon us, we are filled with the love of the Savior. As a family we have been blessed to see the lights on temple square, enjoy going out to eat, watching all the children help out with every task possible (we all know who is making their naughty and nice list), and Scott and I getting very creative with our shopping and planning. We delivered the annual neighbors gifts with a Christmas Carol, and yummy treats. Scott and I have had time to go on a date or two, and we as a family have been preparing for the celebration of the Savior. Ahhh, Christmas. There is no other time like it on Earth. We pray that from our family to all of yours that you feel the blessing of peace, joy, and of giving. After all, Heavenly Father gave us his Son, Jesus Christ, to help us, heal us, and to bless us. From the Giauque’s to all of you, Merry Christmas! Let us all receive our King!

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Christmas on Temple Square

WE are freezing, but we are all here. Love the Family!
The Family Temple Picture

Me and Hubby! We are cute, warm, and well, I'm very PINK!

Me and little Isaac. I think he is so cute!

Hello, Scott. Did you see me? I am right over here...

Isaac, Garrett, Virginia, Margaret, Me, and Kellis

It is time for the annual trip to Temple Square! Wonderful lights, music, crowds, dipping hands in the ice water and wondering why our mittens are soaked through...ahhh...Christmas.

The family outing is traditional and we really do love it. It is facinating to see so many lights, so many manger scenes, and so many families enjoying the very thing that we enjoy.

Dinner afterwards was great! We took the family to the Training Table. It was a great time for everyone. I think the best part was the fact that another couple that had just been to the lights noticed that we were there and they kept looking at us and smiling and looking and smiling...It was great. I was so very proud of everyone.

This Christmas Season has really felt like Christmas and we are enjoying every little thing. We just love it! Merry Christmas everyone.

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Spectrum Groundbreaking!

Lisa Andersen and myself. Go TEAM GIRAFFES!
Layout of the High school!

Garrett digging with the founding Parents!

Miss Jaime...the Principal.

Think it, dream it, and then you can touch it. This is Spectrum High! I went to a parent board meeting a while back and asked the pres what they were doing to see that this became a reality. He told me that he wished it would just go away...

He then asked me if I could look logically at this for a minute. He asked if I could really see how all the A, B, C's of this were really going to happen. (We as little Spectrum were barely making it). He then asked me if I could emotionally detach myself from this. NO! I could not. So I said, when is it going to happen and what can we do to do this? Well, with the right dream, and the right team...HERE it IS!!!! Founding parent power! Never underestimate it!

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Morning Prayer

Garrett's morning prayer: HF please let it snow, let it snow, let it snow because I need to make my snowman friend Sam. He died from that last snow and that was not ok, so you need to bring him back...I only have a little snow ice in the freezer from my friend and that makes me cry... I just love this boy!! :)