Thursday, November 28, 2013

Happy Thanksgiving

Cameo volunteered to host the family Thanksgiving feast this year. I volunteered to bring Dee's grilled half turkey (new to his repertoire...and awesome!), mashed potatoes and gravy, and our cranberry marshmallow salad. My morning was spent watching my favorite Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, boiling and ricing potatoes, and making the whipped cream for the cranberry salad.

Ethan and Cameo had turned Man Cave into Family Dining Room, complete with huge table! Ethan and Cameo provided the best smoked turkey, Nano made the stuffing, Liz brought a delicious Italian appetizer, Jade and James brought drinks, and Doran made an awesome pumpkin pie! All were happily stuffed...and set out on very early shopping trips.
Ethan's turkey right out of the smoker. 

Sisters: Cameo and Jade
Nano and Kaylee visit

Doran and Ethan flying R/C airplane

Many awesome choices
Sweet Kaylee tuckered out at the end of the day!

Wednesday, November 20, 2013


I jog by the Phoenix LDS Temple being constructed almost every day. It is beautiful and I have to pinch myself when I think that a temple is going to be so near to us! One evening, a friend in our ward called, telling us they were testing the illuminating lights on the temple. We flew out the door, with out the camera, so this is the best a cell phone could do.
Not sure what I was looking at...but isn't it glorious!

Saturday, November 2, 2013

A Monster of a Shower for Baby Kooper

Cameo and I gave Amber...and Kooper...a family baby shower.
Cameo had so many newborn diapers left over from Kaylee, so we made not one, but two diaper cakes: one for Kooper and one for Baby Boy Wilkins.
Amber is decorating his room in a monster theme, so we went with that for our shower. We had games and ate chicken salad sandwiches and pumpkin cupcakes.
Lots of fun.

Baby Bubble Bath Punch

Kaylee had fun too!

Kelsie was a great helper!

Friday, November 1, 2013

Catching Up With Elder Rice

Elder Rice is faithful in emailing. Every week.
He is not so faithful at photo sending.
We have none...for months...
And then we get something like 350.
I don't know where...
Sometimes I can get a date off the photo...
Perhaps he will be able to explain when he returns.