"Thank heaven there is tomorrow. Because there is tomorrow, all our yesterdays have meaning and all our dreams have hope."

Monday, December 27, 2010

Christmas Day

Christmas morning was so much fun! I have been waiting a few years to be at home with our kids for Christmas morning. It was everything I anticipated. As we walked down the stairs to see what Santa left for our family, Jack said, "OOHHHHH! SANTA!" I don't think he quite understood everything, but he noticed the train set and candy right away! Jack's stocking
Mine and Jason's stockings
And our sweet Gavin's stocking

After we opened Santa's gifts, my family came over and we had Christmas breakfast.

And here is the big gift . . . Jack got a swing set!!

And a Woody figurine.
(According to Jason, it is NOT a doll)
A little afternoon nap with dad is always a necessity on a day like Christmas!
And nothing like a night swim in the jacuzzi!
Uncle James even brought over their dog for Jack to play with.
And talking with Elder Matthew Mortensen was definitely a highlight of the day.
Becca even got to announce her engagement to her boyfriend Corby!
Days like Christmas are always a little bittersweet, but it is because of our Savior that we have hope and peace. Even when we are missing those we love so much.

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Christmas Eve

We had a wonderful dinner Christmas Eve at Via De Brazil. Afterwards, we went back to my parents' house where Jack opened his Buzz Lightyear pajamas from his Aunt Becca. He looooves Buzz!
We were able to have a fun Christmas program with music, singing and a bit a scripture reading too.
I have to admit, this Christmas with Jack was one of the very best!
Kids make the magic of Christmas reappear for adults!

Friday, December 24, 2010

Gingerbread House

Christmas Eve morning we decided to make a gingerbread house.
Jack wasn't sure about putting the candy on the house . . .

. . . but he had a fun time with dad!

I think this may be a tradition for years to come!

Monday, December 20, 2010

Two Of A Kind

Santa brought an early gift this year.
Matching ties for Jason and Jack.
Pretty dang cute - if I don't say so myself . . .

I may just have the most adorable boys in the whole wide world.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Christmas Box Angel Memorial

Last night was the annual Christmas Box Angel Memorial at the cemetery.
I can't believe this is the fourth year we have gone to this memorial.
I can't believe four Christmas have come and gone without our sweet baby Gavin here to hold.
The memorial is such a nice way to take some time out to remember him.
There isn't a day I don't think about him.
But it is nice to set aside a special night during this holiday season to remember Gavin and feel the peace of an eternal family and the comfort of a merciful Father in Heaven.
The grief comes and goes now.
It isn't as prevalent as it used to be.
But the emptiness of missing a child never leaves a mother's heart.
It is nights like this one that makes me reach for my husband's hand with the common understanding of what we are both thinking and feeling.
And not a word has to be spoken.

Monday, December 6, 2010

He Likes to Move It!

Today Jack and I went to Great Harvest Bread. As I was paying for our bread I turned to check on Jack. I couldn't see him (panic sets in a full force right about now) and then I find him standing in the middle of the tables dancing for all the people eating their lunch. They were loving it and laughing.
Go figure.
I think I have a performer on my hands . . .

Saturday, December 4, 2010

The Second Encounter . . . With Santa

Tonight we tried the Santa-thing again at my parents' ward Christmas Party. Maybe we did it for our entertainment since Jack already made it very clear how he feels about Santa . . .
But, we let PopPop take Jack to Santa and he did a little bit better.
At least he gave him a high-five this time. Or maybe he was influenced with the candy . . .

Friday, December 3, 2010

The First Encounter . . . With Santa

Jason's work had kids Christmas party tonight and invited Santa! Jack has been talking about "HoHo" for a few weeks now. He doesn't get it - but he recognizes the big man in the red suit with the white beard.
So, I got him dressed up and headed over the the party . . .

. . . and he screamed the minute Santa walked into the room. In fact, he made both Jason and myself stay in the picture with him. And he STILL cried!
Good thing Santa knows what he wants! :)

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Decorating for Christmas 2010

We started decorating for Christmas this week. Here are a few pics of all the fun!

Jack insisted on helping Jason put up the lights on the house this year so we had to bundle him up for the occasion. You know, 55 degrees outside is pretty cold for us Vegas kids!

Here is a funny story about the candy canes: Jack kept messing with the candy canes so Jason told him not to touch because they are hot. Jack looked up at Jason, grabbed the candy cane and said, "No Dad. COLD!" There is no foolin' that kid!

Monday, November 29, 2010

A Look At Baby Boy #3

Today I went in for a check up on our baby boy. So far everything looks good and healthy. We couldn't ask for much more than that! This 3D picture is so cute of him! (I am 100% sure EVERY mom thinks her baby looks so cute in ultrasound pics - even though there is so much distortion. The funny things we moms do . . . )
I can't believe how much he looks like Gavin and Jack with the big forehead and cute button nose! That is a Bailey boy for sure!!

Sunday, November 28, 2010


My Grandma Molly came to Las Vegas for Thanksgiving this year. Even though we were in Salt Lake City for the holiday - we made sure we were able to spend some time with her and show off Jack's Ohio State Buckeye gear!
I don't think my dad would have EVER worn matching clothes with us kids . . . but I guess grandkids are a different story! What a great PopPop!

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Thanksgiving 2010

We had a really great Thanksgiving in Salt Lake City this year with Jason's family. We had to travel between the storms that were blasting them with snow and freezing temperatures . . . but we made it. It was a nice few days filled with fun visits, movies, good food and lots of laughs.
Jack loves "choo choo trains" right now - so when Grandma Bailey pulled this train out of the Christmas decoration boxes Jack jumped at the chance to play with it. Thanks to Uncle Craig and Grandpa Bailey for putting it together for him!
And I thought this picture was too cute not to post. Jack and his cousin Brigg had quite a fun time playing with Grandpa's IPad.

Monday, November 15, 2010

Update on Baby Boy #3

A few random pregnancy musings from my mind today:

I feel a little neglectful already as a mother to this baby. I seem to be keeping so busy with Jack and all there is to do with being a mom and wife that I haven't had time to write about this new little boy joining our family.

This pregnancy has been the most physically difficult yet. I was super sick until I hit about 18 weeks and I can tell my body is already beyond tired and we are only at 25 weeks! Three babies in four and a half years will do that to you, I guess! I have had to rest a lot more this time than I have before. Maybe it has something to do with chasing an almost-2-year-old around all day too?

We have been following the baby closely with our regular OB this time. For various reasons we have decided to not go to a perinatologist this go around. It has a lot to do with the nerves that it brings for me. However, if there is ever ANY question about the baby we will immediately go back to the perinatologist. So far everything looks good and the OB is keeping tabs on me and this little guy. Towards the end of the pregnancy we will start the bi-weekly monitoring. How grateful I am for doctors who understand and cater to my craziness! However, I am sure he will be so happy when I am done having babies! HA!

The more I have gotten used top the idea of another boy - the more excited I get. I am so happy Jack will have a little brother to play with. He needs it. I need it! I am not quite sure I will handle two babies at home - but I am up for the challenge.

Our baby boy #3 still remains nameless . . . we can't seem to even THINK of a name we like. Poor little guy. Oh well, hopefully we can come up with some ideas by the beginning of March.

I pray this baby is healthy and happy. I even pray that he can be calm. I know it is a lot to ask for, but I am happy to be able to be a mother again.

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Nellis Air Show

Today we went with some friends to the Nellis Air Force Base air show. It was so much fun! We were able to see lots of air force planes, helicopters and tanks. Everything a little boy (and a big boy) loves!

It was great to get out and do something that we don't normally do. Jack had a great time running around watching the planes in the sky and playing with friends. Great way to spend a Saturday!