day 325.

where's jax?

day 324.


day 323.

this year is MY year with the tree decorations!
that means: white, silver and blue.

day 322.

happy thanksgiving.

i am thankful for LIFE.

let me explain why i chose this photo. its been a crazy year for me, and for my husbands side of the family, and for a dear friend of mine. LIFE has been crazy. many babies were born, but none of them being mine. 4 of my sister in laws had babies this year. this is one of them. my friend has two babies that were completely unplanned, and she is unmarried. this isn't a self pity post by any means. what makes this whole thing significant and ironic, is that this baby's daddy has cancer, and has been told he has a 10% chance to live. This baby right here was conceived ONE month before they even knew he had cancer, and before he started chemo right after, making him sterile. this baby was a miracle.

this baby was given LIFE.
LIFE is a miracle.

i am so very blessed to have LIFE, while some our struggling so hard for theirs.

day 321.

yes, this year we got our tree the day BEFORE thanksgiving, but it worked out best that way.

it was hard choosing my photo of the day for this day, i got a lot of fun photos on this day.
but i like this one. it says it all. andy is thigh deep in this beautiful , freezing white stuff, plowing mightily toward what is soon to become our christmas tree! man, this guy is tough. he nearly passed out after he cut down the thing and dragged it by himself across that crazy deep snow. not to mention it was probably like -10 degrees.

but even he says it was worth it.

the sky was SO blue and the air was SO crisp, and it was SO dang peaceful. It was truly a winter wonderland.

day 320.

the weather outside is frightful.
but in a way, its sort of delightful!
p.s. this isn't today's right photo. for some bizarre reason i guess i forgot to take one this day..although i refuse to believe that is true. i think i computer just swallowed it up.

day 319.

first time he didn't scream bloodly murder when i stuck him in the dryer.
he actually liked it.

day 318.

day 317.

while others are getting snow, we get this.

day 316.


day 315.

day 314.

can you believe i've been doing this for 314 days?! i've never stuck to something this long, i am proud!

guess who wasn't happy about having to clean the poop out of his underwear?

day 313.

its beginning to look a lot like....
wait, no its not!

i thought summer had just barely ended!
yeah, it did.

andy is a crazy christmas freak, but i look forward to this freakiness of his once a year. though he's ridicously early, I love his christmas spirit!

day 312.

does anyone remember lincoln logs? this has been a week of memories for me.

after years and years, i reunited with this childhood pastime when my mom brought a big tub full of them for jax.
I have memories of laying on the living room floor with my Dad and brothers , building houses with different colored roofs, then placing plastic indians around them like they were fighting. We usually did this in the winter, when it got dark early and there was nothing else to do. 

wow, memories!

day 311.

parowan, T&A gas station.
i did not edit this!!

day 310.

congrats my long time friend, Candace!

(eeew and this is apparently what i look like when i shoot weddings! yuck!)

day 309.

does anyone remember these?
and the craze they caused?
or maybe its just me....

in grades 6-8, gelli rolls were a BIG DEAL.
if you didn't have gelli rolls, you may as well just not even come to school.
i remember searching high and low for them, but they were so hard to find, because i guess they'd be sold out everywhere?

little did i know, that at age 24, i could just waltz into my neighborhood Roberts Craft store, grab a 40% coupon & buy them for about $8 without any trouble or hassle.
i did not have to save  all my money for what seemed to be such expensive but worth it pens.
i did not have to search every store and hopefully find the last pack.
 they were just there. in full stock.

day 308.

and the rockets red glare,
the bombs bursting in air
gave proof through the night,
that the flag was still there.

day 307.

i have to MAKE myself drink these all day.
its not easy.

day 306.

he loves his dad.
a lot.

day 305.

baby xander.
congrats sammie, kameron, & gunner!

day 304.

did you know there are geckos in the desert?
well now you know!

day 303.

super jax!

this is one of jax's birthday presents made by one of my talented and creative friends.
so cute!

day 302.

this is the face of a little boy who could NOT be happier that he had a room full of people singing to 
on HIS Birthday!

He waited a long time for this.
Happy birthday, sweet man.

day 301.

dear D.I.
I love you, i love you , i love you.
love, alecia

why was i ever embarrassed to shop here with my mom as a kid?
how did i NOT want to explore the treasures this places holds?!

day 300.

proud of my husband for making a career choice, sticking to it, and being one of the best students in his class.
(he really is, i don't know how he does it)

day 299.

ho. ho. ho.
tonight i taught jax about bubble beards.

day 298.

today calls for chocolate.
lots of it.

good thing my new friends from england brought me lots of english chocolate!

yes, my precious chocolate is on the cement, but it was the best place for a picture. don't worry, it did not go to waste!

day 297.

happy real halloween.
although this has nothing to do with it.
we went on a beautiful sunday drive to pine valley.

one day i will have a zoom lens.
i promise.
 and it will be great.
and i will use it all the time and wonder how i ever lived without it.
but until then, i have to try to use what i have.

not bad though, right?

day 296.


day 295.

Zion in the fall, have you seen it??

you need to.

i did not edit this picture! it was SO crazy beautiful there!! i love it.

day 294.

at the park with mom & bev.

it sure is fun when we get company!

day 293.

(with my mom, bro trevor, andrew, and emma& claire ( two ladies that came to visit from england ))

if you haven't seen thriller YOU NEED TO!

day 292.

carving pumpkins!
jax had a BLAST if you can't tell

day 291.

staci's  mardi gras murder mystery party!
we had sooo much fun!