Thursday, March 5, 2009

Together Forever and a Vegas vaca

Last weekend we were able to go down to the Las Vegas temple to see my brother and his wife sealed for eternity. It was such a great experience. They are a beautiful family and are expecting a little boy, Carter Joseph, in June. I am so proud of my little brother and Stephanie for all they have accomplished.

The weather was beautiful and sunny and it was so nice to be surrounded with family.
From the left is my Uncle Rod, Aunt Cindy, Stephanie, Joseph, cousin Jeff, cousin Jeric and his wife Natalie. It was so nice to see them.
Thats my mom and dad below.

And here are my cute Grandma's.
Scott and I decided to make a little vacation out of it so we stayed there a few days, went shopping, swimming (outside, yes it was that warm) and went out to eat. We also went to the Mirage to show Haven the dolphins, tigers, and lions. She loved it and talks about it on a daily basis.

I want to go back where its warm!!

Sunday, February 15, 2009


Happy Valentines Day!
I love this holiday. Scott bought me the most beautiful bouquet of roses you've eva seen. I mean....seriously. Look. They make me so happy. Thank you love.
We had a wonderful morning of heart shaped pancakes, bacon and staying in our pajamas till noon or so. Most of our Saturday's are like that actually :)
We hung out at home most of the day, just enjoying each others company, then later Scotty took Haven and I out to dinner at Mimi's Cafe. It was so so good and so fun, even if we had to wait 45 min. for a booth...with a toddler. I just have to say, going out to dinner changes completely once you have a kid. I always feel a little bit like I just fought a battle afterwards...keeping her from throwing things like plates and food oh and then getting her to eat. haha. But I gotta say, we've done it enough that I really don't think twice about it. Bite for Haven, bite for mommy, catch the pineapple before it hits someone in the booth next to us, pick up the crayon off the floor, grab the plate before she throws it on the floor, clean up the milk she just spilled, read the next page of a book so she will be distracted enough to not notice that I'm putting the next bite in her mouth, and then maybe another bite for mommy, without skippin a beat. Piece a cake. haha.
After dinner, we got some ice cream and drove home, put Haven to bed and then watched Everybody Loves Raymond and laughed about how similar we are to them. It was a great day. I love love you Scottywottypottimus. I really think there should be a Valentines Day every month or so.

I wrote this poem for Scott.

Thursday, January 29, 2009

I love nights like this




There's nothin better than some Twister and smore milshakes at 1:30am with the man of your dreams.

Sunday, January 25, 2009

A place of holiness and peace

Scott and I...and Haven had the privilege of attending the Draper Temple open house last weekend. It is so beautiful and I felt so peaceful as we were walking through it, even though Haven was losing her patience pretty quick. There was what seemed like a billion people there that night so it took us over 3 hours to complete the whole process. First, they show a little movie in the chapel at one of the LDS churches near by and then you wait and are eventually bused up to the temple. Haven was mostly excited about the bus more than anything else. Luckily they had an enclosed tunnel that led from the bus stop to the temple doors because we were standing in line for a long time to get in. But the wait was worth it. As we walked in, I was holding Haven whispering to her that she needed to be quiet because we were in Jesus' house. Immediately she saw a picture of Joseph and Mary, with Mary riding a donkey. And so as loud as she could, she said "Mommy! Mommy! Donkey! Donkey says heehaw heehaw heehaw!" hahaha. Gotta love that girl.
Everything in the temple is so beautiful and perfect. I am so grateful for the opportunity to live in Utah, where we have 12 temples now so that if we ever want to escape the craziness of the world, receive inspiration and feel of the peace the spirit brings it is just a short drive and a few hours of our time. I am grateful that priesthood authority was restored through the Prophet Joseph Smith so that these temple blessings are possible.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

RIP dear Spaz

Ode to Spaz
Crazy little bird
Blue and white and gray
You liked to bite me… a lot
But hey I loved you anyway

I adopted you one summer
When you were left in my care
You probably missed your best buddy Bogi
He moved to Pasandena… it’s pretty humid there.

Even though I was scared of you
And you were scared of me
I became attached to your cute little birdness
But sometimes I did want to set you free

Just so you could fly around in the sky
Be free and happy, see a star
But I knew maybe you’d have trouble finding food
And shelter and I didn’t want you to get hit by a car

Remember on those Saturdays
Those morning I wanted to sleep in?
You sang so loud… so early
But I didn’t stop you…I knew if we got into a fight, you would win.

You worked your charm on Mom
You sang when she did the dishes and grew some more feathers that were blue
Even though you were a spaz
She grew to love you too

Rest in peace lil' buddy
Have fun up there, ok?
Try not to bite anyone
We’ll see you again someday.
-Jessica Hughes

Spaz ?/?/??- 01/16/09

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Twinkle Twinkle and ABC

My sweetie pie loves music and loves to sing. Here she is performing Twinkle Twinkle little Star and the ABC song. Listen for the LMNOP part. Its the best.
This little girl makes my day. She's amazing. Check it out.

Monday, January 12, 2009

Merry Christmas?

I know, I know. I have been a lazy blogger lately. I have a million excuses but I'll spare you. I have a lot to catch up on, so I thought I'd start with Christmas. Here are some cute pictures of the Hughes' family festivities.

Haven loved the Christmas tree and still says "bye bye imus tree" to the empty space where it used to be.

She was obsessed with Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer. We had to watch it every day since about October. Needless to say, it went "bye bye". Here she is watching it with her pal Rudolph and her favorite sippy cup. What a cutie.

Before Christmas we were able to spend some time in Cedar City with my family and it snowed. alot. Grandpa got out the snow blower and Haven loved to watch him and say "Wow Papa! Woah! Awesome! "

Haven and cousin Michael. They love eachother a lot. And just in case your wondering, Michael's hands are not really that big. haha :)

Haven decorated Gram's tree. Don't worry...we fixed it.

...and then she decorated herself. Beautiful.

My mom, to the right, played with Haven and Michael in this big container of rice for hours. Best idea ever! They loved to pour it onto their hands and dumb it in and out of things. Just remember to put a big sheet or something underneath it all. And ya gotta love that cheesy smile.

We got back home on Christmas Eve just in time to go to our annual Hughes and Butler Christmas Eve dinner at the Bonsai Japanese Steak House. If you haven't been, go. They cook the food in front of you and do all sorts of fancy fire tricks. Plus you can catch shrimp in your mouth. And the food is amazing...really amazing.

Christmas morning Haven woke up to some fun new toys from Santa...a pink explosion. And then we headed over to Sandy to visit Grandma and Grandpa Hughes' and everybody else to open many more presents.

After Christmas my sister, Kimberly and her husband and family stayed with us for a few days and we got to see the lights at temple square. so pretty. and so cold. And now they're back in Michigan two time zones away and I miss them so much.

the end.