Saturday, December 17, 2011

Saying goodbye to Desi

One of my BEST FRIENDS was killed in a car accident today. I talked to her last night. I saw her on monday. I'm holding a check written and signed from her. I've texted her for the past 2 weeks discussing a Christmas present for her boyfriend. I got a picture from her last night. And now she's gone. 

Desiree Anne Bramwell. I've known you literally since I was born and we have been friends ever since then! I have so many wonderful memories of you. I could write novels of all the funny things we've done together. I don't remember a weekend that you, me, haley, and shannon didn't spend together when we were young... haha I remember the time Haley body slammed you while you two were wrestling. I remember when you stayed at my house and we were playing with my nieces and emmy threw up in my mouth! You laughed all night long! But that was pretty much how you always were...laughing. You were such a happy person and I don't know one person that didn't like you. Really really! I was so lucky to get to hang out with you a few times these last 2 weeks! We loved taking pictures of you and that cute little girl Tayler. You could tell that she loved you so much. Dan and I love to reminisce about the High School days when you and him went on a date and you forgot your money for the food and the pictures. He always said that you were one of his favorite people. I agree with him. When we would go out with our friends for lunch, it always seemed like you me and cha would go off and have our own conversations and laugh the whole time! I seriously have so many wonderful memories with you, (especially at girls camp). I'm so glad you got to see my little daughter and tell me how much you want children of your own. I loved seeing you so happy this last weekend. I hate that you will never get to take that carriage ride on Temple Square. I will miss you so much and I you have no idea how much I want to talk to you again. Thank you for 26 years of great friendship. I love you pheasant!!!

Here's the link to the accident info. I still can't believe it.

Friday, December 2, 2011

Steak feast

It was a Sunday in September and we decided we needed to end the summer with a Steak Feast with some of our favorite people. You know I LOVE Fall and Christmas, but these pictures make me desperately want some nice Summer weather. 

The guys grilled while us girls made buckeyes and prepared ourselves to watch "Top Gun"

Told them to "act natural" for the picture.... haha. And I just noticed all these guys match! For cute!!

Wow, lots of pictures of Amber! haha
 I swear Haily and I were there too. 

It was such a fun day! 

Thursday, December 1, 2011

on december 1st...

*Stori Rose rolled from her back to her front today! SDR was selling his plasma when it happened so he was pretty bummed that he missed it.

*Right after she rolled over she grunted and grunted and then.... well, let's just say SDR wasn't sad that he missed that.

*This is a video of Stori Rose laughing the hardest I've seen her laugh before. haha. this is my favorite! (She's naked because what happened after she rolled over....ya, going once a week doesn't make for very fun diaper changes)!

Monday, November 28, 2011

christmas plaid

In this photo I see:
(4) forms of plaid on my flocked christmas tree.

(2) plaid pajamas legs

(7) christmas moose wearing plaid

(1) cozy plaid blanket to wrap up in while watching Home Alone and eating popcorn...

If only I knew where to find christmas plaid jammies for little Sto Ro...

She had her shots 2 weeks ago and I made Dan go with me this time to see how sad it is.... 
She slept most of the day away but for the next few nights she would wake up with a fever. 
She also got eczema on her little chubby legs and we had to take her back into the dr.
Poor little lamb.
Thanksgiving healed her up pretty good though...she slept from 7:30pm-7:30am last night. YAY!

Saturday, November 19, 2011

1st Dam Run

We did it!! (But only the 5k. don't judge) 
Stori slept through the whole thing even though she rode in this arctic tundra stroller!

It was my mom's first '1st Dam Run'. She totally rocks! (She walks like 19 miles/day so I knew she would do amazing)

I'm sure I'm standing on my tippy-toes or somessing. Why must I be a Giant!?

Joel was the only 10k runner. But the rest of us had GREAT reasons for only doing the 5k...and the snow wasn't even one of them.

We had a fun weekend in Logan/Clarkston. We made our crafts, ate yummy food, shopped, listened to Christmas music, and slumber partied til the wee hours of the morning! 
Wondering where SDR is? Well, he thought he'd make a better photographer than runner. Maybe next year he won't be so shy.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

baby steps or milestones?

Astoria Rose Radford is 4 months today!
I recall an incident that happened when Stori was only 2 days old. I sat up in my bed looking down at my sweet little girl in her giant bassinet and thought to myself, "I wish she was 4 months old so that I wouldn't worry about her so much while she sleeps."
How foolish could I be?! 
Now my baby REALLY IS 4 months old and I STILL worry about her while she sleeps in that, now tiny, bassinet. (I don't know what I will do when she outgrows it).

I guess I have managed to move the bassinet about 2 feet away from me as opposed to RIGHT next to the bed. A sheet of paper wouldn't fit between her and me about a month ago.
To some of you that might be a baby step....but to me, it is a huge milestone.
And ya know what else? I actually let her take naps in her real crib. Milestone!
I guess the only baby steps around here are from the steps I take into Stori's room to check on her while she sleeps.
man I love her.
and her dad.
that may or may not be our Christmas tree that we put up 17 days ago...

Monday, October 31, 2011


Braces, bow ties, 90's bangs, socks with sandals, Star Wars shirt....need I go on? 
Instead of going as the Radfords this year, we went simply as the Nerdfords.

And we have the CUTEST nerd of all!
Check out the Hendy's and their amazing outfits. So fun!

Friday, October 28, 2011

This is the life

Can't think of a better way to spend a Friday night!!!
Oh how I love these two!

Monday, October 17, 2011

Sto Ro

my lil babe is 3 months old today. Look at those eyes and try to tell me you don't love this lttle gril....
Stori's 3 month-ness
-she smiles all the day long!
-she will sleep 11-12 hrs a night if she eats atleast 6 times in the day.
-loves to read the book "Ma! There's Nothing to do Here" with mom before bed.
-she's loving tummy time nowadays. She can push herself up for about 10 min. without laying her head down.
-she rolls from her tummy to her back. (just not for the camera) :)
-does not like broccoli even a tiny bit!!! She learned how to cry because I ate that horrible green vegetable.
-Still loves mornings, walks, and hangin with mom.
-if she is ever fussy, she can instantly be calmed by just taking a step outside. She loves it out there!
-she is giggling a few times a day. Wish I could capture if on camera
-she has a new love for her swing. It is her pre-sleep routine.
-she keeps eye contact and will follow me everywhere I go.
-not sure if it's accidental, but she can put her binks in her mouth if it's resting on her chest. haha. it's the cutest thing to watch her little fists pushing it all the way up to her mouth!!!

We sure love this little gril more and more each day!

Saturday, October 15, 2011

family pictures

We had Meg take our family pictures while we were in Jackson last week and here they are... thanks Meg!
Stori Rose has a red nose from the cold :)

 I love all things plaid so I thought it would be fun to do some plaid pictures. Poor Stori Rose was too cold and had to wear a few jackets! :) 

and I just had to throw this beautiful picture in that SDR took. This is "our spot" in Jackson.

Thursday, October 13, 2011


SDR is such a champ!! Look at him rock these Boise State colors! :)

Yay for "BRUCES" haha

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Jackson trip

SDR is anxious to work on all of our pictures from Jackson so I have to be real quick-like with this post!
Our 'Annual Yellowstone trip' turned into a weekend in Jackson instead. 
It was so very very FUN and so very BEAUTIFUL! I love my family sooo much!

We stayed at a fun hotel with an outdoor hot tub that we all enjoyed thoroughly.
Walked around the cute little shops and found a store with the most beautiful name...

just the girls
We saw more wildlife than ever before!

Momma, Pappa, and baby moose.

Family of Grizzly bears-Mom and 3 cubs

And saw one lonely but adorable black bear.

We had a picnic at the base of the Tetons and found some beautiful autumn quakes 

Discovered Signal mountain where SDR almost got jumped by a chipmunk

And ate at a yummy Mexican Restaurant called the "Merry Piglet" (so cute)!

Astoria stayed in her first hotel room. Unfortunately she woke up at 3:30am FROZEN cause the AC was blowing right on her. So she "slept" with me the rest of the night.

We had such a fun weekend and can't wait to go back! Hopefully with all the family next year!

p.s. Astoria Rose laughed for the first time on Sunday!!!! It was in Relief Society and she laughed 3 or 4 times. On the 4th laugh she had all the other sisters laughing with her!
p.p.s SDR threw Astoria in the air to play with her and she cried the saddest cry I've ever heard. Too soon Dan. too soon.
p.p.p.s. Stori Rose rolled over from her belly to her back on 10/11/11 (same day that SDR got braces! :) )

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Little Stori Talkin

(not sure how to crop it to where she talks, so go ahead and fast forward about 30 seconds-ish)
But this is why it's so hard to lay her down at night! We have much better footage of her talking, but for some reason it takes forever to put on here. It's been 3 weeks just to upload this video!