Friday, March 26, 2010

Dear, Miss Spring

Don't be shy.

Don't you know that you charm us with your beautiful smile?

So will you please just do us all a favor?

Sit down; take your jacket off and stay for awhile!


Monday, February 22, 2010






x o

Monday, January 4, 2010

Star light... Star bright

On New Years Day 2010 we hiked to the Sandy Star.
It was a steep & slippery hike that took about a half hour.

Hiking in the Winter is pretty... especially at dusk.
We were surrounded by incredible views.

Above us... spectacular snow capped Mountains,

below us....a magical twinkling city.

As the sun set, the snow turned all shades of pink, blue and purple.
It must have been cold out but I didn't feel it.
Being with my family, surrounded by the beauty of where we live,
I was filled with the warmth you receive when you are grateful for life's blessings.

Here is a short video I made of our hike so you can enjoy some of the beautiful views too!

Friday, December 25, 2009

All the lights are coming on now...

In between work and school and finals Karli found a little time to be creative.
Here are a couple of her latest creations.

Santa is coming to town from Patrick Davies on Vimeo.

O Christmas Tree from Patrick Davies on Vimeo.


Saturday, December 12, 2009

12 - 12

"It's a boy!" I heard the nurse say as she held my baby up, before whisking him away to an incubator where they would check him over to make sure he was breathing ok. Even though he was five weeks early he was healthy and strong and soon brought back to me to hold for the very first time. Looking down at my newborn I noticed he was tightly swaddled in a warm white blanket, and I thought to myself... "he resembles the snowy scene outside my window." Overnight the valley had been covered in a heavy blanket of fresh white snow that was now glistening in the afternoon sunlight.

They say stormy weather can bring on labor but in my case it was a blizzard that really stirred things up. It all started the night before when the snowy storm blew into town. As I sat down to put Karli's snow boots on so she could run outside with Justin and Ashley to play in the Winter Wonderland that was beginning to swirl in our backyard, something unexpected happened.... my water broke!

I called Pat at work and he started his slow drive home on the snow covered roads. As soon as he walked in the door we walked right back out and drove straight to the hospital. The doctors wanted to send me downtown by ambulance to a bigger hospital which was better equipped to handle a premature baby, but at the last minute decided the roads were just too dangerous. The new plan was to keep me, but life flight my baby if it was born with complications. After a really long labor but very quick delivery my last baby was born. We were happy that he was healthy and strong enough to go home with me a few days later.

I never planned on having a December baby, but over the years have learned that we don't get to plan everything in life, sometimes life gets to plan things for us. Jake loves his December birthday, and I do too! I can't think of a happier time of year than Christmas time to have given birth to such a sweet baby boy.

Jake Davies born 12-12-92
5 lbs 7 oz 18 inches

This Santa doll was bigger than Jake and it wasn't very big : )
(Linda please tell me you still have it...I would love to hold it next to Jake!)

Jake's blessing day

2 months old

6 months old

1 year old

Jake was the ultimate was AWESOME!

The starting of his Jake the Cowboy stage : )

Jazz Fan

Still a Jazz Fan...even when they lose ; )

Happy 17th Birthday Jake

Thursday, November 26, 2009


Ashley Brooke Davies
November 21, 1983
8lbs 20 inches

Thanksgiving Day 1983 I had so much to be thankful for. I had just given birth to my beautiful baby girl 3 days earlier and also had an adorable two year old boy at home. I couldn't have been happier! A boy and a girl, I thought... now my life is complete and whatever comes next is just gravy. Ironically three days later we were practically swimming in the stuff... Turkey Gravy that is.

I checked out of the hospital on Thanksgiving morning with my pink little bundle of joy and by that afternoon we were stuffing ourselves silly at the Atwood Family Thanksgiving Feast. From there we drove to Pat's Aunt Janet's house where we spent the evening eating a delicious Turkey Dinner with the Davies.

I was either too young or too stupid (probably both) but I didn't care. I couldn't think of a better way to celebrate the Season of Thanksgiving than to be gathered around a crackling fire with loved ones, passing around my precious baby girl, smelling her sweet neck and smothering her cute little face with kisses.

By the end of the night my body was exhausted but my spirit had never felt so alive, and like the flames that flickered in the fireplace on that cold Thanksgiving night, it is a scene that I fondly cherish, and will forever warm my heart.

Loving the swing at the farm : )

Taking over Justin's Care Bear desk!

Stealing Justin's Knight Rider Bike!

hogging Justin's Big Boy Bike!

Preschool Grad

Taking Treats to school for her 6th Birthday

I am so THANKFUL for you Ashley
Thanks for being the wonderful daughter that you are!
mom : )

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Love & Promises

At the Center of your lives is your love
and around you is the family
held together by the promises
you made to one another

For keeping your promises
for living your love
for all that your marriage has meant
you are celebrated today

Happy Anniversary Mom & Dad

photos by Courtney Brooke