Saturday, November 24, 2012

Thanksgiving 2012

This Thanksgiving we decided to host again. So this year we had the Hillesheim family over with my Grandma Nielsen, my Aunt Shauna and her husband Kent. I missed my brother and his family terribly....but all was well and I had so much fun with everyone here.

Last year Emilee took over my camera and took lots of photos. This year she was busy and so was I, so the photos are minimal :(

I love my family so much and love how we all get along when we're together. I have the best sisters in the whole world and parents who have the kind of relationship I strive for. So lucky to have all of these people in my life.

Thanks Wendy for coming the night before to help out :)

Me and my 92 yr old her.

 Mom and Dad


After...much better.

And to "my" little family, I'm so thankful for who they are, even when it gets hard and frustrating. I may not have the perfect life, but it is definitely the most entertaining. And everyone who knows me knows how much I love to be entertained.

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Breaking Dawn 2...THE END

Oh, the finality of it! Well, here we are...can't believe it's here already. Time sure flies. My mom, sisters and I went to see the last installment of the Twilight series. Keeping with our tradition, we went to dinner and then "the" movie. Sort of sad in a way. This movie symbolized the end of a few things...the series of course, but the end of turning to the person next to us at the close of a movie and saying, "Well, until next year."

 True colors...

 Much better...

The waitress that took pictures for us apparently repels technology...this was the best out of four.

 I think we looked forward to the movies that followed this unrealistic love story and the excuse it gave us to get together. It reminds me so much of the feeling I get when I finish a great book. Grateful for the experience, but sad that it's over. We had some good times and I will remember them ..."forever and forever and forever."

Sunday, November 4, 2012


Emilee is participating in a competitive dance group this year and is really enjoying it. One of the requirements is to attend a couple of the several dance conventions throughout the year. This year Dance Source went to NYCDA in Salt Lake, UT. There were a few guest judges from SYTYCD and one of the choreographers for Michael Jackson's "would-be" tour. It can be pretty intimidating and there are thousands of dancers that attend. They are long and physically challenging days, but the girls always have a pretty good time. Emilee's group performed "Everybody Talks" and "Rumor Has It". I'm really proud of her and am glad that she enjoys music and performing like I do.



 Shopping for a keepsake with friends Shae and Jordyn.

Dance workshop...nothing like learning choreography with a hundred other people.