The annual cabin trip has come and gone. It was a quick one this year. There was the worldwide church traing that involved quite a few in our family, so we had to make it a quick trip. We missed Mitch, Sarah, and their family. Pip and Skip, aka, Ty and Ash, and we also missed Matt and Ash. We still had a good time. It isn't the same without all the family. Danny and I got up there first. We had to take a couple of pictures of cabins in Island Park for Danny's dad. We were on our way and Danny looked out and saw a bald eagle on the top of one of the pine trees that was flocked with snow. It was so pretty. On the way to another cabin Niamh said, look a wolf. There wasn't a wolf, but there was a fox. He just slowly made his way across the road. It was cool. It was the first time Danny had seen a fox out in the wild. We went to the cabin to get it all ready. It was SOOOOOOOO cold. We could see our breath. Thank goodness for heaters and furnaces. It took about 10 minutes to get a little comfortable. By the time everyone else came it was nice and toasty, some say maybe a little too toasty, which was true. We roasted hot dogs and had smores. We always bring our Christmas movies for the kids to watch. It is always so much fun. The kids always have something to color and they always play games with mamie. We got all bundled to go find the perfect tree. One time as dad was cutting a tree we thought we knew which way it was going to fall. We didn't quite know so we all quickly got out of the way while Niamh was calling out "timber." It was cute. The kids all put on a play. They picked someone to be Rudolph and all the others were the reindeer. Then they all got in a line while Parker played santa and they all ran off to go flying. They always have fun finding little hills to slide down. Mom and dad always get us our tree and we appreciate it. It is always a good time. We appreciate all they do to make the cabin so much fun and so full of memories.
Liam had the opportunity to get blessed this past fast Sunday. It was a wonderful day. We had all, with the exception of 6, of our family here. Kara's husband Jerry and their son Truman were not able to make it due to sickness. My brother Mitch, his wife Sarah, and their kids Ari and Jack live in Vegas, so they also were not able to make it. Danny did a wonderful job on the blessing. I am grateful to have a husband who is worthy of the priesthood. What an honor it is to be a member of the church and to live on the earth now when the gospel and priesthood have been restored. We are blessed to have such a wonderful family who are always so supportive. We had a nice dinned at our house after church. We took a lot of pictures, so I just decided to put the one big group one on. Matt and Ashley went to visit a mission companion before he went to church so they weren't in the big one. Jill and her family and my grandma Landon stayed at our house. I had to get a picture of ALL the kids eating breakfast. Cousins are the best. After lunch my brother Tyler was holding Liam. Liam was in a dead stare for about 2 minutes straight. He didn't even move. He just had his hand in his mouth and was making some litte noises. It was too cute!! It was a nice day. We love Liam so much. We are so happy he is part of our family.
It seems like we have been so busy this fall, which has been great. Niamh played soccer again and enjoyed herself. She is getting more and more aggressive and we hope she can get EVEN more. She is the fastest one out there, but gets a little timid when the ball is right there. Ryan has had a few field trips at preschool. Bergin, Liam, and I have joined her. Her first field trip was to the fire station. She then had her fall field trip, which is also where she had her school pictures taken. They had a ton of fun. She is a shy little girl but it is so funny to see her open up and kind of take charge. Bergi loves to be a part of all the action. Matt is getting married in 3 days. My mom, Jill, Ashlee, and I put on a bridal shower for Ashley(Matt's). It was a lot of fun. She got some really nice things. My dad came to help set things up. He ended up holding Liam for a bit. He had a white chocolate covered pretzel and was letting Liam lick it. I think he liked it since he sucked it right to the pretzel. Next came Halloween. What would a year at the Reilly house be like without having princess costumes? I figure that they won't want to be princesses forever, so I might as well let them. Ryan did branch out a little and she was a rock star. It rained for the first part of the night. We always get a lot of trick or treaters so we like to go out early, then stay home. Our friends came over for the last part of the night and we just hung out and handed out candy. It is always a fun night. We had our ward party one night and we all dressed as M & M's. My friend let us borrow the bags(me and Danny) and the kids were M & M's, even Liam. My friend made him a small one to match the girls. I hope to get the picture soon from the photographer that was taking them that night. It was fun to see all of our ward members and their crazy costumes.
We have been wanting to get shelves in our garage for awhile. We have a very talented neighbor who happens to be a master wood worker. He built our shelves and we love them. The girls(and his, who are all te same ages) loved playing on the wood and having parties until it was time to start. We have put them to use.
So Liam had a g-tube placed when he had his surgery. They told us it would be switched to a button about 4 weeks after surgery. The Dr. here in Ut. said it had to be 8 weeks, so 9 weeks it was. I was so anxious to get it out. I heard horror stories of g-tubes falling out and having to be surgically replaced. So, I was so excited to get it. The tube was 2 feet long before and we had to pin it to his diaper and stuff it into his onesie. Now you can see that the little button is so much better. The top opens up and we connect his other tubing to it every night at 8 and take it off at 8 in the morning. We can get it wet and pretty much act like it isn't even there. It is soooo nice.
My mother and father in-law went to Ireland a few years back. They met someone there who told them about a very nice tradition that was passed on to the Danny Reilly family. They planted a tree and took a family picture by that tree every year on the same day. They were able to see the tree and their family grow. We did this 4 years ago on our anniversary. Each year on our anniversary we can take a picture and see the changes. It is amazing to look back at our first year and see the difference. Bergin was one month old. It is a fun tradition that I look forward to doing each year.
I just had to put on a few funny things the girls have said lately. Ryan is going to the same preschool that Niamh went to last year. There is a boy named Porter that was in Niamh's class. On Ryan's first day she got in the car and was so excited to tell me that "Quarter"(you'll see why I spelled it that way in a min) was in her class, and that she remembered him from Niamh's class. Later that day she said "Niamh, penny is in my class."
We have been listening to a Little People Halloween CD the past few weeks. There is a song called "Dem Bones." It is the song that talks about the leg bone is connected to the hip bone and so on. On the part that says, "the knee bone is connected to the..." Bergin always says "Niamh" because she thinks it says the Niamh bone. She was sitting up to the counter the other day and turned to me so excited and said as she was pointing to her finger "mom, dem bones." Funny girls 2007 2008 2009 2010
Today we celebrate 7 years of marriage. The seven year itch? No. I am so blessed to be married to such a wonderful husband. There are soooo many things that I love about Danny.
From the beginning he has loved me for me.
He is not afriad to dress up in fun costumes to make all of his cousins laugh.
He is funny. You can always count on him to be the life of the party and make things fun.
He can get us around where ever we need to go and he will never get us lost.
He is such a good dad. He loves to play with the kids and make them laugh.
He is a hard worker. He always does a good job with whatever needs to get done and he makes sure it is done right.
He is charitable.
He loves his family.
He loves to make his mom laugh.
He makes good treats. Whether it is no bake cookies, homemade lemonade, lemon meringue pie, the list goes on. He makes great treats.
He makes the best faces. I can always tell if he is lying, when teasing me. I can always tell when he is serious about something. His face makes a nice little quiver. It is a Danny Reilly original. Those who know him well, know the face.
He has a strong desire to do what is right.
He loves going to Priesthood session which makes me happy.
He is sentimental.
He likes shopping. Whether it is for food, clothes, or anything else random, he likes to do it.
He could be a river dance dancer. He makes a dang good impression.
He has good taste in clothing.
He is a good athlete. He is good at all sports that he plays. He is good at playing games and it seems like he always wins.
He is a WONDERFUL cook. He is not afraid to try new things that he knows I will like.
He likes Mt. Dew, especially when they are running fun little promotions. It probably helps that he has won a few contests they have sponsored.
He is creative. He could take on the calling of relief society meetings(used to be known as enrichment) and he would make any lady in the church jealous, and I am not kidding.
He loves music. He likes to sing his favorite part in a song. You should hear him sing the princess songs.
He was a great missionary and still loves the Japanese people and their culture.
He has the best calves, and he knows it. Ask him about the german shepherd dog bite.
He likes to wash our windows and does a great job.
He is a charmer. People like him, especially all the grandma's and grandpa's at work.
He loves to make our lawn the best on the street. He loves to look at it at night when the sprinklers are on it after a hard days work.
He can always make me laugh even if I am mad at him.
He is a good listener and always has good advice.
He has a strong testimony. He has a lot of faith in Jesus Christ.
He is my ROCK. He was there for me this summer when I needed him the most. I am so grateful that I am married to him. I love him so much and I am grateful we can spend eternity together.
I love you Danny and I am grateful for the wonderful man that you are.