Sunday, August 31, 2008


Stockton loves to listen to the radio with his radio headphones. He is so cute and will even dance and sing to the music.
There are days when you can't get a decent picture of Stockton because he is too fast and won't pose. But today was different. This little boy wanted his picture taken and kept saying, "cheese!"


I am not one for football, let alone the BYU Cougars, but it is my husband's passion. He does so much for me so sitting through a 4 hour game with him is a small price to pay.
It boggles my mind how much older Paul and I look than when we first met or even when Stockton was born. It just reminds me how we've grown together, matured together, and that there is only more time to go!!
Ry and Tay are so freakin' cute! They are great friends and good company to have. I'm glad that if I had to sit through a 4 hour football game, during the hottest time of day, it was with them.

The only thing better than good company is a blue raspberry sno-cone!! Yummy!

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Yes. Still thinking about The Time Traveler's Wife...

Every so often, a novel lands in my hands as if it fell from the sky -- a happy surprise of literary delights, a book which transports and transfixes me, an original story which creates its own world with what seems like effortless artistry.

The Time Traveler's Wife is an infection that pleasantly invades your system and refuses to let go of the imagination even after you turn the last of its 518 pages and move on to the next book on your shelf.

It's the kind of word-of-mouth book that readers cheerfully spread, like a benign virus, to anyone around them willing to lose themselves in a hopelessly romantic story, forsaking most other obligations like work, family and personal hygiene.

Yes, The Time Traveler's Wife is that good.

And, yes, I'm a self-proclaimed die-hard romantic who's been known to openly weep at the end of Jane Austen movies, but I'm here to tell you that this chunky book is designed to please everyone in the room -- swooners and cynics alike. It's a love story concealed inside a suspense novel wrapped in a thin veneer of science fiction.

Grab a copy of The Time Traveler's Wife and throw yourself headlong into their story. It's time well spent. This is a highly recommended read.

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

My New FAVORITE Book!!!

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. - 1 Corinthians 13:5-7

I absolutely loved this book and it came at such a pivotal time in my life. I’ve never been one for romance books. As a child/young adult I was into the classics. The closest I got to romance novels was “The Scarlet Letter.” As I get older, and more in love with my husband and my family, I have become a sucker for a good romance novel. The Time Traveler's Wife is unlike any romance you’ll ever read! This book leaves Edward and Bella (from the Twilight series) in the dust. After finishing this spectacular book, I’ve spent some time reflecting on love, and my own life. I feel like love shines like a sun. Sometimes visible and sometimes invisible. But it is always here. For me the most important thing in life is to live in love. The journey into love is the biggest adventure possible. It questions everything. It shakes everything. As a guide, it teaches us to meet ourselves. Love is like an inner fire - the more I surrender, the more it shows itself. Although sometimes strong resistances in me do not want to let go: fear and hate, greed and longing, self-pity and pride, comfort and routine. Love accepts my struggles - with love. It is always present: in my conflicts, my desperation, my aggression, my inattention. Love sings the song of love without a pause, and without choice. Wherever I am, wherever I go, it is already there. Love is concerned about me, but it is free of all worry. It contains all the time of our world. No matter what I do, at some point I have to meet it.

What can be stronger than love?

Monday, August 25, 2008

Kaylinn meets her Great Grandparents & Stockton

This picture is so tender! I love seeing Grandma Privett holding her great grand child. This picture will be cherished.

Since Mindy and her grandpa are so close, it is sweet to see him with Kaylinn, his name sake. What a precious moment. Glad we got it to cherish forever!

Stockton didn't know what to think of the new baby. He was interested for a while, then was more concerned with finding toys at Mindy and Jason's.
Awwwwww!! I love my hubs! He's a great daddy and uncle!

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Introducing...Kaylinn Elizabeth Benson

Kaylinn Elizabeth is here!! Our family couldn't be more happy to have this adorable girl in our family. Not only is she huggable, but she is the first girl in the Konold family in 16 years! Kaylinn weighed 9 pounds 2 ounces and was 20 1/2 inches long. A baby is a perfect addition to any family, but Mindy, Jason, and Kaylinn get to move into their new house in Lehi this weekend!

The happy couple! Jason was so endearing talking about his worry for Mindy when things went wrong and they had to put her out and preform a c-section. This was as big a smile as I could get from him. Kaylinn looks like her daddy, don't you agree?
Little Kaylinn had a rough time coming into the world. She was too comfortable in her mother's belly to come out. Kaylinn was stuck in Mindy's pelvis making things a bit difficult. She was c-sectioned and born at 10:08pm August 19, 2008.

I love holding new babies! This little girl is solid, such a bundle of joy!

My poor baby has Roseola!!

Stockton is sick! He has gotten Roseola!

What is Roseola?
Roseola is a viral illness in young children, most commonly affecting those between the ages of 6 months and 2 years. Stockton had several days of high fever, followed by a distinctive rash just as the fever broke.

The high fever ended abruptly, and at about the same time a pinkish-red flat or raised rash appeared on his trunk and spread over his body. The rash's spots blanch (turn white) when you touch them, and individual spots have a lighter "halo" around them. By the second day the rash spread to his neck and face.

Who gets it?
Almost all cases of roseola occur in children before their third birthdays. The peak age is between 6 and 15 months. Healthy babies are born with protective antibodies from their mothers, but these begin to disappear when the baby is 4 to 6 months old. By 15 months, most babies have protective antibodies that they have made themselves. These will last a lifetime.

Fewer than half of children ever get roseola. Nevertheless, almost all children have had HHV-6 infections by age 3. For the majority, who never get the rash, the HHV-6 infection usually causes a fever, perhaps with other symptoms. It is a common cause of baby’s first fever.

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Talon's 7th Birthday Party!

Talon's party was Batman Lego...
When the guests arrived we found Talon dressed in a batman costume up in his tree! It was such a sight!! He is such a creative boy!
The kids had a lot of fun in the pool! It was just too bad that the weather didn't cooperate. It was raining by the time the party was over.
Stockton wanted in on the girls play...
Not much room in that little hut... but a whole lot of cuteness!!
Talon created all the decorations and posters for his party. He is a great artist and I am thrilled that he has found something that he loves. We are so proud of him!

He looks very serious...maybe he is contemplating what his wish is gonna be...
It's no secret, as least to those who know my Stocky, that he loves pushing anything with wheels. He will see carts, strollers, skate boards, ect. at the mall or parks and want to push them. I am just happy that my sister has a stroller handy.

These girls are always together. Just cute cousins, and best friends.

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

65th Wedding Anniversary Dinner

My grandparents have been married for 65 years!!!

My grandma was the only woman at her wedding and my grandpa feels bad to this day that she didn't have any flowers.

My grandfather use to write little love poems to my grandma. It is so cute to hear all the old things he use to do to, as he said, "romance her." Below is one of the poems that he shared with us during their 65th wedding anniversary dinner. I thought it appropriate to begin this group of pictures of their family then and now, because they did have a full house!!

My Queen of Hearts

by: Wilson Thomas

The game of life seems stacked at times,

Like a well marked deck.

But with a full house,

And you, my queen of hearts,

It’s all worth it, by Heck!

There were 85 of us at the dinner and it was fun to have my grandma look around and say, to anyone who would listen, "I am an only child, yet look what I created!" She and my grandfather couldn't be more proud of our family. It was great to see everyone!
My grandpa gave the most moving talk. He gave honor and tribute to my grandma and family through a slide show he prepared. By the time he was done, there wasn't a dry eye in the room!
My grandparents are absolutely adorable! We took pictures of each individual family - and then a massive group picture. Below are all the individual photos, in age order.

My dad's sister, Linda, and her family.
My dad's sister, Sue, and her family.
My dad's brother, Joe, and his family.
My family!!
My dad's brother, Dick, and his family.
My dad's brother, Tony, and his family.
My dad's sister, Teresa, and her family.
My dad's brother, Steve, and his family

My sister's and I, lookin' gorgeous, of course.
We were able to take a picture of the entire family. WOW! there are 85 people in this photo! We have such a large family!
Gotta do a funny one!