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Grandma comes to visit


Grandma J. came to visit us this past week and it was so fun having her here. We didn't do too many exciting things as we were tending to babies the whole time, but we were able to get away one afternoon and go downtown to the butterfly exhibit at the Natural History Smithsonian. David was in heaven the whole time!David's favorite part about having grandma come was the time he got to spend with her every morning. Dan and I were so tired in the mornings so when David woke up, we sent him down to grandma. She made fixed him breakfast and they played trains for several hours until Dan and I could get our lazy butts out of bed.Grandma and David eating together!And here's just a random picture of my cute babes! Whenever they're by each other, Thomas always tries to eat Emily's head. It cracks me up![...]

Twins' Blessing Day


Last Sunday we blessed Thomas and Emily at church. Actually, I should say Dan blessed them and he gave them wonderful blessings. They actually behaved and were good little babies during the whole meeting..shocking!

We're pathetic parents and didn't even take pictures, but thank goodness my aunt and uncle were there and they brought their camera. Here are a few pics from the day:

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My Lil' Emily


Emmers is such a pill at times, but she's sure cute!


Another attempt at a family picture


Our friend Spencer took a family picture for us on Christmas Eve.
Thank you Spencer!

Merry Christmas!


This attempt at a family picture is quite pathetic, but it's as good as it gets.

Merry Christmas to all!


December 2011


December has been a crazy month so far! Here are a few pictures that we've managed to take between feeding babies and changing diapers. We've tried to give David as much attention as possible as he has acted out a little since the babes arrived.

Dan took David to a train museum that's close to our house. There were a bunch of train exhibits set up outside and David was in hog heaven. He is obsessed with trains!

Last night we took David to the temple visitor center and saw the lights.

(image) David got his first real haircut yesterday and all his curls were cut off. His hair was getting a bit fuzzy and shaggy so it was time. He looks so grown up now!

(image) Such handsome studs!

Our babies have arrived....


5 weeks ago! I wanted to update my blog right after they arrived but life has been so hectic as I'm sure you can imagine.Thomas Gordon & Emily arrived November 11, 2011 (11/11/11) at 7:30pm. Thomas was 6 pounds, 5 ounces and was 20 inches long. Emily was 5 pounds 15 ounces and was 19 inches long. I was induced early that morning and it took all day for the doctor to finally break my water and get things started. I only pushed 3 times for Thomas and Emily just slipped on out. I feel so fortunate that I didn't have to have a c-section and everything went so perfectly.Things have been crazy since we've been home. I feel like all we do is feed babies and change diapers (I still have a 2 year old in diapers as well) and I barely find time to shower or brush my teeth. We're happy but super tired!Here are some pictures of our little babes!37 1/2 weeks pregnant with twins. I never had to go on bed rest - I was so fortunate!I'm so glad my mom was able to be present during their birth!Seconds after their birthEmily and mama!Grandma & DaddyGoing homeDavid's first time seeing his baby sisterDavid & Thomas - best buddies!Emily's first bathThomas's first bathGrandma and her twin grandbabies - we miss you grandma!I wish they slept this peacefully all the time![...]

Pregnant Belly!


Here is a picture of me 32 weeks pregnant with twins! I can't imagine my belly getting bigger, but apparently it will.


Pumpkin/Apple Picking


Yesterday we went to Marker Miller Orchard and picked apples and pumpkins. We went with some of our good friends and had a great time stuffing our faces with apples and donuts. The weather was perfect! We're trying to get in as many fun things as we can because these babies are going to be here in less than 5 weeks.



San Diego/Utah Vacation - 2011


Dan's dad turned 60 years old and his step-mom Andria set up a family vacation to San Diego, CA to celebrate his special day. We got a house on Mission Beach and were there for a week - it was pure heaven! We spent most the days at the beach, but we were also able to go to a Padres baseball game and we spent one day at the San Diego zoo. We loved every minute of being there! My mom couldn't stand the thought of us being on the west coast and not getting to Utah to see her. So, after our trip to San Diego, David and I flew to Salt Lake to see my family. It was a great week and I'm glad I was able to see so many people. With these twins coming I know my trips to Utah will be far and few between. David loved Uncle Andrew! He sat on his lap for hours at a time reading books and watching movies on his phone. Grandma Marilyn (Dan's mom), David, Brandon, Anthony & Cameron (all of David's cousins) Point Loma beach Dan, David, & Grandma Marilyn David loved these tubes Auntie Ellie & David Auntie Erika & David Cousin Anthony, Aunt Hannah & Becky Dan & Dad David's first baseball game! Go Padres! Auntie Ellie & cousins Riding the train at Balboa Park San Diego Zoo Hogle Zoo in Salt Lake City David and cousin Katie at the Church History Museum in SLC [...]

Twins Update:


(image) We found out on Friday that a baby boy and girl will be joining our family! We couldn't be more excited....that's exactly what we were hoping for! So far, everything looks good and the babies are healthy and growing like they should. Thanks to everybody for your love and support...I'm going to need all I can get once these critters get here.

Family Pics - Outer Banks, NC


We went to the Outer Banks in North Carolina over Memorial Day, and while we were there we had a friend snap some photos of our family. It's the first time since David has been born that we have had a professional picture taken of our family. Too bad I was in that awkward "pregnant" stage where I look chubby but not really pregnant. David was a turkey and wouldn't hold still, but our photographer still ended up getting some good shots of him....that is until he picked up a pile of sand and threw it into her million dollar camera. The joys of a 2 year old!Thanks Rachel ( for taking such great pictures of our family![...]

I'm pregnant!


(image) For those of you who have seen me at church and have wondered why it looks like I have gained a few pounds in my belly....well....I have! I'm pregnant again and this time am expecting twins! They are fraternal twins (not identical) and will be joining our family in November (if not earlier). Dan and I are thrilled but shocked and freaked out at the same time. I'm so blessed to be able to be pregnant again knowing what we went through before, but didn't expect two little babies to join our family at the same time.

Stay posted for more details and to find out what sex we're having. I'm praying for a boy and a girl, but I've come to realize that life never turns out how we'd like it to or expect! :)

In loving memory of my sweet dad


Words can't describe how much I love and miss him!DAVID RACKER David Carl Racker 1944 ~ 2011 David Carl Racker passed away on May 3, 2011 after a courageous battle with a pulmonary illness having valiantly completed his mission on this earth. David was a unique and amazing individual who will be missed by many. David was born on August 2, 1944 to Carl Racker and Ramona McKean Racker in Salt Lake City, Utah. He attended Weber County High School. He served an LDS mission from 1963-65 in Denmark. He then attended Weber State University and graduated from Utah State University in 1970 with a degree in landscape architecture. He married Alecia Ann Walker May 12, 1972 in the Idaho Falls Temple. They are the parents of five beautiful children. He is survived by the love of his life, Alecia; and children, Matthew (Lesa) of South Jordan, R. Monty (Jennifer) of Abilene, Texas, Merianne (Dan) Jensen of Fairfax, Virginia, Natalie (Kaveh) Sowin of Provo, and Noelle (Matthew) Toskovich of Bountiful; 13 grandchildren and nine brothers and sisters. David worked for the Salt Lake County Parks Department and landscape architectural firms in Utah and Florida before establishing David C. Racker & Associates in 1973. He was renowned in his profession having prepared the plans for such projects as Abravenal Symphony Hall, the Delta Center and Stein Eriksen Lodge. He did numerous municipal parks, office complexes, community master plans and hundreds of residential gardens throughout the intermountain area. He was a member of the Salt Lake and Bountiful Rotary Clubs and associated with numerous professional and fraternal organizations. He was elected to two consecutive terms as a national Trustee to ASLA and in 1995 he was inducted into the ASLA Council of Fellows. That same year he was also elected National Vice President of ASLA. He served in various church callings in scouts, as an Aaronic priesthood advisor, Elders quorum councilor and president, councilor to three bishops, stake missionary and High Priest Group Leader. He was an amazing teacher whose gospel knowledge was unsurpassed. He served as a tour guide on Temple Square in Salt Lake City for fourteen years. At the time of his death he was a home teacher and a basic trouble maker in the Bountiful, North Canyon 4th Ward. Funeral services will be held 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, May 7, 2011 at the North Canyon 4th Ward, 965 E. Oakwood Dr. Bountiful. Friends and family may visit, Friday, May 6, 2011 from 6-8:00 p.m. at Lindquist Bountiful Mortuary, 727 N. 400 E. and Sat., 9:45-10:45 a.m. at the church prior to services. Interment at Lakeview Memorial Cemetery.[...]

Easter 2011


We had a great Easter weekend! We celebrated it with 2 egg hunts, dying eggs, dinner with friends, and then today we were able to go to the Annual White House Easter Egg roll. It was stinking hot and there were a gajillion people, but we still managed to have fun!Here are some pictures of our weekend:David waiting patiently for the egg hunt to begin I've never seen a 2 year old so eager to find eggs. He was crawling through the mud to get them!Proof: Look at his knees!Success!Dying Easter eggsAll the Easter lootAs long as David has his bubbles he's a happy boyWhite House Easter Egg RollDying eggs[...]

Update on our lives


I have been such a slacker with my blog. Facebook has taken over my life and I've let my poor blog go by the wayside. Do people even use blogs anymore? I may be writing all of this in vain!The last few months have been a whirlwind. Since I posted last (in October) so much has happened. Thanksgiving & Christmas came and went, I was called as the Relief Society president for my church, David has had numerous health problems we've been trying to get to the bottom of, and Dan and I have once again been seeking help with our fertility issues and have been trying to have another baby. All of this in 2 months...yikes! No wonder I haven't had time to post on my blog. I barely have time to breathe let alone sit for a few minutes and update my life.A few months ago, David had some abnormal bruises on his face that wouldn't go away. They were there for at least 3 weeks, and the doctor suggested we have him looked at by a hematologist. They were concerned about leukemia, hemophilia or possibly a clotting disorder. He had extensive blood work done and his results were all across the board. He tested negative for leukemia but one test showed he had a bleeding disorder (hemophilia), the other tests showed he had a clotting disorder. After thoughtful consideration, the hematologist decided that we should go back in March and have him retested. Sometimes when children have been sick with a virus, their results come back skewed and the doctor feels that's what happened with David. So, we'll head back in March and try to figure out what's going on.We thought all was well until a few weeks ago David's eyes started rolling to the back of his head. The episodes would last 3-5 seconds and it really agitated the poor thing. Our doctor had us come in and be checked out, and she immediately sent him to have an EEG, CT scan, and today he had the MRI. The EEG and CT scan came back negative and we're still waiting for the results of the MRI. The neurologist diagnosed him with a neurological condition called Paroxysmal Tonic Upgaze, (a rare eye disorder where the patient has periods of upward deviated eyes with neck flexion involving a downward pointing chin to try to compensate for the abnormal eye position). The condition is benign and will improve in the future - most likely by the age of 3 or so. He hasn't had an episode for a few weeks so we're looking at that as a good sign.He's going to be fine and I'm not too concerned anymore, knowing that it's benign and doesn't hurt him. It's just frustrating to have to be dealing with this right now. He has been a trooper and is so well behaved at the doctor's visits. All the doctors are shocked at how well he sits still and lets them draw his blood, check his ears, etc. He's a good boy!Here is a picture from this morning at his MRI...right before he went under anesthesia.We had a great Halloween. My friend Mallory and I threw a Halloween party at our house for some of our friends. Our church had a trunk-or-treat activity where David got all the candy he could ever want. Man, that kid loves sugar!Picking apples at Marker-Miller OrchardsWhat a handsome devil he is!Dan, David, & I spent Christmas here in VA. We missed being with our families in Utah & CA, but loved being here at home and watching David open all his fun presents. We had a low key Christmas and tried not to go too crazy with presents. It's hard though when you have an 18 month old who loves toys!So excited about his new train table.It hasn't looked this put together since Christmas day.Helping decorate the tree. We had to put all the lame stuffed animal ornaments at the bottom so he wouldn't break the nice ones.That's about all[...]

Natalie got married! Hip Hip Hooray!


Last week I went to Utah for my sister Natalie's wedding! Unfortunately, my camera battery died the minute she walked out of the temple, so I only got one picture of her and her husband. Bummer!Here it is in all it's glory:Congratulations to Natalie & Kaveh!I did however, manage to take a gajillion pictures of the things we did while we were there. We had a great time spending quality time with my family and for the first time in 8 years living in DC, I didn't want to come home!David loved playing with his cousins Katie & Sophia (Noelle's daughters). He was such a good sport as they beat up on him. Looks like I'm going to have to toughen him up a little.David & I took a drive up Mueller Park Canyon, in Bountiful, UT. I hadn't been up there in years, and forgot how beautiful it was...especially with the leaves changing colors.We went to "This is the Place Monument" in SLC, UT. The kids had a blast trick-or-treating, riding hay rides and the train.This is David's cousin (my niece), Brittney! She's my brother Monty's daughter and was in town for Natalie's wedding. It was so fun having her in town!We also went to Cornbelly's at Thanksgiving Point. There were tons of activities for the kiddos to do, and David had a blast! Here we are watching the pig races. He wasn't too thrilled about his pumpkin costume...guess we better figure out something different for him to wear for Halloween!This is my sister Noelle's family riding the train at Cornbelly'sMy mother is crazy! She has always wanted to ride a bull, so when she saw this mechanical bull she almost wet her pants! I'm proud of her for hanging on, although it barely moved. :)David rode the cow train all by himself. It was at this point that I realized he's growing up way TOO fast!Here we are waiting for Natalie to come out of the temple after getting married. David wanted to just run around and wasn't too happy being held by his crazy mama!My little stud!My aunt Jeanette & I at the weddingGrandpa Dave, Sophia, and Katie at the temple waiting for Natalie to come out of the templeGrandpa Dave, Baby David, and mePoor poor Katie! I was making chocolate icing and gave her a beater to lick. When I took it away you'd think the world was ending![...]

Weekend trip to Roanoke, VA


Dan's sister, Becky, lives in Roanoke, VA and had a baby a month ago. We took a trip down there this past weekend and enjoyed spending some time with them. We went to a pumpkin/corn farm and the little boys had a blast. Here are the pics from our trip:David and Cameron getting along so nicely, until.......Cameron decided to steal David's pumpkin right out of his hands. Cameron is a hoot! He is obsessed with pumpkins and will do whatever it takes to hold one.Dan blasted pumpkins & cornDavid loved the corn box. Same idea as a sand box but full of dried corn. We found corn around the house for 2 days...coming out of the cuffs of his pants as well as his diaper.Mom & David on the cow ride.Aunt Becky & CameronBeautiful Aunt Becky & Baby BrandonThe next day, we went to a lake by their house and fed the ducks. David loved it!He thought the bread was for him to eat...not the ducks!Thanks Becky & Ralph for the fun trip![...]

A trip to Paradise


Last week Dan, David, and I had the opportunity to travel to St. Maarten in the Carribbean. The weather was perfect, except for the day when we got pummeled by Hurricane Earl. As nervous as I was for the hurricane to hit us, it was quite an experience and it was actually quite enjoyable.Here are some pictures of our trip to Paradise:This is the view from our balcony!Our condo was 1/2 mile from the airport. We spent a lot of time watching the planes take off and land, which was a spectacular sight. They were so close you could almost touch them!Playing in the sand wore David outWe went to Orient Bay one day and went to a nude beach. We just walked through it quickly just to experience it. I've never seen so many boobs and wieners in my life. I of course kept my clothes on because I didn't want people to think it was harpoon season!One day we rented a car and drove around the island. We stopped off in Marigot, which is the capital of the French side of the island.We stopped at a little diner and ate delicious crepes!My Island Boys!Watching Hurricane Earl destroy our beach. It was amazing how our beach was completely gone the next morning. Nothing but rocks! Two days later the sand had redistributed and we had our beach again.[...]

DC Capital Tour


Today my husband took us on a private tour of the DC capital. My cousin Mark was in town this weekend with some of his friends, so Dan and I hooked up with them as well as two of my other cousins living here. I didn't take many pictures inside the capital, mostly because I was wrestling a 1 year old monster, but here are a few pics I took today:The boys waiting outside for Mark to show up(Ryan & Jacob are my cousins)Cousins in front of Lady LibertyDan used his charm (ahem ID badge) and was able to get us out on Nancy Pelosi's balcony. I can't stand the lady, but her office balcony has the best view of DC you could ask for.Here are the 4 cousins: Jacob, Mark, Ryan, and meThe smack dab middle of DC is in the capitalThe view from Pelosi's balcony[...]

Breakfast of the Champions


What's wrong with chocolate cheerios and icing beaters for breakfast? David thinks I'm the best mom around!

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Heather's Surprise Party


My friend Heather turned 30 last week and her husband threw her a surprise birthday party. He asked me to make her a cake that went along with the theme of death, aging, etc. Here's what I came up with:

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Two weeks ago I flew to Chicago to spend time with my cousin Camille. The Wilton (cake decorating supplies) tent sale was going on and I thought it would be a perfect time to kill two birds with one stone. David and I spent 4 glorious days there and I couldn't have asked for a more perfect trip. Camille and I spent hours at the tent sale and bought way too much stuff. I have no idea where I'm going to store everything, but it was worth it!Here are a few pictures of the trip. I didn't take many:The People Fountains in Millenium ParkThanks Patrick & Camille for letting us come and bombard your house. We loved seeing you and look forward to coming next year![...]



Dan's mom came into town a few weeks ago to see us (okay, she came to see David) :)
We took her to Monticello (home of Thomas Jefferson) and spent the day down in Charlottesville. It was a beautiful day and we are so grateful that Grandma Marilyn came to see us!

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Like Father Like Son


Dan couldn't wait to whip out his seer sucker suit, and the cheesy parents that we are, we couldn't resist buying one for David!

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