Sunday, March 28, 2010

Our Newest Little Blair

Genevieve Kristien
March 25, 2010
7 lbs 19 inches

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

38.5 Weeks

I wanted some pictures of my baby belly before I no longer have it.

{pictures by the daddy}

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

The Pioneer

(this is the talk i gave at grammy blair's funeral, saturday march 20, 2010.)

To our family, Bertha is known as Grammy Blair or Grammy. And our children always look forward to going to her house for a visit, especially when cousins are involved.

Grammy had the habit of going to the store not long after we would all arrive. She would go to get a much needed item, and return sometime later. I often wondered whether she would go just so she could have a break, a bit of peace, from all the chaos that we brought.

In this Church, we talk a lot about pioneers. We talk about how they lived a long time ago and about all the sacrifices they made to come to Utah. To me, Bertha was a great example of a pioneer. And I want my children to think of her this way. Their Grammy was a modern-day pioneer.

She left her home and family back east because she wanted something different for her life. And because she left and made this sacrifice, she had opportunities that she otherwise may not have had. One of these opportunities was becoming a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. This opportunity was very important because it led to other opportunities like meeting her husband Brad, having her own children, raising them in the gospel, and eventually having the blessing of grandchildren.

Bertha's conversion came about because she heard the truth in the message some missionaries were teaching her. She told us that when they taught about the Plan of Salvation, she knew what they were saying was true.

This plan explains how we lived in heaven with our Heavenly Father before we were born. It explains that our spirits came to earth to receive a body and to be tested with lots of experiences, some easy and some very, very hard. It also explains that one day we would die, and that our spirits would return to heaven. Now because Heavenly Father loves us so much, He sent His son Jesus, to live and atone for our sins. To die, and then be resurrected, so that we could live with Him and our families again. Our family is happy to know that because of this plan, we will see our Grammy again.

When we came to Grammy's house this time, it was understandably different. It still doesn't seem quite real. I told Gene, it feels like she's just on one of her extended trips to the store. Maybe she just needs a break, a bit of peace, from all the chaos...and then she'll be back. But really I know that she's just being a pioneer. She's pioneering the way for her children and grandchildren that she loves so very much. Because that's what a Grammy does.

Friday, March 19, 2010

Our Grammy Blair

Bertha Mae Blair
We love our Grammy and will miss her very much.
We are so happy to know that because of Jesus Christ, we will see her again.

Friday, March 12, 2010

You Say It's Your Birthday

To my Husband that I love SO much, and to their Daddy that they love SO much:
 HAPPY BIRTHDAY! You ARE so Wonderful!

Saturday, March 6, 2010


Little A knows how to say his name...

I have to say that after we'd named him, I began to wonder just how he would say his name. The other kids have had a hard time with the "R" sound, making it more of an "O" sound. Or the "SH" sounding like a plain "S" sound. So I wondered if his name would come out sounding more like a swear word...

Well, as you can see, we're safe so far.

Speaking of swear words...

I also have to say that I thought the words to the song I chose for Isaac's dance said, "Go out and smash it. Like all my cars..." I have since learned otherwise. So well, ummm... OOPS! My bad!

I will be the first to admit that I make mistakes. LOTS.OF.THEM. Every Day. Therefore I have taken his dance off the previous post until we can get a more edited version. PeACe.

{As of March 25, 2010...i've added the edited isaac video.}

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Those Dancing Blair Kids

"If you're five or eighty-two, this is something YOU can do!!" --Miley Cyrus (For all of you closet home dancers, here is the link to how we learned the dance. I'm sure Big A would be happy to give you all lessons as well! And here is proof that I can do the dance as well! One more thing...who recognizes that awesome gold shirt? Yeah, it was mine, back in my old clogging days.)
"And tonight's gonna be a good, good night."--Black Eyed Peas (He's at it again. He's added some new moves to some old moves. And he's even added a prop...the bathroom stool! Here is a fun link for inspiration. Gotta love, Jack Black.)
"Dreaming"--Amy Beach (This is a dance she made up all by herself. She's taken ballet since she was 6 years old, and now is becoming quite the choreographer. Her teacher is Tazia Murie of Adagio Dance Studio. Here is a link for more information on the composer. I think the music is beautiful. It reminds me of something from Jane Austen's Sense and Sensibility.) It has taken me the last few days to figure out how to get these videos on here. Sheesh! I wanted to make sure their Grammy had a chance to see them dance!