Day 1: The Whole Famn Damily


31 days… The beginning.


I still feel a little worried that this will be boring, but hopefully I can try to keep it a little interesting.  Today I wanted to tell you a little bit about my family (and I mean the family I grew up in, not my own family). Okay so where I came from….



Here are my parents on their wedding day.  My mom made her own dress- she is an amazing and fearless seamstress.  It is fun to see this picture because I have my grandmother’s blue dress (she made for the wedding) and I wore it to a dance when I was dating my husband.  I like that memory!




I have three sisters and three brothers (in that order) and I am number 7 of 7.  Yes that makes me the baby, to some that means I am spoiled, and I won’t deny that I was kinda spoiled.  But I don’t think I was a snotty child.




And in the youngest child’s defense, I never got away with anything.  My parents knew all the tricks by the time I was born, and they didn’t let me get out of discipline.  Also, I have 8 “parents” telling me what to do, how to do it and what I am doing wrong ALL. THE. TIME.  Technically, only 2 that have the right to tell me what to do and 6 that think they do.  I had hoped when I turned 30 that magically I could actually be considered an adult, but I am 31… so yeah, I guess it never stops.  But really, I LOVE my family.  I know that I am lucky to have 6 extra people who have my back.



I grew up in Northern California.  My parents bought a cheap acreage on the fringes of town and built the house all by themselves (I guess I get my “can do/ DIY” attitude from my parents).  I can honestly say that I grew up in heaven.  We lived at the top of a hill with 2 creeks on either side that met in the back.  We walked to school everyday – literally over the river and through the woods.

I pretty much lived outdoors for the first 11 years of my life.  I pretended I was either I pioneer or a native American.  I honestly believed I had been born in the wrong century, I felt like I should have grown up with Laura Ingles Wilder and that my name should have been Alice (after my grandmother).  Instead, I ran around after my older brother Josh and drove him nuts.  Ah… good times.




My dad was a news anchorman, for most of my sibling’s life.  But by the time I was born, he had changed his career and was an artist.  A really cool artist, a chainsaw wood sculptor.  I am proud of that.  My childhood was that much more exciting, and I’ve never been scared of chainsaw murderers at haunted houses.


Just a  few carvings:

Dads carvings copy

The carving I remember wanting and was so sad when he sold it was this Carousel rocking horse.

carosel rocker horse


My mother stayed home with us, so I feel really lucky about that.  She taught us all how to sew, cook and sing.  She is a very lively singer in Sweet Adalines, and LOVES to perform.



My siblings are all very creative, fashion design, poetry, 2 chefs, a world traveler, a clock designer, and a sculptor.  When I was 11 we moved to Utah to be closer to our grandparents so that we could help them out.  I will tell you a little more about my teenage years tomorrow… but for today let me wrap up with our current family picture, 7 kids multiply fast!  There are an additional 6 in-laws(one is missing in the picture), a foster brother and almost 25 grandchildren.


Final picture copy

Funny picture

  Okay see ya tomorrow for some more of the 31 days!

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  1. Don’t worry about possessives and using your apostrophes correctly, just write from your heart like you did today. That will magnify your “lovely, original, expressive voice” quite well enough.

  2. I can definitely see Lydia in your baby pic.
    Your dad was a handsome man and the pic of “the girls” is really a great photo. They are all very pretty.

    1. Yay! Ya know I always hear that my girls look like their daddy, so i love it when I get to hear that there is some part of me in them. Thanks about my dad I think he is handsome too!