Tuesday, December 31, 2013

An Interview with me, myself and I

1. What did you do in 2013 that you’d never done before?  a 65 miler bike ride.  My butt hurt so bad, but I did it.  Going to do a 100 miler this next April

2. Did you keep your new year’s resolutions, and will you make more for next year?  Yes... for a few months anyway.  I lost weight and ate only healthy foods for 3 months...then went to China and came home to a sick momma and have eaten everything in sight since. I lost 25 pounds then gained it all back. I am a stress eater. 

3. Did anyone close to you give birth? So many exciting babies being born for the Bentley Girls- Natalie and Shana, and Jordan and Laurie Call.   Can't wait for our own Grand baby  in January  

4. Did anyone close to you die? My amazing momma.....she has left a giant void 

5. What countries did you visit? China with Wayne and Bob to see my sweet friend Kathleen Newman and family.

6. What would you like to have in 2014 that you lacked in 2013? Courage. 

7. What dates from 2013 will remain etched upon your memory, and why? May 21...the day my momma died 

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year? Don't feel like I achieved much at all...just making it to the end feels pretty good.

9. What was your biggest failure?  Not counting my blessings more

10. Did you suffer illness or injury? No... I fell off my bike a lot, but my sweet Wanee fell down her stairs and has had a slow recovery and my dad had a heart attack and fell and broke his nose and eye socket. It's been really tough

11. What was the best thing you bought? A walk in closet.  It's great to have doubled my space.   

12. Whose behavior merited celebration? Elder Monson Welch.  He is an obedient  and faithful missionary to the end   

13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?  Congress and President Obama who shut the government down because they are all so stubborn and can't figure out how to get things done.

14. Where did most of your money go?  house, cars, kids, travel

15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?  30th Anniversary...Wayne gave me a beautiful diamond ring.

16. What song will always remind you of 2013?   Christmas songs....Joy to the World. We sang them at the funeral. 

17. Compared to this time last year, are you:
a) happier or sadder?  sadder
b) thinner or fatter?  as fat
c) richer or poorer?  as rich

18. What do you wish you’d done more of?  listening

19. What do you wish you’d done less of? Arguing with an 11 year old

20. How did you spend Christmas?  The Grinch stole our Christmas....Talking to my missionary.  

21. Did you fall in love in 2013?  Yes. We got 3 new family members...Alex Buzelli and his children Sophia and Andrew.  All are easy to love and make our Landon very happy

22. What was your favorite TV program? Sherlock, Call the Midwife, Downton Abbey

23. Do you hate (dislike) anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year?  Can't think of any.... I guess that's good. What I hate is cancer! 

24. What was the best book you read?  The Rent Collector

25. What was your greatest musical discovery?  New musicals-- Matilda and Kinky Boots.  Laura gave me a Ukulele....I'm learning to play a few songs on it

26. What did you want and get?  New couches in the family room.  A re-decorated Living room with a wonderful fireplace

27. What did you want and not get?  the whole front of my house remodeled... into one giant room

28. What was your favorite film of this year?  Saving Mr. Banks

29. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you? I did not spend it at Bear Lake, which was weird.  I had a ladies sleepover at Si's cabin with a bunch of friends and ate Rhubarb Pie at midnight! I turned 51 

30. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?   To have a million dollars.  

31. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2013?  Grateful for so many sizes in my closet so I can have stuff to wear as my weight goes back up

32. What kept you sane? Exercising with Si....funny cards from Laura

33. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?   Love all of the people on The Chew-- 

34. What political issue stirred you the most?  Gay Marriage

35. Who did you miss? My momma...so much I can hardly bear it.

36. Who was the best new person you met?  Alex Buzelli. He is kind and even tempered and a great father. 

37. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2013.   LIfe is hard...and good...and  I am so happy to have my testimony of Jesus Christ to get me through the dark times.

38. What are you looking forward to in 2014? A new baby in the family, being in Sound of Music, doing something in mom's honor for a scholarship at BHS

39.  What else?  Traveling  to New York !!!!

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

The Grinch Stole our Christmas

We were GRINCHED!!!!
Christmas morning, after bursting through the wrapped living room entrance, Laila and Tru found only this......

They were clearly not expecting an empty living room with no tree, decorations, stockings or presents in sight....and a tipped over couch. We had been robbed!

On the wall above the fireplace was a note  and 16 bags were on the coffee table.

The note read......

(Does Tru look like a who down in whoville?)
After being dumbfounded and checking to see if presents were in the family room instead....Laila finally smiled.
Tru and Laila quickly got dressed and drove into Salt Lake.  

Tru was hoping to find some people out and about in Pioneer park...but they were not.  Many were lined up outside the Homeless shelter and he said their 16 bags just weren't going to cut it. So they walked down the street a bit and were able to hand out the bags one by one.  Some were gruff, some were grateful. One guy came back twice, teary and thankful.  Laila said he made it all worth it

When Tru and Laila returned, Laila  ran into the living room and it was all put  right.  Tree back up, stockings filled, decorations in place and presents!

The Grinch had restored Christmas!!!!

Tru said, "Obviously the Grinch is a woman because no man would go to all of this trouble."

Thankful, loving hearts grew three sizes this day.

Away in a Manger

I found my Christmas wish last night. We were singing in our annual Christmas Eve Cole family choir, when this song and verse came up.   It hit me so strongly, more than it ever has before. I got chills and tears. This is the 3rd verse to Away in a Manger........

Be near me, Lord Jesus; I ask thee to stay

Close by me forever, and love me, I pray.

Bless all the dear children in thy tender care,
And fit us for heaven to live with thee there.

Sunday, December 22, 2013

What does it feel like?

What does it feel like when your son tells you he's gay?

Your heart starts racing and you can't catch your breath

Tears spring to your eyes...and you can't stop them

All current hopes and dreams disappear in the blink of an eye

Everything runs in slow motion

You want him to take the words and stuff them back in his mouth so the future doesn't have to be altered...but the words hang in the air....so you embrace them and him.

Everything is different and everything is the same


You love and accept and cry a bit and love and fight for and learn about and love and breathe and hold on tight........ and New hopes and dreams are made....and you find peace.

The Future is a fickle thing.  Plans change. Life happens. People leave you.  The family expands and grows and  looks different than you ever thought it would.


Here's what I know for sure,  God loves us all.  He knows what we are going through.  God's love is eternal and so are the truths found in His gospel.  Our job is to love and find joy!

1 Nephi 11:17
..."I know that he loveth his children, nevertheless, I do not know the meaning of all things."

Friday, December 20, 2013

Christmasy thoughts

I was going through my Christmas books today and found the recording book of Twas the Night Before Christmas.  It has Mom and Dad's voices on it reading the story.  Of course, it made me cry, but it was so good to hear my mom's animated beautiful voice.  Such a treasure.  I'm so glad I had them do this for Laila so many years ago.

Wrapped packages yesterday and thought of mom again.  She is everywhere during this holiday.   Mom was the perfect gift wrapper.  Square corners, pretty paper with folded creases and always bows on every present.  My presents aren't as nice.

Christmas music is more meaningful this year as well.... We've been hauling out the Holly with the Ray Coniff singers and belting the Hallelujah with the Tab choir.   And...every time I sing I can hear my mom's low alto harmony.

Laila had her first piano recital.  She played 3 songs, one was a duet of Carol of the Bells with her friend, Olivia Campbell.  Laila doesn't like piano and most of our mom and daughter disagreements happen  over practicing the piano.   Well...she was blessed at the recital.  The Christmas angel came down and touched her fingers and she played all 3 songs better than she ever has sitting in our living room.  We were all impressed.  Grandpa Lyle, Grandma Welch, Holly, Wayne and I were in attendance.

Laila and duet partner Olivia Campbell
Laila has her 6th grade dance today.  This is the dance with dance cards and waltzing.  She got up early to shower and get in her dress because she made a hair appt. with Emilee Dahl so she could have special hair today.   Laila got a side braid into  a curly side sweep with added hair extensions.  Looks more like wedding hair than a 6th grade dance.  Laila also wore my long drop rhinestone earrings for some glamour.

Ugly Sweater day at school....Laila word Grandma Butters old poinsettia sweater and earrings circa 1950...
We have Holly's friend to friend Christmas program today.  It's an absolute act of love that Shelly Davies does with a bunch of Special needs kids.  It's all volunteer at Center Point Theatre.  Holly is in heaven singing and dancing through the Christmas songs.  It's a true angel-fest....talk about feeling the Christmas spirit....just love it and look forward to it every year.

Monday, December 16, 2013

The Mom-ster returned.

I thought my screaming days were over.  I don't have 4 little boys running around, breaking things, teasing and crying anymore.  I have learned about DHEA and the positive effects it has on my psyche. You would think I could keep it together with one 11 year old girl....but alas....Tuesday was a fall apart morning.  I didn't want it to be ... I didn't know I was having  PMS episode.... I had forgotten to take my morning pills for about a week....and, well, let's just say when Laila fought me about practicing the piano for the 4th time, I just blew up.  I let her have it.  I made sure she knew I was boss and I made sure I said it in a very, VERY loud monster voice showing my monster face along with it.

 At the end... I did end up crying and running to my room...and eventually I begged my sweet, crying child's forgiveness...but I'm just so sad this PMS mom-ster reared it's ugly head......again.

And I'm sad thinking about the mother I was to my little boys every 28 days.......my terrified little boys. Hopefully the scars aren't too deep and my sons know how much I truly love and treasure each one of them....and that I love being their mother.

Anyway... I guess I'm writing about this in an effort to clear the air....to acknowledge what happened and hopefully never allow it to happen again.
I want a peaceful home.
I want to be remembered as the mother who spoke in nice, happy tones, with a big belly laugh.
I want to never see the scared-of-mother look on my daughter's face again.

Stay away Mom-ster!

Sunday, December 15, 2013

CAA Christmas Dance

Grandpa Lyle and Laila
Laila had her Creative arts dance show on Saturday.  She was gorgeous and danced beautifully.

 The show was a fund raiser for Cami Carver who needs money to pay for a bone marrow transplant and it was also dedicated to the memory of my momma.  

There was a lovely display in the foyer and a nice dedication in the program to mom.  It read:
Sheri Cole was a bright light.    She could do so much and offered so much to each of us.   She loved Dance, Theatre, Music and Art and shared her love by inspiring and supporting others. 
She was a ballet  Dancer at the U of U… and BYU.  She taught dance classes in her own home and had The Sheri Cole Dancers who did floor shows across the Wasatch front.  She began the Bountiful Community Theatre in 1974  which has morphed into Center Pointe Theatre today. She sang in the Cole Collection for 16 years.  She starred on stage and off as director and Choreographer.  Sheri taught theatre/choir at Davis High and Bountiful High.  She was everyone's champion…and she knew you could do it.  Sheri loved the creative thought and goal of Jana Monson and the Creative Arts Academy and was pleased to be a little part of it.  She cut the ribbon of  the new facility and really knew that only good things were coming!  Sheri passed away May 21, 2013.   There is a Sheri Cole Scholarship for Music/ Dance /Theatre Students at Bountiful High in her honor. 

They also put a slide presentation tying mom and Cami together in their fight against cancer and positive attitudes.  It was really sweet. 

Friday, December 13, 2013

It's been 3 years!!

Three years ago today we added a wonderful daughter to our family of mostly boys. Laila was in heaven...still is. We are so glad that Addison married "bus stop girl."    

Bre and Addison have had an adventurous time together....with many more years and adventures to come.   One of their biggest will be baby Welch arriving in 5 weeks!  
Happy Anniversary!  

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Welch family Nativity party

We had our annual party at Terry and Cyrrena's home.  They are always so gracious to let us all be there. We thought the snow might make it a difficult climb to their mountain home but it all worked out.
The cousins always love getting together that's for sure..

We gathered at 5 for appetizers, soups and hot rolls then we all settled in to watch and listen to the First Presidency's Christmas devotional 

We have never tried this before and it was a bit long for the little ones to stay calm but we were all grateful for closed captioning.  We could read even if we couldn't hear it.
Then came  the part we all look forward to........the Welch nativity.  We had a real baby Jesus this year thanks to Nicole and Darin's new baby Dax. We also had 2 Marys, 1 Joseph, 1 Joseph Smith, a star/stable , 2 Wisemen, a camel, a Shepherd, 3 Angels and Jonah and the Whale .....

Thursday, December 5, 2013

5 Carols for Christmas

So excited to be doing 5 Carols at Christmas time again, and I'm glad to be doing it with the same great ladies: Mauri Tarbox,  Jan Smith, Lindsea Garside and Julie Blatter. It really is a joy to sing 5 part harmony on so many lovely Cgristmas songs. Plus the laughs we have together are epic. These are my theatre people. They "get" me.

Putting on Miss Q again is so lovely. I'm singing low alto and being a brunette.  

I've been thinking about my mom, as usual. She was my biggest fan and always made me feel like the prettiest, most talented one on stage. This is my first show without her.  I've cried about that.....ok...what haven't I cried about? She loved this show though so I know she will be there in spirit. 

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Thoughts about Thanksgiving....

I loved all of the pie parties..... Pie equals Love to me....so I was filled with love and pie all night.  Si and Marcie are both amazing cooks and their homes were filled with laughter and treats!  I love Si's Apple Cranberry pie so much.  It's a lot like rhubarb, kind of tart and the color is perfectly pink.   Marcie does a bread pudding that's to die for....infact Bob Farley says it tastes like what the highest degree of glory in the celestial kingdom would taste like, if it had a taste.  Leave it to Bob to think of something like that.

There were so many pie parties across the country that my mom started..... she was the pioneer in the 70's and I know of 6 that happened last night in honor of her.

Confession:  I cried making the pie crusts for the banana cream pies.  Mom always made my crusts and I only had to fill them. I cried thinking about it for days ahead and cried while doing it....   that's kind of what I do now, I cry before the holiday, missing my mom so much,  and then on the day of I'm fine.

Now that another awesome Thanksgiving has come to an end.....I want to discuss something.
It seems that EVERYONE's favorite holiday is Thanksgiving...which is really awesome, but a little bit sad to me.
I get that Thanksgiving is all about family and being thankful and food and just hanging out and being together and I love all of this.
The part I really don't like about this weekend is "Black Friday."  I want the Friday after Thanksgiving to be "Family Friday" instead.   I think it's a tragedy that stores are now open ON Thanksgiving so we all can get a jump on the big sales.....for the next holiday, which isn't everyone's favorite holiday anymore.  So I'm not participating with the shopping crazed millions.  I will be home listening to Christmas music, decorating and being with my fam.  I'm trying to get the "Things and Stuff" part out of Christmas anyway.

Why isn't Christmas THE favorite holiday of all holidays?  What happened?  Did Satan win? Shouldn't Christmas be all about family and being thankful and good food....and Christ?  The only thing added to Christmas that Thanksgiving is missing is the Christ element.

Anyway...I've been thinking a lot about this lately.
Don't get me wrong, I love Thanksgiving, but I want to love Christmas even more.....

Top ten turkey day

1,  Laughing with family
2.  Watching Macy's parade and the Broadway shows 
3.  Popcorn and drink at movie
4.  Going to a movie together.. Frozen...so cute.
5.  Playing puzzles in honor of Momma Sheri 

6. Turkey and so much more.  So many cooks in the kitchen and it was all good
7. Filling in the thankful journal each year 
8.  Going around table and saying what we are grateful for
9. After turkey naps
10. Looking forward to the "afterglow" on Friday where we do it all over again.

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Family Shower for Bre and Baby

 We celebrated Bre and Baby Welch while Bre was here for one quick weekend for her best friend's wedding.  It was so great to be together and see her growing baby belly...and have a little "feel."  It was Tru's first time touching a pregnant belly and he was pretty squeamish.  It was funny.  We face timed Addison in and just enjoyed food, family and friends.   Bre was spoiled and was so appreciative and a bit overwhelmed by everyone's generosity.  The next time we see her and Addison they will be parents.  I can't believe my baby boy Addison is going to have his own baby boy.  
Landon, Laura, Alex
Sister Love.... Bre and Laila
Savannah, Grandma Welch... 
Bre and Tru
Bre and Grandpa Lyle....  Dad loves how Bre says his name...so she does it a lot
Oh Boy....Oh Boy.....
Checking out the baby bump

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Laila's Alphabet thank you

I didn't know Laila was making up an Alphabet grateful list of her own...but I found it in her school books and wanted to share.

I am thankful for.......
Art that has been made by my mother
Books that transport me into extravagant places
Caramel apples that can extinguish the lack of tastiness
Dynamic Dads watching over us with bundles of love
Extremely magnificent parents
Friends and family that are always there for me
Grandparents that give everybody unconditional love
Holidays filling our hearts with excitement
Ice cream cooling us off on a hot summer day
Jolly ranchers with sweet aroma while the sugar is slowly melting in your mouth
Kids running with energy
Laughter filling my ears with joy
Mother comforting me with times get tough
Nutella spread all over my bread
Open arms welcoming me home
Pointe shoes making you dance around the room with pride
Roller coasters
Telephones that allow me to keep in contact with my friends
Upcoming baby
Valley View or Vacations
X-tremely awesome parents
Yellow because it's my mom's favorite color
Zzzzzz softly humming in your sleep

I think she's trying to soften me up for Christmas gifts.  

Monday, November 25, 2013

Sheri Thanksgiving 2011/2012

I have a Thankful journal that I get out every Thanksgiving and pass around for anyone who wants to write in it what they are grateful for.  It's a treasure.  I came across my mom's from past years and want to share.  It's in her difficult to read, pointy handwriting that she disliked so much.  It was painful for her to write this in the middle of her chemo treatments.

There is not enough paper nor time to write all I am thankful for.  So I will be selective and brief:
1. Priesthood blessings that brings comfort and hope
2. Family--and all it brings--
3. My testimony of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
4. My knowledge that Heavenly Father knows me by name and loves me
5. This beautiful world we have been given to live in
6.  I'm grateful my sweet Lyle is here to comfort me through this "bump" in the road
7. I'm grateful I can still see as good as I can
8. I'm grateful for America and that I live here.
These are just a few.

I am grateful to be on this side of the veil.
I am grateful my family loves each other enough to play, worship and vacation together.
I am grateful for the people who pioneered chemo.
I love Heavenly Father and Jesus and I am grateful they watch over me and give me hugs.
I am grateful my sweetheart is still with me.
I am grateful for the gospel in my life.
I am Thankful!

Friday, November 22, 2013

Friday Family Flashback

Oct 13, 1996
The Welches were driving back from their cabin and passed a herd of cows.  Most of the cows were lying down, but there were two standing facing the others.  Truman said, "Hmmmm... looks like those cows are having a meeting."  

Addison was having a conversation with his Welch cousins about going bald.  They said that they didn't have to worry about it because hair came through the mother's line and Grandpa Welch had a full head of hair.  Addison turned to his mom and asked who he would get his hair from.  When he was told Grandpa Lyle, Addison groaned and said, "Oh no...he is mostly bald already."  

Melinda said that she was watching Monson while driving in the car.  He was glancing in the side mirror  very preoccupied with something.  He was smiling and moving his face like he was posing.  She asked him what he was doing.  He told her... "I'm just thinking how cool I am.   I was born cool."  No self esteem problems there.
Christmas 1996

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Old songs

I love old songs.

I love to sing You are my Sunshine.   It's fun to clap and sing parts with.  It's such a happy song and always reminds me of my Addison....shine.

I have been learning Tonight You Belong to Me  to sing with Truman and anyone else who will sing it with me.  It's awesome to harmonize.

When I was little sitting in the back of the station wagon,  I loved when  my mom and dad would sing old songs all of the way home. I felt safe and comforted by the sound of their voices. All was right with my world.  They would croon  Carolina Moon, Blue Moon, A You're adorable, Let me call you Sweetheart, Show me the way to go home, God gave the Wisemen their wisdom.... (I really don't know the title to this, but I loved how they would sing it.)

We don't travel and sing so much anymore...too much technology keeping everyone happy. It's a shame really.

This little song clip is from last October.... It's a gem.   I love how dad starts to cry...and Mom tells him to stop.... so good to hear them singing together.  She had such a mellow alto voice.  Love it.  Miss it.

Monday, November 18, 2013

Alphabetical thankyou

I'm thankful for All my sons.  They are good, loving, handsome men.
I'm thankful for Big hearts that show and give love...and are inclusive.
I'm thankful for Cute Laila.  She is growing up. She has a darling giggle.  She is a fabulous writer.
I'm thankful for Delicious food...especially the sugar and butter kind.
I'm thankful for Feelings.  I've cried a lot lately...but it makes the happy times so much better too.
I'm thankful for God.  I know he lives and loves me
I'm thankful for Holidays that allow us all to get out of the routine and to gather with family and friends.
I'm thankful for Ideas that grow as I paint, if I just get out of my own way good things start to happen.
I'm thankful for Jobs. It's good to have something to get out of bed and do. 
I'm thankful for Kindnesses shown these past months while I am grieving the loss of my sweet momma.
I'm thankful for Ladies who lunch with me.... it keeps me sane 
I'm thankful for My Wayne.  He is my joy, my rock, my sweetheart...I can't believe how lucky I am.
I'm thankful for New stuff in my house....paint, couches, closet, windows, tv....it's nice
I'm thankful for Ordinary people...who go around doing daily things.....
I'm thankful for Pie!
I'm thankful for Questions  
I'm thankful for Righteous parents.  So glad Dad is still with us...and Wanee is just the best!
I'm thankful for Sweet Bre.  She is going to make a marvelous mom.  She is perfect for Addison
I'm thankful for Theatre. Can't wait for "5 Carols for Christmas" to open this December.
I'm thankful for U (you)
I'm thankful for Various technologies that I use every day...phone, computer, ipad
I'm thankful for Wonderful extended family.  I'm glad we get to go through this life together.
I'm thankful for X-citing new year plans. Monson coming home from mission and a new grandbaby
I'm thankful for Yelocar.  I love driving around in comfort and singing my guts out to xm radio
I'm thankful for Zzzzzz's.  I love my sleep

Friday, November 15, 2013

Friday Family Flashback

Sept 9, 1996
Landon is playing soccer.  Every time he gets hit he looks over to his parents like..."They hit me. What are you going to do about it?"  But he is the team cheer leader while playing, of course.  He gets every one excited and ready to play.  Truman also plays soccer and is probably the best player of the bunch.  He thinks that the soccer ball is his and he is out to protect it at all cost.

 Then there is Monson.  His new thing is....if he is playing on the computer and things aren't going his way he yells, "There is trouble in this room...There's trouble in this room!"  If he is in the bath room and needs help he yells, "There is trouble in this room."  If he finds himself in any kind of stress he yells the same thing.
Monson has the greatest freckles on his face.  They look like they were put on special by a Hollywood make up artist.  His mother kept telling him that they weren't freckles but Angel kisses.  He kept saying, " yuck."  Well yesterday she told him that he had the  neatest freckles and he looked at her and very disgusted said, "Mom an Angel kissed me...don't you remember?"

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Latest painting

I'm going to clear my make shift paint studio out of my basement and use mom's beautifully well lit studio instead. Dad invited me to. It will be good. I will channel all of her creative energy and hopefully make some great stuff. 

This is my latest. Laila loves it and wants it in her room. It's called "rolling Waves".  It's a big 48x 36 canvas 

Friday, November 8, 2013

Family Flashback

Aug. 5, 1996
Marcie and Melinda were trying to teach the kids how to do a "real" dive off of the board. All of the kids were doing quite well.   Landon was having a hard time getting the courage to go off of the board in a regular diving position.  Finally Melinda told him that if he would dive she would give him five dollars.  Well he was off the board in nothing flat.  Next came Megan.  She stood on the end of the board for at least five full minutes, in diving position and not moving.  Nothing any one would say would get her off of the board.  Finally Landon succeeded in getting her off by yelling, "Megan, go off! Think of the money.  Think of the money."

Monson made a great observation as he was watching all of the swimmers.  He said, "Mom, I get it.  Boys have chests and girls have swimming suits."
Monson always wears his underpants backwards.  "So I can see the pictures."
He has a very picturesque scene of Batman and Power Rangers etc... He won't let you change them around.  It's that way or naked.

Saturday was Landon's baptism day.  We were sitting in the chapel and the kids and their dads all walked in in their white baptism clothes  Monson looked at them and said, "Hey, there's the Holy Ghost!"

Thursday, November 7, 2013

The party's over....

Our long looked forward to, Florida time has come to an end. We loved being with Add and Bre so much.  Micky and Alex Larsen joined us as well.
Wayne had a good time "spoiling" the kids with things and stuff, food and dinners. 
We went through the animal kingdom and saw the Nemo show and did the Everest roller coaster. We got to hang out in Hollywood and experience the 50's Prime Time cafe with pot roast, shakes and s'mores. The magic kingdom was magical. We got to eat at the new Beauty and Beast restaurant with the Beast. It's booked 6 years out but Bre worked her magic. 
 It was fun to see Addison's work and experience the shows and parades so we get a better understanding of what he does.  He really likes it.  He is in parades as all of the tall characters.  This week Woody
And Goofy
  He does amazing puppetry at Disney jr and as Sebastian in the Mermaid show. He runs around as Beast in the stage show.  

He and Bre continue to try out for other opportunities in the park. 
This is the MI SI CI parade.... Move it. Shake it. Celebrate it.  He practiced this parade over and over in a parking lot at 4 in the morning.  Good thing he likes to dance. 

Bre loved life as Ariel but is so happy to be pregnant. We got to feel baby Welch kick and move. It's very exciting. She is going to be a darling mama 

We got to see the  beginning of Christmas in the park.  So pretty. I only cried a little thinking of my sweet momma and how she soooo wanted to be here. She would be pleased at what Add and Bre are doing-- having an adventure