Dictionary.com defines family like this:
1. a basic social unit consisting of parents and their children, considered as a group, whether dwelling together or not: the traditional family.
2. all those persons considered as descendants of a common progenitor.
3. a group of persons who form a household under one head, including parents, children, and servants.
4. Slang . a unit of the Mafia or Cosa Nostra operating in one area under a local leader.
3. Linguistics . the largest category into which languages related by common origin can be classified with certainty: Indo-European, Sino-Tibetan, and Austronesian are the most widely spoken families of languages (I HAD to throw this one in because I am studying Linguistics right now... call me a nerd if you wish).
5. not containing obscene language: a family newspaper

I thought I would write some of my own definitions.  :)
1. A family is a group of people who can laugh at one another and can be laughed at without consequences.
2. A family is any individual or group who you lean on, and who lean on you.
3. A family is usually noisy.
4. A family is filled with people who accept you for who you really are.
5. A family encourages you and expects you to succeed.
6. A family is eternal.

Home really is the best place to be.  :)  Even though my parent's new house is not quite finished (though it is painted on the inside now), it is still considered "home" because it's where they are.  :) 
I am kind of sad that Mom and Dad Leavitt's house is sold, but only because that is where most of my memories with them have happened.  I know there will be lots more.... and hopefully a lot of them will be during the awesome Cardston renovation project.  :) 
I am not going to lie...  I have not truly enjoyed our current apartment all that much.  That does not mean that I have not appreciated it or been extremely grateful for it...  I am just excited that we can now provide Lily with a home that has room for her to grow.  But, no matter where we live, I love being with Taylor and the girls.  We have moved a lot so far in the 6 years we have been married.... but each place has taught us something and has been a good experience because we experienced it together. 
So, as my Grandpa Myers would say, "There you go".... 

Here are a couple pictures of the girls in the awesome swim caps I bought them... (they like to just wear them around).  teehee  In case you can't tell, Lexi's is a shark and Lily's is a Clown fish.

 Here is a preview of Lily's picture day outfit.  Isn't she sooo beautiful?
 Here is is a picture of something that makes me so happy!!  (I have been searching for them in Canada ever since we left the States...  and today that search ended in success!!)
 And here is the joy that huge bag of suckers brings....

 And that's all I wanted to say.  :) ... ... ... Actually there is one more thing... Just something I want to remember.  Last sunday, between sessions we made banana chocolate chip bread.  Lily helped of course and when it was time to pour the chocolate chips in, she did that part.  She decided the first bunch wasn't enough so she threw in a bit more.  Then she looked at me with her goofy grin and said "Don't mind if I do" and proceeded to pop a handful of chocolate chips into her mouth.  Yup, that's my girl.  
OH... AND... :)  I have been watching episodes of one of my favorite shows lately...
Anyways, I guess Lexi picks up more than I realize because she started singing Smelly Cat.
Here is her version:
" 'Melly cat, 'melly cat
  Why you R E S
'Melly cat, 'melly cat
Is not fall DOWN"
She sings the last word so loud with her mouth so wide.  It is sooo cute.  But maybe I won't be allowed to snuggle Lexi and watch my favorite show from now on.  :)


  1. are you guys moving? mmmmm chocolate chip banana bread now i'm hungry.

  2. I so enjoy your blog Nan....there is magic in these blogs, aren't there? Thanks for sharing the magic!