No, this post isn’t about Benjamin. OR Lauren. It’s about Lily.

She loves her nerds.


We were playing Settlers of Catan… And she fell asleep watching a show. Of course, it was 11:30 at night and she hadn’t had a nap and she’d finally fallen asleep… But still. Yes, she got into the Halloween candy.

Happy Halloween! I bet you money that Lily will outlast me tonight! And probably Kathryn and all of her friends she’s invited to go out trick or treating with her too!


Angels Among Us

You know, we’re promised that there are spirits to help us while we’re here on earth. Guide us. Keep us safe. Well… we just had the scariest experience tonight. We were all sitting down for dinner/pumpkin carving except Lily. She’s really been into wearing necklaces lately. Remember this post? Well, she still wears the necklaces that we made. However, she’s added keys to her necklace. Well, a couple of days ago, I caught her trying to insert a key into the electrical outlet. I immediately cautioned her to not do that. That it was very dangerous and it could hurt her really bad. Usually that’s about it when it comes to warning her and she stays away from it.

Um, not this time.

So we’re at the dinner table and out of the corner of my eye, I literally see this explosion. It’s over as quick as it began… and I look over not really knowing what happened. Lily looks mighty guilty. So I walk over there and this is what I see:


And then I realize… she’s put one of the keys into the socket!! Gah!

She looks at me will all innocence and says “I runned really fast!”

No she didn’t. She jumped… but no runned occurred.

Well, it took out the lighting in our family room and the den. So we waited to switch the breaker for fear that it might catch on fire. I mean it blackened the plate and cracked it and took a chunk out of it!

While we’re waiting, I made her come to the dinner table. And then I notice this:


Holy crap! Her little fingers are blackened too!

She’s mad at me for taking pictures, but I got after her. I told her since she was doing things she wasn’t supposed to do, then I was going to get pictures, dang it!


The more I think about it, the more scared I get. She was so lucky. However, I don’t believe that luck really had anything to do with it. She has to be one really special spirit intended for a special purpose. Because really, she could have been seriously hurt.

Settlers of Catan

I’m really hoping that I haven’t blogged about this. But with my memory and my laziness to NOT check if I have, then it will either be a new post or another post on this. *sigh*

So this past summer… I was introduced to Settlers of Catan. At first when it was brought out, all I could think was… oh man, this looks boooooooooooring.

Oh boy, was I wrong.

I. Loved. It.

I lost.

But just the first time.

After I played, we went home and I dreamed about it. I’m totally not joking. I was obsessed with it. So I did what any normal person would. I ordered it on amazon. Love that place. We’re like this:

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And, since I have prime membership, it came the next day!

So we played. Benjamin, Lauren, Kathryn, Lily and I. Except Lily sort of just takes the cards and the wooden cities and roads and plays with them on our table. And then we played again the next night. And the next. And the next. And I won all of them. After two weeks, my family didn’t want to play with me anymore. It was sad. Then, after two weeks, someone else won! And then they wanted to play again! So we did! Again. And again. And again! And it’s been great! After two weeks, Benjamin was done playing, but the girls and I love to play! Ah, how I love Settlers of Catan. <3


Dearest Beth

I’m going to tell you a story.

Once upon a time, you had a fabulous friend. We’ll call her… ummm, Victoria. You also have this other friend. We’ll call her… Sara. Well, Sara and Victoria were visiting one night after Sara’s daughter had piano lessons. You came up in the conversation after said lessons. In the midst of everything, Victoria mentioned that she’d love to throw you a surprise birthday party. I thought that was a fabulous idea. She asked me if I’d like to help her. I quickly agreed. I immediately got on the internet for ideas. (yes we already knew what we were going to do) (No, I’m not going to mention it on here) Anyway, we were so excited and were so sneaky. We’d planned on asking James for some names and were going to totally surprise you.

Until you ruined it.

Yes, you RUINED your own surprise birthday party. Want to know how? You told Victoria that you were going to throw yourself a birthday party. So we talked about it and decided that you needed to know that we were going to throw you a party. But, we weren’t going to tell you the theme.

So it’s still a surprise. You only know the day. And since you ruined it, I thought we’d get a list from you so we knew who you definitely wanted to come.

btw… thanks for the list.

I made some fun party things and I can’t even take pictures of them and post them because it would ruin the secret. That’s ok, I’ll post all of the things I made after your party.

I have another secret for you too… I made your invitations today. I’m quite proud of myself. They look great! But… I can’t post pictures of them or even talk about them because again, it would ruin the surprise.

Have I ever told you that the only secrets I can keep was when I was primary president and there were just things I couldn’t share?

But I was so good this time! Until you got a stubborn streak.

So I’ll keep going on with making stuff for the party. And keep it a secret. About the theme of course. And you’ll like it! And be surprised! (hopefully) The End.

With love,


Tutu… You tu?

So Kathryn wants to be a fairy for Halloween. So thinking we’d be thrifty, we went out and bought the items we’d need to make a tutu. Cause, dontcha know that fairy’s wear tutus? Well, they do in the Vermillion household. Anyway, I ended up making the tutu. It was ok, but one thing that I learned… It takes a TON of TULLE to make one. So they end up being a bit expensive… But that’s ok because it was cute. Like way cute. Wanna see? I thought so.


I know, it looks small, but I assure you, it’s not. Open-mouthed smile

Lily has one tu. But hers isn’t done.

6 years… already?

Happy birthday Amy Lynne. Really? You’d be 6 years old already? Time doesn’t make the hurt go away, but it sure does dull the senses. I’ve tried all sorts of things through the years. I’ve gone and just bawled all day long, I’ve visited your grave, I’ve tried distraction. Distraction works the best. For the most part. Yesterday, we went to church. We didn’t make sacrament… I couldn’t sleep the night before. We came home and took a nap. I went visiting teaching. Then I came home and realized that I hadn’t eaten anything at all and I so didn’t want to make dinner. Sally sent us home some fabulous breadsticks and pasta. Can we say thank you???? You’d have loved Sally. She is so awesome. I didn’t visit your grave this year. It’s so hard to visit your grave. Knowing that your body is so close but I cannot touch you or hold you. I think this is the first year I didn’t cry. I’m still pretty bitter that you’re not here. No matching Easter dresses, or Christmas dresses with your younger sister. I ask Lily who her sisters are. She names off Lauren and Kathryn and then when I say who else? She says Amy Lynne! She thinks she’s the big sister since all the pictures we have of you are as a baby. Oh, I know one day she’ll understand. She wants to be a big sister so bad! I love you and miss you so much. I wonder what you’d look like now as a 6 year old. Maybe Lily wouldn’t be so homesick for Kjelly if you were here. Or maybe you’d both be homesick for Kjelly and it wouldn’t matter.

No matter what you look like now. You’ll always be my gorilla nose girl with the double ear lobe.


I love you tons and can’t wait to see you again!


As I mentioned in the previous post, Kathryn is the secretary for the ASB. Today, they had a pep rally. They had teachers bowling where they literally put teachers on a little board with wheels on it… I so can’t think of the name of it. Dang my memory. Anyway, then they were pushed by another adult and some students and they went flying into the pins. They played the minute to win it oreo where they had to put it on your forehead and with your facial muscles slowly work it down to your mouth and eat it. The science teacher won. He laid down on the floor of the gymnasium.

There was this hawk (their mascot) and the poor girl inside the hawk is probably 90 pounds dripping wet (one of Kathryn’s best friends) and had her issues just walking in the suit. They played name the artist and the 6th, 7th, and 8th graders all played against each other. The 7th graders came from behind and won that round.

Benjamin, Lauren and I ended up going. Lily was at the Arnesen’s house.

It has been a long week. In fact, the week from hell. I don’t remember a week being this bad in a long time.

It’s Amy Lynne’s birthday on Sunday. She would have been 6. Depending on the weather, I might go out and visit her grave.