Friday, December 30, 2011

Christmas Review in pictures

I Couldn't get my pictures to turn...... Sorry! :(

This was my first Christmas as Mrs. Bott, and what a wonderful Christmas it was! We had so much fun, and did so many fun things!


"Dasher and Dancer"

We went to "This is the Place" State Park It is an old Pioneer town and it was so cold that day! We took some presents and handmade items down to Primary Children's Medical Center, and decided to hang around Salt Lake because we were going to hang out with all Tyler's family later. It was soooooo stinkin' cold! We half froze, and because most things started after dark we wandered around freezing, but still it was fun!

We later went to Chuck a Rama with the family! I am so lucky to have so many adorable nieces and nephews! It melts my heart to see them playing with their Uncle T. They love him so much,and he really loves them. They really share a special bond. It makes me really happy they warmed up so quickly to me too! I know some people's nieces and nephews never do, but these kids treat me like they have known me forever and that makes me so happy. We later went to Gardener Village, and looked around the shops, and went "Elf Hunting". I was dubbed the one with the "Elf Radar"!


We saw this cow, I'm not going to lie, it was probably my favorite thing there, I really want one! Isn't it cute?

 On the little train ride around the village. Ty and I were the only ones there haha! My honey's face says it all!
Who needs Santa when I have this cutie!?


Beautiful stained glass windows. I love in the spring morning when the light shines through and the sanctuary glows so beautifully. I get lost in that gaze. 

We went to candle light service and it was beautiful. It is my favorite part of Christmas. I love the music and the telling of Christ's birth! (it's nice too because my parents live right across from the church!


At my parents house we lit up our traditional luminaries!

Our 9 ft Christmas Tree! It's sad but the pictures do it no justice!
All the ornaments are reds, greens, browns, and golds.

Yay for presents! (Come on, who doesn't love presents?)


Our 71/2 foot tree in the kitchen. This is the Victorian tree I decorated when I lived in my apartment.

Our Living Room (We have really high ceilings)


Our first Christmas Feast! What a wonderful time!


Bring on 2012! Here's wishing you a year of nothing but wonderful things!

Thursday, December 8, 2011

A Merry Christmas!



Go to this link to see the movie my honey and I made for Christmas with the Grandfriends from Williamsburg. It has a great message, fun for kids, and you WILL laugh!

http://vimeo.com/33314072

Merry Christmas!!!

Monday, November 21, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving!

My Dear Friends, 

Today with a happy heart I, 


FOR......


I am so thankful to have so many wonderful friends! Although I have not met you, I have laughed, cried, and cheered you on. You are always in my thoughts and prayers! I am a "stalker" and lots of times don't have time to leave comments, although I should. I am so proud of you, and the heroes you are to me! Have a wonderful Thanksgiving! Never stop believing that you are amazing, because you are!

Love, 
Rachael


Friday, November 4, 2011

LOVE THIS!

We are United!

I know for a fact that there isn't a single diabetic that hasn't felt at some point stigmatized. Whether it be our own thoughts or the thoughts of others. I know this is VERY true for all those D Mamas out there that are constantly educating ignorance regarding the world of Type 1 Diabetics. But, as we have so well demonstrated, "WE CAN DO THIS"!

I also know that I am so proud to know so many people that have triumphed through this ignorance, knowing that although we are fighting for our lives in days both good, and bad, we are never less.

Earlier this year I had the opportunity to hear a speaker at our annual Utah Assisted Living Association Conference. Her name is Meg Johnson. She is an amazing lady who is a c7 quadriplegic with use only of her arms (not hands), neck and head. Her story is amazing. She reminded me so much of residents I have worked with in the past both young and old. Although her condition is so different from our own, the moral is the same. "Different, not less" and "It's all in our attitude".

We all have bad days. Bad days no person, mother, father, or loved one should ever face. We all face plant from time to time, and wish our lives we different, or as they were "before". We all dream for a cure, and I honestly believe we will one day find one, because we won't give up until we do.

Meg recently blogged the following story (link here)


"Anyway, with my blank mind, I was changing in the dressing room – the big one for wheelchairs so we can shift around and stuff. All the other dressing rooms are tiny. I wore boots and couldn’t zip them up so I moved out into the aisle to find someone passing by to zip them for me.
The next girl who came walking by was very willing and we got them all zipped up. She was about my age. She walked with a tall walking stick and I asked her about it and she looked down at me and said, “Oh, I’m a cripple.”
My blank face must have said what I was thinking and she elaborated for me. “You know,” she said, “a maim. Maimed. Crippled. Halted. Whatever you want to call it.”
She continued to tell me how difficult it is being her and having to keep up with doctors and medications. She kept telling me how difficult it was to be her. She said it over and over.
I asked her several questions about marriage, hobbies, activities and stuff and they all ended with the same negative answer: she can’t because she’s a “cripple.”
It was quite the weird exchange and I left feeling very sad for her. As I rolled through the hallways toward the exit, I wondered what I was supposed to learn from this.
I remembered a quote I’d heard on the plane ride home from FL this past Monday: I cried because I had no shoes until I met a man who had no feet.
I changed the quote to teach me what I needed to learn: I cried because I had no strength until I met a woman who had nothing to be strong for.
And the strength I came to find found me.
Good thing I’m not a cripple. I don’t think I could handle it."


This really made me think. This month as we are more aware and united than ever, the thing thing that stands out in my mind is that we are united, and together we are strong. Life is tough, and sometimes just sucks. We have lost loved ones along the way. We have gone into dark places, and rescued our fallen. We have laughed, cried, and embraced each other. WE WILL NEVER GIVE UP!


We are stronger than most because we have to be, and our attitude towards fighting D is our strength. I am so proud to hear stories everyday of people who live their lives with such vigor. People that show the world that we can do anything. This November I am THANKFUL, and grateful with all my heart, to know amazing Men, Women, and Kids who are my D Heroes! My prayers and Thoughts are always with you!!!!

Hold your head high and know that you are SUPER AWESOME!!!

Friday, October 21, 2011

My Husband, My Hero!

Caution: This is a sappy, hormonal induced story.......

This is my wonderful honey! I know you have heard me talk about him before, but I LOVE him so much.

 I know this sounds strange but one of the hardest part of D, is pretending that everything is okay. For me not just D but other health problems too. My family has always kept me strong, and helped me conquer everything I could. They have stood by me through thick and thin. But I always felt a little, well, broken. Living in Utah isn't easy when you are not a perfect size 0 Mommy of 3.6 kids that are involved in every activity out there. Also, again with the whole perfect thing, nobody admits when there is something wrong with them. Admitting  means you become a leper.  So, long story short, I was pretty much marked for reject island as a barren, diabetic fatty. Sounds mean, but its true. 

I felt proud of the work I had done, where my job was going, and be "Nanny". I pretty much just thought that was going to be my life, and I came to grips with the fact that I wan't going to get married. I was okay with that. I had dated, and was even engaged. It ALWAYS came up! It was ALWAYS an issue. I was ALWAYS treated like a fourth class citizen in the magical dating meat market.

When Tyler came into my life, and became my husband, I never realized how amazing it could be. I found someone who loved me for me. D checks in the middle of the night, no kids, insulin pump wearing, edema ridden legs, and a pudgy tummy. He actually LOVED it all because it was part of me. We have so much fun, and he puts up with my weird habits like having to have the sink clean before bed (yes, mom, I haven't really admitted it but you hooked me), not having my feet covered in bed, and my strange love for having a mini farm. 

He always tells me I am beautiful, even in the morning. He sings to me, and indulges my strange love for all things little, cute, or animal. Even though I knew him for almost 4 years before we got married, he is the prince charming I never thought I would ever have. When he confessed that he had always loved me, but was just scared of commitment, it made my heart happy. When he told me he thought I was beautiful the first time he ever saw me, I cried. When I first met him, chemo meds had taken all my hair. 

I thought my life would always be lacking something. Now I feel so proud, and so happy. He has shown me that I am already complete, and that I have always been. I just didn't know it. 

I love cute, pretty, and sparkles, but I know life isn't that all the time. I sometimes use it as a cover for the pain. I can say in all honesty, I am so blessed. I have wonderful family. Amazing parents and siblings, and a husband who saw me, for who I was, and loved me for me!

I love you Honey! :)








Poor thing was sick :(





 I LOVE YOU!

Pumpkin Walk

For the last 5 years, I have participated in the "Pumpkin Walk" This is our scene this year. 
My Grandfriends made the cute spiders!











There is more than on picture of some of the scenes because some where day an the others were night!

Happy Halloween!

Monday, October 17, 2011

Deads End Haunted Attraction

My family makes monsters! Yes, I am serious! Here is some of the creations. Most of these creatures are designed by my dad. He and my sister Kenzie love this! They are the brains behind the current Deads End Haunted Attraction.

 It's now in its 15th year! It started as paper skeletons and painted cardboard my dad and I put together as a community project, and it has now bloomed into this! I used to participate more in the creation and painting, but after a hand injury that effected my grip, its hard. Kenzie has recently completed a course in special effects, and someday would like to professionally create monsters for Hollywood. Its a big family affair. Everyone has their part.

If you want to see more, check out our website at: www.deadsendyardhaunt.com 

Happy Halloween!


My sister Tina
(find her on facebook and YouTube under "Tombstone Tina" 
for movie reviews and a video of the current haunt!



My sister Kenzie at Deads End Studios


Binx lending a hand! (He got his name from "Hocus Pocus")













All of our monsters are hand made! Lots of fun! You wouldn't believe some of the articles used to make creatures. Most of them can be found at Home Depot. Make one for your own front yard!