Sunday, June 18, 2017

It's Summer Time!

This summer has already been so much fun. It is by far my favorite time of the year. Our big first adventure was chaperoning a Youth Temple Trip to the Valley. We woke up bright and early, loaded up at the church, and we arrived at the Phoenix Temple around 11:00 am to do baptisms for the dead. Afterward, we ate lunch in the parking lot and then headed over to the Gilbert Temple to do some more baptisms. We spent some time around the Temple grounds and then went over to Bass ProShop to look around. A family that used to live in Holbrook has a house in Lehi and offered up their house to crash at. They made us an amazing BBQ for dinner and it had probably the best hamburgers I've ever had, brauts, corn, and all the fixins and then we went scorpion hunting. The kids found like 1t scorpions around his place- they were so gross! The next day we hit the Mesa Temple at around 7:00 am. 

We've enjoyed so much all the perks of a small town so far this summer. The school district started the free breakfast and lunch program so the kids have enjoyed a picnic in the park almost every day, which has been so nice to not have to cook lunch! Every Wednesday the kids get a stamp to get into the pool free and on Thursdays, they get a free summer movie stamp. The Library has had a pretty good lineup of summer activities. They had a summer kick-off party that the kids really enjoyed. I'm so grateful for things to keep us busy!

A new tradition we started this year is Smore's Thursday! We've invited friends over and build a fire and roast some marshmallows. The first Thursday was Steven and Meghan and our neighbors the Jensens, then the next Thursday was just the Jensens. The kids had loved having friends over and it's nice to watch all the kids play and have fun.

Since we bought our house, I've had a "Sewing" room. It really wasn't make sense anymore since I don't really craft or sew and the room really started turning into a junk room. I decided we had the space and we needed to start using it more productively. I took a day and went through everything in the room, donated a TON of stuff, and boxed up the stuff that has just been sitting in there that we couldn't get rid of. Then we shortened the legs off of the table that was in there and made a kids room. Right now it has all the kids legos, all their art stuff, a kid table and chairs, and some bean bags for the kids to sit on to read. They love their room and use it a lot more than I thought they actually would.  

Fresh Start!

Let's be real. 4 kids is hard. Hard if you want to get everything done that you used to do when you only had 3. I have *finally* gotten Ella to take naps in her crib (it was a LONG 7 months of holding her every time she slept) and I'm getting the hang of 4 kids. Ella is almost a year so I'm taking that as a win, it's the little things right? One of the things that has gotten push to the back burner since Little Ella has joined our family is obviously our blog. Which makes me so sad, because our blog is really what as turned into our Family History and journaling for me. With Kyle off for the summer and Bentley going into Kindergarten- (I KNOW, CRAZY!!) I'm going to do a fresh start and try to get back into blogging on a regular basis. I'm going to do one long post to catch up on the highlights of the past 5 months and then join right into what's going on in our lives right now.

February was filled with quiet family time, Bentley killin' it at Legos, the Jr. High musical "Peter Pan", taking the big kids to Matilda, Ice Skating, and just livin' life. It was a good one.

In March we had our Choir Tour. The kiddos went to Buckeye to hang out with my parents and Kyle and I took 70 people to Universal Studios (Harry Potter World!!), Disneyland, California Adventure, and Finding Neverland the Musical. Disneyland was packed, the food was fabulous, and the kids did great for my mom. I also got called to be our Ward Primary President.

May was nice and jammed pack with a dance recital (Bentley and London is so good! Macy decided she wanted to do dance again next year. She took this year off and started piano lessons.), choir concerts, Kindergarten transition day (I'm still in denial), London promoting to 1st grade, Father and Sons camping trip (Bentley's highlight of the year), the last day of school and the start of one fun-filled summer!

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

January Happenings

January was a pretty uneventful month- with two super fun things right smack in the middle. Ella grew and grew, but was still pretty much set on being rocked during her three naps a day. I didn't get much done anywhere, at all. We made a New Years resolution to get back into the habit of our morning scripture study. We did really good for a few weeks and need to get back to it again. There really is a sense of unity in our family when we read every morning together. It was our wards turn to clean the church this month so we did that every Saturday. Other than Macy's birthday and Baptism (yay!!) it was just an ordinary month.

  Macy has been very into all things sciency lately. From the shows she watches to the things she reads to the gifts her asked for for Christmas- all things were Science! Of course she would want a Science Birthday party- and let me tell you- we delivered. She had about 10 friends from school walk home with her and we got started. Kyle is always our party DJ and stepped right in to get it all done. I actually woke up that morning with a migraine (blurred vision, numb face, the works) so he was able to get enough down time in the day to get the experiments ready and the cake baked. I did help him with the frosting- but he pulled off a great party. The first experiment was a bubble one. We cut up water bottle, put a thin towel on the end, dipped in a soap solution, and out came long bubble. The kids had a blast with this one. It looked like it snowed by the time they were done. Then we did the lava lamps, and they made their own ice cream. We accidently got salt in the kids ice cream so that didn't work too well. Luckily we had backup ice cream for them to eat. She had a great time at her party and so did all the kids.

 The next weekend (January 21st, 2017) Kyle baptized Macy a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. She was so excited to be baptized and we were so proud of her decision. We talked a lot about what it means to be baptized and always made sure she knew that it was just her decision and she didn't have to, but she made sure we knew that she wanted to. We had the Gardners from Joseph City, Marie, Kathleen and David, My parents, Steven and Meghan, and Derek, Alison, Chris, Brelee, and Emali drove up to join us. There was a MASSIVE snow storm that Friday night (like the news said "if you're planning on going up North, don't) so Chris left Tucson early and made it here in about 6 1/2 hours (it usually takes MAYBE 4), and Derek and Alison called to see if we could postpone until Saturday afternoon so they could come. We made the arrangments and it all worked out great. We had a small luncheon for those that attended the baptism in the church Multi-Purpose room and it went great. It really was a great weekend. I was so glad we did her Birthday Party and Baptism on different weekends. We were able to just focus on one thing at a time and I feel like it really made her baptism it's own special day.

Saturday, December 31, 2016

December 2016

December is always so fun! Especially this year since instead of being sick on the couch all Christmas season- we got to actually enjoy it! The biggest exciting news... Steven and Meghan (My brother and sister-in-law) and their 3 little boys moved to Holbrook! And two houses down! The kids have loved having cousins so close and it has been fun having someone from my side of the family around.

Ella learned that she loved the piano and actually really enjoys all types of baby toys. All my other kids just wanted the things we used, but she loves anything you'll give her. Food- not so much. She just spits it out and doesn't really like it. 

The Kindergarten classes had their annual Polar Express night and the kids were super excited to ride the train. Too bad there wasn't a train. There might've been tears when the kids found out we were just walking to different classrooms doing different activities. We've been before so I'm not sure why they thought we were riding an actual train- but they survived. We got to see Santa and eat cookies. Good night in my book!

A friend in Holbrook did a cookie exchange night and it was so fun! All us moms just sat around and chatted and I got to make some festive cookies. It was super fun!

A HUGE highlight of the month was when Kyle had to go to St. Johns to help his Uncle with his TV and the kids got to ride horses! Our friend Laurie Farr lives there and has been telling us for awhile she would love to take the kids for rides. Macy loves all things horses and was soaking it all up. She led the horse around for the other kids and got a good horse fix in.

Bentley had his Preschool Christmas Program and oh my gosh he is so cute. He sang so loud and was so into the whole thing. We got a few comments afterward about how they could tell his Dad was a music teacher. He let his voice be heard. I love that all our kids have done the same program, same songs, and even same props. It's too cute!

We did the traditional gingerbread houses with the Larsons, tamales with Marie and Meghan, got some shooting in, and had our Christmas Eve Party with pinata and leg wrestling. On the way home the two little ones fell asleep and were not into opening Christmas PJ's. Bentley pretty much cried through the whole ordeal and Ella slept. Christmas morning they were MUCH happier though and enjoyed all their presents and Santa gifts. After breakfast, we all got dressed and headed to church at 11. I didn't have a good attitude about having church on Christmas but it turned out so good. Then headed off to the valley for Christmas dinner, more cousins, bubbles, lots of lego building, and hanging out. 

We stayed for a few days and took the long way home through Prescott and Cottonwood to visit the Great-Grandparents. The kids loved seeing them and I'm glad we stopped. It was a great December.