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Gordon B. Hinckley

Friday, August 26, 2011

MIA - in the process of buying a new computer! Stay tuned for updates coming soon!

Friday, July 8, 2011

Portrait time!





I always look forward to any time that I can get pictures of the kids. Dance pictures are among my favorite! ;-) I packed up Capri and we headed to the dance studio to get pictures done. They turned out super cute! They were a lot more organized than last year, so it went by really quick. Afterwards, we went to Target and shopped around and got dinner in their little food court. It was a really good "girl's night!" (I can not find where I put the actually portraits, when I find them, I will scan them in. They are super cute!)

Swimming at a friend's house







So, my dream is to get a pool, some day . . . We went over to our friend's house and went swimming. Isaac stayed home with the babies and I just took the older 2. It was lots of fun. It was just a small pool, so it was pretty stress free. The kids had a great time. Emerson was so hard on himself because he really thought that he should be swimming without any water wings on. I had to pull him out of the pool 3 times. Little stinker! We need to invest in swimming lessons again . . . Capri, on the other hand, was happy with as many floaters she could fit on her!

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

swimming in the back yard





We were suppose to go swimming with Isaac's sister and our nephew, but Emerson was throwing a MAJOR fit. He didn't want to wear sunscreen on him tummy, but refused to wear a swim shirt instead. It turned into one of Emerson's 2 hour long kicking/screaming spells, so we didn't go swimming. I couldn't punish the rest of the kids for his fit, so I blew up the mini pool and let the other 3 swim in the back yard. It was so cute! It was Eleri's first time swimming and she LOVED it. We had a wonderful time. We are so lucky to have such a beautiful back yard to enjoy.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Kindergarten Graduation

Our little neighbor, Allison, who we carpooled with. She's one of Emerson's best friends.






Emerson graduated from Kindergarten. Holy COW!!!! Time flies. I can't believe I will have a first grader. They did a cute little ceremony and sang some songs. They even gave them little "diplomas." It was really cute. His school also does Kindergarten graduation photos. I think Emerson's turned out SUPER cute. We had a little breakfast party at our house for everyone who wanted to come celebrate Emerson. It was so much fun. First grade here we come!!!


Preschool Graduation












Capri has been going to Preschool 2 days a week during the school year. I joined a co-op so I had to teach about every 5 weeks and took her to other people's houses the other weeks. It was lots of fun. Capri LOVED it. She actually looked forward to going to other people's houses each week. This next year she will be attending an actual Preschool, so I'm hoping she likes it just as much. Poor thing misses the deadline and will be 6 by the time she goes to Kindergarten. (Dang September birthdays!) We had a great little graduation party, and I got to take all the kids with me. It was tons of fun. We had a little graduation "ceremony" then we had lunch.

Monday, June 6, 2011

Another Zoo Trip

On the way home, they all fell asleep!


















Our Relief Society president, Jessica, had some extra zoo tickets, so she let me and the kids tag along with her. It was soooo much fun. I decided to brave it and take all 4 kids with me. It went really well. It was a pretty cool day and it wasn't crowded at all. (I actually thought more people would be enjoying the cooler weather . . .) The water feature was closed because it was to cold, but we did visit the favorite petting zoo and the Little People play ground. We had a blast. The kids LOVE Jessica and were so happy that we got to spend the day with her.

Saturday, June 4, 2011

UPDATES

Make sure you scroll down, I did 8 updates!

Drive in Movie







Remember the neighbors I posted about in the previous post? We were able to go with them to their church and attend a family "drive in movie." We all brought our own boxes and decorated them, then sat in them and watched "Despicable Me." They even had treats and popcorn for everyone. It was so much fun! You can just see the joy on the kid's faces! We will definitely be attending this next year. Thank you Debi for inviting us!

Playing outside and Eleri standing












The neighbor bought some new furniture and had these great big boxes. They were nice enough to let our kids come over and play in the "houses" they made out of them. They even let them help color them. (Their dad even made a small "ramp" for the kids to ride up and down on.) We have the most wonderful neighbors. Funny thing is, we lived next door to each other for about a year before we really even talked to each other. (Even that didn't happen on it's own.) One Saturday morning, I was sleeping in and Isaac came running into the bedroom at about 8am and said, go get Emerson, he's at the neighbor's house! I got up and went next door, sure enough, there was Emerson in his jammies playing with their 2 kids in their bedroom. I asked him how on earth he got over here and he said, "well I was playing in the back yard while Dad was doing yard work and I wanted to play with the kids in this house, so I climbed the fence." Sure enough, he had scaled our 6 foot rock wall (got pretty scratched up in the process) and jumped into the neighbors yard - knocked on their back door while they were sitting at their kitchen table drinking their morning coffee. Luckily they thought it was hilarious and we have become good friends. The kids ride bikes almost every day and Debi and I sit on lawn chairs on her driveway and talk. It's great!




Also, Eleri has been getting more and more confident about standing. She hasn't taken any steps yet, but doesn't mind standing (if you help her get to the standing position) - she is also really good at cruising around furniture.

Mother's Day

The cake the kids made me.

Also, please notice the bow in Capri's piggy's "hair" and the diaper. . .




Mother's Day was wonderful. We mostly celebrated on Saturday. The kids made me a WONDERFUL cake. (Daddy took them to Bashas.) On Sunday I was able to sleep in and relax while Isaac got the kids ready for church. I have to admit this wasn't much of a change since I am lucky enough to have an amazing husband who usually lets me sleep in on weekends and helps get the kids ready for church every Sunday. I am so blessed to have my wonderful children. I remember always wanting a bunch of kids. I was always the kid who wanted to hold every baby I saw. Motherhood has been amazing. While at the store the other day, I was pulling 2 kids in one cart and pushing the other 2 in another cart. (I find this to be the easiest way to get around a store.) 3 out of the 4 were screaming because I didn't buy them a toy that they wanted. A man came up to me and said "Can I ask you a question?" I have to admit I was a little worried about what that question was going to be. Then he asked "My wife really wants kids and I'm not sure about it. Answer me, right now, is it worth it?" My reply. "100 percent!" I honestly feel that way. The good moments definitely out way the bad.



I love how smart Emerson is. I love the way he is always looking for little ways to serve me. He loves to make my bed or fold the laundry while I am in the shower. He is super helpful with the babies and never hesitates to go get me a diaper or help get kids ready to go out. He has such a tender spirit and truly LOVES people deep down. He'll be any one's best friend. He loves to write letters to people, draw people pictures, or talk on the phone.




I love Capri sweet spirit! Holy cow is that girl a hoot! She is usually pretty good natured. Her best friend is a little girl who has down syndrome. She is so gentle around her and so understanding if she is rough with her. We've never even told her that her friend is "special" - she just knew. She loves to take care of the babies. She will randomly come up to me about 10 times a day and just tell me she loves me. She truly makes me grateful for the day to day.




Cade has always been my little buddy. That kid is so mellow, compared to the others! He is so easy to please and is so easy to talk out of a fit. He loves to just be around you and help out. He already helps me unload the dishwasher and put the laundry away. He will run up and give me 10 hugs a day for no reason at all. He seems to just know if I need to snuggle and will just sit on my lap with his head playing on my shoulder. I love you Cade!




Eleri is my little firecracker! She wants to be held all day long and I'm okay with that. She has been such a fun baby. She has reminded me how to be patient and returns my efforts with the most beautiful smiles you have ever seen. Her first word was Mama (all the others were "dada!") She is a total mama's girl and I love that. She will push her forehead up against my lips and wait for me to kiss it. Oh, baby girl, slow down so mommy doesn't miss any moments!




Sorry this post dragged on, just wanted to remember all the wonderful things about being a mommy on mother's day!!!!

Dancing Queen!














Capri takes dance once a week and she LOVES it. She takes a combo class that covers tap and ballet. She says she likes ballet better but seems to participate more during tap. Emerson will be joining her at the same studio next month. He has been BEGGING to take hip hop for about a year, but you have to be 7 years old to be in the all boys class. (That's the one he wanted.) They are letting him start a little early. He is SUPER excited. Oh, and check out the adorable outfit Capri has on for dance! This was bought from our wonderful neighbor. She was having a garage sale and let me have first pick of some super cute stuff. :-)