Wednesday, August 26, 2015
This year I wasn't ready for school to start. It was bittersweet because I knew they would all enjoy learning and meeting new friends, but I also knew it meant schedules, homework, and time away from the safety of our home. We had a wonderful summer full of vacations, swim, work, and play. It was hard to let that come to a close. Now that school is back in and we have adjusted to the schedules everyone is doing well! Back to school shopping for shoes and backpacks was hard. I didn't think it would be. However, finding a good backpack and pair of shoes that fit right was quite the task! We did the usual buying of supplies and getting first day outfits picked out. We also talked about our goals for this year and what we all could do as a family to make it a good school year. It was so wonderful watching Jon give each one of our little school kids a priesthood blessing and I was so grateful for the words he spoke to them. They all have wonderful teachers and so far have met fun new friends. Bentley has really taken off with his reading comprehension and math skills. Bailey is memorizing poems, and learning letter sounds, science, and church stories. Wyatt is also learning songs, how to play well with others, and letter recognition and pronunciation. Here is too a great 2015-2016 school year! I can't forget to mention poor Sophia. She is a champ having to be in and out of the car for pick ups and drop offs. She has also enjoyed having a few quiet moments just the two of us. I can tell she misses the kids when they are away because she crawls all around the house looking for them! She gets the biggest smile when we go pick them up or when the bus drops them off!
Bentley with the group of friends he walks with after school to my car!
Thursday, August 20, 2015
Our last trip in July was up to visit Chad and Jessica's family. We were celebrating Chads birthday and Belles Baptism. The night we got their was Chad's birthday so my mom got a cake and we sang happy birthday! It was already late and we all helped pick up and get ready for the other guests arriving the next day! My kids love playing with Chad and Jessica's kids and so they all played and then slept down stairs in the basement. The next day we enjoyed the beautiful weather and went on a walk with the kids and just hung out and visited. My sister Heidi had her friend Bennet up and my brother Tyler had his girlfriend Amelia up there as well. It was nice to get to know them and they were so good at entertaining the kids! Many family from both sides were coming that night to enjoy dinner and the baptism the next day. It was a full house! We had fun visiting and enjoying one another's company. My brother Chad had been growing out his hair since Christmas and that night decided it was finally a good time to cut it so he would look sharp for the baptism the next day. My SIL Kelsey did a great job and made him look great! I took one last pic of him with the long hair. Saturday we all got ready for the Baptism. I would be leading the music. Annabelle looked beautiful and we got her a little journal to remember her special day by. It was a lovely meeting and the spirit was felt. My mom gave a talk on the Holy Ghost and I kept tearing up the whole meeting thinking about my own children being baptized one day by their dad. After that we all gathered once again at Chad and Jessica's for a delicious lunch in. They spoiled us with good food, and desserts and the decorations were fabulous! We stayed one more day and went to church. Reluctantly we headed home to the hotter weather and last week of summer!
I don't know what I was thinking but I just knew I really wanted to go with my kids to the family reunion so I went... by myself! Jon had work and couldn't attend so my sweet mom promised she would help give me an extra hand. I grew up going to these reunions with my extended family and I have so many fun and cherished memories made while doing so. So I packed me and all the kids up and we drove a little over two hours to Heber Az. where the Hubers extended family have a cabin and lots of land. We had a nice drive and ever since our long drive to Canada any drive seems simple and short to me and the kids luckily. We were hungry so I got made a quick pitstop at the dairy queen in town. The kids and I got a quick treat and meal and then headed on to the cabin. We staked our our camping spot. The cabin is always reserved for the older family members so the rest of us camp all around the land in different spots. There was about 100 people there and it was going to be fun! My parents, Tyler, Heidi, Collin, and my brother Kyle and his family arrived shortly after us. Together we all set up camp while the kids played! There is a huge wash that they have no problem playing in and getting dirty from head to toe. Wyatt loved riding his strider bike up and down the dirt hills with his cousin Trey! That night we had Taco salad and enjoyed a nice program by John and Connie Huber's family. They are all very musical, talented people. The theme for the weekend was Swiss alps. They took the kids to search for the white abominable snow man (yeti) and one of her sons was dressed up in a white scary gorilla looking suit. They had a blast doing this. There were activities like braiding for the girls, and slime making, and hat making for the boys. The next day Chad and Jessica dropped of their kids to the reunion so my kids all paired up with them and they joined in all the fun games that were going on that day! They had contests like throwing cheese balls and your partners head that was covered in shaving cream. They had a candy cannon that was shot off a bunch and they fished for candy fish in a little pool with their toes! The had a fun slip and slide and that night we had shredded pork sandwiches and watermelon. It was quite the busy day! I was exhausted because Sophia had to be carried around and she didn't sleep well the night before. I knew how much fun the kids were having so I hung on for them! They also made a zip line, and slack line walk for the kids that they all had so much fun doing. I am telling you these people are talented at just about everything! They built, made, performed, and entertained us all weekend. They even printed of a coloring book about one of our ancestors John Jacob from Switzerland. My brother Chad joined us Friday night and my dad made dutch oven cinnamon rolls and pizza that were delicious. It was so kind of John and Connie and their family members to put all that hard work in and we so appreciate all their efforts made! Saturday it was time to wake up do our capers (chores) and head home. The kids were sad to leave but I was ready to get there dirt covered bodies home and get everything cleaned up! My parents were so kind to help me the whole time and my dad and brothers helped me to set up and take down our tent which was so nice!