Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Maddi Turns 11!

I know, it's late, but better late than never!  On the 21st of November we celebrated Maddi's 11th birthday.  Michael was working so he wasn't able to be there for it but we still had fun. One of her friends came home with her from school.  We ate supper at McDonalds (her choice) and then came home for chocolate pie and ice cream.  She is such a blessing in our lives.  It is fun to watch her grow and change.  She is turning into quite a little lady despite her efforts to stay a tomboy!  We love her very much and are so blessed to have her in our family.

Sunday, November 20, 2011


In September Olivia and Makenna started dance.  Olivia does tap and ballet.  Makenna does a mix of jazz, lyrical and ballet.  They both have really enjoyed it.  Yesterday they had their first show.  It was at the mall in Rock Springs.  They both did a great job and had a fun time.  Olivia's class did two dances - one tap and one ballet and Makenna did one dance.  They loved getting in their costumes, getting their hair done and their make up on.  The little kids were, of course, adorable.  Makenna's group did a really nice job too.  Here are a few pictrures of them in action.

Makenna before the show
 Olivia before the show
 Zane loving the fact that I drug him to the mall to watch a bunch of girls dance
 Olivia doing tap
 Olivia doing ballet

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Makenna's 10th Birthday

We celebrated Makenna's 10th birthday on the 15th. We actually did a few celebrations.  We did one with Michael the day before he went back to work since he would be working on her birthday.  Then we did another one on her birthday and we are doing another one today with her friend.  Kenna is a one-of-a-kind girl who is full of excitement and opinions!  She has a fire in her that drives her to compassion and kindness or fireworks and flames.  She has changed me and our family in so many ways.  She is such a blessing and I am so thankful to have her as a daughter.

Isn't she beautiful?

Kenna with her new elephant pillow pet.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Getting Back in the Swing of Things

I just realized how long it had been since I last posted.  Life has been crazy here.  We went awhile with no internet so I couldn't post then.  But even after we got it, I had a hard time finding time to even get on and check my emails.  We finally finished up the main things in the house - kitchen, bedrooms, plumbing, painting, etc. and got all moved in during October.  Maddi and Zane started basketball. Zane, Dillon and Zeke started wrestling. Dillon also did a basketball camp. Makenna and Olivia were still doing dance. We had two primary programs to practice for at church. I also had parent-teacher conferences and weekly time spent in the classrooms volunteering.  Throw in Halloween, friday night football games, scouts, a trip to Idaho, playdates and sleepovers and there has not been much down time.  All of this while trying to unpack and organize.  It has been fun though.  I am in the process of trying to get pictures downloaded so I can post what our life has looked like over the last few months.  I will show you some of our house transformations, cookie making and ballgames.  For now, this will have to do.  Michael has his week off and we are enjoying time with him and getting a few things marked off the to do list.  We are coming off our sugar highs and slowing down some so hopefully I will have more time to keep things updated :)  Until then, have fun and enjoy what life has given you (even if it is a temporary pool in the basement)!

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

The New House

Okay.  We bought a house a week or so ago.  It was a long frustrating process but we finally got through it and we are now home owners.  However, we will not move into it right away.  The house we bought was a foreclosure and it needs a lot of work.  So we will spend 5 or 6 weeks fixing it and getting it ready to live in.  It's kind of exciting but also kind of daunting.  There is a lot to be done but it's fun to get to do it ourselves and make it our own.  My days are now spent going back and forth between our two houses trying to get the new one ready and trying to keep the current one clean and get things packed.  I have been failing miserably at the keeping it clean part but I have packed a few boxes.  I put shelves up in the storage room of the new house and I am slowly taking our food storage over there.  The more I get over there, the less to do on moving day!  We are also having to continue on with the regular things of life - dance, volleyball, doctor, dentist, school functions, church activities, etc.  Some days I am spread pretty thin, but I feel good.  We have been getting lots of help from my brother.  He has done the sheet rocking in three of the rooms so far and prepared another one to be done.  He will also help Michael in the kitchen and in putting a bathroom in the basement.  I have been so glad he is here to help with it all.  My sister-in-law has been helping me with the painting and cleanup.  I really appreciate that too.  It goes so much quicker when there is more than one person doing it.  There have been many trips to Ace, Home Depot and the local lumber yard and it is slowly coming together.  I have taken lots of pictures but I won't post them until I have the after pictures too.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Dillon Turns 7!

Last week we celebrated Dillon's 7th birthday.  He was so excited for it to come.  Olivia and I took cookies to school to share with his class.  After school we played in the park while Makenna and Olivia had dance.  Then we went to McDonalds for supper and then off to Maddi's school for her open house.  When we got home we finished opening presents and had cake and ice cream.  Michael was working last week so yesterday we made another cake and celebrated again.  We are so thankful to have Dillon in our family.  He is such a sweet boy.  He is very kind and his calm personality is a huge blessing to me!

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Back to School

Well, the time has finally arrived!  School has started again.  We made our traditional school busses out of twinkies (or swiss rolls for those who didn't like twinkies), read our back to school poems at the request of the kids, talked about the changes that were coming, answered any questions, got a visit from the back pack fairy and sent them off to school.

Maddi is in fifth grade this year.  She is going to a different school from all the other kids.  She gets to ride the bus with some of her friends and seems to really enjoy things.  Her school is just fifth and sixth graders.

Makenna is in fourth grade and is the most excited for school I think.  She loves to learn and she loves to socialize.  She seems to like her teacher and she has already made new friends.

Zane is in third grade and is the least excited.  He is already counting down the days until next summer vacation!  He let his teacher know the first day that he doesn't like school.  He has made a new friend though and will get back in the swing of things as time goes on.

Dillon is in second grade.  He's more quiet than the rest but enjoys playing and learning.  He has some friends from last year in his class again and he is meeting some new friends.  He also lost his tooth the second day of school so things are starting out with a bang!

Zeke is our little kindergartener.  He was very excited to start school.  The first day couldn't come fast enough.  He has two kids in his class that he knows from church and is able to name other friends that he has met.  By this morning though he was asking if he could skip school today because he was tired!  The first few weeks are long for these little kids with all day every day kindergarten.

Olivia will do preschool this year.  She starts next week.  The last few days have been long for her.  Even though we have stayed busy, she gets antsy waiting for the older kids to come home.  She is very excited for school too.  We'll see what happens the first day.  She gets kind of shy sometimes :)

Michael is working this week so he has missed all the festivities but he will be off next week and I'm sure everyone will fill him in.  I have not slowed down a bit like I thought I would.  The first few weeks of school bring extra meetings and other things.  I have been getting things ready for Dillon's birthday and making sure that everyone is where they need to be when they need to be there.  Makenna and Olivia start dance this week.  Maddi, Zane and Dillon are doing a punt, pass and kick competition Friday and then we are going to the high school football game that night.  There are already a few sheets of homework trickling in with more to come I'm sure.  We are still working on getting our house bought.  That, too, should be completed in the next week or so.  I have started cleaning again for my parents on Fridays.  So things are still busy even though the house is mostly empty all day.  We are trying to still have a little fun amidst the busy schedules and school work.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011


Yesterday we took the kids out to see the petroglyphs.  They were made anywhere from 200 to 1000 years ago.  Some of the drawings were faded but some were still in very good shape.  It was kind of neat to see.  Along the trail to the petroglyphs there were these benches.
Zeke just knew the Indians had put them there so they could sit and wait for the buffalo to come.  When we got there the kids had a blast exploring the rocks, discovering little passage ways and looking at the petroglyphs.

After we had looked at everything the kids started climbing up the "mountain".  This was a big deal for Zeke.  He had never climbed a mountain before and he had always wanted to.
Once up to the top his excitement grew because there were all sorts of cool colored rocks.  This boy loves rocks and is always bringing them home.
The other kids also made it to the top and loved looking out on everything.  We even saw a little lizard.  It ran across my foot.  I tried to get a picture of it but it was too fast.

Once back down at the bottom we discovered more places to climb and more cool things to look at.  Makenna found these cool hands in the rock.

The kids found this cool crevice in the rocks and climbed up it.
It was a fun afternoon and the kids are already talking about when we can go back.  Next time we go, Zeke is going to wear clothes with bigger pockets so he can take one of those cool rocks home with him!

Saturday, August 13, 2011

A Few More Pictures

I finally downloaded more pictures off my camera so I can post more of our summer outings.  Things are beginning to wind down and get ready for school.  I am looking forward to the schedule of the school year.  I will have five in school this year and if we get Olivia into preschool I will have four mornings a week with out any kids!  I love that thought :)  Especially since we are buying a house that will require some work put into it.  A few childless hours will be very beneficial for getting work done.  Anyways, here are the pictures...

The kids did a nature camp this summer through the Teton Science School from Jackson, Wy.  At the end of the week they had a picnic and gave presentations on the things they had learned.  This is Makenna with her group.
This is Maddi's All Star team lined up before one of their games.  She's the one with the pony tail :)

Zeke got a new haircut (yes I gave it to him and yes it's a mohawk).  He loves it and I think it fits him perfectly.  Kindergarten here comes Zeke!

Okie and her baby finally made the trip from South Dakota to Idaho.  We went to see her as soon as Michael had his week off.  The kids loved seeing her baby and riding her again. 

Olivia sitting on the horse trailer, eating a sucker, waiting for her turn to ride Okie.

Dillon being his cute little self!

Michael introduced the kids to swimming in the ditch water.  As you can tell from their quick retreat - the water is cold!  They had fun though and found lots of little snails and cool (not really) rocks.

So there is a little more catch up from our summer.  We have also been swimming with friends at a new pool we discovered, been to the library several times, and even tried a movie in the park.  Unfortunately before the movie started the wind blew the dvd player off the table and broke it so they had to cancel it.  We had fun though picking out treats, playing in the park and being up late.  When we found out it was broken we just went home and watched it.  Not quite as exciting but it was still midnight when we went to bed and the kids thought that was cool!  Now it's on to more school registrations, immunizations, and school supply shopping.