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)!