Thursday, October 01, 2015

Grandpa's Work Party

A few weeks ago my dad's work threw a extended family work party at our Washington Rec Center. We got to so swimming, rock climbing and were fed dinner. 
Hunter was the first to climb to the top and ring the bell. 

Madelyn was the second!

Brayden was not the 3rd to reach the top and he almost didn't make it. But with Dad telling him what color to put his hand/foot on next he did it! He was the youngest by far that reached the top and rang the bell.  

He was fantastic! And oh so proud of himself when he came back down. 
He was awesome to watch!

After the rock climbing we played in the water.
When Daddy and Kylie got comfortable with the smaller slide they made their way 
to the biggest one.

She loved it!
They went over and over and over.

Brayden eventually went down by himself but he had Aunt Hanna, Daddy and Uncle Jonathan go with him at the beginning. 

Hunter's favorite way was to go head first.

Emily loved the slide too.

I missed taking pictures of Madelyn in the pool. She was too busy playing with her cousin Carlaya. 

Thanks Grandpa for a fun evening. 

Summer Carnival Cruise

In Nov. 2014 Kory and I decided that we were going to do something big for our anniversary during the upcoming Spring to celebrate our 13 years together. Near Thanksgiving our friends, the Schultz Family came for a visit. They mentioned that they were planning their first ever cruise and invited us along. We decided we could post pone our spring celebration and do it that summer instead.

We booked with Carnival and could hardly contain our excitement for our 4 day/3 night cruise to Catalina Island and Ensenada Mexico. 

Here we are waiting to pull out of the dock on our 1st day. 

Every night we tried something we wouldn't normally eat.
We tried alligator fritters, tasted like a meat ball.  

This was a real thin, thin slice of tuna. Kory does not like fish. When this was brought out he wasn't to keen on trying it. It looked raw but in the end he ate it all. Wasn't too bad he said. 

Our 1st real day we spent in Catalina.

Along with the Schults, Kevins brother and his wife came too. 
It was fun having the 6 of us together.

What our ship looked like while we were on the island.

Kory and I decided to try parasailing. Something we had never done before. After seeing many failed attempts and mostly face crashing on you tube I wasn't too sure about this. 

It was so much fun! So glad we did it. It was so peaceful. There was no jerking and no swerving. We were let up into the air very slowly and the same when we brought back down. Would definitely do that again.  

Formal Night. 
I took advantage and ordered the lobster tail. So tasty! I loved it!

Tried to take a picture at sunset. It was a little breezy out on the dock that night. 

Our 2nd full day we took a buss out to the blow-hole in Ensenada.

Love that I captured the rainbow after a "blow".

Next to the blow hole was a market that we were able to walk around. Most shops carried the same items but was presented in a different way. It was a little disappointing that most items were no longer made in Mexico, they weren't authentic. It was like the shops had all ordered from an Oriental Trading like place and then tried to sell to the tourists. We did eat some fresh carne asada tacos. Everything was fresh! They cooked the meat in front of  you while watching. Even the tortilla's were fresh. They tasted so good!  

Our 3rd day was spent at Sea. We spent the day wandering around. We spent a little time watching an art auction. Some of those paintings looked like Brayden had drawn them. The starting bids were over $10,000. Some of the other paintings looked nice but I still wouldn't pay hundreds of dollars for them. There was a Harry Potter trivia game that we tried to play but I failed miserably at. We watched the Star Wars trivia and only knew one of the answers. It was a good relaxing day. 

The next morning we got up and started packing our bags. We were off the ship by 9 am and began our trip home. We had a wonderful time with friends and being able to spend time with just the two of us. Can't wait to do it again.  

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

4th of July

For the 4th of July this year 3 families drove to Kanab, Ut to celebrate. We had our family of 7, the Goodfellow family of 7 and the Wright family of 7. Here are just some of the kids waiting for more of the parade to come by. 

Kylies favorite treat thrown were the big popsicles. It was quite hot!

Following the parade we headed to the Goodfellow's property where some of us went for a exploring ride. The kids loved the zebra painted, old suburban, turned off road jeep. 

Since there were a lack of seats due to our large numbers some of us stayed behind with the little ones. They colored, colored and colored. 

When the jeep ride was over we enjoyed a dutch oven cook out. Afterwards we headed back into Kanab to enjoy the firework show. These 3 girls are about the same age and went off on their own without younger siblings in tow.

We all brought card games and had fun sitting around playing while waiting for the show to begin. 

All though I wasn't looking forward to being more than an hour from home it was a good, memorable night. One we hope to do again.

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Look Who's 11!

She's had a birthday shout Hooray!
This beautiful young lady turned 11 years old.

Before we left the house that morning she opened her gifts.

It is so hard knowing what to get these growing kids who don't play with toy's anymore.
This year we gave her a plain white shirt/shorts with a tye-dye kit. Can't wait to see what she comes up with. We also gave her a nail kit book that shows step by step different designs. She and her sister have had so much fun with this already. 

With her new swim goggles and rings we hit the city pool for a few hours. 

After the pool we used our free ice cream certificates from Dairy Queen. Decided to make it a real treat and got lunch too. She loves their chicken basket. 

For dinner we had her favorite, jumbo shells but I forgot to take a picture. After dinner we had our usual brownie and ice cream dessert. Next year I will get back on the band wagon and actually make my kids their cakes. So happy my school is almost over. 

Happy Birthday, Madelyn!

Favorite breakfast- crepes
Favorite dinner- jumbo shells
Favorite treat- cookies and milk
Favorite book- Sister's Grimm
Favorite Song- Dynamite by China Anne Mcclain
Favorite color- green
Loves chevron
Best Friend- Jacque Stewart
Favorite Movie- Miss Congeniality with Sandra Bulloch

Friday, June 26, 2015

Our First!

In January I took the 3 oldest to Dr. Simister's office, the local orthodontist in town. After x-rays and exams it was determined that Madelyn would need braces first followed by Emily and then maybe Hunter. If we could get our money tree in the backyard to grow we could do all three at the same time but until that happens we're doing one at a time. 

This was the best close-up picture I could find of Madelyn pre- orthodontics. In April after we received our tax refund we paid for everything outright and let our 1st ortho experience begin. 

An expander was attached to her upper back teeth with the intent of expanding her pallet. Every night for 22 day's we gave it a little turn making it spread a little more. At 22 day's her pallet was where it was suppose to be and we played the waiting game for 6 weeks while her pallet hardened a little bit in it's new form. 

And then the much awaiting day came. We got braces. This girl was so EXCITED! I sure hope that excitement keeps. Its amazing to see the difference in her teeth already. With the upcoming 4th of July she chose her 1st bands to be red and blue. We were told that she would probably be very sore and need some Tylenol. This girl did great. Never complained once, never asked for any meds. Has been eating just fine with nothing get "stuck" in the braces. We aren't much of a "candy" family so staying away from the sticky sugars haven't been a problem. Love this girl of mine!

Cox Cousin's Visit

We just had a fun, 3 day visit with some of the Cox girls.
These 2 cuties participated in Dixie College's Volleyball Camp this summer. 
It was Mon-Wed 9 am-3 pm.
They were some long day's for these 10 year old's.

On day 1 while the big girls were at their camp these 2 did a craft. They traced their hand and with drawing lines a certain way it makes there hand pop out a bit in a cool 3-D way. Both girls are going to submit this cool drawing to their own county fairs this year. 

They also spent some time outside rollerblading. Love that there holding hands.

After the art project was done I took them all to the splash pad to play in the water.
I love how the water looks in this one right before it hits Rachel!

  Day 2 after the big girls got home from camp we hit the city pool. We played for 3 hours!
Madelyn & Ruth

Emily & Rachel



On day 3 we planned a full day in St. George while the girls were at camp. We invited Jamie and Brionney to tag along with us. We hit the summer morning movie at the movie theater with popcorn and drinks. Following the movie I took everyone to the Children's Museum.

Jamie liked milking the cow. 

These 2 pretended to work at the post office. 

Kylie and Brionney drove the farmer's truck. 

In another room...Jamie was the pilot while the girls were passengers on the airplane. 
They were going on vacation. 

Brayden dressed up as a knight. 

While Kylie was a princess. 

These 2 built snowmen/women in the Frozen themed room. 

When we were through with the museum we went next door to the splash pad and had a pic-nic lunch. 

I sat under the shade of a big tree and played with my camera settings. I took it off "auto" and mixed things up a bit.  

I know my sister Sheri will love this picture of her son, NOT! I like the story it tells. Is this not something typical we see from most little boys. I love the wrinkles on his fingers from all the water play. 

Beautiful Brionney, with jelly on her cheek.

By the time everyone was worn out at the splash pad it was time to pick up the bigger girls. 
On our way home we stopped by Grandma and Grandpa's to pick some apricots.

I love fresh apricots. 

A few hours later Harmony and Dustin showed up to pick up their girls up. 
It was a great 3 day's while it lasted. 
Hoping to do it again next year.