Friday, December 29, 2017

Alton Camping

I love camping. Always have. We camped some growing up but not as much as I would have liked. When people ask me to pick beach or mountains? I will pick mountains every single time! I just love being in them surrounded by nature. Life has been crazy with work, kids school stuff & sports and of course Kory and I getting ready for our Scotland trip. Kind of last minute we decided to get out of town with some family friends. We only camped one night but it was the perfect little R&R that we all needed. 

We passed this guy on our way to where Kory wanted to camp at on his dad's ranch. 

Brayden brought the little BB gun and had fun shooting while the rest of us set up camp. 

Woo Hoo! He got one. 

Maddie relaxing in the setting sun.

Our friends, the Goodfellows, brought 2 ATV's and with our little one we had fun driving all over these dirt roads. 

 Setting up for dinner. 

Then we brought out the big guns! On Friday night we cracked glow sticks and poured there goodness all over the skeet and tried to go night shooting. We need more glow sticks we quickly learned. Next time! 

While some where shooting, the rest of us were taking quad rides in the opposite direction. 

Madelyn and Brayden.

Kylie, Mom and Brayden

 It was great weekend! So glad we can still be spontaneous sometimes. Seems like those are the best little R&R's lately. 

Till next summer!

Thursday, December 07, 2017

4th of July

Madelyn's 13

This little beauty celebrated her 13th Birthday!
Look at that hair!

Madelyn loves to read! She hasn't always had this love, in fact when she was in 3rd and 4th grade she HATED it. It was quite often a daily fight to get this girl to read. The school she was attending were quite the sticklers when it came to reading and I think they took the "fun" out of reading for her. We moved away that summer and about mid way through her 5th grade year we started to see her reading a little here and there all on her own. Since then she's become quite the "book nerd", she likes to call herself. 

Her asking for a book was kind of a big deal! 

This girl is so sweet with her younger siblings. They absolutely love her and she loves them.  

She is always quick to help them, comfort them or just play with them. 

She asked for Costco's Cheesecake, plain. So that's what she got!
Love this thoughtful, helpful, funny, kind, sweet girl of mine!

Lake Powell

We love our yearly mini vacation to Lake Powell every single year! We try to go twice during the summer with our friends but we knew we weren't going to make the 2nd trip so tried to make this one extra special. 

I love Lake Powell. I love the sun, the sand, the warm days yet cool nights, dutch oven dinners, fires on the beach and ALL the friends we have that come. There are so many kids that all of my kiddo's have a friend their age to hang out with. We really love and look forward to our Lake Powell trips. 

Emily and Kylie lived on the kayaks this time. 

 Every year there are 6+ families that attend. Every family has 5+ kids but the kids Hunters age are always girls! One of these trips he's going to enjoy that part of this yearly adventure! Once again we let him invite one of his friends. This year it was Branson. These 2 slept on the beach or in the back of the truck. They just hung out and ran around together.

Brayden loved the kayaks too this year. 
He would take it out, circle the boyas and then come back to the shore again. He loved it!

Little sleepy head. Love my baby girl!

We invited our neighbors to come with us. Bekah and Kylie and Emily and Ava. 
We had such beautiful weather and very little wind this week.

We along with another family rented 2 ski jets for 2 days. Ended up costing us about $100 a day. It was so worth the money. They were rarely beached. They were usually out pulling kids on the blow up toys.  

Teenage Girls!
Madelyn's the one of the far left. 

 When we needed a break from the sun, the kids would play games or read their books in the trailer.
Lake Powell has very little, usually NO reception for phones. So during the week we are there you see everyone's kids interacting with one another along with their parents. It's awesome!   

Till next year.....
Peace out!

Sunday, October 29, 2017

She's 5!

And just like that, in just a blink of an eye she turns 5.
My baby is 5!

Instead of pancakes she requested crepes from her Dad.
Of course we had to have real whip cream to top it off! 

Kylie's birthday fell on Memorial Weekend this year. Our family was crazy busy and I ran out of time to make a fun cake. My Brother Matt wanted to get together for a family bbq that day so we brought purple cupcakes to share.  

Kylie was thrilled with her favorite color of cupcakes. I sure love this little girl of mine. 
To be honest, I'm not looking forward to when school starts. She is going to be in half day kindergarten all week long. What am I going to do without her????
Happy Birthday Love Bug!!

Preschool Graduation

My baby graduated from Preschool. I can't believe this is MY baby!

Kylie is my girl, she loves being home with mom. She's my little helper. She helps me fold clothes and put them a way. She clears the table and helps load the dishwasher. She loves washing dishes. She likes to sweep and have me hold the dust pan for her! She loves to make cookies and help me get dinner ready I love snuggling on the couch and reading stories to her. We paint our nails in fun colors and enjoy each others company. We are quite the team and oh how I miss her when she's gone during the day. But this mom needed to start cutting the apron strings. Cause' this little one did not like being away from Mom. It took Kylie a few drop offs to preschool without tears but she did it! After the first 2 weeks being a way from Mom for 2.5 hrs a day 2 times a week she decided she liked preschool and it was o.k to go. 

This is Miss Lori. We really love this woman who was patient and kind and taught Kylie everything she needed to know to start Kindergarten.   

Preschool Graduation was held outside at the park. The kids sang songs, recited the alphabet and showed us what they had learned all year long. 

Such a cutie, singing to me! 

When her name was called she walked "down the isle" and was given her Preschool memory book. It is full of pictures of Kylie at different school functions, drawings and writings that Kylie made, and projects she did.  

Why do they have to grow up?
I love her baby face! I can't believe she's almost 5. 

My favorite picture of the evening.
Kylie and her dad! 

You did good tonight beautiful!
So glad preschool was success for you! 
Sure love you!

Baseball Season

Another baseball season has come and gone.
Hunter chose not to play this year but Brayden was finally ready to give it a go. 
He says he had fun but doesn't like to run. He's not sure if he wants to do it again next season.  

My handsome little man. 

Swing, batta batta swing!! 

Glad he had a good season even if he doesn't like to run!

Brayden's Baptism

My little man finally had his "big" day. 
He was so, so excited to be baptized!
I found this figure 8 rock with Emily and just had to take Brayden to get his picture taken in it too!
I just love it!

This kid loves me taking his pictures. He's always asking if I have my camera out to take his picture when he's dressed up, or riding his bike, or doing something "cool" in his mind. When he smiles his face gets all squinty, squishable and kissable.  

This is my favorite picture!
It just says it all... 

When his big day arrived we used the whole family.
We had a special musical number done by Madelyn, Hunter and friends.
These 3 girls, Lindy, Secoya and Madelyn sang Remember The Promise (my favorite baptism song). 

Hunter played his cello during the musical number 

and Nate was the accompanist. These teenagers did such a good job! 
Emily was the chorister, Aunt Sheri gave the talk on baptism and Grandpa Christensen gave the talk on the Holy Ghost. 

Finally the big moment had arrived!

Following the baptism we invited everyone over to my parents backyard for lunch. 
Jason, Sheri, Madelyn, Secoya (friend), Emily, Hanna, Becca (friend)

Grandma Christensen, Miranda, Jonathan, Camille 

Dylan(friend), Jamie, Brionney, David (friend), GG Pa. 

Waiting in line for the yummy food. 

It was such a wonderful day. So thankful that we were able to celebrate with Brayden who made his first covenant with his Heavenly Father surrounded by family and friends.