Sunday, September 02, 2018

Kylie turns 6

My baby turned 6. 
How did this happen?
This sweet girl is the perfect "caboose" to our family. 

This year she was so excited to learn she got to have a "friends" birthday party. We invited all of the girls in her kindergarten class and her primary class. We had 17 of the 18 girls invited come. It was a bit overwhelming at times but I survived. Kylie loves art. She loves to draw and paint and create with play doh. So that was the theme for her party. 

The first thing we did while waiting for everyone to arrive was decorating a white lunch bag to put all their fun stuff in to take home with. They had markers and stickers to decorate with. 
When all the girls had arrived we put an apron on everyone and let them paint their very own canvas. In the middle of that canvas was a sticker of a unicorn. 

The girls spent almost 20 minutes just painting their canvas. They loved it.  While I quickly cleaned up the paint, the girls moved to our next station. Maddie gave everyone some playdoh to create their own sculptures. Everyone had their very own rolling pin. We had buttons in all shapes and sizes along with some googly eyes. When they were done the girls put their playdoh, rolling pin and little baggie of buttons and eyes in their white bag they had decorated. 

After playdoh we played "pin the paint brush onto Kylies hand". I think this was my favorite game. I loved how Kylie's picture turned out. I took her picture and then in photo shop turned it into a coloring page and had in printed out. Then I put paint all over her hair and blew it around using a straw. I love the way it looked, very artsy! 

Next we got to shoot at a sheet for Kylies bed with paint filled water guns. I already had them filled and sitting on a cookie sheet. Last year I bought 3 packages of water guns for $1 each on clearance from WalMart. I had 36 water guns. I was going to use them for a valentines gift to classmates but then thought twice about sending my daughter to school with guns. Its pretty obvious they are water guns and seriously what 5 year old would think a water gun is wrong but you never know about some parents so I played it safe and kept them. 

The end result was awesome! I loved it. 

After our water gun fun the girls were given their own cupcake on a painters pallete. I was so busy that taking pictures was almost impossible to do! The pallete held their cupcake along with 4 different kinds of sprinkles they could decorate their cupcakes with. Because there were so many girls I frosted the cupcakes first so all they had to do was decorate them. The girls got to take their paint pallete home too. 

While the girls ate their cupcakes Miss Kylie opened her presents. 
 I had one more activity planned but the girls had spent so much time painting their canvas that we ran out of time. Parents started arriving when Kylie was opening her gifts. 
I had so much fun planning this party for my baby girl. Kylie thought it was the "bestest" party ever. 

When the girls parent came to pick them up I quickly pulled the unicorn sticker off their canvas so they went home with a finished project. Most of the canvas's were dry thanks to our 100+ temperatures. I think they turned out so good! 

Before going to bed I remembered to snap a quick picture of Kylie and her loot. 
She was so happy to be given all her "artsy" stuff. I know it will keep this little girl happy for hours. 
Happy Birthday sweet pea!
I love you!

Brayden turns 9

Brayden recently turned 9. Unfortunately we were having issues with our computer and all my birthday pictures were lost. It makes me so mad when this happens! Especially when I find my external hard drive was un plugged (for someone's ipod to be charged) from the computer for the automatic scheduled back ups. 

All Brayden wanted for his birthday was to have his family go to the local "Ninja Warrior Gym". So taking our family there was his biggest gift. Everyone had a great time!
Brayden walking on a barrell.

Madelyn swinging loop to loop. This girl had blisters in the first 5 minutes we were there. 

Emily working the monkey bars. 

Emily and Brayden running up the wall and seeing what color of bar they could grab onto.  The wall is much steeper than it looks. 

Kylie had a rock wall to climb.

More upper body strength for Hunter. 

Brayden could swing loop to loop across the room. I could hardly believe it. He did amazing!

Brayden grabs the loop and then seriously slides across the roof and lands on a mat. 

No way I could do that! But oh how much fun we had!
So glad we decided to make Brayden's birthday wish come true. Such fun memories we made. 

I love this little man of mine. He keeps us guessing and laughing around here. He's a smart young man that loves to read books about spiders, bugs, creepy crawlies and all sorts of animals. If he sees us an insect he can usually tell us what it is, what it eats, who eats it and how long it lives. I learned real quick not to argue with him about these things because 99% of the time he is correct! 

This little man is about to finish up 3rd grade. He loves school. Loves to play dodgeball at recess and is a great student. He is so happy and content with life. He loves to play legos and be outside! 
I sure love him.

Hunter turns 15!

This handsome young man turned 15!
I don't know where the time has gone. Seems like just yesterday he was a toddler at my feet. He was a little boy asking me to play dinosaurs, to push him on the swing, to do a puzzle with him or to paint with him. I miss him being little but I am enjoying these teenage years with him so far. He makes me laugh! Hunter is helpful. If asked he'll make dinner by himself, he'll do laundry he'll even clean the bathrooms.  He's been great to help us work on our remodel project with little complaint. 

I let Hunter skip school to take him to the DMV. How fun to get your permit ON your birthday!

He passed the written test and then passed his eye exam. 
He walked out holding his permit!

To celebrate I took him to lunch at his favorite restaraunt. La Pitta's Mexican Restaraunt. 

And then afterwards.... he drove us home! 
 Kylie is in afternoon kidnergarten so she was with us all morning. On the way home from lunch she sat in the back talking the whole way home. She had us both laughing! She was saying, "Good Job Hunter! You're driving so good!" and "Hunter your going the speed limit. That's awesome!" and "Hunter you are driving so good make sure you don't hit anything." and "Hunter remember I have school soon. So please drive safe. I don't want to be late!" and "Hunter, Did you know you could drive so good?" and "Hunter, now make sure you listen to Mom, she's been driving for forever ya know." and finally, "Hunter, please drive safe. I want to go to school today so please don't get in an accident." She was an absolute riot on our 4 min drive home. 

Hunter did a great job driving us home! 

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Spring Break 2018

 For many many years my family has lived pretty close to Brian Head Ski Resort and we have never gone! This year I planned to take a few days off from H&R Block during the kids spring break.  It was the best decision ever!

We left Sunday afternoon after church. Drove the 1 hr 15 min and checked in to our studio apartment. We found the provided sleds on the patio and we immediately began playing in the snow. 

Unfortunately the sleds we found were all broken up. But that didn't stop our kids!

They were so broken it was kind of hard to stay on them!

Love his smile!

We can't play in snow with out a snow fight!  

Miss Kylie making her snowball.  

Everyone participated!

After our snow ball fight we started making snowmen. Brayden wanted to make one all by himself.

The rest of us worked together and made a nice big one. 

We had so much fun!

Soon it got dark and so we headed back inside for a warm crock pot dinner.
The kids loved the shot glasses they found when setting the table. Hunter chose something a little bigger to use, a wine glass. Silly kids. 

After dinner we has a little surprise for the kids. We had bought the latest movie, Jumangi. We kicked back on our beds and finished the night watching a family movie. 

Monday morning came and Kory, Hunter and Madelyn took off to go skiing for the day. The little's decided they wanted to go swimming first. So to the pool we went. 

This little man of mine is like a fish. He loves the water! 

These two love the water too. 

When they were tired of swimming we went back to our room to change. It was time to play in the snow again.  

Walking to our room we passed someone in management. We asked if they had any sleds that weren't broken? He contacted the owner of our little apartment for us to ask. Within 20 minutes we had 4 unbroken sleds at our door. WooHoo!

Love this girls facial expressions! 

Even mom took a turn. 

At lunch Kory and the older kids came home. After eating Madelyn wanted a small break and so went outside and helped Brayden dig a snow cave. 

Soon the big kids left to go skiing again and the younger kids wanted to swim once more. So back to our apartment we went to change again!

It wasn't too long later that Kory and the others joined us. Apparently the slopes closed at 4pm. We thought it was 6pm. Oops! So the whole family had some pool time.  

After spending 2 hours at the pool the kids were exhausted! We all went back to our apartment and took turns showering. We ate dinner and then sat around and played some boards games. Soon the little's climbed onto there beds and nodded off. They were exhausted!

Tuesday morning we had to check out at 11. So after breakfast we went back outside and spent our last few hours playing in the snow.

Hunter's sled came out from underneath him.  

Mom had another turn. 

I lost the sled! 

And tumbling down I went! The kids of course thought it was great. 

Dad taking Kylie down a steep hill. 

Emily caught some air! 

These 2 had more fun going down together than by themselves.  

They were hilarious to watch. 

Dad and Kylie caught some air too! 

And then it was snow right in her face. Ughhhhh
I thought for sure we'd have tears but she loved it!
We seriously had the best day in a half at Brian Head. 

The weather was absolutely beautiful while we were there. No wind and lots of warm sunshine. The kids quickly got too warm with their coats on. They would have taken their snow pants off too but they knew their jeans would get wet pretty quickly. We will definitely have to go back again. This was a much needed little getaway for our family.