Monday, June 29, 2009

Moving and Bake Sale!

I know this is my third post for the day...I've just been so busy, so I'm trying to catch up!
Thanks to all of you who supported us in the moving and bake sale these past two Saturdays. I have never had a yard sale before and it was quite the experience. It took a lot of organizing and planning. It was exhausting. For all of those who missed out, we still have some items left, so feel free to come by or call us. We earned over $1000.00 for the two Saturdays and we will definitely use the money to help us move. This is a picture of all of the goodies I made for the Bake Sale: Peanut Butter Cookies, Semi-Sweet chocolate chip cookies, Milk Chocolate Chip Cookies, Butterscotch Chip Cookies, Chocolate Cookies w/ Peanut Butter Chips, and Brownies. MMMMMMMmmmmmmm......

While we were pricing items out in our garage Friday night, Mason disappeared into the house. When we went to check on him , we found that he had pushed a chair up to the counter where the cookies were...

Only two plates and a few cookies here and there. It could have been A LOT worse. The rest of the kids were excited because that meant that they could have the broken cookies.

Summer Fun

Even though we've been super busy these last two weeks, we've been trying not to rob the kids of their summer fun. Kaylee's friend, Jackie came over and spent the night:

Mason was in front of Kaylee at one time, but he got up before the picture could be taken. I love having my hair combed through and played with. We all took turns.

I hope all of you are enjoying your summer too!

Father's Day

Happy Fathers Day to all those Fathers out there. Here is one of my favorite pictures of my Dad wrestling with some of the grandchildren: This picture of Doug's Dad is true to form. I don't think I've ever visited him without seeing him wear at least one Charlie Brown or Snoopy shirt:Both of those pictures were taken this last Christmas.

We all tried to treat Doug like a King on Father's Day. We got up and made him a yummy breakfast to include French Toast, Sausage, Hash Browns, Eggs, Juice...the works. It's all about starting the day off right. He unfortunately had a meeting at 8 AM so he didn't really get to sleep in. :( When he came home from his meeting we let him open some presents: The kids did an awesome job singing to him in Church. Jordan even had the opportunity to sing a solo. After church, we fired up the grill. Yummy. We ended the night with some Chocolate Cream pie.

Thanks to all 3 of these great Dads!

Friday, June 12, 2009

Happy Birthday!

Today my first born is a tween. I can't believe how old I am....I mean, how old he is. :) Yep...Jordan turned 10 today. He had a great birthday. Doug came home from Scout Camp this morning which was a great present. Jordan didn't want a big party. He just wanted a couple of friends over to swim and BBQ some hot dogs. He loves Sonic the hedgehog and I finally broke down and made him a Sonic the Hedgehog Cake. He has asked for a Sonic cake for about 3 years now, so I thought I would make it this year before he outgrows him. I actually have a lot of fun making birthday cakes. I love how the camera caught the splash behind Kaylee on this picture. So cool!
(I wanted to put this picture of Mason in because if you notice on the corner of the table, he insisted on trying a flaming hot cheese puff. He made a funny face and drank about half of his apple juice after trying it, but I was actually surprised at how mild his reaction was.)Jordan had a great party and a great day. Some days I still remember Jordan like this: This is in 2001...a little over a month after he turned 2. Blonde Blonde hair. He felt so privileged that I would let him hold Kaylee for this picture and he didn't care that she was screaming her head off. What a sweet day that was. Happy Birthday Jordan!

Tuesday, June 9, 2009


It's official. Doug accepted a job in Greeley, CO. We are super excited and overwhelmed at the same time. This is a HORRIBLE time to sell the house, but we know it's time to move. We have lived in Pahrump for over 5 years and have made some awesome friends. I keep telling myself that I'm not losing my friends, but I'll have the opportunity to gain more. I hope all of my Pahrump friends will keep in touch with us. I am SOOOOO excited that we are moving closer to family. Greeley happens to be only 1 hour away from my sister and her family. Hooray! Family means everything to us. If you know of anyone looking to buy a house....please send them our way!

Friday, June 5, 2009

Kindergarten Graduation

Two posts in one day?! Sorry...I'm just catching up.
Lexi graduated from Kindergarten on Wednesday. She has loved her teacher, Mrs. Englund:
All of the kids were given colored shirts to represent flowers. They handed out a flower poem at the beginning and end of the school year with the analogy of our child "blossoming" throughout the year. So cute.
Of course the day started out with "getting ready" for graduation. I took this as an excellent opportunity to do some up do hairstyles:
First Lexi:

Then her friend Alexa:

They were both ready to head to school:
During the graduation I didn't get the best seat. I had a pretty good view until the kid in front of me switched with his mom next to him. So instead of getting that "cute video" that I had anticipated, I came away with a couple of pictures. Lexi did a great job with knowing all of the words of each song. Here is a picture of her singing the Restaurant song:
I love this next picture because I snapped 3 photos and they either had their eyes shut or were being silly. That's WHY I like it. These girls are usually really silly together.


The second graders held their annual spelling bee and Kaylee was chosen to participate. They had each second grade class choose their top 3 spellers making it a total of 12 participants. I was able to go and watch the spelling bee and Kaylee did a great job. She came in 4th place. I don't think many caught this, but the judges realized that they had been conducting the entire spelling bee with the challenge words (which were supposed to only be used when it came down to the last two participants). They didn't use the regular words at all (these were words that they were tested on throughout the year during class). I was sitting near the judges and overheard them when they realized this. I think all of the kids did a great job and I didn't mind them using the challenge words the entire made the spelling bee go by quickly and all of the kids were REALLY challenged. :) There was also an awards assembly that same day. Kaylee received an academic award for receiving straight A's throughout the entire year. Jordan received 3 awards...Academic (for also getting all A's throughout the year), one in Music for participating in the Mt Charleston Choir, and one for Math...for getting 100 percent on the Math CRT (state test). Way to go kids!
Did you notice that Kaylee's hair is all wavy in the above picture? The day before was pajamas day at school and she asked me to do her hair like this:

This took a while, but the result was wavy hair the next day.