Sunday, June 29, 2014

Sadie's Preschool Program

It's the end of the school year and there is lots going on! Sadie had a preschool program at the end of her school year. Shawn just started work at BYU so he wasn't able to come. It was Nursery Rhymes theme. They were all so cute singing and dancing to the songs. They did LOTS of songs! Afterwards, they watched a slideshow of the year. It was fun to see all the fun things they did. Sadie doesn't tell me much.
 Sadie's first song she was in is Jack and Jill. I loved that they held hands!
This was a rock version of the nursery rhyme "Baa, Baa Black Sheep". The sunglasses were a nice touch.
Miss Amy and Miss Kristen (sorry your eyes are half closed!) were the best teachers! I'm sad they aren't teaching next year. They are sisters and worked together so well. Sadie didn't know much in the beginning and by the end of the year she is singing spelling songs and READING! I've never had a reader before Kindergarten and Shawn still wants to hold her back?! Ah! I hope we don't regret it!

Friday, June 27, 2014

Mother's Day

My family makes Mother's Day a day to look forward to. The kids love helping Shawn make breakfast and to bring it to me in bed on my fine china. Nice touch! See how they wrote MOM with the cinnamon butter? Shawn went all out and made a HUGE breakfast! He even bought my favorite...cinnamon rolls (although homemade is MUCH better!). They spoiled me with cards and presents. Brinley made a huge book of all her art work from school. Shawn got me a pedicure. Sadie made me a darling necklace. I have the best kids and husband that make me feel so special on this day. I always love church too on Mother's Day. We all get to go to Relief Society while the youth do Primary. We got a cookie from Smart Cookie too. Love that!

It was kind of a Mother's Day weekend. Cambree did a whole program at school. They call it Muffins for Moms. It was the perfect program that brought tears to our eyes. :)
Do you see her? The tall one in the back?
 After the program, we went back to her classroom for muffins and games.
Looks just like me!
Her teacher was pretty awesome this year. SO complimentary of Cambree and helped her grow. LOVE her!

We had my family over on Saturday to celebrate my mom. We had dinner and had a ping-pong tournament. It was down to Shawn and my mom (she is really good!). Shawn didn't get the memo to let my mom win. ;) We also celebrated my dad's birthday which was coming up.
On Sunday after church, we went to Ryan's house to have dinner with Barbara and Larry to celebrate mother's day with them. After dinner, the kids went down to watch a movie in the theater room. Their house is the fun house!


I am so blessed to be surrounded by such wonderful mothers and to be a mother myself. It's one of the greatest blessings in my life and I'm so thankful.


Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Hippie Run!

So last year I did The Color Run and it was one of the funnest things I've ever done! I loved it! So I decided it would be fun to do another fun run and thought The Hippie Run would be great fun. I talked my friend (Heather) and her husband (Chris) and Shawn into doing it with me. It's a 5K Glow Run so it started at 9:00 p.m. I bought a bunch a glow sticks and our SWAG bag was full of fun stuff too. (The line to get the SWAG was ridiculous! We waited at Cabella's in the rain for almost an hour to get it. I wish they would've planned that better so we didn't have to wait so long.) I had family over that day (for Mother's Day) and we weren't able to get there too early. I guess they had Zumba and a dance party to kick it off...but it was freakishly cold and rainy that day so I didn't mind we were late. Luckily, the wind and rain stopped shorty after the run started. I wasn't in as good of shape as I used to be and didn't run the whole thing...almost though. Heather and Chris left us in the dust and ran the whole thing (of course Shawn could've run the whole thing even though he hardly ever exercises! Men!). We stopped in some blow-up glow tunnels and took some pictures and just took our time. It was nice. At the end, they had another dance party. I felt like I was 20 again but my moves didn't show it. :) Afterward, we went over to my friend's house for hot chocolate. We were cold!
I think I'm hooked! I might just have to do one a year!

Brinley thought the run sounded fun so for Family Home Evening on Monday night, we had a glow-in-the-dark dance party of our own. The kids were loving it!

Sunday, June 22, 2014

BYU Women's Conference

I was SUPER excited when I was contacted by BYU to be a photographer for Women's Conference. I guess they wanted women to take pictures because they would capture the real feeling of it. I guess the men that are the BYU photogs don't catch the vision. They would give me free tickets and access to everything. Sweet! In return, I just had to take pictures. I was wanting to go anyway but didn't think I could make it work. Now I had to! I arranged for my kids to go to coop and came back when coop was over. I wish I could've stayed all day but I'm a mom too. :) My mom and her sisters go every year so it would be fun to be with them some of the time too.
I'm official! It was a little intimidating to just walk up to people and take their picture. I was able to do it easier when I had my mom or someone with me. I'm still shy, I guess.
After hearing Matt Townsend (GREAT lecture on Marriage Communication), I went to the Sharing Stations. I got up some courage and talked to people and got some good pictures...these 2 were such cute sisters and gave some great ideas on how to serve in hospital NICUs.

One of the many projects they complete at this Conference. It's amazing all they get done and how many women want to serve!
 The tulips were gorgeous!
 The droves of people going to the Marriott Center.
 My mom and her sisters....it was easy to get a picture of them!

 You gotta have a mint brownie while you're there!
That night, I went back for the concert. They let me go down on the floor but secluded me to the side. It was an awful view so I had to keep getting up and moving around to get good pictures. And then the ASL lady was in many pictures.
Jenny Oaks Baker was amazing on the violin. Hudson Lights were entertaining and put on a good show.

Mercy River sang beautifully too. Then, I was sick of sitting by myself and went WAY up in the nosebleeds to sit by my mom and sisters. The mom of the little girl that was killed in the New Jersey school shooting was there and everyone was in tears at her story of how she handled it.

The next day, I met up with my mom and aunts to hear John Bytheway. We arrived early to get seats. He was amazing as always! I haven't heard from him in years! I was glad he was there.
A lady in my ward said she saw my name in the program. I was like "What?" So I scoured the program and didn't find my name but I did find a PRESENTER who's name was Melissa Hancock. Turns out, we almost have the same life but I would NEVER present at Women's Conference! She is a stay-at-home mom of four, photographer, blogger, Primary teacher (I'm in YW's), and seeks to find joy and purpose each day. She was presenting the topic "Young Motherhood: A divine, eternal mission. I wanted to go and then I could meet her and tell her we were the same but we went to lunch instead. :) Kinda crazy!
Shawn took us to the Canon Center for lunch. As an employee, he gets lunch for $5 so it was a great buffet meal for a good price! We were all stuffed!



Here we are at a little photo booth. My Aunt Ginny, my mom, me and Aunt Patsy. Aunt Rae and Doralyn were too comfy in their seats to join us. ;)
This old lady was so cute getting all fancied up for her picture!

 My Aunt Ginny wasn't there the day before so she needed her close-up!
 I also ran into a friend of friend there...so of course I had to take their picture!

 Ha! The bathroom lines are always LONG!! And no chance of this...
  While I played my kids had fun at coop. My friend sent me this picture while I was gone.
 I sure had a great time and a re-charge! I love Women's Conference. I heard one woman almost in tears explaining how she's never seen or heard anything like this and was just blown away. It is amazing how many women come and want to learn and listen while they work on various knitting or sewing projects. It's so great! Women are amazing!!!

Sunday, June 8, 2014

April Mish-mash

Whew! April was a blur with all the renovating. Sorry...most of these are reno pictures.

Easton had all the ponies out and was playing with them for a bit.
I didn't get a good before picture of our living/dining room. It was a gold color. We are still working on it so I don't have an after picture yet.
For Shawn's birthday, we went out to lots of restaurants. He really wanted a mushroom swiss burger at Culver's…not my fav. For dinner, we went to Olive Garden. One of my favs!
He wanted a cheesecake for his birthday cake. He turned 36!
This was what was happening while we were on vacation. Shawn was busy working hard! He took up all the flooring except the tile in the entryway.

And this what what the house looked like when we came home. We wanted the main walkways done so it would be easier for kids to run around and not ruin things. It was still hard getting the kids to stay off it…especially when he put the grout on.

All done!!


Since Shawn got a new job, he kept bringing home stuff from his office. The kids wanted to play darts for Family Home Evening.

I had my first mammogram. I have lots of history of breast cancer in my family (my mom had it) and even though I don't have the BRCA gene, I wanted to get a baseline of what it all looks like in there. It actually wasn't as bad as I thought.
We watched this little 8 month old for a neighbor one afternoon. Sadie had a great time taking care of her.


The girls had their piano recital. Brinley played a Sonatina by Clemente. She really struggled with this piece and almost didn't play it but she practiced a lot the week before and played the best she's ever played (even though she made mistakes). Cambree also played a Sonatina. I don't know who it was by. She practiced this piece all. the. time. If she is ever home, she gets on the piano. I never have to ask her to play. She had it down.
We had a lovely Stake Women's Conference with Jenny Phillips singing and speaking. It was amazing. What's also amazing is how much me and Heather think alike:

I finally finished my blog book! Here's to another 3 years before I do another one.
Somehow we found time to go out on a date. We went to a yummy crepe place for dinner. It was awesome. The place was empty except for a guy and his family who Shawn used to play baseball with. He loves it when he sees people from his past.
Then we went to the musical "The Drowsy Chaperone". My friend, DeLayne, was the Chaperone in the show. It was SUCH A GOOD PRODUCTION!! We loved it! I laughed so hard! We wished we brought Brinley and Cambree.
We signed Sadie up for tot soccer this spring. She has been LOVING it! Before her first practice, she asked for weeks when she would get to play and get her soccer shirt. During her first game, I've never seen such an excited player. She was giving high fives to the coach all the time and jumping around when the action was close or exciting. It was definitely fun to watch her! She also got several goals. We might have a natural.

Unfortunately, her team was so big and only 4 kids could play on the field so there was lots of time on the sidelines. Dog pile!
So when you get new floor, you think of all the painting projects you should get done before the new floor comes. We have wanted to paint our bedroom since we moved in. You can't really tell from this picture, but it's a tan-peach color. We wanted to paint the room gray with one accent wall painted in gray-blue on paintable wallpaper. Uh, yeah? It turned out awesome!!
I've never done wallpaper before, but it's not the funnest thing. We started around 8:30 at night and finished around 12:30 a.m. and there wasn't any harsh words between the two of us. My friend that did it said to be prepared to fight. :) Haha!

I found these jewels on my camera. They found a new scary face that they think is great.