Monday, August 11, 2014

REASONS WHY

So I may post a lot about work. But I really, really enjoy what I do. Here are a couple of pictures of the fun that we have!!!

Rosemary and I playing in the pedicure room!

Designers Trissa and Danielle with our builder Nick Jensen from Spring Creek Homes

Here is one of the pow wows when Brandon stopped by!
Yes, all 3 men in the pedicure chairs getting massages!

And finally, our latest project, parade of homes!

The tux!

Fun selfies
Megan and Rosemary

Me and Nick

Me and Karlee (who has THE cutest baby bump right now!)

Deb, Sheree, and Amy

And me with a couple of curls!

We were tuckered out after Parade of Homes!!!

The best part is being able to hang out with THE BEST ladies in Pocatello and Chubbuck!!! So, sorry for posting so much about work. It's a love affair!


Thursday, July 31, 2014

THE PRESENTATION

Kate's speech this summer focused on a presentation all about stuttering. Each day, she would put together a poster describing things such as, why people stutter, the different parts that make speech happen, facts about stuttering and so on. Kate was able to give the presentation 3 times!!! The first time was to a child that was a couple years younger than her that stuttered. The next time was to a group of college students who are taking classes to become speech therapists. And the last time, was to a group of about 10 kids that are Kate's peers.

Kate and Kendra teaching all about stuttering to the kids

This summer was so great for Kate to practice all of her techniques. But the cherry on top was definitely the presentation. I think that Kate learned so much from Miss Kendra. We will definitely miss her!!! Thank you Kendra for all of your hard work!

Friday, July 18, 2014

IT'S TIME FOR A CHANGE!

Every once in awhile, it's time for a good change. I wanted Kate's hair trimmed up, but I let her decide what to do.

Here she is getting a wash!

And then the cut. I would say it was about 4 inches off!!! Perfect for summer and to clean up all of the dead ends!

And then final look! I think that she looks so much more grown up! I can't believe how big she is getting! Thank you Peggey for taking care of her! She had such a good time and felt so big telling you exactly what she wanted!

Love you Miss Kate!

Sunday, July 13, 2014

GOODBYE AND HELLO - PUPPY DAY!

I lightly rubbed Kate to wake her up and said "Good morning!" The first words out of her mouth was "PUPPY DAY!!!" Needless to say, we had no problem getting the kids ready for the morning. Of course, we did have to say goodbye to our besties!

Side note. I have never stayed in a hotel where there was a mini fridge in the bathroom right next to a scale. I wonder if that is a hint! Definitely was a shocker!!!

Faith and Cambrie

Kate loved this little cutie!!!

 The girls! Cambrie, Myah, Kate, and Faith

The boys! Chase, Kaden, Ethan, and Dawson


After I looked through the pictures, I thought that it was so funny that between our 2 families, we have 4 girls and 4 boys! Here the group is together!


Of course, I had told Rachel that I wasn't going to cry. At this point though, the tears started to come out and I just couldn't help it!

I loved that our men were both wearing red! And Will in true fashion, was wearing his AERO shirt!


Chase wanted part of the action! He was so sweet with our family! Hugs all of the time! I will definitely miss them!

Quick picture of Cambrie, Sara, and I. Before the tears got too bad.

We said goodbye for now. They headed on a long 10 hour drive, and we headed to IHop before we went to get our puppy.
     

 Thumbs up for the special day and the chance to eat at their favorite breakfast spot!


The two big girls! We look awesome in this picture!!!

After a great breakfast, we headed to Heber City to pick up our puppy. During the week, we went through a process of elimination to pick a name for our puppy. We wanted a fun name, but also a name that isn't too common. We narrowed it down to Daisy and Echo. In the end, because Dawson was the only one that didn't 'vote' for pink girl, we wanted to 'keep the peace' and decided to pick the name that he liked - Echo.

Picking her up was awesome! We were given a bag full of toys for her, instructions, food, etc. Just like if you were bringing home a baby from the hospital. We were wanted to get her used to her crate, but she was not having it. All of the kids took turns on the drive home holding her, with Brandon supervising in the back seat. Yes, I was the chauffeur. She was great during the first hour. We stopped at Amy and Justin's house to show off our baby girl!

Andrew LOVED her!!!

But the funniest part was that she went right to Justin who is allergic to dogs. (So am I!) You can tell he was thrilled about it!

But he got used to it and reported later that evening that he was okay!

After spending some quality time visiting with our family, we headed back to Pocatello. She totally passed out for a good amount of time in the van. Doesn't she look comfortable ... and cute???


After the long drive, we made it home to start training our new puppy. The kids want to not only celebrate her birthday (5/10/14), but to also celebrate puppy day, the day that we brought her home. I have a feeling that she is going to be spoiled!

Saturday, July 12, 2014

WHEN IN UTAH...

When in Utah, is it customary to go to Temple Square? We thought that it would be a fun (free) place to hang out for the afternoon!

First stop was Chic-Fil-A. Who knew that it would be dress like a cow day and get free food??? We ended up picking the wrong spot for sure!!! BUT, the kids did get their picture taken with the cow!

First stop was by the conference center and the kids wanted a picture. Somehow Will ended up being the only adult sitting! 


Our family! This is suiting I think!

Myah and Kate

We checked out the North Visitor's Center and the Christus statue.


There was a cool wall downstairs there and I had the kids stand against the wall. I didn't notice at the time, but the word Listen is in the center. Very fitting I think.

Dawson doesn't do escalators... so when he actually did it, we had him go back down and up again so we could mark this in the books! Way to go Dawson!


Our family in front of the Salt Lake Temple


We also ran over to the church museum



And the Beehive house

And the Joseph Smith Memorial building (I LOVE the view up there!)

Yes, this is usually the face that we get from Dawson! Sad, huh???

The day slipped away by going to the hotel, swimming, and ordering Watasch Pizza (which was pretty good.) We enjoyed our time to be in Utah and also to visit with the Bohney family!

Monday, July 7, 2014

3RD TIME FOR SUMMER SPEECH

Kate did not want to do speech therapy for the summer, but I thought that it would be a good thing for her and for the students. Many speech therapists don't work with stuttering kids/adults, so this is a good opportunity for them to learn what to do and practice. The parents get to watch speech therapy from behind that special glass, like police offices use. I took a picture of Kate and Kendra working hard. Kendra was having her watch herself on the video and see if she could hear disfluencies. This was something that she has never done before, but I think that it has helped!

This has been our 3rd summer with Kate at speech therapy. Faith also attended for one summer when she was 4 or 5. It was great! I can't say enough about how much we love ISU! It is so great that the students are motivated to work hard and have their students improve. It's a win-win.

Kate also asked if Myah would come that day and watch. Which was sweet!!! Here she is enjoying the hour of speech therapy. She really did love watching her and being there with me!

Thank you for being such a good friend Myah!!! We love you and you are beautiful!!!