Friday, July 18, 2014


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


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!

Monday, July 7, 2014


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!!!

Monday, June 30, 2014


Brandon's birthday came during a very busy time for us this year! The Bohney's had just arrived and we were also preparing for the puppy!!! I also had the opportunity to speak in church that Sunday. So not only was I unable to make him breakfast that day (one of our traditions), or dinner that night, but he was also left to make his very own birthday cake!!!

He chose a strawberry lemonade cake.

This was a perfect cake for the summertime. Light, fluffy, with a bit of tang to it!!!

We invited our families over, but the Bohney's made up the biggest part of the group. It was really fun to visit, eat cake, and then see Brandon's reaction to his Boise State shirt...

Dawson though it was the best!

 Chase and Dawson trying out the new wear for Brandon!

Happy birthday babe! I love you so much and hope that you had the best day!!! Next year, I will make it up to you ... breakfast, dinner, and cake!

Monday, June 23, 2014


We were so excited to go and see all 5 puppies. They are miniature labradoodles. We really had to work to contain our energy. The breeders had a large basket that they brought all 5 in. All too adorable. Here's what we noticed.

Pink girl: Immediately went to Faith and was snuggling.

Purple girl: She would yap and bark at each of the other puppies. It was as if she was pushing all of the buttons of the other puppies. She was the runt, so that might have been part of it as well.

Blue boy: Probably going to be the biggest of the group of puppies. He was the only one that would play fetch and was going up the stairs to one of the kids. Very interactive.

Green boy: A good mix of all of them, but not a snuggler. Fur was more of a poodle than lab.

Orange boy: He hid in the corner behind the green chair and got under the checker dresser. Twice! But he let me hold him like a baby and that was fun.

So, how do you decide? We decided to go through the process of elimination, since we felt like that would be the easiest. First one to go? Purple girl. She was a little trouble maker. The next one to go was Blue boy. I felt like he probably had one of the highest energy. We didn't want a dog that had more energy than we had. After talking for a little bit with the kids, we realized that Orange boy was the worst pick of the liter for us. He hid and avoided us ... which dogs that age should not be doing. So after that we were left with Pink girl and Green boy. We decided that each of our family would circle pink or green. Everyone voted for pink except for Dawson. But he was okay with our pick. So, we decided on this good looking puppy!

We can't wait until we get to take her home! It's like Christmas around here...

Thursday, June 19, 2014


Faith and I planned a girls day with some other friends. When they were not able to come, we decided we would still head to this movie - The Fault in our Stars. It is Faith's all time favorite book. She read it 19 times in 3 weeks. It was a book that I recommended to her. I loved it.

Here is our selfie before the movie started! Faith LOVES selfies!!!

And, of course, we had to bring a lot of tissues.

Faith's review: It was incredibly true to the bok, which surprised me. John Green, the author was allowed to go behind the scenes with the actors and director, which is rare. Josh Boone (director) thank you very much for staying so true to the book that there are book quotes, the places look the same as they did in the book, and the outfits were the same and it was AMAZING. Shailene Woodley did such an amazing job of portraying Hazel and it felt as if she was the character instead of trying to be the character. Ansel Elgort was a great actor too and I loved that portrayed the pain and loss of not being able to do things by yourself. I loved that they didn't need to look cool all the time, and that's the truth. Like (SPOILER ALERT) when Augustus dies, pain is etched into Hazel's face and she sobs heartbroken sobs and grabs her mother for the support she needs. Also, before that, when she goes to pick Augustus up in the middle of the night because he wanted a pack of cigarettes, he has blood dripping from his mouth and his face is, also, etched with pain. Overall, its a very splendid, fantabulous, and AWESOME movie that everyone should watch. (READ THE BOOK FIRST!)(:

Did we cry? Yes!!! From now on, I think that I will choose to watch the sad movies at home so that I can pause ... blow my nose ... and continue to watching great stuff! Thank you, Faith, for coming to the movie with me! Okay? Okay.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014


I really can't believe how much the puppies have changed in a couple of weeks. 5 1/2 weeks old right now! I think that they are even cuter than before. We are excited to pick out our puppy and make final preparations before the official adoption day!!!

We are also still debating on names, so if you have any to add to the mix, please comment and give us some  ideas. Christmas is getting so close!!! We know we are going to love our chog!