Sunday, August 31, 2014

FINISHED #6

I'm pleased to let you all know that our baby, Miss Kate, will now have a stocking for Christmas. She is only 7 1/2... don't laugh!!!

She is so excited to have her completed stocking!

 A closer up picture

The crazy penguin... His eyes are a bit kooky!

I have to say that I am just as excited as Kate is. It's taken me a couple of movies (okay... a lot of movies) with the family to get this project finished. It had a total of 138 pieces that had to be cut and attached... Quite a lot of work and definitely the hardest stocking out of the 5 to do. Whew! 

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

FIRST DAY OF AZKABAN 2014-2015

Yes, my kids actually call school Azkaban!

Our tradition is always pancakes for the first day of school. This year, I thought that I would make it easier and just do yellow for both the Panthers and the Hawks. You can't really tell, but yes, it is dyed yellow.

Then I made the first letter of their name and put the number of small pancakes to represent which grade they are in.
Kate's in 2nd

Dawson's in 5th

Faith's in 8th

This one is getting so big!


Dawson is now in 5th grade!


The first wave of kids off to school


Faith's in 8th grade and growing up so much!

  
Annual Yahoo/BooHoo Breakfast at Geraldine's!
Here is my breakfast and my picture!

I really enjoy this tradition and being able to visit with friends and neighbors each year. I think that all of us (except Amber G.) were SO happy that school started. I am looking forward to a routine... and I think that my kids love to play with friends during the day.

Adeline, Ann, Josi, Rachel, Amber, Kendra

Mary Kae, Amber, Jess, Klive, Marin, and Amy

The girls playing and having a great first day of school - LOL!

And the other tradition on the first and last day of school is to make cookies. Per Dawson's request, we did cake mix cookies and all of the kids loved them! They said they were the best cookies I've ever made (laughing really hard right about now!) I think I'll stop trying to impress them and just make the quickest cookies that we can! Here is what was left over from 2 batches. (The kids are finally getting the hang of it and coming to get their cookie!)

Here's to a great year of learning, fun with friends, and more traditions like this!!!

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

MEET THE TEACHERS

We were able to meet Kate and Dawson's new teachers for the the school year 2014-2015.

Kate and Mrs. Page

And I wanted a quick selfie with her myself!!! Oh, I love this teacher as we served together in the stake primary presidency.


We stole about 30 seconds to say hi to Kate's first grade teacher, Miss Winder! Kate is really going to miss her, but we are in good hands with Mrs. Page for sure!

Finally, Dawson and Ms. Fortner! I am excited to try this 'new to Chubbuck' teacher.

We can't wait for school to get underway!!! Hooray for structure, routine, and learning more!

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

HASHTAG STAYCATION

Our whole summer this year has been all about the puppy. But we still wanted to get away for just a day. A staycation, which was decided to be Lava Hot Springs this year. We arranged to have my sister pick up Echo from the groomers and we headed out on a cloudy-ish day. It couldn't have been more perfect. Lower 80s, upper 70s. Mostly cloudy. And all of my kids and husband around me!

During our swim and riding the waterslides, Dawson began saying a ton of things starting with a hashtag. I couldn't help but laugh. Here are a few that we heard (#alot)!!!

#kitty
#imakitty
#imakittyonaturtle
#imakittydrowning
#luigiforthewin
#imacutelittlekitty
#imnevergoingonthatdeathtubeagain
#imissthelazyriveratcherryhills

Dawson, Mom, Kate

Brandon and Zoey

Faith, Dawson, and Kate

We stayed for about 4 hours, but we still had sad faces when we left. Echo's day was also quite eventful. She pooped in Tracy's car (on top of Jordan's preschool papers he had to hand in that night.) Then, she decided while Tracy was reprinting the papers that she would have a spa day in her backyard by taking a mud bath. Maddy just watched her. And so Tracy took the rest of the day off of work to bathe Echo for the 2nd time. I'm afraid I have quite a bit of making up to do for her!!! 

Echo's new doo (just face and paws were able to be cut)

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!

Saturday, July 26, 2014

FASHION SHOW WITH RAIN

We ended up doing date night going school shopping. I have to tell you that school shopping in July is just so awesome! Less people, more selections. I'm telling ya, if you haven't tried it, try it next year!!!

Kate was adorable and the cutest showing off some new clothes.





Faith also obliged with a couple of photos. I'm sure that you can tell which shirt she likes best! I'm just excited to move past the solid black phase!



Dawson. Oh my boy! He is such a particular, peculiar child. He doesn't like collars, jeans, certain designs, etc. There is not always a rhyme or reason why he likes the certain things that he likes (and vica versa.) So, in the end, he wouldn't model for me. But he did want his picture taken on Grandma Zoey's deck during a monsoon!!!


I am ready for school ... and hoping that the kids will get there soon!!! Here's to only 1 more month!