September 19, 2011

My Little Chef

My cute J LOVES to cook!

September 16, 2011

Family Party

We had a little party to celebrate the birthdays of J, Michael, and Dani.
What a good looking family, don't you think?

Sierra and Tate

I feel so blessed to live by so many family members. And even though I don't see them all the time, it is so nice when we are all together. It's always so much fun! I just love them!

Jakob Asher

S and baby Jakob Asher!

T has always loved babies!

We all love him!

M with Jakob and Tal!

We were so excited that Jakob Asher was born and that all went well. He is such a cute guy and we are so glad that he is part of our family:)

September 14, 2011

Flag Burning Ceremony (from July)

The Scouts were invited to participate in a Flag Burning Ceremony.
It was a pretty neat experience. They each got to carry a flag and give it to a soldier to be thrown into the fire.

T & his friend carrying their flags.

The flag S carried was huge.

There were hundreds of flags burned that day. Very cool.

September 13, 2011

First Day of Scool

4th Grade

My baby is in 4th grade. CRAZY! She is definitely full of life, she is a little chatterbox. She loves to play with friends. She is growing up too fast, she thinks we should treat her like a teenager, we are in trouble with that one! We are excited about this year and think she will grow and learn a lot. She's dancing 4 hours a week and also keeps busy with activity days. She loves to play with babies and is always excited when her little cousins come over. She's got a spunky little attitude and I love everything about her!

5th Grade

This guy was not super excited to start school this year, but after a few days decided that it won't be that bad. He has an awesome teacher who S is really enjoying. He's been staying after school a few days a week to help clean up. They recently went on a field trip and he was in charge of finding parent volunteers to go with the class. I think it made him feel very important to have that responsibility. He is really enjoying scouts and has just earned several scout pins. He made a personal goal to run more to stay in shape, and has done a really good job at trying to do this every day. He is always full of energy, and I love him SO much!

7th Grade!

This was M's first year of Jr. High. She was so excited to start. T was very helpful with walking her around the school and showing her where all of her classes were. The first couple days were an adjustment for her, but she is doing great now. She likes most of her classes. She is super dependable and always gets her work done without being asked. She loves to babysit and has gotten quite a few babysitting jobs lately. She is dancing A LOT. She practices 11 hours a week. . But, it's her love. And she's super good at it. I love watching her learn and grow. I love watching her dance. I just love her!

8th Grade

T thinks he's big bad stuff now that he's in 8th grade. He thinks he should get to stay up later than everyone. Only problem is that he doesn't want to get up in the mornings. He keeps busy with homework, scouts, and cross country. The other day they ran 4 1/2 miles for practice. I don't know how he does it. He is super athletic. He is the Deacon's Quorum President and the Sr. Patrol Leader for Scouts. He's a good kid when he wants to be, and I love him:)

I can't believe school has already been in for 4 weeks. CRAZY! I wasn't sure I was ready for it to even start, but we are getting the hang of things. The switch from carefree summer days-late nights-sleeping in to homework-bed times-schedules has been a big adjustment for us this year. But, we are making it all work.

September 11, 2011

Court of Honor

(Horrible picture quality, I know.)
T was elected Sr. Patrol Leader for his troop.

At the court of honor last month T earned several awards.
First, he earned his First Class! He's worked very hard for this advancement, and I'm so proud of him. He also earned the Camping merit badge, some kind of patch for the camp out they went on, and a few others. He's really enjoying scouting and has some great leaders. He's one step closer to getting to his Eagle!




Welcome to the world of braces. They go their braces on almost a month ago and we've already been to the orthodontist 5 times. Such fun!

J Turned 9!

Now that we have a power cord, I can actually use my computer. My little baby turned 9 on the 27th of August. I can hardly believe she is all grown up. She had some very specific things in mind that she wanted to do for her birthday. First on the list was Trafalga.

First she wanted everyone to ride the "Frog Hopper".

Next on the agenda was rock climbing.

They all took turns.

The girls finished and then we were off to do Laser Tag.

The girls, DH and I rode the merry-go-round and...

...the boys rode the go-carts.

They also did the bumper boats. DH and I opted not to do that activity. We wanted to stay dry.

J wanted to go to Grandmas for dinner, presents, and cake. So when we were all done at Trafalga, we made our way over there to enjoy the rest of her birthday.

This cute little girl is always so much fun to be around.

J with her chocolate cake and pink frosting made to order.

I hope she had a wonderful party. I love this girl so much and am so glad she is part of our family. How lucky I am to be her mom!

September 9, 2011


Totally wishing that we were still playing in the water and enjoying careless summer days!

Scout Pins

S got 3 scout pins at the last pack night. He's on his way to getting his Webelos badge!

Computer Woes

I hate not having a computer. Our power cord broke and so we've been without the use of a computer for several weeks now. I hate it. We really need to get a new one so the kiddos can use it for school AND so I can blog. I might be able to sneak a few posts while I'm at school. We'll see!