Tuesday, June 16, 2015

A Blog Post, shamefully overdue...

I have been an awful blogger this entire year.  There is too much to post about in detail, but I have some pictures to share to sum up what we've been doing since March.  

 We visited Lego Americana in the mall with the Lego store.  It was real neat.
 The boys on St. Patrick's Day!
 We had a week full of activities when the boys were on Spring Break.  Here they are at one park. 
 Here they are at another park.
We celebrated Easter and had General Conference weekend at the same time.  The boys get a book and new stuffed animal for Easter with a little candy.

We enjoyed a few last trips to the Aquarium before our yearly pass expired.
 We loved the few times that we were in the shark tank alone.
 The boys enjoying the shark tank.
 My side of the family was able to get together for Glen and Rosemary's graduations from BYU-Idaho.
Our family in April 2015.
The boys and the graduates.
 With my siblings.
 Tanner participated in an opera with his class along with the 2nd, and 3rd grade P.A.L. classes.  He was Hansel and Gretel's father.  
 I celebrated my 32nd birthday.  Stephen made me this awesome origami quilt.
 Stephen and I being silly.
 My side of the family got together again for My Mom's college graduation the beginning of May.  Here are my parents with the boys.
 We had the wonderful opportunity to attend the Payson Temple Open House in May as well.


 It is a very beautiful temple!
 The boys and I on Mother's Day.  It was also my first week in my new calling as a Relief Society teacher.
 The boys on the last day of school.
Summer fun has begun.  Movies on Friday, Parables on Tuesday-Thursday.  Monday is kind of a freebie day so far we have walked to the library and played at the park and yesterday we had Stephen's birthday.
We went to Provo to see an Origami Exhibit.  It was a lot of fun.

 The boys at the park.
 Trying out the house built on a rock and sand for themselves.
 Stephen turned 34 yesterday.  The boys worked hard and making little Mario Character drawings for him.  We glued them together and framed it so that he can take it to work.
 He had a Jurassic World cake which worked out since Stephen and I had just seen the movie on Saturday.  We had a lot of fun doing that, despite that I got really sick afterwards.  The boys enjoyed playing with Grandma, Grandpa, and Aunt Kimmy.

That is a very brief update on what we've been doing the last few months!

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Porter's Birthday

Porter is 5 years old!  I can't believe it.  I love this kid so much. :) video

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

December

I meant to be a better blogger, but time slips away.  December is always a busy month.  Tanner had a Christmas program  that was a lot of fun to watch.  I wish Vance's school had done the same thing.  We enjoyed going to the Mormon Tabernacle Choir Christmas concert this year.  They had the Sesame Street Muppets and Santino Fontana.  I don't think they could ever have a bad concert, but the guests made it especially fun this year.

We decided to focus on how we could share the gift of Jesus Christ this holiday season.  Tanner decided he wanted to do a Nativity scene picture, Porter decided to try and be nicer to his brothers, and Vance decided to be kinder to all people.
Here is Tanner's finished product.  We hung it up on the wall after he finished it.
 Porter has been a Sunbeam this year.  We are really sad that he will be getting new teachers come January because we've absolutely loved his teachers, especially one.  She has just gone above and beyond with her calling.  She brought Porter some peppermint play doh and he thinks it is so fun to play with.  We will miss her as his teacher.
 Vance turned 9 this year!  He is getting to be so grown up.  Stephen took the day off and we enjoyed it as a family.
 Vance wanted to go to the aquarium for his birthday so we did that.

 He was excited to get a basketball.  Porter said, "A basketball???  That's lame."  Guess it is a good thing it wasn't his birthday present.  Haha.
 We stayed home for Christmas aside from visiting with Stephen's family.  We had an enjoyable time being together as a family.  It is my favorite thing in the world.

Hopefully I will be a better blogger in the coming year!

Monday, December 22, 2014

Vance's Birthday slideshow

Happy 9th Birthday to my oldest son Vance!  We love him to pieces.  Here is a slideshow of pictures from the past year.
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Thursday, November 20, 2014

November

November has been flying by.  I can't believe that Thanksgiving is in a week!  One Monday we took a little time during FHE to do this little thankful craft.  It is funny how much larger Stephen's hand is compared to the rest of us.  I even put their rest of our hands up a little higher so it wasn't quite so bad.  I'm sure as the boys continue to grow someday a little project like this will show me with the smallest hands.  :)  Vance is only about 6 inches shorter than me or so and growing every second.
 The boys participated in our ward's primary program this past week.  I sat and watched.  It was the first time that I haven't been in primary in some form or another in a LONG time!  I was released from playing the piano for primary the end of September.  It was nice to watch the boys faces as they did their parts and not the back of their heads.  They all did a great job.
 Tanner got an honorable mention for his Reflections Art Project last night.  He worked really hard on this project.  He drew, outlined, colored, and did a little water color with it as well.  His cousin won a trophy and gets to go on to the district level competition.  Tanner seemed perfectly happy for her and I am glad he wasn't jealous.  They entered in the same category and it was the one with the most entries by far.  There age also included k-2nd grades.  Great job kiddos!  The theme was "The World Would be a better place" and Tanner thought our world would be a better place if we kept the oceans clean.  There are people trying to pick up and clean near the ocean in his picture.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Grandpa, Pumpkins and Halloween

My dad came for a little visit in October.  We don't get to see him or my mom too often so it was nice to have him here.  The boys enjoyed telling him all about the latest video game they are obsessed with (Pikmin 3) and we have been enjoying some Washington apples he brought.  :)
 We painted our pumpkins one day. Here are the boys with their pumpkins before they painted them.
Here they are after they painted them.
 Vance enjoyed making a jack-o-latern type pumpkin face.  I think he was channeling one he saw on "It's the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown".
 Porter just had fun painting away.  I like the colors he picked to go with the orange pumpkin.
 Tanner made a Pikmin (of course).  :)
We took the boys to the aquarium in their costumes and they had a great time.  Everyone commented on our little R2-D2 and we even had a Slytherin comment on how nice our Harry Potter looked. 
The aquarium had pumpkins, spider webs, and skeletons throughout the place.  This fish really liked hanging out by this particular pumpkin.  It was funny.  Tanner is really good at coming up with funny poses to do for the camera.
Here are our Trunk or Treaters.  We went to Holly's church to trunk or treat again this year.  We had a good time with them.  This picture is of the boys in character which is why Porter is not smiling.
 My mother-in-law made the costumes again this year and as always did a fantastic job.  Vance is really good at picking out fun things to be for Halloween. I think he made the perfect Harry Potter and he had fun.  He's already worn the tie for church and for tie day at school.
Tanner spent a long time deciding what he wanted to be for Halloween.  He finally decided that a ninja sounded fun.  He used origami ninja stars and had fun in his school's Halloween parade and class party.
 Porter enjoyed being R2-D2.  We got tons of comments wherever we went when he was in costume.  My sister-in-law helped with the drawing and some of the painting.  He looked so cute in it.  I couldn't help, but giggle at him.  He had fun trying to make R2-D2 noises.