Saturday, May 28, 2011

hiking to the escalante cross

 The kids enjoyed hiking to the cross this morning. It was a perfect day, not too hot or cold, mostly cloudy. Nobody complained the entire way!

I love the face Josh is making in this picture :)


Lovely view of the valley. We're really going to miss seeing these mountains every day right outside our front door.

Friday, May 20, 2011

Brandon's impromptu b-day party

 My parents were watching Brandon and Makenna, and decided to throw Brandon an early party. He turns 11 tomorrow. We had pizza and cake,
 the kids played a little Apples to Apples, acted crazy, and laughed a lot. Happy birthday Brandon :)


Friday, May 13, 2011

our last preschool graduation ever...

Josh, saying his line, "We also learned how wonderful our bodies are...to take good care of them...to be healthy and strong." (an adaptation of what he was supposed to say.)

Showing off his yearbook.

All of us enjoyed the show, especially the song about "buckle up" where the kids sang a silly song to parents and grandparents about buckling our seat belts every time we get in the car.

Getting his diploma from Miss Tiffany.

Josh and his good friend Wyatt.

Graduation dinner at Two Jack's Pizza with Grandpa and Grandma.

You can't tell in this picture, but Chris and Grandpa are wearing the same shirt...
guess the rest of us didn't get the memo to wear our white plaid shirts. 

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

mother-daughter Diva Derby


Our ward had a "Diva Derby" where each mother and daughter got to make a pinewood derby car together. There weren't any rules or weight limits. Ashley's is the pink one with the girl waving from the driver's seat. We decorated with fingernail decals and sparkly nail polish.

Here we are waiting anxiously for our car to race...

Ready. Set. GO!

Does it look like we won? Nope.

But Ashley didn't care because they had face painting,

and photo opportunities,

(this picture snuck into the middle somehow...)

they got cotton candy that is bigger than their heads,

and played a Match the Mother game. Everyone could tell this was me because Ashley looks a little bit like me. (sorry it's blurry, we don't have a scanner and I was born LONG before digital cameras were invented.)

one famous dad

Here's Josh posing in front of the giant poster of Chris at the Museum.
Chris loves to see his face larger than life every single morning, I'm sure... ;-)

Saturday, May 7, 2011

this is what I get for Mother's Day...

I walked down the hill to the school on Friday to watch Ethan's mother's day program. When I got there, the teacher rushed up to me and said, "Ethan's in the office." As we walked toward the office, she started going on about how she hopes he is okay, and explained how he fell off the monkey bars and got hurt, and how glad they were that they knew I'd be arriving any moment.

Several adults in the hallway said, "Oh, good, is this his mom?" and I started to wonder what was going on.
Then I heard the shrieking :)

Ethan was crumpled up on the nurse's bench screaming every time he tried to move. It was swollen, and he cried as he stood up to go out to my car. That's when I realized...I walked to school. One of the office ladies offered to drive me home so I could get my car to come pick up Ethan. It never crossed any of our minds that she could drive Ethan home WITH me.

She said she would check Ashley out when she got back to school, so we could leave quickly. When I walked back into the school, I could hear Ethan shrieking still. The other office lady looked like she wanted to strangle me for leaving him there.

To make a long story short, we got to the doctor's office where they quickly took some x-rays. His elbow had signs of trauma, and even though the Dr. couldn't see an actual fracture, he said he was pretty sure there was a small fracture on the back of his elbow, not to mention the strange scratch on his bone that wasn't supposed to be there. He worried that Ethan dislocated/damaged his growth plate and told us to see a specialist, just to make sure he doesn't need surgery. So now we're crossing our fingers that we won't have to spend a fortune on his elbow...

Here's to hoping your mother's day program wasn't as exciting as mine!

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

third grade track meet

Waiting in the long line for the softball throw, which is apparently a track and field sport...

throwing the softball



Just hanging out with Josh at the track meet. We didn't get a picture of Ethan running the 50 yard dash, but it was fun to watch the races.

Standing long jump. He can jump pretty high without bending his knees.
I wonder how high he would have jumped if he'd bent them a little :)