mom of four, wife to one, life is good

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Back To School


This year was exciting for us, Andrew is in the 2nd grade and Ella started Kindergarten. Andrew had a tough time adjusting to a new class without any of his friends but he is making new ones and really likes his teacher. It's all about attitude with that kid and we try our best to help him stay positive. He is a smart boy and does well, loves recess and lunch. Sometimes if I'm out running around I can catch him at recess. I love watching him play soccer or whatever with his friends, so cute to watch. Ella LOVED her first day of kindergarten and has told me it was cool and a piece of cake. She walks down with Andrew and some friends and is happy as ever to go. I am so grateful for this. I did tear up a bit when she went in the doors for the first time. I am so proud of my kids and happy to be their mom.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

This Girl Is Just Plain Cool


The other day Ella said "I just love farting". And tonight when she looked at me, squeezed out some toots and laughed I believed her.

Monday, August 23, 2010

summer is over

Today was Andrew's first day of school. This means the alarm was set, waking kids, dressing kids, feeding kids, walking Andrew to school and then off to run errands to get Ella ready for kindergarten in a week. I can't believe I am saying this but it felt good to get up and get going. I'm thinking this will wear off soon but I'll enjoy it for now. I looked at my kids last night and thought wow, they are growing up. How weird... with babies and toddlers it's hard to imagine them any bigger but now here we are. I have a 2nd grader and kindergartener, 2 kids in elementary school. So here's to life (taking a swig of my dr. pepper), growin' and learnin' and lovin'.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

boo boo

the morning after, still a little puffy

Ivy got a boo boo, and as I just typed that I am realizing how dorky it is to call it a boo boo, lets just say she got hurt. At my birthday dinner with my family Ivy fell off a chair and hit her face on another chair. She screamed, got a bloody nose and then her face swelled up. We took her to Urgent Care because her nose was huge and after an x-ray and an otterpop they sent us on our way. The doc said she had a small hairline fracture at the top of her nose but that there was nothing we could do about it. Quite the adventure. I should keep tally of how many Urgent Care visits we have had, it seems like a lot lately.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

San Diego 2010
















We enjoyed a whole week in San Diego the last week of July. We rented a little house on Mission Bay and met up with 2 families from Mesa, the Hawley's and Thomas's. Everyday we packed up our stuff and headed to the beach. It was pretty cloudy most of the time but we still managed to get sunburned. The kids loved digging in the sand and made huge holes to play in. Andrew tried boogie boarding and few times. Ella played in the water and sand, loving to get buried in it. And Ivy was so good and had a great time. We loved seeing our friends and catching up with them. All the kids got along so well, it was really a great vacation. 2 of the days we went to Legoland and that was also loved by the kids. We are thinking this beach vacation needs to happen every year, especially with our Arizona friends. I am so grateful to have a husband that loves to vacation and hang out just as much as I do. He was a fabulous boogie boarding teacher.

Saturday, August 7, 2010

A Summer Miracle







A miracle why? Mostly because Ella learned to swim. She was so afraid of the deep water, she would not leave the steps, and she would scream if you tried to make her. I found an awesome swim teacher named Linda. She has been teaching for 31 years and worked wonders with Ella. The first session was a fight! Screaming, yelling and crying. But Linda was so firm with her telling her to "Stop talking", "No more funny Ella noises", and my fav. "who's boss of this pool?". Although she was firm she was also so loving and kind to Ella. So after 3 sessions (and a lot of tears by Ella, mom and Linda) Ella loves to swim and told me that she would like to be a swim teacher when she grows up. I am so proud of her and so thankful to have found someone that could handle Ella and help her grow.

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Summer Time and the Livin's Easy

Golden Spike




Silver Lake




Kennecott Copper Mine


This summer has been a fun one, going too fast as usual but we have tried to enjoy it. We have taken the kids around a bit to see some of the things that Utah has to offer. Exciting stuff like... The Golden Spike, Silver Lake and Kennecott.