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Monday, November 21, 2011

Updating-Washington DC

We had a crazy chain of events this summer. Jared started out working in Oregon. His team wasn't doing very well, so they were all moved to Texas. That is important for later in the story. Alyssa, being 12 years old, was able to go to girl's camp with her church group this summer. I didn't want her to miss this, but I wanted to go see Jared in Texas. So, we planned for her to stay in Oceanside with a friend, go to girl's camp, and then fly to Oregon (because Jared was in Oregon when we planned all of this). Well the first thing that happened was that Jared got moved to Texas. We had to change Alyssa's flight to Texas. Second, the family of friend that Alyssa was staying with had an opportunity to go to Washington DC during the time Alyssa was scheduled to stay with them!

Alyssa loved the tour about President Lincoln. She recited it almost word for word for me! The father of the friend was awarded a very prestigious award for work he had done at his job. They were going to fly him and his wife out to receive this award in DC. We had a few options, to have Alyssa stay somewhere else, or to go with them. Well, this wonderful family decided to take Alyssa with them. What an opportunity!! LUCKY GIRL!! She had an amazing time.

Updating-June 2011

Lots happened in June. Alanna, Arya, and Savannah had been taking dance since January. They have had so much fun. They loved dressing up in their costumes to get photos taken.

Normally we wait until the girls are five years old before we let them decide if they want to get their ears pierced. Well, I was feeling a little defiant one day and let Arya get her ears pierced the day before she turned four. Poor little girl! The lady who pierced them did one ear wrong and we had to come back the next day to get it redone! Arya was great. She is so serious!

Alyssa turned 12 in May. She was able to go to the San Diego Temple and do baptisms. Very neat for both of us. It was a fun day. I'm so proud of my girl who is growing up way too fast.

We celebrated the end of the school year with an ice cream party and lots of friends.

Nathan made this replica of the California state capital for his end of the year school project.

Arya turned four on June 10. She is such a little cutie! She loves candy. I made her a candy cake.

Alanna, Savannah, and Arya had a dance recital. We postponed our trip to Texas just so they could attend the recital. Savannah and Alanna were in the same class and are in the picture with the blue little outfits. Arya was in a different class. They each did a dance with their class, but they also did a dance at the recital that they learned on their own. They danced to the song "Little Bitty." It was adorable.

The next morning after the recital we all hoped in the car and drove to Texas. What an adventure! I was so worried about the car breaking down, but it did fine on the way there. The battery ran out on my phone and it shut off and wouldn't charge. This was only three hours into our trip and I was so worried we would break down in the middle of the desert and not have any way to call for help. So we finally found a town and a McDonalds where we could use Wifi. I used Nathan's itouch to text Jared for help. He told me where a Best Buy was and I was able to go buy a cheap little phone until I could get mine working. Well, everything went fine and we made it to our motel in Deming, New Mexico. While there I was able to fix my phone. The next day was uneventful and we made it to San Antonio to be with Jared.

I was really surprised at what a beautiful place San Antonio is! I thought Texas was like Barstow; all dirt and dust. But it is very green and the stores and buildings are mostly hidden by the greenery. It was beautiful.
First thing we did in Texas, after hitting the pool of course, was to find the public library and get a library card. This is our second summer spending it away from home with Jared and his work. It is great in so many ways! We get to see new places that we would normally never see. We get a vacation. We get to relax. I am forced to relax. We stay in a little apartment, so there isn't much to clean, no school work to do, no pressing projects, just time to sit by the pool, work on my tan, and read! I love it!! Last summer I brought sewing to work on, but this summer I brought Arya's baby album that I am trying to do. I am only doing her first year and she is now four! Oh well. We do what we can!

Updating-May 2011

I'm so behind with my blog! It is hard to believe it has been six months since my last post. I am going to try to update it month by month. I started just doing a general post for the last six months, but as I went back through some of the photos I realized there was so much I was missing! So, here it is: May:In May Jared's dear mother passed away suddenly. She was such a sweet woman with a good heart. She was a wonderful grandmother to my children and we miss her so much.

One nice thing was all of Jared's brothers and sisters got together for the first time in over 20 years!

Other good times in May:

Arya and her primary class.

Alanna and Arya at bedtime. Nathan serving lemonade at his Mother's day brunch.

Monday, May 23, 2011

Alanna's Party

Alanna had a cooking party with her friends this year. We had about 15 cute kindergartners here. Fortunately I had Alyssa and two of her friends to help out. Savannah also had a friend over to help with the activities.

Alyssa and her friends coordinated the events and helped keep everyone entertained. Here they are playing toss the bean bag in the cupcake tin.

Savannah was amazing with the children. She kept them in order and talked so cute to them! Here she is leading them in Simon Says while I am cleaning up the lunch and getting the cupcakes ready to decorate.

Alyssa made these amazing cakepops for Alanna's party.

One of the activities was to make these cute flowers for their bakers' hat. Alyssa and her friends helped the guests with it. Aren't those hats cute!!

It was a huge success thanks to many helpers!

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Alyssa turns 12!

For Alyssa's 12th birthday she wanted to have a party at Build A Bear.

Surprised? I was too, but I humored her and did it. She was worried her friends would think it was too babyish, but they all loved it. They built their bears and then we went back to our house for food and a movie. Those girls can eat!!! They ate almost nonstop during the whole movie! Ahhh to be young! Alyssa is such a great young woman! She keeps me laughing and is a joy to our family.

Happy 12th birthday!

Alanna turns 6!

Happy 6th birthday to my sweet, sweet Lanicake! Here she is with her gifts: the movie Tangled and her favorite candy Reeses Peanut Butter Cups. I think she was more excited for the candy!
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Sunday, April 24, 2011

Easter 2011

Getting five children to smile,

With their eyes open,

All at the same time,

After church when they are hungy and grumpy,

was impossible today. But the kids are adorable anyway!!

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

New Belts

Nathan earned his black belt in Taekwondo!! We are so proud of him. There were so many times he begged me to let him quit and yet he persevered and got through it. He wants to train to be an instructor now and will hopefully test for that in June.
Alanna earned her yellow belt and Savannah earned her red/black belt!! Savannah may be testing in June for her black belt! I'm so proud of their hard work.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Sea World Field Trip

Being this close to Sea World, my youngest children are always asking to go. We haven't gone to Sea World in almost five years! Arya was so excited! This is her watching the Sea Lion.

The last time we watched the Shamu show a swarm of bees invaded the stadium! Nothing that exciting happened on this visit.

Nathan LOVES sea horses, so we had to visit this little guy.

Alanna and Arya were so scared of these ice caves. Every so often a bear will roar and it scared them to death!

By the end of the day the kids were exhausted. I thought they were getting over a cold, but by the time we got home three of the kids had fevers and I got it really bad two days later. They were troopers through the day and we really want to go back on a day they are feeling better!

Above: Nathan and Alanna just trying to get through the day. They just laid in this tube for about ten minutes hoping to feel better. It didn't work. We left very soon after this.

Savannah, Alanna, and Arya bouncing.

Arya and Elmo and Zoe! Arya was so excited!!

It was so hard to get a good picture of all of the kids. I like this one below the best even though they are facing the wrong direction and Alyssa is almost hidden. It is fun to see how tall they are together and their hairdos from the back! This is a view that I normally don't capture. I love Arya's "twirly kirt," tights and boots!