Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Cabin Fun

So school ended, two days later Mckinley got baptized, and two days after that we headed up to the cabin. Brandon stayed home to work, and ended up being sick while we were gone. We missed him, but had a great time while we were there. The kids just love playing with their cousins and it's so beautiful up there.







The weather was gorgeous. So fun to be able to eat outside.




Kallie made a bouquet of wild flowers to bring home to Brandon. It didn't make it, but the picture did.



Ava was so cute, always trying on different people's shoes and even putting them on her baby cousin Sage.

Helping Ava get warm after she got soaked in the lake.

Bryant showed up with a few of his boys the second day and Tyler had a blast playing with Ezra.

Most of the cousins that were there. Except how did I not get Ava in the picture? Oops.

Saturday, June 2, 2018

Mckinley gets Baptized!!

After we came home from Las Vegas we had a few days to relax and then we got to enjoy Mckinley's baptism day. 

Here are some pictures we took a few weeks before her baptism.





She got baptized on June 2nd, along with two boys from our ward. It was our new Bishop's first baptism. She was so happy and the entire day was absolutely perfect. Brandon did an excellent job with both parts. It was just so fun to experience it. And she had such great support.





My visiting teacher brought her this beautiful head piece and candy necklace, and she got a bunch of gifts from other people as well. I'm so sad that I didn't get pictures with some of the people who came to support her. Her cute primary teachers, the Christiansen's, came, as well as her old preschool teacher Robin Scott, the Wible's, Nedra, and everyone from both sides of the family that lives here came. Amy was even in town from Idaho and was there. It was wonderful.

We had amazing weather so people we able to eat out on the deck and the grass. The food was delicious.




Brandon had the idea to make her a candy bar chart for her birthday and then we both completely spaced it so we decided to do it for her baptism instead. She loved it! Such a great day.

Thursday, May 31, 2018

Last Day of 2nd Grade

We got home from Las Vegas in time for Mckinley to enjoy the last few fun days of school. Her teacher Ms. Davis was so amazing and did so much fun stuff for the kids! She made them a red carpet for an award ceremony so then Mckinley decided to make her own red carpet at home for when she finished the last day of school. So creative!

I helped Ms. Davis with hours and hours of cutting at home. I loved helping her and I know she really appreciated it.

I'm pretty sure Mckinley has won an award for being an amazing artist every year.




I realized I don't think we ever took a picture of Mckinley with her first grade or Kindergarten teachers so we went and found them on the last day of school.

This is Mrs. Heaps, Mckinley's first grade teacher who had a song for everything and was so great!

And her kindergarten teacher, Mrs. Brown, who will hopefully be Tyler and Kallie's teacher next year.

Mckinley absolutely excels in school. She is way above her grade level for reading and does well in Math and writing and all the other subjects. She is still an amazing artist and just such a great kid. We are so lucky to have her in our family! She is so easy.

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Viva Las Vegas

We were lucky enough to be able to go down to Las Vegas again for a family vacation with all of Brandon's family. Well, most of them. We stayed at Tahiti Village and had an absolute blast.

Ava trying to "talk" on a tablet on the drive down. Ha ha ha. We had a little drama on the way there because Mckinley's stomach wasn't feeling good but the kids for the most part were amazing.

We got to the pool right at 8 a.m. when it opened. Pretty easy to do when your kids wake up at 6:30. Ugh.

Ava will not wear any type of flotation device but at least they had a big shallow part and then the whole sand beach which is just so fun and perfect for little ones.


We went to the Bellagio the first night we were there to see the gardens and the fountains. So much fun!







Four times throughout the week the pool was shut down from someone pooping in it. And it would be shut down for HOURS every time. The only downside to the trip.

Enjoying food out on our deck.

Man I love these cute kids so much!


Hot tub time!


Jason with about a million kids hanging off of him in the pool.

The kids loved all the little crafts they had to do at the resort.

Cousin time!


We visited a little park that was nearby.



For the most part it was just swimming, swimming, and more swimming. We had incredible weather, but still got mild sunburns here and there. It was quite the task keeping these guys sunscreened up and moisturized afterwards. Phew!




A game of water volleyball. Wish I could have played! One day when I don't have any more babies...