Thursday, May 17, 2018

Mckinley turns 8!!

The day after my birthday my mom was nice enough to come watch the younger three kids for five hours so I could go to the aquarium with Mckinley's class on their field trip. She was soooo excited I was one of the parents coming and we had an absolute blast. 

This was our little group of kids. The last field trip I went on was in Kindergarten and it was so much nicer having these second grade kids who actually just stayed by me and didn't cause any trouble. We had so much fun exploring the aquarium. We got to see the penguins being fed, some frogs being fed, and we just loved watching the sharks and turtles swim around.

Here is her entire class.

Then the next day Kristen, Mckinley and I went and watched Holly and Ella perform in Mary Poppins. We loved sitting up on the balcony and had a great view.

Had to get my free birthday jamba. It didn't last long with five of us sharing it, ha ha.

Tyler learned how to ride his bike without training wheels! Kallie knows as well but is having a hard time figuring out how to start riding so she still mostly rides her scooter around right now.

Mckinley had a fun birthday party for her 8th birthday. Good thing we invited some friends from school because only 1 out of the 5 ward girls we invited could come. Sheesh! She wanted a cake shaped like an 8, thank heavens it was something easy to do!

They watched Coco in the movie theater with lots of treats and popcorn.


Opened presents, had cake and ice cream, and played the flour game.

Alice stayed after and helped Mckinley put together the lego set she got her.

Just a cute random picture of Ava vacuuming. Central vac is the greatest thing ever. I need to get my kids vacuuming more often.

My friend Becca and I showed up to church in pretty much the exact same outfit. So funny!

We've been spending a little time out on the golf course when there is a break in between golfers. The kids love going out there. We are so lucky to live where we do.

Mckinley's actual birthday was a couple days after her party. She got her traditional Mickey Mouse pancake and then I had to do an 8 as well. She is so fun and full of life and absolutely loves any chance to celebrate a holiday or birthday.

The new sweatshirt she got for her birthday. She had been asking for one for awhile!

We checked her out of school and went to lunch at Wendy's and then of course had to go to Pizza Factory for dinner.

Turning 8 meant Mckinley is now in activity days. They had a mother/daughter activity two days after her birthday so that was really fun to get to go to. We got to decorate cupcakes.


I had to document this cute poem Mckinley wrote for her teacher.
"Dear Ms. Davis,
I have a poem just for you
I hope you like it yes I do
I can't believe how fast the year did go
But there's just one thing you need to know
That you're the best teacher ever!"

Mckinley is so creative and so sweet and is starting to freak out a little about how much she's going to miss her teacher this summer. She is such an excellent student and is excelling in all areas at school.

The 2nd graders had a cute patriotic program. Mckinley had a memorized part and did an awesome job giving it.

We went to Lehi for a little staycation overnighter at a hotel. The kids think it is the best thing ever. Lots of swimming and a late night with miss Ava who wouldn't go to sleep till 11:30!

Ava was so terrible in the pool at first. She doesn't want to be in a floatie and she doesn't want to be held. She doesn't get that she will drown if we don't do one of those things. So she spent a lot of time just screaming in the pool. The second day was better, but man, that girl!

Wendy's in the hotel lobby for dinner.

That cute little body!!

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

April stuff

Ava always empties this out and sits in it. I love it. She's so cute!

We have had some amazing spring weather days. Fun with cousins at the park.

I taught my last week of joy school. :( Hardly anyone came that week so it was very low key. I can't believe the school year is coming to an end.

We've spent a lot of time outside already this year riding bikes. Ava loves being pulled in the bike trailer.

My mission companion Camile came and visited me from Oregon. She brought me cookies from Sips n Sweet Treats for my birthday!!! So yummy.

We went out to Pizza Factory with the kids for my birthday. They made me a 37 pizza instead of 36 so I didn't take a picture of it.


We discovered this really fun swing at a house in our neighborhood and the kids beg me constantly to go there.

They also have chickens that the kids love to go and see.

My mom had us over for dinner the day before my birthday and made me beef and broccoli. So delicious!

Brandon brought me breakfast in bed on my birthday and then Shannon watched our kids while we went to Teppenyaki for dinner. I got a GPS watch and am loving it so far. It was a great birthday!

Grandma let us borrow this car and Ava just loves it!

More fun on the swing.

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Las Vegas - Part 2

Tyler could have played in Colby's driving car all day. They loved this thing! And so awesome to live in a cul-de-sac. The weather was seriously so dang nice.

The next morning we went to the Children's Museum which was seriously so huge and amazing. We had a blast!
















Home for naps and a relaxing afternoon, and then that evening Jordan took us to the most amazing park ever. It was seriously so huge and so fun and the weather couldn't have been better.

We got to feed turtles and ducks and fish.


Play on these fun huge slides.

And enjoy the many different play grounds.



Finished it off with a beautiful sunset.

Then baths with cousins because everyone was so dirty!

We had such a great time staying with Jordan and Annie.

Burger King on the way home.

Kids were perfect again on the ride home. Ava didn't sleep very much but was so happy awake just chilling in her seat. It was the best!

Big kids were tired from all their playing and napped on the way home! This is the first trip that gave me any hope for happy travelling in the future. So glad we went!!!