Tuesday, April 01, 2014

Aubrey in Seussical Jr.

 So Aubrey did something very brave-she tried out for the school musical! She has no theater experience and has never sang in front of an audience...so to try out was really huge! (And if you remember shy little Aubrey as a child, I still can't believe it! She didn't even like people to look at her!) As part of tryouts she had to memorize and sing several lines of a song and perform it in front of the theater and music teachers and the other students trying out. She also had to read lines and do some acting as well. I was so nervous for her! There were lots of kids trying out so I wasn't sure if she would get a part, even though I knew she had it in her and does have a good singing voice. After the first round of tryouts, they posted the "call backs" and she made the list. She was beyond happy and couldn't believe it! After the second round, she found out that she made the part of one of the bird girls for the play(its a group of several girls that sing and dance throughout the show, they were so cute and fun!) It was an awesome experience for Aubrey. She looooved rehearsals. We figured out the other day that she spent over 40 hours in rehearsals. It was a lot of work but she just loved every minute of it. She loved the theater and music directors and all the kids involved. There were three different shows that we took turns attending with the kids(without Wesley-you can't take a raptor to a show:) The first show I was able to go to with Ella and Ammon. Joey picked out flowers for Ammon to give to Aubrey after the show. It was so cute :) Joey went with Cali the next day and then Ella and I attended the final show that evening(there were also two shows the following week for elementary schools..Aubrey had to miss the final show due to being really though...so SO sad, especially because it was going to be for Ella's school/grade! They were both bummed. Oh well. Life sometimes...). I loved watching her up there. And the show was so great! Everyone did a fantastic job. Watching her do this was one of those moments as a mom where you just feel so proud. And I loved seeing her so happy and confident up there. She is growing into such a beautiful bright young lady and I'm so proud of her and her many talents. This will be an experience she will never forget!

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Crew in the house!

As you know from my previous posts, my mom and sisters family came to town over Spring Break! I was so happy they came!!! We enjoyed hanging out with everyone. I appreciate so much that they took the time/money/energy to do that. It gave us all something to look forward to. We especially loved having Crew here(no offense to everyone else, but cmon babies are the best!!!) It was so fun to hold him and watch him smile. He is getting so big and so cute and becoming so much more interactive. The kids and all of us just adore him. I still can't believe my sister has a baby sometimes! I love it. I think she gets me more now :) Or not. ;) Here are just a few pics of her little cutie when they were here...

Ammon getting ready to hold a gerbil, er, I mean Crew :) It was so funny how he put his little hands out!!

 Ammon excited! Crew not so excited...

You can tell Ammon really loves him, so sweet. Crew still isn't so sure about this :)

 Mama and baby

 The smolder


 I think this picture is PRECIOUS!! He looks like a little angel!!! This is my favorite.

I'm trying really hard to get him to smile. Finally, a lil somethin!

Oh yeah, he loves me now.


I already can't wait till #6 ;) Okay, I can. #5 is being a booger lately! But it was fun to be auntie for a couple of days. Miss that boy!

Tuesday, March 25, 2014


We hadn't been to Medieval times in over five years so it was a totally new experience for three of the kids! They were pretty excited when we told them where we were going that night. As we pulled up Ammon was really excited when he saw the castle. He and Cali just kept whoa-ing :) and saying "A real castle!"  

And it was made ten times more fun with my mom and sis with us! My sister acted so hilarious..made the night THAT much more special :) The other knights cheering sections had NOTHIN on us! We were coming up with all kinds of crap to say about the other knights :) It was so fun. I hadn't laughed that hard in awhile. "You stink!" "Your knights hair color is the color of poo!" "Your horse looks like a zebra!" People probably thought we were drunk. Drunk on love, thats all. Love for our black and gold knight...who lost. Boo! He was the runner up though :)

Sorry Joey that the pics of you didn't turn out so good. He was taking the pics with the good camera. I was using my crappy phone camera. But here he is, the birthday boy with his lil knight:)

 Pics of the scene

 Every time I look at this one, I laugh. She is having a super-dee-duper time.

Grammon. That would be Grandma and Ammon. 

Just a glimpse of how we were acting that night...

Me and my Wesley. He was very entertained that night and really good(especially for how long the show is and how late in the evening it was!) He cheered and clapped. It was adorable. 

 Two beauties waiting for the show

 Our knight, the studliest one there. Even if he was a loser. Man! He was so close.

Ammon wasn't sure what to think :) He and Cali were both pretty serious sometimes! Hahaha, they probably thought someone was really about to die. ;) Cali knew it was pretend but she still couldn't help getting very anxious and squealing sometimes when our knight was fighting. It was so funny!

 Okay, so the second dude from the left was our server. He was so goofy and fun. Here he is as a flagholder...when we realized he was our special server we called out to him and cheered for him. He then he looked over and grinned like we made his day :) Or he is just smiling and internally wishing we would just shut up.  Probably the latter....

Hey, look its Kip from Napoleon Dynamite. 

Surprised about something! :) Even with crusty boogers, this baby is cute. You only think that about your own. Baby that is. Not boogers. Mine are gross.

Don't mess with the hammer(Tara). Or you gonna get pounded. I can't remember what was going on here but I'm assuming she was throwing out fightin words at the opponents :) Or about to punch me.

 Our knight threw me a  flower!

 Tara and her flower. The server was in love with her and gave it to her ;) And she broke it. Which I believe broke his heart.

Ella was excited to get a flower too! Her sisters might have been a smidge jelly. 

 Afterwards the kids got some souvies. Ammon and Wesley got some wooden swords(that have the words "not for play, for display only") Um, okay, Who is going to buy a sword and not play with it?! So yeah, we let them duke it out. Supervised, mind you... 

 And Cali wanted a picture beside the princess. Two princesses, but I think the one on the left is cuter :)
It was a really fun night. Medieval Times is seriously expensive but worth it once every 5-10 years or so to make these kind of memories!! I mean how often do you get to watch knights in battle and eat with your hands in stands cheering and feeling all medievalish! Nevah!