Sunday, May 31, 2009
Saturday, May 30, 2009
Aubrey put this beside Ella's bed at night so that when she woke up Sunday morning, she would see it. If you can't read it, it says, "Dear Ella, I hope you have a wonderful day at church and I want you to know that I'm sorry about the lego thing. Love you! Aubrey" They had gotten in an argument earlier that day over legos and I just thought it was so sweet that she apologized on the magna doodle and left Ella such a sweet note to read in the morning. And I LOVE how she referred to their dispute as the "lego thing." :)
And this one is just amazing. Aubrey taught herself the 13th Article of Faith and wrote it by memory on the magna doodle. It is pretty darn close to perfect. Remember, she is in the first grade-its incredible. One day I showed the girls where to find the Articles of Faith(a set of 13 basic beliefs of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints) in the scriptures and she has been studying them on her own with Ella. Many mornings I wake up to find them looking through their scriptures together on Ella's bed. And one morning, I woke up and found Aubrey writing away on the magna doodle and this is what she was writing, without her scriptures in hand...
Unbelievable-Aubrey, you rock! I want to be like you when I grow up:) Not only are you smart, you have such a strong desire to do good, to teach others, and set a great example to not only your sisters, but to your Daddy and I. Keep learning the Articles of Faith-you have already conquered the 13th which is the hardest! We love you.
Thursday, May 28, 2009
You can't see it, but Aubrey is behind Cali following her up the playscape. She kept a good eye on her. She is such a great big sis.
And Ella fell off the monkey bars:( Not too happy.
But I managed to get at least one smile:) And no, I didn't take these picture immediately after her fall. I'm not that mean! We gave her lots of hugs and kisses,
and then I tried to make her laugh for a picture. It worked and she was off playing again in no time.
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
And one studly man settin up the tent.
What a beaute.
Ella smilin when she sees her hot dog browning.
Cali & her sippy. Can't leave home without it.
Time for the flames to begin. Joey is quite the outdoorsy dude-I'm glad he was a Boy Scout. He knows a ton of stuff I don't when it comes to camping. I used to think Boy Scouts were for losers(sorry I'm just admitting what I thought as a teen). But now I know its the real deal and my future son(s) better be Eagle Scouts! I would totally die in the wilderness if I didn't have my man.
Cali using Aubrey's binoculars. Backwards.
Me and the girls on our way back from the nasty restrooms. That was our "hike" for the day:)
All in all, it was a great time. Cali was a real joy in the tent at night-she ran around it laughing and tickling people and rolling around for about 2 hours before finally tuckering out. That was fun:) Needless to say, I took a long nap the next day. . .next time we will bring a pack n play so she is caged. The other kink in the plan was the bathroom situation. We hadn't really thought about having the kids use the restroom before going to bed. We were having so much fun with everything that when the tent was set up the kids all ran inside and got in their sleeping bags ready to sleep under the stars. We turned out the lights and then all of the sudden someone said they had to pee. Oopsie. Forgot about that. So, in the dark, we had to haul everyone up the hill to empty bladders before bed. Good times:) Other than that, it was a perfect little campout. The kids had the best time and kept thanking us over and over the next day for taking them camping. It was a memory to treasure.
Sunday, May 24, 2009
My mom is seriously one of the cutest sweetest most fun people in the world. I have always felt so lucky to call her my Mama. She has been an amazing mother and a wonderful friend to me my whole life. I can't brag about her enough! I love her so much.
And this is a "fun" picture of my mom doing one of the things she does best, facial expressions:) Here she is with the girls acting very scared of the ginormous shark that is about to devour them.
And then I have to end with a sweet picture. My mom is not only a wonderful and fun mother and friend, but an awesome Grandma. My girls love her dearly. We all do!!!
Mom, we all love you so much and hope you have had a wonderful day! We can't wait to see you in a couple of weeks-we are counting down the days! Happy Birthday to my young fun spunky Mama! I know you aren't feelin as young as you used to be, but you still got it goin on! So work it like you own it!
Saturday, May 23, 2009
Receiving her Preschool Diploma.
Right before the kids started their program. Ella is looking straight at me and looks a little nervosu:) Also,a sidenote, I'm obviously not good with my camera indoors yet. I need to read the manual and/or ask my hubby about it:) Pictures were either blurry or too dim with red eye. Arggg.
Saying goodbye to Ms. Stephanie. She was the perfect teacher for Ella this year. We loved her! Ella is happy knowing that we will still be seeing her though-she lives nearby and her kids go to the same school that Ella will be attending next year. And hopefully her daughter(Ella's age) and Ella will get to have a playdate or two this summer!
Back at home, holding her diploma proudly.
It was a fun afternoon! And yes, Aubrey should've been at school. We bust her out for special occasions. Because we're cool parents:)