Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Aubrey made the volleyball team!!!!

Aubrey has had the goal to make the middle school volleyball team for quite awhile. And despite the fact that we have too many kids for her to be able to play club, she has progressed and improved lots each year with just some local competitive team play. Over the last few weeks of summer her and Ella ran almost every weekday morning to prepare her for the endurance part of the tryouts. I also put her in a few skills clinics and Joey set the vball net back up in our backyard. She practiced lots! Then the week of tryouts came and the day of the you made it/you didn't make it "letters" was here. I was so nervous!! Probably more nervous than she was :) I didn't care what team she made(there are 3: A, B and C) I just hoped she would have the opportunity to play for any team since she loves it so much and worked really hard. She got in the car and opened the letter and hallelujah, she made the team! And the B team even! I was just hoping for C! :)  It was an exciting moment for her(for all of us really!). I was so proud of her for always trying and not giving up. She doesn't have the advantage of height or the advantage of playing daily through club play like a lot of girls did(club is so expensive and so time consuming so not an option!) but she still she has got some super sweet skillz ;) Congrats Aub! We love you!!!

A quick pic I took of her in the car after she opened her letter...thumbs up :)

Aubrey after her first game. She is doing great!

Some of her vball buds after a game...so far they are undefeated in district! Woot woot.

She is having so much fun and making so many great memories! I played middle school vball and had lots of fun with it too. So glad she can have this experience and make new friends this way too!

Monday, September 29, 2014

He sleeps like a boss

The ankles crossed kills me! Love this sleeping angel. Only an angel while asleep though ;)

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Ammon is FOUR!

I can't believe my little guy is 4! He's officially "preschool age" which is just crazy. I mean, he won't officially start preschool until next year since he has a September birthday, but still. He isn't in that "toddler 2-3 age" bracket anymore. Our little guy is growing up! So, as I've posted, Ammon is my sweetheart. He is always complimentary, especially to his Mommy :) I know someday he won't say these things to me so I treasure every little sentence. He tells me "Mommy, you are my special girl." "You are beautiful" "You are my best friend" all the time. He seriously melts me. He even blesses "all the girls" at prayers and says "they are beautiful." I think we are raising him right :) He is a gentleman. He truly means it and isn't just saying it(well, okay, he has used it against me when hes been in trouble a couple of times and okay, maybe it has worked...) I love how he says certain words right now as he is still learning some vocab. When he says backyard, he says "backyawd." He calls his hero, Superman, "Suiterman" and can't wait to be him for Halloween. About a week after his 4th bday he finally mastered potty training(took ya long enough dude! :) and the deal was that he could have his halloween costume and wear it around the house. And wear it he does! :) Suiterman can be flying around fighting crime many days at our house. He also says "nuff-ting" instead of nothing and sayss mazagine instead of magazine(I think Ella did that too!). We can already tell he is VERY smart. He can write his name and not just write it but write it very well. Like in a straight line perfectly. He can write all of our names actually. He knows all of the letters and numbers up to 20. Recognizes the letters and knows their sounds. He can even read a few small words and pretends to read books by using his finger and running them across the lines of a book. Its so cute. He can also add(low numbers:) I think hes amazing! He also has found a new love: coloring. He will literally sit at the dining table for hours coloring. And he doesn't scribble. he stays in the lines perfectly. He is a very meticulous detail oriented little boy. Reminds us of Aubrey in a LOT of ways. Anyways, just a little bit about what this little boy has been up to. I don't know what I'd do without this boy! 

Here are pictures from his special day. It was on Labor Day so we were all home all day which was great! When I asked him what he wanted to do, he said, "Go to the mall to ride the train, horses, play area and eat" so that we did. The train was extra special to him because I've never let them ride it there before. Its pricey and one of those things where once we do it on a regular shopping day, they'll expect it every time. I'm mean like that I guess. So I told him, sure! Since its your birthday! (So they haven't asked since;) Hahaha. After we had our Sonic and Chick Fil A lunch at the food court, we came home for a Lego Movie Party, just the 7 of us. I had fun constructing his Lego cake. Its nothing compared to the cakes I saw on Pinterest, but he thought it was awesome:) Cuz everything is awesome...

 I love these smiles of pure excitement!

 Here is Wes ready to smack someone. He was angry. Angry that he didn't get that cool lego straw cup! Poor kid :)

Man, I can't get over his handsomeness...

 Took him only two blows to get the candles out. Good job lil buddy! :)

When I was with him in the baking aisle of the store, he saw this rainbow cake mix and wanted it. It turned out yummy and looked really cool!

Finally, a happy face from Wesley :) Just give him sugar...

While he was waiting for me to bring out the gifts, Aubrey did a puppet show with a monkey my sis Tara bought Wes for his birthday. They LOVE that monkey! It has brought lots of laughter.


Look closely and you will see Ammon opening Cali's gift. They are happy. Wesley is not. Its about to get ugly...

Aaaaand, there ya have it. Angry and threatening to hit something...while Ammon and Cali are oblivious, lol. He wanted to open presents too. Or have them all. Either. Its hard to be two! :)

 Hugging his sweet sisters who all spoiled him with toys, candy and homemade cards/gifts. 

 Now, this is funny. He got some Star Wars books from his grandparents which he has spent hours looking through with Wesley. A couple of the pages have some creepy characters though...

 Best pic ever.

And last but not least, we got him a new bike! A real one! :) Its Spider Man and supah fly. He rode it around the house for awhile before taking it outside.

And here are a few pics from our fun mall day. Here is that train, that train that taunts all parents when you visit the mall...we finally gave in y'all :)

The play area. Its my bribery tool when we go to the mall usually. Its also where we pick up the cold and flu each year I'm sure ;)

I'm 4!

 Lunch and carousel!

It was a wonderful day celebrating our sweet little Ammon boy! We love you so much!! Happy Birthday!

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Lil Pioneers

I totally forgot about our little Pioneer Day we did in July! I just unloaded a camera with old pics and found the pics I had been looking for. It was so fun and I have to share what we did. So in our church, on July 24, we celebrate "Pioneer Day" and the sacrifices early Mormon pioneers made to make the trek out west for religious freedom. Its a time to reflect on what they went through and honor them. Its also a time to have fun and do some pioneerish things :) We usually make our own butter and bread. Sometimes jam too. We might watch a video about it and talk about it. But this year, thanks to our Nauvoo trip, Joey revved it up to a whole new pioneer day level ;) He made the kids pioneer games to play outside. And of course the little three wore their cute hats from Nauvoo. We even did foil dinners that evening like we were camping. And I made a peach cobbler too. It was a fun little evening and we made lots of great memories. Thanks Joey for putting it together. Laura was even here that evening so she got to be part of it too! In Utah(where she actually lives), its actually a holiday there where kids get off school, people get off work, all for the parades and celebrations. Crazy cool! So I hope she felt "at home" :) Hahaha.

Working those arm muscles to make some butter...and looking a little loco too.

Joey using special techniques in his foil dinner placement :)

Cutie pie pioneers

Dinner is served! Complete with IBC :)

 Gotta teach em early...

 Outdoor fun!

Even Laura and I got competitive. I think I won. Then Laura punched me. She is mean.  Okay, if you don't know me very well, I am kidding...if you know Laura well though, you'll know maybe I'm not. LOL

 Joey found a preying mantis which is always fun. We have all kinds of cool bugs out here!

My five little gems.

 Ammon LOVES "Lorla"

And just two extra pics I never got to share...the day she left. I will admit I cried like a weirdo at the airport when I told her goodbye! She is just so fun and it was so refreshing to be around her. And laugh hard. Laughter is good for the soul. We miss you Laura! Glad you could pioneer it up with us :)