Thursday, January 6, 2011

Thanksgiving in CA

We spent Thanksgiving week in California this year at Patrick's sisters home (Thanks Erin & Zac). We had a great time! It was beautiful weather (or at least better than cold and snowy salt lake). We enjoyed spending time with family and our kids loved playing with their cousins. We spent a day in Montery CA. It was beautiful and we loved being so close to the ocean.   

 We took the "17 mile drive" and here is Brynlee, Kaylee & Sean climbing the rocks, looking for seashells, and seeing how close they could get to the chipmunks

 Pictures by the famous Pebble Beach Lone Cypress tree

 We went to the huge Monterey Aquarium with Papa, Kelly, Erin, Zac 
and cousins Hannah, Seth & Audrey
Papa with Grandkids - what a beautiful view.

My sweet (and a little nerdy) husband was excited to stop and see the Apple and Google Headquarters, but we got to take the drive without kids and went to see a movie in San Jose so it was fun.

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Kaylee is 6!

I don't know how time goes by so fast...6 years ago we had just moved into our new house and we went into the doctors for my weekly check up (this was about one week before my due date) and I was hoping to hear of some progress.  My doctor did an ultra sound and said she was about 8 1/2 pounds and looked good.  I was hoping to try a vbac delivery after having Brynlee c-section, but when the doctor said I wasn't progressing and he would take her by c-section that afternoon I jumped at the chance to have her out.  On August 19th at 5:45pm we had a beautiful, healthy, chubby baby girl.  Kaylee was 9 lb 14 oz (good thing we didn't wait another week) and 22 inches long.  We have loved watching her grow into a fun, smart, strong willed, loving girl!

 Kaylee with her new kitty from Papa.  
We had a wonderful dinner at Papa's the Sunday before her birthday.  

 On Kaylee's birthday she choose 2 of her best friends; Ellie A. and Ellie C to come over for cupcakes and we went to Jumping Jacks.

 Kaylee on her new bike!

The day after Kaylee's birthday we got to go up to Park City and have ANOTHER celebration with Grandma and Grandpa McPheeters and her aunts and uncles.

Happy Birthday Kaylee!!!  WE LOVE YOU!

Sunday, August 1, 2010

First Day of School

Brynlee and Kaylee started school at the end of July (I know so early).  Brynlee is in 3rd grade and is excited to be in class with one of her best friends.  

Brynlee and BF Julia on their first day.  

 Aren't they cute! 

Kaylee's first day in 1st grade.  It took a while for both me and her to get use to being gone all day, but she loves it.  She is in a class with 5 other girls in our neighborhood, so it is fun to have them all together. 
 I hope it is a great year for both of them!

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Summer FUN!!!

With the girls only off school for 3 weeks in July our summer went by WAY to fast. Here is a quick snap shot of some of the things we did this summer...

Kids swimming in the back yard. They may be getting to big for this pool but we still have a lot of fun in it.

Kaylee and friends at the Splash Pad!

Grandpa McPheeters and Brynlee enjoying the South Jordan Parade!

Aren't they cute?

Another parade-this one on the 4th of July in West Jordan. We were lucky to sit by the Andersons.

4th of July evening at the WJ Park. The kids got their face's painted, enjoyed the petting zoo, movie and Fireworks.

We went to Lagoon with Amy's family and had a great day! Here is Sean and Kaylee on the whale ride-even though this is a "baby" ride Sean still was scared and thought it went too fast...

Brynlee and Grandma on the Train

Sean on the (non moving) tiger on the carousel.
Thanks Mom & Dad for a great day at Lagoon!

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Dress Up- Boy style

So my girls loved to dress up in princess dresses and make up, but I never knew boys like to dress up as well-at least it is in cool super hero gear and not fancy dresses. Sean can change into different characters 3 or 4 times a day. My favorite is when he creativley comes up with his own costume.
Sean as a Storm Trooper

Sean as Batman- notice the black socks he put on his arms :)

I think he said he was GI Joe- he has one of his pajama legs over his head. Always flexing those muscles!

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Utah Valley Half Marathon

On June 12th, the day before I turned 32, I ran my 3rd Half Marathon. It started up in Provo Canyon and the first half was mostly down hill and the 2nd half was up University Ave ending at the Provo Mall. I ran the first half well (of course the down hill and rain helped) and faster than I normally do, which is probably why I thought I was not going to be able to run the last 3 miles but somehow I did and finished in my fasted time 2 hours and 10 minutes (ave 9.58 min mile). My brother Alan ran the FULL Marathon. I am so proud of him and his hard work. It was amazing to watch all of the marathons come in knowing how hard it was for me to just do half that (although I think 13.2 miles is still pretty good).

Sunday, June 6, 2010

Memorial Weekend

Wahoo!! I survived another fun, busy year of teaching preschool. It really went by so fast. This last year I taught 2 classes of 4 & 5 year olds and had a total of 21 students. We had a great graduation/year end program at the Library. (since I don't have parents permission I'm not going to post pictures, but the kids were sure cute)! I am planning on teaching 3 classes next year, 2 - 4 year old classes and 1 -3 year old class. It really has been an awesome job and a great blessing!

Now on to our weekend, which we were all looking forward to. We went to St. George with my
parents and stayed at my Aunt Glenda & Uncle Don's house. My girls went down on Thursday evening with my parents and we came down with Sean (there was no fighting in the car!) on Friday. We swam every day! It was in the 80's or even touched 90 degrees most days and with the cool weather we have had this spring it was a nice change. Friday night we went and saw the new Shrek movie with the kids. Saturday, I got up and went jogging. Us girls went shopping while the boys went and played at the arcade. We went swimming again and that night went to a fun park close by.
Kaylee on the spinning chair

They had this cool pendulum swing

Grandma even gave it a try

Grandma & Grandpa McPheeters with the kids.

It was right after this picture that we were heading back to the car and I realized I didn't have the van key in my pocket. "Why Me?" We only have one lone key (it is not on a key chain because the attachment broke) for the van. I had put it in my pocket with my cell phone because I didn't want to carry around my purse. Well we of course started looking everywhere we had been and peeking in the windows in the van and could not find it. So we ended up calling a lock smith and he came and and opened the van, but the key was not in there (which is what I figured but I was praying it was). So that meant I must have dropped it somewhere in the park probably one of the times I took out my phone to take a picture. It was getting dark and this park was big and covered in wood chips. We ended up paying the guy to make us a new key. Heavenly Father answered our prayers- the next day when we went back to the park to look one more time & Sean found our key (Way to go Sean!!) up on a ledge. Someone must have found it and put it there. It was an awful night, but it all worked out and now we have 2 keys. Thanks to my parents for helping!
On Sunday we went to the St George Temple. Isn't it beautiful?

family picture on the stairs of the temple

Kaylee, Brynlee & Sean

We enjoyed having a picnic and getting our feet wet at the splash pad.

Family Picture at Snow Canyon.
It was beautiful and hot, and we enjoyed climbing on the rocks and sand dunes.
My Parents! Aren't they a cute couple? Thanks for making our weekend so great!

Saturday, June 5, 2010

Family Pictures-Failed

We are due for a new family picture! Patrick said we should just try it on our own with our tripod, so we finally had a decent spring day so we decided to give it a try one Sunday after church. We went to Daybreak where they have some fun bridges and a lake. All was going well, the kids were enjoying being outside and walking around. However, that all changed after one picture where Kaylee said the sun was in her eyes. I tried the "close your eyes and open them on the count of 3", no success and before I knew it she was in total melt down. So we gave her
a moment or two to settle down and decided to go find a new spot for a family picture. Well there was no settling her down and I felt the eyes of everyone around us. After at least 10 minutes of still crying Patrick and I were both MAD. I tried taking her away from Patrick and the kids and I kept asking her WHY are you crying? And please STOP(this was not just a little crying-the whole park could hear her)! She gave her typical answer of "I can't". Now being a girl myself I can understand the times of needing to cry and sometimes not know why. But, it is frustrating because Kaylee has been doing this a lot lately. So after what seemed like forever, it was probably 15 minutes we decided to quit and give up on a family picture and we all went home mad and crying (she never did stop until we were home). Well here is what pictures we did get:

This is the picture where the sun was in are eyes and then it went down hill from there. We got a few more of Brynlee & Sean while we were waiting to see if we could continue.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Happy 4th Birthday Sean!

How is it possible that it has been 4 year since we had our baby boy? He has been such a joy and blessing in our family. It is fun to have a little boy, although I am not sure about all this play fighting and superhero characters. Sean loves transformers, superhero's, playing pretend, wrestling with dad and playing with his big sisters. He keeps us all laughing with the funny things he says. He makes my heart melt when he tells me "Mom your the best Mom". Happy 4th Birthday Sean! We Love you!

Our Handsome Boy!

Sean with his sisters & cousins (It was fun to have them here from CA!)

Sean blowing out his candles. It was a transformer cake and it took Mom about 5 hours to do the night before (not so sure I'll be doing that again).

Off-Track Time

My girls were off track from school for 3 weeks in February. Off track is always good and bad. Bad days when there is endless messes and fighting and the chaos of 3 children home ALL day. However, there are good moments of having the kids off track as well, lazy mornings, helpers at preschool (this can also be a good or bad thing), no homework, more time to hang out together. We tried to get out of the house and do a few "fun" things together.
Sean feeding money to the dinosaur at the Utah Museum of Natural History (the museum is free the first Monday of every month)
Brynlee digging for Dinosaur bones
We went with our friends the Christensen's

We went to visit Dad at work and took the kids to see The Capitol Building

I decided to take the kids to the Circus (just the cheep version that came to town, not the big Ringling Brothers, however they still tried to nickle and dime you for everything). The kids enjoyed it for the most part and can now say they have been to the circus.

Sean & Grandma
We just watched the other kids ride the Elephant, because I'm to cheep.

Mom & Kids. There is an actual black bear behind us.

So now my kids are all back in school and back to routine. Until next time...