Saturday, November 28, 2009

Brynlee is 8!!

On November 6th Brynlee celebrated her 8th Birthday. I can't believe my little girl is 8! How did that happen? Brynlee had a birthday party with friends at our home. They made stick horses out of old levis. It was fun but a bit of work (for Mom)! We are so greatful to have Brynlee in our family. She is a great help with her brother and sister. She loves to goof off with friends, dance, sing and draw. We hope she has a wonderful 8th year!




On Saturday, November 28th Brynlee was baptized by her dad! It was a wonderful day and it was nice to share it with family and friends. She didn't even seem nervous. Brynlee was able to get baptized with one of her best friends, Julia Anderson. Brynlee's Grandma Willis gave a talk on Baptism and Brynlee played a duet on the piano with her piano teacher. Her Grandpa McPheeters, Uncle Zac, Von Anderson, Bishop Hansen & Colby Hill stood in the circle as her dad confirmed her. We are so proud of Brynlee and her decision to get baptized and her example to our family.

Brynlee's Baptism dressed was made by our good friend Kelly. Brynlee helped pick out the material and pattern. She looks beautiful!

Saturday, August 15, 2009

10th Anniversary Trip

Patrick and I celebrated our 10th Anniversary on August 7th. It is hard to believe it has been 10 years and 3 children later. Patrick is an amazing, fun loving, hard working, sweet husband and father who is my best friend and I am so grateful to be married to and hope to celebrate many, many more anniversaries with! About a month ago Patrick surprised me by telling me to put on the calendar that we were going away for 6 days for our anniversary and he had planned everything and arranged for our parents to watch the kids. That is all he told me, he would not tell me where we were going no matter how many questions and times I asked. I was really excited!! After we droped off the kids that morning we left he handed me an envelope that had a thought out "misson impossible" letter ("Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to go on a 6 day road trip with your handsome, loving... husband for 6 days...") and it told me where we were going with pictures and what we would be doing for our trip. Patrick had food and water in the car and everything planned out. It was very impressive!! So our trip went like this:
Day 1: Drive to Las Vegas, stayed at the Excalibur hotel. Patrick had bought tickets for us to go to the Terry Fator show. For those of you who don't know him (I didn't), he won the America's got talent show last year with his ventriloquist act. He was AMAZING and so much fun!! We also rode the New York, New York rollercoaster and walked the stip.
Day 2 & 3: We drove to Chandler, AZ and stayed in a hotel for 2 nights. Patrick's grandparents, who we haven't see for about 6 years, live there and we had a wonderful time visting with them! We also went to the Mesa Temple, and to the movies and dinner and had a relaxing time. It was only about 102 degrees when we where there, not too bad for AZ in August.
Day 4: We had a yummy pancake breakfast with Grandmother & Grandad (thanks Grandad!) and then we drove to Flagstaff AZ, where we stayed the night and went to a movie.
Day 5: We drove for an hour and 1/2 to the beautiful Grand Canyon. We spent the whole day seeing the southern rim. It was a beautful day and it was nice to be together hiking and enjoying the scenery without worring about kids falling off the cliff or listening to whinning of tired feet (we will have to go back as a family when the kids are bigger). We were able to sit on the edge of the Grand Canyon and watch the sunset, pictures don't do it justice. We then camped the night in a tent, attempted to make smoores and looked at the trillion stars that we can't see at home.
Day 6: Stopped at a few more lookout points at the Grand Canyon and drove the 9 hour drive back home.
We missed the kids and it was good to see them, but it was a little hard to give up our quiet, peaceful trip. Thanks Honey for the wonderful trip and for all you did to plan it! I love you!
Mesa, Arizona Temple
Grandmother and Grandad Willis


Grand Canyon







Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Good Dreams!

I woke up this morning with Sean next to my bed asking "Where is my Lightning McQueen?" I asked "What Lightning McQueen"? He said with a big smile "The big one we got at the store" and I said "Oh Sean, you must have been dreaming did you have a good dream"? And he went bolistic screaming and hitting me and saying NO. I of course told him to go to his room. However as he left I couldn't help smiling and feeling for the kid. Sometimes it is hard to wake up from a dream and realize it was just a dream!


I asked all the kids when they woke up if they had a good dream. Here is what my kids dreamed about last night...

Sean: Buying a big Lightning McQueen at the store!

Kaylee: Was going for a walk with her Grandma and Mable (my mom's dog). She said "they were having a good time".

Brynlee: Was an explorer in a jungle and saw a lion, tiger, elephant, parrots and she also dreamed she went to Antartica and saw penquins and polar bears and when she got back home a man paid her for the pictures she took and she got to buy a necklace with white beads and a flower and a bracelet.

Night time is one of my favorite times when ALL of my children are sleeping and having good dreams (doesn't happen very often at our house).

This picture was taken on an afternoon drive a few months ago.

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Pioneer Day!

We had a great 24th of July! I love that Patrick works for the State and got it off work (sometimes I take that for granted and assume everyone gets the holidays off). We spent the day out doors at Oquirrh Lake in Daybreak. They have so much to do there. We swam in the lake, played in the sun and went Kayaking with my family. It was a beautiful, hot day and it was fun to spend it together. If you haven't been to daybreak and walked around the lake or played at their fun parks you should! What a wonderful state we live in.

Kaylee, Amy, Brynlee & Grandma

Sean, Patrick & Grandpa
Brynlee & Kaylee playing in the Sand
Sean & Mom

Monday, July 13, 2009

Blog Updates (more to come)- FINALLY

Okay so one of my goals this summer was to update and keep the blog updated (well at least we will try for monthly). So it is now almost mid July and I figured I better get cracking. I swear it must take me 3 times as long as others to post things, I still have a lot to learn about blogging (It just took my an hour to fiqure out how to change the background). Anyways for any of you out there who look at our blog (most of you have probably given up). I am going to try better. I just posted somethings from back in April and May!

Monday, June 15, 2009

Dance Recital

Brynlee and Kaylee have been taking dance the last few years from a neighbor. Here are a few pictures from this past year and their dance rectial up in the canyons in June (we were thankful it stopped rainning long enough for them to dance). Don't I have beautiful girls?
Kaylee

Brynlee

Kaylee danced beautifully the first half of the dance and then something (I am not sure what) happened...This is Kaylee the second half of the dance.
Brynlee is a great dancer!Brynlee with her dance teacher.

Sunday, May 31, 2009

Proud Parents-MAY

We had many recitals and end of year programs in May that Brynlee and Kaylee were involved in. We are so proud of them and their accomplishments. Kaylee finished preschool-with mom-and even participated in both morning and afternoon preschool graduations. She has been quite the trooper coming to all 3 of my preschool classes this past year. She is excited to start Kindergarten!
Kaylee and classmates doing the "Tooty Ta"!


Brynlee started piano last fall and she has picked up on it quite quickly and loves to play. She did a great job at her first piano recital. She didn't even seem nervous. I hope she keeps up her love for the piano. Brynlee also recieved an award at school called the "Soaring Eagle Award". She had to pass of 15 (out of 20) requirements including things like; writing her own poem, giving an animal report, playing the piano for her class, a science experiment, 6 hours of service (she helped mom with preschool), passing off addition facts etc;. She loves the trophy she got and although we had to sit on the gym floor for the awards ceremony it was fun to see her get up on stage to recieve it. Way to go Bryn!


Thursday, April 30, 2009

Disneyland-April

In April we went with my parents and Patrick's sister's family to Disneyland. We first stayed Easter weekend at my Aunt's house in St. George and had a fun time having an Easter egg hunt with cousins and playing at the beautiful Snow Canyon.




We then spent a night in Las Vegas. We visted the Las Vegas Temple, went to the M&M store, watched the water show at the Bellagio and walked around a bit. One night in Vegas with the kids was enough, but it was fun.






We spent 3 days at Disneyland. Even though are kids would not ride any "big kids" rides we had pleanty do to and see and had a great time. It was nice to have my parents there to help! They all loved seeing the characters. Sean's favorites were Buzz and Woody and the girls enjoyed seeing all the princesses. It took a lot of planning and may not have gone perfectly (I invisioned at the happiest place in the world there would be no fighting or whinning-nope it still happens at Disney) but the kids still talk about it months later and we can't wait to go backBefore coming back home we spent the last day at Newport Beach. It was beautiful and we all had a great relaxing time. I wish we lived closer to the beach! You can see many more pictures from our trip at the Me Gallery on the right side of our blog.


Monday, March 9, 2009

LDS Church and Publicity

I was sent this link by Ryan Castro and I think it deserves a read from all members of the Church.

Click Here


Good advice on how to approach these types of situations.

Monday, February 16, 2009

Patrick's Trip

Patrick just got back from a 10 day vacation in California. I went for the Att Pebble Beach Pro-Am. I had a great time. Here are some links to the photo albums I created on MobileMe

Pebble Beach Golf Course
Monterey Bay
17 Mile Drive
The Lone Cypress
Santa Cruz
Poppy Hills Golf Course

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

One of the best Stephen Colbert clips ever

This so good: