Wednesday, December 15, 2010

A Decade...

10 Years...
120 Months...
520 Weeks...
3652 Days...

No matter how you calculate it, it's been a loooong time since I held my first baby, a "little" boy, in my arms. Born on December 12, 2000, Weighing in at 9lbs even and measuring 20 1/2 inches he was quitte a bundle. He was the first grandchild on both sides and the only one who was lucky enough to get to meet my dad before he died. He was born on his due date, but hasn't been on time since. 

He hit all his milestones early and by 9 months old was starting to walk. He was our little daredevil. On his first birthday he got a rocking horse. He climbed right on....proceeded to stand up on the seat  and rock on the horse as hard as he could! He is our mischevious, goofy boy who loves to try and get a laugh out of you.

He's a handsome guy with hair that's as wild as he is!

It's been 10 years of super hero, tough boy and ninja.

As well as running, jumping, climbing, and riding

With 8 years of loving,

Sterling and Emmy
cuddling and sharing,

Sterling and Cori
snuggling and holding,
Sterling and Eddie

smiling and laughing,
Sterling and Kailyn

 hugging and kissing,
Sterling and Joe
All his many little brothers and sisters!

Sterling is such an amazing, wonderful boy and he's growing way too fast. In just a couple years he'll hold the priesthood. A few more after that is dating, then a mission, marriage and children!!

But for now, I'm gonna hold my little boy tight, and enjoy the kisses and hugs while they are so frequently and freely given. I am so proud of his many accomplishments and am grateful that we were chosen to be the parents of this amazing child of God.
Happy Birthday Sweet Boy!!

Sunday, December 5, 2010

It's Great to be 8!

I can't believe that my princess is 8 years old already! Her birthday party was on Friday, December 3 and she had two friends come over to stay the night. As far as parties goes, it was pretty low key this year. Emmy opted to do a slumber party instead of having a "themed" party. We had pizza for dinner and then we opened presents. She got all kinds of art supplies from her friends and a Didj from mom and dad. She LOVED everything! The girls then decorated and ate cupcakes. After that they decorated pillow cases to take home with them. We rented "Ramona and Beezus" from Amazon Video on Demand and made popcorn. The girls stayed up late, watching the movie and playing. They all had fun, but the next morning came early since it was a BIG day for Emmy. It was her baptism day!

Emmy was baptized on December 4, 2010. Eight years ago she was a tiny bundle with little fingers and toes who needed me for everything. Our little princess has grown so fast and is now so independent. I miss snuggling her and holding her, but I love watching as she learns and grows each day. She is incredibly smart and talented. I don't thinks there's anything that she can't do and do extremely well. She's an excellent artist and excels in math. She loves to read and write and can be found late at night (WAY past bedtime!) sitting in her closet reading a book. And no book is ever too hard for her. I am so grateful that the Lord choose us to be parents to this special little girl. What an incredible blessing she is to our family!

Emmy and The Balsmeier Family

Emmy and Uncle Taylor and Grandma 

Emmy and The Arnolds

Emmy and Nana

 The Bidwell Crew

 The Princesses in their matching dresses

 Kai loves her sissy Emmy

Nana made their beautiful matching dresses.
Thanks so much Nana!!

The sister's sitting and waiting for the baptism to start.

Thursday, November 18, 2010


 Wow! October 24th huh? That was the last time I managed to blog. Sad isn't it? And so much has happened so I'll just cover a couple things right now. On Halloween we went to my mom's house where my sister hosted a Halloween party for the cousins and some friends. There was yummy food, cool games (including a treasure hunt) and fun activities. We had a Red Power Ranger, an elephant, a ninja, Mitchie from Camp Rock, a ghost pirate and a sea otter.

 And here is Roar-i (haha) the white tiger attacking Kailyn the elephant

What an adorable sea otter Eddie is! I loved his tail and his feet!

The red-eyed ghost pirate....kinda creepy!

 One of the games was wrapping Blake and another friend in toilet paper to look like mummies.
It was fun cleaning up all the toilet paper after wards!

The other "major" event was wacky hair day at school. Joe opted for a mow hawk.

 Sterling wore a headband.

And perhaps the wackiest hair of all...?
Emmy with her Cindy Lou Who-hair.

We have had other exciting happenings, but those stories will have to wait for another night.

Sunday, October 24, 2010

hOPpy KAilYn

Kai went shopping with me the other night
and as we walked through Walmart, this is what she did:

This girl just cracks me up!

Saturday, October 23, 2010

PTC's for SEJC

On Wednesday we had Parent Teacher Conferences for Sterling, Emmy, Joe and Cori. Everything went pretty much as we expected...all the kiddos are being expelled. ;-) Just kidding. As always, the kids are doing great in school.

Cori was our first conference. He attends the Deaf and Hard of Hearing preschool as a peer model. His teacher, Ms. O, told us that Cori is doing well and finally starting to participate more in class. He likes to play with the other kids and often involves them in his playing. Apparently he like to be a plumber and "fix" the sink and phone in the kitchen area....didn't know plumbers fixed phones...To involve the other kids he allows them to be his helpers by holding his tools and stuff like that. He'll be a great boss someday!. I've been impressed with the amount of sign language that he is picking up and he really seems to enjoy it too!

Joe was next. Ms. S had only good things to tell us about Joe. In some ways I expected him to have the hardest time adjusting to school and having to sit quietly and all. But apparently he is doing wonderfully! He loves to give his teacher hugs and gets along well with all his classmates. He is proficient in almost all the areas that he needs to be and improving in the ones that he isn't proficient in.

Emmy is excelling as always! Her teacher told us that at the beginning of the year the students took a test over everything that they WILL be learning in 2nd grade. Emmy's score......98%!! That means that out of all the things that she is supposed to learn in 2nd grade she already knows 98% of them. She is in the highest reading group and reads with a 99% accuracy. Her teacher has her help other kids with their sight words since Emmy mastered those in Kindergarten. Ms. B tells us that when Emmy is done with her work she goes to the "I'm done" box and takes out multiplication or division worksheets to do while she waits...the problem is, they haven't learned that yet. LOL! Not to worry though, Emmy has taught herself to do them both!

Sterling is doing incredibly well this year also. He has all A's except one B. And two of his A's are 100%! He is doing and turning in all of his homework, which in previous years has been a struggle. Sterling really loves his teacher Mrs. K and she seems to be a wonderful match for him. Mrs. K likes for the students to attend their conferences and she had them fill out a sheet with questions about how they (the student) think they are doing and where they can improve. My favorite question "My goals for the future are: 'not to doze off when we are supposed to be working"! At least he's honest and according to his teacher, accurate! :-D

Overall, we couldn't be more proud of our kiddos! They are all doing so well and being such wonderful examples. We have truly been blessed with 6 amazing children and we are so glad that they are ours for forever! The Lord has blessed us beyond measure with such bright, precious spirits to care for and we are so grateful to Him.


Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Picture Day Hair Do Sneak Peak

We have discovered the art of rag curls and we LOVE it! Wll, I do anyway. Emmy pretty much just tolerates my new found obsession. The best thing about rag curling is that they are comfortable to sleep in and come out SUPER tight. After a couple of days to relax they give Emmy a beautiful soft curl. So as picture day is tomorrow we worked on her hair tonight so it's ready for tomorrow. And here it is:

My beautiful Princess! I just love her so much!

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Some Cute Videos

Kai "shares" her binky

Kai feeds her baby and herself

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Picture Time!

It's not pretty, but it is reality!
It's sad, but we haven't had a family picture taken since I was pregnant with Kai. We're such slackers! So today we had our first photo shoot with all 6 kiddos. It really went well given that Kai and Eddie are so young. Trying to keep 6 kids' attention focused on the photographer was a bit of a challenge as was getting everyone to smile at the same time, but we did manage to get some really good shots. The studio we went to was Portrait Innovations and I have to say that I'm REALLY impresed with them. I think we'll be going back again for more pics whenever needed.

Cheeleader for a Night

The cute cheerleader

The cute hair do

Emmy got to be a cheerleader at the TWHS game tonight. We signed her up for a one day cheerleading clinic by the TWHS cheerleaders. As part of that, all the kids who signed up (K-5 grade) got to cheer for the first half of the game. She was so cute and even got a little silly as the night went on. We were really surprised by this since she is usually so reserved. Sterling, Joe and Cori all had fun watching the game and the band as well as Emmy cheering. Kai just liked the freedom to climb up and down on the bleachers. Eddie....well, he slept through most of it. We just happened to sit across the aisle from one of Sterling's friends from school and a couple rows in front of 2 kids in Cori's preschool class so there was plenty to entertain the boys! It was a fun family night out!  

Unfortunately we forgot the video camera so I had to use my phone for a video. You can't see her very well but this is a video of the kiddos cheerleading. She is in the 2nd row with the black skirt and white zebra mask on her head. Kind of in the middle of the screen (not the one with the pom-poms).
(Yeah, good luck finding her, I know)

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Cousin Fun and other Pics

That's a stick Ethros. Thanks for the nature lesson Cori!

Look at our sweet, happy Rori! She's saying happy birthday to her cousin Joe!

How many cousins does it take to ride a snow ski?

The next two pictures go together:
Notice Kai- She is unhappy that Ethan has taken her spot on the snow ski.
K: No Efan!! It's MY TURN!!
K:That's it! I will rip your head off if you don't remove yourself from MY toy!!

Ethan and Kai having a tea party on the deflated bouncer

Kai helping to "roll" out the air.

What a cute group of cousins!

Ike just loves his Grandma Kathi!

Ike taking Kai out to an expensive restaurant.
Reviews: The food tasted like plastic.

Cori is so good as to take his sister out for a ride in his black Cadillac Escalade.
What a HOT guy! ;-)

Emmy and her bus stop buddy. They always link arms and hold hands to ensure they sit by eachother. So stinkin' cute!

A view of Sterling you've never seen. Yes, this is really his skull from an xray at the orthodontist visit. Notice the lack of a brain....Emmy had the same problem.

Kai loving Hershey. She just loves animals just like her Aunt Megan!

Robert Allen