Sunday, February 23, 2014

Happy Belated Birthday Rainbow Girl!

Well, it's come and gone already, but I guess I should at least post about Kailyn's 5th birthday. With John and Clara having moved on valentine's day there wasn't a good reason to have a family party so instead we invited the missionaries over from our church and celebrated with them. 

KK's current obsession is Hello Kitty so I made a Hello Kitty cake and the vast majority of her gifts revolved around that. She got a Hello Kitty necklace, earrings, socks and metal box from my mom. From Nana and Papa she got "one dollar" (actually $5). And from us she got 2 My Little Pony Equestria dolls, some Hello Kitty pencils, paper, notebook, neckalce, bracelet, and headband. There may have been more, but I can't remember it all. "Her" friends Ella and Layla also joined us and gave her some more Hello Kitty jewelry. Yeah, she was happy with it all. :-)

As a change from previous years, I've decided to do birthday interviews of each of the kids this year so here's Kailyn's:

All About Me
1. Who is your favorite person in the whole world? Layla and Ella
2 What is your favorite color? Pink and Purple
3. What is your favorite show? Hello Kitty
4. What is your favorite outfit? Hello Kitty that has rainbow on it that has Hello Kitty on it and it's a dress.
5. What song do you love best? Round and Round
6. What's your favorite cereal? Marshmallow "cerelal"
7. Who's your best friend? Ella, Layla, Ainsley and Baby Sarah
8. What do you want to be when you grow up? A Momma. I wanna have a girl baby that's named Layla Ella Rainbow Sparkles Hello Kitty.
9. What's your favorite book? Princesses
10. What are you really good at? Running
11. Where do you want to go on vacation? To a new house.
12. What would you buy if you had $100? I would buy ice cream.
13. What do you do for fun? Play on the playground on the swings. I like to swing.
14. What is your favorite animal? Horsey
15. Why do you want to be a 5 year old? Cause I wanna be a big kid and be healthy and strong.

And now her perceptions of us:

All about My Mom
1. How old is your Mom? 10 years old
2. What is your Mom's favorite color? Pink and purple and yellow and silver
3. What is your Mom's favorite food? Salad and green beans and mashed potatoes 
4. How tall is your Mom? 10 lbs
5. What shoe size does she wear? 8
6. What is her favorite TV show? Bones
7. What time does your Mom wake up in the morning? At 7 o'clock
8. What does you Mom do while you're at school? You leave to go to the nursery gym. 
9. What is your Mom's first name? Is your first name Jennifer?
10. What do you like best about your mom? Giving me hugs and bringing me to the nursery gym.

All about your Dad
1. How old is your dad? 9 years old
2. How much does dad weigh? 13 lbs
3. What is Dad's favorite food? Salad and green beans with mashed potatoes
4. How strong is your Dad? Like 40 strong!
5. What's Dad's job? To work
6. What does Dad do at work? He works and eats at lunch time
7. What is your favorite thing to do with Dad? I like him to tickle me and I like to play with him.
8. How tall is your Dad? 15 lbs
9. What do you like best about your Dad? I like him to snuggle him. I like to hug him and play.
10. What is your Dad's first name? his first name Robert?

 We are so lucky to have our little princess in our family and we love her so much! She is such a joy to raise and I'm grateful that we were blessed with her precious spirit!


Saturday, February 1, 2014

Update in Pictures

The 5th grade classes at the kids' school put on their annual musical. 
Emmy played a student in it. It was called "What's Shakin' Shakespeare".
Emmy even had a short solo part. It was fun to watch :-)

 And of course, way back in December, before Christmas, we had our Ward Christmas Party. Santa made an appearance. Some of the kids were more thrilled than others.
 Emmy and I were invited to join Clara, Abbi and Clara's mom, Robin, to attend the Nutcracker with them. For Clara and Abbi it's a Christmas tradition, but it was mine and Emmy's first time going. I was very impressed! Aside from the great dancing, the highlight probably was seeing the kids' pediatrician play one of the guests at the party at the beginning. The girls even got to get their pictures taken afterwards with the Prima Ballerina and managed to get some autographs on their programs.

Christmas morning was a blast as always. The kids were all happy with their gifts and enjoyed having Nana, Papa and Grandma come visit Christmas morning. We also had the chance to have the Elder and Sister missionaries join us for dinner that evening. We had sooo much fun with them. We gave them gifts of their favorite drink and snack and then we played a rousing game of Beyond Balderdash. So much fun!

Eddie watching Sterling play on his phone. It's just cute! 
This boy has a REAL obsession with video games. 
Every day when he wakes up or gets home from preschool he says,
"Mom, can I play bideo games?" 

In January I was able to fly to Montana to visit my brother Scott, his wife Laura and their adorable little boy, Carter for his baby blessing. This is a view from my window on the way to Montana... 
 And this was one of  my favorite views once I got there...
my other new nephew, Hayden. Such cute chunky little boy!
He belongs to my brother Larry and His wife Megan.
They also have a little BIG boy named Allen that's just a hoot!
 On a side note, if you want Allen to love you...he accepts toys as a bribe!
They also came up from Utah for the baby blessing, as did my brother John and my mom.
Fun family weekend for sure!
And this is my other favorite view, Baby Carter!
 He has such a wise look on his face all the time, like he's just taking it all in. 
Here he is getting ready for his swim ever at the hot springs. 
I'd never been before but it was sooo much fun! 
I would love to go back sometime...maybe we'll make another trip up there soon.
And this is a sad/happy view from my plane window on the way home. (Notice the propeller blade?)
It was nice to go home, but I miss all my family I left behind in Montana and Utah.  
As part of one of Sterling's classes he had to carry an egg around for 4 days without any mishaps as an example of taking care of a child.
 (I guess that means I was a Grandma??) 
His was a boy and was name Hayden Carter (after his new cousins). 
He got extra points for making clothes, toys and other items for it. 
Unfortunately, there was a mishap on the second day when some kids pushing and rushing out of band knocked it out of Sterling's hand...that was the end of Hayden Carter. 

Emmy has a couple of friends who are twins. Their names are Ella and Layla. Whenever Emmy goes over to hang out with them Kailyn insists that she come along. Interestingly enough, Ella and Layla seem to rather enjoy having her along. On this day, we were all there and Emmy, Ella and Layla decided to use Kailyn as their life sized Barbie doll and dress her all up (including make up and finger nail polish). They then took her outside for a photo shoot. Kailyn is convinced that Ella and Layla are HER best friends too. I love how those girls love my little girl!

Another fun adventure took place last weekend when Emmy, Kailyn, my niece Abbi and I all drove to surprise my sister and her daughter Rori. It was Rori's birthday party and Jordan had sent invites to us thinking that we wouldn't possibly be able to come....well, we showed her! We planned it all with her hubby, Drew, for us to drive up Friday and stay until Sunday. The party was spectacular! It was princess themed and the girls loved it all! From making crowns and wands, to make-up and manicures, to a "tea" party with cookies, sandwiches and lots of other yuumyliciousness! It was a huge success. I was rather impressed with my sister's efforts and the results. Of course I think she was far more impressed that we came AND managed to keep it a secret! OF course, that's another story...that involved a little creative storytelling...or lying, whatever you want to call it. Unfortunately the cover story I had to come up with for why I was calling her hubby was somewhat (read VERY) embarrassing for Sterling. But he (and Drew for that matter) were good sports and played along.

Finally it was time to head back home. Poor Rori was heart broken to have her cousins leave. She tried REALLY hard to get in the car and come home with us and managed to get a death grip on Emmy to try and keep her there. Rori loves her cousins (she calls all her boy cousins "my boys"...SO. STINKIN. CUTE!) and hates that they always have to laeve. Grandma Kathi was down the previous weekend and she had just as hard of a time letting Grandma go home! I wish we saw them more and lived closer!

A few other happenings...Emmy was in the spelling bee at school. I don't know what she placed but she enjoyed it a lot. Once you qualify to be in the spelling bee you have to go to twice weekly practices for about 4-6 weeks (I think) until the bee. The official spelling bee is a written test administered before school. The winner of that goes on to the County bee. They also have one just for fun on stage where they spell the words out loud. It lasted about an hour...maybe a little more. We were proud of Emmy and all the work she put into it.

Robert Allen