Sunday, May 22, 2016

She's 4!

 Ayla had a birthday party with her friends at the park Saturday. The Cummings, Wilson, and Cox families came to celebrate with her.

Today Grammy and Jerry came over right after church to open presents with her. She got two new outfits, a baby doll, magnetic dolls, an interchangeable Elsa/Ana doll, lots of bubbles, pink nail polish, and a blow up swimming pool. She is so excited to swim at her own house this week!
Ayla loves strawberries, watermelon, salad, spaghetti.....she eats just about anything. She LOVES to write her writing a letter A. She loves school, church, Frozen everything, and playing with her friends. We are so happy to have a great girl in our family!

Thursday, May 19, 2016

The joys of developing kids

Ayla and Gideon are doing fantastic at writing their names. Ayla just knows the A so far, but she does great. They are both so good, in fact, that they have deemed it their job to practice on EVERY surface in our house. I have writing on just about every door and wall in my house. This is on Ayla's bed. No amount of consequences work on these two because, thanks to the older kids not putting their stuff away, and my lack of noticing until it's too late. I just can't win! And who in their right mind thinks FLAT paint is appropriate on walls? They can't be washed off!

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Gideon can ride his bike!

I have been watching how Gideon rides his bike with training wheels this week. I asked him if he wanted to take them off and he immediately said yes! So Brady took them off on Friday and off he went. It was totally awesome! He was so cute and so proud, especially when he showed his brothers after they got home from school. Gideon is growing up!

First seconds on the bike and he wasn't scared or cried or anything!

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Pinewood Derby

He placed 7th in the Lego Pinewood Derby. His speed was 52.5 mph! He won an award for the most Lego guys on his car.

Monday, April 25, 2016

A video Ammon made for his Water Erosion project at school. He did a good job, I think!

Saturday, April 9, 2016

Day camp fun

Friday night George Washington spoke along with three others about freedom and the boys sang patriotic songs they have been learning all month long. The camp theme is Star Spangled. Today the boys went to civil war camp and had some fun with archery. They cooked banana smores, played marbles, and made string art.

Monday, April 4, 2016

Good food, FHE, & Rydon walking

I LOVE SELF-FEEDING! Smooshed banana, tilapia bits, and cottage cheese. A win all around! He did SO GOOD! In all he ate about 2T cottage cheese,  1/4 tilapia filet, and half a small banana.
Our hodge podge FHE was painting matching "neers," watching Cinderella, and eating ice cream sandwiches.
Rydon has been trying to walk a ton today.  He goes about 3-4 feet before sitting down, but then he gets up and tries again. It's awesome!

Trip to CA for cleft surgery on March 25th

Cleft surgery got cancelled due to a cough that started five hours before seeing the anesthesiologist at Shriners. There is a risk of respiratory complications because of all the swelling after surgery, so the Dr. wanted us to cancel. We decided to go see the LDS temple and the Santa Monica Pier after the Dr. visit because we have always wanted to go see both those places. Traffic was SO BAD! It took us 1.5 hours to drive the 37 miles from the hospital to the temple and 2.5 hours to drive almost that far again to our friends house in Santa Clarita. It was an extremely disappointing day, but we had some fun in spite of it. A fun night having dinner and catching up with the Jones family...who we haven't seen in about 9 years, was really nice. I love having good friends!!!
 Santa Monica Pier
 The temple is HUGE!!

 The Los Angeles Temple is the white stick right behind the van.
Jones' house in Santa Clarita. He LOVED petting their fluffy cat.

Sunday, March 20, 2016

Grand Canyon Day 2

Desert view watch tower, visitors center, geology museum, and pizza dinner at the Maswick Lodge. Gideon was sick the entire day. Every time we got in the car or on a bus he fell asleep almost immediately. I felt bad, but he did so good. He hardly complained, just slept every chance he got.

Grand Canyon Day 1

Cracker Barrel for dinner in Kingman,