Family Temple Day!

>> Saturday, March 11, 2017

 We did Family Temple Day a little differently this month. We usually go early in the morning but we had some conflicts so we decided to go at lunch time. It ended up being a perfect time to go!

The Temple was mostly full of people there for weddings. We saw so many brides. It was fun to look at all the different style of dresses. Alayna and I just ooo'd and ahhh'd. :P 

The baptistery wasn't busy and the guys were in and out in under an hour. 


Alayna and I learned how to find family name cards you've left at the temple for over a month. That was fun digging through all the boxes and credenzas. :P 

I also planned a fun lesson for us to learn about why it's important to treat our bodies like temples and then we played a game of charades that was themed to the lesson. She said it was the most fun day yet!!! <3
  

It was a beautiful spring day and it felt wonderful to be at the Temple!

We decided to try out Which Wich for lunch. It's a sandwich place. It was ok. We all decided we wouldn't go back though. Too many other yummy places to try! :) 

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Final Volleyball Class!

>> Friday, March 10, 2017

Alayna has loved this volleyball skills class she's been taking through the Town of Gilbert. She has learned so much in such a short amount of time! Her skills have gotten markedly better! She's easily the top two in her class! So proud of her! 

  


 They were supposed to have the parents play against the kids but I guess legally it wasn't allowed so we just had to watch. Alayna was pretty bummed. So were we!!!  


  


 At the end of the class they were awarded ribbons. 




 I hope she will continue to take more classes like these to help her get better and better. Volleyball is so much fun!

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Mustache Day!

>> Wednesday, March 8, 2017


This cutie had Mustache Day at school today! 

All week they have been dressing up in different ways to show school spirit. This was the 1st day I thought to take any pics...oops!


I guess one is better than none! :P 

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I'm Shrinking....

>> Saturday, March 4, 2017

Eli has hit a major growth spurt. I'm pretty sure he's been taller than me for a while now but last night I was looking at him and I felt really short!!!

Jared took a quick pic to see how much taller he really is than me. I'm 5'6" by the way. I'm not "short"! LOL!!!


We didn't measure him, for whatever reason, but he's got to be about 5' 9" at least! He's only 13! This boy is going to be tall! :) 

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Boyce Thompson Arboretum

>> Friday, March 3, 2017


Jared went with Alayna on her class fieldtrip to the Boyce Thompson Arboretum!


They took a few selfies on the bus. :P 



 It was a perfect day to be out. The weather was beautiful!


 From their website: "Boyce Thompson Arboretum is the largest and oldest botanical garden in the state of Arizona. It is one of the oldest botanical institutions west of the Mississippi. The Arboretum was founded in the 1920s by mining magnate Col. William Boyce Thompson. It encompasses 323 acres."






They got to do some hands on learning and workshops. 



  




Gathering kids for a group photo is easier said than done. :P 


 They had a fun time and learned so much about our beautiful desert plants. I think having Dad come along was probably the biggest highlight of her day though! <3 


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Eli's Band Concert

>> Thursday, March 2, 2017

Eli had a band concert on Tuesday night. He's in two bands this year. He's in Jazz Band and 8th Grade Band. He could have made it into Symphonic Band but he missed tryouts last year when he was out sick with his IBS issues. 

Eli is REALLY good! He has that natural gift for music. When he played piano he learned it quickly and played with emotion. This year he took up the acoustic guitar and did really great with that too! Jared played the saxophone when he was in school and Eli seems to be following in his footsteps because he has a gift for that instrument as well! Makes a Momma proud! <3 


Eli kills me!!! :P He is always making us laugh! I just love him so much! <3 This was my attempt at getting a "quick" picture before we went inside. LOL! 
Eli is in the center of the stage seated 


Jazz Band played 1st. They sounded really good! :) 



 The kids are getting all set up and in place. 




The band program is growing again. When Walker was in band there weren't as many kids. It's good to see that kids are enjoying music!


 It was a nice night. The Jr. High kids play well. 

 I miss playing. I always want to go home and pull out my flute...LOL! It's in sad shape though and in need of lots of repairs. Maybe one day I'll get it fixed and take lessons again. :) We could have our own Kitch Family Band! Walker on percussion, Alayna on piano, myself on flute, and Eli and Jared on sax! Hehehe! I don't know how well those go together but we could make it work. :) 

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Secret Grandmas!

>> Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Over the past 6 weeks our Young Women group adopted Secret Grandmas. They sent out an initial letter and treat explaining to their Grandma that they were chosen and that they would be dropping letters, notes, treats, or small gifts off each week. At the end of the 6 weeks we'd be having a "Reveal Party" and they were invited to come to find out who their Secret Granddaughter was. 

We also told them if they wanted to leave anything for their Secret Granddaughter they could leave it in a red basket outside of the Young Women's Room (with their own name) and we'd get it to the Young Women. 

It ended up being such an amazing and fun activity!!! The Young Women loved ding-dong-ditching gifts each week and getting to know their Grandma better. The Grandmas would tell me each week what a special thing it was for them. They felt so loved and appreciated. They said that they wouldn't have gotten to know the Young Women if it wasn't for this activity!!! They loved getting to know the girls and sharing their lives, wisdom, and hobbies with them!! :) 

We had the BIG reveal party tonight for our activity and all of the Grandmas were able to come. We did actually have the girls choose some of the home bound Grandmas in our Ward. We didn't want to leave them out! :) They weren't able to come but we will take the girls at a later date to visit them in their homes.



Each Young Woman gathered some facts about their Grandma and read them out loud in front of the room. Everyone tried to figure out who it was and then at the end said who it was they had chosen. 


We did some simple decorations for the party. 



We, the leaders, didn't want to be left out either! So we chose a Secret Grandma too! :) It was so much fun! I picked Sister Sorenson!


We had a cute little craft to make with them so we could talk and chat some more while we made cute little bonnet hats! 


It was a great turnout! 


We had treats and painted our nails and got to know each other. Then we took some group pictures! 


 These Grandmas really shared their love to the Young Women! They were fantastic!!!



 And they have a great sense of humor!!! LOL!!! This goofy pic was all their idea!!! :P


Our Young Women! They are wonderful girls!!!

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