1st Day of School 2014!!

>> Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Here we are again! Another school year has begun!!

Walker is officially in High School! I don't even know how I feel about this yet. It's exciting and yet my heart feels like it's chasing after my baby boy as he is embarking on so many new experiences. I just want time to slow down, but I know that's impossible. 

I'm learning how to let go and follow his lead. It's a balancing act for sure. He wants more freedom and we are trying to give it to him. He's so busy with Scouts, Marching Band, friends, and now school has started up, we won't be seeing a whole lot of him. 

We usually have our scripture time and family prayer before bed each night. With his schedule we are going to have to tweak that. It's going to mean sacrifices for Eli & Alayna. I think we are going to have to do it at 5:30 am! That will be a BIG change!! Since Walker has A hour Seminary he has to leave before 6 am and Jared usually leaves by 5:30 am for work. 

We will give it a try and see how everyone does. 

Eli is the Big Man on Campus this year. He's a 6th grader!! He has Mr. Prebble. This is his 1st year with a male teacher. He was excited! He said the other day when we were talking about how he felt about this year he said he felt a bit nervous. I asked him why, and he said that being a 6th grader you have a lot of responsibility. The whole school looks up to you to be a good example. 

This mom's heart melted!!

He has matures so much in the past year and he really wants to be a role model. He always strives to be a good friend to everyone. I admire that about him!

Alayna is a 2nd grader. She has 2 teachers this year. Mrs. Musslin (formerly Mrs. Simmons, she got married, Eli had her in 2nd grade) and Mrs. Dillard. They split their time in the classroom. They both have children and so they've worked it out so they are there part time. It sounds confusing and complicated, but they have done this for at least a year or two and it seems to work out fine. 

She was so excited for school to start today. She's becoming more aware of how she looks and spends more time in the bathroom brushing her hair and picking out her outfits. It's pretty cute. :) 

She couldn't sleep last night, and she was up about 2 hours before she needed to leave for school this morning..LOL! She's definitely my kid! I remember being like that every year. 

I have high hopes that this year will be a great one for the Kitch Family! :)


I've been in the kitchen all day making a special Back to School Dinner and Chocolate Chip Cookies for when they get home. I can't wait to hear all about their day!!! :D

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Ordained a Teacher-Duty to God

>> Tuesday, July 29, 2014

So I'm a bit behind on this post. Walker was ordained a Teacher on July 6th. It is always a beautiful experience as we sit in the room as he's being ordained to the next office of priesthood. The Spirit is so strong and my heart swells with joy!



I took this picture right before church. It was met with just a few eye rolls and heavy sighs...LOL!

 After he was ordained and recognized in Sacrament Meeting the following week,  the Bishopric forgot to award him his Duty to God certificate, so this past Sunday they called him up again to give it to him. 


Now that he is a Teacher he will be able to go with Jared and be Home Teachers together. What an awesome experience that is for them!!

Congratulations Walker!

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CVHS Marching Band

>> Saturday, July 26, 2014

Campo Verde High School Marching Band had their 1st live performance of 2014. After a grueling week of long days and high temps they were ready to show their families everything they have been working on!

They invited the families to come out for a BBQ and the performance followed.

They had several expos of the different groups that make up the whole. They had the color guard, percussion, winds, etc. 

Before camp began Walker really wanted to be in pit. However, after he got to try the bass drum he was excited to try out for a position on the bass line. He is 1 of 2 Freshman in percussion and after try outs he made it to the bass line with the upper class-men! :) He's really diggin' it!



He has mentioned that drum gets pretty heavy after marching for 3 hours! The percussion instructor is working this group hard. They have to do more than the regular warm ups the rest of the band does. In order for them to not hurt themselves carrying such heavy equipment they have to do cardio and core workouts as well. He said he's never been so sore than this past week. :P 

He's also been showing us his little six pack too! I think he likes the results of all the hard work! LOL!

This is only 1/2 of the stage. I was trying to zoom in on Walker in the very back. :)


The final exhibition was the full marching band. They have a total of 40 members including color guard. Jared and I came from a marching band of 300 when we were at Gilbert High School so it was quite an adjustment for us to realize the whole group fit on the stage with lots of room to spare!!!!!


Last year they had about 19 students in the program. They have a new Director this year and he's working hard to grow the program and recruit past students to come back. He's doubled the numbers but we are all hoping as word spreads they will get bigger and bigger. Campo is a pretty new school and it takes time to bring these groups up to the large numbers as other older more established schools have obtained. 

It has it's pluses being a small group. It has a more personal one on one feel. The students get a lot of help and instruction. It makes it feel more like a Club and a tight nit group. 

They have a lot of work to do. Not having a Junior Varsity Band to teach them the very elementary basics of marching and playing they are all learning it together. 

Walker is really enjoying it and the students seem excited and ready to put in the man hours to get where they want to be! Here's to a great year!!! :)

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Band Camp 2014!

>> Friday, July 25, 2014

Walker started Band Camp this week at the High School! That's right...he's a Freshman!! Wowzers!

They have been at the school every morning bright and early at 7am and they go all day until 8pm. We haven't seen a whole lot of him and we all have been missing him! In fact, the other night he came home and Alayna was quite upset that he didn't give her a hug right away! It was so sweet! 

Not only have they been dealing with very long days, they have been dealing with extremely HIGH temperatures! This week has been the hottest all year. One of the girls didn't drink enough the 1st day and got dehydrated. She missed 2 days of camp because of it. The desert is no joke. Stay hydrated my friends!!!

Today is the last full day of camp and the Gilbert Fire Department came out to help our kids cool off!!!!!!



This looks like SO much fun!!! LOL!! :D

Walker is the one wearing a red shirt on the top left with his back facing the water blast. It certainly looks refreshing!!!!! 

Tomorrow is the Parent Performance and Family BBQ. We can't wait to see everything they have been working on all week!

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Pretty Momma

>> Tuesday, July 22, 2014


Jared went out to trim our catclaw vine out front and he found this sweet Momma and her babies had made it their Summer home!

The vine was in dire need of some TLC so he had to move their nest down lower on the pillar. We thought for sure she would abandon the nest. To our pleasant surprise she didn't! 

Everyday we go out there and check on her and her babies. It's been so fun watching them! :)

I've seen the daddy flutter in and out periodically bringing food. Today he came when I was out there taking this picture and he wasn't too pleased to see me. He was chirping and squawking at me to get lost! LOL!

I tried really hard to snap a pic of him too but it's really hard to get a clear pic of a humming bird. They flitter around so fast!

I might try a again tomorrow. :P


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Walker's 14th Bday Party

>> Saturday, July 19, 2014

It's been a few weeks since Walker turned 14. July has been so busy with summer schedules we finally were able to get all of his buddies together to celebrate! :)

The guys got here around 1pm and they played video games, made alterations to their characters for D&D, and ate everything in sight!!!! I need to learn how to cook for an army now. These boys have insane appetites! :P

 Jared got home around 3:30pm and the nerdom began! :)

  



They played, they ate, and ate and ate....and then we decided it was time for some cake!


 I LOVE this pic! 1st of all that shirt is hilarious! We found that at Goodwill the other day and he HAD to have it! :P And that smile is infectious!!!!!


I also love that these big guys were so patient and kind towards one little girl who wanted to help out so badly! They are a great bunch of friends! 



I made the traditional Oreo Ice Cream Cake...they devoured that in 2.2 seconds! ;) Then it was time to go out and burn some of that energy off in the pool!





Jared and I were laughing so hard watching them play these made up games. It was a riot! Those guys cheat so bad!!!! LOL!!



They all obliged and let me take an action shot...it's blurry but it's funny to see all of their different expressions. :D

The party went until midnight...and I confess I went to bed around 10pm. Jared continued to DM for them and they gamed all night long. It was a fun party!!!!

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Sugar Bugs

>> Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Alayna had to go back to the dentist. It appears those Sugar Bugs love her teeth! She needed 2 fillings.


She's such a GREAT patient. We decided to skip the nitrous oxide (laughing gas) this time and she didn't seem to mind one bit! In fact, the dentist couldn't believe how well she did! That's my girl! :)

She did think it was really weird how she couldn't smile right. She also said she couldn't feel her eye blink. We were giggling so hard watching her try! :P

Now...let's remember to floss shall we???? ;)

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