Eli's Academic Night

>> Tuesday, April 15, 2014

It's a busy week for this guy!

Eli had his Golden Scholars-Academic Night tonight. This is the 2nd year in a row he's earned this award! He's a smarty pants!! :) 

We are so proud of you son! We know it takes a lot of hard work and perseverance to achieve this each year. It's such a joy to see you set and meet the goals you strive to reach. Way to go!!!! :)


You Had a Birthday Shout Hooray!!!

>> Monday, April 14, 2014

 Eli had a birthday! He's not this cute little trouble-maker anymore! ;P 

Boy he was adorable! 

Eli is now 11 years old and is quickly becoming a young man. He will be an 11 Year Old Scout, and our tradition is to get the boys their very own Swiss Army Knife. He was pretty stoked! :)

We had dinner with just our little family and dessert. Strawberry rolls with cream cheese frosting....mmmm! Eli loves anything with strawberry in it. :)  We are planning to have his party next month when the pool gets a little warmer and have all of his friends over to swim. :)

Happy 11th Birthday Eli! Time sure does fly by...Since the day you were born you've always kept us on our toes! You are hard working, deeply devoted to your family, friends, and your faith. You are so incredibly smart, and bring a party wherever you go! Those BIG Baby Blues will always melt my heart...Love you! Happy Birthday!!!


Daddy Daughter Dance!!

>> Friday, March 28, 2014

I just said good-bye to Alayna and Jared as they left for the Daddy Daughter Luau Dance!!

Alayna has been giddy all week. She LOVES her Daddy so much and adores spending one on one time with him. :)

Jared is such a great dad and tries to make her feel like a Princess. I love those two! :)

I can't wait to hear all about it when they get home!!!! :D


I think they might have had a GREAT time!!! :P So funny! :D


The King!

>> Wednesday, March 26, 2014

It's that time of year again....Pinewood Derby!!! 

This is the last pinewood derby car Jared & our boys will make. I think everyone gave a sigh of relief with this news at the end of the races this year! :)

Eli has gone with the "Cars" theme from Pixar. This year he made King. 

Eli & his buddy Amir. Eli recuited Amir into Cubs. :)

Eli's 3 cars from all his races. His 1st car was Lightening (center), 2nd Ramone (right), and 3rd King (left).

Jared and Eli really did a great job! 

Our boys like to go for "style" over speed. We've never won...but their cars are keepsakes and they proudly display them in their rooms! :) Great job Eli!!!


Desert Botanical Garden

>> Friday, March 21, 2014

Alayna and her class went on a fieldtrip to the Desert Botanical Garden yesterday, and I was lucky enough to go and be a chaperone. I feel very blessed that I am able to go with my kids on their school trips. :)

Doesn't this face look happy!?! :) She was so excited to see and learn more about the desert plants and animals! Mrs. Smith is such an amazing teacher and the entire class already knew SO much about the different cacti, trees, plants and animals. I was impressed!

 We also had an extra special treat at the Garden. The Chihuly Exibit was still going on and we were able to see some the of the beautiful works of art there. Here is a little blurb from the Exibit and the Artist:

"Discovery and surprise await you on the Garden trails. Artist Dale Chihuly returns to the Desert Botanical Garden this fall with a stunning exhibition of his extraordinary and vibrant works of art. Chihuly is credited with revolutionizing the Studio Glass movement and elevating the perception of the glass medium from craft to fine art. He is renowned for his ambitious architectural installations around the world, in historic cities, museums and gardens. Chihuly’s work is included in more than 200 museum collections worldwide including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Smithsonian American Art Museum and the Corning Museum of Glass. Major exhibitions includeChihuly Over Venice (1995-96), Chihuly in the Light of Jerusalem (1999), Garden Cycle (2001– present),and displays at the de Young Museum in San Francisco (2008), the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston (2011) and the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in Richmond (2012). Chihuly Garden and Glass opened at Seattle Center in 2012. Chihuly Garden and Glass opened at Seattle Center in 2012."

These were just a small sampling of the art there. It was so neat to see!

Alayna and her group had a fun time with our guide. She was the sweetest elderly lady who really got into her role playing with the kids! They just ate it up!! :)

 We saw a cute little woodpecker...look close and you can see him in the cactus. :)


It was a lot of fun being able to tag along with Alayna and her class. I just love my sweet girl to pieces! :) 

The desert really is a beautiful place to live. I couldn't imagine living anywhere else but here. It's home.....


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