Summer is Here!!

>> Tuesday, May 31, 2011

School is officially out and we spent the weekend playing in the backyard! :)

The kids crack me up that they will still play in these little blow up pools. Much more economical than an in ground pool though! :)

Love these three cutie pies! :D

And this guy too! :P

Happy Summer!!!!


End of the Season

>> Monday, May 23, 2011

We got Eli's team pictures in!

It was a great season. We had our ups and downs but in the end we are all glad he decided to play back to back seasons. We are going to take a break during the brutal summer heat, but plan to sign up again with the same coaches in the fall. Coach Albert (on the right) and Coach Armondo (on the left) are incredible with the kids! We are lucky to have them! :)

What will we do with 3 free days a week??? I'm sure we'll think of 'something'...LOL! ;)


Joy School Graduation!!!

Today was our Joy School graduation ceremony!

The girls did a FANTASTIC job! They sang 3 songs that they worked very hard to learn, and every single one of them participated and did an amazing job. I'm soooo proud of each one of them!

After they sang their little hearts out, I have to admit I started tearing up! It caught me by surprise but my heart was so full!

Then, the BIG moment came. Each girls' name was called and they marched in to the ceremonial music of 'Pomp and Circumstance'. Look at that adorable face!!

They received their diplomas and a big hug from me! :D

They were proud of themselves...and I certainly was proud of them too!!

I made each girl a little yearbook with pictures of the different activities we've done throughout the year. It was a hit! Alayna is showing Grandma all the fun she's had this year! :D

We've had a great time together!! It has been such a Joy to work with these 4 little ladies! :) I am especially proud of our sweet little Alayna. She has grown and learned so much. I'm amazed at her ability to pick up concepts so quickly and memorize material in such short amounts of time. She loves to learn and tells me often that her favorite part of school is making projects. I've cherished spending this time with her and learning more about her and her lovable, quirky, joyful, and silly, personality. Joy School is such a blessing to our family and I'm so happy that I've had the opportunity to teach all 3 of my children. I will always be thankful for this precious time with my little ones! :D


Father & Son's Campout

>> Monday, May 16, 2011

The boys went to the Ward's Father & Son's Campout over the weekend up in Happy Jack. They L-O-V-E to go camping!!

Eli took his awesome little camera. Between him and Jared they captured some of the fun times they had.

They drove up Friday afternoon and came back Saturday afternoon.

Eli is totally in his 'element'! :P

Walker and Nelson enjoying the great outdoors!

On Saturday they decided to go on a hike.

Jared, Walker, Eli, Dave Campbell, Tyler Campbell, Jeff Williams and Chase Williams went together.

This was one of the few shots Jared is actually in. That is the downside to being the!

The 'Guys'!

They climbed up to the cave and it had a waterfall. It looks so cool!

The 'backside of water'. (This is only funny if you've ever ridden the Jungle Cruise at Disneyland. I couldn't help myself. :P )

The cave was filled with water so they had to jump across rocks to get through it.

It misted on you while you were in there.

On their way out the other side of cave. Man I wish I could have come. It looks gorgeous!

The boys said this was really steep and it was hard to climb down. But they loved every minute of it! :D


They came home telling me all about it at 100 miles an hour. They had a BLAST! :)


Girls' Weekend

The boys went camping up in Happy Jack for the Ward's annual Fathers & Sons Campout over the weekend. So the girls decided we should have a Mother & Daughter Stay-cation! :)

(All pics were taken with my cell phone..sorry for the poor quality. But..better some pics than no pics! :P )

Our first stop was the nail salon for some pampering and beautification! Alayna LOVES to get her toes painted!

Dara is due to have her baby any to get those feet gorgeous for the BIG day! :P

Ashlynn wanted the works!

See my ugly boot on the floor next to my chair? I'm not letting it stop me from getting pretty toes! LOL!

I forgot to take a pic of all of our feet when we finished up at the salon so I took this at home. Do you think our dog Sammy is a photo-crasher?!? LOL!! Somehow he always sneaks his way in to my pictures. How does he even know to put his little paw in the shot? Hahahahaha!!!

After our toes were looking fabulous we headed to Nandos for dinner. Yes..ALL of that food was just my order. Good grief their portions are huge! We rolled ourselves out of there and went back to our house to watch Gnomeo & Juliet. We had a great evening!

The next day, we went to brunch at Crackers in Mesa. MMMMMM! Their cinnamon french toast is to die for!

Our next stop was to Schnepf Farm in Queen Creek. They were having a Peach Picking Festival and well...we HAD to go! :P Here we are on the Hay Ride taking us out to the orchards.

We picked and picked and picked and came home with a LOAD of peaches. Peach cobbler here we come!!!

Alayna and Ashlynn had a great time getting the chance to be farm girls! :P

It was a wonderful weekend with wonderful friends. We definitely need to do it again soon! :D


Oh Boy!

>> Thursday, May 12, 2011

My good friend Dara is expecting a baby boy this month! I'm co-hosting a baby shower in her honor tonight. I decided to maker her a special cake for the occasion. :)

I think it turned out pretty good. I used a new type of fondant which I have decided I will NEVER use again. It cracked like nobody's business and that just isn't cool! Overall I think it was a success though. :D



>> Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Sometimes we need reminders. I thought this was powerful.

"The work of a mother is hard, too often unheralded work. Please know that it is worth it then, now, and forever.

One young mother wrote to me recently that she felt like the world expected her to teach her children reading, writing, interior design, Latin, calculus, and the Internet—all before the baby said something terribly ordinary, like “goo goo.” She worried because she felt she didn’t measure up or somehow wasn’t going to be able to be equal to the task, the mental investment, the spiritual and emotional exertion, the long-night, long-day, stretched-to-the-limit demands that sometimes are required in trying to be and wanting to be the mother God hopes she will be.

But one thing, she said, keeps her going. I quote: “Through the thick and the thin of this, and through the occasional tears of it all, I know deep down inside I am doing God’s work. I know that my motherhood is an eternal partnership with Him.”

Mothers, cherish that role that is so uniquely yours and for which heaven itself sends angels to watch over you and your little ones. Yours is the work of salvation, and therefore you will be magnified, compensated, made more than you are, better than you are, and better than you have ever been. And if, for whatever reason, you are making this courageous effort alone, without your husband at your side, then our prayers will be all the greater for you. Know that in faith things will be made right in spite of you, or more correctly, because of you. We thank all of you, and tell you there is nothing more important in this world than participating so directly in the work and glory of God.

May I say to mothers collectively, in the name of the Lord, you are magnificent. You are doing terrifically well. The very fact that you have been given such a responsibility is everlasting evidence of the trust your Father in Heaven has in you. He is blessing you and He will bless you, even—no, especially—when your days and your nights may be the most challenging. Rely on Him. Rely on Him heavily. Rely on Him forever. And “press forward with a steadfastness in Christ, having a perfect brightness of hope.”"

Elder Jeffrey R. Holland


The Cobras

>> Monday, May 9, 2011

Eli is playing his second consecutive season of flag football. His team is called The Cobras, just to intimidate the competition..LOL!

Several of the kids from last season decided to sign up again under the same coach for this season, and we were one of them. It's been a huge benefit for the team since a lot of them have played together before. They have the basics down now and have been able to get deeper into the game elements this time around.

Eli has definitely hit his stride. He has become an all-around excellent player! Any position he plays he gets in there and gets it DONE! :D

His coaches have been so impressed with his growth and continually tell us what a natural he is. I absolutely LOVE watching him play!! I'm his #1 fan! :D

There's only a few more weeks left in this season and then it's summer vacation. We are ready for the break but Eli has already been begging us to play tackle in the fall. I'm just not sure if I'm ready for that jump yet....


Putty in Your Hands....

>> Friday, May 6, 2011

Occasionally there are 'moments' in your life that just strike you to your core. As a mom I try to burn those 'moments' into my brain so that I can remember them forever. However, since I am a mom, I have a memory of a moth. They call it "Mom Brain". Nothing sticks in! So I decided to write down and share a 'moment' I had today in hopes Mom Brain won't take over. :P

I was dropping the kids off at school as I do every morning...same 'ol, same 'ol...the boys rush off to meet up with their pals and start chatting and laughing away about who knows what, but it's obviously very important. :) Then it happens, they stop in their tracks, turn around, and give me a huge wave and a even bigger smile saying, "Bye Mom!!!"

It's not a big thing...but the fact that they were so involved with their friends and took a 'moment' to tell their old mom good-bye melted my heart. It made me feel like I'm still important to them. I'm sure in a few short years they won't even want to acknowledge that their mom even exists..hahaha! So this one is for the memory book to remind me of "the good old days" when they thought there mom awesome. :D


Golden Scholar

>> Thursday, May 5, 2011

Last night Walker earned his spot, for the 2nd year in a row, at the Gilbert Golden Scholars Academic Night! :) (Click here for last year's blog.)

We are SO proud of him! This year has been harder than previous years academically. He's had a lot more homework and the curriculum is just getting tougher, as it does as you climb upwards through the school years.

Walker with Mrs. Lana Moore-Settler's Point Elementary Principal

He set a goal for himself at the beginning of the year to make it Academic Night with straight A's and he attained it. We are beaming with pride. He worked hard and applied himself. He should be thrilled with all that he was able to accomplish...We sure are!!

Congratulations Walker!! We love you! :D


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