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!


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!!! :)


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!


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


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!!!!


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???? ;)


They're Baaack!!!

>> Saturday, July 12, 2014

After 4 days they're back!!! 

They are also dirty, tired, and happy to be home! :P 

We are so happy he's home safe and sound he had a wonderful time!

Scout Camp is such an amazing experience and I'm so thankful for all of the tremendous Leaders that put in so much time and effort into making it a memorable and spiritual experience for our boys. 

After he took the longest shower of his life, (and once he got out said he might take another one later..lol!!!) we sat down with him and got all the details of the past few days. 

He got to do some pretty awesome stuff! 

The boys hiked about 16 miles between all of the "camps", made boats on a lake that had to pass the test to be sea worthy, they did archery, they made quivers, and bows. They got to shoot potato guns, made bottle rockets, and built a bridge. 

They had a really neat "character walk" where they got to meet different characters from the Book of Mormon and learn about them. It also rained pretty hard on them on Thursday and Friday. He sure was grateful for the poncho he packed! :P 

On the last night they had a Fireside followed by a testimony meeting which he said was really great! He told us some of what he shared in his testimony and I teared up. His testimony is really blossoming and he's developing a close relationship with his Father in Heaven. It is beautiful to witness! 

It warms my cockles!!! :P I'm so happy he got to go and have him back!

UPDATE: As we were unpacking Walker's hiking pack I found these babies. Apparently, even though we went out the week before camp to get him a slew of new hiking socks, were the ONLY pair worn ALL WEEK!!! Holy Hannah!!! If only you could smell the horrificness!!! They stand on their own from the foot crust/fungus that is surely colonizing in them! I had to throw them in the wash with several scoops of detergent and put it on the heavy duty wash/rinse cycle. The entire laundry room was filled with the offensive odor...my eyes were starting to water!!! Boys!!!!! LOL!


Pina Colada Baby!!!

>> Friday, July 11, 2014

Today is 7-11 and that means one thing.....
FREE Slurpees!! :)

We ran out bright and early and got ours before they ran out of cups! :) Pina Colada is our fave!!! :)

Happy 7-11!!!


Camp Lehi

>> Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Walker left bright and early this morning for Scout Camp! Much to his chagrin I was able to get a few pics before they left. :P

These two have been buddies since we moved into the Ward when they were a year old. They both even have July birthdays. Chase has dubbed their friendship as "West Friends" instead of Best Friends. The "W" standing for womb. They have been friends since they were so little they are more than best friends. LOL!!! What a crack up!! :P

I know these guys are going to have a great time. But boy I sure do miss him when he's gone! :) 

They will get there by lunch time today and they return Saturday late afternoon. I can't wait to hear all about it!


4th of July!

>> Saturday, July 5, 2014

We had a low key but wonderful 4th of July this year. :) We had the family over for a good 'ol fashion BBQ and swam all day! :)

Eli had gotten a giant ball a couple of years ago for his bday and it has suffered some injuries. The kids were using it in the pool and the next thing you know it was in pieces! LOL!

 Alayna decided to use her portion as a clam shell. We told her she looked like Ariel from the Little Mermaid. :P

All the kids wanted to learn how to surf! :P

Pic courtesy of Jen's cell phone. :)

Even the big kid! :P

It was nice having mom and dad over too. Robin and Dylan came later. They had another BBQ to go to so they only stopped by for a minute. 

The weather was absolutely perfect and the company was great! We laughed and played and ate all day!

Later after everyone else went home we watched "Willow" with the kids. They hadn't ever seen it before. I'm not sure how that's possible but apparently we have failed as parents teaching our kids about all the awesome 80's movies..LOL! Around 9pm we went outside and lit fireworks as the neighbors gathered around to watch. 

 It was a blessed 4th of July! God is good! :) 


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