Wednesday, September 3, 2014

The Start of School

 Every summer when the kids get out for summer break, I'm surprised at how much I love summer and love having them all home.   And then, when school starts again, I'm surprised at how much I love having them in school.  :)

School started on Wednesday, August 20th for Lindsey.   She's a 7th grader at Hillcrest Jr. High and the 7th graders go the first day all by themselves.   She was so cute and spent the majority of the summer making the dress she wanted to wear on the first day.  It turned out really cute!   She was nervous and excited!  She got a little emotional when it was time to go catch the bus, but I reassured her that I was that way and Emily was as well.  As soon as she saw her friends, she was back to being excited.  She had a great first day and has enjoyed it so far.  

The other 4 kids started school on Thursday, August 21st.    They were all excited and ready to go!
(So, I accidentally forgot to take pictures of Emily.  She left early - Lindsey had that day off since she went the day before - so I took pictures of her the 2nd day of school).

Hannah - 1st grade

 Jack - 5th grade

 Kate - 3rd grade

From the next few pictures you can see what it's like to get Jack to smile for pictures now :)

 Finally - a good one!
 Jack was so excited to have our next door neighbor, Case, coming to Longview.  They had planned on wearing their football jerseys the first day and they were so excited to walk together.   But - Case had attended a different Elementary school in our district and they decided to send him back to that one - so Jack was bummed.  Thankfully they play after school most days of the week!

 Emily - 9th grade

Here's to the beginning of another great school year!!!

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Up With Kids Show - Beauty & the Beast

 The week after getting back from AZ and Jon getting back from OR, Lindsey, Kate & Hannah spent the week at Up With Kids Camp.   It was a tricky week to balance that camp and getting Lindsey early most days in order for her soccer team to play in the Max Cup.   But, on Friday night, they were ready for the show.   This time, they learned the play "Beauty & the Beast."  

It was a beautiful Friday night, so a perfect night to watch the play.   Jon had to work, so he attended the dress rehearsal during the day.  Emily had soccer (she had just made the JV team - more on that soon) and Jack just flat out refuses to go to things like this.  So, it was Hailey and I and thankfully, my parents were able to come.

The girls did great!   Lindsey played the Armoire, Hannah was a village child & silverware and Kate was a village girl and then Snow White (a scene where Belle & the Beast are reading fairy tales).

Hannah's in the purple

 Lindsey began as a maid in the prince's castle - before being turned into furniture
 Lindsey as the Armoire

 Here's a scene with more of the costumes
 The silverware entrance was my favorite!   Hannah was absolutely breathtaking - you can tell from this picture how thrilled she is when she's on stage.   I love her so much and my heart skipped a beat when I saw her in this scene.  My mom leaned over and whispered "She loves this!  She's sure in her element."   So true!  
My favorite picture of the night - just so thrilled to be doing what she was doing!

 Kate as Snow White - she even sang a solo
 Poor Lindsey had a horrible cough this week (which ended up preventing us from going to Worland the following week).   She'd get coughing but she amazingly held it off while she also sang a solo.  Great job Lindsey!

 The finale
My parents with Kate & Hannah
Well done girls!

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Trip to Arizona

 My sister Becky had her 3rd baby, Remmy Mae, on May 31st.  I had wanted to be there for her birth so bad, but with Remmy being born a couple of weeks early and it was right during a week of waiting to confirm another miscarriage for us.   So, I wasn't able to go right after she was born.

We knew that the first weekend of August was the Baxter family reunion (Jon's side of the family) in Oregon and we planned on going.      But, with 2 miscarriages and other family issues that have happened, I just needed to do something for myself.   Jon was so kind and so sweet to let me go to Arizona that weekend with my parents to visit Becky and be there for Remmy's blessing.  That meant that Jon would take the 5 oldest kids (I took Hailey with me) and make the drive to Oregon.   They had a wonderful time and Jon was such an amazing dad to do that.

I looked forward to this weekend in Arizona so much!    I was even able to hand deliver Remmy's quilt to her:

We arrived on Thursday early evening and it was so fun to see Becky's cute house and her cute family.  Brooklyn and Jake got along so well with Hailey and Hailey LOVED playing with their toys.   Remmy was an absolute doll and it was fun to hold her and kiss her cute cheeks.   

It's so dreamy to go on walks early in the morning with Becky, run on errands with my mom and Becky and stop at gas stations to run in and grab a Diet Coke.   We were able to go to a music class, swimming, the mall to play, McDonald's play area and to dinner at Red Robin.

 Worn out from all their fun!

John's parents, Marc & Betty, were also able to come into town.   One night, all the grownups were visiting and these 2 put on dress-up dresses and danced.

Thankfully, a superhero arrived to keep an eye on the girls!
 Brooklyn was cracking us up - she really got into her dancing :)

On Sunday,  we all got ready and went to Church.  Remmy's blessing was wonderful!  She looked so beautiful in the blessing dress (it's the same one that Brooklyn & Hailey were also blessed in).   Becky and John have a wonderful ward and so many amazing friends.

They hosted a get-together at their house after and it was fun to meet more of Becky's friends and also have Camille Curto (my cousin) and her little boy, Vinnie come over.  I had never met Vinnie in person before and it was fun to visit with them.   Vinnie is such a cute little boy.

I hated to see the weekend go by so fast!  We left Sunday afternoon and had a great flight home.  Hailey was the best little traveler.  She was so good and sweet and it was a piece of cake to have just one child.   I was so happy to see Jon and the other kids and was so grateful for the chance to go!