Halloween...this holiday wears me out! After grandma parties, the trunk-or-treat, wearing costumes to dance, school parties, neighborhood parties, & the actual trick-or-treating, I have to admit that I was ready for it to be over this year. I actually took down all my decorations while waiting for trick-or-treaters. I know, I am a Halloween scrooge! My kids loved every minute of it though. Not to mention that we got more than our money's worth out of their costumes! This year we had:
Summer flew by in it's usual fashion. While I was sad to see it end, I was also ready for school to start.
Liv was more anxious this year to find out who her teacher was. She was relieved to discover that she was in the same class as Savannah, Lauren, & Davis. Her teacher is Mrs. Walsh.
Kindergarteners always start a week after the rest of the grades. William just couldn't understand why he wasn't getting to go to school when Liv (and Daniel) went. He was more than ready by the time his first day rolled around. He has Mrs. Mecham for a teacher which is fun because Liv had her too!
We escaped to Lake Powell with Jason & Wendy for a last summer hoo-rah sans Lyla. It was so relaxing. The kids spend hours playing on the beach. William was convinced that there must be dinosaur bones/fossils there somewhere. I, of course, forgot my camera so all I have to show of our weekend are these crappy Iphone pictures. Oh well...you get the idea!
Olivia was baptized & confirmed on July 9, 2011. It was such a beautiful & special day...one of those days that reminds you what is truly important in life! As I looked around at our family members & closest friends, I felt truly blessed. I was so proud of Olivia. She is an amazing little girl with such a kind spirit. I am so thankful to have her has a daughter. Congratulations, Liv! We love you!!!
8 years old!!! This was a big one. We wanted to make the day extra special for Liv. Needless to say, it was a jam packed day.
Liv's day started out with an early morning water party & pancakes stacked 8 high (a tradition I copied from my friend Nic. What a fun idea!).
Then, she FINALLY got the pink scooter she'd been asking for over the past 3 years. Good things come to those who wait!
Then it was off to the Lion House with 11 of her good friends: Lauren A., Katie, Lauren C., Christine, Sarah, Lily, Kim, Abby, Addie, Maddie, & Savannah.
Last but not least, we met her grandparents & cousins for dinner & a movie. We weren't surprised when Liv chose Zupas for her celebratory dinner. Hmmm, let me guess? Would she order Wisconsin Cheese soup? Yup... she is a creature of habit!
Happy Happy Birthday, Liv! We hope you always remember this special birthday.
The best thing about the fourth of July holiday is that it lasts for days. It is such a fun time of year. I dare say it's William's favorite holiday. This year the festivities did not disappoint.
We stayed over night in Park City & went to their fireworks show.
We attended the Carn family's annual neighborhood bike parade. The kids had a blast decking out their bikes in red, white, & blue. A fire engine let the kids around the block. At the end, the fireman sprayed down the neighborhood. Can you say "sopping wet?"
We were outside doing fireworks one night & saw a man riding his horse through the neighborhood. We waved "hello" & he stopped to let the kids ride his horse. So nice! The kids were thrilled.
We enjoyed endless nights of fireworks with neighborhood friends.
We had to say goodbye to some of our closest friends & neighbors. The Mansells moved to Dallas, Texas in June. We were so sad to see them go. Especially Will...he played with Mason for hours everyday. While we will miss them everyday, we are excited for them to start this new adventure. Thanks for all of the great memories, Kev & Sarah. You will be truly missed!
Will played his first season of baseball. It was entertaining to watch. He sometimes got a little distracted by "shiny objects" as he ran the bases & may have picked up the bases to see what was underneath them a few times. But overall, he did seem to really like it. "Much better than soccer", he said!
Will was so excited for his preschool graduation. He is READY for Kindergarten. Mostly because he wants to go to school where his best buddy, Daniel, goes. This was a sad day for mom though. Because Will has a late birthday, I got to have him at home with me for an extra year. He is my little buddy & I know I will be sad to have him go to school everyday. However, his graduation ceremony did not disappoint. Super Start School truly is amazing. The program is the cutest thing I have ever seen. Will was too "embarrassed" to sing & dance so he mostly just stood there with a smile on his face. But I know he loved every minute of it!