Syd's 7th grade year

Syd's first day of middle school. Yes I did make her stand outside the car so I could take her picture. How embarrassing I know! It was a hard day for me.

Syd started with only one friend and she had to move half way through the year. After getting through a few rough weeks started to make new friends. She had a cute group to hang out with .

Aunt Mabel spent a few weeks in the fall with us. She came out from Knoxville to visit. Syd loved having her here with,

The highlight of this year for Syd was the school play. I had no idea what we were in for when she signed up. It was quite a commitment from the kids but well worth it. After months of practicing they all pulled off an amazing show of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.

My favorite part of the 7th grade year was watching her grow and learn to love the violin. She made so much progress and really committed to practicing. I am so proud of her can't wait to see where she goes from here!


Owen's 4th grade year

First day of 4th grade
Ms Lily
Ensign Elementary
Owen loves scouts. He has accomplished quite a bit throughout the year. Ken is the Webelos leader so they have been working together. They built these tool boxes, key holders, broom holder, terrariums and have been able to go on many adventures with the troop.

Owen found a new love this year. BASEBALL! It is all he wants to do. It started in the fall. He was brand new to the sport and very unsure of himself and the game in general. I remember his first hit was more like a golf swing. He barely ticked the ball not more that a foot or two in front on him. The coach just yelled RUN, RUN and that's what he did. He played a lot of outfield in the fall. At practice he told the coach he wanted to pitch. When he told me this I didn't think there was anyway he would pitch being brand new to the team. But sure enough he pitched one inning and did a pretty good job!
Fast forward to spring ball. A totally different kid. He was in love! He has come a long way from that initial golf swing. The Rattlers went undefeated until the last game! Go Snakes!
Owen's a very patient older brother. He lets Jack "play" Legos with him. He is also is teaching him to wrestle.

Owen and I had the opportunity to work on a science fair project this year. He choose to find out which gum keeps its flavor the longest. He had fun getting volunteers to help chew gum and keep track of flavor times.

I try to call home to say good night when I work night shifts. I get to talk the kiddos and find how the evening went. One of my favorite times of day is tucking them in at night so this is my way of tucking them in from work. When it's Owens turn to talk he doesn't have much to say. usually because he is distracted with the show he is watching, but he closes the conversation with "kisses in your heart!" I love this kid!


I'm back!

It's ok to take 3 yrs off right? Not too much can happen over a three yr period. It only seems like my kids are growing up faster and faster each year. It's too over whelming to start and sum up all that's happened so I will take it slowly. Post by post.

So since we last talked we added a new member to our family. This little man joined us in September of 2011. He is pretty much the center of everything. Syd takes care of him as if he were her own, Owen finally got the brother he has always wanted. Ken LOVES a baby and Jack has been no exception. For me? He keeps me company while everyone else is gone during the day!


Snow Canyon

While we were in St George we went to Snow Canyon. My kids were a little confused because it was more like the beach.

Family Pics

So I have these amazing friends in St George that took our pictures while we were down there this past week.