Saturday, November 6, 2010


I just found this post that I started and didn't publish because I was waiting to get a picture off Mike's phone. Oh well, here they are. Clara is Belle, Adam was Woody riding Bullseye, Jonas was Gandolf the wizard from Lord of the Rings, Greta was an ice princess, and Levi a skeleton.

Jonas' fall football

Jonas with his flag football team. They were undefeated for the season and had a great coach who had the perfect balance of fun and work is his coaching.

My 6 year old, Greta.

Greta on her 6th birthday ready for school, eating her breakfast donut on the red "special day" dishes- a fun family tradition that we have. I love her face as she realizes that her present is a day at horse camp. She has loved horses for 4 years now and is now old enough to go to our local stable. She was able to be with horses for 6 hours- riding, grooming, and petting them. She had a great day and knew all about the individual horses when we picked her up. She can't wait to go back. The evening of her birthday we went to the park and then to the State Fair for her celebration. Those pictures are on Mike's camera. Greta is still very tall for her age and has enjoyed Kindergarten. She is doing well playing with friends and getting her work done. The first week of school she came home and asked "How many hours long is school?" She has put 6 pounds on since this summer when she was diagnosed with hyperthyroidism and Grave's disease. We are so glad that she has responded well to treatment. She is the sweetest, joyful little girl.

Moving dirt

Mike, Jonas and Adam moved some dirt into our backyard to fill in our hole where the pool used to be. The kids have been having fun ever since playing in it with dumptrucks and shovels and army men.

Clara's volleyball season

Clara played her first season of volleyball and is learning a lot and loving it. Her team is the Blue Crush and I have been so impressed by how much they have learned.

September 11 at the Fire Station

Yes, I am behind with my blogging. I will start the catch up process. Our neighborhood takes a meal to our fire station every Sept 11 as a thank you. Adam was so excited to go this year and the firemen were so patient showing us around and letting the kids check things out.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Temple Square Tour - Salt Lake City

The flowers were beautiful everywhere.

Checking out the 4 acre meadow on top of the conference center. That building is huge.
Here are pictures from our vacation. We toured the conference center and the Salt Lake Temple Square with my sister and her kids.

My baby is 1!

2 months old

One year old- ready for the Cowboys season

Levi loved his cake and presents. He is such a fun happy baby. He has adorable dimple that shows all the time. He is still crawling around and likes to push cars or roll balls. He has this great spin move he does while sitting and moving one leg. I need to catch it on video. He dances to the Barney theme song. He loves to play peek-a-boo in the mornings with his big brothers and sisters with the cereal boxes on the table. He also likes to clap his hands and swing outside. He has started trying all kinds of big people food, but still breast feeds regularly. He will take good naps and sleeps in his crib until I go get him to snuggle with me. He has started climbing up onto our couch from the treadmill and can turn around and get off feet first. We are so glad to have him in our family.


Clara and Greta did some trading this week. The first trade was Greta gets 2 of Clara Zhu-zhu pets and a piece of gum for $8.00(all of her cash). The deal was sealed once Greta ate the gum. When I heard of this I decided it was unfair, but Greta had eaten the gum! I made Clara give back half the money. Clara was so upset, now how was she going to save money?

The second trade happened when Greta came home from school with glitter flower shaped silly bands which Clara wanted bad. There were 12 and I made it clear that I approved all trades in the house. Clara ended up with 5 of the bands and she gave Greta 3 of her bands and 4 stickers on a behavior chart which means that they could have a sister sleep over- stay up late, eat popcorn and share a bed. They were both happy with this. Seems to me that Clara managed to get the better deal, but hey she is the big sister. Mike and I thought it was sweet that they wanted to play together, but we felt like Clara might not be authorized to give that kind of reward, behavior stickers from your sister? They love to play school, but I didn't realize that Greta had a behavior chart even when they weren't playing. You can bet that Clara doesn't have one monitored by Greta. They play very well and together and I am so glad they are friends.
PS Greta just ran in from the backyard scared because Clara told her 2 wasps were chasing her:)

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Wichita, KS

The first day of our vacation we stopped in Wichita, KS. We found the house Mike lived in when he was 10 years old. Then we went to Exploration Place on the river. Our favorite section was the Kansas area that had a mock tornado, water table and the mock stream with sand to build a dam with. There was also had an amazing section about flight with a paper airplane alley and simulators.

Denver Children's Museum

On our way to Utah we spent the day at the Denver Children's Museum. They had a great area about mining with cool rocks. They also had a great room about Space Travel like the NASA Center in Houston. The weather started to cool off and we stopped to explore by the river. We all enjoyed the mountain scenery except Greta who didn't like the feeling of being in between the mountain. She was nervous about falling rocks and kept asking when we would be out the mountains.