Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Last Day of School

Unfortunately, as mentioned earlier this month, we missed Emma's actual last day of Kindergarten {which would have been today!}. I was saddened she missed out on all the fun "end of year" activities but I know she obviously has no real idea, and I didn't get to do what I had planned for her final day of Kindergarten. *Sigh* Oh well, there's always next year! Anywho...I was melancholy seeing all the pictures of kiddos on their last day and decided why can't we get a picture anyway! This would have been her last day so there ya go ;) Here she is on her first day (when we homeschooled) and her last day...

Here she is on her first day of homeschool, her first day at Freedom Elementary, and her last day!

I can't believe how much she's grown and accomplished! Even though her time at public school was short she learned so much and really challenged her self. We are hoping to see even bigger and better things from her next year. Way to go Emma! You are amazing! We love and admire you and your hard work! We can't wait to see where you go from here!

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Smiley Boy!

This little boy has grown SO MUCH over the last couple of months!! He's learned to smile like crazy and he loves his sister and brother. We had his 2-month appointment this morning (a day or two early) and he did great! He currently weighs 12 pounds, 3 ounces and measures 22 inches long! He's still a cuddle bug, a great eater, and he's even managing to learn this whole sleeping at night thing (he only wakes every 4-5 hours at night). He was a champ getting his immunizations this morning and I anticipate he'll have no negative reactions. :) We love him more and more each day and it's hard to imagine what life was like before he joined our ranks!

Monday, May 29, 2017

Memorial Day Weekend

After getting home from our driving craziness, we were all happy that Nate had the next day off so we could hopefully enjoy some relaxing time together! However, Monday morning dawned with the sad news that my cousin's wife had unexpectedly passed away that morning. My entire family is in shock and it is truly heartbreaking as they have four young children! Maybe we'll get answers, maybe we won't. It's all in the Lord's hands.

Anywho, we were able to muster enough energy to get some housework done, run some errands, and I made my traditional cheesecake.

I'm so blessed to have this sweet family of mine! My kiddos are truly the best. It made my day when Emma called to me, "Mom! Take a picture of this!" And I quite literally got the most perfect picture of my sweet kiddos (Jake was napping sadly). We are excited to officially start summer and hope to have some fun, though local, excursions since we have no "big" trips planned! Here's to a happy summer!

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Tornado Driving Adventures

Y'all we are so happy to be back in the south, seriously, but everywhere has different hazards you must be aware of. After Cameron's party last night we decided we would just head home today (since Nate has Monday off and we wanted an extra day to work on our house). So after a slow morning we left around noonish to drive the five hours home. I drove the first half with no incident, it was sunny and roads were clear. After Nate took the wheel though we hit a patch of thunderstorms. Nothing crazy though there was a hot minute when it was pouring so hard you could hardly see in front of you...but it cleared quickly and we thought we were in the clear. Not less then an hour later and we were being pelted again, AND our phones were telling us of a tornado warning in the area. We first kept driving but eventually the wind got crazy and debris was blowing all over the road (we were driving down a very wooded road). Nate felt he should stop and pull over. Unfortunately we had no internet to check our phones with so Nate called his parents to have them check. We were a mere minutes away from the heaviest part of the storm. It was terrifying. I have never felt so anxious and scared in my life! For a minute I really was unsure if we would make it home.

Now, I'm not saying there was or wasn't a tornado. We did not actually see one but based on the damage we saw as we were heading back down the road (once the storm began to lift) I wouldn't be surprised if there was one. All I can say is that I'm glad the last hour of our drive was beautiful sunsets and that we made it safely home! Though we were an hour later than planned. I'm hoping we don't encounter this again, though you never can tell! I'm feeling very blessed by my Heavenly Father because I know that he guided my husband to pull over when he did and helped Nate stay calm even when I was feeling very flustered and nervous. Normally, I don't drive first on trips but I know this time it worked out so that I wouldn't be driving in the crazy storm. We feel completely blessed tonight.

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Texas Fun!

We left early this morning to head on a 5 hour drive to Nate's hometown where we were going to my nephew's graduation party! I was super excited that my nails perfectly matched the outfit I had chosen, and the kids did pretty well even though it was a long drive!

We arrived just in time to help with all the chaos of party set up! I took over decor, while Nate manned the grill, and the kids just drove everyone crazy ;)

It was a fun party and I was able to see my sister's family (obviously), my parents, and my brother plus his two sons. We enjoyed celebrating Cameron and the immense accomplishment this is.

Nate was able to visit with some of his former ward members who were all pretty excited to catch up with him! Although, I'm pretty sure they were all shocked Nate isn't still 17 ;)

The end of the night concluded with a couple of singing performances by Cameron, chatting, and lots of card opening. We had a lot of fun and are glad to share in this moment with our family! I still can't believe that Cameron is old enough to graduate high school! Congrats Cam! We love you!

Friday, May 26, 2017

Central Library

Yesterday we decided to explore the local library, and get signed up for the summer reading program. While the workers seems super nice and very excited to make you feel welcome...we were a little sad with the size of the library. I know we were super spoiled in Cheyenne, but it was a bit small. Though they have some fun activities planned for the summer so I'm hoping it will still be a fun outing for us!

And though there wasn't a ton to explore and do it was still a fun experience! And the kids had a good time enjoying some of the things around the kids area. Then today Nate had a day off (for Memorial Day weekend) so we decided to get ourselves a pool ;)

The kids had a BLAST! Even though it was overcast and not terribly hot. I'm sure this will be a wonderful refuge when the summer sun is baking us! And it's the perfect size for both my kiddos without being too overwhelming. We love it!

We have plans to head to Georgetown, TX this weekend to celebrate my nephew who is graduating high school! Eek!

10 Years Ago

Can't believe it was 10 years ago that I graduated from high school! I had no idea what I wanted to do or be and I had no idea the next ten years would fly by faster than blinking my eyes!! I am so happy with all that has come to be in the past decade and can't wait to see what else is in store for my amazing life. 

What's even crazier? My nephew Cameron Morris is graduating today! I've watched him from the very beginning and it's amazing to think he's heading out into the world...I can't wait to see what he'll accomplish! He's smart, witty, talented, and loves his family; the very copy of his aunt 😉 Congrats Cameron! We're excited to celebrate with you this weekend!!

Fun fact: Uncle Nate graduated from Georgetown High School too! Way back in '01!