Saturday, May 31, 2014

Last Soccer Game of the Season

Time went by so fast... Today was the last soccer game of the season.
Jack hates when he has to sit out to let other members of the team play. He could play the entire game!
Jack really has become so much faster and stronger.
He's a much better soccer player then at the first game. We are so proud of him.
I loved when I saw that Jack and his teammate had a little handshake/high-five after each goal made!

The girls love playing at the park, eating snacks and watching the boys.
Lilly's such a ham! She tried to get in one more pictures.. :)
It was an awesome game, with Jack making or assisting in all of the goals.
They went out with a bang, winning the game 3-0!

Jack's first ever soccer team. I doubt any of us will ever forget it!
Coach Adam was great. Couldn't have asked for better. He was always so nice and helpful, never mean.

We've already got Jack signed up for soccer again in the fall. I can't wait!

Friday, May 30, 2014

Last Day of School 2014

The day was finally here! The last day of school!
This big boy has completed kindergarten. He had such a great year. I'm so thankful for his wonderful teacher!
This is it.. only one more year of elementary school before heading off to Jr. high!
She too had a great year. I wasn't sure how things would go with a male teacher, but Mr. Millward was awesome!
They both had some gifts for their teachers.
They were so excited!

Last time dropping them off.. not only for this year, but for the last time at this school.
We've decided for sure to move them schools.
Ella is very sad about this. She's been going to this school for 4 years.
We just feel it's important to get established in our new area. It's our hope that they will make more friends in our neighborhood that will be in church and school with them as well.
We think it's for the best.

Last day....

I could tell that Mrs. Parsons had been crying. I just love her!!
Ella wanted a picture with Mr. Millward, so we walked back up to his class just in time.
Poor Ella started crying. He is such a nice guy!
Goodbye Traverse Mountain!
It really is a great school! I'm so glad my kids for to go there for as long as they did. I think we'll all miss it next year.
Ella had a bunch of her friends sign her tee shirt.

As to keep up with tradition, the kids came home to some fun summer surprises!
Next time to hit the pool! .... or splash pad!
Everyone got new swimsuits, towels and some kind of floaty!

Lila thought the water was a bit cold, she liked hanging out on her towel and having some snacks.
Sami and Tyler came along

"It's so cold Mama!"

I love Lila's little lips as she sips her juice box! So cute!

It was so fun to run into one of Jack's classmates!
She was so sweet! She kept trying to hold Jack's hand!
I ended up talking with her Mom and found out that she has a little cousin Jack's age and that she always holds his hand. Well, Jack wouldn't have anything to do with it! Ha!

They were playing a game and were on the same team.
I hope that even though we wont be at the same school anymore, that we will still run into some of friends.
Summers here!! I'm so excited!! Starting now, we've got something going on almost everyday!
Ella's birthday, moving, 4th, Lila's birthday, pioneer day, vacation and then school starts again!

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Dance Day at School

Every year the kids school has a big dance day. Every grade learns a dance and preforms it for all of the parents. Jack was excited because he got to do the chicken dance!

Ella loves it too!
She's wearing a pink bandana.
There was a little time in between the dance and school getting out, so the little girls and I got some candy and walked around the mall.

When school was out we all went and got some ice cream at Thanksgiving point.
Lila really loved her ice cream.. a lot!
Sure love Lilly's cheesy smile!

Both older kids wanted to get the HUGE brownie sundae!
I can't believe tomorrow is the LAST day of school!!
Summer starts tomorrow!

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Last Week in May

It's been so crazy, it was so fun to go camping this weekend and have the kids around all the time.
We didn't want the weekend to be over!
We went to the library and to see the movie "Maleficent"

Finally we ran some errands and got ready for the new week.
Only 4 more days of school!!!

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Camping Trip 2014

My parents have always loved to camp. I went camping with them several times a summer every summer of my life. Mostly in the red wood forests or near the ocean of northern California.
When Ella was little we would go camping several times a year.
After Jack was born we went twice, both times while visiting in Wisconsin.
Arizona was too hot and who wants to camp in the desert? Not me.
So Lilly and Lila had never been camping before and Jack didn't remember ever going.
When my parents suggested we tag along with them. I thought, if not now, when?

Good thing we still had quite a bit of camping gear.
Right away Jack and Lilly thought it was pretty fun! They searched around the camp spot and played army men in the dirt.
Ella was just happy to sit and eat all the beef jerky she could stomach.
Poor Lila.. she had to be held or in her bed the whole time. Too many places to wander off too and too many dangerous things to touch.
Our families tent.. and well, you can see the top of Jacobs.
The kids went for hikes along many little trails around. They hunted for cool rocks and leaves.
It was pretty damp for rain the night before we got there..

Pretty quickly Jack and Lilly wanted something else to do.
I asked that they find as many pine cones as they possible could.
They did not disappoint. This was taken before their collection was complete. In the end I think the pile was 10 times that size!

Lilly loved going in and out of the tent....
Still trying to get things to dry... we made some dinner.

Why are all things guns to boys?
Jack found this piece of wood that looked like one to him.
Bedtime at last!
I was nervous that everyone would get cold... and I was right.
More blankets were brought up and we were all much warmer the second night.
The kids all slept well, even Lila was pretty good.

We tried to all sleep in, but when the sun comes up and it's so bright it's really hard.
Good morning!
I loved the pictures my Dad always took of us waking up in our foggy tent when I was little!
Camping breakfast is always the best!

There were lots of snacks and good things to munch on all day.

The MEN found this log hanging off the side of a cliff and decided they needed it.
After a long time of discussing the best way to pull it up and a couple of failed attempts they finally got it to the campsite.

Ryan felt pretty good about his accomplishment.
What silly BOYS!

Lila was so good. Hardly a problem. If she was getting frustrated and just wanted to get down and crawl around I would put her in the tent. She liked finding hair brushes and flashlights.
Although Lilly did wander off a couple of times (not too far!) she was pretty easy too.
 We just had to buddy her up with someone at all times.
My sweet girl. She really liked being outside in nature.

Adam and Tyler were so nice to play game after game of war or Pokemon with Ella!
Naps right on schedule.
A couple of years ago Ella got a Barbie camping set, which I brought for Lilly.
She played for hours!

More and more Pokemon!
It was so sweet!! I turn back to check on Lilly and she had fallen asleep!
Right after this, I moved her into the tent for a proper nap

The men all went for a hike up to a hidden lake. I guess it took forever to get there, it felt like forever to me. Sadly the lake was still frozen over so they couldn't fish in it anyways.

Lila loves her Grandma!
It's so fun that we live so close! Lila wont ever know life without her.
So after the boys got the log up from the cliff... what now.
It was pretty old and rotting through the middle.
Ryan and the boys saw this as the perfect opportunity to make a...
Actually it did work really well.

After dinner that night we all started cleaning and packing up a bit.
Everyone else decided to go home, which left me and my little family up there alone for the night.
It was a little scary. But I knew that Ryan would be there to protect us!
The next morning we woke up and immediately packed up and headed home.
It was a really fun couple of days, but I was happy to get home to my house and shower!
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