Sadie is one!


I can’t believe this little darling is one year old already.  And yet with only year behind her she can do so much.  She gets out a cup when she’s thirsty and signs more when wants more.  She’s learned that if she flashes her smile, says, “dat,”  and reaches her arm out, most of time she gets it.  At least she has her siblings trained anyways.  Whenever she hears music she starts dancing and spinning and waving her arm around like Mommy does leading the music.  She figured out how to open the gate at the top of the stairs so we took it down; although she still doesn’t know how to go down yet.  Her personality is such that she just sits at the top until someone walks by and she reaches up for a ride down.

Last Sunday we had a little party and I made ice cream cupcakes.  Carrot cake, vanilla ice cream. and cream cheese frosting…what a delicious combo…I highly recommend it!  Sadie didn’t know what to make of it all at first.  She at first ate one sprinkle at a time.


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Then she dug in!  At one point she even put her face down and ate like Star!DSC02240

Sadie at 11 months


At 11 months Sadie is toddling everywhere loving her new freedom to open cupboards, explore new things to put in her mouth and most importantly keep up with her siblings.  She is a happy mix of hugging your knees to be picked up, then a few minutes later wriggling to be let loose to wander.   I couldn’t get her to stay still for the above picture so that’s why Maya was holding her.  She loves to eat what the family is eating and drink what they are drinking too.  She loves drinking from a straw and will still stick her hand in your drink if you aren’t watching.  She has started to mimic behavior like brushing her hair and talking on the phone.  She even does a good job at petting the dog!   She’s a sweetheart and we love her so!

Ward campout!

20160903_103136This weekend we officially ended camping season with our annual ward campout.  The kids loved running around with their church friends “chopping down” trees and burning marshmallows in the fire.  It was a little rainy and it being a holiday the turn out wasn’t huge but it made it fun to get to know the families that did come.  In the morning we hiked to Donut falls…five adults and 11 kids under 11.  Super fun!





First days of school!

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Connor was more nervous than the kids going to school!  He insisted on packing his lunch and going to the bus stop too!DSC01924

On the bus!DSC01926

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Maya was happy to see us there!  She looks a little nervous!DSC01930

In her first class and loving it!DSC01933

Ari is super excited to have most of his buddies in his class again, Lincoln, Beckham and Austin.  He says he loves getting to go to the third grade playground because they have a huge field they can run around in.  Because they have lunch so late his teacher lets them have a 10:00 snack…lucky kid!   His favorite part so far is recess and he says he loving playing chase and soccer.

Maya was really excited to start French and have Mr. Levitre.  She said she was disappointed though because he couldn’t be funny because the kids misbehave so much.  She loves her English teacher Mrs. Leth and her favorite part so far is the Friday sing-a-longs they get as a reward.  She loves that they listen to a song in the morning too and get to write about it.  She didn’t know anyone in her class very well but she says she is making new friends every day.  She seems to be fine going to school all day now but she does seem a lot more tired!  She also loves getting to see her kindergarten friend Lilly on the playground and one day they wore their matching pink skirts.

Sadie at 10 months!


At 10 months Sadie is walking everywhere now.  She is still cautious and prefers to walk along the wall or use your leg for support.  She loves to eat what everyone else is eating and doesn’t understand why she doesn’t get the chips or sugar treats.  Thankfully she’s usually satisfied with an applesauce pouch which is a definite treat for her.  She went to her 9mo doctor visit at 10 months so her stats at 10 months were 18.5lbs (30%) and 19in (80%).  In other words she’s little but very tall for her age.  She gets lots of smiles everywhere we go because its so cute to see one that little walking around.  She is starting to babble “ma-ma” and “ba-ba” but hasn’t really associated sounds for words yet.  She has started to “brush” her hair and “talk” on the phone knowing what those things are used for.  She is so quick to get in the dog water or the dishwasher and of course loves to pull out the huge knives first thing.  She just cut her two huge front teeth and my goal this week is to get her back to sleeping through the night.  Those teeth just kept her up so much!  Her favorite was eating frozen berries…sweet and great for those gums.  She loves to climb up on your lap or put her arms around your legs for you to pick her up.  She doesn’t stay there long before she’s off again but its sweet for the quick cuddle.  She also puts her arms out for Maya and Ari to pick her up.  She’s going to miss them while they’re at school!

Maya turns six!

DSC01894Maya turned six this week and I laugh that I had to erase five before typing in six.  I’m still getting used to the idea that she’s gotten older!   She has really sprouted up this summer and needed all new shoes and clothes for school.   She’s gotten very picky so we went on a special time last night to try on things to make sure she likes them.  She likes shoes that are wide and clothes that are soft with few seams and decals.  She decided on some brightly colored sketchers and soft jeggings from H&M.  She still likes her hair short and loves playing house and school with her brothers.

She wanted her birthday party on her birthday, a Wednesday so we had planned to meet a couple of her best school friends Lilly, Camille and Ava at the pool.  Unfortunately we got rained out so instead they came and played at the house with the cousins Alice and Benji too.  I made her a Octonaut pinata and an ice cream cookie cake.  I thought ice cream cake was good, but man ice cream cookie was so much better!  We tried playing water balloons and four square but mostly they just enjoyed jumping on the trampoline and playing.  I was glad Grandma and Aunt Beth came too as it was tricky to have a party with out any help!  I miss having my brother Justin and his wife Jen around.  They moved to Charleston for med school and they used to always come for birthdays and even most Sunday dinners.  Here’s some pics from the fun:

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For her birthday Maya wanted a three wheeled scooter and a gymnastics mat.  She’s still doing gymnastic tumbling and can do five or six backhand springs in a row.  She says she doesn’t like how hard she has to work at gymnastics but she likes being able to do the tricks and prepare for performances.  Its a good lesson early on that hard work pays off!  She starts first grade next week and is doing French immersion like Ari.  I’m a little nervous for her going all day but I think she’ll get used to it soon enough!  All she has been talking about is how funny her French teacher is and that she gets to ride the bus to and from with Ari and her friends.

Here’s Maya’s stats at her check up: 55lbs 90%, 46.5 in tall 75%


Sadie at 9 months

DSC01816Our Sadie is now 9mo and is sure getting around!  She’s been able to take steps for a while now but she’s really cautious and prefers to crawl if she wants to go very far.  She is really good at walking down the hallway with one hand on the wall and can almost get around the kitchen the same way.  She loves having Ari and Maya home for the summer and will often reach out to Ari wanting him to pick her up and take her around.  She still puts things in her mouth but thankfully is learning what is and isn’t good to eat.  When mom says, “Icky!”  she obediently spits it out… unless its something yummy like cookie crumbs on the floor.  Recently she has discovered how fun the sandbox is and crawls in with her brother whenever she can.  She also loves the hose and has drenched herself quite a few times when mom wasn’t looking.  She gotten teeth earlier than any other of our kids and has been quite miserable because of it.   In these pics you can see her chomping on her fingers and the rash from the constant runny nose.  Her two little bottom ones have poked through and I think there are some others coming in soon too.  She’s gotten more verbal this month too.  She loves to say “Da-da” and “Nana” and is exploring other sounds too.  Today at church she sang right along with everyone…ahhh….but I swear she hit some of the notes right!

We love Nana!

We were sure lucky to have Nana stay with us an extra two weeks after Ari’s baptism.  The time just flew by!  We got to go swimming several times, to the aquarium twice, and to the library.  The kids mostly just loved their morning walks with Nana and playing around the house.  Sadie even learned to say “Nana” while she was here.  Sadie and Nana loved taking afternoon naps together.   Her face lights up when we skype Nana or do a facetime call.  I’m sure she doesn’t understand where Nana went!  Connor and Maya loved doing little things to earn a mint from Nana’s stash.   Ari loved playing games with Nana and even let her win a few games of checkers so I hear.DSC01519




Connor turns 3!


Connor turned three this weekend and went with mom and dad to pick out a new bike.  His one requirement was a “geen” one!  He picked out a new strider so he and Maya can stride around the neighborhood together.

Connor has really been into trains lately and loves building the tracks in the basement like Ari used to do.  He doesn’t care too much for Thomas but likes the Chuggington train show on netflix.  Connor still loves building and fixing things and especially taking out the trash.  He is talking so much more now and will miss his speech teacher Amie who has come to the house for the past year to help him.  That program ended when he turned 3 but a recent test put Connor in the 6% so he will still be doing a speech class once a week in the fall.

Connor’s stats at his 3yr old checkup: 33lbs 65%, 37.6 in 50% and head 20.1 in 75%

For Connor’s birthday party we had a family bbq on the fourth and invited the cousins and Grandma and Grandpa.  Mom made a cupcake cake and train pinata.  So fun!


Ari’s baptism


Last Saturday Ari was baptized, one of the newest members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints!  Afterwards he was just glowing and Maya kept asking him why he kept smiling.  Finally he answered her it was because he had the Holy Ghost with him and it felt so good!  The service itself was super sweet.  He was baptized by his dad and both his grandpas were the witnesses.  His uncle Justin talked on baptism and Aunt Jen talked about when she got the Holy Ghost and how it changed her.  Literally she felt her mind was opened to understanding the scriptures better.  Ari played “Baptism” on the violin with his buddy Carter.  Maya and their cousin Alice and a few more girls in the ward sang.  The grandmas gave the prayers and Aunt Beth led the music.  Afterwards we all went to breakfast at Kneaders.