June 28, 2009

Patriotic Medley arranged by ME!

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If I am lucky enough, each year I have the privilege of playing a Patriotic Medley in church. I find new music, practice the night before for a few hours, (this year 12- 2:00am) and arrange songs to fit together! Just imagine all the fun I have doing it! So, here is this years arrangement - My Country 'Tis of Thee' - America the Beautiful and then "Star-Spangled Banner' I hope you enjoy the show! Brett said "I rocked the house!" NO mistakes in the performance! OH yeah - I did get a haircut too!
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Happy 4th of July 2009

June 22, 2009

A little journaling...funny!

Last Saturday, we had a funny morning with the kids.. We enjoyed a lazy morning laying in bed until 10:45 am or so and all three of our kids joined us for about the last 45 minutes. As we were laying there telling stories and talking about things they'd been up to lately, Karsen sweetly asks me if I want a massage. Now, who's going to turn that down? On many occasions, our kids will give us both massages, but Karsen's are the best! While Karsen started scratching my back, I mentioned quietly that this was worth at least a dollar! (He was doing really good) Well, I know Colten heard and jumped in massaging Brett's back since he was sore from running 3 hours the day before! After 10 minutes had passed, i told Karsen he was up to $1.50 at least! He replied innocently and said .. "It's okay mom, I'll just take a $5." - like that was cheaper than 1.50. Brett and I just giggled because we were getting the best massages at a very cheap rate! More time passed and we couldn't believe the kids were still massaging us - backs, legs, calves, feet - we were in heaven! They even got out the massaging roller. To finalize this - when they were about done, we told them that they had definitely each earned their $1.50 when to our surprise, Karsen quickly spoke up and bargained for $1.80! No JOKE! Brett & I laughed inside.. and Karsen saw this and quickly said "Just Kidding. $1.50 is good!" - like 1.80 was breaking the bank - it was hilarious!! Then, we laughed out loud and the kids started giggling and laughing really hard - it was a great morning! Which reminds me... we still need to pay them!

That same night - Cambria and I were wrapping Brett's Father's Day gifts - a wetsuit for his triathlon races (Spudman this year), some shirts and a tie! I was having her color on a brown gift bag when she saw a small tear. I grabbed the tape and proceed to fix it so she could color when she told me "Mom, give ME the tape - I can fix it you know!" (with a little grown-up attitude) I told her "Cambria - just BE a KID!" She replied quickly " Okay, cause you don't want me to grow up and move into a house with my own HUSBAND!"  "WHAT" I gasped. (why was she even saying that word - husband - like she knew exactly what that was) After I looked at her silly letting her know I didn't want her to grow up that fast and get married - she said "Mom -THAT'S WHAT YOU DO WHEN YOU GET BIGGER  - you KNOW!!  I must say - what a girl our Cambria is. Nothing gets past her - she knows life and wants to do it all.  I just really hope she enjoys being a kid while she can!

June 16, 2009

Movie Time!

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(Above)Brett riding during his BiAthlon Race at Soldier's Hollow
(Below) Kids playing on the wave / slip 'n' slide
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Some things must END!

SCHOOL'S OUT! TIME FOR SOME SUMMER FUN!!
Cambria sliding so fast!
Karsen = wipe-out!
Colten and Karsen racing on the wake-board rider, which also is the best slip 'n' slide we've ever invested in!
Colten playing 1st base in our 1st Baseball Play-off game. We won!
Karsen playing short-stop in the play-off game! These boys had an amazing year on the field!
the GRASSHOPPERS!
the BEST coaches = the BEST players
Colten giving Cambria a ride with the neighbors scooter!! Is this really safe? Cambria was in heaven and just wanted Colten to GO! GO! GO!

June 10, 2009

Colten's got it all!

Colten, 8 yrs old, is the smart reader in the family. This boy can and will read anything. He is right now reading all the FABLEHAVENS with his dad and brother every night!
He loves sports. Baseball and Basketball are his favorites! He excels in school in which he received all 100% and above all year long! 3rd grade = BRING IT ON!!
He's definitely a handsome boy and enjoys riding his bike, his skateboard and his rip-stick. Colten is a great kid - very aware of everything and can figure anything out!

June 6, 2009

Karsen- a great kid!

Karsen's 7 yrs old and a very handsome guy! Girls chased him at recess all year long - but none of them caught him (that's what he says)!
He's funny, hilarious, and loves to make others laugh!
He likes to play basketball, video games and tease his sister!
He's a big hugger, is very caring and won't let anyone kiss him on the lips!! (That's okay for now!)

Cambria = our SWEETHEART & JOY!

Cambria turned 5 and is our sweet and spunky girl! She's always right and knows everything!
She's smart, sassy and loves to laugh!
She's funny, cute and loves animals!
Luckily, she's her mommy's girl. Well - daddy's too!
We love this little thing!!!

Our Beautiful Growing Kids!

After the last day of school, I took the kids to the park nearby to take pictures! I really needed to update the ones hanging in our house. I think they turned out really good!
Colten 8, Cambria 5 and Karsen 7
Cambria is so lucky.. just check out those handsome brothers of hers!
What a good-looking gang - we are so amazed and are enjoying this time in our lives!
I particularly like this one of Karsen.. such a studly guy and so handsome!

School's OUT!

The Final Day of the 2008-2009 school year -- I can't believe how fast these boys are growing up!
Karsen & his 1st grade teacher - Mrs. Tanner
Colten & his 2nd grade teacher - Mrs. Taylor
Cambria & her friend Chase after school.. she wanted a picture too!

June 2, 2009

Cambria's 5th B-Day PARTY

On Wednesday, May 27th, Cambria celebrated her 5th Birthday with her friends! She had a terrific time and told me it was her Best Birthday Party EVER! 
 She turns '5' Thurs. June 4th! 
Gifts for Cambria's girl friends....flower hair clips, Hannah Montana stickers, POP rocks & a bracelet!
All ready for a raving, fun, rock-star party!
Cambria's fun gifts from her friends... here are a few!
Ben & Cambria (Candy & Thumbelina Doll)
Dallin & Cambria (Barbie & Horse)
Carson & Cambria (Hannah Montana CD's)
Helina & Cambria (Horsey Webkin)
Jack & Cambria (A Star-Catcher)
The decorations for her party were really cute! They really loved all the frosted cupcakes - they ate them so fast!  And the sack game was a big hit!
Cambria's Friends....
Carson, Ryan, Jack, Ben, Dallin & Landon
Noelle, Megan, Cambria, Helina, Haley & Riley
After the party.. all dressed up and singing to her new Hannah Montana CD's
What a picture!!
A movie of the sack races!
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Memorial Day Weekend

Coach Brett and the Grasshoppers.. we know.. what a team name!! The boys have had an awesome year!
What's Memorial Day without a delicious barbeque?
It's easy to make jam with a little cute helper like Cambria.. She loves to help in the kitchen making things = #1 Cookie Dough, #2 Cookies #3 Cookie Dough #4 Strawberry Jam
And here we are finishing up Day #1 of Strawberry Jam!
Brett & Cambria up horsin' around on G'pa Steve's horses.. Cambria just loves it!
Colten takes a turn riding with dad!
Grand-Daughters Cambria, Samantha, Sahara and Sydney sitting on G'pa (Cowboy) Steve's truck watching the horses go round and round!
We even had a camp-out in the backyard - it's basically in the mountains right? Watch the video to see what the boys came up with! (And yes, they did rip the tent. Luckily, I have a fancy sewing machine to fix it!)
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June 1, 2009

Cambria's Graduation Performances

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Cambria singing Henrietta Hippo and reading her SAND book
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the GOODBYE song
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Our PRE-SCHOOL GRADUATE!

WEDNESDAY, MAY 27th, 2009
Cambria's Pre-School Little Scholars Academy Graduation Day
2009 Graduating Class: Riley, Landon, Cambria, Dallin & Jack
She's so excited and very ready to start Kindergarten! YEA!
Here she is singing her Henrietta Hippo song solo for the letter "H"
She's definitely having a good time!
Cambria is the final PRESCHOOL GRADUATE of our family! 
(Maybe I'll send Brett next year.. hee hee)
After her graduation, we went to eat at the Blue Bistro.. yummy!
Carson and Cambria - they kind of liked each other this year! He's an excellent choice - Very tall, handsome and really funny!