Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Kindergarten Graduation

WOW! I can't believe how fast this year went by.  Izzy was lucky to have an amazing teacher, Mrs. Beck.  She learned so much and became such a great reader!  
They had an end of year program, where they sang songs and had a slideshow of their year.  I might have teared up during it, I can't believe how big she is. 

Izzy and Mrs. Beck.  I am so glad she had a great teacher, she really pushed Izzy, helped her learn a lot and helped her feel comfortable.
I am so proud of her.  She sometimes felt nervous to go to school, but she was brave and went anyways. 
Love this girl!
Watch out, Brielle will get that cookie!
Izzy also participated in Learning Dynamics' Kindergarten Enhancement Program.  She really learned a lot with Mrs. Covington and had a great time!

Monday, May 16, 2016

Spring Break part 2

On Thursday we drove to Monterey.  We found a fun park, Dennis the Menace, and the kids loved playing. 


On Friday we made the 17 mile drive in Monterey.  It was really pretty, but the kids weren't very impressed; they were ready to get to the aquarium. 


Izzy took some great pictures of the sea life.
From Monterey we drove to Visalia to the Myers house.  The Snarrs drove up from Orange County so it was a party.  The best part was the Myers were redoing their kitchen/living room so the house was a construction zone.  But they were still so gracious to let us all stay there.  
The jump house was a hit for the kids.
It was a little chilly for the pool.  This is about as fas as the kids made it in.
The Snarrs brought their bird and Izzy made an instant friend.  She is such an animal lover.
I love these girls.  We have had our fair share of hardships over the years and I am lucky to have them by my side.  We shared so many good times in our Provo neighborhood and it is great to pick up right where you left off.  Loved the late nights laughing, reminiscing, and even learning new stories of each other! The best quote of the weekend was from Melisse, "Don't look at the clock."
Look at all of her kiddos!  Who would have thought?  When we were back in Provo Melisse was the only one with kids-Elsa and Carter. 
Front:Truman, Cambry, Ayla
Middle: Hazel, Izzy
Back: Brielle, Penny, Melisse, Theo, Carter, Elsa, Hudson, Kellie


Izzy and Hazel became such cute friends over the couple of days we were there.
Remember how I mentioned Melisse didn't have a kitchen?! No biggie she still whipped up the best strawberry shortcake. 
Izzy was not happy to leave her new friend. 
Sunday morning we woke up and drove 3 hours back to Oakland.  It was a short flight back home and the kids were great.  I am so grateful we were able to have such a wonderful spring break.  Visiting Rachel and her family in San Francisco was amazing and spending time with friends who you love like family was a great experience too!



Saturday, May 14, 2016

Choir Conert

Izzy finished her choir year.  I was so proud of her.  She didn't love practices, but she did it!
It's always more fun to do things with a friend.  So glad Izzy and Gwen had each other. 
She sang beautifully.   I loved hearing her practice her songs.  She looked like an angel up on the stage. 

Monday, April 18, 2016

Meeting Baby Mary

My baby sister, Kathryn, had a sweet baby girl, Mary, in March so of course I had to go visit.
Let's not pretend, I was super excited to sit back, relax, and enjoy my flight.  No kids crawling on me, nothing to worry about.  So I bought myself a magazine to read and a Diet Dr Pepper to drink.
I got in Friday afternoon, got my rental car, and headed to Kat's.  Mary was just as precious as I imagined.  There is something so sweet about newborns. 
It was nice to spend time with Kathryn too.  She is one of the most genuine, sweetest, women I know.  She has a heart of gold and is an amazing mom.  Mary is one lucky girl.
On Saturday, we went to eat my favorite, BBQ.  
I mean really, look at that meat.  So yummy!  Does it get any better?!
Our cousin, Cory, was able to join us for lunch.  Always a treat when I get to see him.
Great day, Great food, Great company.
Sunday afternoon I flew home, luckily I was able to sneak in some snuggles Sunday morning before I had to leave.  So grateful for a husband who can hold down the fort so I can visit family.  It was a great weekend.

Friday, April 8, 2016

Spring Break part 1

I have wanted to go to San Francisco ever since I watched Full House as a kid.  The Golden Gate Bridge and the trolley were always novelty to me.  When my cousin, Rachel, moved to Moraga, a suburb of San Francisco, while her husband completed a fellowship at Berkeley, I knew we had to make a trip.  Our kids spring break aligned this year so I figured it was a great time to go.

We flew out on Saturday morning and headed to Fairyland, in Oakland.  
That night we ate pizza on the patio.  The men went to the Priesthood session of General Conference and we took the kids to get ice cream. The weather was amazing and the kids played in the backyard nonstop.  The kids were excited to all sleep in the same room.  They were even fighting over who got to sleep on the mats, no one wanted the bed.

On Sunday we watched the morning session of General Conference and then headed to sightsee.  We stopped at a look outpoint where you could see the Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz.  The girls loved playing on the rocks.

The kids were beat from staying up late Saturday night; they all fell asleep on their way to Muirwood.
My first time crossing Golden Gate Bridge!
The Redwood trees were huge! It did not disappoint!

The kids climbing in the trees.

I've always wanted to see these trees and I'm so glad I got to.  It was a great afternoon enjoying nature. 
Then we went to a beach, it was windy and chilly so we thought the kids would just put their feet in.  But they had so much fun and were all soaking wet, by the end.  We weren't prepared with towels or a change of clothes, so it was a cold ride home.
We went to a look out point that had World War II shelters.  The kids thought it was fun to climb down in them.

On Monday, Rachel had to student teach in the morning. I got in a quick workout and then went to the grocery store with the girls, while Brielle took her morning nap.
Of course, they needed a do-nut!
 Then we took all 5 girls to the Oakland Temple.  They loved all being together and running around.  The temple was gorgeous and the views were breathtaking.

Then we ate lunch at Ann and Ruth's in Berkeley.  Having 5 kids, got lots of comments from people.


After lunch we headed to Timbleden Park, they had an animal farm and then we went to a hike. It was fun watching the kids run around in the woods and enjoy nature.  Mike said while we were driving home, watching the kids play reminded him of his childhood.  Monday was Joey's birthday so we celebrated that night with red velvet cake and ice cream.


That night we went to their friend's house to take care of their chickens. 

The kids had so much fun on Sunday and were begging to go to the beach again so on Tuesday, we headed to the Alameda Beach.  This time we were prepared and had bathing suits and towels.  They enjoyed building sand castles and racing into the water.



Brielle's first time in the sand!

That night Rachel had a sitter and we headed to Berkeley for dinner and a baseball game.  We ate some yummy Mexican food at Cancun and then headed to the Cal vs Standford game.  Ironically, Mike knew a player on Stanford who played on the Gulls last summer.  He was the closer for the game and got the W!


On Wednesday, Mike had a conference in San Francisco so we headed into town.  We stayed at the Scarlet Huntington.  There was a park across the street so the kids played there while Mike was in meetings.  Rachel, Joey and her kids met us there in the afternoon and we headed to the Wharf.  We walked around, ate dinner, and had dessert at Ghiradellis.  Then it was time to say good-bye.  We had such a great time with Rachel and her family.  The kids played together so well; it was so much fun watching them.  The 4 girls remind me of Suzette, myself, Rachel, and Rosanne when we were kids.
Swinging at the park.
Walking along the wharf.
Getting in some drum action.
Izzy randomly ran into one of her kindergarten classmates, Kiley, while we were walking around the Wharf.  What are the odds?
Love this cousin of mine, we should have been sisters!  It was so great to spend time with her and her cute family.  I loved our late night talks, the laughs and the memories that were created. 
Brielle getting a ride from Daddy.
Brielle's first ice cream cone. 
It might have been a little squishy driving to the wharf.

Thursday morning, Mike had meetings so I headed out with the girls for breakfast.  We walked to The Honey pancake house.  The girls enjoyed their pancakes and I had eggs and bacon.  The walk back up to the hotel was straight up 4 blocks of hills.  The girls did great and didn't complain too much and I got my exercise pushing the stroller. Brielle took her nap and then we headed out again.  This time we went to China Town for some shopping.  On the way back, Cambry wanted nothing to do with walking up hills again, so we jumped on the bus and headed back to the hotel.  When we got off Cambry said, "Thanks boss!" to the bus driver, he started laughing and gave us a honk as he drove off.  Then we packed up and headed to Monterey for the next part of our adventure.