Thursday, May 31, 2012

Memorial Day

For Memorial Day this year we kept it simple and stayed home. I was still feeling pretty sick, so we just broke out the pool, grilled hot dogs, ate watermelon, and homemade ice cream in the back yard. The kids had a blast, and it was nice to just stay in and relax with our little family.

It didn't take long once we were in for Olivia to pass out!

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Pre-School Graduation

We have done a few pre-schools over the years. This however, has been the best one! Lesley Howe, who teaches Kokopelli Pre-school is not only a wonderful teacher but a great nurturer. Emma matured so much this year, and a lot of the credit for that goes to Mrs. Lesley. I have known Lesley Howe now for a number of years and just think the world of her and her family. Here Emma is walking to the stage.

The class performed a number of songs for us, a few in sign language.

Parker slept through the whole thing. In fact, he went back to sleep after this picture.

Emma and Mrs. Lesley!

Aidan, first in line for refreshments.

Friday, May 25, 2012

Kindergarten Graduation

When you advance to a new grade at Aidan's school there is a graduation ceremony. Here he is walking to the stage.

They performed a number of songs for us.

Aidan receiving his diploma from Mrs. Dabney the principal.

All handsome in his cap!
Aidan had a wonderful year at Mesquite! He learned so much and had such wonderful teachers and classrooms aids. I couldn't have asked for a better start to his education! We love you Aidan and are so proud of you!

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Super Aidan

The last week of school for Aidan was fun week. They got to have a water day, movie day, an assembly, and super hero day. They were asked to make a costume turning themselves into a super hero. We made a mask and a logo for his chest. He loved it!

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Tea Party

Every year in the spring, Grammy Ann has a tea party.
There is dressing up...
...except for me. I am the officially family party pooper.
There are games outside...
...and little boys in hats with guns.
This year there was even a "surprise" last minute un-birthday party for me, where I DID NOT turn 35!

Tuesday, May 15, 2012


We had the pleasure of our washing machine flooding the back of our house. Not once, but twice in the course of a week. Here are some pictures of the damage.
While they were initially drying everything out, our A/C had to be turned off. It got very hot.
Since the fans were blowing in the back and everything was torn up and dusty and gross, we had a camp out in the family room for a week.
 All of the carpet and flooring in the hallway has to be replaced, as well as parts of the wall in the laundry room. girls room, and garage. All the baseboards in the "flood zone" have to be replaced as well. Awesome. It's going to be a fun couple of months!

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Mother's Day

Mother's Day this year was wonderful! The children surprised me with home gifts and cards. Matthew made my favorite breakfast of strawberry waffles with whip cream and bacon. We went to church, and then I got to come home and take a 3 hour nap. It was heaven!
Emma made me a special gift. She and my mother went to the pottery place in the mall and she made me a bowl! she painted and decorated it all by herself. She was so proud and excited for me to open it. it is my official cereal bowl now, and I love it!!

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Until We Meet Again...

Today we laid to rest a remarkable women. Marie Felshaw Peterson touched the lives of almost everyone she knew, but none more than her own family. She was an example of motherhood, kindness, faith, devotion to family, service, and enduring to the end. We will miss her more than words can adequately express, but there is comfort in knowing that this is not the end, and we will see her again. We love you GranMarie and are so grateful to be a forever family!