Monday, November 21, 2011

Happy Halloween

We had a great Halloween!  We went to our Ward's Trunk or Treat party one night and then we went over to Uncle Wade and Aunt Shelly's house for Trick or Treating.  All the kids took home loads of candy and had a fantastic time!

Lacey was a Princess.  She loves to twirl!  I had to take lots of pictures because I made her dress without using a pattern.

Ashton was Spiderman!  He is super strong by the way...

I don't know what Caleb is...they kept changing costumes.

I think Calvin is Napolean Dynamite and Devin is Mr. Incredible.
As you can see, Devin has been working out as well.

I think Carson just got out of the shower and decided not to dress up for Halloween!

Isn't this just the cutest picture? Daisy was a bumblebee.  My friend let me borrow this cute little costume!

Friday, November 11, 2011

Family Hike

Last month Ben had a day off of work, so we decided to go on a hike.  We live at the base of the Franklin Mountains. So it only took us about 10 minutes to get to the hiking spot we went to.  

It was beautiful and didn't even seem like we live in town!  

Here is Daisy before our trip.  I carried her in a carrier on my back.  Ben had Lacey in a carrier as well.

Devin was so excited to go hiking!

Ben and Lacey ready to start!  We were all unloading from the van and getting ready.  We brought snacks and the boys packed their own back packs.

Here is a picture of the start of the hike.  Isn't it pretty?  We didn't do the full hike because it started to get dark, so we turned back.  But we will definitely have to go back and do the full hike!

It started to get dark fast!

Carson, Caleb and Devin
We had to hike back to the van in the dark. Luckily, it wasn't to far and it's a lot easier to go down the mountain than up!

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Happy Birthday Devin!

We celebrated Devin's 6th Birthday in September!  He is growing so much!  He has started Kindergarten this past year and loving it!  He does all his homework for the whole week on Monday!
He has also started playing the piano this year also and he does very good.  He memorizes songs really fast!

Calvin and I made the cake for Devin.  He wanted balloons on the cake.

Now we have some talented wrappers in this family!  Funny thing, I went out and bought some really cute birthday wrapping paper just for his birthday and then the boys came out this the presents looking like this!  I think they took all the Christmas wrapping paper and tore pieces off and then pieced it together.  What in the world?!

Sunday, October 9, 2011

White Sands

Last month we took a little road trip with Ben's aunt and uncle.  We drove to New Mexico and spent the day at White Sands.  I had never heard of it before, but it is a National Monument, and it is exactly what it says it is...a bunch of white sand!

We all had so much fun and stayed for hours!  There are large hills, where the kids spent racing down on "sleds".  They also built forts and buried each other.  Ben and Uncle Wade even built stairs into the sand to make it easier to go up!  And they worked great!

Calvin waiting for the trip to begin.

The famous sand staircase!
Devin and Lacey had fun burying Heidi and Calvin!

Here is our "campsite".

Carson and Alli building their fort.

Good times, good food, good company!
We had so much fun! And with it being just over one hour away, we will definitely be going back!  We had to pretty much drag the kids to the cars to leave!

Thursday, September 29, 2011

School... Again?

Here are my younger boys getting ready to head off for school.  

Calvin is a 4th grader this year and is such a good student.  He already received his first progress report and he had mostly 100%'s.  I think his lowest grade was a 98%.  His teacher called and said that he finishes his work twice as fast as the other kids and then helps her tutor the kids who are struggling.  She wants him to get tested into the GT Program (gifted and talented).  He is nervous.  

Ashton is a 2nd grader and is very kind to everyone.  His teacher has told me over and over again about how respectful and polite he is.  I think that his favorite part of school is walking to and from school with his brothers and cousins: Chase and Colton.  Ashton and Chase love to make up little songs and dances.  They are hilarious to watch!

Devin started Kindergarten this year.  He is in full day (that's all they have here) and he was way beyond ready!  He has a great teacher and loves to show me his sticker for the day.  He is in the same class as his cousin Colton.  He gets his homework for the week done in about 5 minutes!  He's a quick learner and has started piano lessons.  He is following in all of his older brother's footsteps.

 The first week of school, I would get up Lacey and tell her it is time to take the boys to school and she would just reply, "Again?"  We have all adjusted to having school and scouts and everything else.  We are all super busy!

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Middle School Days

Caleb and Carson started Middle School this past year.  They actually were in Middle School in Arizona, but this ain't Arizona!  It must be nice to have a best friend where ever you go!  

These boys are good kids and really loving school.  They are both 1st chair in their Orchestra, which is huge!  There are just under 300 kids in the orchestra at their Middle School!  Amazing!  So everyday they take their instruments to and from school.

They are also in the same school as their cousin Alli.  They are  all in 6th Grade and get along great!  How lucky to have family!

These boys love rockin!

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Guess Who?

Is there anyone out there who knows who this is?  
One clue: it's one of my cute kids!

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Lacey's New Apron

Check out Lacey's new apron!  She loves it and wears it all the time!  She must follow in her Mom's footsteps.  Check out the tutorial here.

And become a follower on my Sisters' Blog!  Thanks!

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Calvin's Latest Project

All the boys have been acting out their own "Indiana Jones" adventures.  Calvin, being so creative, decided to make a satchel for all the treasures they find.  He did a great job designing and putting it all together.  I just sewed what he told me to sew.  The full description and more pictures are located here.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Our Weekend in Thatcher

One weekend in July, I took the kids and we headed down to Thatcher.  We stayed with my sister and her family, the Miners.  My parents met us there, along with Jared, John and Karlee, and Brooke came down with her kids from Amarillo.  We had a lot of fun.  Jared went through the Temple.  Ben's cousin, Maleah, watched my kids.  Thank you so much Maleah!

We also spent one day at Cluff's Pond.  We played and played and ate.  

The little critters there sure liked me though.  Before I got in the water I was stung by 2 bumble bees on my leg.  So I decided to go into the water, where a crawdad attacked me!  So then later, I was sitting under a tree visiting with the wonderful company and a lizard fell from the tree and crawled down my back.  Yikes!  We all had a good laugh about it!

All the kids and Uncle James and Uncle John played chicken fight, over and over again.

Weston and Aunt Brooke

Chicken Fight! Calvin and Uncle John with Ashton and Uncle James

Devin contemplating the meaning of life.  :)

Devin and Colton (cousin)

Darling Daisy

Aunt Brooke's little girl, Maddie

Aunt Brittany, I love this picture!

Mayley (Brittany's girl)

Weston (Brooke's boy)

Dirty=Fun, Landon (Brittany's boy)

Jayla (Uncle James' girl) Look at those eyes!


Devin and Dayton (Brittany's son) collected bottle caps

Devin and Dayton
After the fun at Cluff's Pond, we went and watched the parade.  Uncle Wes drove an old fire truck in the parade and all the kids rode on the truck in the parade.
After the parade, we headed for the football field to watch the fireworks for the 4th of July.  We had some time to kill, so Grandma and Grandpa Reed played Red Rover with all the grandkids.  What fun grandparents!

We had a great weekend and look forward to spending more time with our Arizona families!

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