Monday, January 30, 2012

The Simple Things-Daisy

I love this little girl!

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Ashton's 8th Birthday

 In November, Ashton turned 8 years old!  He is such a nice boy!  We love him and are so glad that he is a part of our family!

He got a treasure box, scriptures, candy, Scout stuff and a hat.  

Ashton is such a good boy.  He is always trying to be good.  He worries about his grades and homework all the time.  I always have to tell him not to worry.  He has all A's.  He is loving Scouts!  He is also really becoming quite a good pianist!  You should hear him play!

Ashton getting ready to open presents with Lacey wanting to help.

Happy Birthday Ashton!

For his birthday, Ashton didn't want a birthday cake.  He wanted Peanut Butter Rice Krispie Treats!  He has good taste!  Anything with chocolate and peanut butter has to taste good!

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Gila Valley Stampede

During the first part of November, we went to the Gila Valley Stampede.  My brother and sister-in-law put the rodeo on and it was so much fun!  It was a family rodeo and had some great events!

Ashton and Devin both did the Mutton Busting.  They held onto those sheep as tight as they could! 



Both Ashton and Devin said they were shaking so bad before they rode, but they said that the sheep were so soft!


Devin falling face first

Caleb was a brave soul and rode a steer.



Then there was the Goat Dressing Event.  You get into a team of two people.  The first one to put the bloomers on the goat wins!

Caleb and Carson were a team.

Calvin and his cousin, Briley, was a team.

Caleb and Carson
It's harder than it looks!  Calvin and Briley almost won, but then the goat got away...

Calvin and Briley

Caleb and Carson

Calvin and Briley
Another fun event is the Grocery Race!  There are three people to a team.  You start off standing next to your horse.  When the whistle blows, all three of you hop on the horse. (Easier said than done!)  And then you ride to one end of the arena.  You all get off the horse.  And then get back on the horse.  Each one of you get to hold a glass of water, a watermelon and an egg and run back to where you started with all your groceries in tact!  So fun to watch.

Teams usually practice for this race.  My brother, James, came up to my sisters and I before the race started and said they needed another team for the grocery race that was starting in a few minutes and asked if we wanted to do it.  Brittany was the only one who has done a grocery race before.  James gave us his horse and we practiced getting on and then went to the starting line...

Brittany, me and Karlee
The race begins...

Karlee was awesome and jumped on the horse from the back! 

We were laughing because we didn't know what the heck we were doing, but we made it on the horse.

We were the only team with all three members being girls!  We were also the team that walked the whole way.  I said it's better to walk the horse and end up being able to walk after the race.

We ended up getting 2nd place because one team was disqualified because they broke their watermelon and egg.  Not bad for a bunch of girls!  

Brittany had the water in her mouth (holding the cup), I was holding the watermelon in my lap and Karlee had the egg in her mouth!

Here is the Chicken Race.  You can see Devin in the red shirt.

Here is the Hide Race.  You have a team of two people.  The adult is the horse rider, holding the rope that is attached to a cow hide.  He starts at one end of the arena.  The hide rider is waiting at the other end of the arena.  The horse rider runs from one end and circles around the arena and then runs back to where he started.  As he runs past the hide rider, the boy or girl, will jump on the hide and hold on! 

My brother, John, teamed up with Caleb for one team and Carson for another team.
Caleb waiting to jump on

Hold on Caleb!

Carson is holding on tight!
It's a fast ride!
Carson and John won first place!  Caleb and John won 2nd place by a 10th of a second!  So John gave his belt buckle to Caleb, since John already won a belt buckle in another event.

They were both so proud!

All of the boys and their cousins made some money at the Rodeo selling homemade suckers, drinks and candy.  We had the funnest time.  Thanks to my brother and his wife, James and Larissa, for putting the whole thing together!  It's definitely on ours plans for next year!

Sunday, January 15, 2012

John and Karlee's Wedding

My brother, John, recently got married to a wonderful girl! We all love Karlee and are so glad that she is a part of our family now! 

Lacey especially loves Karlee!  She always wants Karlee to paint her fingernails.  Karlee has an amazing collection of fingernail polish and Lacey loves the attention Karlee gives her.

All the sisters: Larissa, Brittany, Brooke, Karlee, Briana, Bridget

Bridget, Briana, Brooke and Brittany

Karlee with all her new nieces.

John with all the boys.
We had fun going back to Arizona for the wedding.  We drove down the first weekend of November.  We were sad that Ben had to work, so he couldn't come with us.  So I made the trek on my own.  I with I had more pictures of John and Karlee at the Temple, but I was busy chasing kids around.  :)

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Jared's Farewell

My brother, Jared, left on his Mission to Eugene, OR in September.  We all gathered to say good-bye to him.  We had lots of foods and lots of fun!

Carson enjoying his food

My niece, Mayley

My cousins, Wesley and Thomas

Grandpa and Grandma Reed talking with Aunt Bridget and Daisy

Sweet Daisy

Adam, Briley, Carson, Calvin and Caleb

Dayton, Tillison and Ashton

Jared and the food table

My little cousin, Mary

Little Lacey

Mary and Lacey

My brothers: John, Jared and James

James, Sam, John, Jared, President Solomon, Grandpa Reed and Wes

Jared and President Solomon
We are so proud of him and his decision to serve a mission!

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