Sunday, September 4, 2016

First Day of Kindergarten

Emma has started kindergarten, and she is in heaven. She loves every minute of it. She told me when unpicked her up on her first day that it was better than the best day ever. She is so big and so independent. I really do 't worry too much about her because I know she will have to trouble asking for help if she needs it. 


Baby Sophie

I went to visit my dear friend Becca and her new baby Sophie a couple of weeks ago. Sophie is in the NICU right now since she was born about 7 weeks early. She is so tiny and adorable! I loved getting to snuggle her and visiting with Becca. 


Just another Sunday

Tomorrow is Labor Day, so we are taking advantage of the day off and celebrating Brayden's birthday a few days early with grandma and grandpa. I made the cake for the party today. Brayden is currently obsessed with the tv show Paw Patrol, and he really wanted a Paw Patrol cake. I usually do the cake pans for birthdays, but I could 't find a Paw Patrol cake pan, so I made something up. He loves it.

We went on a family walk/bike ride this afternoon to enjoy the cool weather. Brayden got his new bike a little early. He does so great on his balance bikes. It's amazing how fast he has learned balance. He can hold his feet up while going down hills and steer just fine. He probably won't ever need training wheels. The bike is blue, too, because his favorite color is blue. Everything has to be blue. 



Tuesday, August 23, 2016

First day of 4th grade

Molly started 4th grade today. She has insisted all summer that she did not want to go back to school, but she seemed pretty excited and willing to go this morning, so that is a good sign. We went with both girls to Unpack Your Backpack last night. That seemed to get them excited. Molly found out she is with two good friends, Meg and Reagan. 


Friday, July 22, 2016


Last night I completed my last gathering for the pathway program. It was a long year and lots of hard work, but I learned so much and am so excited to have done so well. As long as my last few assignments get good grades, I will have completed with straight A's. I can't think of another time I've done that well.

Here is my Pathway group. I will miss all of them and their insights, but I will not miss the weekly drives to Nauvoo every Thursday. 


Sunday, July 17, 2016

me and the kiddos

I don't have enough pictures of me with the kids. I seem to always be the one taking the pictures. So I love when I actually get a good one with all 3 of them.


Friday, July 15, 2016

Family Museum

Today we met up with my friend Becca and her kids Evan and Alex in Iowa City to play at the children's museum together. All 5 kids had a blast. We love our friends and any excuse to play.

Making pizza.

Emma loves any excuse to pose.

Climbing monkeys. 

Riding the carousel.

Brayden could have watched the train forever.

All 5 kids, happy and exhausted.