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Thursday, May 26, 2016

My Kids Keep Me Busy!!

A post a year...not a bad pace if I want my blog to totally go the way of all well-intentioned failures. But that ISN'T what I want. Yes, social media has made it easier for me to post pictures of my family, but there is just something fabulous about looking back at my posts. The kids love it too! So, I refuse to admit defeat. I will breathe life back into my blog, if only for a moment. The only excuse I can offer for my absence is that my kids keep me far too busy making memories to record said memories. Case in point--just a sampling of activities from Spring 2016: Enjoy! (Who knows when I'll be back?)

Along with April came prom season and Nicole was happy to go to Junior Prom with a friend from theater.

A few weeks later was Senior Ball and despite crossing all of her fingers and toes, she didn't get asked. :(  Not one to let that stop her, she cleaned up real nice and went "stag". She had a great time and made it home before midnight with both shoes still on her feet! 

Corinne (also went to Sr. Ball but that's a story for another day) decided to run for Junior Class Officer this year. First we held a photo shoot in the back yard to get pictures for her posters. She took this very seriously:

Next we made the posters. She opted for self-deprecation and begging.

And also a trendy fad reference.

And lastly, a fabulous play on her name!

Her strategies paid off! She won!!!
She is so excited to serve Mountain Crest next year, and work with the other officers, and also have tons of fun! (Probably not in that order.)

Paige played soccer again this year AND talked me into being her coach again this year. We had a huge team and it was a lot of fun despite a losing record. Paige still runs up and down the field without hardly breaking a sweat. She's pretty crazy and pretty great too!

Spencer started (and finished) orchestra this year. He decided to try the bass. He enjoyed it but not enough to continue next year. It was a good experience. Here he is at the spring assembly for his school.

He also was chosen as Citizen of the Month for his class in May. I'm so proud of him and how well he has done this year in school. He had an amazing teacher and great friends!

Spencer and best-buddy Brandon

A candid shot of him during an assembly

Claire was also chosen as Citizen of the Month. Her she is at her assembly in April.

This spring the second grade put on a play for the rest of the school. They taught, through word and song, about inventions .

Claire's part told about Thomas Edison and his invention of the phonograph. She is so sweet and cute and happy! Love her so much!

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Miss Wellsville 2015 Scholarship Pageant

Nicole surprised us this Spring with the announcement that she was going to enter a pageant. Beautiful though she is, our horse-lovin', deer-shootin', fish-catchin', tomgirl never really seemed like the "beauty queen" type of gal. But sparkly dresses and high heels have started to find their place in her life and the allure of scholarship money for college was just too tempting.

From February to April she attended workshops including, but not limited to, poise, dance, makeup, and interview skills. She dusted off her violin and began what would be many hours of practice of THE. SAME. SONG. (It's okay if I never hear it again.) :) 

We began the search for the appropriate outfits that would be modest, stylish, and make her feel beautiful. Here were some of the runners-up in the dress category:

Holiday Barbie

Pretty, but not quite perfect...

And here she is backstage with the top choice!

The morning of pageant day was the private interviews with the judges. The interview accounted for 25% of the total score. As did academic performance. She was nervous! But she had prepared well and as you can see, let her professional side shine!

After the interview, which she felt very good about, we got down to the business of taming that crazy mane of hers. Not a job for the faint of heart!

The opening number with all the girls

Backstage with some of the girls before the talent portion of the show.

Nicole in her cowgirl duds getting ready to fiddle her way into the judges hearts! 

Here are all the contestants receiving last minute instructions at the dress rehearsal. 
Wonderful, beautiful girls--every one of them!

And the winner is....

A congratulatory hug from Grandpa!

Proud parents!

Cousin Julie and Aunt Barbara cheered her on too!

Little sister Paige could not have been more excited!

And here is the happy family of the newly crowned Miss Wellsville 2015!

And a picture that is more true to who we really are!

And one last picture, around 1:00 am that night. The adrenaline is finally starting to wear off, but that doesn't mean the crown needs to come off yet. :) Love my girl!

Tuesday, September 30, 2014


First things first: A big hello to my kids' grandparents who faithfully continue to check my blog daily even though I've been MIA for long enough that you should have given up on us long before now. But thank you for sticking around. I'll try to do better. :)

Now. Back to business!

Nicole turned 16 this summer which means she is now allowed to *gasp* DATE! Needless to say, she was pretty excited for her first High School Homecoming Dance.

Here is a picture of how she was asked to the dance, since apparently now it is a federal offense to just ASK a girl to a dance, you know--with words--in person. (Okay, so I'm not that old. We did dumb things like this too.)  This was actually really cute. Our doorbell rang and Nicole found this fishing pole leaning against the door with the line out to the street. It was hooked on the box of goldfish. Cute, huh!

Nicole took her sweet time answering, letting Capt. Smithers sweat it out a little, and then she reciprocated in kind, surprising him with this set-up.

The day of the dance several of the couples had a "day date" boating at the dam and then they hurried home to get beautiful. This proud momma thinks that Nicole easily pulled off beautiful, with a little bit of stunning and dazzling for good measure. :)

Bridger was the perfect gentleman when he came to pick her up. They are such good friends and it was so fun to send her off with him.

Corinne and our neighbor, Dalan, were enlisted to help serve the dinner to the happy couples. I was so camera happy that night that I snapped a picture of these two when Dalan picked her up to go set up dinner. It was a fun night for everyone!  

Monday, April 21, 2014

Happy Easter!

I hope you all had a beautiful Easter Sunday. Yesterday, as I taught my little primary class of four and five year olds the Easter story I was so grateful, once again, for the atonement and resurrection of our Savior, Jesus Christ. 
Because of Him I have peace in difficult times. 
Because of Him I know that I will be with my family for eternity. 
Because of Him we can all have hope.

I am also grateful for the fun that comes with Easter!
Last Saturday we went to the annual Easter Egg Hunt put on by Make-a-Wish at the dinosaur park in Ogden. We had never been there before. The park was so fun and the egg hunt was a sugary success!




Making a run for it...

All of my cute kiddos about to be eaten

One of Spencer's favorites

We took about 10 pictures of this dinosaur, just trying to get all of the kids looking at the camera at the same time. This is the closest we got. 

Big Sis lending a helping hand

I love the basket on the neck!

Big loves for the baby dinosaur

Our cute little excavators

Claire with the Easter Bunny (who also appears to be a Utah State fan!) 

The balloon artist made a "boyfriend" for Nicole

 Of course we also painted Easter eggs. 
Corinne got very creative with hers and snapped a few pictures before I deviled them up for dinner yesterday.

And lastly, my favorite part of Easter. Here are a few of the cousins just enjoying each other at Grandma's house. It was a fun evening together and we had to pull the kids away from each other with promises of more fun together very soon. I'm so grateful for my family!