Friday, September 19, 2014

Thanksgiving 2013

We hosted Thanksgiving at our house! My cousin Kat and her family came, Karina, Brea & Tom and the McQuigg family came and stayed with us. Kids were in HEAVEN with so many cousins to play with. The girls hit some of the sales in Park City and we ate lots of yummy food! I had gone and got the pass to cut our own tree, so Jake and I took the kids out that weekend to pick a tree too.

Naomi's 4th Birthday

It's really sad when you realize you're close to being almost a full year behind on you blog...

Nov. 20th we celebrated Naomi's 4th Birthday. We did TWO parties. One during the day with her little friends, and one in the evening with family friends.

Her friends that came to her little girl's party were: Alyssa, Bryn, Ellie and Alli. They had fun frosting cupcakes, blowing bubbles, decorating wands, and opening presents.

Both Aunt Kari and Garcias joined us for the family party in the evening. Naomi requested a princess cake, and remembering photos of me with a Barbi cake when I was about her age I tried to recreate something similar.

I love this sweet girl Naomi. She brings a compassionate and playful spirit into our home. Here are some of my favorite "Minnie" pictures from our family photo shoot with Brea.

Tuesday, May 06, 2014

3 surgeries in one day!

Would you believe that all of my 4 kids were had herniated belly buttons. TJ's healed on it's own towards the end of his first year, but the older three all kept there bulging belly buttons. Since we met our medical deductible in 2013 we figured we'd better go ahead and get them fixed. I was assured by that it's a very simple surgery, and so decided to do all three kids on the same day. So at the end of October I scheduled it. Luckily the scheduling nurse advised me to have another adult there, and luckily Brea could take TJ, so I wouldn't have to worry about him, and Kari could go with me to help me as the kids were going in and out of surgeries. We went to Primary Children's at Riverton, and the staff and facilities were so nice. It really wasn't too bad, but taking care of three post-op kids was more work than I'd expected. Still, I'm glad we got it done.

(waiting for your kid to wake up from anesthesia is the worst!)

Fall 2013

Fall was football for Josh.

Soccer for Dekker

Karate for both boys.

Hot chocolate for Mini :)

Scooter for TJ

and of course Halloween!

Naomi helped me make her owl costume this year!

Monday, March 31, 2014

Shed Project

After getting our landscaping in and concrete poured, Jake got started on building a shed. He designed and built it himself- trusses and all. Well, I helped a little with the design since I had fun finding windows, doors and siding on KSL Classifieds. It really was impressive (and at times a bit scary) to watch him put the thing together. The weather got the best of us before we had time to do the paint and trim, but other than that it's done!

Back to School

Then, before we knew it, it was time to head back to school. The boys were first, and then a couple weeks later it was Naomi's turn! As her first year of preschool, she was SO excited to join the big kid club. Sending Dekker to first grade was tough too. First grade is always the hardest on me, they're gone for so long and you don't get to eat lunch with them anymore.
Josh- 3rd
 Naomi- 1st preschool
 Dekker - 1st grade

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Summer 2013 Highlights

Because I'm such a blogging slacker, I'll try and cover the other summer 2014 events in one post!

Jake and I hit the Bareknaked Ladies and Guster concert.
We got our landscaping in!

The Kearns family came to hang out with us!
We enjoyed the great outdoors swimming, camping, hiking, and more!

But it all came to an end too fast!

Belizean Beach

Then we were off to Hopkins Beach. We stayed at Almond Beach Resort. A very different feel and environment, but we loved what it had to offer almost as much as the jungle. We liked going and exploring the local town, one day by bike, one day by golf cart, and one day by moped. Boy were those roads bumpy! The snorkeling was the best we've ever done. We got to see so many kinds of fish, including barracuda, stingray, puffer fish and amazing coral fauna and formations.

In Hopkins we ate out at different places, and I had packed my blender to make smoothies for breakfast! One of the places we ate we asked the owners what nearby things we should do and they suggested we visit "Miss Emma" on her farm. We made and appointment and went out there the next day. Miss Emma was the sweetest thing. We were fed an amazing lunch and then took a tour of her 100+ acre farm picking up lots of fresh produce as we went. (I'd wished we'd visited her first to have better supplied my smoothies!)

We were sad to leave, especially when we saw the small transfer plane we had to take to get back to the international airport!!!