Friday, June 22, 2012

Presenting our first Wasatch High School 2012 Graduate

Not sure if I like the looks of my baby in a graduation cap and gown! 
I am sure I don't like it, nope not at all!   

These two share a birthday and a special bond together!

The infamous car...spray painted and all!  It served him well and better keep until next year!
Guess he is ok with it being all over...this is what he thinks of school he said!

This picture makes me tear up!  These boys fight like crazy but, just the other night Colton was crying because he doesn't want Austin to move away to college.  I know they look up to him in so many ways. 

Sally, our neighbor, well really she is the boys adopted grandmother, she is family to us and we love her so much! 

Sarah and Becca, these are two of Austin's closest high school girl friends.

He did it!

The boys and girls!

The family who came to watch the event take place.

I was on the high school senior all night party committee and it was a blast! The kids had so much fun and so did I.  I had to decorate the entrance to the party and the theme I chose was "welcome to paradise" I think it turned out great! 

Friday, June 08, 2012 over!

 Wasatch High School Baseball

Well the ride is finally over, its bittersweet to say the least!  I loved watching my son and nephew play ball but, well lets just say that was the best part!  I am now onto watching the younger boys play and that is what baseball is all about having a good time and watching these boys progress and grow! 

Austin and Mason
Austin's biggest fans
Allstar Game
Can't forget the black eye ball to the right cheek!
Austin had some good games and not so good games but overall he pitched really well this year and was nominated by his team as the pitcher of the year!  But he is hanging up his uniform, his hat and retired his bag to his little brother, Colton along with this letter to him that he wrote after his last game. 

Austin's letter to Colton

Austin the successes in your life are not on the field, those are only temporary successes that get you to the next journey.  We love you so much and are so impressed with all your accomplishments on and off the field! 

Monday, April 23, 2012

Spring Break....Arizona, Colton's 9th birthday and Easter

Well for our Spring Break trip this year we went to Arizona, it was fantastic weather, great company and fun times.  We spent the first night in Lake Powell, it was so gorgeous there, I want to return soon. 

Easter was not the same with 6 kids finding eggs, coloring eggs...messy good thing we could do it outside.  The Easter Bunny hid 88 eggs this year for them, in and outside.

Jen's parents live on a farm in East Mesa and the boys were so happy being there, except for the thorns from the cactus in their flip flops.  Not such a great place for flip flops. 

There were horses and chickens that they could care for each day.  Kade knew all the things about each animal the first day. 

For Colton's Golden 9th Birthday we had a day filled with fun things to do...First off we got to go the Phoenix Zoo for FREE !!!  I am bias of course but I think my kids are pretty handsome. 

We came home to Colton's request of Fettucine Alfredo and Jen made homemade noodles....oh my and I wonder why I added 5 pounds to the body.  They were heavenly!

The Mesa LDS Temple was close by so we went to tour the visitor center but it was closed, so we just enjoyed the peacefulness of the grounds.  I love my church, it felt so great just being there. 

Our friends from the neighborhood moved away but we met them in Arizona and one day we hiked up 1.5 miles to a wind cave and it was so breathtaking, the kids were worn out but not too much, then we went swimming. 

Our week went by way to fast, I didn't want to leave especially since I knew the weather in Heber was less than my liking, but we missed Dad, Austin and Meow Meow. 
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Saturday, March 31, 2012

Colton's talk of "angels"

Leah said I should post this; otherwise, we'll forget it.  It's really quite neat.  About a month or so ago, Leah and I both read a book about a young boy who had a near death experience.   He later told his parents about some pretty profound things about babies who die, angels, life after death, etc.    Anyway, last night, Colton and I were talking and some things he said coincieded with the book we read.  He asked me, "Dad, do you ever feel or see angels?"  Sadly, I said, that no, I do not or have not.  I then asked him if he does and he replied something like....Yes, when I'm downstairs and working on my legos by myself, I feel them around me and then, when I go to the bathroom or something, I come back, and my lego project is done (it may be true, he makes some amazing lego stuff with absolutely no help).   I asked him if he thought it was his sister and he wasn't too sure about that, BUT he did tell me something interesting, that we learn in our church...I doubt he's heard us say this, but this is what he said:  Dad, Avery's not a baby in heaven right now, she's more like your size but she'll be a baby when you and Mom get there.  It was really touching and neat.  Sometimes he is so sensitive and I don't doubt that he's more in tune spiritually with some things as children oftentimes are.  What Colton told us was very similar stuff to the things we read in this book, entitled:  Heaven IS for Real.   SH