Saturday, June 20, 2015

Time for an Update!

Well the year is half way done, so I guess that means time to update, right? I pretty much do this for the very few amount of people who still check this out.  AKA The Grandparents! So here is a little run down of the past 6 months....

In January my boys became Seahawk's fans. I guess it was the trip to Seattle we took last summer. Anyway, they bought these with their Christmas money.  Connor cried.. bawled... when they lost the Super Bowl. Poor kid.
 Yes, I had a birthday.  We won't say how old I turned. It was just the 14th anniversary of turning 29....
 Celebrating a little Valentine's Day love.
 Connor loves Running Club at school.  He squeaked out 2nd place. Next year he is aiming for 1st place. This was among all first grade boys in the 4 local elementary schools who were in the club.  Way to go!
 Showing off their ribbons!
 Our town had a block party with zip lining. Do you think this guy liked it??  (Travis was home sick with a fever. However, I don't think he would have done this had he been there anyway!)
I got to take a girl's trip to New York City. I had never been there before.  We even got to watch an episode of The View be filmed. It was lots of fun!
 We climbed inside the Statue of Liberty.  We are inside the crown!!! I highly recommend doing this if you are in the area!
 We had one rainy day.  Here we are at Rockefeller Center.
 Over Spring Break this guy got BRACES!!
 St. Patrick's Day. Say no more.
 Little League Season once again! This was Travis' last year as next year he will be too old.  Boo hoo!! Why do they have to grow up???
 Connor has a style all his own! I love how he wears what he wants and doesn't care what others might think.  He is such an independent soul!

 This guy turned 12!  We went golfing to celebrate.
 And he got a sweet ride in my uncle's Ferrari!  Boy was he surprised about that!

 Group picture with my selfie stick.  (I love that thing!)
 Travis has been playing the trumpet this year. He is going to continue with it next year as well.  He has learned so much and is doing quite well with it too.
 Annual Easter Egg dying.
 Happy Easter!!!
 Family photo with the selfie stick!
 Connor.. he is styling while blowing a bubble with his gum... such a sight!
 My grandma turned 95 years old!!  We had a small celebration.  It was so much fun and she really enjoyed herself too.
 This is the group who came to celebrate.  Quite a big family... and we are missing several!
 Connor raked in the awards at the end of the school year.  Way to go Connor!
 Last day of school for these two.  Bye bye 1st grade and 5th grade.
 More awards! I am so proud of Travis, he got Honor Roll again! 
 Creative swimming by Mr. Travis!

 I think Connor is part fish. He loves to swim!
 Summer fun at a Dbacks day game one day!
 They already did soccer camp this summer.
 This week we celebrated Connor's 7th birthday. He got a new bike with a Mohawk helmet!

 We took Connor and a few friends to the movies yesterday.  They were so good! Such a great group of friends. It will be fun watching them all grow up together!
 Especially these three! They have been together since pre school.  Connor is sad because our district is building a new school and these two will be going there next year.  At least they still get to do sports together and one of them goes to our church so they will still be in class together there as well.  Growing up has its challenges at times!
I guess that about wraps it up. It's summer so I finally had sometime to do this.  We had to get a new computer last week and it was much easier to upload my pictures than with my older computer.  Who knows, maybe I'll find more time to update. Until then I am just enjoying my boys because before I know it they will be all grown up! Why can't they just stay small???

Saturday, January 3, 2015's 2015??

Before we move on to 2015 I guess I need to wrap up 2014.  In December Connor finished up another baseball season with this nice medal.  Daryle also gave each child a personalized award. Connor's was the "Every games a double header" Award.  The reasoning... at each game there is the actual game being played and then another one being played inside Connor's head!  (If you ever go to a game... it is obvious during down time that Connor is acting out another game in his head!  Of course in those games he is a Dback player!!)
In early December we had some rain storms.  The result were some amazing clouds.  Although it was cold and windy at this soccer game I couldn't resist taking pictures of the amazing clouds (and my favorite soccer player #37!)

 At our church we once again decorated little Christmas trees to give to the local hospitals.   They gave them out to patients during the holidays.  They always turn out so cute!
 Travis got on the Honor Roll this quarter!!!  He worked so hard for this and we are all so proud of him!
 One night we went looking at lights.  Not far from us is an amazing neighborhood. This guy spends over 3 months getting his house ready. I am sure it is on you tube somewhere.  It really was a most spectacular sight.  It was even more fun when Santa and his "friends" came out for a photo opportunity!
 Always good to get these guys picture taken by the large ornaments our town puts out every year.  This year it even looks like they coordinated with the ornament!  lol
 Aha! The Real Santa made an appearance at our local farm.  We missed him last year so it was good to catch up and the kids got to tell him about any last minute additions to their lists.
 Connor was ready for the Bronco's game on Monday night football game and had to send this picture to my brother... who is a die hard Seahawk's fan. They have a fun rivalry going! 
 I managed to get in some baking....
 while Travis did a lot of wrapping for me. Wow, is he a life saver!! I will be using his skills more and more next year.  He does a really good job too. Connor also "helped" but he still likes to use a roll of paper no matter the size of the gift!!'s the thought that counts right? (Plus it made Christmas morning a little more fun watching Grammy open her gifts!)
 Connor thought Petey might be cold so he wrapped them both up in blankets. Petey actually stayed there most of the day. I was shocked.
 We had a wonderful Christmas Eve dinner with the grandparents.
 Bernard... our elf... left them a present while we were at dinner and church....
 he brought them elf pajamas!!! I think they are so cute.. and the boys LOVED that they looked like elves.  Some people think this picture will be blackmail material when they get older. Whatever.  They loved them at that moment, and that's what counts!
 Christmas morning!
 Trying to take a family selfie on Christmas morning.
 Christmas Day part 2... at my parent's house.

 Somebody ended the year with a new look!  He picked out these blue glasses himself. They look so cute on him and he loves them.  He needs to wear them all the time... good thing we have vision coverage!

 Travis doesn't really have a favorite football team... but decided to jump on his brother's bandwagon.   Their dad is a die hard Raiders fan. This is painful for him. But he is being a good sport about it!
 Enjoying a campfire at our favorite local restaurant while waiting for our table.
It had been 3 years since we did official family portraits. Although we took them just a few days before Christmas ... which resulted in New Years cards being sent as opposed to Christmas cards... I think they turned out pretty nice. Here are a couple of my favorite ones.

Well.. ok that is most of them.. but didn't they turn out nice?  At the very end of the shoot they boys had cooked up a little plan with our photographer. This was the end result...

You can just hear the laughter in these pictures!  They had so much fun doing this... well I think we all did!
Happy New Year!  May 2015 bring you happiness...good health.. and joy. 
Watch out for the unexpected blessings too!