Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Coloring pages

My sister is a dance teacher who wanted to send coloring pages home with her preschool-age class. Every week she has a nursery rhyme theme to teach a concept like leaping, lining up, etc. cute idea right!!?? She asked me to make the pictures for them to color, which is super nice of her to think of me because her husband is an amazing artist. I have not done anything creative for a long time, so it was nice to have a project to work on! I know the pictures are not at all professional and I have a hard time sharing them, but I figure I made them for kids to color. So here they are. Feel free to print them.

Monday, September 8, 2014

Liezl is 10

Liezl turned ten last week.  I am so proud of this smart, beautiful, caring, responsible, creative girl.  I could not have asked for a better oldest child.  She is such a good example for her little sisters and is such a great helper for  her mom.  This is the second birthday Liezl has been able to spend with her Emee (the first one was on her actual birth day).  Judy took Liezl to a fancy outdoor mall where they had lunch and shopped like crazy!  She was pretty spoiled.  
 Liezl is quite the chicken connoisseur.  She orders chicken wherever we go out to eat and has decided Texas Roadhouse has the best chicken, along with the best rolls.  So that is where we went for her birthday dinner which was followed by an ice cream cake at home.

 Apparently everyone in her grade has an I phone, pad, pod, or kindle.  The poor thing has been asking for one of the above for a while now without any luck.  There is no reason why she needs a phone or another gaming device, but we did get her a shuffle.  She feels quite grown up wearing her ear buds around the house humming along with her girl Taylor Swift.  Hopefully this will give her enough street cred at school and will give us a couple of years before the phone issue comes up again.

Judy's visit

Judy just spent a week and a half with us. She helped with a whole lot of cleaning, made some soccer nights go much smoother, and was here to help with an unexpected infusion.  We also went on a Labor Day weekend trip to Kirtland (an lds church history site). 
The drive went smoothly. I am so impressed how many smiles Judy got out of Ava for pictures.

My faith is always strengthened when I learn more about the sacrifice and dedication of our church's pioneer heritage.
Ava has acquired a rain phobia, which has made her umbrella her best friend.
Judy took this picture in the Whitney's house. It looks like a painting instead of a reflection.
The Kirtland temple is such a stunning building. 
Here is a picture of the girls at the sidelines of a soccer game with Judy. Unfortunately we sent her home with a vomit bug. What a nice farewell gift after working so hard for us...sorry and thank you Judy.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

First week of school

The night before the first day of school we have a tradition of handing out certificates to each of the girls for  things they excelled at this summer. Some of them included: great helper, most pages read, most improved swimmer, most teeth lost.
The next morning we missed the bus...a great way to start out the school year. It worked out fine though. We had time to take pictures and chat on the way to school. (Cora was obviously not ready for the day yet..and don't ask why she is wearing a swimsuit because I don't know.)
 Liezl wants me to note that Quincy is up on the sidewalk and she is down on the grass. She is the taller of the two.

Since I did not get pictures of them getting on the bus, I got some if them coming off. Their sisters were so excited to see them.

We also had our first soccer game this week! Quincy moved up to liezl's division and they get to be on the same team. It started out a little rocky, but they have decided to stop competing against each other and turn their aggression towards the other team. They both did amazing.
This morning was Ava's first day of kindergarten. We spent yeasteday doing whatever she wanted which included making puzzles, playing board games, and crafting in the basement. I love my little introvert!!! She was nervous this morning but did not shed a tear! I was impressed. Cora and I are going to miss her so much.

 I love this nervous smile.  She was trying to be so brave before walking on the bus.

Saturday, August 16, 2014

We will miss you summer

We have been enjoying our last couple of days of summer. We are all excited for the adventure of a new school year, but will miss our lazy days together. 
Soccer season is in full swing. I get to coach all three of my girls and it has been a blast. Cora is a trooper. She has done well cheering on the sidelines with books and bubbles to entertain her.
Ava gets to enter kindergarten with two of her teeth gone and is reading up a storm. She is going to do amazing....hopefully.
I am going to miss all of the imaginative play around here. These three have done really well playing together for the most part this summer. Here they are playing airplane. We flew to Paris.
Last night we pulled out the tent. We stayed out until ten before giving up and going inside. 

Tuesday, August 5, 2014


Liezl and Quincy did their third triathlon last weekend and Ava did her first. 
Liezl has improved so much in her swimming this year. She did amazing.

Quincy was her regular competitive self, working hard to get to the finish line.

Ava cried through most of it. It did not help that her bike chain and training wheels came loose half way through. But she finished and has a medal and does not ever want to do it again.
Cora was a handful and had so much fun cheering for her sisters.

Friday, July 18, 2014

I took my girls to a historic farm yesterday with friends. While the kids were playing, a woman with two girls approached me and asked how Cora was doing. It took me a minute to to realize she was one of Cora's nurses when she was diagnosed a little over a year ago! I remember the last time I talked to her. She was not only caring for my sick baby, but was helping me process my shock and grief. I am so touched she still knew Cora's name and story. There have been many lessons I have learned this past year, one of them is how caring and loving people are. Another one is how easy it is to take a healthy body for granted. I am grateful for the chance encounter I had with Cora's nurse because it reminded me how far cora has come. I get anxious about her future, but need to cherish the healthy, happy girl she is, along with my other three girls.