Sunday, August 14, 2016

Summer

Summer has been really good to us this year.  We have had such a great time together.  No big trips, but a lot of fun. 
 Liezl went to a midnight releasing of the new Harry Potter book with her friend Emma.
 Cora has had a busy summer at the hospital, but everything has turned out great.  The mass we found is a bone cyst and a broken rib that has no connection to cancer.  Such a relief. She is trooper!!!
 Swimsuits have been worn almost every day for some sort of swimming activity.
 These two have been mowing the lawn and have done a really good job.

 Koolaide hair was one of our first activities after school ended.  The color lasted for almost a month.
 We all ran in a savage race which is a mud run.  Josh and I did the six mile one with 25 obstacles and the girls did a mini.  We had a blast.




 Here we are celebrating Father's day with Josh.  We have not seen him much....like hardly at all, but when he is home, it looks pretty much like this picture.  We are all starving for his attention. Even Jingle.
 More swim days with friends.
 This was an ice-cream reward after a hard hospital day for Cora.
 Swim team lasted most of the summer.  Liezl, Quincy, and Ava were part of the Fighting Fish team and they each learned a lot and improved their strokes.
 Library days!!
 We saw the Lion King play!
 We made tie-dye shirts for the fourth of July.
 Josh's Grandma died this summer, and he was able to fly to Utah for the funeral.  He reunited with his entire family!
 More swim team pictures..
 These girls had been working hard on their chores and saved their money to spend at the American Girl store and Lego store.
 These pictures are from our camping/canoeing trip with the Millers.




 Liezl went to Girl's Camp this year.  It was hard for her to be away from her family and have to sleep with snakes and mice and spiders, but she did hard things and was blessed because of it.


 And again, some more swim team pictures. Cora was a great cheerleader for her sisters!



 When Liezl got back from camp, we all had a great reunion. We missed her a lot.
 Once Cora's bone cyst issue got ironed out, she fractured her foot.  This girl sure knows how to have fun in a small hospital room for hours.  She must have practice at it.
 I let the girls hold one lemonade stand each year.  They made cookies, a pink lemonade slushy, along with normal lemonade.  They had a blast with their friends.
 This kiddo has plowed through so many books this summer.
 More swimming with new friends we made!
And here we are getting pampered and spoiled.  We only have two more weeks of summer left and I am not ready to let them go yet!! I love summer.  I love our garden.  I love our tan lines.  I love fireflies. I love crossing things off our summer bucket list.  I would love lazy, sleep in mornings....if my kids believed in sleeping in. So here is to our last two weeks of summer! School, here we come.

Sunday, May 15, 2016

This week

This is just a quick update on our daily.  Liezl and Quincy have been playing volleyball.
 Ava has learned how to ride her bike!!
 Josh is working like crazy saving people's lives.
 The girls danced in the ward talent show as glow stick figures.  It turned out darling!
We are tearing up the floor and getting new stuff put in this week!
But the biggest thing that has been on our hearts and minds has been our Cora.  I found a lump on her back a while ago and after multiple scans and a small surgery to get biopsies, we will be hearing from the doctors this week as to what it is.  I feel heartbroken that she is in pain and that this monster is possibly plaguing her body again.  We are hopeful and are gaining strength from our Savior and the countless angels around us who are praying, calling, and serving us. 




UTAH 2016

Josh had a week off of work, so he bought us all tickets for Utah to visit family.  Our last couple of trips out west were made without him, so it was good for Josh to make this trip happen.
 Flying without little babies is so great! I love the ages of my kids right now.  They are all semi independent but still love being around me.....although I have a feeling I am going to loose out on that last perk soon.
 We love, love, loved being around cousins and siblings!!  This is what I miss terribly!!
 Here are the kids playing around while we waited for our food truck food.  Utah is so trendy.
 My family took a day at the aquarium together.  We were quite the crowd! Seriously though, this is the best view!
 There were some clowns playing around on the whales.  I mean, someone should have told that strange man to grow up.

 We had a nail painting party where Liezl shared her nail art talent and Quincy did some painting as well. She has the nicest uncle.

 I miss Utah mountains so much!! This view was up in Bountiful overlooking the valley while we played with cousins and Grandma Winter.
 We had a day helping Opa plant his garden.  Hopefully he will have something grow for him this year because that was organized chaos at its finest.


 This picture of my grandpa with the girls might be my favorite picture of the trip.  I love my Grandparents so much and miss them.  We had a lovely morning playing in Grandma and Grandpa Frandsen's back yard.  It was a beautiful day spent with beautiful people.