Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Monday, August 29, 2011

Horseback Riding Lessons

Renée started horseback riding lessons.  She loves it!

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Visiting Oklahoma

We spent the weekend in Oklahoma with the Nelsons. We got in late on Friday evening and the kids were so excited to see their cousins. Saturday was spent out on the boat and we had a wonderful time. The trip went by way too fast.

Blake, Renée, & Sydney

Carter and Trey with fish jumping around them.

Renée and Blake who like their tubing WILD!

I love Alycia's face and hair in this photo.

Sam & Nick with Alycia driving the boat.

Carter getting ready to drive.

Blake is the expert skier.

Sydney showing us her skills.

My beautiful girl!

Renée getting ready to ski with the help of Aunt Lee.

She is up!

Carter and Sydney

Gavin made it up too.

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Marci's Farwell

Marci and me
(on left) Lisa, Michalann, Yumiko, Krista, Lindsey (on right) Kris & Jen
(on left) Jayne, Barbie, Marci (on right) Lindsey and Michelle
(on left) Michell,  Carolyn, (on right) Emily, Susan, and Marci

Preschool Meet the Teacher

Carter is going to attend Building Blocks Preschool on Tuesdays, Wednesday, and Thursdays. I am not sure who is more excited me or Carter. Carter has two teachers:
Mrs. Beck

Mrs. Niel

Monday, August 22, 2011

First Day of School

Gavin ready for 3rd Grade

Renée is starting 1st Grade

Goodbye Carter.
Tears and Cheers
On the first day of school I hosted an event called Tears and Cheers. It is for Kindergarten parents to celebrate or morn their child going to school. We ate a lot of donuts.

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Happy 36.6!

After 36 years of playing second fiddle to Christmas, Sam decided to officially change his birthday. He selected August 20th, because he has always wanted a summer birthday.  I did warn him that I am only celebrating once a year and there will be no mention of his birthday come December.  We started early with presents. 

Carter gave Sam blow darts.

Renée chose green glass rocks.

Gavin selected a torch.

I picked out this guitar.  He has been mentioning that he has always wanted one.
That evening we celebrated at Blue Mesa with some of our friends.  The adult session of stake conference was that night, so we ate dinner, went to conference, and then came back to our house for strawberry rhubarb pie.  (It was my first time making it, but it was okay.)
Marci and Jeremiah

Mark was out of town so Lindsey joined the Sparks.

Michalann and Jerry

Jeremiah took this lovely photo of Sam and I.

Ben and Sue

Kris and Peter

Spencer and Susan did tag team with the kids, so Susan joined us for pie.

Time for pie.

The kids wanted to sing and watch Sam blow out candles, so we did a retake the next day.

Friday, August 19, 2011

Welcome Back Teacher Luncheon

I am serving on the PTA board this year as a VP in charge of hospitality.  I am not exactly sure how this happened but that is the story of my life with these volunteer positions.  My first big event was the Welcome Back Luncheon.  The student appreciation lead and I worked together.  I made the cupcakes, Molly made all the meat, and everything else was done by parent donation. 
I made white almond wedding cake, black bottom with chocolate frosting, and carrot cake.

Happy teachers enjoying their lunch.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Meet the Teacher

Renée is in Mrs. Timmon's class.

Gavin is in Mrs. Cooley's class.
(He had her sister-in-law, Mrs. Cooley, last year. He doesn't even have to learn a new name.)
During meet the teacher night I got to sell t-shirts and membership for the PTA.

Monday, August 15, 2011


NRH2o has a big sand area that the kids love to play in. We went with the Angerbauers one day and had a lot of fun.
Carter making sure Renée is completely covered.


Building with Mason and Tyler.

I love the little things Renée does that makes her so different from the boys.

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Fireworks at NRH2oI love

We spent Saturday evening at the water park.  They had a fireworks show that is fun to watch.  Carter was really into it.
I love what Sam has done to Carter's hair.

Carter enjoying the fireworks.

I just had my Cannon point and shoot, but isn't this a fun shot.

Renée taking my photo.

Thumbs up for an excellent night.