Wednesday, November 30, 2011

I always feel like I'm calling these- Catch up!

Yes, Yes it's been a long time since I've posted anything and I feel bad. I'm such a slacker! Ok well things are always busy in our house and for our family. Let's see I'm going to sum up the last 10 months quickly. In February we traveled to Utah for Bailey's baptism and it was so fun going to the BYU bookstore and buying BYU sweatshirts for the whole family. We were also able to see a missionary that used to serve here and we had a great time with the Brereton's. My cousin Mallory Sackley came to visit Sydney for a week and they had a great time going out with Sydney's friends and riding the neighbors horse and just being together. They love to laugh and be silly! Mom helped me put up new curtains in my home, yeah! In April my grandma Black passed away so I flew up to Utah with Mom and dad and we then drove to Idaho and stayed at my Uncle Dan's house. We went to the funeral which was nice. Dad spoke and did the best job! We toured around Rupert and saw where day grew up, it was nice to be with them. On our way home we went to temple square and to lunch and then flew home. It was nice to go and honor grandma. For Easter we had dinner with my family here at our house and an easter egg hunt, it was so fun. Sydney played soccer and as always, did well. The boys finished up baseball with CNLL. Our beloved dog Daisy passed away (she got cancer) and so we got another dog. Her name is Lilly she is an Australian Shepherd. She is amazingly smart but very much a puppy and she drives us a little insane at times. Sydney finished 10th grade, ZAch graduated from elementary and finished 6th grade, Kyle finished 3rd and Chloe graduated from Kindergarten. When I went to watch her sing her songs at the school, there was one she did not sing and afterwards I asked her why she didn't and she said that she had already sung that one in pre-school....very stubborn girl at times. Summer arrived and Kyle went to cub scout day camp for 3 days and loved it! Then we went to a resort up in Phoenix for 3 days. We called it our staycation, Chris's work paid for it all and we just relaxed by the pool, swam and ate yummy food. Next year we are headed to Washington DC, I'm so excited about that one. The following week, Zach went to Camp Raymond with the boy scouts and was sick for the first 2 days (Yucky). Sydney and I headed up to girl's camp for the week. Wow what a wonderful and spiritual week it was for me. I thoroughly enjoyed being there with Sydney and all of the girls. I truly feel lucky to be a part of their lives. In July, Jessie and her kids drove down to visit us for a week and we had a great time! We swam, watched movies, went walking, the kids played and played. We watched fireworks for the 4th of July from our Balcony with Hayley and Bill and kids as well. One night I was gone to one of Zach's baseball games when a HUGE haboob (massive dust storm) hit the valley and it literally blew like a huge snow storm would have. It went on for a good hour or so. Let me tell you.....the dust that was in my house from the reservation across the street was unbelievable and the bad part was that Jessie had just finished cleaning my entire house!!! I felt so bad, so yep the next morning we cleaned it again. (Just what she wanted to do on her vacation...) She took Sydney home to Utah with her and she stayed for a week and then flew home, it was weird having her fly all by herself. Well then once again school started and Chloe is in 1st grade with Mrs. Ferber, Kyle is in 4th grade with Mr. Shimizu (Zach had him last year for 6th) and Zach started Jr. High at Santan and Sydney is a Junior at Hamilton HS. Its very surreal for me to think that Sydney will be going off to college soon enough and my kids are just growing so fast and I don't like it at all. I want time to stand still. Sydney had her birthday and she got her first flowers sent to her from Taylor Heyman. We took her to dinner at the Olive Garden, Grandma and Grandpa G came with us too. We also made her breakfast of course that morning. We secretly planned a surprise party for Sydney (we couldn't resist, it's her 16th!!) The friday following her birthday her friend Taylor Williams took her to Skateland and blindfolded her everywhere they went. In the meantime all her friends showed up to our home and when she got here we all yelled surprise and and she was shocked!! I loved her face, she had no idea. The next surprise was we decided to buy her a car, we got her a Volkswagon New Beatle. It is silver and black and is convertible. We parked it out front with a note and hoped she would find it and when some of her friends did they went and got her. She was STUNNED! It was so awesome, she did not expect it and was so happy. Who wouldn't be? So it was just a great moment for Chris and I. We were so happy to give it to her. She got her license the following monday and then life changed. She started driving herself to school ( I had a hard time with that at first), she got a job at Origami Owl at the mall. She works selling jewelry at a Kiosk for a girl in our ward, Bella Weems. She really likes it and they think she does a great job. I'm very proud of her. It was just so weird for me to see her become so independent and grown up so quickly. Then it was Chloe's birthday and we celebrated with her friends and got here a large bouncy water slide for the backyard. For 2 hours they played and then we ate corn dogs and chips and had donuts for dessert! She had Thea, Maya, Abbie, Tricia, Mariah, Peyton Shore, Jillian and Bradley, Katie and Callie. She had such a great time turning 6! Zach decided the beginning of the summer to try out for the Santan Legacy soccer team. Keep in mind he had only play one soccer game in his life. But lo and behold he made the best boys soccer team in the league! He is very agile and quicky and did quite well. So now he has been playing soccer since August. We went to Flagstaff for a tournament, Chloe came with us and it was so pretty up there the weather was great. They won all their games except the last one. It's really fun to watch him play. Kyle is also playing soccer and Chris is coaching him, he loves it as well and scores almost every game! September rolled around and it was time for Homecoming for Sydney, her first school dance. Taylor Heyman flew back home from BYU and took her. They went with Jordan and her date Nate. They went to dinner and then to the dance. She was thrilled that he came down. Well for fall break we took the kids to Cancun Mexico. It was a blast! We left our house at 2:15am and flew to Houston at 5am, from there we flew to Mexico. It was awesome. We stayed at the Barcelo Tucancun all inclusive resort. We had a condo on the beach that had 2 bedrooms and a main living area and 2 bathrooms. We looked right out on the ocean. It was beautiful. The first 2 days we played on the beach and read and swam and drank salt water (boy does that sting the eyes)We rented boogie boards and just played! On wednesday we went on a guided tour to Chichen Itza with Helaman and 2 other couples. It was really cool to see the ancient Mayan ruins and then we swam in a cinote! It's a lush underground natural water spring. The water was refreshing and cool to our sunburned skin. The boys jumped off the cliff into the water and had a blast. Chloe was such a trooper and got in the water as well she didn't care that there were fish swimming in the water around her. We had a great buffet lunch and then headed back to the resort! The last day we woke up and it was raining and thundering and lightening, I was so bummed so the first part of the morning we stayed inside then we ventured out and and played in the pool and read. The cool part about that day was that little sea turtle hatched out of their eggs underground and we were able to hold them for the first time. They were so cute! Friday we headed home and this was an adventure. We left the resort at 4am and left Cancun at 7am, flew to Houston, then flew to LA, had a long layover ( the Yocums were there too coming back from Hawaii) then we flew home. It was a long day! We love Mexico and could go back every year. Halloween--Chris and I went to a 70's skating party at Skateland with friends from the Ward, it was so much fun especially since I actually remembered how to skate. This year the kids dressed up and Kyle went as a ketchup bottle and Chloe went as a tinkerbell fairy. Zach and Sydney are too old of course....We went to our old neighborhood and had dinner in the cul-de-sac with the neighbors and the kids trick or treated, it was a great night to see everyone again. Thanksgiving was at the Moore's this year and it was a nice quiet dinner and we enjoyed their company. That night Hayley and I met at Walmart for our annual black friday shopping, it was super crazy (worse than before). I bought a Shark mop, 2 tupperware sets, a scentsy warmer, clothes. Now it's Christmas time and the tree is up and all the decorations are up and life just moves so fast. I am vowing to do better and write more often. Life is so good and we are happy and so thankful for all wonderful things we have. Here are some random pics throughout the year.