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Monday, September 26, 2011

A wolf in our mist!

Ethan is a wolf now....and he is beyond excited!  I can't believe how much he is growing up!  Ready or not, it's coming!  I'm just so proud of him and his determination to be a scout (he's been asking for over a year on and off)!  Chris and I are thrilled to see what he will learn and how he'll grow!
Here are a few pics of him in his new attire!

Friday, September 23, 2011

June/July summer fun!

WOW! I can't believe how I've let this blog get so out of date, but it happens!!! THIS summer was crazy busy.....I worked alot and played alot....and so therefore didn't get much blogging done. Here are a few pics from the past summer!

Ethan and Alexis did an art camp this summer for a week!  They loved it!  I love the crafts they made!  A pencil holder, bird feeder, bowl, toothbrush holder and an elephant paper holder!  We are sure putting these things to great use! 

We also had so much fun this summer with the neighbor kids, the Chesters.  Gabe, the oldest came to play often.  It was great watching them interact and play!  Lots of 'jam sessions' were going on here too!  So fun! :)

Can't forget about the microphone....thank you Alexis and Hunter using his hand as one!!!!

We also helped a family out in our church this summer by keeping their daughter for a week.  Leah Bell....we love ya girlie!  It was a great time with never a dull moment here!  She took these pictures at a local park on a hot day!!!  Love my kiddos!!!

The kids also were in 2 weeks of swimming lessons at a local pool with the best instructor ever!!!  They both did so great!  Ethan spent most of our pool outings jumping off the low and high dives and doing 'new stunts' as he called them!  I enjoyed watching the kids learn new skills.  Alexis too can jump off the low dive and swim well all on her own!!!

We were able to have my neice, Haley, here also for 10 days this summer!  She is such a sweetheart!  We all loved having her here!  The kids played so well together!  Haley is 2 years older than Ethan.  Most of these pictures are taken at Big Meadows in Skyline Drive!  We love this area!  Absolutely beautiful!  We spent most of an entire day there hiking and climbing, packed a lunch there and saw a few animals...but not a bear! Too bad!! (the kids kept talking about 'what do we do if we see a bear?')
It was funny! :)

 Haley and I went to a cupcake decorating party too!  She did such a great job on her cupcakes!

Service to others

This past Sunday, we had an amazing sacrament meeting given by an 11 year old boy in our stake, a 14 year old girl and our high counselor....all about service and why we are to give service...getting back to the basics! So, naturally, I asked the kids how they thought the meeting went.  I really really appreciated Ethan's sigh with a "Well, OK Mom, I guess I'll do something nice for Alexis this week!"

Monday for family home evening, I challenged the kids, Hunter too, to do something nice for someone else at least once every day for 2 weeks for a little "reward".  I have to say that we are 5 days into it now, and I'm loving how the kids are thinking of "things" they can do for others.  Ethan has helped his teacher this week, made Alexis' bed, has spoken nicer!  Alexis has made our bed.  She continues to be an example of love and obedience.  Both are speaking so nice to each other...for the most part!  I'm very touched by their efforts!  The spirit abides in our home more.  I'm really enjoying this I'm trying to do more things everyday for them and for Chris.  Hopefully this will help them see how influencial they can be in someone else's life by giving Christlike service.