Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Katie is a V.I.P.

Katie's kindergarten class takes turns having students be the V.I.P. (Very Important Person).  I thought it'd be fun to record what she her answers were on her form.

I am Katie and I am 5 years old.

My parents think I am good at: swinging on the swings really high, playing dress up, riding her bike, and being a good friend.

My favorite thing to eat is: pizza

My favorite thing to do is: go in the sewer (under the trampoline) and play Ninja Turtles

I really don't like: going to time out

My favorite books are: Ninja Turtle books

My hero is: Mikey (Ninja Turtles)

If I had 3 wishes, I'd wish:
1. We could have family snuggle time.
2. Mommy would put me to bed every night.
3. We could go to the Aquatic Center and swim. 

Halloween 2015

With Julia able to keep up with her older brothers and sister, Halloween 2015 was our most fun year yet.  Tyler and the girls are rally obsessed with Ninja Turtles this year.  I painted two of our pumpkins to look like Ninja Turtles.  We had family visiting from CA who joined us for our Ward's Chili Cook Off and Halloween Party.  Grandma Hallstrom joined us on our trip to the Pumpkin Walk and to the elementary school's Halloween Parade.  I taught Grandma Hallstrom to make a corn husk wreath for her front door.  She really enjoys making crafts.  Anyway, I'm glad I took the time to take each of my kids out on a little date to take some fun pictures of them in their Halloween costumes.  

Brian - The Red Ninja

 It took this 10 year old longer than ever to decide what he wanted to be for Halloween.
I finally sent Brian out with Sam to go pick out a costume.  
I'm glad Brian could find a fun costume in his favorite color.
He makes a great Red Ninja.

Julia - Super Girl

This girl is on the go all the time and doesn't usually like the dress up.  So the easiest costume I could find was a reversible cape that came with a reversible mask.  And there you have it, a SUPER GIRL costume for our Super Girl!  This is the first year that she really enjoyed Halloween.  She walked up to every door on the block with her siblings and had the best time Trick or Treating.

Friday, November 20, 2015

Tyler the Vampire

T loved dressing up as a vampire for Halloween.  
He was super excited to go on a little date with me (a simple walk in the neighborhood) 
to make these photographs.  

Monday, October 05, 2015

Five Minute Family Photo Shoot

I'm so grateful for my family
and the way they motivate me to better myself.
 I strive to be the wife 
and mother my family deserves.
We totally bribed the kids with homemade pumpkin bread for cooperating.
Sugar brings out the crazy in Katie!

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Belle Dress

It was one of those lazy Saturdays where I didn't want it to end without feeling productive.
So I asked my brand new kindergartner if she wanted to go on a date with me.
Katie was elated and gleefully buckled herself into her booster seat.
With the sunroof open, and kid tunes blasting, we zoomed up to the middle of town.  
We fueled up with Chugz's chicken strips and fries and then
entered one of my favorite stores, TJMaxx, for some back to school shopping.
Still wanting to be my "baby girl," Katie insisted on sitting in the cart.
I pushed that cart back to the little girl section.  
My eyes caught sight of something I didn't want Katie to see, so I sped up my push.  
Or so I thought.  
"MOOOOM!  Look!  Let's go look at those costumes!"  
"Ooooh!  I want this dress.  It's a Belle dress."
I, not planning on buying this newfound must-have dress, 
hesitantly let Katie get a closer look at the coveted dress.
Hearing her gush over every last detail of the dress, the jewels, the sparkles, the glitter, 
I knew what I had to do.  I let her try on this "most beautiful Belle dress."
My baby girl lucked out with the largest dressing room...fit for a princess.
Katie had me help her zip up the dress and perfectly place the glittery veiled headpiece.
The anticipation had built up for what probably seemed like an eternity for a 5 year old.
It was time for the FIRST LOOK.  
"Wow!  Turn around and look at yourself in the mirror!" I exclaimed.
Both Katie's eyes and smile grew bigger than ever.
She twirled and said, "Ohlala!  I feel like a princess."
With a smirky smile that never left her face, 
Katie stared at herself in the mirror and examined every last detail of the dress.
Completely satisfied, Katie giggled and said, "I want this Belle dress for Halloween."
And I, who originally was not a fan of the color, the lavishness,
nor the price of the dress, completely had a change of heart.   
Katie had me at the FIRST LOOK. 
I completely melted into a puddle when I saw the way she looked at herself in the mirror.
Every girl deserves to feel like a princess.

Monday, August 31, 2015

Happy 2nd Birthday to Julia!

Happy 2nd Birthday to Julia!!!
She is so sweet and we just love having her in our family. 
On her birthday, we let her pick out her own helium balloon at Macey's.
We also had Papa Murphy's Pizza for dinner.  
We had cake and ice cream with our new friends in the ward, Tricia and Jason Stuart, came with their two kids, Zach (7), and Kelsie (5).
Julia received some great gifts: matching outfits for her to wear with Katie, some crayons, stickers, a tricycle, etc. 

A little bit about this little miss:
- Refers to herself in first person
- Plays well by herself and with others
- Likes to snug with Mom and our favorite blue "gankie" (blanket)
- Sits in a booster seat at the table
- Hates to wear bows or ponytails in her hair.  That is why we gave her some bangs.
- A skilled trampoline jumper
- Loves to give hugs, kisses, and good-bye waves to 
Sam and the kids when they leave on weekday mornings
- Has a big vocabulary for her age

Rub a Dub Dub

Rub a dub dub.
Two girls in the tub.
(This picture is from spring 2015.)

Post Picnic Park Playdate

Most kids put their shoes on when they go to the park.  
But this girl, well, she prefers being barefoot.
She is quite the adventurous two year old.
Katie is taking Julia out for a spin in her "space ship."

The view is amazing!
 What are those "creatures" down there?
 Let's go down Julia's "space ship slide."
 Sisters who play together...
 stay together.

Picnics at the Park

Lately, we've had a lot of picnics after picking up Katie from kindergarten.  
Today, we headed west to this empty park.  
Katie helped unpack our meal.  
So did Julia.
Julia was super excited to eat this salad...
until Katie had a meltdown because she wanted the same salad!!!
Katie has had atleast one big meltdown every day since school started.
I don't blame her.  She's had a lot of changes: earlier wake up time, new school, new teacher, 
new friends, homework to complete.  Whew!

Back to School Boys 2015

 It's my favorite time of year... Back to School!!! 
Brian is starting his last year of elementary school... 5th grade.
 Tyler is in 2nd grade and is excited to have Beck, a friend from church, in his class.
 This is the first year we've let our boys walk home from school together.  
 These brothers are super competitive with each other. 
 The boys are working hard to earn scooters.
 Best wishes to these sweet boys for the best school year yet.