Monday, May 04, 2015

Logan Temple Girl Date

I planned a little fun morning for our friends, the Smith girls... Jenny (the mom), Katelynn (5), and Caroline (18 months).  The Smith family has two boys the same ages as our boys and two girls the same ages as our girls.  Anyway, we met up at our local Jamba Juice to get a free 12 oz. smoothie.  Then we drove a couple blocks over to the Logan LDS Temple to see the flowers.  The girls were so excited that they raced each other up the stairs.  
Big Sisters.  Little Sisters.  All Friends.
It was a perfect sunny morning to see the flowers.
They were just gorgeous!
Katie and Katelynn
Cute Caroline
Julia and her Jamba Juice

Lightning Wolves

Tyler has LOOOOVED his first experience on a real outdoor soccer team.  
Tyler with his game face on

Our friend and neighbor, Reuben Talbot was a great soccer coach for Tyler's team... 
the Lightning Wolves.  
They practiced on Tuesday evenings from 6-7pm the elementary school
and had soccer games on Saturday afternoons at the 
gorgeous Gibbons Park (up on a nearby mountain bench).  
The first goal that Tyler scored was the winning goal!  That was on Wednesday, April 22.  
Three days later, Tyler scored 4 of the 8 goals at his game!  Aunt Laura, Uncle Brant, Mika (their puppy), Alan and Wendy McBride (Tyler's Primary teachers) came to support Tyler that day.  
We think Tyler has found his sport.  He has great footwork, 
is a good sport, and enjoys himself out on the soccer field.  
He practices almost daily in the backyard with his best friend, Jack.  
And he asks Sam and I to play with him in the backyard after dinner.
Video clips  of some of his soccer games coming soon!

Thursday, April 30, 2015

I Want To Be A Mother

When I was a little girl, I remember listening to music with my family in our home and while traveling around in our mini van.  One cassette tape we listened to often was called, "Songs For A Mormon Child."  I've been wanting to find those songs on iTunes, a CD, or something.  And lucky for me, I was on Facebook doing some research for my church calling as the Primary chorister when I ran across a video of a little girl dancing to the song, "I Want To Be A Mother."  My girls heard me listening to this song.  I asked them if they wanted to dance to the song with their baby dolls and I could take a video of them.  Katie was super excited, put on her "dancing dress," grabbed her baby doll, and she was good to go.  Enjoy!

wardgirlsdance-2 from Lisa Ward on Vimeo.

Being four.  So innocent and pure.  There are moments where I would give anything just to be able to see the world through her eyes. What a beautiful thing that would be.  

I am so glad that I am a mother.  I must admit, I wasn't one of those girls who daydreamed about getting married and having children of my own.  I thought I would graduate high school, go to college, serve a mission, complete college, then eventually get married if I found the right guy.  Life sure has a way of changing up the plans that we make.  But I'm glad that I don't always get what I think I want.  I know that my Heavenly Father wants what is best for me.  I feel like I have stayed close to the spirit over the years and that has truly blessed my life.  I love my life, my husband, my home, and my four children!

Meeting Mika

Laura and Brant came to visit us the day before my birthday.  They brought the newest member of their family with them... an adorable puppy named Mika!  We all loved getting to know Mika and instantly feel in love with her.  Mika chased the kids around the yard, played a little tug of war, and let the kids pet her.  We can't wait to see the Mika (and Laura and Brant) again.

meetmika from Lisa Ward on Vimeo.

meetmika-2 from Lisa Ward on Vimeo.

Wednesday, March 04, 2015

Grandma Shirley Hallstrom

 Grandma Shirley Hallstrom and Laura 
Grandma Shirley Hallstrom, Lisa, Laura

My Grandma Hailstorm is such a great woman.  Her greatest loves are her family and the gospel of Jesus Christ.  She loves to visit with family and share her family history and poems.  She is 84 years old and has so much energy.  I admire her "can do" attitude amidst the trials of life.  My kids love her so much.  I am glad that my kids are getting to know their Great Grandma Hallstrom.  Living in the same town as she does has been a great blessing.  These two photos are from January 2015 when we had Laura and Brant join us for a New Year's meal.  

Monday, March 02, 2015

Mommy Daughter Date

I'll let the pictures do the talking.

Sunday, March 01, 2015

Katie at 4 years old

Hey, Mom!  What do you got there in your hand?  Oh, it's a camera I see.  You want some super awesome pictures of me, don't you?!
 Well, let me tease you for with this great smile.
And then I just got to get my wiggles out because I can only stand still and smile for just a second.
 Girls just wanna have fun!
Jumping with her shoes on the wrong feet... whatever!
I found a snack... SNOW!!!
All about Katie at age 4:
-  She loves to sing.
-  She loves to wear her super fancy "dancing dress" not only at home, but to church and school too!
-  Loves to take bubbly baths with Julia.
-  She likes to have lazy mornings at home with Mom and Julia.
-  She likes to play with play doh while watching me make dinner.
-  She wants to grow her hair out so she can have an "Elsa braid."  
-  She loves to play the role of mommy to her four baby dolls.  
-  She still loves TinkerBell and enjoys playing with her TinkerBell toy in the TinkerBell house that I made her.
-  She'd rather stay at home with me all day than go to preschool.  I usually have to get on the bus with her and give her a hug, a high 5, and a kiss.  
-  She's all registered for morning Kindergarten and is excited to ride in the back of the car with the boys to school when the time comes.
-  She still sucks her right thumb and snuggles up with her torn and tattered banana blanket.