~My Reason For Our Blog~
"You will have significant experiences. I hope that you will write them down and keep record of them, that you will read them from time to time and refresh your memory of those meaningful and significant things. Some may be funny. Some may be significant only to you. Some of them may be sacred and quietly beautiful. Some may build one upon another until they represent a lifetime of special experiences." — Gordon B. Hinckley

Friday, August 22, 2008

To Our Girls~

To Our Girls~

Do you know what you are?

You are a marvel.

You are unique.

In the years that have passed,

there has never been another child like you.

Pablo Casals (1876-1973)

After School

After I dropped off the girls at school a great neighbor came over and took me on a long walk to keep me out of the quiet house. I couldn't wait to pick up the girls after school. Jolene comes out 5 minutes before the big kids, she came running to me so happy and talking nonstop!!

Here's our conversation~

~Did you have fun?~Yes, lots!

~Did you like the lunch room?

~Yes, it's loud!

~Did you have any specials?

~We went to the gym room and played a game!

~Did you make any new friends?

~Yes, Angelica, Kylie, and a girl with brown pony tails.

~Did you miss me!?

~ops! I forgot!! Is that okay!?

~Yes, you're suppose to forget to miss me!! That means you had a great day!!

~I really did!!

The first day of Kindergarten was a success!!

It's Time

It's August and that means school starts!! This is my most unfavored time of year. I love having my kids home, I love hearing their stories, their music, their laughter, their made up jokes, playing with them, reading to them, and just being with them. So the first week of school is hard on all of us!! But off they went!

Raychel is now in 4th grade, they are called the "fabulous 4th graders" Or FFG's She loves it! She has a really great teacher who is so enthusiastic and loving. Raychel said, "I see great things happening this year," I have to agree!

The day I have dreaded has come, Jolene started Kindergarten. She is so ready, I am not. As we walked to school she held my hand the whole way, asking if I would walk her in. I wouldn't have it any other way. I am not sure about letting my baby go to stranger all day!! If any of you know me I very seldom leave my kids! As we entered the Kindergarten playground her hand tighten around mine. We have this little hand signal, we squeeze three times, I..LOVE..YOU! I gave her the three squeezes and she looked up at me with her big blue eyes and asked," you're coming in right!?" I am so glad as she grows up her heart and soul belong to me. She held my hand leading the way so bravely, I followed behind letting her be big, this truly is the hardest day of my life so far. We all sat on the rainbow carpet, she picked the purple row of course. The teacher called out their names, then asked for all their school supplies for their backpacks. She was so excited to get out the new pencils, crayons, glue, etc. Then the school councilor walked in. Asked "all kindergartners raise your hands," they all did. Then she said now wave to your moms and dads and tell them it's time to go!! Jolene turned gave me the biggest, tightest hug and whispered in my ear, "I need to go with you!" I said no silly, you have to stay here. She then whispered, "I forgot to do my chores! I could help you with yours!?" She was breaking my heart!! I told her I would be fine, and so would she!! Then the teacher asked if they had backpacks? She turned real fast whispering "she can't take my backpack, my Pop Pop got me that, it's mine!!" The teacher explained she didn't want them she wanted to show the kids where to put them!! As they put their backpacks away, I gave one more kiss and tight hug and left, alone. Wow, that is a weird feeling, it really hit me when I got outside, I was alone for a whole day for the first time in 9 years!! Yes, I cried!!

I think I need a hobby!!

Peach Festival

While Raychel was at last birthday party of the
summer we took Jolene to the Peach Festival.
I love the word festival, when the word is used
you know there will be lots of fun.
And we did!!

Jolene got to ride a 4 month old pony.

She rocked climbed as if she was a pro!!

No fear!!

And don't forget the ice cream cookie sandwich!!

Sometimes it's nice to have the girls one on one!!

But I still really missed Raychel, I kept looking around for the one I forgot!!

Catching Up!!

The summer has come to an end.
We had lots of play dates,

We made it to 4 out of the 5
birthday parties in 2 weeks!!

One was Karaoke, one at


One was come as

your favorite

"Rock Star"

Raychel went as

Taylor Swift.

One was at Build a Bear, and last

the same day was the pirate party

(we missed)

And the last summer

sister sleepover!!

Thursday, August 14, 2008

County Fair

Go Bears!!

The last parade of the summer.
Jolene was so excited! This was the
parade they got to
ride on a float!!

Go Team!!

After the parade we headed off to the air show!!

This car went down the run way, then turned around and when he came back this huge wall of fire was left behind him!! It was AMAZING!!

You could feel the heat!!

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Hair today, gone tomorrow

Last week the girls got hair cuts!
Raychel got about on inch cut off
and Jolene wanted it cut to her
shoulders!! Yes, I took pictures of
Jolene's haircut because this was her
first real haircut, not trim.




The Ride Home

The sleepy ride home!!

Family Pictures

Great pictues of us with my Grandma Pearl.

Michael's family with Grandma Pearl.

Great Grandma Pearl with
some of Great Grand-daughters!

Water Fun

After a hot day at the Zoo,
we ended up at the Gate Way Mall.
As many times as we have been to Utah for visits and shopping I never knew of this place! Thanks to a great friend, Tracy, I wont forget it!!
We'll just brings towels!

More Zoo Pictures

I know more pictures of the zoo
but these in my opinion are the best
the ones the memories are made of!

Caught a tiger by the foot!!

"Help! Mom it got me!!"
Raychel is always funny!

Love the tongues
Makayla, Jordan, and Sierra

More tongues!! Gotta love
blue Icee drinks, I think we
now have proof Jolene
sampled my red Icee!!

Jolene and Sierra

Seeing my brother and husband
with their daughters made me love
them all the more. They both
are incredible daddies!!

Monday, August 11, 2008

Hogle Zoo

July 25-27 We met up with my older brother Michael and his family in Utah. We had a great time. We haven't been together in 2 years. It was 2 years too long. We had a great time hanging out at the Utah Hogle Zoo. It was just over 100 degrees that day. It was super hot, but we had a great time. All the girls had so much fun spending time together. They pick up with each other as if they have never been apart!

Sitting Pretty

Even the animals were hot and sleepy.
A really cool white alligator

Raychel's favorite
is the elephants, notice her