Friday, August 31, 2012

End of Summer

This summer has flown by, actually, this year has FLOWN by, I can't believe that another school year is starting.  I'm happy and sad.  Happy because my kids get to meet new people and learn.  Sad, because it seems like life flies by and before you know it your kids are graduated.  I want my babies to stay babies and so lately I've been thinking about the last 8, 6 and 3 years of each of theirs lives, how I felt when they were born, what they did growing up until now, how they each are different in their own ways and how my heart grows bigger and bigger every single.

Jaxon is starting third grade, I remember third grade myself, it was my last year at Hill Field Elementary at Hill Air Force Base before I moved to EG King in Layton.  It was the last year we lived on base before my parents built their house.  I can't believe my first born is old enough for this, I can't believe that he is almost half way through Elementary. 

Jaxon has grown a ton over the last year or so.  He loves reading and spelling, he loves airplanes, listening to music (we are already fighting about this) and watching Discovery Channel. 

Ashton is starting first grade, my first grade teacher will forever hold a special place in my heart, I truly believe she changed my life, she was the most loving caring person ever and I hope she is doing wonderful. 

Ashton, I have no doubt will excell in first grade, I think he is a little behind in some areas and sometimes I wish I would've started him a little later, but he is so big that I didn't want him questioning it.  We'll see how he does this year and he may need to attend a reading program next summer.  Ashton is by far my most stubborn, but I believe his stubborness is what keeps him going.  Ashton loves playing outside with NO SHOES, making a mess, coloring and watching Cartoon Network. 

And this little girl, oh boy is she super intelligent, we are trying to get her into a immersion program to start next year.  I want her to learn another language and Bob agrees.  This little girl talks so well that Bob and I would be wrong if we didn't get her into some kind of program.  If we can't get her in next year, we'll put her in a preschool and try for Kindergarten.  We'll see what happens.

Lexi loves having a SASSY attitude, I guess that comes with being a girl.  She STILL loves Dora, singing songs, riding her bikes, playing outside and trying to stay out of trouble....LOL

So another year, come and gone, I can't believe it.  Back to school and our lives will change again.

Oh my babies, how you have grown, I know you'll all do wonderful things in life, I hope you know that I am always here for you, your #1 cheerleader, I want nothing but the best and I will fight for YOU.

Loved this, found it on Pinterest, I think we all learn by making mistakes, I know I have and continue to do.  I am not the perfect Mom, but I try and I learn everyday.

Thursday, August 30, 2012

New Lens

Bob bought me the new 50MM lens for our anniversary and since I've done so much photography lately, it will definately be put to great use.

Lexi loves to model for her Mommy, she sometimes looks at the camera.

My cute baby puppy Nova, he loves his Mommy and was being squeezed to death by his big sister.

My dinner, its pretty entertaining these days...NOT  But this picture is cool to me.

My crafts I've done, my fall wreath and my candy jars, I'm in love with both of them.

Don't worry, lots more pictures to come, I'm about to have some fun taking pictures for the start of 3rd grade and 1st grade.

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Motor Boating...

If you haven't heard the song "Pontoon" by Big and Rich, listen to it NOW. 

All last evening I kept singing that even through we weren't on a Pontoon.

We went to Pine View with Misty and Tanner and had the TIME OF OUR LIVES.  My kids loved every single second of it.  And they also conquerred some fears of being on a boat and tubing. 

It was a beautiful day, a little windy, but nothing big.  It was nice and warm and the water was the perfect tempature.

Lexi swore she wasn't going on the boat, but I didn't give her a choice.  I am a FIRM believer that you should try everything once unless it will hurt you.  She loved it and I am glad I forced it.

And there is the smile to prove it.

We had so much fun, the kids didn't want to get off the tube EVER.  There are no pictures of Misty and I riding together in the tubes and getting flung all over the place, I have bruises to prove it.  But we had the time our lives.
Lex did a lot of hanging out on the beach with my Mom and playing in sand.

And a whole lot of chasing seagulls and harassing them.

And then we were off after such a great time at the lake, it was the perfect day and we had a blast!!!

Monday, August 20, 2012

Weekly update

YUP, thats what I'll call it.  Nothing else sounds good right now.

Last week my kids went to Bear Lake for the week, at first I was wanting the break badly.  Then the first night I sat downstairs and cried (it didn't help that it was that time of the month), I missed them, I missed the chaos, I missed the laughs, even the fights, the hugs, the kisses, the company, I JUST PLAIN MISSED THEM.  Next year I will be going with them, no IFS ANDS OR BUTS. 

So what did I do?

NOTHING, absolutely NOTHING.

I went to Gordmans ALONE.

I went to Target....ALONE.

I catched up on DVRed stuff.....ALONE.

I stayed up late, bad idea.

I drove STRAIGHT home from work, that hasn't happened in, well FOREVER.

And I repeated a couple of those steps daily.

The truth is I missed them.  I love my daily routine, I hate breaking it.

BUT, I still had these TWO to keep me entertained.

And entertained they did.  Nova is at the funny stage, figuring out things, getting into things (Okay maybe that isn't always fun) and just plain being a puppy.

He cries when he wants to be held, he begs for a treat and they both are so loveable and love to snuggle.

I did get my hair done and went with bangs, I'm still not too sure about it.  I'm better than I was day 1, but its taking some getting use too.

Last Sunday I was asked to shoot engagements, bridals and a wedding, what an honor.  Its for my Best Friend Misty's sister. 

And here are some of the results.

We had a blast shooting these and I can't wait for Bridals and the wedding in the next couple of weeks.  There is nothing that makes me more happy then taking pictures and editing them.

Another BIG change:

Bob and I are tired of being tired, tired of the health problems and so we've had a friend that tried and succeeded with reading "Eat to Live".  Its a VERY interesting book.  Bob and I are going to eventually become vegan with the way we eat, we are cutting out all meat right now and over time will cut out all dairy.  Its going to be a BIG change, but the results have been amazing.  I'm tired of stupid expensive diets, I'm tired of diets where you starve yourself, I'm ready to feel normal again and to be HEALTHY.  I will be starting a blog where I will write about this, so that its not all on my personal blog.  I'm excited for a new start.  Its been 4 days no meat and I DON'T MISS IT AT ALL!!

And this movie, show or whatever its called changed my life and I learned quite a bit.

Time to make a change and thats starts now.  ITS NOT A DIET, its a LIFESTYLE CHANGE!!