Tuesday, April 12, 2011

McKenna update

When we moved to California, McKenna was pretty nervous about starting at a new school in the middle of the year. She is attending my old elementary school and is fortunate enough to have my fifth grade teacher as her second grade teacher. Every time I talk to McKenna's teacher she tells me that she loves McKenna and her enthusiasm for learning. McKenna has made a lot of new friends at school and recently went to a birthday party for quadruplets in her class. She has a set of quadruplets, triplets, and twins in her class. I think that is pretty out of the ordinary. I have been able to help out a lot at Kenna's school recently. The entire second grade makes stuffed animal bunnies for Easter and decorates them. It was fun to see how creative the kids are. They are having a bunny parade on Friday to show off their creations. McKenna received awards for outstanding citizenship and outstanding work habits for the second trimester. They give small tags that you can put on a chain. She is excited to start collecting them like her cousin.

McKenna is getting ready to be baptized in July. She loves going to Primary and learning about the gospel. When we read scriptures at night she always stops us to find out what is going on. I think part of that is because she wants to postpone going to bed, but I am glad that she is interested.

McKenna is very responsible and feeds her dog Thumper every morning and evening. McKenna is saving up for an annual pass to Disneyland this summer. She won't even buy a popsicle after school (fundraiser) because she says she is saving up to go to Disneyland. I am excited to be able to take her and show her all the fun and magical things about Disneyland. She is also going to be swimming with the neighborhood swim team this summer. She is very nervous about this but I hope she will learn some new skills and have fun. I gave McKenna her haircut and she wanted bangs because all the other girls in her family have bangs. She looks pretty darn cute!

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Thanksgiving, Birthday, and Christmas fun!

We were really excited to have Ray, Catherine, and Mia come visit us for Thanksgiving! The weather was not in their favor and they made it here in two days safe and sound, thank goodness. We mostly relaxed on Thanksgiving day. We went to IHOP for breakfast, watched football, and made dinner. My first turkey turned out really moist and tasty. We enjoyed having family come and visit us and showing them a little bit of Boise. Unfortunately, I didn't take my camera out once, but Ray and Cath took lots of pictures so maybe they can send me some.

We celebrated my birthday last week with a no school snow day! McKenna and Ryleigh had a lot of fun with the 8 inches of snow we received. Dan made me a cake, which didn't turn out the way he wanted, because Ryleigh took a few bites out of each layer while the cakes were cooling and no one was looking! :) Dan and the girls took me to Chilis and then we went home and had cake. It was a nice low key day.

We put up the Christmas tree last weekend and the girls helped me put up the ornaments. I should have taken a picture before I moved all the ornaments from the bottom half of the tree. Ryleigh had stacked two to three ornaments on each branch. She and McKenna had a blast and Violet was just enjoying the sparkling ornaments. We will be heading to Salt Lake for a Patton reunion this Christmas. Hopefully Violet will show off her new skill. That's right! She is finally walking! She took her time just like Ryleigh did and waited until she was almost 16 months to walk. No reason to rush because she has two older sisters to do everything for her. We are excited for Christmas and McKenna is really excited for two weeks off of school. I think she is feeling a little burnt out already. She is doing very well in school and received high marks in reading, language, and math for her first trimester.

I am having trouble loading the video of Violet walking so I will have to try again later.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010


I am a few months behind on blogging. Things have been a little crazy with Dan getting laid off and looking for a new job. I have been working a lot of extra hours this last month and haven't really had time for blogging. We have been doing ok and the girls really like having their daddy home more. Dan has been applying and interviewing in SLC and CA. We hope to have something happen soon.

We took a quick trip to SLC for Halloween weekend. Our neighbors were really bummed that we wouldn't be here to make doughnuts on Halloween. We took the girls trick-or-treating Saturday night in Bountiful. It was raining pretty hard so we just went up and down one street. They still got plenty of candy and had a blast. Ryleigh wouldn't stay under the umbrella so she was soaked! They had fun with Grandma and Grandpa and the family.
After getting home Sunday night, we prepared for another trip to CA on Tuesday. We had a blast visiting with family and eating a lot. The weather was a beautiful 80 to 90 degrees the first few days. I was not thrilled when we came home to 40 degree weather. Too cold for me! I will post pictures of the CA trip soon.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Violet's 1st Birthday!

"My baby Violet" (Ryleigh's name for Violet) turned one yesterday! She REALLY enjoyed the cake and presents! She even licked the plate clean! We had a small party with just us and PoPo. Albertsons gives you a free cake when you baby turns one so that makes things easy for me. She is growing up so fast! Yay... no more formula!

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Violet Crawling

Violet has started crawling finally. She is doing a pretty fast army crawl, but hasn't quite figured out how to use her knees. This video is about a month old but she is still doing the same movements just a little faster.

If you want to see pictures of Hawaii, you'll have to check out my facebook profile because there are so many pictures it would take a week to download all of them on my blog.