This is going to be a super long post with no pictures, so basically if you only check blogs for pictures you can skip this one.
First off: I know that my blog is mostly for me, but even sometimes I don't want to write things down. I am going to get over that (or at least try). Last year I got off the blog wagon for a long time. It was a really hard time for me. Around October I found out that my oldest sister Maria had cancer. I also found out that my mom had to do another round of chemo because her cancer levels were going up. On top of that I found out that my husband needed surgery on his esophagus and remove his gall bladder. Also at this time I was called to be in the Stake Young Women's Presidency. They had a hard time finding a replacement Primary Chorister so I was doing that calling and was still on our Relief Society Board Committee. I truly felt like I was sinking, thus no blogging.
Second: I like making New Years' Resolutions but this year I didn't feel like making any. But, I do like having goals and I have determined to make April be my fresh start. I figure that it is quite appropriate since it is month which we celebrate Christ's ressurrection and rebirth. Some of my goals include: potty training (for Kolby), getting more organized, and working on Personal Progress (again).
Third: One of the other things that I have been meaning to do but haven't yet is to have more memory posts on this blog for when I get Alzheimers' and can't remember some things. So I have decided to do a Flashback Friday. This will allow me to post the posts I have been meaning to post and never got around to doing and also having a few posts of stories from the gool ol days.
So at the beginning of March we went to Disneyland. It all started when my friend Beth suggested that we go when they were going. I figured going with the frugal guru wouldn't be a bad idea. We convinced ourselves that it was a good time to go since this was the last time to go before Kayda goes to school (and then having to go during the breaks like everyone else) and Kolby would be free.
This picture explains alot about our trip: Kayda telling us where to go with her map and Kolby trying to run away.
Beth and Zak pushing Kayda and Jak around.
Kolby learning posing tricks from Kayda.
Although it doesn't look like it, Kolby was excited to meet Buzzlightyear.
Of course when Kayda saw this line of princesses, she didn't care about anything but following it.
Kayda and Kolby were excited to meet Tinkerbell. (poor boy that has a girl for an older sibling)
Kolby enjoying the rides.
A big pricess with a little one.
Somehow I was the adult that got voted to ride on all the spinning rides with the kids. Truthfully, I liked the rides but watching the faces on the kids was even better.
One of my favorite pictures! We saw the Prince walking with the Fairy Godmother and asked if we could get a picture. The Prince told Kayda to take his hand and we could take one in a better spot (he probably wanted to get farther away from crowds so they wouldn't all stop him, but I still say that he was being nice so I wouldn't have a picture that was facing the sun)
So, yes, I rode the Buzz ride too many times to count and rode the Nemo two more times than I wanted to, but I hope that it was a "magical" trip that we will have memories from forever.
So little Kolby's hair grows like a weed and it fuzzy on top of that. This means he has to get frequent haircuts. One day Maren stopped by (last month) and commented it looked like it was time for another haircut so we pulled out the haircutting stuff.
Jaden got the clippers going and the fuzz got less and less.
It was team effort of getting the face clean and the haircut. Basically a whole new makeover.
Kolby doesn't looked to pleased in the after shot but he really was (or at least I was)
Then Kayda said it was time to cut her hair and donate it. She has been talking about doing it for a long time. Some of her cousins have done it before but more recently her cousin/idol Claire did it and Kayda was determined to cut her hair to donate it.
We made sure it was long enough and then we snipped off the ponytail.
I am no hairdresser, but Kayda does look super cute with short hair.
The after shot and my awesome girl.
After she cut it, she had to tell EVERYONE that she donated her hair (seriously EVERYONE she saw). But, I don't blame her it was a great thing to do.
I am one of those lucky people whose birthday at times lands on a Holiday. I don't mind sharing a birthday with the Presidents. In fact growing up I liked getting out of school on my birthday because of the Presidents.
So this year instead of having a birthday party, we had a Presidents' Day party.
My mom and Ally helped the food inside,
the neices and nephews helped with the food outside,
and we all ate yummy food everywhere.
I was a little bummed that it decided to snow the couple days before my birthday, but it turned out to be great entertainment outside.
And we had our own entertainment inside. Cherise helped me with the Presidents theme and we made Mt. Rushmore (the cute version)
Thank you Presidents and US citizens (friends andfamily) for a fun day!
Yes, I am finally catching up for the rest of the year 2010. I probably have missed some highlights, but here is a quick overview.
Kayda was in the Rodeo Parade. She has always been good at waving to the people "in" the parade so it came naturally to wave to the crowds of people. Kolby enjoyed most of the parade (except for the scary clown). And of course Kayda was glad that Kolby shared some loot with her.
We had to make one more trip to one of our favorite summer spots. I finally got a picture of Jaden in jumping action. We tried a double person jump- it didn't quite work like I thought it might. Kolby thought that John and Maria were making the shade look good so he hung out with them for awhile. We always have fun with everyone who comes with us.
Finally we started working on our "mud room". We had the "brilliant" idea to do a concrete counter top. Jaden did an excellent job. So far our mud room looks better than it did, but it not quite done. (like most of our projects)
In September we went to Utah to surprise Jaden's mom for her birthday. We were lucky that Jaden's brother and nephew were traveling through Utah at the same time. We met at the Tucano's (my favorite restaurant) and did actually surprised Jaden's mom. (and, yes, Kayda is a carnivore like her mother).
While we were in Utah, my friend Beth (one of my favorite people in the world), wanted to get her photography businesses started so we were lucky enough to be one of her first projects. (and it sad to see the Provo Tabernacle in the background- I love that place!)
In October we decided to do a big yard sale in Winslow for one of our favorite cancer patients. It was incredibly awesome and we were able to make some money. One my favorite moments was when my nephew, Braden, offered to help a man take something to his car. The man refused because he saw him on crutches. The man was a little shocked when Braden dropped the crutches and "miraculously" helped him carry his stuff to the car.
In October I was able to have my niece, Brittany, help me out with one of our community blood drives. I will say she is the cutest volunteer we have had.
Of course in October we had to do a family theme for Halloween. Me=Mother Goose , Jaden= Jack Horner, Kayda=Little Bo Sheep, Kolby= The lost sheep
Jaden did make a shoe for kids to put there heads in (Little Lady who Lived in a Shoe)
In November my nephew, Griffin, got baptized. It is crazy to see him grow up.
For Thanksgiving we were at my mom's house and I found a wandering Turkey (and snow!) on my car.
We used to take pictures of all the nieces and nephews on the stairway. It was fun to see how much the group has grown. This is my mom's "Fabulous Fifteen"
December of course full of activities. One of our favorite things all year long is to go to the library.
Kayda scored some snowflakes from her cousin Holly. We decided to create a Winterwonderland in her bed.
We also got to go to Cami and Emmett's Winter concert, which was awesome as always.
At the library the kids got to see Santa. Kayda decided that he was the real Santa. The reason: The real Santa gives gifts, the fake Santa just gives candy.
Some of my little singers at the ward party (where the "fake" Santa was)
On Christmas Eve we had the Hancocks come over and have dinner with us. Jaden read the story of Christ's birth from the Bible while the kids put up the nativity.
This year we decided to keep Christmas simple. It was awesome! Kayda said," This is just what I wanted" with every gift that she got. Kolby said,"Thank you, Dad. Thank you, Mom" with every gift - no matter who it was from.
This year has been full of ups and downs and I am always optimistic the next year will be a good one.