Friday, August 30, 2013

Best Friends!

We headed over to the Jensen's to play in the sprinklers. Brynlee was not happy with me when I made her leave and go home for her nap. All the Jensen's came over to bring the kids back and ended up playing for a bit. Ryann and Brynlee found a comfortable spot on the couch to watch a show. They are too cute! Best friends already!

Sunday, August 25, 2013

Cabin Trip

Josh headed up to the old cabin with his parents, Michael, and Mckinsley. Natalie and I decided to stay home with the babies. It was a nice break for me and I was able to enjoy some peace and quiet and get a lot of things done. The kids had a lot of fun.

Saturday, August 24, 2013

So Pretty!

Brynlee found a tube of my lip gloss and had a little bit of fun...

Friday, August 23, 2013

Gymnastics B-day Party

Brooklyn has been extremely excited for her birthday party. We had it on a Friday night and it was SO much fun...even for the adults! We had about 20 kids come and about 12 parents. The kids LOVED every minute of it. We didn't have to play any games or do anything but let them play. The foam pits and trampolines were the hit of the night. I even pulled out a round off back twist into the pit! body hurt the next morning but it was worth it!

Thursday, August 22, 2013


I should've taken a picture like this 2 months ago when Brielle was the same size as the dolls. Oh well. She still fits right in with them!

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Mom! Take a Picture!!!

Brynlee is always asking me to take random pictures of her doing stuff. She found a box of beanie babies and pushed them around the house. This picture is when they were all sleeping:
 She made a train out of magnets:
Although the pictures are very random, I won't ever pass up an opportunity when I hear, "Mom! Take a picture!!!"

Monday, August 19, 2013

Buckle Up!!!

I think it's time to start strapping this girl in! She sleeps in her bouncer because of her reflux. Don't worry...I have a wireless camera set up so I was watching her to whole time. She continued to wiggle and laugh all the way til she about flipped out. Silly girl!

Sunday, August 18, 2013

Birthday Talk

Brooklyn was scheduled to give a talk on her birthday. She did a great job. Here it is:

Heavenly Father answers our prayers in many different ways. Sometimes while we are praying:

 Sometimes when we read the scriptures:
 Sometimes it's A feeling in our hearts:
 Sometimes it's Yes, sometimes it's no.
I know Heavenly Father hears and answers my prayers.

Brooklyn's Birthday

Brooklyn has been counting down the days for weeks. Her birthday was on a Sunday so we did our best to make it special.
 Josh's family came over for dinner and it was fun to relax and hang out. Here's Brielle and Oakley.
 Brielle, Oakley, and Greyson. They were all born within 3 months. How fun!!!
 Last year Brooklyn got a bike for her birthday, but as soon as we took the training wheels off it was too hard to ride. Even Brayden had a hard time riding it. So we found her another bike that she is able to ride and she loves it!!! Happy birthday Brooklyn!!!

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Birthday Celebration

Rachelle and Sean have been planning Samantha's birthday celebration for months. They had planned on being able to unveil the headstone, but unfortunately it wasn't done in time. Saturday evening both Sean and our families met at the cemetery to enjoy some time at Sammie's grave. It was a beautiful evening and it was nice to be able to talk to everyone. The kids enjoyed seeing the grave and talking about Samantha.
 Rachelle talked a little about the headstone that they ordered then gave everyone a gift from Samantha. She gave us each a butterfly out of seed paper so we can go home and plant the butterflies and then flowers will grow.
 Then Rachelle talked about an Indian legend that says if you whisper a wish to a butterfly then let it go free, it will carry the wish to heaven (to Samantha) and it will be granted. So Rachelle let each of the kids whisper a wish to the box of butterflies.
 Then she opened up the box and let the butterflies go. This part, for some reason, got me really emotional. I knew she was going to do a butterfly release, but watching all the butterflies fly around was a very neat experience while thinking about Samantha.
 Some of the butterflies decided to hang out with us. One butterfly in particular stayed and let all the kids hold it. It was neat to feel Samantha's presence through the butterflies.
 After the cemetery we all came back to our house for a bbq. We had lots of food and lots of fun.
 Rachelle had a nice table set up with some special things. It was neat to look through the scrapbooks. I spent the last 2 weeks putting together a cd with the medley I arranged for Sammie's funeral as well as the songs from her funeral dvd on it. I made a cover and cd label and made one for everyone. We had the music playing in the background. It was a beautiful evening for a beautiful girl. Happy birthday Samantha. We love you and miss you!