Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Kanon's 1st Birthday




We got the chance to finally celebrate one of our kid's birthdays with my side of the family this year. Kanon's 1st Birthday. We had family and friends over to my parents house to swim, have cake and ice cream and open presents. It turned out quite nice. Everyone, even Kanon, enjoyed his Winnie the Pooh cake that I made for him. Thanks to all of those that made it. We love and appreciate you all.

Leon's Birthday




Leon turned 4 on May 20th. You would never have guessed that he wanted a Spiderman cake. Well, I was hoping that I could make a Spiderman cake at least to his standards that he would be happy. I believe that it turned out rather well. He had a great day and had his Papa Jim, Grandma Bev, Papa Kevin and Grandma Dianne over to celebrate it with him. He was so excited about his cake and thought it was pretty cool.

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Robert and Karalee's Birthday





Robert is 33 (3+3)= 6 and that is how old Karalee is!! Cool huh!

Now since Robert and Karalee do share the same birthday and Robert is not to fond of celebrating his it has ususally become the day that we celebrate Karalee's Birthday. We all love Robert and he actually wished for a chocolate cake, I told him that the Barbie's head has chocolate frosting so he could eat that. Hey, at least he got to pick the flavor of the ice cream- chocolate.

It was a fun day. Karalee got to invite 2 friends over to play all day and have a tea party for lunch. I was ready for a more relaxed birthday then she has had in the past.

Our Recent Trial

As many of you know our School District in Delta is undergoing a lot of changes from cutting their budget to a decline in enrollment. Well, Robert's mom got a chance to take a severance package that the district was offering for teachers that were close to retiring. We were all very happy to know that she could retire a year earlier and take this package-- Happy Retirement Bev!! The district had 21 people retire. Which gave everyone the impression that they would not have to lay anyone off. Just recently they decided to combine the two elementary schools into one. Everything seems to just be a mess. Here it comes---- Robert found out on April 21st that he will not be rehired for the 2009-2010 school year. He called me after he got out of the Principal's office and at first I thought he was kidding, but he wasn't. I began to just sob and sob. I literally was falling apart. I had so many emotions run through out my body. Well all in all even though last week was the pits (understatement) we are doing quite well. We have our hopes up and trying to be patient in all that we do. We are waiting to see what doors open up and also what our Heavenly Father wants us to do. We are for sure blessed because through the district you can opt to be paid for the 9 months that you work or spread it out into 12-- we opted for the 12. We will be alright until the end of August. We feel that if we give it time the right opprtunities may arise and we will overcome this trial if we stand together as a family. Thanks to all of those who have had us in their prayers and all those who have helped and that will helps us find Robert a new career. We love you and we will keep you posted.

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Ward Easter Party





This was a lot of fun since I hadn't been rollerskating since Junior High. We all had a lot of fun and my kids got to try something new.

Easter Eggs and All Smiles





My kids had a ton of fun coloring Easter eggs and they really got into the spirit.

The last picture is of our very cool spider web Easter egg after we took the shell off. Leon thought this was so cool since he is really into Spiderman.

Friday, April 3, 2009

Kanon 9 months old




I took Kanon to his doctors appointment and he weighs 21.2 lbs and is 28 1/4 inches long. He was doing really well until Dr. Shamo came in and he started to get really upset. He started grabbing and clinging onto me. Dr. Shamo said that is what he likes to see at this age and it's called stranger anxiety. It occurs mostly when they see another male because the only other males they are used to are their fathers and grandpa's. Dr. Shamo said he was the picture of perfect health and that he looks like he is doing well.

He is so cute and his personality is expanding, we all really enjoy him and his happiness.

This picture is what Karalee calls his Chinese Hat (they are just small cones you use in soccer).

Mud Fight




On Saturday March 27th it was such a beautiful Spring Day. Well, Karalee and Leon wanted to bring in the Spring with a fun and exciting mud fight. They had a blast and it was so great for their skin.

Activity Day at the Spa


If most of you didn't know I am the Activity Day Leader for the 8-9 year olds in our ward. I have truly loved this calling and all the girls have such sweet spirits.
On this particular Activity Day we had a lesson on "Our Bodies are Temples". I really wanted to get their attention and this is how I did it.
First, I had baked this cake and decorated it pretty. Then I asked the girls if they would like a piece and they said yes. So I took my hand and dug out a piece of this cake and slopped it down on a plate. The girls faces were priceless and then they decided they didn't want it. This was to show that the gospel is more attractive depending on how it is served. Then I sliced a nice piece of cake to show the contrast and let the girls have a piece of cake asking how they would like it served. I told them that it matters how we dress, what we do, what we say, and how honest we are because we are serving up the church at all times, even when we don't think we are. I believe this was very affective and they seemed to enjoy it.
I had a couple of moms come and help with that day. The girls had foot baths, facials, mani's and pedi's. I then gave them Beauty Bags with some fun stuff for them to take home and use.
I had a ton of fun planning it and it turned out to be a great Activity Day that I believe the girls will remember.

Parent Teacher Conference

I was so proud of Karalee at Parent Teacher Conference. She got all Honors and seems to be really loved by her teacher, Mrs. Schena. Her teacher told me that she is one of the most well behaved kids in the class. Apparently she likes to remind her teacher of everything; for example if it was someone's birthday and the parent brought a treat for the class and there was a kid not there to eat their treat they would save it for them and then the next day Karalee would ask if Mrs. Schena gave so and so their treat. She also likes to help the teacher get her supplies out for the lesson or activity that they will be doing. I am so glad to hear that she is so thoughtful of others and that she is doing so great.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Happy St. Patrick's Day





Hope everyone is wearing green. Today is my dad's birthday-- so Happy Birthday Dad!!! It is also my friend Karen P. birthday-- Happy Birthday to you too!!
Again I had a lot of fun doing Karalee's hair this morning and of course it was, if you can tell a shamrock. It wasn't going together like I wanted it to, but in the end it turned out. Even though she was a little miserable this morning from her allergies she still loved it.
Hope you love it too!!
This is my favorite hair so for St. Pati's Day take a look and see how to do it.
St. Patrick's Day Shamrock Hair Do!

The Wonderful Things in Life




Here are some pictures of my kids enjoying a couple of great and wonderful things that we sometimes take for granted in this world. Taking baths and watching the snow from our front window. How wonderful it would be to be a kid right now and not have a care in the world.

Monday, March 16, 2009

Paying it Forward

Payin' it forward...

The first 3 people to leave a comment on this post will receive a hand made gift from me during this year. When and what will be a surprise. There's a small catch though...Post this same thing on your own blog and then come back and leave a comment telling me you're in. Fun, huh?

Remember, only the first 3 comments receive the gift!

My cousin Sera is doing this and I thought it sounded like fun and I am totally up to it. Hurry and post something!!

Monday, March 9, 2009

Tagged letter K



So my friend Melissa Thatcher tagged me the letter K. She must know I can come up with lots of things that start with a letter K. So here are the things I love with that letter K.

1. Kirsten- me (I can love myself right??)
2. Karalee- my daughter
3. Kanon- my son
4. Krishelle- my sister
5. Kylle- my brother
6. Kevin- my dad
7. Kids
8. Kisses
9. Kitchen- when it's clean
10. Knowledge

Alright the last three were a little hard, but hey I did it.

I tag:

Jamie A.- S
Melissa S.- W
Sera- L
Krishelle- B

Have fun girls!!

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Smell of Grandma Dianne

When I was in Las Vegas my mom gave me some of her shirts and pajama pants that she didn't want anymore. Well, on Monday morning while I getting Karalee ready for school Karalee said she could smell Grandma Dianne. I told her that I was wearing one of her shirts and that I thought it was pretty cute and neat that she knows her Grandma Dianne's smell. Ever since she was a baby and my mom came to help me when I had her they both seem to have a very special bond. I am so happy that she has that bond with my mom because so do I.

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Blushing Buttercream Pettiskirt GIVEAWAY!!!!



Blushing Buttercream Pettiskirt GIVEAWAY!!!!

Oh how Karalee would love this skirt!!!

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Snow Goose Festival in my Own Backyard?!!



I think I had the best seat in the house. These are pictures of the snow geese in the field just behind my house. And this was before I had a flock of around 75 more fly over my house and land by them. Pretty awesome, huh?!

Smart Leon


On Thursday February 19th I set Karalee and Leon down to color while I had a shower. Well, when I came out Leon had on his paper Kanon's name. I automatically thought that Karalee wrote it for him because it just well looked so dang good. Both of the kids said that it was him, Leon who wrote it. Robert and I were so impressed. We have been noticing a lot of wonderful things Leon has been doing. For example, we have a hook in our kitchen that we hang a calendar and Robert's work keys on it and Leon told me the other day that when he lays down it looks like the letter L the same one that's in his name. I knew he was smart, but he is impressing Robert and I everyday.

The picture is definitely proof that I am not just boasting about my son, but that he is so smart for just being 3 1/2.

Friday, February 13, 2009

Karalee's Valentine's Day Hair Do


HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY!!!
I was so excited for Valentine's Day so I could do this cute hair do for Karalee that I saw on one of the sites I like. I think it turned out way cute and she absolutely just loved it. Robert thought it looked pretty awesome too.

Teething

Kanon has been teething for a few months and he finally cut his first tooth on February 11th. He was so fussy because of a little cold he has and then cutting that tooth in as well. He finally did it though and now I believe he is trying to get the other one in as well. I am sure he'll be happy once it finally comes in. Also he is rolling all over the place and doing his little push ups---watch out mom he'll be crawling soon.

Oh, he just got the other one in right by it!

Monday, February 9, 2009

Teaching

For those who know my husband is one of the Sunday School teachers for the adults. Well, this past Sunday was his turn to teach, but he was going to Vegas to pick up some derby cars. He intended on being back Saturday night so he could do the lesson on Sunday. He also said he would take Leon with him and they would stay with my parents. Well, I was thinking that would make for a long trip and a lot of driving for one day. I volunteered to do his lesson for him. Now keep in mind I have never in my life taught an adult class before. So I looked in his manual and the topic was 'How to receive personal revelation from the Holy Ghost', alright I think I could do this because I have had quite a lot of revelations from the Holy Ghost throughout my life. Any how I was so prepared when I went to church and wasn't nervous until I saw everyone's face. I think I did an alright job, even though I did stumble a little. I had a lot of class participation and I used the time wisely. I hope everyone in the class wasn't bored. Right now I am not sure if I would sub again it was a little nerve racking, but it is true that the teacher does learn a lot from their own lessons. I was happy I taught it and that I could help my hubby out.

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

25 Random Things about Me

Thanks to everyone that tagged me and I enjoyed reading yours.

1. I am obsessive like my mom about cleaning.
2. I love toasted tomato, cheese and mustard sandwiches.
3. Some people are surprised when I tell them that I have a temper.
4. My new obsession is making skirts and dresses for Karalee out of my old shirts.
5. I love my kids cute personalities.
6. My husbands pet peeves have become mine--People who chew loud.
7. I love Delta and hope to never have to leave. It is so quiet here and there are a ton of stars.
8. I want to be a Dental Hygienist.
9. The first thing I notice about people are their teeth. See above.
10. I am obsessed with teeth. See above.
11. I do not have any fillings in my teeth. See above.
12. I want my family to be stronger in the LDS Church.
13. I would like to attend the temple more.
14. I love to swim and wish that I could do it everyday.
15. I love horses and have wanted to learn how to ride one since I was little.
16. I have been biting my nails since I can remember and wish I could be done with it-- It's a nervous habit.
17. I wish I could erase somethings in my past, but not start over.
18. I want to lose 30 pounds.
19. I love ice cream.
20. I hate folding socks.
21. I have started to become more of a computer whiz. My husbands laptop had a bad virus on it and I fixed it. He was going to take it to the Geek Squad, so I saved us $200.
22. I hope I never have to dye my hair.like my sister has too from going gray.
23. I love where I am in my life.
24. I enjoy the unconditional love that my children give to me.
25. I love Facebook, Blogspot, internet etc for helping me keep in touch with my friends and family.

Hope that's not too much info that you didn't want to know about me.

I tag Dana, Tana, Karen, Jamie A. and everyone else that wants to participate.

Schools Hawaii Day




This is Karalee on Hawaii Day. Since Mom has been in a crafty mood, Karalee and I made her hula skirt, flower barrette and lei. We had a lot of fun making it even though she said he skirt kept shedding throughout the day.

A Patty Cake, A Patty Cake





I just wanted to show you how cute Kanon is and that he loves playing patty cake.

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Kanon....

Kanon has been doing a lot of fun things these past couple of weeks. First of all he can sit up by himself with no support (sometimes he'll fall over, but that's just a given). Next he loves to roll everywhere especially under the coffee table and he was even trying to pull himself up on it. And last night he started to clap and he kept doing all night. He loves to play patty cake. He is so cute and can't believe he will be 8 months in February. Time sure does go by faster with your 3rd child. I guess I will just have to try and soak it all in.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Bake Me A Cake




Hey, to all my local friends out there. I just thought I would let you know that if you need a cake for any birthday party let me know because I do cakes. Novelty cakes and even wedding cakes. Just let me know 2weeks before hand and I can let you know what I will charge for it. I love to do them. If you are interested just give me a buzz.

The Funny Things Kids Do













Robert and I just realized last night that our kids have done some pretty funny things and they seem to be getting funnier. Robert then asked me if I have been writing anything down and it dawned on me that I hadn't. I always thought I would remember the things my children would do. We remember that when Karalee started walking that she loved to dance and when she danced she would stick out her elbows like you would for the chicken dance and move to the beat of the music. Another thing she would tdo is crawl around on the floor and find our German Shepherd Neusilber and cuddle with him. She loved that dog and her loved her and the attention she would give him. Right now she just asks these questions that I end up sending her to her dad to answer since he is a Biology Teacher. For example "What is your skin made out of?", or "What's makes us walk?" Now Leon is just funny. The other day Robert, Karalee and I were in the dining room and here comes around the corner from the kitchen is a monkey puppet and Leon made it say "Hi, Daddy. How are you doing?" Keep in mind we could only see the puppet. All of us just started laughing and thought he was being such a character. Another thing he has done is he would turn his head and say "BOO" turn back around and say "Uh, did you hear that?" Like I said before he keeps us laughing. He is so expressive. Kanon is just a happy fellow and when he looks at you he crinkles his nose and squints his eyes and smiles. He is such a loving and easily loved baby.
You will probably see more posts about the funny things our kids do because I feel I need to remember them more so I can tell them these funny stories. They make me smile and love them more and more.

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Belated Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year


As many of you we have been extremely busy this past month especially with all the holiday fun and the adventure to the hospital. With that being my excuse I did not get any holiday cards out this past year.

Things have been great this past year even though we have had some difficult times, but who doesn't. For example a year ago we almost lost Kanon(6 months), but I was still able to carry him full term and blessed that he was born healthy and definately happy. He is such a good natured baby. He loves his brother and sister and just loves it when his daddy is home. He enjoys it when Robert plays Guitar Hero and dances to the beat. He smiles all the time and loves to laugh.

Now as for Karalee (5 1/2) she started Kindergarten this year and even though it took some adjustment she is doing awesome. She loves her teacher, loves to do activities and actually has started to read. She has excelled at everything that Kindergarten has offered her. Her daddy and I are very impressed and excited that she is doing well and that she is loving school so much. She has helped me out a lot with Kanon and loves being a little mommy. She loves to read to Kanon and we have caught her in the act of changing Kanon's diapers. She is definately mommy's little helper.

Leon (3 1/2) has been such a great big brother. He just can't seem to get enough of his brother. He wants to touch him all the time. Right now he cannot wait until Kanon can run around with him. As for mom I believe that when that day comes I will get nothing done around the house. I am excited for Leon to have someone to play with and to keep up with his energetic personality. He is such a funny little boy. His tends to be very expressive with his eyebrows and eyes and because of that his dad and I think he will be a big flirt when he grows up. He keeps the laughter in our family.

Robert and I feel extremely blessed to have three wonderful children. We can't imagine our lives without them in it. We have a lot to be thankful for and we owe it to our Father in Heaven.

May you all feel blessed in your lives as we have in ours. Have a wonderful New Year!!!!