Tuesday, September 20, 2016


I was just looking through my blog and realized that I had over a year between posts.  So sad since I use this blog as a journal for my family.  I got busy...life got busy...the kids are so busy.  So I decided to just take events from last year and incorporate them into posts for this year.
So music.
My kids love music and are all involved in it whether it be piano lessons, or band, or choir. Last year was especially fun for Danica.  She got to be in two choirs, and was chosen to participate in an honor's choir.  She loves to sing.  Usually you will hear her singing non stop all day long around the house.  Show choir was fun for her because not only did she get to sing, but she got to dance and wear a pretty dress.

She got home from singing and dancing for her Christmas choir and loved every minute of it!

Landon also loves music. Especially band.  Of course he got all dressed up and had a great Christmas band concert for us too.

They both had great end of the year concerts.  Landon even got to get dressed up as a pirate for that concert since they played Pirates of the Caribbean.  That concert was especially fun for Landon since he was picked to be one of the drum majors for fall marching season.

We have gotten to see a couple of marching shows this year so far and they are great.  I love music too, and I love marching season.  Landon is having a great time and learning a lot.  Their show is great.  A child's imagination is the theme, and I can't think of a more fun show to have for Landon's senior year. 
I love how much being involved with music in school helps with the overall success that my kids have in school.  They have both made great friends, learned leadership skills, and had a lot of fun along the way. 

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

First Day of school 2016

Yesterday was the first day of school at our house.  It is official, I have a senior. I don't know how feel about that. I am at awe at how fast kids grow up.  I have no idea where the time went. High school has been good for this boy. He has done well. Very well.  There are times I am at awe with how smart, responsible and grown up this kid is. I am excited to see what this year is going to bring.  Landon is excited to be drum major in the band, take AP calculus (seriously?), and have a great time with his friends. He is a good brother to his sisters.  Danica is so happy they are in the same school and she didn't have to start high school alone. He even put a panic button on her phone with his picture she could press in case she got lost.  Made me smile.

Danica started high school yesterday.  I don't know how I feel about that one either.  She was so excited, and so nervous.  I was nervous for her.  She came home all smiles, and had the best day ever.  I was so relieved. Danica also excels in school, so I am excited to watch her grow and learn these next few years.  Her favorite classes were, in this order, journalism, english, and seminary.  She loves to write, and hopes to be an author one day.  Great news, she didn't have to hit the panic button once.

My miss Amity started fifth grade this year.  My baby is in her last year of elementary school.  I do know how this makes me feel...old. She is such a happy, outgoing girl.  She loves her new teacher, and is so excited about being the oldest in the school. She also does well in school, and is so excited to learn everything! She looks up to her brother and sister, and tries to do as well, and keep up with  them in everything.  She is a fantastic tumbler, runner, and loves just about anything athletic.  She is going to learn something new this year, and take art classes.

Thursday, May 28, 2015

End of the school year wrap up

Well we did it. We successfully finished another school year. I always have torn feelings on the last day of school. I am excited, because since I work at the school I get a summer off. At the same time I panic a little bit.  The end of the year means moving on and getting another year older.  I can't believe how fast time flies. When I first had kids and they were little, I thought that time would kind of stand still. That this would be how it would be for a long time.  That is so not the case.  These kids are growing up so fast, and every year just seems to accelerate.  I am proud of them though, they are good kids. I am not just saying that because I am their mom, they really are so much better, smarter, and more responsible than I ever dreamed of being at their age.  The last week of school was a whirlwind of activities.
Danica had her choir concert

She is in a girl's select choir that is an audition choir.  She will be in both the show choir and girl's select next year. She loves to sing.

Amity had her final cheer performance for the year.  She did a great job tumbling and dancing.

Landon had his end of the year pops concert.  The theme this year was Disney, so the kids got to dress up as a disney character.  The music was wonderful, and Landon loves band.

Amity also had her final dance concert.  It is so fun to watch her dance because I know she loves it so much.

Last day of 10th grade. Straight A's, favorite subjects are math, science, and band. He is so excited to be out of school and  have time to work on his web design business this summer.

Last day of 7th grade. Straight A's. Favorite subjects are Mrs. Wilson's science class, english, and choir. She is so excited to have only one more year at Franklin!

Last day of 3rd grade. Favorite subjects are math, art, and recess!  She will miss her teacher so much, but is excited to start 4th grade.

Monday, May 4, 2015


This spring has flown by. I can't remember being so busy. Between the kid's activities, work, and the house, we are hanging on tight for the end of the school year!
April 6th was a huge milestone for our Landon. He turned sixteen! I keep thinking, how did that happen? I can't believe that I am old enough to have a sixteen year old! I guess if I have to be that old, I am glad that I get to have Landon as my sixteen year old. What a great kid! He does so well in school, runs a website business, has a paper route, goes to church and seminary willingly, and has great friends. I am lucky to be his mom!
This year for his birthday he chose to have a bunch of friends over the weekend after, so we had a fun little family party on his big day.

We made him work for his gift...sending him on a little treasure hunt.

There were clues all over.

He was pretty excited about what was at the end!

Yep, a car for him to finally drive. (he was so excited he kept his eyes closed for the picture) :)

I think that he had a pretty fun birthday!
We ended the day with homemade cafe rio salads and key lime cheesecake. YUM!

Happy birthday Landon!

Friday, March 27, 2015

Spring break 2015

It has been spring break this week, and we decided to take advantage of the week off of school and work by taking a trip to Vegas.  We flew down there on Sunday afternoon, and stayed until Thursday night.  It was warm, sunny, and a lot of fun. We stayed in a condo on Las Vegas lake.  Away  from the strip.  It was a beautiful resort with a lot of palm trees.  I love palm trees!  We went on the strip one day and had fun at M&M world, the Hershey's store, eating gelato at the Venetian, seeing the Eiffel tower, and having dinner at Excaliber.  It was a great day! We spent the other two days, swimming, shopping, and seeing Hoover Dam. It was a fun week filled with a lot of playing and relaxing.  Now we are refreshed and ready to finish up our last couple of month of school.

Monday, March 16, 2015

Just dance

Miss Amity is taking us in a whole different direction with her extracurricular activity choices.  Both Landon and Danica  love music, choir and band, piano, art, those types of activities. Amity loves, and I mean loves anything that she can move her body to.  She loves to tumble, cheer, run, and dance.  We are getting introduced to all kinds of different activities which has been a lot of fun.  This weekend she had a dance competition she was participating in.  She was so nervous and excited. She did great!  It was so fun watching her do the things she really loves.

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Just some random pics

Miss Danica has been busy with her choir solo and ensemble. She performed twice. Once at a recital for parents, and once for judges. Her and a small group of girls performed Lemon Tree and did an awesome job. They got superior scores!

Miss Amity has been dancing and cheering her heart out.  This girl loves to move! She has had a few cheer performances, and has a dance competition this weekend. I love to watch her dance because you can tell that she loves it.

Landon is busy as usual. He also had solo ensemble, a potato dinner and action at school for band, and is going to state for BPA.

To top it all off, all the kids have been busy helping us install the wood floor upstairs.  They are great helpers and hard workers.  I tease Landon by telling him how eligible he will be knowing how to do all this home improvement stuff.  Girls love men who can make their houses beautiful.  :)