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New Years Tradition

One of our New Years traditions is to have fondue and to read the good things that happened thiat year from the jar we keep thoughout the year,   Because of trios and birthdays, we didn;t get to this tradition until a few days into the new year!

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Here is what we read from the jar and who wrote it.  If it doesn;t have a name, it was me since I wrote the majority of them! Ha!

Kinsleys kindergarten graduation
Cason has had a great first basketball season
Going to alani-Cason
Turtle bay-Connor
Drinking my medicine quickly-Cason
Kinsleys 6th birthday
Ester-Cason (Easter)
Survived 3 kids in baseball
Skiing on NYE
Fun hike in st George
Corbins gold dust or bust performance
Lake Powell-ConnorLake PowellGreat America-Connor
Pupckin path- kinsley pumpkin patch
Cason turned 8
Cason chose to be baptized
Casons baptism
The kids and mom made it through 2 weeks of Connor in China
The boys doing awesome at cartooning
Parker’s wedding
Kinsleys dance for parents in December
Skiing in snow basin-Connor
Our cute Mary Poppins at Halloween 
Harry and Ron for Halloween
Hike with Corbin to castle rock-Connor
Fun Halloween parties
Kinsley doing awesome at soccer
Nate’s 1st birthday
Going to Utah for corbins birthday-Connor
Fun in Hawaii
Leaving to Utah-Cason
Dad safe in China
We booed the ondhias
 Made it through 2 weeks while dad was in China
Casons 8th birthdayFamily visiting for Casons baptism
Fun 4th of July
Boys cartooning class
Piano beach for Labor Day
Going to golf land-Cason
Great America winter fest 
Volunteering for Michelle’s campaign
Fun Utah visi
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Cason field trip to bayland
Going to Disneyland with mom-Cason
Christmas Day with family and friends
Utah family visiting for thanksgiving
Corbins 10th birthday
Fantasy of lights tradition
Casons 8th birthday-Cason
Kids start school-5, 3, 1
Got lights and bathroom done
Lots of family visiting for Casons baptism
Trick or treating with friends
We were booed
Mom hosted great baby shower for Nathalie
Best Picts kins- kinsley
Connor made it home safely from china

Cason and Mom Trip

The time finally came for my trip with Cason.  Years ago, Connor and I decided that I would take each of our kids on a trip when they turn 8, he will take them on one when they turn 12 and then we will take one together (just parents and the one kid) when they turn 16. We are hoping they will feel how important they are to us when we make the effort to spend 1 on one time!

Cason chose Disneyland!  Wt took off on a Thursday afternoon and got to the hotel!

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Disneyland days start early and since we didnt want to waste any time at the park, we ordered room service!

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Cason loved the robe in the hotel!

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California Adventure was our first day!!

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Cason made a sad face in the Soarin’ line becuase he was sad about the space shuttle that crashed.

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So I don’t really enjoy Tower of Terror but now that it has changed to Guardians of the Galaxy, Cason really wanted to try it.  So this was just for him!

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We went to the library for Beauty and the Beast castle and Cason loved it.  I had never been there,

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One of our many churros!

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I think this is Loki?

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We also saw Groot!

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We wnet back to the hotel to have some swim time!

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The dad of this little boy was clueless that I was trying to get a picture!

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So Pizar Pier was opening the next day and we made a conscious deciscion to miss out on Pizar Pier to avoid crownds.  

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Churro #2 for the day!

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We went back to the hotel and heard the fireworks from our room!  I have to admit I’m not a parade person.  

The next day was spent at Magic Kingdom!

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Another ride Cason made me go on!

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We got this picture for Kinsley.

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Cason got some attnetion from a storm trooper because of his shirt!

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Churro again!

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Cason was exhausted so we went back to the hotel for bed time.  IN the morning we went to Sacrament meeting in an Anaheim ward and then started our drive back.  On the way home, I see smoke ahead of us.  Sure enough there was a fire on the side of the road.  It scared me for sure!

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Cason and I had a great time.  I do feel like it was a great experience for our relationship.  Because I had been on a similary trip with Corbin, I wasn’t under any pretenses that Cason was going to all of the sudden talk to me about stuff he doesn’t normally (something that I thought would have happened with Corbin).  So we were able to enjoy each other and have a great time.  He did miss his siblings a lot which I was actualy happy to see.  I love spending time with my kids and I cherish alll the one on one time I get with them!!

Kinsley’s 6th Birthday

It’s our precious Kinsley’s birthday!!  In the morning Kinsley got to see the decorations and open her presents!

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After breakfast we went to the American Girl store so that she could use her gift card.  

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When we got home I started on her cake.  She had given me specific instructions on how it should look and even drew a picture.

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I think it turned out pretty good!

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And all Kinsley wanted for her birthday was to me not to do my workout and to have her friends over and watch Mary Poppins.  So that’s what happened.

We let pick out some candy and popcorn for the movie!

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They watched the movie and played and we ate some dinner.  Then Kinsley opened some presents!

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Time for cake!

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Then making some bracelets!

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She had a great birthday and I was happy to see her get to do things exactly how she wanted!

Her doctor appointment went well.  She did fail her eye exam so I had to take her to the eye doctor.  The eye doctor saud that she needs to wear sunglasses with a slight perscription. So, for now that’s mostly what she is doing.

KInsley’s Birthday Questions

1.  What is your favirote color? Purple
2.  What is your favorite toy? Barbies
3.  What is your favorite fruit? Pomegrantes
4.  What is your faorite tv show? Elena of Avalor
5.  What is your favorite thing to eat for lunch? Pasta
6.  What is your favorite outfit? Dresses
7.  What is your favorite game? LOL Doll Game
8.  What is your favorite snack? Goldfish
9.  What is your favorite animal? Koala
10. What is your favorite song? Never Enough from The Greatest Showman Soundtrack
11. What is your favorite book? Jack and Annie (Magic Treehouse)
12. Who is your best friend? Sophie
13.  What is you favorite cereal? Honeynut Chex
14.  What is your favorite thing to do outside? PDraw
15.  What is your favorite drink? Milk
16.  What is your favorite holiday? Summer and my birthday
17.  What do you like to take to bed with you at night? Puppy
18.  What is your favorite thing to eat for breakfast? My mom’s German Pancakes
19.  What do you want for dinner on your birthday? Spaghetti
20.  What do you want to be when you grow up? A police, a mom and a chef

May 2018

I love spring time and I guess I was really into taking pictures of roses.  The first one from our backyard and the seond one from the neighborhood.

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I loved this spring artwork Kinsley made!

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The boys had a pack meeting with on obstacle course that they had to tied to another scout.  I loved these two partners together!

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It was a warm day so we hit up the pool for the first time of the season!

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Cason had a lemonade stand with a friend!

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Corbin being a cool guy!

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Look at thise massice blackberry Cason found!

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Kinsley had her Mother’s Day celebration.  My last one! 

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Celebrating Mother’s Day and my birthday!

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Kinsley as catcher! Cutness overload!


I was realizing I don’t have a ton of pictures of Corbin smiling at the camera and he fought me on it but I was able to get it!

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We wen to the kids Open House and got pictures of them with their teachers.  Of course, one of all the kids with mr. Hugo.

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Ok, so one day, Corbin came home from school saying his wrist hurt and that he fell backwards while playing four square and hurt his wrist when he caught himself.  Well, I didn;t think of it much but then someone told me I should probably take him in.  So I did, AND HE BROKE HIS WRIST! Crazy.  There went the rest of his baseball season.

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Corbin had a lit fair where he had to do a presentation on a book he read.

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The 2nd graders got to come walk around the fair so Cason was able to see Corbin’s.

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THis was the first year both boys were Scouts to do the flags on the graves for Memorial Day.

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After the flags, we went and got lunch and Corbin wanted this HUGE hamburger.  He’s definitely starting to show teenager signs! Yikes!

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Then we went to Academy of Science for a bit. They kids were loving the check out the specimen room this time!

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We had dinner up in the city with my family!

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Kinsley loves being like a little mother to Nate!

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This is one of my most favorite sights.  The kids using the reading room the way I wanted it used!

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I got to go on a field trip with Kinsley’s class to the bay!

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Oh and lots and lots of baseball!

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Another great month!

April 2018

The first day of April was also Easter.  The kids were waiting to go find their Easter baskets.

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General Conference activities!

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And this has to be one of the most common Easter activities: eat the head off a chocolate bunny! (You thought I was going to say Easter egg hunt…)

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We did that too!

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My sweet Cason has had to take this nast medicine for a year and a half now.  As much as he hates it, he has gotten better at it!

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Corbin “flossing” while he is in the outfield!

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For Cub Scouts, they showed the boys the proper way to burn a flag when it is torn or tattered.  

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Corbin missed Cub Scouts for his game.  Look at that cool guy!

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I washed and folded some of the boys old baby clothes to pass on to Holly for Nate and it had me reminiscing about my small baby boys!  I could almost feel those chunky babies in my arms wearing these exact clothes.

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I got to drive on a field trip for Corbin’s class.  

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Kinsley drew this picture and wrote this all by herself!  I loved it because it shows how excited we all are for upcoming trip!

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My kids don’t love homework (who does?) but I have to give them credit, especially Corbin, for just coming home and getting it done. Even when it takes longer because of a 3 page book report, project and presentation he has to complete.  Last year I had to sit with him more to encourage the work on reports.  This time, I gave him ideas of timing and he just worked on it himself and got it done 2 days before it was due!! I’m so proud of this kid!

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Aisling had her baby shower and I was so glad I got to celebrate with her!

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Sleepy girl on the way home!

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But then we went to Great America because our nephew was here for school for a band concert!  We got to see him for a minute before he was off to the awards!

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The next day was a Sunday and I felt we all needed to get out of the house after church.  My body, mind and spirit had been craving some nature and I thought it would be good for us to go on a little hike!

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We went to our friends house for dinner and  thought this it was cute when the 4 boys were begging Connor to go out and play baseball with them.  

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Kinsley came home from school with a stowaway in her lunch box.  She seriously brought a rollie pollie home from school.

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Corbin freaked me out with his tortilla face!

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At Cason’s game when Nate was getting ready to leave, Kinsley gave him a hug and then he just kept hugging her!  It was so cute!

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Playing with Nate!!

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And then……HAWAII!!!!!!

When we got back from Hawaii, i noticed these flowers in our backyard had bloomed!  I love spring!!

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The kids spring pictures!


We got a selfie walking home!

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I’m tired of being the mom that is just a drill sergeant barking orders to be on time for school in the morning and then to get homework done, eat a super early dinner to be on time for the various baseball games or practices or scouts or whatever it is.  So this one day after school, I took the kids to get ice cream and then walk around the pond at our local community center.  I think it was a nice break up of the monotony of the week and definitely a needed high after our awesome trip!

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I loved this project Kinsley brought home from class one day!! Everything about it is just so cute!

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I told Cason to grab a few grapes for dinner and this was his idea of a few.  This kid LOVES grapes!

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What a great month!!

Hawaii 2018

The kids had been asking for years if we would take them to Hawaii, so we decided that this would be the year.  The kids spring break fell late enought that we found good deals so it worked out great!  

Heading to security!

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On the plane!

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We got our car rental and headed to the North Shore!  The mountains were green and wet and beautiful!

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We stopped for lunch and there was beauty right behind us!

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Kinsley started complaining of not feeling well while we were driving and I was concerned she might be feeling sick and then she fell asleep!

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We got to the hotel and Kinsley still was cranky and lethargic and my dreams of a nice relaxing vacation were starting to disappear.  I thought we would be nursing a sick girl most of the vacation.  

While we waited for our room to be ready, we headed to the hammocks that were all out front of our room.

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Connor snuggled Kinsley on one as well!

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And then maybe it was the nice Hawaii air, but she started to perk up and get happy and was great the rest of the vacation!!  I found the flower just sitting on the ground and she loved it being in her hair!

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And of course, being silly putting it on Connor!

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We went down to the beach to check out the water!!  Kinsley was in heaven.  

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Climbing some trees!!

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We got our first leis.

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More beach exploring!

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Then we needed to check out the pool!

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I did not got in the water.  The weather when we first got there was not great.  I guess it had poured rain the night before we got there and a lot of houses were severely damaged.  So while it wasn’t freezing, it definitely did not feel warm out and the pools and water were cold.

That night for dinner we went to a popular shrimp food truck and got some shrimp, barbequed corn on the cob, and some shaved ice.

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Then we all went to bed early since it felt so late for us!

Even though church started at 8am the next morning, we were all up early and ready in plenty of time to lounge around lazily!

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Or to do some hula!

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Our room!

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Sacrament meeting was right next to the temple, so we walked over to the temple!

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We walked behind the temple at the suggestion of my mom and found this awesome tree she described!!

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We then headed to a family friend of mine growing up and stopped for lunch on the way! This dock was just down the stairs from our table!  Supposedly this water is usually a crystal clear blue but since the rains that had happened it was muddy and murky.  It was still beautiful to us though!

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Another napping Kinsley!

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Dinner at the hotel!

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I thougt it was so funny that Kinsley had completely unpacked her stuff and helped herself to the drawer space!

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We heard about a great bakery near us that had a chocolate coconut pie so we thought we better try it out!

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The pie was definitely as delicious as we heard!!

We then drove to the beach to see some turtles!  It was a little too early to see them but the kids had fun playing in the waves anyway!

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Then we went on a walk to a waterfall.  We read that you can swim in the water near the waterfall so we wore our swimsuits but when we got there they had closed the swimming part due to the rains.  The walk was through the botanical gardens so it was just beautfiful!

We saw a hen with her chicks.  I just noticed that the hen is looking straight at the camera!

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And then a peacock!

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At the waterfall!!

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There was a section of the gardens that had some Hawaiian games.  The kids were really getting into the Hawaiian checkers!

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Then we stopped for som of the famous shaved ice at Matsumoto’s! I heard that the line can be crazy but maybe because it was so early, our line was like 2 minutes!

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Then we headed to the Polynesian Cultural Center!  The kids were excited to get their passports stamped to get a prize at the end.

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It was a late night but (most) of us made it through!

We woke up and were moving on to our next hotel!! Aulani!  We stopped at the Dole Plantation on our way!  

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Then we made it to Aulani!!

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The kids thought it was so cool to have our name on the TV when we got to our room!

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Swimsuits on first thing!

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We checked out the pool then the beach!!

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On our way back to our room we saw Moana!

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We didn’t get tickets from the luau at the hotel but we had a view of it from our room every night!

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We did a character breakfast the next morning and met Mickey on the way in!

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Kinsley was excited to see Minnie!

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And then Pluto!

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They found the Stitch statue!

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Then we had to do some pool time!!

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We took the kids to the kids club and they loved it.  They never wanted to leave but we did pick them up when we missed them!!

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More pool time!!

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We went to a nice dinner at the hotel!

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The boys loved the robes that were provided!

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Hanging out at the pool.  This was our normal spot most days! Hot tub to the back, pool and ocean to the front!

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Listening to some live music.  The woman signing is a friend of our friend that we visisted at the first of our trip!

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And I have a million pictures of the end of this waterslide.  The kids (and Connor) must have done it a million times while we were there!

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That Friday was Connor’s birthday so he got to choose what we did that day.  We definitely did some water slides!  But then we decided to venture off the resort and head to Pearl Harbor and Waikiki.

At Pearl Harbor, before you get on the boat, you watch a movie telling what happened.  

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So the boys seemed really affected by the movie and as soon as we got off the boat, understood the solemness of this place.  They immdefiately took off their hats on their own and held them over their hearts!  I was impressed with their reverance of where we were!

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After Pearl Harbor, we took an audio tour of a submarine.

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Then we headed to Waikiki to go have dinner at Duke's.

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The kids were dying to get in the water!

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We took the kids to get some souvenirs at the market acorrs the street.

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Our last full day we hung out at the pool and then walked across the street and got some dinner and ice cream.

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Connor got some pie to eat in bed!

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The next morning was our last few hours before our flight.  Corbin was the only one that kept all his Aulani bracelets so he had to go get his last one even though we didnt get in the pool!

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Good-bye Hawaii!  We hope to get back to visit soon!!

March 2018

Bedtime selfie with my boys!

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Baseball is starting!!! 3 kids, 3 teams!

Cason’s practice!

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Pinewood Derby for both boys!  

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Connor talking to the kids before bed!

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Kinsley looked so old in her active wear! (Check out the link…our family finds this video hilarious!)

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Cason finished his basketball season strong with mkaing a basket and playinf hard!!  I’m so proud of him!

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Corbin got a new robe!

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Opening Ceremnoies for baseball!

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Pi(e) day!

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Baseball practices and games have been cancelled because of the rain so that meant Corbin could go on his hike for scouts.  It looked beautiful!

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St. Patrick’s Day dinner

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Finally, Cason and Kinsley had their first game!

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We took our Easter pictures the week before Easter since it fell on General Conference this year!

Corbin took this sibling selfie and it made me laugh!

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Easter egg dying.  This was the first year that Corbin didn’t really want to do it.  I made him!!! Can you tell?

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Then Kinsley wanted to take pictures!

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She wanted me to take pictures of her reading a book!

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Corbin has his 4ht grade performance!

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Corbin at his game!!

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I thought the kids wer particullarly cute before their practices.  Also, all 3 practices at the same time at different fields! Yikes!!

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Look at the hottest coach I know!

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I helped out with the Kindergarten egg hunt.  There were over a thousand eggs to hide for 14o Kinders!

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Cason and I got to visit Nate!

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The first day of General Conference!

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We got to watch most of the first session before our first game of the day.  Pretty much unheard of for us during the April sessions.

Now on to April!!!

February 2018

Doctor appointment=ice cream!

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More basketabll for Cason!

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The kids take off on their scooters!

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Superbowl Sunday!  Holly and I found it funny that she and I were in watching the game while our husbands were in the kitchen getting food together!

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This was the weather…in February!

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Another field trip! (I feel like I go on one a month!)  This was one with Cason to the Baylands!

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Singing Happy Birthday to my dad on what would have been his 60th birthday!

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Oh goodness!  I had an ER visit! Boo!! 

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Homework time!!

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My pretty girl!

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Valentine’s Day.  Cason grabbed one of my roses from Connor and got in this position!

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I helped in Cason’s class!

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Then helped in Kinsley’s class!

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Their party loot!

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Our traditional Valentine’s family dinner!

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Baby snuggles!

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Kinsley had a showcase at school to show the work her group did on making a map!

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Then our trip to Utah and celebrating Corbin’s 10th birthday!

Getting back from Utah was hard.  Luckily, we had all of Sunday to wind down.  A family movie night was in order!

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Kinsley pretending to sleep on a saw box!

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This has been far and few between so I have to capture when my kids are getting along.

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Corbin loves this cousin of his.  It seems to be mutual!

Why does time just fly by? But it was such a great month!

Utah February 2018

We wanted to fly to Utah but it wasn’t it the cards, so driving it was.  We left on Friday around dinner time.  Cason had an appointment with his neurologist and we left after that.  Some of the kids fell asleep on the way and some did not.

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Wed did stop at a hotel to get some rest before we drove the rest of the way.

We got in just in time to have a girls night of Cafe Rio and watching my niece dance in her performance.

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 Sunday we went to church and got together for dinner and fun!  Sadie made Corbin some cupcakes for his birthday!

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The next day was Corbin’s birthday!

On the Tuesday, we went and saw a morning movie of Jumangi.  We all really liked but the boys had really wanted to see this one:

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Then we headed over to look at some ski stuff.  Kinsley really liked this mannequin.

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We got together for dinner and then visited with Connor’s grandparents who were in town from Arizona.

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The next day was another day of skiing.  I’d rather not go into the details of how I did but here are some of the pictures!

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That night, all of us went to a place called Dartside where we just had a big nerf gun war.  It was pretty fun!

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The kids got to spend the night with cousins.  Matching girls!

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Then the kids got to see Nana and Papa for some fun!

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Connor and I went to the temple since our temple is now closed!

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We ate at the Pie with some friends!

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The morning we left, we ate at Waffle Love!

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Then got back on the road! This is what makes driving easier…devices!!!

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We stopped at a hotel in Winnemucca.

Then back at it! Snow!!

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We had a great time together and as always it is so hard to leave.  

Corbin’s 10th Birthday!!

Our oldest child turned 10!!! I can hardly believe that I have been a mother for a whole decade.  Crazy!!  We were in Utah for his birthday and he really wanted to go skiing.  It also happened to be President’s Day so it was a little bit crowded.  But we were with lots of cousins and aunts and uncles so it was a blast!

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We got to Utah with 60 degree weather and woke up on Corbin’s birthday to snow! Perfect for a ski day!

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Play guess the Duke kid!

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Since I cannot ski and take pictures (yet?) most of mine are when I’m not on ski’s.

After skiing, we met the family that couldn’t make skiing and went to Corbin’s favorite Utah place, Pizza Pie Cafe.

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His cousin, Sadie, made him cupcakes.  They were awesome!

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We had this whole upstairs room to ourselves which was good because of this…..

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While we were there, Corbin lost a tooth.  I didn’t even know he had lost one.

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Later that night, his cousin Allie lost a tooth!

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When we got back from Utah, we celebrated his birthday with my side of the family and I made him the cake he wanted: Black Panther themed.

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Carrying the chips!

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Blowing out candles!

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Birthday questions:

1. What is your favorite color? BLUE

2. What is your favorite toy? LEGOS

3. What is your favorite fruit? PEARS

4. What is your favorite tv show? NONE

5. What is your favorite thing to eat for lunch? CORNDOGS

6. What is your favorite outfit? GIANTS COAT

7. What is your favorite game? LIFE

8. What is your favorite snack? Z BARS

9. What is your favorite animal? SNAKES

10. What is your favorite song? CAPTAIN UNDERPANTS THEME SONG BY WEIRD AL

11. What is your favorite book? DIARY OF AN 8 BIT WARRIOR

12. Who is your best friend? MY BEST FRIEND MOVED, KEVIN LEE

13. What is your favorite cereal? FRUITY PEBBLES, COCOA PEBBLES (ALL THE PEBBLES)

14. What is your favorite thing to do outside? 4 SQUARE

15. What is your favorite drink? STRAWBERRY FANTA

16. What is your favorite holiday? CHRISTMAS

17. What do you like to take to bed with you at night? BOOKS AND MY 49ERS BLANKET

18. What is your favorite thing to eat for breakfast? PANCAKES

19. What do you want for dinner on your birthday? CORNDOGS, BACON CHEESEBURGERS AND PIZZA PIE CAFE

20. What do you want to be when you grow up? COMIC BOOK AUTHOR AND VIDEO GAME TESTER

Corbin’s dr stats:

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We love this big 10 year old of ours!

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