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June 2016

We started out the month celebrating our anniversary with the kids at the Cheesecake Factory.  The night before our wedding, we celebrated with family and friends at the Cheesecake Factory so we decided to take our kids to do the same thing the night before our 10 year anniversary!


Kinsley had Doughnuts with Dad’s at her preschool!

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We LOVE the picture she gave him!

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It makes me laugh so much!!

The next night we went out for sushi just toe two of us!

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Happy 10 year to us!!!

Cason also had his Doughnuts with Dad’s!

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Corbin had a Writer’s showcase that all the 2nd gaders got to participate in with their parents.  They basically shared their best writings from the year!

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I love that boy and all that he has accomplished!

One Sunday afternoon, I made some homemade doughnuts!

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For FHE, we took the kids to the driving range. All the kids had a great time and I think we can do this on a regular basis!

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Kinsley craced me up with this guitar!

Since Kinsley has a summer bithday she was able tto celebrate on one of her last days of school with all the summer birthdays.  Her teacher texted me the pictures!

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Cason had a Kindergarten performance for end of year!

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Then the boys last day of school!


With their awesome teachers!


We celebrated their last day of school at Great America with some friends!


Then the next day Kinsley had her last day of school!


The day before Kinsley’s 4th birthday, she fell assleep in my arms.  I was loving it!

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We’ve been having toothbrush parties every night to make brushing teeth a little more fun!  It’s basically a 2 minute video of someone singing about brushing teether!

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We were all excited to go see Finding Dory!  The movie started at 8:20am on a Saturday morning and the theater was PACKED.  The funny thing was whenI bought the tickets and chose the seats I accidentally chose every other one, instead of ones next to each other.  So no on ended up getting the ones that I skipped and so we had all these seats around us!  Oops!  I acutally felt really bad about it.

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Reading to my girl!

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I thought this was a funny page to be in a kids book!

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Father’s Day!!!

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The kids started swim lessons and did amazing!

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Connor and I participated in a 30 day plank challenge where we worked our way up to holding a 5 minute plank.  We finished and met our goal!  Our last day!


The boys, especially Corbin, started getting into chess and was wanting to play all the time!  I played my first game ever againist him and he beat me!

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What’s summer without some tree climbing!

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And some fort building!

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What a fun June and start to summer!

Kinsley’s 4th Birthday

Our baby turned 4.  It’s hard to believe that when Corbin was 4, I had 3 kids 4 and under!

The day of her bithday, she got to open presents!

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Kinsley wanted a Frozen birthday so I made some cupcakes to practice before her party.

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She got an Elsa costume!

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Then we spent some time at the pool!

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The Warriors played that night so we had a mini birthday/basketball celebration!

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I came in the toy room and found Kinsley’s new doll house with all these Barbies arrnaged.  It looked like the aftermath of a soriority party.  I added one Barbie.  Canyou pick it out?

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The next Sunday we celebrated with family for her party!

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Kinsley’s cake.  She was so funny about this cake.  She wanted a chocolate coconut cake with NO decorations.  I even bought some Frozen characters to put on top hoping she’d change her mind.  But she didn’t!  This girls know what she wants.

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Kinsley had her 4 year check up.  She did AMAZING.  They gave her 3 shots and there were NO tears.  I don’t think that’s ever happened before with any of my kids!

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Here are the stats from the doctor:

Weight: 33 lbs, 32 percentile
Height: 38.5 inches, 23 percentile
BMI: 15.65, 60 percentile  
Blood Pressure: 99/60
Pulse: 92

We sure love this quick, sharp, smart, fun, girl.  We are constantly amazed at some of the things that she come up with.  I hope she always knows how much I love her!

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And we’ll end with her birthday questions.  Kinsley sure is a character that we love forever!

1. What is your favorite color?  PINK AND PURPLE AND ORANGE AND RED
2.  What is your favorite toy?  BARBIES
3.  What is your favorite fruit?  WATERMELON
4.  What is your favorite TV show?  DOC MCSTUFFINS AND PRINCESSES
5.  What is your favorite thing to eat for lunch?  SPAGHETTI AND MEATBALLS

7.  What is your favorite game?  THE PRINCESS GAME AND STAR WARS GAME
8.  What is your favorite snack?  GOLDFISH
9.  What is your favorite animal?  DOG
10.  What is your favorite song?  ANIMAL ADAPTATIONS
11.  What is your favorite book? MY BIG BOOKS
12.  Who is your best friend?  EMMA AND SOPHIE AND BROOKLYN
13.  What is your favorite cereal? ALL OF THEM
14.  What is your favorite thing to do outside? PLAY
15.  What is your favorite drink?  MILK AND SOME SODA
16.  What is your favorite holiday?  MY BIRTHDAY
17.  What do you like to take to bed with you at night?  MY PUPPY BIG AND LITTLE
18.  What is your favorite thing to eat for breakfast?  CEREAL AND YOGURT
19.  What do you want for dinner on your birthday? SPAGHETTI AND MEATBALLS

Baseball For Days!

At least that’s what it felt like at the time.  In reality baseball season only lasts from the end of February to the beginning of June, but 3 kids playing and Connor coaching, made us eat and breathe baseball for those 3 months!  But I LOVED every minute of it (for the most part)!!!  Here are LOTS of our pictures!!

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Next year all three will be on different teams!  That will be crazy but fun!

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