Tuesday, May 30, 2017

End of the School Year

What a busy and fun time of a year this is! We got to go to Hailey and Aida's Choir performance. the other day and they did such a good job.

We went to Abbie's Hip Hop Dance recital.

What a cute little dancer she is!

We attended Molly's gymnastic meet

She is quite the little gynmist!

Katie's 2nd grade class did a play

She was a frog, they all new their lines so well and did a great job!

We watched Libbie play her heart out in Volley ball 

And Kelsi Graduate from Preschool, Kindergarten, here she comes!

What busy girls we have!!!

Our Favorite Calling, Nursery Leaders!

 Shortly after Mike was released from the Bishopric, we were called as Nursery Leaders.  In some wards, it is NOT the most sought after calling, but we were THRILLED!!!!  I got released as Piano Player for Relief Society, and since we both love kids, it is the best calling ever!  (we only have 5 right now, and it is so fun!

 Singing time with our primary chorister





And of course, cleanup!

the most important part of play

Memorial Day Weekend

To start our Memorial Day Weekend Celebration off right, we had dinner at our house Sunday night.  Then, the Bigs, went to Molly's house, the Middles, went to Katie's house, and the Little's stayed at our house for sleepovers.

Monday morning, the girls woke up real early, and we went shopping and bought stuff to make a picnic after the cemetary.
Lani, Dad and Sophie cleaned mom's grave.

We had quite a crew at the cemetary!  It was beautiful with all the pretty flowers.

After the cemetery, we went to Tracy Aviary,  We had a picnic right by the entrance to the aviary.  It was Cierra's birthday, and her family had already planned to go to the Aviary, so they came with us.  We saw lots of cool birds, but it was pretty hot, so the kids played in the water for quite a while.  

Our favorite was the Peacock, who was just walking around.  They watched him for a LONG time.

There was a cool bird drinking fountain that Jack loved.

The peacock was eating out of people's hands, it was sooooo tame and beautiful!

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Spring Break 2017

This is the first year ever that all three of the families had Spring Break at the same time.  We started Spring Break by visiting the Leonardo in Salt Lake.  None of us had ever been there and it was awesome.  The kids had a great time.  There were so many fun things to do and see!

the Bigs

 the Middles


The Littles

two of the Boys

Krista and Josh's kids came to our house on Wed. and we went to the park to fly Hurst's awesome kite.

Friday we met at Thanksgiving Point and got to go to the Tulip Festival

It was Gabbie's 5th birthday, what a cute birthday girl she is.  They brought doughnuts then we all went out to dinner to complete the celebration!  Such a fun Spring Break.

Sophie's 2nd stay at Primary Children's Hospital

We got home from our trip to Arizona on Thurs. March 23.  Sophie had been wanting to have a sleepover for a long time, but had been too sick so we invited the girls to all come for a sleepover on Friday.  It was so good to see her doing so well.  Saturday morning, two weeks after she came home, she woke up and it became evident, that she was having trouble seeing. 

 At first, I thought she was just goofing around, but then I could tell she was not, so I called Krista.  She came and got her and called Primary Children's.  By the time they got her there, she had totally lost her vision!  It was so amazing that she was totally calm about not being able to see anything.  What a tender mercy that was.  I would have been terrified!  They diagnosed her with Optic Neuritis,  YIKES!!!  They started her on huge doses of steroids again.  It was totally different being at the hospital this time, she wasn't in pain or sick, she just couldn't see.  She ate great, and wanted to play.  It was hard to keep her down!  They brought her lots of things she could feel and touch and play with.  She would put everything to her face to feel it.

We brought the girls and they took her on a bike ride.  Monday night we were with her in the play room, and she was crawling around and was avoiding all the benches, chairs and tables that would have been in her way.  We could tell her vision was beginning to come back.  We were so excited!

By Wednesday, she had had the 3 huge doses of steroids, so she could take the rest at home.  On her way home in the car she noticed out the window the trees and buildings!!!  Hooray, it was improving.

By the time she got home she wanted to jump on the trampoline, climb the rock wall, there was no stopping her.  Krista took her to the ophthalmologist a few days later and they were very happy about her progress.  She didn't have a lot of vision in her right eye, but her left was doing much better and so she was able to see well enough to get around. They said that because she had improved so fast it was very promising that she would regain all of her vision.  Yahoo!!!!

A week later, if you didn't know better, you would have no idea she was totally blind last week. She is continuing to improve and we feel so blessed.  We are so grateful for priesthood blessings and the power of fasting and prayer.  Sophie is our miracle girl for sure!!!!