Friday, June 13, 2014

Happy Birthday Sophie and Sage- PJ Party!

Can you believe they’re 11 already?  In August, it will be 8 years since our daughters have been home, I remember it like it was yesterday.  Such blessings!!

As busy as May is for mom’s and kids in school w/- year end school projects, testing, team tryouts, tournaments, volunteering, Spirit week, teacher appreciation (along with selling/ showing a house)…, we didn’t let that stop us from planning a fun b-day party for our girls 11th birthday.  It came up fast, right after Spring Break, so I let the girls do most of the planning.  We had fun putting it together.     


They wanted a home party, originally thinking of a Waffle Luv party, having the mobile truck park on the private lane and the girls can enjoy their delicious waffles, but WL was at their school just the other day for Jogapalooza (big school fundraiser), so we went with plan B, a fun PJ unslumber party.


They wanted to invite their soccer and school friends, so I had to limit the number (not easy, they wanted to invite more).  But a total of 20 was the limit.  It’s sometimes hard mixing friends, but Sophie and Sage made an effort so everyone felt welcomed and had fun, and they blended great together (soccer and gymnastic/dance girls).  They are loved and truly have wonderful friends!!   



They started with a get to know you ball toss game, then played the peanut game.  When planning, my girls asked about birthday parties I had while growing up (what fun memories), they wanted many of the same games.  Such fun traditions!


Balloon pop!  Hmmm, Sage’s balloon is awfully small, lol


Sophie & R are out- heart her smile!


Water balloon toss, a Family Reunion favorite.  Awww, out of all of her favorite friends, Sophie ran and got Trevor to be her partner.  Although, I think they had something up their sleeve, planned while they filled the balloons, look at that pass.


We have a winner.  Good job R & K!


After the Treasure Hunt, was a bubble gum contest with a twist… 


the gum hidden in whipped topping, no hands


Sage- too busy giggling to blow

After pizza,watermelon, etc., they had some fun outside before singing happy birthday and opening gifts.


Cute soccer cupcakes with ice-cream bars.  Simple and sweet!


S & S thanked us many times for the fun party, saying it was their best birthday yet!  We’re so thankful for great friends. 

Happy Birthday Sophie and Sage!  As your awesome piano teacher put it… we hit the jackpot when we got you two!  Couldn’t agree with him more.  Love you forever, love you for always!

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Mother’s Day & Hubbies B-day

Every once in awhile, Paul’s birthday lands on Mother’s Day.  We get to share our special day! (now I know how our girls and other twins feel on their b-day).  I admit, it took a little getting used to earlier in our marriage, since we both wanted some pampering that day, but now I love it.  It’s double the celebration, and what a great Mother’s Day gift Paul was to his mom being born on Mother’s Day. 


Nothing better then homemade cards from your kids! 


Not sure who was teasing who here, but love their smiles and sense of humor!


Trevor gave me a great card and an “IOU”.  He surprised me with a beautiful designer bowl he made in his ceramics class (waiting to be fired).  So pretty and a great keepsake! I use it to hold my jewelry each night.  Thanks Trevor for the very thoughtful gift!


Sophie and Sage got me a Sippy Cup.  Yup, my very own Mommy’s Sippy Cup.  I use it all the time.


They know what I like… homemade cards and chocolate.  We encouraged the kids to keep the gifts simple, since our main gifts were nice quality mountain bikes for the family.  Trevor made the school’s Mountain Biking Team (yahoo!) and with all the great trails around, we decided to do it as a family.  A great family activity while getting your workout in, that’s my kind of exercise!


Happy Birthday Dad!  Hmmm… wonder if Sage was thinking about Dad’s pancakes when she chose a spatula?


Sophie knows her dad is the Grilling King, so her gift was a knife to cut the meat.  Trevor got him some of his favorite treats (love the wrapping blanket ;) 


Happy Birthday Dad, You’re the Best!!!

Photo: Awww, a sweet surprise at my door today.  Brings back our dating days!  Beautiful Lillies, you're the best babe!

Nice surprise, beautiful Lillie's delivered on Saturday!  Totally brightened my kitchen and made my day, thanks for still dating me baby!

It was a delightful day going to my parents for dinner.  One of those rare occasions we had them to ourselves, such nice visits.  We made a yummy Pork Loin and they did the sides and dessert, even made a cake for Paul!  Then an enjoyable visit with Paul’s mom and Uncle Mike.  (wish I took a few pictures)  

Hoping everyone had a good Mother’s Day!  I know it’s not always a favorite holiday (as a mom, I get that and feel that at times), but best wishes for the wonderful mom’s in our lives and celebrating the best job ever- Motherhood! 

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Finding their Easter Baskets

I’ll have to do some speed blogging to catch up…  no picture editing or spell checking (not that I do much editing anyway), just keeping the memories


What a wonderful Easter with these sweeties!

Since the girls found out about Santa last Christmas, figuring out the Easter Bunny was bound to come next…  Now, they have one Easter tip, to hide their Easter Baskets harder, lol (they love a challenge).  Growing up, my  mom hid our baskets each year until we moved out, I’m sure I’ll keep that tradition.


So we hid them good… and they looked hard.


Sage found hers first, behind my mirror (well, there are only so many places you can hide a basket) 



We just returned from Spring Break, so their baskets were quite simple, but they didn’t seem to mind, or notice :)



Sophie was finally hot with her searching and climbing



She found hers in the office


Trevor’s turn


He’s lukewarm


Ha,ha, he found his out on the grill

What a nice day celebrating Jesus’ resurrection!  The best part for me was attending church, the uplifting talks, and hearing my husband sing a solo for the musical number.  He sang “Peace, I Leave With You” from John 14:27.  I had to hold back the tears.  The ward loved it and most of them let him know.  Great job baby!!  It added so much to our meeting today! 

Thanks Mom B. and D. and Uncle Mike for coming!


Hope everyone had a peaceful Easter

Friday, January 17, 2014

Ringing in the New Year

It may be half way through Jan, but better late then never right?  The “Eve” celebration our city put on was a hit!  You buy the wristband and have access for three days of family fun venues downtown, with free commute on Trax to and fro each place.  Even included a Jazz Game, but that filled up fast. 
We started at the Children’s Museum.
It’s been awhile since we’ve been here, forgot how much the girls enjoy it!
A great hands on, educational kids museum.
You can do anything with a sister’s help!
Frigid temperatures outside (really was), just ask these future News Broadcasters…

Off to… somewhere tropical, wishing.
Flying the medic helicopter
Then we visited the Clark Planetarium, heart this picture of them looking at our beautiful earth.
Moonwalk, Trevor teaching Sage all about walking on the moon (left), big brothers rock!
After lunch at Gateway, we hopped on Trax to the Convention Center
“Luke, I am your Father”
The kids enjoyed the Bouncetown, glow in the dark hula hoop room, and the girls favorite, the Ballroom filled with clear balls all over the place, a soccer players dream!  There were live bands and entertainment throughout, Sophie and Sage were head over hills watching the local band “Beyond Five”, what?…  New Years is a busy time at Paul’s work, but he hurried, then joined us for a nice dinner at Olive Garden across from the Convention Center, then back to Ring in the New year, with concert and fireworks.  Thanks SLC for a fun family celebration!  A fun new tradition for us!
Here’s to a GREAT 2014!