Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Ella's Underwater Photo Shoot

I have a lot of catching up to do, BUT we just received the photos from Ella's underwater photo shoot with the fabulous Nikki Guest and I had to share them! I have long admired Nikki's work, especially with high school seniors and had already been planning on her doing Ella's when the time comes. I was talking with a friend and fellow swim mom and we decided to see if Nikki would be able to get some great swimming shots of our kiddos now. I am so glad we have these pictures and it will be fun to see how they compare to the ones she does when she is older. Ella LOVED doing this shoot!!! And the breaststroke and fly pictures are her favorite of course :-).
Ella recently learned this trick and was pretty excited to use it in the photo shoot :-).

Friday, September 9, 2016

Back at It

And just like that we have nearly forgotten that only last month we were off adventuring! This week our activities are 100% back in full force so the evenings fly by but the kids are having fun (well, mostly, Ella is not thrilled about piano haha).
Here are a few moments from our first weeks back to normal life...
Ella had a great first week back to school and swimming and is mostly just excited to get to see her friends every day again :-)
Addie and Preston sporting their new school spirit wear (they both picked the same shirt this year)
Pokemon day and one of Addie's latest rainbow loom creations (she has been making all the Pokemon characters)
Mike's burger looked too good to not take a picture of ;-)
Addie's teacher posts pictures from the classroom on an app and I love seeing her at school!
Sometimes I just have to screen shot Ella's instagram posts :-)
Pie and reading buddy
In an effort to stay motivated to survive the next two months of craziness, we bought a map to hang above my desk and pinned all the places we have been and all the places we hope to go soon! So far it is working :-).
This made me laugh...
And these were delicious (and ruined my healthy eating for the week)...
We got an update that our little baby raccoon, who they are calling Rascal, is doing very well and will soon be joining some other rescued raccoons around his age so that they can bond and stick together when they are released into the wild.
Addie and Prest were so excited for a three-day weekend and got to spend the night together three times. They went to sleep a little later than usual but were getting along so well we didn't mind :-).

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

First Day of School 2016

I was so proud of myself (and relieved) to get all caught up on my vacation blogging that I gave myself a break after and just realized it has now been two weeks since school started and I never posted the pictures.
The first day of school came super fast! I think we learned that in the future it is best to be home from any trips two weeks before the first day to feel completely prepared and ready to go. But we managed to pick out something cute to wear, have the kitchen stocked for lunches and yummy first day breakfast and kids excited and ready to go!
Monday, the 22nd, was not only the first day of school for all the kids, but Mike's first day to teach early morning seminary as well, so the entire house was up EARLY! He is teaching New Testament to the Sophomores from our ward and my parents' ward (so he has a lot of the girls I work with in Mia Maids as well) and is really enjoying it so far. Mike headed out and I made breakfast for the kiddos. They picked chocolate chip pancakes and bacon, and I added some berries :-). We packed lunches and said our goodbyes to Ella, who is riding the bus in the mornings again this year (Mike picks her up), and then the littles had an hour to hang out before it was their turn.
Eventually it was time to brave the crowds at the elementary school and off we went. I am so glad Mike doesn't have to miss doing these routines with us anymore now that he isn't teaching! Preston and Addie both walked right in to their class rooms and were excited to see their friends.
It has definitely been nice to have our days to ourselves again. It is crazy how much more you can get done when you don't have to stop to break up arguments ;-)...although I do miss having them come in to show me things they have been making in their rooms. And of course, with the kids back in school it is back to full time working mode around here and that's no fun. There are pros and cons to all of life's phases :-).
Adeline, 4th grade, and Preston, 2nd grade
Ella, 7th grade
Nana stopped by that afternoon with her traditional back to school treats for the kiddos. This year it was yummy rice krispie treats!