Monday, May 1, 2017

This & That

This month got off to a sharp start when I badly cut myself with a kitchen knife. Fortunately, Payton and Sydney were a great emergency team!

They even signed my dressing for me.

On Professional Administrative Assistants Day, we were surprised with these sweet flower arrangements on our desk. It's so nice to work with such wonderful people.

Aunt Crystal took Sydney to see Sesame Street Live!

I was a little concerned Sydney was too old for this production. However, she loved it! I think she's dealt with so much in her young life that it was nice to just let go and be a little kid for two hours. I'm so glad she got to do that, and had so much fun.

We had a very cold, rainy day after church one weekend. Sydney spent the day in her blanket fort letting her imagination run wild. Loved seeing her mind go to work and have fun!

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Sydney's final ballet recital

 We have been so blessed to be a part of the Doxa ballet program. This was Sydney's second year, and she's had the same teacher, Ms. Cynthia. This amazing Godly woman has taught Sydney so much. She's taught her a lot about dance, but also about self-worth, self-discipline and God's love for her. Sydney has decided this was her final year for ballet, so we won't have the privilege of having her as a teacher again. However, we hope to keep in touch. She's been with us during many trials and has always greeted us with a friendly smile and kind word. We so appreciate all of the time and effort you've put into your classes and students. 

For this year's recital, Sydney was especially happy with her costume. She just couldn't stop twirling in it!

I sat with the class during the recital again this year. Ava, Sydney and I took a few fun photos. It's been so fun to include Ava in our routine. She's been coming to ballet with us each week, and I also take her home. It gives her mom a break, and allows us to have some fun time with this mighty girl.

 The recital was beautiful. The theme was "Held" about God's love for us. Here is a video.

"Just Be Held" by Casting Crowns

We just loved celebrating this time in Sydney's life. We were so very proud of her! I gave the girls bouquets of pinwheels. They seemed to enjoy them! Katy and her mom came, as did Paul, but failed to get his photo. We also were happy to have friends from church and Aunt Sheila and Uncle Edward there.

It's been so fun to watch Sydney grow, learn and dance. We hope this gives her a foundation in art and faith.

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Easter 2017

We had a pretty laid back Easter this year. We enjoyed friends and family and making new memories.

On Saturday morning, Aunt Sheila and Uncle Edward made us breakfast. Sydney had fun going through her basket from them, as well as dying eggs. 

That night Sydney went to spent the night with Aunt Crystal. She got to see PaPa Phil and her cousins Payton and Emma. 

On Easter morning, our little family got back together at church.

After church we went home and enjoyed hunting eggs. 

That afternoon we went to Sherry's house for lunch! It was so nice to hang out with her, Katy and their family. We so appreciate them including us!

Friday, April 14, 2017

A 'Good Friday' for a road trip

We got a little crazy on Good Friday this year. We were all three off and at home, when we got to talking about how it would have been nice to plan a quick road tip. Well, 45 minutes about the initial idea, we were in the car on the road headed to New Mexico!

One thing that made that possible was our new car! We got it nearly a month ago, and enjoying it so very much. My car was not the most reliable, although it's gotten us around for many years. I sold it, and we got a 2016 Jeep Cherokee. I was so nice to just hop in the car and take off, knowing it could get us there and home. Was nice to have some peace of mind when it came to our transportation.

We gained an hour, so we had some time at the Albuquerque zoo.

It wasn't the most amazing zoo ever, but it was easy to walk around and they had some neat things. We had fun, and it was something to do in the little time we had.

We then headed to Old Town for dinner and shopping.

We didn't buy much, but we had fun browsing!

We also went into an old mission church. It was beautiful and led to some conversation with Sydney about Good Friday and Easter.

We didn't get home until midnight, but it was so worth it! We had a great time and made some nice memories.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Kindergarten Luau

It's kind of a right of passage in our town to go through the Kindergarten Luau. It's something Sydney has been looking forward to year all year long! She was so excited that day to wear her swimsuit and the Hawaiian flare I got her when I went to Maui.

She really got into the dances and songs. It was so fun to see her just let go and have tons of fun. There some videos below.

  Ukulele song

Surf's up, dude!

"Larry the Lobster"

The decorations and everything was so well done. You can tell this school has been hosting this event for many decades.

That night Sydney played and played her ukulele. She even fell asleep on the floor with it in her hand! It was such a special day with our little Maui girl.

Friday, April 7, 2017


Sydney's school has an annual Walk-A-Thon to raise money for extra things, such as playground equipment and such. Sydney was so excited to help out. The kids raised more than $21,000! The day of the event, we went to the school to walk with her. It was so much fun! What a great way to raise funds, exercise and have fun!

Friday, March 17, 2017

Marching into Spring

March has been a bit of a whirlwind for us. We've been busy with a lot of things, but we've had some fun stuff going on. Between weekends, school, handling my dad's estate and Spring Break, there hasn't been any lull in the weeks approaching Spring. Here's what we've been up to this month so far.

Sydney went to the Make A Wish car show with Uncle Edward, Jason & Bryntley. She had a great time hanging with family!

The week of school before Spring Break was Spirit Week at school. She really enjoyed dressing up for these days.

There was an open house at school. Sydney had an opportunity to show me what she's been working on recently. She just adores Mrs. Purdue & we adore her!

We decided to start working on my dad's house. We got rid of tons of dialysis fluid that no one wanted, as well as stuff in the house we didn't want or can't sell. 

We were so excited to have Elizabeth here for moral support & to help! It was great to just have her here!

John had several days off during Spring Break. One day they went to the local museum. 

They also came by my office. Sydney enjoys being there & helping in any way she can.

We were so excited to have some special time with friends! The Ws came to go swimming & have dinner. We just so enjoy hanging with this wonderful family. 

John made Sydney a birdhouse out of popcicle sticks. She had the best timr

I took a day off so Sydney & I could have some time together. We had fun eating Italian food, painting ceramics & having coffee at Barnes & Noble.

Sydney got to spend the night with Aunt Crystal, as hang out with Crystal's niece, Jasmine.

For our last day of fun for Spring Break, we went to see "Beauty & the Beast." We were surprised to see "Belle" there & Sydney politely asked her if she could take a photo with her. It was a great way to end the break!