Sunday, February 1, 2015

Operation Homeschool

So I've decided to homeschool Trevin for the rest of 6th grade. Without hashing out the details I'll just say that we aren't happy with the quality of the education he is receiving and we are dissatisfied with the (lack of) administrative support. So homeschool it is.

Anyways, we had a very successful first week! Writing, reading, math, drawing, cooking, Spanish, science, and more. 
I am thankful for my education and for the jobs I have had in the public school setting that have given me the confidence to do this.

Saturday, January 31, 2015

{January}

We rang in the New Year with delicious crepes! So YUMMY!!!
 And who says you have to make gingerbread houses only at Christmastime?! Not us!
Kyler had quite the structure...
 Fun times for sure! I love my family!!!
 Kierstyn's house (modeled after our own house)
 Kyler's decorated house (complete with smoking chimney and purple mailbox)
 Trevin's creation
Trevin and I borrowed Jen's dehydrator and made lots of yummy dried apples. They disappeared fast!
 Trevin bought a new snowboard since he had outgrown his old one.
 Caribbean vacation, here we come! The countdown is on...

 One of my goals for 2105 is to visit 12 more(!) temples. 
Oquirrh Mountain

Monday, January 5, 2015

Quilts 2014

I made a few simple quilts in 2014 and I am looking forward to making more in 2015!

I started this one about 2 years ago and finally finished it this year. It is the biggest quilt I've ever made which made it the hardest to machine quilt only due to its size. But I LOVE it because it is made entirely from scraps of things that I have made + fabric that I used for curtains and bedskirts + denim scraps. We keep in the van and we used it at football games this Fall.
 My friend Jen taught me a super fast and easy way to make baby/lap quilts and I made this for my newest yet-to-be-seen-in-person nephew, Rhec! I used black, white, and maroon which are Eagleville school colors where all 6 of his brothers and sisters go to school.
 Tshirt quilt made from all of our Normal Park tshirts (where the kids went to school when we lived in Chattanooga). We all fight over who gets to snuggle under this one!
 I made this one for Trevin for Christmas after he found that green minky fabric in my stash and asked me to make him a soft blanket. I used some leftover fabric from his curtains and bought the rest to coordinate with his bedroom colors. He kinda likes it. :)

Sunday, January 4, 2015

{December}

My sweet boy sleeping with his new Rudolph
New Christmas ornament from my Aunt Judy. When my Grandma passed away in October this year my mom and my aunt picked out this ornament to put on the community tree in my Grandma's memory and now I have the same one.
 At Mutual one night we made care packages to send to all the missionaries serving from our ward
Showtime Christmas performances
We had a special Family Night and watched this video…then we each committed to sharing the gift in our own way. It really helped me to focus on Christ throughout the entire Christmas season.
 Young Women Christmas party at church
Ashlee & Kierstyn
 Young Women leaders
I was invited as an "honorary sister" to spend the night in Salt Lake with Sadie and her real sisters. We went to the Mormon Tabernacle Christmas Concert & saw the lights at Temple Square.
 Cousin Christmas exchange…Trevin LOVED his beard from Hailey and drawing pencils/paper from Jake.
 Ugly Christmas sweater/PJ Day at school (Kyler won!)
 Elementary school Christmas play starring Trevin as Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
 Kelly surprised us with tickets to SYTYCD tour in Salt Lake!
 And we took our annual trip to Salt Lake to see the lights at Temple Square as a family
Zach, Trev and Sis on the ski lift at Pomerelle!
 New Years Eve party with friends!

Saturday, January 3, 2015

Christmas 2014

We wish you a MERRY CHRISTMAS!
We had a relaxing, quiet holiday but we sure did miss our family.

Making mashed potatoes & sausage casserole and thinking about my mom and Mary...
Christmas Eve dinner with adorable place settings thanks to the amazing Kierstyn!
Christmas Eve jammies :) 
(They all loved their onesie pjs but sadly, Trev's was waaaaaaay too small and we had to cut off the "footies", ha!)
O Christmas tree, O Christmas tree
Christmas morning
Just some of the aftermath…..with Trevin posing in his new neon gear
Christmas ((hugs)) in the kitchen
My new nativity
  We received this book from Al & Mary on our first Christmas and now it is FILLED with almost 2 decades worth of our family's Christmas memories. LOVE!

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

BSU Game

Our friend Helaman brought his family up from Salt Lake and picked up Kelly and the kids and Scott and his boys and they went to Boise for the Mountain West Championship game.