Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Stuffington Bear Field Trip

Stuffington Bear Factory
Izzy got to go on her last kindergarten field trip this week and I got to go with her!
They saved the best for last.  All the kids got to learn how stuffed animals were made and got to bring home their own bear.  Izzy thought this was the best Field trip of the year!
All the kids waiting to go inside.
Every time I get to go on one of Challenge Charter School's field trips I'm so amazed at how well behaved and polite the kids are!  Even in kindergarten, kids all raise their hands before speaking, listen and follow directions!
It makes it really fun to go help out:)
Izzy waiting to stuff her bear.

Bluey getting a brush.

Air baths are a must.

 Izzy and Bluey
There were a lot of names like: Fluffy, Beary, Browny...
this age is so fun!
Izzy with her school friends and their new bears.

It was so fun to spend the morning with my sweet little girl!

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Sonoran Gophersnake

Don't read on if you don't like snakes!!!

I was driving home tonight from my Relief Society meeting and came across this poor little guy in the road.  I'm sad because I actually really like snakes, crazy I know, but I do.  It was already dead, not that I could or would have done anything for it anyway.   I have never once seen a snake while living here, so I stopped to see what kind it was. I was curious to see what types of snakes are out there.  We live next to a wash which has a bike trail on both sides of it that we use all the time.

I came home and looked it up and I believe it was a Gopher Snake.  Super awesome snake to have around, so I'm sad that it was hit by a car.  It was huge, at least 4 feet long, and after doing the research I found out that they can get even bigger!  If your interested here is the information I found about them...

Sonoran Gopher snake - Pituophis catenifer affnis

Harmless, The Sonoran Gopher snake is a large snake that can be found everywhere in the Phoenix area, even in alleyways and backyards in urban areas. These are very commonly mistaken for rattlesnakes due to a very good impersonation, which includes flattening the head, loud hissing, striking, and even a rattling tail.

While they can become quite large and give a painful bite, they are otherwise completely harmless and great to have around.

The gopher snake shown above is one of the largest snakes in our range, reaching a length of as much as eight feet. These snakes are active during the day in cool weather and at night in warm weather. They are an asset in helping control rodents, since they consume a large number of them. When not hunting, they will hide under rocks or in animal burrows.

Friday, May 10, 2013

Zoo Date with Ashton

Last week I was able to go to the zoo with just Ashton!
I can't remember a time I've been to the zoo with just one kid.  Ashton got to pick every stop and got to see and do whatever he wanted without consulting the group.
It was a lot of fun!  I'm really enjoying this one on one time with him.  He is a great pal!

The baby orangutan was hiding under the palm frond.
We love to watch this little guy, he is always putting on a good show:)

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

No Training Wheels!

Ashton finally let us take the training wheels off.
He has had them lifted up and really not using them since January.  What got him to finally do it was, I put the tools in his hands and he took them off himself.  I think it made him feel powerful:)
We've been on a few family bike rides and it is a blast!

Isabel is 6!

The beginning of April my sweet little girl turned 6!
The party...
She wanted a My Little Pony party, it was so fun!


Thursday, April 25, 2013

Zion's for Spring Break

Over the kids spring break we headed up to St. George. 
Kevin had earned some days off from clinic(dental school where they start working on patients) so he even got to come with us.  The kids were amazed by this!  "What? Dad gets to come?...yippee!"  The kids are used to us going to St. George without him.
 Kevin deserved it, he has been working really hard this year.  Our 3rd year in dental school has been awesome!  It has been just like when he was working at IBM, a real 8 to 6 schedule, love it!  The only thing that is different is he comes home for lunch, which he was never able do when we lived in Colorado, and he can earn time off by being the top producer for his whole dental class.  Which means he see lots of patients and get lots of experience. 
Way to go Kev!
While we were in St. George we decided to take the kids to Zion's...I love that place and have always wanted to take the kids.  So we made a day of it and went with my sisters and their families.
We had tons of fun!
Some of the hikes we did, I hadn't done since I was young.
It was a great day!

All the cousins!


Monday, April 15, 2013

Ashton turns 4

All I can say is...
Where does the time go!

We had a pirate theme party.
I have to say it was the most mellow birthday party I have ever thrown:)
We only invited a few kids. They all worked so hard on decorating  their spy glasses and swords.  Kev and I almost couldn't pull them away for the treasure hunt. 
It was a perfect party for Ashton!


Sunday, April 14, 2013

Christmas 2012

I love Christmas time!
We celebrated with old traditions, trying new things, and had one big Christmas surprise!
Ginger Bread Houses...
We love making and of course eating these every year!
Trying something new...
Izzy and I stringing popcorn. She is the only one I could talk into doing this with me;)
We had fun and the tree looked great, but not going to do it again.  I had 2 of my kids think they could eat the stringed popcorn off the tree.  (Cole and Ashton)
It's too hard of work to string that stuff, to have someone come along and sneak a snack:) 
Big Surprise!
My mom and dad came down to spend Christmas eve and Christmas with us!
We were beyond excited and so very glad they came:)