Saturday, October 31, 2009

Halloween 2009



We hope you all had a Happy Halloween. What a beautiful fall day! We had so much fun today with our little family, and are so thankful to be surrounded by such great neighbors, family(Justin and Michelle live 2 doors down)and friends. Enjoy the pictures. As you can see we had the Alice in Wonderland theme going on this year......

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Update (We ARE Alive)

It has been forever I know, and I have no excuses. I am just not great at the blogging thing. I can't seem to keep up. The problem is I just end up getting so far behind, and then I get so overwhelmed and don't know where to start. I am just going to do the best I can to give you a glimpse of our lives the past few months.
Addy started first grade, and she is loving it! She has grown up so much! She has been helping out so much around the house, and the best part about it is she does it without being asked. It makes me so happy! The first couple of days she talked about how long it was, but it only took a few days for her to get used to it. By the way she looks when she gets home I think she plays really hard at recess. She is starting to read so well! I can't believe she is in first grade and is gone all day, but it is also good to see her growing and learning! She is still working really hard on the violin, and is doing really well with it. We are so proud of her! She also played soccer this year and she loved it. She decided she did not want to dance this year, but wanted to try soccer. So of course I was okay with that(less running around for me). Gracie also decided she did not want to dance, and she was so broken hearted that she was not old enough to play soccer. Next year she will be good and ready after watching sis. Her and Faith played on the side lines every game.
Gracie started preschool, and she is feeling pretty big. It was really hard for her when Addy started and she expected to be doing the same thing. So when she started preschool she was upset that she was not there all day, and she didn't get to do school lunch. She is learning how to write her name, the letters, and the numbers, and much more. It is so fun to see her eyes light up when something just clicks! She is planning on starting violin in a month or so. She has been asking for a long time, so I decided I would get her going too.
Faith is doing pretty good now. She has been really sick for the past couple of weeks, but she is finally smiling again. She has always been our child that is always getting the sicknesses going around, and I have decided I am going to have to get a little paranoid. This has by far been the sickest she has been, and as always went to her lungs. It is so hard as a parent to watch your kids suffer with sickness and not know what to do for them. When they are young and can't tell you, you worry a lot more.
She is always finding any pen, pencil, crayon (you name it), and then she colors on anything and everything. She is our little terror. Mark my words she will be the one to cut her hair along with everyone elses. I have been pretty lucky up until this point(knock on wood)! She wants to be just like her sisters, and follows their every move. I love to just watch her try to imitate them! She is starting to talk a lot more and that is always fun when they start to try to say things!
I have been busy playing mom, and running kids here there and everywhere. Once school starts things get a lot crazier. I just ran the St. George marathon, and I couldn't have asked to have done better. I felt really good, and had a great day! It was so much fun! I really liked that course, and plan on doing it again in the near future. Boston is next! My goal was to qualify, and I reached my goal. So I will work towards that after a little break(or a long one). For now I am going to do a little more strength training and only run a couple of days a week.
As for Ryan he is busy working and supporting everyone else. He is such a great dad and husband. He works so hard for our family, and he is so supportive of the things that I enjoy doing. He is also very busy in his church calling. I kind of like when fall comes around because he doesn't work in the yard as much which means I see a lot more of him.
We recently took the two older girls to Disneyland for their birthdays and left Faith home with Grandma and Grandpa. We had such a great time, and I think it was good for the older two to get some one on one time with mom and dad. We also did not do much this summer so it was fun to get away.
Then the day we came back we needed a vacation from our vacation so we took of to Lake Powell for the anual Butler family trip. It is always so fun to go down there. Lake Powell is my favorite because it truly is a break from everything (well most everything) It is always so relaxing and it is fun to spend a week with the family. We always have some good laughs and fun times. I also have to mention that I finally figured out the wakeboard thing for the first time since I have had kids.It was a lot of fun, but I forgot how many crashes it takes before you figure out something. Ryan also did awesome on the wakeboard!
So here are some pictures of the girls first day of school, soccer, the marathon, and our trips. Hopefully I can do a little better at keeping up on the blogging.

















Monday, July 13, 2009

Addys Lost Tooth

Well Addy lost her first tooth. She has been so excited ever since she found out it was loose. I thought for sure it was going to be a tramatic experience when it fell out. Well, it almost was. Gracie pulled something out of her mouth in one of their many fights, and Addy came running "my tooth, my tooth, Gracie hit my tooth" I told her to smile, and then it was gone. She then chewed out Gracie because it took us a while to find it, but now she keeps talking about how Gracie pulled her tooth out.
It is always so exciting when they get their first tooth, and also exciting when they lose their first tooth. I can't believe how fast she is growing up! She has been such a big helper. It just makes me realize how much we need to cherish these moments. I took some pictures, but our camera hookup is not working. As soon as I get it working I will post some pictures along with other updates.

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Happy Fathers Day To All!

I just want my wonderful husband to know how much I love him. He is such a wonderful daddy to the girls, and they just love him so much! He works so hard for our family, and I feel so blessed to have found someone so wonderful. This year the girls did some more meaningful gifts for him, and I think he really appreciated them. The girls and I had so much fun making them, and those are the kind of gifts that keep on giving year after year. Anyway Ry thanks for being the wonderful hubby you are, and for being such a great example to all of us. The girls are always going to be daddy's little girls, and I love to see the relationship you share with them. We love you! You are the best!
I also want my wonderful dad to know how much I love him. He and I have always had a special bond, and I look up to him in so many ways. He has always treated my mom like a queen and shown us the way a marriage should be. I am thankful for the relationship we share. We always have a good time, and we are always enjoying a good laugh. He is always willing to make any sacrifice for me and our family. Thanks for being such a great grandpa. The girls love you so much, and always have fun with you. Thanks dad for the dad you are and for always being there for me.
Thanks to Ryans dad for being such a great example, and for teaching him to be such a great husband and father. I have always known where he learned to be such a great man. Thanks for being the grandpa you are! Thanks again for all you do and for being a great example.
And to all the other dads in our life. Thanks for all you do, and for your great example to us.

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Happy Mothers Day Mommy!

Happy Mothers Day Mom! We love you! Thanks for all you do for us and our family! You are the best!! Love, Dad, Addy, Gracie, and Faith
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Saturday, May 2, 2009

Addy and Gracie's Dance Competition

Today Addy and Gracie had their Utah Valley dance competition. Besides the fact that it makes for a really long day it was a lot of fun to go watch them. They both did so good!! Ryan came to the realization today that this is just one of many long dance events that he will be attending over the next 10 to 20 years.....with 3 girls in the house and possibly more in the future. He loves his girls and loved watching them perform. Sorry we didn't have the best of seats during Gracie's performance so the video isn't that great. Grace is in the back center court. video