Thanksgiving.

Oct 18, 2014

We have had the most beautiful Fall weather this year. There have been a few windy days that I could do without but on the whole, the weather has been great. What's not to love about Fall. The weather cooling down, the leaves turning beautiful colors, soup, and everything pumpkin. Oh, and Fall fashion...sweaters, boots, and lots of layers. I love it. and it seems like everyone else does too. Its also the season for Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving is great because there isn't a lot of commercial hype like some of the other holidays. Its really about family, food, and being grateful for all the wonderful things we have. This year we had Turkey dinner with the Olsen's a week earlier at Lora and Ryan's house. It was really nice and the food was great. I wasn't feeling good all day so that kind of stunk but it was nice to be with family. Then on the real Thanksgiving we ate at my sister's house. I did up a ham and potato's, and my sister made butternut squash soup and veggies. It was delicious. We also had chocolate chip pumpkin bread, and pumpkin cheesecake. It was so nice to visit with family.

There really are so many things that I am grateful for. Of course family is always at the top of my list. We are so lucky to live close to most of our family and get to spend so much time with them. Ryan has a good job, we have a nice home, and more then what we need. I have a husband who works hard, and is a good Father and the best part is, he loves me:) My kids are seriously the best. I am one lucky Momma. I have some pretty darn amazing friends who are always there for me when I need them and are always there to laugh and have a good time with. I am also so grateful for my Savior. Who never lets me down.

I truly am so blessed.

Some pics we took out at the farm when we were there. Seriously though, there is something so special about Fall.

Southern Alberta has the most beautiful skies




Ty caught his first fish



Still breathing.

Oct 10, 2014

yikes. it has been awhile. I find it harder to blog when I don't have something big and specific to blog about. But the little things in life are just as important as the big, so here is a post about all the little things that have been going on in our lives.

We had a ward talent show at the end of September. I got a bunch of girls around McKenna's age and taught them a tap dance routine. We met a couple times a week to practice. I actually loved teaching them. The night of the performance I was so giddy with excitement and so proud of how well they did. Especially considering McKenna was the only one with any tap experience. I think they had fun and really enjoyed it too. The rest of the show was good too. We always love getting together with our ward.



I got my hair cut and colored. I haven't had my hair dyed in a very long time. Like 10 years. I really love it. Sadly I haven't taken a good enough picture to post of it, so I will try to remember for next time. Ty could not believe I dyed it and was begging to get his hair dyed too. What a funny boy.

Hayley is potty trained! It is so nice to finally be done with diapers. She was actually pretty easy. It might be the fact that she is 3 years old. Its a little sad to see her growing up though. My last little baby. (I hope anyway).

Ryan has been working a ton. I mean almost every night and most Saturdays. He is helping a friend build his house. It sucks for him to be away so much, but the money is worth it right now. We are trying very hard to get out of debt. It is too bad I like spending money so much:)

We took all the kids to the eye doctor. Nate needs a new Rx and McKenna needs glasses. She is very excited. I am not. Ty tried very hard to convince the doctor that he needed them too, but she was on to him. He doesn't need them. He is bummed. We are picking out frames for Nate and M today. I will post pictures soon.

We have an extra long weekend for thanksgiving and a PD day so we are all very excited. We've had beautiful Fall weather too. And here a few pictures to end with.

Ty was in Heaven when he got to ride our friends little dirt bike. He hasn't stopped talking about it.

I love spending my days with this little girl.

Cutest sleeping position ever. My little sleeping starfish.

Nate taking notes while watching General Conference. Made my heart full.

Cutest little faces.

Lately.

Sep 18, 2014

I have lots of random stuff to post on.

First, Mckenna started back at dance. We put her in tap, ballet, and jazz this year cause we're crazy like that. I really think she can be a great dancer so I want to give her the best chance to shine.



Then this happened...




Seriously, snow in September. This is out at my in-laws place about 45 minutes from us. Thankfully we didn't get hit this hard. We only a got a bit of really wet snow that didn't stick. But still, its summer for goodness sake.


I had my friend devondurocher.com take the kids school pics. She took one of all four kids. How is it possible that they are getting so big.



My friend Judy came for a quick visit for a family thing and put aside some time to spend with me. We had a few hours to visit and catch up. She is always so good for my soul. It sucks that she lives so far but I know we have the kind of friendship that will last forever. Love you Judy. Thanks for the visit.




We went out for lunch for one of my friends birthdays. There is nothing better then eating good food and visiting with good friends. Teale and Mandy are the best and we always have a great time together. I have truly been blessed with good friends in my life.




And then there is this...



Biggest and littlest. They were being so cute together I had to get a picture. I am one blessed Mother.

Back to School.

Sep 9, 2014

We survived our first week back to school. The kids were all excited to return to school and their friends. I felt torn. Its always nice to get back into a routine and watch the kids start a new adventure, but its also nice having the freedom to be lazy and do what we want when we want.

McKenna started grade one. She was at a different school for Kindergarten so this was a really big  adventure for her. She was excited because her best friend from church is in her class and she has the same teacher both boys had for grade one. She came home really excited cause their is another little girl in her class named McKenna too. Of course they are best friends now.



Ty started grade two. He was very excited to get back to school. He is very social and is always playing with friends. One of the boys that he played with all summer who lives in our neighborhood is in his class and he too has the same teacher Nate had for grade two.




Nate started grade four. He was pretty nervous because he was getting a new teacher and would be in a different hallway. The day was a success. He likes his teacher and has some friends in his class. He could have had a couple more months of summer holidays. He likes to be home and really enjoys being by himself. One of the neighborhood boys would come over to play over the summer and Nate would just say "I don't want to play right now". He really just likes to do his own thing.



Sorry for the crappy first day pics. I should have taken some before we left for school but we were rushed to get there on time and then getting them all to their class is always busy so they were rushed photo's. Next year I will be better prepared.

I also started watching my cousin's little boy. Another reason we were so rushed and not prepared. I'm not use to having an 18 month old or an extra child. Will is a really sweet, and an easy going little boy. It is just more work. Hayley just turned three so she is getting pretty independent and entertains herself pretty good. Will needs to be watched and entertained. It takes some getting use to. I watch him three days a week. So far, so good. We are back into a nice routine. I won't mention that we're into the second week of September and its snowing right now. Seriously.

End of Summer.

Sep 3, 2014

We have had the most awesome summer. We really have. We were able to do so many fun things and were rarely at home. We also had beautiful weather. We got to spend a lot of time outside. Its always sad when it comes to an end, but also nice and exciting to start a new school year and get back into a routine. I love my routines. I always feel like I need a holiday at the end of summer. I love spending time with my kiddos, but its also a lot of work and a few moments to my self is always needed. Luckily I was able to get that.

First the Olsen girls had a day out. We met up for lunch at Firestone and then went and got pedicures. It was so nice to hang out with the girls. I love Connie, Shannon, and Lora so much. (and Jacki, who we missed) We always have such a nice time together.

My friend Devon also had an end of summer bash. She made the yummiest breakfast foods and had a smoothie bar. Then we just visited till the wee hours of the morning. She also had mini banana breads to take home. She really throws the best parties. I LOVE my girl time. It is something that I have always needed.




Lastly Ryan and I went to Kalispell for the annual Hasegawa retreat over the long weekend. We always have the best time. I even love the drive through the mountains and the time and conversation that Ryan and I are able to have while we drive. We went to Applebees for dinner then to Target to do some shopping. Then we went back to the hotel and swam in the pool and sat in the hot tub. We were the only one's using it and it was so fun. Saturday Ryan headed to the cabin early for quadding and boating, while I went shopping with the girls. I love shopping in the States. We went for lunch then headed to the cabin. We had a fun day on the boat and at the cabin. Mark and Michelle are the best hosts and we always have an amazing dinner. Sunday we slept in and took our time getting ready then went for lunch and headed home. We had such a great time. It is always the best to go home and see the kids and show them the fun things we picked up for them. I am so grateful we have Roy and Connie to take the kids. I know they are having fun and are well cared for. They of course had the best time.



Well, bring on school and Fall.

Hayley.

Aug 26, 2014

Well, my baby is really not a baby anymore. Hayley turned 3 years old on the 16th. We were camping at the time so we just ran into town and bought an ice cream cake and sang to her at the camp kitchen. She got a Frozen costume trunk with an Anna dress and an Elsa dress and lots of bracelets, rings, and necklaces. She also got a cute hello kitty purse with some sunglasses, and $3. She was so excited it was her birthday and loves to tell people she is 3.

You would think after having three children I would be a pro and know exactly what to expect and know exactly what I am are going to be dealing with, but this little one has completely thrown me off my feet. She is STUBBORN. Like nothing I have ever seen before. If she doesn't get her way or doesn't get the answer she wants she throws massive fits. Sometimes I think she literally loses her mind and doesn't know who she is or where she is. It is crazy, and very hard to deal with. Its like this constant battle for control between her and I. It has been such a learning process, and I pray everyday that she will outgrow it or it will get easier.

Of course she is also the cutest thing ever. She is learning and growing so much. She loves to play and has a beautiful imagination. She plays well with her siblings and her little friends. She loves to give me hugs and cuddles, and talks very, very well. Sometimes too well:) She loves to dance, play dress up, and is very girly in the way she plays. She is very independent and wants to do everything on her own, except use the potty. She is quite lazy when it comes to that. Something we will be working on full force when the kids go back to school. She still doesn't want to be left at nursery and is quite shy around new people. She sleeps awesome at night which is the best gift she could ever give me. She loves princesses and having her nails painted. She has the cutest little smile and the bluest eyes and is adored by all of us.

We sure love you Hayley girl. Happiest Birthday.





HorseShoe Bend.

Aug 25, 2014

We love using our family campground. It is just outside of Cardston right next to my in-laws so to me, it is the perfect spot. This year we invited all the Shurtz family out Friday to Saturday for a family campout. We had so much fun playing in the creek, riding the quad, sitting by a fire, visiting, and just spending time together. Ryan, Adam, and Britt and I played a couple games of lawn darts and I kicked butt. It was a really fun weekend. I think this will be a new tradition. We had my Grandparents trailer so after the weekend the kids and I stayed out for a few more days. Monday we went to Waterton with Connie. We finally did Red rock Canyon and all had a blast playing in the Canyon. It really is one of my favourite places. The rest of the time was spent at the camp kitchen. We had friends come out and play with us one day. It really is a fun little spot. Rain threatened us the whole time we were there. The clouds would come, but then it would clear. We only ended up getting actual rain the last night we were there. It was the perfect camping getaway.