Jun 30, 2015

Summer holidays have begun. I love the end of the school year. I am always ready for a break from the routine and busyness. We are ready to stay up late, sleep in, and are planning on doing tons of fun things this summer. Mostly spending my time doing this;

I love the sun and the water, so that is where we will be spending most of our time. Its been so hot the last few days so we filled our little pool up. Its small but it cools us down on those super hot days.

I LOVE summer.

Ty loved baseball so much this season that he decided to try out for the All Stars team for the summer. He made the team so we will be busy with that over the summer too. Lots of practices and a few tournaments. He is always getting Ryan to come out in the backyard with him to practice his pitching. I love watching him play baseball. Here is an action shot of him pitching.

Well, Happy Summering everyone:)


Jun 29, 2015

Friendship has and will always be super important to me. I've always had really good friends in my life. There are a handful that have been in my life for a very long time, and even though we don't see each other much we try to keep in touch as best as we can and when we do see each other we can pick up exactly where we left off. I've mentioned the group of guys that I grew up with a bunch of times on my blog. Well one of my friends from that group was in an ATV accident last weekend and passed away. He left behind his wife and 3 children. It was devastating to hear the news and for the next few days after that I mourned his death in my own way. I remembered all the fun memories, looked through pictures, and had a strong desire to connect with the group of friends that he was a part of. My heart ached for his wife and children and I held my family a little closer. Its hard to wrap your mind around this kind of tragedy. The grieving process for my Mom has taught me a lot. It took me 6 years to come to terms with it. The only way I was able to find peace through it was coming to the conclusion that no one (not even Heavenly Father) needs my Mom more then we do. That God didn't decide not to "save" her and then "save" the person down the street in the same situation. He doesn't puppeteer our lives like that. We came to Earth with bodies that can get sick and hurt, and die. That it is just part of our human existence. I believe that God wept with all of us over the loss of my friend. I also know that he is there to comfort us, and help us find peace with our trials and challenges. I pray that my dear friends family will be able to find comfort and peace and will be able to move forward and find much joy and happiness in their lives. you never really heal completely. There will always be a piece of your heart gone, and the grief will come and go throughout the years, but thankfully we have so much in our lives to be grateful for. We can always find goodness and love and that helps move us forward.

The funeral was really nice. It was so nice to be reunited with all my friends. It was special to go to the grave site and see that my friend's grave is right next to my Mom's. It was nice seeing faces I haven't seen in years and years, and it was really nice celebrating and remembering the life of our dear friend. After the funeral a bunch of us friends went and did a few things we loved to do together growing up. We went to Wendy's, then bowling, and then to Boston Pizza. We had so much fun and felt like teenagers again. We have vowed never to let too much time pass without seeing each other or talking again. I am so incredibly lucky to have so many amazing friends in my life.

Luke was seriously one of the best guys I know. He had this energy that was so contagious you just wanted to be around him. He was always happy and positive and knew how to have a good time. There were a few times I was in a crappy mood or felt down and I knew that all I had to do was go hang out with Luke and I would feel better. He was crazy and sarcastic and could give anyone a good smack down with his incredible wit. I was lucky enough to see him find love and begin his family. He was a good husband and Father and truly cared about others. I am a better person because of his influence over my life.

Thanks for the memories Lukas Pukas. You will be missed.

The End.

Jun 23, 2015

We are coming to the end of the school year. Only 3.5 days left. We are all very excited to start our summer vacation. A few other things have ended for us too. Ty had his last week of baseball. He has pretty much lived and breathed baseball the last couple of months. In fact, he loves it so much he just tried out for the all star team that plays in a few tournaments over the summer. I don't know how I feel about that, but I love that he is working so hard towards a goal and that he is dedicating so much time and work to something he loves and wants to improve in. He has improved so much this season. It was so fun to watch him play. The last game I got to watch he played so well. It has also been fun to practice with him. I think my hitting and pitching has improved too. Ty even asked me if I could coach his team next year. I must be doing something right:) I think we'll find out if he made the summer team tomorrow.

McKenna had her Year End Show for dance. The week is always busy leading up to the show with dress rehearsals, but it is always exciting to see the performances. They put on a really good show. It was so fun to see McKenna dance on stage. She is becoming more and more confidant. Her love for dance has really blossomed this year. We are going to try the competition route next year, so we will see how that goes. Hayley will also start dance next year which is fun and exciting. McKenna and I went and watched the Friday evening show, then she danced in the Saturday matinee show, and the Saturday night show. It was a weekend filled with dance. Her best friend Jordyn came with us to the matinee show, as well as our whole family, Devon, Shannon, and Lora. Then Roy and Connie came in to watch the Saturday night show. McKenna loved having so much support. After the matinee show I took McKenna, Jordyn, and Hayley to crazy cakes for cupcakes. First thing Sunday morning McKenna was making up dances and trying to teach them to Hayley. I love that she loves it so much but it will be nice to have a little break before the next season starts.

The kids have their last swimming lessons this Saturday as well. Nate and McKenna have done really well, but Ty missed a few lessons because of baseball so I'm not too sure if he will pass.

Hayley got a new dress and wanted me to take her picture. These are the poses she came up with.

It was also Father's Day. Ryan got a new BBQ for Father's Day. We went out to the farm and celebrated with the Olsen's. Shannon and Lora made burgers, and we had fruit and veggies, and delicious cheesecake for dessert.

Yep. I think he is loved:) Happy Father's Day Ry.

Basement and stuff.

Jun 15, 2015

We've had some really beautiful days. Hayley and I met Britt and the girls at Henderson park one day and then headed to Park Lake for the rest of the afternoon. Hayley and Ember are the best of friends. We love living close to cousins.

The kids has Sports Day. Hayley, Will and I made it to watch for a couple of hours. It was a beautiful day and it was nice to watch the kids participate in some of the activities. McKenna had her last week of regular dance class for the season. She had a really great year and really enjoyed her classes. She is dancing all the time around the house. Now we will be getting ready for her Year End Show. Ty is loving baseball. He just had another tournament. He has improved so much. He got a nice raspberry sliding into home the other day. It was worth it cause he was safe.

And the most exciting thing...we got our basement done. Well, we aren't done organizing it quite yet, but the carpet is in, and the boys are all moved in, and the girls have their own rooms. McKenna is especially loving that:) We just have to get the t.v area done. The t.v is all set up but we haven't moved the couches and stuff out yet. It is so nice to have that livable space again. I'm not sure I'm ready to sell it yet. I love our little house. Ryan still wants to do a few things in the yard before we list it.

And Happiest Birthday to my beautiful Momma. Beautiful inside and out, and I will be forever grateful for her example and unconditional love.

Saturday and dance pictures.

Jun 9, 2015

Saturday was another beautiful day. We headed out to spend the day at the farm. We haven't been out there in awhile so it felt extra good to be there. Ryan was helping his Dad build the stairs on their deck and the rest of us just played and relaxed all day. Dave's burger place is open for the summer so we had to get lunch from there. They have the yummiest burgers.

This boy looking all grown up with his handsome new haircut.

Sunday we went out for Brunch. Its something we really love to do as a family. We try and go once a month. When I was growing up we would go out for supper every Sunday. Sunday was the only day my Dad didn't work so it was something nice we would do as a family. We all love breakfast foods so brunch just works for us.

In the afternoon McKenna had her dance pictures. Its always so chaotic and crazy, but fun to see them all dressed up. I had a nice time visiting with friends. We are getting excited for the Year End Show.

Ballet routine - Pizzicato Polka

Tap Routine -  Ballin the Jack

Jazz Routine - Moves like Jagger


Jun 8, 2015

We finally made it to Waterton this year. It really is one of the most beautiful places and we are so lucky we get to spend so much time there during our summer's. Mandy, Teale, and I knew it was going to be a gorgeous day on Friday so we decided to excuse the kids from school so we could spend the day in Waterton. It was the perfect day and we had so much fun. We headed to Red Rock Canyon first and ate our lunch, then hiked to Blakiston Falls, and then played in the Canyon. Then we drove into town and played at the park, had ice cream and played by the water. We are lucky to have such good friends. All of our kids play so well together and all have a buddy to hang out with. The boys spent all of their time at the park playing basketball. Its fun to see their likes and interests change as they get older. We really had a great day. We are looking forward to many more just like it.

Ha ha. I love this little girl with her attitude. Telling off the boys about something.

McKenna also outgrew her bike and got to go on a date with Dad to pick out a new one.

Hayley and I also went on a lunch date with some of our favourite girls.

I am lovin June so far:)