31 December 2012

a look back...a year in review!

 It has been a WHILE!!! 

 as always it has been another great year!  Busy, and full of life and fun.  
We started with a new baby!  Always a fun way to start things out... it definitely cut my work out for me.  But, she has been worth the ride!
She is now 10 months and a happy girl!  She is crawling at the speed of the big kids and climbs up everything!!!  She is trying to master the steps and the walking.  She has done a step or 2 but that is about it for now.  but it won't be long.  She is a Mama's Girl!  She crawls fast to get away from whoever is going after her, or she is chasing Mom around the house!

 There is my PR!  She is the Ham of the House.  She is always laughing and trying to see what she can get away with.  She is funny to watch,  she is like watching myself as a child.  I remember doing the same things that she does, so I have to remind myself of her possible motivations, take a deep breathe and proceed!  :o) 
like this little moment at a friend's house when she decided to do her hair...with SOAP!  what a MESS!
She love to do school when the other kids are.  Her favorite subjects are play dough, coloring and painting, and don't ever leave her unsupervised  with scissors!  :o)

 there is our true princess!  She is always in a dress, or dress-up complete with a crown.  She still sports the yellow hair and is trying hard to grow it out like tangled!  If she keeps it brushed and out of her face, we will see how long it gets!  She is my big helper.  She wants to be a Mom and is sometimes a little too helpful with PN!  She is really smart and loves preschool.  She is excited to learn to read.  She is very content to sit and color for hours!  She is all princess and full of LOVE!

The big Man on Campus!  He has started 1st grade.  He is reading the Book of Mormon, a few verses a day.  It is exciting to see it come alive for him.  He can be hard for him sometimes be he is a trooper!  He is AMAZING at Math and super smart at Phonics.  He surprises me all the time.  He doesn't mind the homeschooling anymore, I think he actually prefers it now.    He has an amazing imaginations.  He has discovered little legos and can follow the directions and create his own stuff. He also started piano and I think he is progressing rather well!  So far he doesn't mind practicing but enjoys the praise of doing well.   He loves to tease and laugh,  it bugs his sisters now, but I have a feeling he will be fiercely protective of them when they get older.   He is a  very good boy!
we took a trip to Bryce canyon.  I have always wanted to see it, and I am SO glad we did!  It was cool to take school on the road.  We did graphs and charts of  animals and we have a few junior rangers!  

our last little hike at Bryce before he headed south to Zions.

Daddy and 2 of his girls.  Melts my heart!  :o)
We went to Zions National Park and did the whirlwind Junior Ranger there too.  We learned about the most interesting wasp...the tarantula hawk.  it stings tarantula's and paralyzes it.  then it lays it's eggs in the spider and and the baby hawks feed on the tarantula until they are big enough to fly out on their own...  yikes!  PG was in LOVE!  :o)  
We have gone to the zoo several times this year, on our own and with friends.  There is a polar bear there now, which is pretty cool.  She is beautiful!  

another fun thing this year is when we snuck Donna out here for Joy's big 50 Birthday!   We convinced Joy to come to Brigham City to go through the temple open house with us, even though she had already gone through,  (Michael knew the secret and convinced her to come)  She pulled up and Donna walked over, tears and laughing!    IT was AWESOME!  I love my Family!!!  :o)  
That is about all I can think of right now.  I hope you enjoyed our year in review!

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