Tuesday, October 04, 2016

Laura at 13 Years Old

Holy Moly, she's a teenager.  But, she's so not a teenager.  She's happy and wonderful even if she is one of the busiest people I know.
Most of her birthday presents are waiting for her in the form of experiences at Disneyland.  However, we got her a few fun teenage things: beauty products, music, a phone case, and accessories.
We went out to all you can eat sushi for her birthday meal and had cream puffs for her candles.

The results of her birthday interview are as follows:

Best Friend: Sisters, Jordyn, Brea, Lillian
Favorite Entertainment: Playing with Sisters, Reading
Favorite place to be: Disneyland
Favorite movie: Get Smart
Favorite music: Meghan Trainor, Waitress and Hamilton (musicals)
Favorite book: Harry Potter, The War that Saved My Life, Goodbye Stranger
Favorite food: Sushi and Salmon
Favorite treat: Cream Puffs, Mom's Homemade Cookies, Macarons
Favorite activity: Being in a Play, One Voice, Friday nights with friends, Weekend trips with family
Favorite TV show:  Whose Line is it Anyway, Great British Bake Off
Laura keeps super busy in two choirs - the advanced choir at school AF Singers, and One Voice Children's Choir where her favorite thing is to record.  She is currently in three plays all while keeping up with her advanced classes and maintaining perfect As.  She's becoming very stylish and loves her clothes and cool shoes as well as painted fingernails.  Laura is magnificent with her sisters and is such a good friend to them as well as a spectacular example.  She has friends of all ages and makes them wherever she goes.  How we all love this girl!!

Monday, September 12, 2016

RV Adventures

Did we mention that we bought an RV?  Well, we did!  We had been wanting the freedom of one of these for quite some time and finally found the Unicorn RV we were looking for - so, we named her Eunice.  For our first adventure we went to Mesa Verde, Goosenecks, and Natural Bridges.
We loved staying in the campground at Mesa Verde, meeting the locals (deer) and catching the most interesting Ranger Talk ever that night.    It was fascinating and Rosie was able to apply her knowledge about Ancestral Puebloans the next week at school.
We took some tours into the cliff dwellings, ascended scary ladders, and looked at lots and lots of kivas.  Jason became a master at driving Eunice and I experienced driving her in a torrential downpour.  The girls earned 3 Junior Ranger badges here: Mesa Verde, the 50th anniversary for Historic Parks, as well as turned in their packets for the Centennial badge.
Mesa Verde went a lot more quickly than we anticipated, so we left our campsite reservation and moved on to stay the night in Bluff.  Ahh, the freedom of an RV!  Then it was onto Goosenecks State Park. It was a brief stay, but utterly marvelous.  It was so fun to see the curves of the river far below and look out at Monument Valley.
After Goosenecks, we went to Natural Bridges National Monument.  We wished we had more time there.  There were some fun hikes with more ladders.  It was empty and we felt like we had the majesty of the Natural Bridges all to ourselves.
 We were able to go beneath them and really get some good exploring in.  We earned our 4th Jr Ranger badge here and made it back home late that night.  
It is so wonderful to have the freedom to explore all the natural wonders around us!

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Eliza's Alice Birthday Party

Eliza wanted to do an Mad Tea Party birthday party just like Rosie had done! It wasn't hard to repeat, and we had a great time.

Guests found our house with balloons and signs.

We began with "The Queen Says" while the guests were still arriving.

The we divided into groups to make hats or play croquet.

They had a lovely "tea" with all Eliza's favorites wearing their fancy hats and Entertained by Jason.

She opened presents cooling off indoors.  Then the kids played "Follow the White Rabbit" in rabbit ears from the dollar store.
Finally, she had cake indoors and we sent the kids home with their ears, hats, and a fun sucker.  

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Laura as Amaryllis in Music Man at Sundance

Laura was cast as "Amaryllis" in Music Man that played all summer at Sundance Summer Theater.  She got to work with professors and professionals and had an amazing experience.  She learned so much from all of them.
She made many new friends and it was a show that we all loved going to again and again.
Another bonus was that she got paid for acting in this one.  So proud of this girl!

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Eliza at 7 Years Old

Eliza's birthday from us was a lot of her favorites.  She picked her favorite meal of spaghetti and meatballs.  She received her first CD (Meghan Trainor) lots of dressups including a Minnie Mouse apron to help Mom cook.  The biggest treat was that her sisters let her get her ears pierced a year early to avoid the horrible clip on earrings from team.

Best Friend: Sisters, Makayla, Alyssa
Favorite Entertainment: play with sisters, dress up, help mom cook
Favorite place to be: Disneyland
Favorite movie: The Wizard of Oz
Favorite music: Meghan Trainor
Favorite book: Magic Tree House, Clementine
Favorite food: Spaghetti and Meatballs
Favorite treat: Mommy's homemade chocolate chip cookies
Favorite activity: Dance
Favorite TV show:  Punky Brewster, Life with Boys
Eliza is still wonderfully snuggly, super spunky and has more friends than she can count.  She still loves her skirts, but is transitioning into jeans.  Eliza will always pick fruit as her favorite food.  She is hilarious and makes us all smile daily.  How we all love Eliza!

This is the poster we made for her 7th birthday at school to tell about herself.  I think she's awfully cool!

Saturday, July 30, 2016

July 2016

A lot of time in July was spend doing hair for and driving to and watching Laura in Music Man.

We also got Solar on the house!  Yay, we are even more crunchy now with solar and our hybrid car.
We saw Alex leave on his mission to Mexico.
We did the construction treasure hunt with cousins at the cabin.
And we saw lots of friends in plays

We also took a day trip down to Capitol Reef where we saw red rocks, an arch, and ate pie!