Where does the time go? It seems like yesterday we were calling her "Tater-Bug" and she was this cute, pudgy little baby. Gone is the baby and gone are the days of us calling her "Tater-Bug" Although there will be many other dances, this one we will always remember since it was her first.
It's hard to believe that the first day of school is upon us. I'm thankful we had a nice warm summer to enjoy. Some days were a little too warm but all in all it was a great summer. The kids were all ready to head back to school.
Taylor was excited to start seminary and High School.
Brett was excited to move up a step from the bottom of the totem pole in Middle School.
And Adam was excited to start the 1st grade.
It truly amazes me how fast they grow and how much they change.
It seems like just yesterday that I was planning my wedding and here we are Sept 5, 2009 celebrating 17 years of marriage. You know you are confident and comfortable in your marriage when you decide to take your 3 kids along with you for the day. We decided to spend the day over in Seattle. We started at a sports store looking for new football shoulder pads for Brett, then we made our way over to the Pacific Science Center. The kids had a great time. The main exhibit was "Animal Grossology" Some of the exhibits were pretty gross, but also very entertaining!
They have a water section outside that I think the kids enjoyed more than the exhibits outside.
The Science Center is always very entertaining. Whether you're playing with the water exhibits, sea life, or sitting at a table that is larger than any human you're always guaranteed to have a great time.
Scott called me late one afternoon in July and said that he had been given 2 Mariner's tickets and did I want to go. My first response was, "YES". He knows I love going to Mariner's games in the summer time. I love everything about it. The smells, the field, the food, the game! The more we talked we decided it would be fun for Scott to take Adam. He's never been to Safeco and has been talking about going all summer. He left work and went to the house to pick Adam up. When he told him what they were doing Adam was like a kid on Christmas morning. He couldn't have been more excited.
They had a great time watching the game and just being together. I know this is a memory that Adam will have for a long time.
Every year Scott gets Mariner's tickets in the Diamond Club section. It's hard to believe that people often go to the game and get to sit in this section every time!!! For the past 3 years Scott has gotten an extra ticket and has taken me. This year he had 2 extra tickets. The boys were at friends and were spending the night so we took Taylor with us. She was in awe of the buffet that we ate at before the game, the view from our seats and the cute ball boy that tossed her the first foul ball. It was a great night!!!
Taylor came home one day and announced that she was asked to the Homecoming dance. She was so excited to buy her first dress. I have to admit that I was dreading the experience. How many dresses would she try on, how many different stores, how much would it cost. We walked into JC Penney's and she looked up on the manequin, saw the dress, tried it one and $29.99 and 1/2 hour later we were done!
She went with a very nice boy named Jordan. I wish I would have brought my video camera to capture the moment when Taylor, my mom, me and my dad all attempted to pin the boutinnere on Jordan. He was a very good sport and even laughed when the bud of the rose popped off and rolled down the parking lot. Luckily there was a wedding reception going on and my dad ran inside and found some floral wire and fixed it. You can't even tell!!!
Scott has been coaching Taylor's softball team for about 9 years now. In the 9 years they have only won 1 game once they reached the district playoffs. This year we were hoping for a different outcome. Boy did our wish come true!!! We had an amazing group of girls that came together and played exceptionally well. It was so exciting to see them succeed in their game after their weeks and weeks of practice.
Although we didn't do as well as we would have like to once we made it to State, the girls all had a great time and walked away satisfied with their District win....this year!
It seems like just yesterday that we were bringing Adam home from the hospital. Now here he is finishing Kindergarten. He had a great first year. He learned so many things and his teacher Mrs. Davalos was the BEST. All the kids voted and nicknamed the class the All Day Kindergarten Raccoon Class at Breidablik Elemantary.
This year Adam learned to count to 100 and beyond, read, basic math and many other valuable skills. I'm sure his kindergarten years is one that he won't soon forget.
The end of Taylor's 8th grade year marked the beginning of many firsts for me and Scott. Taylor's school hosts a semi-formal each year and Taylor and I did our very first dress shopping. We went with my sister and the 3 of us all agreed on a dress. I was even more excited when I found out it was 50% off!!!
Taylor came home from school on Friday and we began getting her ready! Taylor is an on-line junkie and googled "How to get ready for a formal" It had all instructions starting with showering, shaving legs, applying lotion etc....... It was actually pretty cute! We then sat and curled her hair, applied make-up and painted finger and toenails.
When we went outside and I was watching her pose for the pictures it made me realize that my little girl is all grown up. We won't even mention the fact that she is now taller than me! It was a lot of fun helping her get ready for her very first dance. I'm sure it won't be the last either. But for now, I was excited to be with her and see her off to end her time at the Junior High and watch her get ready for her High School years.
I found this picture recently and love looking at how my children have grown and changed. It's hard to believe that they were so small. Especially Adam. Looking at those chubby little cheeks makes me miss that baby stage so much. But, I also love the other stages since then that we have come upon. Each phase of their life has brought joy, laughter, frustration and excitement for what's yet to come. My children all bring something different to our family and I can't imagine life without them. I am truly blessed to have 3 beautiful children!
Scott and I have been married 16 1/2 years to be exact and in that time we haven't had the chance to get away very often. In February Scott went down to California for a umpire clinic then I flew down at the end of the week to join him. We spent 5 days together at Disneyland and had the BEST time.
After we came home I realized that we really can't let so much time pass between getaways. They are way to special and important in maintaining our Happily Ever After!
Where does the time go? It's 2 months (well, almost 3) past Brett's birthday and I am just getting around to posting pictures from his birthday. He wanted to go try his hand at rock climbing. So off to Vertical World with a group of boys and had a great time. Scott, Blaine and Sherry all took the belaying test and were able to assist all the kids in their climbing.
When we arrived Adam was sure he was going to love climbing. After he got about 1/2 way up he wanted to come down but was too scared to let go of the "rock". It took about 5 minutes to talk him down. Surprisingly enough after he came down he wanted right back up again and after about 1/2 way up wanted to come down but was afraid and the whole process of coaxing him down started all over again. He did it a total of 4 times before he said, "NO MORE"
It was fun watching Brett have such a good time. It's amazing to me he is 12. It seems just like yesterday that we were bringing home our sweet Brett Boy from the hospital. You are growing into such a kind, considerate, responsible, loving, handsome brother and son. I am so proud to be your mother and look forward to continuing to watch you grow and mature.