Sunday, June 21, 2009

Little World Geographer

Somebody in our house is taking after his father, the geographer. (As always, don't forget to turn off the music at the bottom of the page.)

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Koen's Blessing

On the 7th, Karl blessed Koen. It was a wonderful day, and of course, Koen looked adorable. Koen's Grandpa Stokes, Grandpa Schempp, Uncle David, and Bishop Wright stood in the circle. He received a beautiful blessing. I am so thankful to have a husband who holds the priesthood and is worthy to bless our children. What a blessing that is to our family.

After church we had luch at our house. We all had a great time. Thank you to everyone who came and helped make Koen's day so special.

Monday, June 15, 2009


Kenyon has decided it is time Koen start learning about animals. I caught him teaching Koen all about Leatherback Sea Turtles. There was some of Kenyon's made-up information mingled with fact. He sat there teaching Koen about all sorts of animals for about an hour and a half. He was loving the captive audience and Koen was loving the attention. (Don't forget to pause the music at the bottom.)

Sunday, June 14, 2009

2 + 2 = 1

2 boys

2 teeth lost

1 day

Friday, June 12, 2009

1st Place

This is a little belated, but Kenyon's kindergarten class was assigned a report that was due the last week of school. It was to be on any animal and they were given 3 weeks to prepare it. As you can imagine, Kenyon was VERY into this project. We spent almost all 3 weeks trying to pick just one animal. In the end he chose the cheetah. (I was actually surprised he went with something so normal, he had contemplated everything from the blue-footed booby to postosuchus.)

He wrote his report. He did it all himself. He chose pictures from the internet, which I helped him place in his report, and he did all the typing and writing. In addition to the pictures from the internet, he also drew pictures and colored in the map of where they live. He did a fantastic job. Then he was asked to present his report to the class. Again, he did a great job.

How did it all turn out? Apparently, I wasn't the only one who thought he did a great job, because his report got 1st place. I was so proud of him! Way to go, Kenyon!

Wednesday, June 10, 2009


My parents visited us this past week. They came out to help us move (thank you so much!), and for Koen's blessing. We did a lot of work with the move, but we had a lot of fun, too. I didn't get many pictures with all the commotion of the move, but we did manage to get a few.

All Cruz wanted to do was play soccer with Stokes, so there was a lot of soccer happening this past week. There was also a lot of wrestling. We joke that my dad is a "jungle Jim." The kids loved dinner at the Mayan and watching Night at the Museum, which I highly recommend.

We had a great time with them in spite of all the work. Next time we promise to spend the whole time playing, and not working.

Tuesday, June 9, 2009


I have been playing catch-up on my posts, so make sure you scroll down. There are a few new ones.

A New Home for the Schempps

This move was on very short notice, and super hectic, but we are finally starting to settle in. Of course there are still boxes EVERYWHERE, but we are at least functional at this point. Here are some shots of the new house and our incredible view.

Our neighborhood

The front of our house (the landscaping needs a lot of work)

The back of our house. I don't know what the builders were thinking when they put in that tiny balcony.

The view from our balcony.

Our back yard.

We love our new house and are so excited to be here. We have been very blessed.

Koen's Announcement

For all of you expecting an announcement, and wondering where it is, I will do my best to get them mailed this week. Life has been a bit hectic around here, but it is finally starting to settle down.

Schoooool's Out for Summer!

I hope you all caught that the title is sung as Alice Cooper would sing it.

The last day of school was May 29th. My boys are VERY excited about their summer vacation, and they both graduated to the next grade (I was REALLY worried about that - not really).:D Here they are on the last day of school with their certificates of advancement.

I now have a 2nd grader and a 1st grader. Where did this last year go?