Sunday, August 30, 2009


Today Koen got his first haircut.



Now let me just say, if you have an adorable little baby boy, and you know he REALLY needs a haircut, but you don't want to do it because you think he'll look too grown-up, and you just really don't feel ready for that step yet - DON'T DO IT!

I know he looks so cute with his hair cut, and I know he really needed it cut (Karl really messed it up good for the before picture), but I was not ready for that step yet. I caved to my husbands nagging (yes, women aren't the only ones who nag) and I wish I hadn't done it. I have been sad all day and everytime I look at him I wish I hadn't cut his hair. He aged like six months in about 10 minutes. I was not ready for this step. So even though he looks so handsome in his new haircut, I am completely miserable and wish I hadn't done it yet.

So, my advice to anyone out there who doesn't feel quite ready - DON'T DO IT! Wait until you're ready, because you'll regret it if you don't.

Friday, August 28, 2009

Night Out Against Crime

We had a neighborhood Night Out Against Crime. The Saratoga Springs Police Dept. was there teaching bike safety and giving rides in one of the police cars. Kenyon got to sit in the front and turn on the siren and talk into the loud speaker.

They had a K-9 unit from American Fork. As you can imagine, Kenyon was all about that.

The Lifelight came and the kids got to get in and look around. Cruz was in heaven.

They got to break a board with a Karate chop, and so much more. It was definately a fun night.

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Rough Start

It's a brand new school year and a brand new school!

Cruz is starting 2nd grade and Kenyon is starting 1st.

We had a rocky 1st day. Kenyon was scared and had several meltdowns before we ever made it out the front door. When we got to his class he started crying again, but his teacher was wonderful and he was okay to stay. The office put the boys on 2 different tracks, which means that one went to school from 8:00-2:15 and the other went from 9:15-3:30. That translates to 4 trips to the scool for me. That was horrible, but by the end of the day we had it all worked out and they are now on the same track.

Kenyon had a bad lunch experience, but Cruz came to his rescue. Kenyon hadn't finished all of his food when the rest of his class was done eating. He was actually done eating, but I think his teacher thought he wasn't finished. She told him to stay until he finished, and took the rest of the class to recess. So, there he was, all alone, not sure where to go, and thinking he couldn't leave until all his food was gone. He started crying. Then Cruz came into the cafeteria. He was looking for somewhere to sit and saw Kenyon crying. He came and sat next to him. When Cruz was done eating he took Kenyon to find his teacher. When they couldn't find her Cruz actually stopped the principal and asked him where Kenyon's teacher was. If you know Cruz at all you know what a big deal that is. He barely says a word to people he's known for years when they are speaking directly to him. He actually had to approach the principal and ask him a question. He stepped WAY out of his comfort zone to help his little brother. I am so proud of him!

The 2nd day of school I get a call from the office that Kenyon had missed walking home with his brother. He wasn't even supposed to be out of school yet. My first thought is that Kenyon is alone and scared again, and my second thought is of Cruz walking home alone. When I said that they weren't supposed to be out of school yet, she realized that there was just a mix-up. Cruz was still in class, and she sent Kenyon back to his class.

So, poor little Kenyon had a rough couple of days. I hope I can get him to go to school on Monday! But hopefully all the bumps are behind us and this week will be great. Keep your fingers crossed!

Friday, August 21, 2009

Cookies and McDonald's

What do you do to get psyched about going back to school and celebrate the last day of summer vacation?

Make ABC's and 123's cookies

And go to McDonald's for dinner

Isn't that what everyone does?

Monday, August 17, 2009

Open House

Tonight was the open house for the kid's school. The kids got to meet their teachers, and see their classrooms.

Kenyon with Ms. Jeppson and Cruz with Ms. Peterson.

It's gonna be a great year!

Friday, August 14, 2009

Black Hawk

This actually happened several weeks ago, but I want it documented, so here it is VERY late.

Karl and the kids had the chance to go see some Black Hawk helicpoters. They were even able to sit in them. I'm not sure who had more fun - Karl or the kids.

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Pivot Sprinkler

The pivot (I've recently learned that is what the large farm sprinklers that move in a circle are called) for the church farm behind our house sprays quite far into our yard. The kids love it!

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Homemade Zoo

I love my kids' imaginations! The things they come up with crack me up. They created a zoo all by themselves. It was quite impressive, actually. They had animals placed all over the house, and next to each animal they put a page out of one of Kenyon's books that talks all about the animal. These were a few of my favorites.

The crocodile was actually in the tub, but I pulled him out so I could get a better picture.

I saved the best for last. They even got Koen in on the action. Notice by the page they have next to him what part Koen is playing in the Zoo.

These kids of mine are hilarious! I never know what to expect!

Monday, August 3, 2009

Wild Animals

This is a common sight at our house. I'm so glad the older kids love to play with Koen. They are VERY good with him.