Sunday, June 17, 2012

Summer started off cold and windy probably because I signed Ashley and Owen up for swimming lessons at the outdoor city pool. Even though it was cold they still enjoyed swimming. Everyday after swimming lessons we went over to the park and they got a free lunch.  Then we would head home to play with friends. One of the days we got to babysit my 4 nieces and nephew while Aunt Ruby was working and Uncle Scott had a class at BSU.
The second week of swimming lessons was a lot nicer since the weather warmed up. We even got to take Landon with us one day. The kids wrapped up their two week session of swimming lessons and get to move up to level 2 which we'll start in July.
Today, we are celebrating Father's Day. We made Mike biscuits and gravy for breakfast and he received two new shirts and a remote control helicopter. The kids helped him fill up the pool in the backyard then played in it.  We will BBQ steak later this evening. Happy Father's Day to all the wonderful Dad's & Grandpa's!

Ashley and Owen trying to stay warm at the pool


Ashley and Owen at the park for lunch.


Mike and Layla

Playing with cousins, Layla, Lexi, Alyse & Ashley

Landon at the swimming pool during Ashley and Owen's lessons

Owen and Ashley getting their certificates at the end of swimming lessons

Landon at the park with us.

Ashley and Mike playing guitar

Mike on Father's day eating breakfast and opening presents

Mike and Ashley with the new remote control helicopter

Father's Day cookies - Yum

Swimming in the backyard pool

Washing my car. Yay!! :)

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Old fort Boise Days

Ashley was her cousin Amanda's little sister in the Old Fort Boise Pageant in Parma, Idaho. Amanda did great and received the Miss Congeniality award. Ashley had a lot of fun at the pageant. Then they got to be in the parade on Saturday morning. It ended up being cold and raining for the parade so they had to wrap up in blankets. Ashley loved getting to throw the candy in the parade. Alysha said good bye to everyone and we headed to the airport to send her off to Texas for two months. We will miss her. :( Once she was on the plane I headed back to Parma to belly dance with my troop Habibi Nada.  We had a fun time dancing even with the strong wind. Once we were done, Ashley and Owen got have some fun at the carnival. It was a very busy day but lots of fun too. :)

Old Fort Boise Days Pageant

Ashley and Amanda ready for the parade

Alysha saying good bye before heading to the airport.

Belly dancing at Old Fort Boise Days

Ready for my solo

Ashley and Owen at the carnival

Kids on the swings.

Sunday, June 3, 2012

Busy end of the school year!

The last few weeks seems to have just flown by. While the kids were busy wrapping up the school year, I was painting in the garage. I painted props for the Canyon Dance Academy's Spring Recital of Pinocchio. They asked me to paint a carnival background which I did.  It ended up being 5' tall by 15' long which seems huge until on stage. I decided to add an ocean background, painted on the back, toy shelves, donkeys and a school/town background.

The kids had a great year at Heritage Community Charter School but are very happy to be on summer vacation. We started off our first day of vacation at Petco buying Alysha's new baby bearded dragon, Pepe'. Then we went to Home Depot for the kids workshop to build little wooden organizers. Home to clean up the house and do a few chores then back to Petco for the Reptile Rally. The kids did a scavenger hunt, learned about reptiles and Owen's leopard gecko, Marble won the Cold-Blooded Beauty Contest. We then came home and BBQ'd hamburgers with my sister and her family followed by Ashley's dance recital. I helped out on stage moving the paintings on and off stage during the performance and Ashley did a wonderful job dancing. It was a very busy day and even though the summer is looking busy we should be able to slow things down quite a bit. Which is really sounding good to me. :)


Owen, Alysha and Marble at the Reptile Rally at Petco

Owen and Marble at Petco

Marble won first place.

Alysha with her new baby, Pepe'.


Ashley on stage with her Ballet 1 class.  (She is in the front, middle with her arm up the highest)

Ashley in the front line on stage

Ashley on stage at the recital

Ashley after the recital with her flowers

My pretty little ballerina. :)