Monday, June 27, 2011

Play Date with Morgan, Mackenzie, Matthew and Riley

This morning we went to Matthew and Riley's house for a play date. Morgan and Mackenzie came too! We hadn't seen Morgan for a long time and Mackenzie is already 3 months and we hadn't even seen her yet! The kids had a lot of fun playing together. Ashley, Jami and I had fun catching up as well! :)

Morgan, Alivia and Matthew

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Jensen's Baptism

This morning we had the honor of standing as Jensen's god parents at his baptism. We were so honored and privledged when Chad and Kristin asked us to be Jensen's god parents. Jensen is a true blessing and we were so grateful to be able to witness god's love for him today. We are also so thankful to have such amazing friends like Chad and Kristin. They are the true meaning of friendship. They are like family to us and we love them very much. Jensen, we are so proud of you and you did so great today. We are so excited to watch you grow. Alivia can't wait to teach you all sorts of fun things. We had an amazing day celebrating such a wonderful thing!

After his baptism

Anne (Kristin's sister) and Kristin and Chad

Kristin's Family

Chad's Family

Chad's Family

Alivia gets so excited when she gets to hold Jensen! I LOVE IT!

Friday, June 24, 2011

Extreme and Yogurtini

Today we went to Extreme Gymnastics in Lees Summit. We went a few times last year and Alivia really liked so we thought we would try it again. It is from 10:00-12:00 for $4. They have a big obstacle bounce house, balance beams, trampolines, pits and lots of things to climb on. The kids had a great time! We hope to start going every Friday! Sorry the picture are blurry. I took them with my phone. :)

Ava and Alivia doing some bar tricks!

Ava, Alivia and Henry sliding down in the pit

Balance beam time!

Hudson, Henry, Alivia, Ava and Luke-After Extreme we ate lunch at McAllister's and then played in the water fountains!

This was our first time at Yogurtini and boy was it yummy!

Thursday, June 23, 2011

First Dance Class

I have been looking forward to this night for a while now. I have always thought of the day when my little girl would take her first dance class. I know this may sound silly but since dance was a big part of my life growing up it makes me excited to be a dance mom! Of course, I have prepared myself if Alivia doesn't like dance but I thought she would LOVE it since she loves dancing and etc...Well the first dance class was a HUGE success! I thought for sure she would cry and not want me to leave her but she went right with the group with no problem at all. The best part is that she actually followed directions and was a great listener the entire time. They did tumbling this week so they did some stretches, crab walks and somersaults. Alivia did such a great job and I couldn't be more proud of her!

Holding her tutu! Notice the adorable bag my friend Jenn made!

So excited...

Even more excited....

Her new dance friend, Harper. Harper's mom and I took dance class together when we were young so it is neat that our girls are taking classes together.

The look....ha!

Doing stretches....

Doing so well and listening...

Waiting patiently her turn....

Crab walks...

Somersaults.....Alivia looked at the girl and said, "watch this!"

What a good girl!

Candy time! So proud of you Alivia!

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Play Date with Makena, Mason, Claire and Colton

This morning we had another play date with Makena, Mason, Claire and Colton. They came to our house this time. The girls played very well together and the weather was so nice to play outside. I enjoyed spending some mommy time with Amy and Jenn as well. Thanks for coming over. We had a great time!

Makena, Claire and Alivia- they are all 6 weeks apart

Precious baby Mason

Snack break!

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Story Time and Funny Faces

Every Tuesday my mom has been watching Alivia since I am working on my intern hours at school. Which, by the way I am really enjoying my intern experience. :) My mom has been taking her to story time at the library every Tuesday. This was Alivia's third week going and she even got up and danced and sang with the kids. This is a big step for her because it takes her a while to warm up to new situations. I love how they don't just read a story, it is an entire lesson where they make a craft. I am so lucky that my mom can do this with her each week. One more week for me and then I will be able to take her. I am so looking forward to spending every minute with her with no homework worries!! I am almost there!

The mask she made at story time!

So happy!

Pouty face....

Cheeseburger face as Alivia calls it!

"What?" face as Alivia calls it! HA

Monday, June 20, 2011

Kid Zone

Last Friday we went to the new Kid Zone in Blue Springs. It is only $4 before 11:00. It isn't a really big place but well worth the $4 I think. Alivia had a great time! It definitely wore her out so we will be back again. :)


Playing ball....

Play Date with Matthew and Riley

This morning we had a play date with Matthew and Riley. Every time we get together the kids have so much fun together and just keep acting older and older. :( We had such a great morning together. :)

Matthew and Alivia (they are 6 weeks apart)

Riley and Alivia (Riley will be 1 July 28th)

All three of them! :)

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Happy Father's Day

Today was a wonderful day. Alivia and I woke up and made Ben breakfast while my brother and dad were putting Ben's chair downstairs in the basement. Alivia was so excited to surprise Ben with his new chair. We let him sleep in a bit and then suprised him when he woke up with his breakfast and new entertainment recliner! I then finished my ethics paper for a couple hours while Ben and Alivia went to the store. We then hit the pool for the entire afternoon. It was so relaxing just laying in the sun and playing with Alivia. We ended the night with a great dinner at my parent's house. I am so lucky to have such a wonderful dad in my life. I am also so lucky to have married Ben, who is the best dad to Alivia I could ever ask for. LOVE YOU BOTH!

My brother and I with my dad!! Aren't we cute?? ha, ha!

Trying to get Alivia to take a picture!

Swimming with Mommy!

Swimming with Daddy! She was so brave today jumping in by herself and swimming with her water wings. Last summer she wasn't timid at all but this summer she is timid for sure. She is getting better though!

Ben's new chair for the basement. Ben has been wanting a chair like this to go in front of the projector. He is so excited about it that we may get 2 more just like this. Now if only we could get our basement finished.....

During the summer Alivia goes to Janet's house 1 day a week. She made these adorable letters and pictures while she was at Janet's on Thursday. Isn't this the cutest thing ever?

Thanks Janet for making something so special!! WE love it! :)

Friday, June 17, 2011

Neighborhood Cookout

Tonight we went over to the Summerlins' house. They are our very good friends and neighbors. The Arbeiters and the Greene's came over too. The kids had a such a great time and the adults did too! :) We are so lucky to have such great neighbors.

Ryan, Chase, Emma, Alivia, Charlie and Gracie

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Waffle Morning

Alivia and I had a lazy morning in our pjs! Since she has been getting up at the crack of dawn I let her come in our bed this morning and we slept for another hour together. She never ever falls back alseep or sleeps in our bed so it was so fun to snuggle. We then got up around 7:00 and made waffles in the waffle maker. She loves watching the light turn to green when it is ready! Oh, how I LOVE summer days off with my little girl. 2 more weeks and grad classes are done and I will get every day with her! :)

Being a great helper!

She thinks it is so cool!


Monday, June 13, 2011

Dance Outfits

Today my mom and I and grammy took Alivia to the mall to shop for some dance outfits. I had heard there were leotards on sale at Old Navy so we wanted to check them out! We found 2 leotards and lots more clothes for Alivia. For some reason I always forget to go to Old Navy and their prices are awesome. Can't beat $5 for shorts and tank tops! We ended our morning of shopping with a carousel ride! My mom and I decided to ride on a horse too while Grammy rode on the carousel bench. It was a great morning! I can't wait for Alivia to wear her leotards in 2 weeks :)

Carousel ride!

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Electrical and Plumbing is DONE!

So we feel like this has been the never ending project but it has been so nice to just pay as we go with this because it is quite the expense to finish a basement in a ranch since the downstairs is so large. We are so excited that the electrical and plumbing is done!! Hopefully in a few more months we will have the dry wall and etc. done and then we can paint and lay carpet!! We are keeping our fingers crossed! :)

Looking in at the bedroom, bathroom and walk-in shower

Canned lights are in!


Alivia posing in what is going to be her new playroom!