Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Sunny Pointe Playdate

Today we met some of my good teacher friends at Summit Waves for the "kid time." We then played at the nice park by Summit Waves and then went to eat at Jimmy Johns. The kids had a great time together. I am so lucky to have such great teacher friends! :)

John, Brielle, Ava, Luke, Jenna and Alivia

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Daddy is out of town

When Ben took his new job with Travelers 6 months ago they told him he was going to have to go to a week long training in Georgia in July. Well July is here and Ben has been gone all week for his conference. Needless to say I can now relate to how hard being a single mom really is and I would definitely be a wimp when it comes to having a traveling husband. WOW, am I lucky to have such a supportive husband. I have enjoyed my time with just Alivia and I but she definitely has missed her Daddy and having an extra pair of hands is sure handy! :) He left Sunday and will be back tomorrow but I am leaving for Rachael's bachelorette party tonight and I am not coming back until Sunday. I took Alivia and the dogs to Grandma and Papa Richeson's house today and I know they will have a great time there.This will be the longest Ben and I have ever been apart, 7 days. :( However, I am looking forward to a fun girls weekend celebrating with Rachael and friends. We can't wait for her to tie the knot in a few weeks. Ben left Alivia and I some sweet notes under our pillows before he left. It made our night. We are so lucky to have such a wonderful daddy and husband in our lives.

Doesn't he have the neatest handwriting?

PE means (pumpkin eater). He used to call her that when she was a baby. so cute!

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Reading with Grammy

After story time at the library today we went to Grammy's house to show her Alivia's 2nd free book she got at the library. Alivia gets so excited to add her sticker to her name on the wall. We have read 48 books so she has gotten 2 free books for the reading program. We have until the 30th to read the rest of our books to earn her last free book. I am so glad she LOVES reading!

Listening to Grammy read Clifford!

Friday, July 15, 2011

Swimming, Swimming and more Swimming!!

Alivia absolutely LOVES going to the "big pool." Today we invited a few friends to the pool and the kids had a great time. Alivia thinks our pool is "her" pool so she enjoyed opening and closing the gate for everyone. ha! I really enjoy that she likes the pool too because I am a huge pool fan! he, he! We were there for a little over 4 hours today and she would have stayed longer. Oh how I love my little swimmer! :)

Happy Birthday Alex

Tonight we went to Alex's birthday party. Alex is a great family friend of ours. Alex and Alivia have this cute connection. It is so funny to see them together. We joke that we might be planning their wedding one day. The party was a Star Wars theme and it was so cute. Stephanie made swords out of noodles and the kids loved playing with them. Adam put the mask on and the kids got to throw water balloons and "Darth Vader." It was pretty funny. The kids then used their swords to hit the bubbles from the bubble machine. What a fun party it was! Happy Birthday Alex! :)

The kids chasing "Darth Vader"

This just makes me laugh. I asked the two of them to take a picture and they posed like this all on their own. Maybe this will be their prom picture one day? ha! :)

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Paradise Park

Today we went to Paradise Park with Makena and Mason and Claire and Colton. The kids had a great time together and played so well. We were there for almost 3 hours. Thanks for a great day girls. Hope to see you again soon! :)

Makena and Alivia in the bank :)

Makena, baby Mason and Alivia

Alivia and Claire playing outside

Ball pit time with Amy, Colton and Claire

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Play Date with Jensen and Brielle

Today we went to Jensen's house to play and Brielle came too! The kids had a great time together and Jensen was such a happy baby the entire time. The girls LOVED playing with him and they even showed off some of their cool dance moves. ha! We enjoyed our day with them. Thanks for a great time Kristin and Jensen. Can't wait to see you again soon!


Playing peek-a-boo with Jensen


First Pedicure

Today Alivia and I went and got pedicures together. I thought I would wait until she was three but I just decided that we would do it today. I am so glad I did because we had a great time and did so well. We decided to do matching toes and she got such a kick out of it. My little girl is growing up!

My Little Dancer

Alivia really LOVES dance class and can't wait for Thursday to come each week. She really likes her teacher Miss Jill and talks about her a lot. Miss Jill was my dance teacher too so it is so neat that Alivia is enjoying her experience. She hasn't decided if tap, ballet or tumbling are her favorite yet but she is doing really well. Since she is liking it so well I am going to sign her up for classes in the Fall. Oh, yes and that means she will be in a recital next June! OH, how I can't wait for that!! We are so proud of Alivia for being a good listener in class. Keep it up! :)

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

LOVE being a Teacher!

Today Alivia and I went to the library for story time and then we went to Sonic for lunch. After lunch we went to the pool for a few hours. These are the days that I cherish being a teacher so that I can have the summers off with Alivia. It is the next best job to being a stay at home mom! :)

Alivia's veyr own oreo and m & m blast

My little swimmer! She LOVES swimming!

Thinking she doesn't need a nap after swimming. ha!

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Aven's Birthday Party

Today was Aven's 2nd birthday party. I went to college with Aven's mommy and we play bunco together now. It is so fun seeing all of the girls together. They are growing up way too fast. We had a great day at Deanna Rose today. Happy Birthday sweet Aven!

Hugs for Aven

Blow fun!

The kiddos!

Makena and Alivia feeding the goats or trying too. They were both throwing the food at them! ha!

So hot!

Ben got Alivia to finally hold out her hand to feed them!

Claire, Makena and Alivia getting wet. Claire LOVED getting wet!

Feeding the goats their bottle of milk!

Ben is such an animal lover. The goats loved him as you can see!

Makena and Alivia. Alivia was being stubborn and wouldn't hold Makena's hand. She later told Ben and I in the car she was so sorry! :(

Friday, July 8, 2011

Family Field Trip to Summit Waves

Since Ben was taking off Thursday and Friday today was our water park day. We were so excited for this day and Alivia was too! We left our house at 9:45 thinking we would get there early but what we didn't know was that it didn't open until 12:00. I had taken Alivia to the 8:00-10:00 time for just kids but I didn't know that 12:00 was the open time. So, we went and got lunch and ate it the nice park right by Summit Waves. Alivia had a great time playing. We then enjoyed our sunny day at Summit Waves. Alivia really liked wearing her water wings and swimming in the lazy river since she would go so fast. She also ended up going down the slides by herself with a little encouragement from her friends. It was such a wonderful day!! :)

Sliding at the park

Swimming with Daddy! She did end up going down both of these slides by herself. We ran into 2 of my friends and their kids and so Alivia wanted to be just like them and go down the slides.

Cheeto break!! LOVE IT!

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Sushi Lunch Date with Ben

Today Ben took the day off so we could spend some time together. Alivia always goes to Janet's on Thursdays to keep her routine so we decided we would have some time together just the two of us. We decided to eat lunch at the Sushi restaurant at Summit Fair and then we had dessert at Yogurtini. YUM! We were going to go and see a movie but we couldn't find a good one to see so we just went home and relaxed. It was the weirdest feeling not having Alivia with us. We kept asking each other what we used to do in our spare time when we didn't have Alivia. We were just lost as to what to do without her with us. ha! We joked that before Alivia we probably would have been painting a bedroom or etc. This just shows how special Alivia is in our family. Ben and I enjoyed our day of relaxation together. We are so blessed to have each other each and every day. I love you Ben!

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Happy Fourth of July

We had a wonderful 4th of July weekend. Sunday we went on Kristin's parents boat with some friends. Alivia spent the day and night at Grandma and Papa Richeson's house. They visited the elk, shot off fireworks and ate Alivia's favorite food, PIZZA! She had a great time with them. On the fourth we had dinner with my family and shot off fireworks with the neighbors. It was a great weekend celebrating with family and friends. We hope everyone had a great 4th as well! :)

Getting ready to go swimming!

So excited to swim in her "little pool" as she calls it!

Helping Mommy make the fourth of july cake

Our family...


Uncle Phillip

Eating cake!

Eating cake and watching the fireworks....

Alivia caught her first parachutes with Daddy!

My brother and I

My mom and I

Aunt Mable (my grandma's sister) and my grandma

Aunt Mable, My Mom and Grandma (my mom's mom)

A great night of watching and setting off fireworks. My dad definitely got some good "big ones" this year. However, Alivia didn't like the loud noises this year so she just sat in the chair the entire time. :)

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Happy Birthday Grandma and Papa

Papa's birthday is June 30th and Grandma's birthday is June 2nd. We had a great time celebrating their birthdays. Alivia LOVED having 2 cakes and 2 different birthday celebrations. Happy Birthday Mom and Dad! We love you!