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Britton is always creating things, and he likes to have his new inventions and games videoed.  Here’s a small sample.

Mother’s Day Program as School


School’s Out!

Britton had a lot of fun the last days of school. For Garden Class they had a “tomato throwing party” like they do in Spain. Only this time we used water balloons instead.

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We were sad to say goodbye to Maestra Rocha. She was such a great teacher for Britton this year. She understands him and was really good at channeling his energy–and brain power into something productive.

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After school we had a picnic in the park with friends. It was the perfect way to end the year.


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Thoughts on Britton’s Kindergarten year:

I am so glad he got into the Spanish Immersion program. Without it, he would’ve been so bored! His Spanish has come so far already. He doesn’t speak much at home, but his teacher says he fully speaks Spanish in the classroom, and if he doesn’t know a word, asks about it. He loves to be creative and play with friends. Everyone seems to like him and he likes to be friends with everyone. He’s grown so much and is such a fun, sweet boy.


Britton is SIX!

Happy birthday to my sweet boy!

I really don’t know where the time has gone, but my little boy has gone and grown up to a big boy of six. He was so excited for his birthday that he talked about it for months.



He was set on an Angry Birds party again, and decided on Angry Birds Seasons. I found out during planning that really meant holidays. So we did activities and had food and decorations relating to Valentine’s Day, Easter, St. Patrick’s Day, Christmas and Halloween. He picked most of the games and food because he likes coming up with games and things to eat that go with the theme.

He had friends over and we played “pass the present,”  keep the balloon off the floor, colored Easter eggs and ate snacks & cake.

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It was really fun. On his actual birthday he requested tacos.

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He is a wonderful little boy who is loved by everyone. He’s very fun loving–and loving in general. He gives hugs and kisses liberally. He thinks of everyone as his friend, and loves friends.

Britton is a smart boy who is very often found day dreaming and thinking of many things. He loves science, math, computers, soccer, running, Angry Birds, and Hot Wheels.

He is doing great in school and is learning a lot of Spanish. He doesn’t really like to speak it at home, other than the basics, but his teacher says he does at school, and is always trying to get better and asks for words if he doesn’t know them. He’s in a more advanced group for math and is learning addition and subtraction.

He’s still a great reader, but lacks confidence for some reason. So, we try to encourage him to read at least the level he’s on, which is about 4th grade. In Spanish he’s getting better too. Since Spanish is a phonetic language, he’s able to read it fine, but it’s the understanding that I’m not as sure about. Though maybe it’s just to me, because his teacher reads with each kid fairly often and assigns them levels based on that, so I would think that he really does understand it too. He’s at about a 1st or 2nd grade level in that.

He’s been going to “Mad Science”  after school once a week. There he’s learning about space–gravity, stars, asteroids and comets, rockets etc. He LOVES it! He’s also in soccer this session and is loving that too. He is getting better at it and has a lot of fun.

He loves to dance, be super silly, eat healthy food and plays pretty well with his sisters–until Kaia doesn’t do what he wants or “breaks the rules.”

He has a great memory and after reading something he often repeats it at random times–like a book he picked up at the book store last week. He just started saying things from it yesterday out of the blue.

Today he gave a talk in primary and it was great. His theme was about how the prophets in the scriptures are an example to our family. He mostly came up with it on his own after I asked him questions about what prophets he wanted to use–Jonah, Joseph Smith and Nephi were the final three. His reasons were definitely ones that I didn’t think of. His delivery was great too–engaging, clear, and well-spoken. He definitely has a talent for it.

I love my little guy and I’m so proud of the amazing boy he is–and growing into.


First day of Kindergarten

I can’t believe my little boy is in Kindergarten! He’s been waiting for this day for a long time, and so have I. As always, there were no tears, just excitement at drop off. He could hardly wait to get inside.

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I was excited for him to get in there too. He’s doing the Spanish Immersion program, so there will be lots of things for him to learn. He’s excited to make new friends and learn how to be a part of a bigger classroom. This is his first time being at school all day, so I was a little worried, but he doesn’t seem to have a problem with it.

He also got his first lunch at school too. Big day.

Happy First Day little buddy!




Our life lately…

Kaia has some CRAZY hair sometimes. Here it’s sticking up on 3 sides of her head.

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Angry Bird

Britton made this Angry Bird all by himself, from memory. He cut and glued it together.

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Kaia with her friend Donald, walking arm in arm. It was soooo cute!

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She has a hard time not kissing her sister ALL DAY!

And, I needed some pictures of the kids, so shot these this afternoon.



Can’t believe how grown up my little boy has gotten. He’s such a sweet, loving guy.



My silly girl. So smiley, dramatic and mischievous. Loves to help out with Cambry and just about everything else too.


B and his friend.



What can I say. She’s our little doll face. Long eyelashes, blue eyes and an adorable smile. Love her to pieces!

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My Boy is 5!

Where, oh where, has the time gone? I can’t believe this special little guy has been in our family for 5 years now!

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Birthday Boy

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A character from the beginning

He is such a fun boy who loves people, loves learning and loves to laugh. He will do anything to make people laugh or be think he’s silly. Quite the entertainer we have.

Right now he’s loving gymnastics, soccer, friends and school. He pretty much thinks everyone is his friend, which is a nice quality to have. He loves reading–right now it’s the “Jack and Annie” books, AKA Magic Treehouse. He’s gaining confidence in his ability, which is nice, because for a while he didn’t think he was very good, even though he did just fine. I think a whole page was just over whelming.


Our boy is sensitive and gets his feelings hurt easily. But, he is also very loving and sweet. He loves to give kisses and snuggles.

He’s been so excited for his birthday for months! Especially for his party that he’s been talking about for a whole year–seriously.

At school I took cupcakes in for the class.

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Birthday crown

Later that night we had his requested dinner–hamburgers.

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Present time

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He opened a couple of small things we’d gotten a while ago, but his main present is his “Tiny But Mighty” class this summer. He decided he’d rather do that than get presents this year. He really loves that acting class.

Happy Birthday to my amazing boy!


Angry Bird Space Launch

Ever since his birthday last year Britton talked about “my birthday next year, when I turn 5, I want an Angry Birds Space party.” We thought that over the year he’d come up with something else. No. It was always the same.

So, as his birthday came closer we started talking about it and he decided what he wanted the invitations to be. What he wanted his cake to be like and what games should be played.

He got to invite 5 friends, and luckily they were all able to come! It mostly turned out pretty great; and he loved it!

At first he didn’t want any food other than cake, but I kind of insisted. It was pretty much food from the Utopia Planet level of the game…junk foods. Pretzels, popcorn, chocolate chip cookies, caramel apples. We had “Ice Bird” water too.

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To start off we played a few games. First was Pin the Antenna on the Space Egg. They all liked that one. Then we played Pass the Angry Bird (like hot potato.) That was fun too.

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The decor/set up

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Filled with kids having snacks. The Sacks were decorated by the kids for their “loot”

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Friends. Bryce, Chloe, Ben, Kaia, Reece, Jack and Theo

Anyway, after snacks he opened presents. He loved them all!

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Lego “Cars” car from Theo

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Dinosaur book from Bryce

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Game from Chloe and Ben

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Angry Birds Space from Jack.

Then it was cake time.

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Britton’s cake. Glad it turned out well in the end. It wasn’t so pretty a couple of hours before.

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Yeah, that’ was Kaia. She thought it would be fun to eat the pieces and pour food coloring onto it and cut at it with the little paring knife.  I was horrified and she got in big trouble.

He was happy to blow out his candles.

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It was a really fun party and he had a great time with his friends. They played for a little bit until pick up time (yes, he’s big enough now that some moms left. It was kind of cool.)

Happy Angry Birds Birthday Britton!

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Thanksgiving Turkey Trot

We were home for Thanksgiving this year and the kids were invited to participate in a little race Thanksgiving morning. It was organized by a girl from church, so there were a lot of familiar faces and friends who attended, but also people I didn’t know too.

Britton was really excited since lately he’s been thinking he’s the fastest boy in the world. Kaia likes to do anything he does.

Getting ready. Very official with numbers and everything.

About to start

Finish Line


They had so much fun! Britton ran “so fast!” and Kaia ran with Daddy.

Later that day I made dinner and we just relaxed and had a nice time. We’re so thankful for all of the many things we are blessed with–it’s a lot! I”m so thankful for these little guys. They are so much fun, hilarious and definitely keep us on our toes.


Interesting conversation

Britton: Mom, why’s your tummy so big?

Me: Remember what I told you is in there?

Britton: Um, yeah, a baby.

Me: Yep, so it’s getting bigger. In a while it’ll be this big (giant stomach gesture)

Britton: Oh wow. And it’s going to be “this big” (big hand gesture)

Me: What is?

Britton: The baby in your tummy.

Me: Yep, it will. What do you think it should be?

Britton: Um, a boy or girl I think.

Me: That’s good. It will definitely be one of those.

Britton: Can I play the iPad now?

Love this guy!

PS–Almost 12 weeks. Due end of April.

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B loved it. E and Shae got way better pics than me, but both of them didn’t want to take turns or get off.

When they weren’t riding, they liked the fields and hay.

They really do like the horses. Good think Aunt Shaela has a farm for them to visit.


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