Monday, May 30, 2011

Graduate in the Hoouuusse!

Last Friday was Gracie's last day of school - Emmett finished on Thursday.
Gracie had a Kindergarten graduation ceremony complete with caps with tassels, gowns, and diplomas! The kids were so excited - it was very cute! They only have half-day kindergarten at her school, so going up to first grade is a pretty big deal. She explained it as getting to have lunch at school and THREE recesses instead of only one!

Emmett and Jessie were tired of cooperating by this I guess being silly is better than being angry!

Nothing like being in the wrong place at the wrong time - I was asked to make the graduation video way back in the fall, of course I said yes! Even though I have never done anything like that before on our Mac. I almost backed out of the deal, but decided I needed to buck up and learn the iMovie program (I'm so glad I did!). This is what I came up with for their graduation...

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Show Girl!

Last night Gracie had her very first full-production dance recital. It was titled "Seusicca" and held at the Mansfield Theater in Great Falls - they have many professional concerts and shows there. She has been taking tap and ballet since January at Miss Linda's School of Dance. There are 230 students who take classes there and they all performed last night. I have been complaining about all the expenses/fees that seem to be never ending with this show, but Jason and I were both very happy with last nights' performance and enjoyed seeing all the kids perform. And most of all, Gracie LOVED every minute of it!

In our frugality's, Jason and I decided not to have Gracie's dance pictures taken by the professional the studio hired - crazy expensive! So, before the show last night, Jason set up "Studio Dad" and took pictures of Gracie and her friend Hayley (they are also in Kindergarten together). I LOVE the shots he got - about 225 in all. Now I just have to decide which ones I want to frame....

Gracie and Hayley in their "Penguin" costumes for their tap routine
Fishy costume for the "Red Fish Blue Fish" ballet routine

Very excited to receive her first flowers

Sunday, May 8, 2011


May 8th, 2011
Emmett is 4 years old! That means we left Guam four years ago, and two years ago I had a brand new baby girl. WOW! Where does the time go?!
Emmett is officially done being a baby/toddler and I can hardly believe it! He is my busy bee. He still hums while he eats (just like when he was nursing), loves hugs and wrestling around, and is becoming quite the helper setting and clearing the table at dinner time. He loves socializing at school and is anxious to be writing like Gracie. He is fearless, athletic, and can be very dramatic!
We love you, Buddy!

8 Days Old
#1 Look at those cheeks!
2 Big Ones
3 and Counting...
Fabulous 4!

Still growing off the charts!
At his checkup yesterday he measured 44 inches tall (off the %tile chart) and weighed 43 lbs (93rd %tile)

Wednesday, May 4, 2011


My beautiful baby girl is turning into an even more beautiful young lady! She is kind, loving, very helpful at home, loves school, and can't wait to start the first grade next year. We love her so much and are so happy that she is ours!! :-)

One-month old
One-year old
Two-years old
Three-years old
The Big 4
Five and counting
Super 6 (May 1st, 2011)
I made a "crown" cake per her request!
New soccer net in the background, and my cabinet with the "missing" doors...