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Friday, October 10, 2014

Great to be Eight

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We had a special event take place the beginning of September.  It's hard to believe our little guy turned eight, seems just like yesterday that his big sister was baptized.  

Kempton has a really strong hold of Gospel principles, and an understanding of doctrine.  He always wants to do what's right (helps that he is a "rule follower" and doesn't like to "scribble outside the lines").  He has a tender heart and is humble and teachable.  He was ready to be baptized.  

I am trying to increase my photography skills so that I can capture my own kids in memorable moments.  Kempton was a good sport and very patient with his mother when we ventured out one evening just him and I to take these pictures.  I took way too long, but I think we got some good ones of him and his personality!

 And then came the big day.  Kempton had a lot of support from family and friends. 
 He must really be loved!  

His wonderful grandparents wouldn't miss it for the world (Grandpa Peterson got on a plane just one week post major abdominal surgery)!

 Such a sweet picture of his cousin/buddy Joey and him.  

He's beaming before the big event!  It was a wonderful day filled with the Spirit and the support from our loved ones. 

And here's is Kempton's slide show:

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Back to School

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We had a great summer, we didn't leave town hardly at all, did a lot of staying in the area, but it was fine by me in my pregnant state.  We did have a lot of visitors, which was so great. The last two weeks of summer break, we could all feel that it was time to go back to school.  Perfect timing!

Averie is obviously growing up.  I love to see her come into her own. 
4th grade

 Kempton was obviously happy to start school.
2nd Grade

 Brenna had the hardest time waking up the first day of school.  Too many late nights all summer!  Her hair was so beautiful this morning.

My cute kids!

Mr. D and Mrs. Howard again! Yay!

So grateful for good friends!

I love the new school year. 
It's like a fresh start, new beginning, time to set goals, and strive to do better. 

Estes Park Family Reunion

Pin It The highlight and main vacation this summer was our family reunion to Estes Park.  This has been years in the making, with lots of preparation for the Wyoming families.  Our last reunion was about 10 years ago, in Hawaii.  This time, family traveled from all over the country to make it to Colorado.  You see, Cale's family is rich in heritage and culture, his Dad was born and raised in New Zealand.  His grandparents were some of the first people to join the LDS church in the town he was from.  It is inspiring to see the impact that two people's decision to join the gospel of Jesus Christ has had on several generations, with now well over 130 people!  Most of whom are strong and faithful members of the church.  I am sure Grandpa and Grandma are up in Heaven delighting in their posterity, it was a wonderful site to see, especially as someone who married into this amazing heritage and family.

Here we all are.  There's so many of us that we have pinheads:

The mint green ones:

The originals

Now for the fun part:
 pre-reunion fun with grandpa

 opening social

 Layla and Brenna standing so official

Hanging outside our rooms 

The observation center, where I observed much of the action.   

The observation log 

 Kempton was in Heaven with all the board and card games


 They call these their old lady faces

 Too much for this two-year-old.  Her and I napped on the other days, thankfully.

more old lady faces 

The craft cabin with the girls (while the able-bodied people were playing hours and hours of flag football!)

 And last but not least, the traditional New Zealand haka.  They get really into it.  

We were sad to see it end.

Summer and Jared's family stayed with us before and after the reunion, which was a bonus to the fun.  Our kids swapped cars the entire time.  So much fun with cousins!  

On our way home, we stopped by Mile High to see the Broncos scrimmage.  

  A final stop to Ikea was icing on the cake!