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Sunday, February 27, 2011

Sadie Girl

Sadie, our 8 month old puppy, has been away at training since January.  She came home for the weekend and she is doing so awesome! (Sorry, this post is long but it is mostly pictures!)
 This weekend we have taken her for a couple of walks.
 Here is my baby little boy on his bike.  He went all the way around the block on his big boy bike.  I guess there is no turning back.  Tricycle will probably be the next item to go!
 It is pretty impressive to see your 6 year old walking your 8 month old lab, especially if you saw her walk 2 months ago.  Caitlyn has a new found love for hunting now and I think her dad is trying to hold back his excitement just in case she changes her mind.
 Here's my crew, minus Cali, we tried to bring her but she was a little too sore on this beautiful morning.
 I think Sadie is even cuter now then she was before she left.  She is definitely calmer!!

 I think I can!  As we got home, he rang his bell - so stinking adorable!
 Dixee, Sadie and my precious love Cali.  Gosh she looks old in this picture.  She is my very first dog as an adult.

 Susan, all these pics of Sadie are for you.  Well and for me too, since she went back to hunting school today. 
 It sure was fun to have her home.
 Now that she is so far along in her training she can start coming home on the weekends and we won't mess her up!

 We have a great running area right down the street.  We found it for sledding and it is great for dog and kid running!  We went twice this weekend to hang out with Sadie's brother who lives down the street - a whole new kind of play date! HA
 Sadie is on the left and her brother, Griff is on the left.
Here is a family pic, so to say!  Jenn is the proud owner of Griff. These puppies were worn out!

Caitlyn's 6th Birthday Party!

We had waited a long day for Caitlyn's birthday party.  It was originally planned for Jan. 30th, but Caitlyn woke up that Sunday morning very sick.  We had already planned not to take Brent to church that day and had made other arrangements for him during the party since he had the flu, but then at 5:00 Caitlyn was sick too.  It ended up being only a 24 hour stomach bug, but we had to make the painful decision to cancel the party.  Caitlyn didn't even cry, which shows just how sick she was.

Anyway, back to the party day!  We were so ready to have the Par-tay!!! 

 Caitlyn wanted her party at the Rise Gymnastics place.  It was a great place to have it.  There were wonderful to work with!
   We were so glad that Brent was able to join us too.
 Just a few of Caitlyn's sweet friends!  Aren't they adorable!
 They all had a chance to fly!  Forgive the spots on my camera, it was from the lighting.
 Brent loved jumping - shocking, huh?

 5 of her friends were able to stay the whole time.  Unfortunately many of her friends had schedule conflicts today. But it was the perfect of amount of FUN.

 They enjoyed so many fun games and free time.

 And the cake was yummy to

Happy Birthday my sweet girl!  My how you have grown up so fast.

Thursday, February 24, 2011


This week has entailed 3 nights of online training.  Unfortunately when I have to bring home work this makes me tired, cranky and takes me away from family.  I fill rushed and like my time is sabotaged.   I am so thankful to be on the last half of this week and to be able to cross it off my list.  And of course, to be a better teacher also!

Tonight I needed to change all the sheets on the bed and I was thrilled to have a little helper.  Caitlyn was a super, sweet helper.  She loved every minute of it. It was so much fun to fluff the sheets with her.  I just hope she continues to love it as the years go on.  Ha!

She brought home her first writing papers tonight.  Jeff and I are thrilled with them.  She wrote about her dance recital and our trip to Great Wolf Lodge.  They were so good.  In fact, if I wasn't so tired I would take a picture and post them here, but...

Monday, February 14, 2011

Caitlyn's Kindergarten Valentines Party

 Caitlyn's Valentine party was on Friday this year.  Monday's really aren't the best party days.  I was able to sneak down for her special party.
 They had some kind of pink floats and a heart cookie.  Just the perfect amount!  Especially since her box was completely FULL of candy.
 Her class was so calm on this party day and on their Christmas party.  Love it!
This is Caitlyn's teacher, Mrs. Penton.  We adore her!

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Making Music

During our one our many days off last week we turned up the music and danced.  Pretty soon, I began to make the kids my famous Kraft Mac n Cheese.  I was shaking the box to the music and then everyone wanted a musical instrumental.
 I dug out a couple cans and wooden spoons for drums.
 Caitlyn quickly added a pluthera of other "instruments" and traded in her wooded spoons for spatulas.

 Her musical act would change with each song.  Her talents are many, she plays the spoons also!
 Her final act! Her "shaker"
Brent wasn't into playing instruments right away.  Instead of using the two small cereal boxes as drums or musical instruments he would rather kick them in the air to the music.  I love this picture that shows the great action.

 Brent did finally get into the playing the drums as his final act though.
It was a great time.  The music was so loud and we had such a great time!