Wednesday, August 31, 2011

First Day of Kindergarten!

So, here it is. The traditional "first day of school" photo. Kamryn started Kindergarten this year and she was all smiles about it.

We're on our way to school! I was only getting a little emotional here.
Here is her teacher, Mrs. Jensen, giving her her name tag.
Here she is, ready to go into class. She had no fear, just went right in and waved goodbye like it was no big deal. I only teared up a bit, but mostly kept it together. She was ready and so was I. Here's to a fun year at school. (And yes, I am bummed that I didn't think of taking a picture with her. )




Tuesday, August 30, 2011

The Beach and The Park

We tend to make it to the beach only once during the summer (mostly because of Jason's dislike of the place) and this summer was no different. This year we went to Corona Del Mar. Myself and the rest of primary presidency planned a primary beach day for the kids. *Sidenote: we will never do it again.* Anyhow, it turned into more than just primary, which made it all the more fun! :) The pictures below are the Young Men setting up our food tent....

This is their Young Men leader, while they are setting up the tent. Isn't leadership grand? :)
Sadly, I was so busy with the activity itself I didn't get many pictures of the kids. Just these few of them playing in the sand together. They did go down to the water and they really had a great time. It ended up being a great day and evening and I think all who went had a great time.

We also try to make it to the Concert in the Park each year and I am happy we made it one. We went with our friends, the Taylors and enjoyed hanging out and listening to the Classic Rock Band.
Here is Kamryn with a little air guitar. :)

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Wednesday, August 24, 2011

She's 5 years old!

This was the first year Kamryn was able to have a "friend" party. Her wish was a "Little Mermaid" party and I think it came together nicely. Kamryn was thrilled with the decorations. :)
We invited the girls from her primary class and a couple other girl friends she had (so yes, an all girl party). We had bubbles going, a slip n' slide, a water hopscotch game, and a pool and overall I think the kids had a great time in the backyard getting wet!
We even let Logan get in on the fun!

The kids had hot dogs on the patio and there were smiling faces all around! :)
Kamryn was most anxious for present time! She got lots of fun stuff, mainly My Little Ponies, and she was so excited to show her presents to everyone.

All the girls were pretty excited about her presents!
For some reason, I only got a picture of Logan eating his cupcake but he was the messiest so of course, we had to take a picture of it.
Here is a video of the birthday singing. Overall, it was a success but I think I'm taking a break from the friend party next year. It's a lot of work! :)



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Lifetime Friends!

On our way home from Utah we made a stop in Vegas to visit one of my dearest friends. Dawnia and I grew up together and I rarely get to see her now since she lives on the East Coast. So, it was nice to be able to hang out for a bit and catch up.

Monday, August 22, 2011

Vacation over!

This vacation officially exhausted my children, as seen below. One thing I am bummed about is that I did not get pictures of them swimming in the beautiful pool at the hotel. They did A LOT of that which added to their pure exhaustion. We had such a great time and I can't wait for our next reunion in Bear Lake. :)



To ride or not to ride!

The Alpine Slide. I have a love/hate relationship with it. The picture below is the "hate" part of the relationship. I am not a fan of the ski lift that takes you to the top. If you look carefully you can see Jason in his white shirt and Logan is somewhere in that picture too. I am terrified of heights so just taking this picture was enough to make me sick. I just kept praying that Jason would hold on to Logan for dear life. (The last time I rode this lift, I was in tears thanks to being tortured by both my husband and Aaron while riding it. I refuse to do it again).
I was grateful for this sight, Jason and Logan coming safely down the slide. This is my "love" part of the relationship. The slide is really fun and I am glad Jason took Logan. They had a fun time!
Now, this was my kind of ride. Watching Kamryn ride the carousel. She is like her Mommy and was not interested in the slide at all so I let her pick her own ride and of course, it involved the horses! :)


One word....Yummy!



We took a couple trips to this yummy place and enjoyed us some ice cream, candy, fudge, etc....Nothing like a vacation to make an excuse for eating treats. :) Isn't my sister and brother in law cute. :)

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Hogle Zoo

Our next fun activity was the Hogle Zoo. They had a new dinosaur exhibit so it was pretty busy, but we still had a great time checking out the cool animatronic dinosaurs and the real animals that were living and breathing. This particular dinosaur was my favorite because it sprayed water. It was some nice relief from the heat.




Checking out the giraffes...my personal favorite. :)

Kamryn with her cousin, Stockton.
Watching the Bird Show. Seen many in my day but they are always entertaining. These two faces below are precious. Love them so much and I am so glad we had such a good day!



Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Olympic Park

One of our first activities at our family reunion was the Olympic Park. I wasn't sure how entertaining it would be, but by the looks of both mine and my brothers face, it was pure adrenaline. :)
Park City has a bobsled team, yeah! (Said in a Jamaican accent, of course)

This is where we checked out the ski jump. They actually had ski jumpers going and landing in a pool. See the video below.
More bobsledding!
Here is the actual bobsled track that was used during the olympics in Park City.




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My brother John was daring enough to actually take a ride in an actual bobsled on the Olympic Course. He said it was the scariest thing he has ever done and a huge adrenaline rush. I think it's pretty cool he was brave enough. :) Go John!

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Monday, August 15, 2011

On the road again...

Back to Utah for the second Family reunion, the Johnson side. We stayed at the Marriott at Park City and had such a great time. Here is Kamryn playing with her cousin, Hailey.
My sister is going to love me for posting this picture, but I couldn't pass it up! :)
And he is just cute!
More pictures to come...