Tuesday, August 25, 2015

the fourth

here are a bunch of cheesy pictures from the day we celebrated the greatest country on earth. 

Kate planned another fun 4th celebration at the park.  We had a big pancake breakfast and face painting and had decorated bikes and wagons for the parade.

The kids got to ride them around for a big part of the morning but it started raining... hard.  So we all huddled under the bowery for the patriot program.
Becca had the kids sing "Our Flag, Our Flag" from the Primary Songbook...and I love it. 

 And Derek Johnston read a poem called "Paul Revere's Ride" and we all sang "My Country Tis of Thee" with the rain pelting down on the tin roof.  It was SO loud but it just made it so we had to sing with all of our hearts.   I loved that we were all huddled together under shelter from the rain - it made it more special and patriotic.  I felt such a strong love for this country during the song.


The kids just did mini parade afterwards in the tiny space and we just threw candy at them.  It was kinda funny.

  Here's Freddy enjoying his candy and flag.

The kids brought homemade wares to exchange.  Audrey with her basket of give-aways.

And Wilsons putting their homemade goods together.

these two cheesers 
 just after this, Lucy and I went on a walk splashing in every puddle.  The rain had stopped and the world looked beautiful and we all went home.
We got home just in time to meet up with this guy!
Joey's cousin - Cap'n Benny - came through Memphis on his way to Nashville. 
Just like most of Joey's cousins - he's also famous. 

He's been Johnny Cash in Las Vegas and is moving to Nashville to get some fancy rock 'n roll training.  It was fun to meet him and his family.  It'll be great having them close.

 It was a fun fourth!  And last month I read 1776 which deepened my appreciation and love for the freedoms we enjoy. 

Monday, August 10, 2015

Luke's geologist party

Joey is the nicest and said he would plan Luke's half birthday party.  I was worn out from all the other stuff going on and he totally stepped up.  So, Luke got to have the coolest geology party ever planned by his dad.   And it was on his exact half birthday - June 20th.   (ps - we do this so we don't have to plan anything in crazy December and to split up his presents for the year with birthday and Christmas)

In attendance:   Maryanne, Emme, Lucy, Jack, Olivia, Luke (the only one you can't see), Jake Farrell, Dawson, Jane, David and Malan. 

They are also in age order here because Joey is explaining the treasure hunt rules and I think they went youngest to oldest. 
Each one got to read a clue and go find their own geode.  And later Joey took them individually into the garage and cut open their geode for them with a tile saw.  It was cool cause they were all totally different inside.

They were running from the front to the back and all over our yard. 

The final clue took them here to the gutter.  The final geode was deep down in the gutter and Joey had to take off the grate.  Jane was the one to go down there but I think every single kid asked for and got a turn to climb down in there.  See how fun dads are?

(Olivia was sad for a minute cause she thought she didn't get a turn to go down into the gutter - but don't worry, she did.)
After everyone had their geode - they also got to dig up a big box of rocks and minerals then played spin the bottle to take turns picking which one they wanted and got their own little collection.
  (at this very moment - Maryanne was throwing up in the bathroom and I was in there with her cleaning up and giving her a bath.)
This was one of the coolest parts because we had an identification sheet that came with the rock and minerals.  So each kid would get a rock and excitedly look up what their treasure was and went home with a bag of rocks knowing what each of them were.  Blue Howlite, Pyrite, Sharks' Teeth, Rose Quartz etc, etc.  It was fun to hear them rattle off what was in their bag.

Luke's rock cake!

Topped with edible chocolate rocks that were surprisingly super delicious

Birthday Bots
lukesbots from katiehale on Vimeo.

Luke is one lucky boy.  And I am one lucky mama.  Thanks Joes for doing such an awesome party!

Friday, July 3, 2015

one year of freddy: the movie

(July 5th)  Working on this video and reviewing this year with Freddy has made me reflect on my life a little.  I was so crazy in love with Joey when we got married and it was light and happy and giddy and fun.  But with the birth of each child - our love changes.   It's not as light or as giddy maybe as it used to be, because it's an added responsibility and we have more work to do and more to juggle.  But babies!   What joy and love they bring with them.  And my love for Joey deepens as we work together and exchange looks of awe over these precious beings we've created.  I realize that this is it.  This is the reason we are here.  To feel this joy through this amazing power of procreation. 
President Boyd K, Packer passed away a couple days ago and man I loved him.  I still remember listening to him as a little kid in our family room downstairs and he said something that made my eyes well up with tears I was so touched.  And I felt like he was talking just to me.  That was my first experience like that and I've had many since.  So Boyd K. Packer has always been special to me.
Anyway - he said this is in his last talk  "The power of procreation is not an incidental part of the plan; it is the plan of happiness; it is the key to happiness."
He said - "A tiny body begins to form after a pattern of magnificent complexity. A child comes forth in the miracle of birth, created in the image of its earthly father and mother. Within its mortal body is a spirit able to feel and perceive spiritual things. Dormant in that mortal body of this child is the power to beget offspring in its own image."

 Anyway those are just some thoughts. 
And here's a nice silly video of our dear Freddy's first year.  (I think it's funny that coldplay's lyrics include - you're skin...oh yeah you're skin and bones. .....hee hee)

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Frederick Nathan turns ONE!

Just like his birth - some of the excitement started the night before.  He took his very first steps on June 5th at 7:54 pm. 

The morning of his birthday Luke took it upon himself to decorate.  He wanted him to have a "Little, Big Planet" birthday.   He designed all his own decorations for the wall and even made sure he had a festive and themed birthday bottle.  What a bro.
And then we spent the day at the Lake - which is, of course, where Freddy requested his birthday party to be. (We are very accommodating.)   Even though we might have been distracted by Super Mable (she's such an attention hog) we still made sure Freddy got the adoration he deserves.

practicing his ONE
He loved floating around in his life jacket.  Look at that little face!

After the lake and the drive home it was getting late.  All family members kindly delayed showers and dinner so we could skip straight to the singing and cake for the Fredster so he could go to bed.   We have a tradition of showing a one year video at the birthday but this time I hadn't had any time to make one. (but it's hopefully coming soon...sorry 4th child!)  But Freddy himself was entertainment enough.  He was loving that he had a big, captive audience watching him eat (and not eat) his cake.  I love how at the very end just as Olivia says "I think he likes giving stuff to people" - he looks at her and takes the berry out of his mouth and hands it to her.  :)

lethimeatcake from katiehale on Vimeo.

and... he's off to the bath tub

Since the cake was his dinner - I guess he decided he still needed dessert. (a tasty bar of soap)
Happy 1st Birthday Freddybones!

PS - his presents were: colorful bath balls from Kate, bubbles from the Songers and the cutest HOMEMADE finger puppets from Malan!
 PPS -
 Freddy's one year old stats:
weight: 18.5 lbs (10%)
height: 30 inches (50%)

Every story has a beginning...

Joey and Katie first met in Mr. Hawkes 3rd grade class at Valley Elementary. They became good friends in Jr. High and best friends in High School. Katie wrote to Joey on his mission in Tiajuana and Joey wrote to Katie later on her mission in Tokyo. Years later at the ripe old age of 25, these best friends finally fell in love... or maybe just realized they were already in love. They got married on January 22, 2004.

happy kids

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