I don't want to drive up to the pearly gates in a shiny sports car, wearing beautifully tailored clothes, my hair expertly coiffed, and with long perfectly manicured fingernails. I want to drive up in a station wagon that has mud on the wheels from taking the kids to scout camp. I want there to be a smudge of peanut butter on my shirt from making sandwiches for a sick neighbors children. I want to be there with a little dirt under my fingernails from helping to weed someone's garden. I want to be there with children's sticky kisses on my cheeks and the tears of a friend on my shoulder. I want the Lord to know I was really here and that I really lived.
~Marjorie Pay Hinckley~

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Pinewood Derby

January was Kaden's 1st pinewood derby. He was so dang excited. I think it is kind of a rite of passage for little boys, especially in the church. Surprise, he made a car that looked like a dinosaur. He didn't have the fastest car, but he sure had a good time. The picture quality is not very great, because the lighting in the gym is not the best.
Kaden and the dinosaur car.

Getting ready to race.

Getting his "this car is not a nerd" award from Sister Gilbert.

All the scouts with their cars and awards. I sure love these boys.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Aubree's Birthday 10 years old

OK I am making myself sit down and do this blog post. I have been so bad lately.
Not only can I not believe that my baby is 10 years old, I cannot believe I am old enough to have a 10 year old. Where does the time go, seriously?
We did have a great birthday with Aubree. She is getting so grown up. I told Bruce it is weird that she is as excited to get clothes as she is to get toys. I guess it is part of growing up. She also got the Littlest Pet Shop for the Wii and some High School Musical Barbie dolls.

This is the Tinkerbell cake we came up with. I was kind of nervous about it , because she had been sketching out what she wanted, but she seemed pretty happy with it, although it is not one of my best cakes.

We did a fairy birthday party with her friends and really had a good time! I love putting on birthday parties for my kids. This is some of the girls making fairy wands. We also made candy necklaces and ribbon barrettes. The girls had so much fun with the crafts we didn't even get to many of the games. But it was a lot of fun. After the party, her best friend Darby stayed for dinner and our very first sleepover. They had all these big plans of what they wanted to do all night, and then ended up falling asleep by 10 pm. Oh well, it was still pretty exciting.

I can't believe how grown up my girl is getting. IT is crazy to be sharing CDs and having some pretty grown up conversations. Aubree is such a smart girl. She loves to read, and has already read the entire Harry Potter series. She will read anything she can get her hands on. She also loves ballet. Her ballet teacher once told me that she loves to watch Aubree dance, because she can just see the joy she has when she dances and that is not something you can teach. She is also becoming a good piano player. I love Aubree so much and am so proud of the young woman she is becoming!