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, September 25, 2011

Back to School

It is back to school time again, and as sad as we were to see summer go, all the kids were ready for their new school adventures!

Aubree is in 6th grade this year and off to Jr High. This brings so many new adventures, such as walking to school, lockers, and playing in the band (she is playing the flute). Her teacher is Mindy Elliott. She is growing up so fast and turning into a beautiful young woman. She still struggles with anxiety and emotions, but is learning how to handle these a lot better. Along with playing the flute in the band, she is still taking ballet and piano lessons.

Kaden is in 5th grade at King's Peak Elementary (the school for 3-5 grades) and loves being the king of the mountain! His teacher is Lori Olson and he seems to be really enjoying her as a teacher. He has so many friends and is really outgoing and social. He loves being in Webelos Scouts and is working towards his arrow of light. He is also playing soccer right now and is looking forward to Basketball this winter.

Tyson is in 2nd grade at East Elementary (grades K-2) and like Kaden enjoys being the top of the school. His teacher is Amber Gordon, and he seems to really like her. He is super smart at Math and is at the top of his grade there. His reading is also really good and he keeps improving. He seems to be pretty well liked by all the kids and I can't walk down the hall at school with him without 3-4 kids stopping him to say hello! He is playing soccer this year also, and will play basketball and baseball in their respective seasons.

Brennen is back to preschool and thinks he is pretty hot stuff being in both classes, but that is the advantage of having mom as the teacher. He is really working on being a big kid and has come a long way since last year. On days that there is no preschool, he is mom's buddy and big helper. He started soccer this year and loves having his dad as his coach!

I can't leave Cambree out! She doesn't go to school yet, but she goes to the babysitter and she loves it! She is also a typical 2-year-old, sweet as suger the one minute, a raging tornado the next. But we do love and she brings a special light into our lives that I can't imagine not having!

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