(Garrett and Anna are 8 days apart in age, and they are the cutest two kids you will ever see when they are together. They are 2 peas in a pod. When our families are together, they are together the whole time. And Anna can hold her own against Garrett. Hopefully they'll be good friends for a long time to come!)
Anna, Garrett and Sophie
Brianna, Ann (7 months pregnant) and Ann's sister Teth
Here are a TON of pictures from our 4th of July weekend. In the past we've had a tradition of going to Lagoon on the 4th, but it's been a few years since we've done it. This year we finally made it back but had Trent and Kimm's families with us. It was so much fun. Trent's family came down on Saturday and stayed the weekend with us. Craig and Trent played in a softball tournament in Perry with their Johnson cousins. We did our own fireworks on Sunday. Monday morning Ashlyn had an All-star softball game. I forgot my camera but her team won 8-3, and Ashlyn hit a TRIPLE which got her team's first point on the scoreboard for the game. After the game we quickly grabbed some lunch and then headed to Lagoon. We stayed until the park closed at 10. It was a LONG day, but so much fun! Can't wait for next year. :-)
Mackenzie and Jocelyn
Brianna at Lagoon. She's 10 weeks old here. (We catch her with her hands in her mouth more often than not. Not sure if we're going to keep her from being a thumb sucker. Keep your fingers crossed for us!)
Looking for trouble? Either one of these girls will work! ;-) Jessica and Sophie
An attempt at capturing some of our fireworks on film!
The kids were supposed to be sleeping in the backyard in a tent, but when I found out that only 6 of the kids were going to sleep outside and the oldest two out there were the 8 yr olds (with no parents out there), I decided to put a nix on the camping out idea. This is what we ended up with...a huge sleepover in the basement! We love when the cousins come to visit!
The other day we headed to Barnes Park to feed the ducks. Many years ago we did this with Tiffany and my mom. I decided it was about time I took the kids there again. At least 3 of my kids weren't even born the last time we were there. :-)
For those of you who missed this picture on Facebook, Nathan had a late night on the last day of school. While at the friend's house, they decided to mess around on their tredmill. Well, this is what happens when the tredmill gets cranked up and you don't know how to get off. Nathan was in quite a bit of pain that night. As you can see, he had a ton of burns and a few that were deep enough that they bled. Not a fun thing to see your child in this much pain. The good thing from this...I heard "Mom, now I know why you don't let us play on our tredmill!" Too bad sometimes we have to learn the hard way!
Ashlyn's team took first place this year in softball. Here she is with her friend Kylie. They received the "Stockton to Malone" award from the coaches. Kylie played 1st base and Ashlyn played pitcher. They had more outs from pitcher to 1st than anyone else on the team. They had a lot of fun with it. The funny part of all of it was that Ashlyn had to ask, "Who's Stockton and Malone?" Good thing there wasn't a die hard Jazz fan standing near by!
Had to add a couple pictures of Brianna at 9 wks old. She had her 2 month appt and is now 11 1/2 pounds. She's growing so fast, and I don't think her "small" start is going to hang around for too long. :-)
We just spent 4 days in Cedar City, Utah for the Utah Summer Games. Ashlyn's soocer team (now coached by Craig) competed in the U10 division. Craig, Ashlyn, Jocelyn, Brianna and myself went and had a great time. The other 3 kids stayed at home with their McMinn cousins.
Here's Ashlyn trying to boot the ball!
Ashlyn is incredible at throwing in the ball, and she can throw it in far! Most often the coaches want her to throw in if possible.
It was so much fun having Jocelyn with us. She loves watching and playing soccer, and she found a sister of a girl on our team and buddied up with her every chance they had. Here she's video taping while waiting for the awards ceremony. (And yes, she has a jacket on because it was very wet and cold that morning.)
One foot from all 12 players on the team, and a few showing off their finger nails from the finger nail painting party they had one night. :-)
Go Strikers!!! The team took 2nd place and received silver medals at the awards ceremony. This was a photo shoot before the awards were announced, so we could get close up!
Ashlyn and Jocelyn had their annual clogging competition at Lagoon last Saturday. This is a picture just before they left. Craig was going to make a girl's morning out of it and take Jessica with them, but Jessica ended up getting pink eye and had to miss out on "galoon". She was very disappointed. These two had a lot of fun though and always love the treats they get when dad takes them somewhere!!! (McDonalds for breakfast afterward.)
This is a very common scene in our home now. I think they'll be happier when Brianna is awake more because more often then not I'm telling them they have to wait to hold her because she's sleeping, and when she's not sleeping she's not happy!
Not the best picture but it's a close up of Brianna. It actually makes her look big and chunky, but actually she's not. :-) This was from last week some time.
I believe this is the 1 week old picture I took.
Ashlyn took this picture for me tonight. Brianna went to the dr. today, and she's 2 ounces short of her birth weight (7 lbs 10 oz). Kind of funny when at least 3 of my children were almost 10 lbs at 2 weeks! Brianna is 2 weeks old today! It seems like she's been with us longer. Sure love this sweet girl!
Here's Brianna weighing in at 7 lbs 12 oz. on April 26. My smallest baby!
This is one of my favorite pictures!
I always love getting to hold my babies after delivery. Probably just really relieved to have them out of me. :-) But this was by far the easiest delivery out of all 6. The petosin was started at 8am, the doctor broke my water at 8:40am, and Brianna arrived at 11:40am. There was never any severe pain, my body did all the work (I only pushed 3 times right at the end of delivery), and I had the greatest nurse ever! Great overall memory to end having children with.
I'm a mother of 6 who loves being a stay at home mom. There's no greater job title than that. I grew up like most Idahoans saying that I'd never live in Utah, but sure enough 11 of our 13 years married have been in Utah. I'm happy to call it home!
My main purpose in doing this blog is to keep my parents posted on what's happening in our life while they are serving an LDS mission in Nauvoo, but I think I'll enjoy having this record of all the fun times (and maybe some not so fun times) we have. I hope you enjoy following our family too.