Monday, May 31, 2010

"Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe to assure the survival and the success of liberty." -John F. Kennedy

"I AM proud to be an American, where at least I know I'm free. And I WON'T forget the men who died, who GAVE that right to me." I have had, still do have friends, family and loved ones who have fought or continue to fight for our nation's freedom. THANK YOU and thank you to all those who took a moment to remember.


Friday, May 28, 2010

We love cousins b/c they -

let you help them build really tall towers with blocks and don't get mad when you knock them down!

They built it acutally pretty tall and Kenzie actually was helping out the blocks on. I love to see her little mind growing and figuring things out.
Thanks Brandon and Collin for hanging out with us and sorry Collin that you are MIA in the pictures, he was off playing with other toys.

Thursday, May 27, 2010

To say goodbye...

Here is what I wrote:

Please accept this letter as a grattitude for the opportunity I have had to teach at Mesquite High School as a Special Education teacher. My last day of employment will be May 28, 2010. Thank you so much for my five excellent years I have spent here. I have worked with some wonderful, talented, and inspiring educators and staff personnel. I have been given many opportunities to grow, share my talents and participate in a variety of school activities and functions. I have watched students walk down the graduation aisle with satisfaction knowing they will be contributing members of society. As my family continues to grow, I find it in their best interest to focus my energy there; with hopes to return to the education arena in the future. The memories I have made here will stay with me. I am hopeful that I can stay connected to Mesquite through part time opportunities or tutoring as we work together to figure out what is available and what will fit within my expanding responsibilities to my family. Additionally, I intend to work towards a Master’s degree so that when I am ready to come back full time, my skills are enhanced and students will benefit from my expanded expertise. I am grateful for the flexibility in scheduling that you have provided to me and am very appreciative of all the support I have received from administrators, staff, and my fellow teachers at Mesquite. I thank you sincerely for five wonderful years.

THAT's it folks - as of tomorrow, I am NO longer a GPS employee. I am going to be a full-time mom (like I wasn't already) from HOME!!!! It is going to be a new adventure and a new chapter in our lives, but I am ready. As I drove away today and said my goodbyes and graduation last night, I couldn't help but have mixed emotions. Teaching has been wonderful for me and to me. I love being able to help mold our future generations, but on the contrary, I feel so blessed that I get to stay home with my little girl. I feel so grateful for the wonderful family who have helped Matt and I with Makenzie, so we could put ourselves in a position financially (and let's be honest - emotionally) where I could stay home. She went to Grandma Porter's on Monday; Tuesday, Wednesday AND Friday she went to Aunt Lauren's (YaYa's) and Thursday she went to Aunt Eda's. Words really can't express the peace I felt everyday when Matt or I dropped her off knowing she was going somewhere where she would be loved and really taken care of. I don't know how I will ever repay my in-laws, but we will figure it out! I just have to count my many blessings to be surrounded my such great people who were willing to help us out, and without complaining (at least not to my face!!!) :) I know that I complained way more having to go to work then they ever did having to watch a little peanut who I am sure tore their house apart on multiple occasions.


Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Bridger Beau Lewis...

Yay for the Lewis family. My sister in law, Annie, had her baby boy this morning at 6:16 am. Bridger Beau Lewis weighed in at 6 lbs. 4 oz. - little guy.

Congrats to the Lewis family. We love you.

Disclaimer, this picture was sent via email, so the quality is not the best.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Oh the places we go

We ventured up to Prescott this past weekend, well Saturday till early Sunday morning. Why you ask? Our little peanut decided she didn't want to sleep Saturday night, and was up at 5:15 am Sunday - so at 6:30 we decided to just come home.

Anyways, my parents cabin is so much fun. They are doing a bunch of construction, which is almost done. We went up to help them unpack some furniture and to get some things organized. The boys, meaning my dad, Matt and twinny (Garrett) did ALOT of moving and unpacking - so did my mom! What did I do - let's take a look:

I took crazy pictures with Makenzie -

I walked up the stairs about 15 times

My hands sweat -

I walked down the stairs about 15 times -

I watched Kenz play with Uncle Garrett

I watched Kenz climb up a side table -

And somehow made a new little friend, I think this picture is awesome!!

I promise in there while Kenzie was sleeping, I unloaded my mom's car. It went by quick, we did alot of work, but it was very fun. I look forward to many memories up there.

Friday, May 14, 2010

Bath Time

What is it about bath time that kids love? I just love these pictures of sweet little Makenzie Sue. You can't tell me that she is not one of the cutest babies you have ever seen!!! This is how she spends her baths...stacking letters.
Looks like fun huh?

Thursday, May 13, 2010

So annoyed...

Really Makenzie Sue! At least I have figured out how to send text messages to your dad via email until my new phone comes in. What a headache!

Thursday, May 6, 2010

All in favor say ...

While SHEEEE is sleeping,

IIII am doing this. When do the roles get to switch?

Monday, May 3, 2010


We had a great weekend. We went up to Prescott to hang with the Porter extended family for Nanny's 80th birthday. I have never met Nanny before and alot of the extended family, so it was fun to meet the crew. We went up Friday night and spent the night at Brett's (Matt's cousin) rustic cabin. We are talking no electricity, light and stove on propane people! It was great. It was freezing. It was dirty. The pictures tell it all.

*** Disclaimer - yes, Makenzie is still in her pj's for the morning of playing outside. I thought she would fit the cabin! Truth - only one outfit for Saturday and it needed to stay clean for the party!
Lilly caught a baby lizzard!
Daxton just makes my day!
I think she saw a cheeto on the ground!!
"Wait daddy, I want to go!"
Priceless :)