April::Iphone:2015

the fam at pop’s birthday…girls day out…big sister helper

april showers bring worms…buy this one mom!…lunch with anna

lunch with cate…first night of soccer…soccer buddies

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dress rehearsal…b-ballers…takin’ a break

we heart chelle…simpletons…cate’s choir concert

the singers…cate and her teacher…the two-headed grandma

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papas…silly sisters…best 50 cents I’ve ever spent

anna’s art…cate’s art…whoa

boat day/exploring day…playground selfie…exploring

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anna’s find…good kids…hip hop recital

dancing sisters…they had so much fun…taking a bow

mama and girls…supporters…sassy pants

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happy dancer…my ‘teacher’…workin’ the wrap around light

dinner with friends…first PJ day..little brother lessons

wilson’s sleepover…how you feed 7 kids…spa dayapriliphone-5

bathtub boy…clean piggies…gosh he’s cute

anna’s make-up poetry cafe day…her poem…so proud

school pics…we didn’t buy them…play date with buddy sam

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buddies…outside homework…such a beauty

cate’s happy place…homework time…those lips

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Kayla’s Senior Prom!

Our super talented, amazingly smart, totally gorgeous niece, Makayla is ALMOST DONE WITH HIGH SCHOOL!!  Please, someone tell me how this is even possible?!  The girls and I had the pleasure of going to see this beauty and her boyfriend, Jake, off before prom this weekend and I just had to share!

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{Is Senior Prom photography a thing? It should be. And since I’m still not booking this year, if you’re a photographer, you should totally steal this idea. You can thank me later.} ♥

 

Sunny Phoenix

First, may I just say…we could not be more grateful to our amazing and wonderfully helpful parents for keeping our babies while we enjoyed the sun for a few days. We know just how lucky we are to be able to get away and know that our kiddos are in the very best hands…thank you so much to the grandparents.

Next, let me just say…getting away for a few days with just the husband and I was So. Ah-mazing. We got to talk! To each other! With out interruption! We got to sleep in! And relax! Oh man. It was awesome.

Corey had to be in Phoenix over the first part of the week for work, I flew out on Thursday where we had 3 full days of fun.  We stayed at The Pointe Hilton Tapatio Cliffs Resort, a place we would highly recommend.  We ate, we drank, we hiked, we sat our butts by the pool.

Here are a few snap shots (from both my iphone and my big camera) of our sweet little time together…

jaimelenhartphoto_PHX-20The view from our room…jaimelenhartphoto_PHX-8jaimelenhartphoto_PHX-21

Mountain-top restaurant for dinner! jaimelenhartphoto_PHX-10jaimelenhartphoto_PHX-25

Downtown Phoenix in the center…jaimelenhartphoto_PHX-1jaimelenhartphoto_PHX-2jaimelenhartphoto_PHX-3

Such a beautiful view during dinner!jaimelenhartphoto_PHX-27jaimelenhartphoto_PHX-1-2So magical…jaimelenhartphoto_PHX-7jaimelenhartphoto_PHX-2-2jaimelenhartphoto_PHX-3-2

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The next morning we went for a hike in the desert.  The sky was so blue and it was fun exploring…but man, that heat is no joke. jaimelenhartphoto_PHX-4-2jaimelenhartphoto_PHX-5-2

Then, back to another grueling day at the pool…sigh…jaimelenhartphoto_PHX-22jaimelenhartphoto_PHX-23jaimelenhartphoto_PHX-26jaimelenhartphoto_PHX-28

We finished up our time in Phoenix at the home of my Uncle and Aunt. We relaxed in their pool, watched the derby and drank mint juleps.  We only took the one photo by the pool on our last day (I blame the mint juleps) but it was such a nice visit and wonderful afternoon and evening.   jaimelenhartphoto_PHX-24jaimelenhartphoto_PHX-29jaimelenhartphoto_PHX-30

This was one of the best “grown-up time outs” we’ve ever had! :)jaimelenhartphoto_PHX-31

Spring Break:iphone::2015

And now…a special “Spring Break” iphone pic edition! :)  We had a great break together…some activities, some home time, lots of laughs.

anna makes spring break homework fun…skymax…fro-yo

painting class…the girls…mama and girls

cousin sleepover…zoo day…we found the wilson’s

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more zoo…feels good to run outside…pretty girls

mama and will…fun kids…strike a pose

zoo selfie…climbers…spring break-ed outiphone_march-7

ready for easter eggs…fun…will’s ‘usa’ egg

anna’s minion egg…cate’s minion egg…will and his buddy uncle jake

happy birthday, pop…seeing cinderella…girls day out

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easter miracle…bunny cake…silly easter bunny!

‘it’s toooo heavy!!’…not sure how that one got there again…cate found her basket

anna found hers…easter morning…the bunny brought grace!

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chocolate for breakfast…easter flip flops…sweet kids

handsome hubs and kids…before church selfie…easter brunch at nana’s

kids and gram/pap…kids and gram/pop…3 generationsiphone_march-10

Soccer (and cheer!)

Will started playing soccer last night and though it was a rough start with some tears, once he got started he loved it!

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We cracked up at these pics…Will’s tongue is out in almost every single picture! :) will_soccer15-2

Um, yes. It was adorable overload. will_soccer15-3will_soccer15-4

The girls got to play while the boys practiced…so thankful for these friends…will_soccer15-5will_soccer15-6will_soccer15-7He loved it!will_soccer15-8Freckles!!!!! will_soccer15-9will_soccer15-10Will and Keldon…such good little buddies! will_soccer15-11

And now, though it is, ummm…7ish months late…Cate cheering!  Because we print this blog and use it as a ‘family yearbook’ of sorts, I have to get these pics of Cate in from the Fall.  She had a blast cheering for Jackson Youth Football…we were so proud of her and LOVED watching her!:)

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Gosh, she’s cute…Cate_Cheer-7Cate_Cheer-8Cate_Cheer-9Cate_Cheer-10Go Cate! Cate_Cheer-11Cate_Cheer-13Cate_Cheer-14Cate_Cheer-15

Half-time dance…Cate_Cheer-16

Spectators :) Cate_Cheer-17Cate_Cheer-18

One of the Varsity football games was dedicated to the Youth Football program. Cate got to walk out on the field at the start of the game…Cate_Cheer-2

Then, our darling, gorgeous, sweet neighbor and High School Cheerleader, McKenzie, asked both Cate and Anna to cheer with her during the 3rd quarter.  Both girls were thrilledCate_Cheer-3Isn’t she a beauty?!  Such a nice kid too…Cate_Cheer-1Cate_Cheer-4

What a fun season!