We were so incredibly lucky to have grandma and Lance's family come visit for the first time during the holidays. We had a great time while they were here, and we enjoyed visiting with them. Here we are enjoying the festivities of the Fiesta Bowl Parade. It turned out to be super hot and we were all dying by the time it ended! Gotta love AZ! Thanks Lance, Jodi and fam for coming to visit we loved it and hope you do it more often.
Pam, Kiana, Mckenna, Jodi, Jensyn
Jon (striking a pose), Chase, Pam, Mickey
Zach man eating fruit snacks
Jodi, Jensyn, Grandma, and Brody
Lance, James, Colten, Kenzie
Lance and James
Lance (with his monster drink of choice), James, Jodi, Levi
Ok so I am going out of order here. I am way way way behind on blogging and so I will post things as they come into my head. So next is Christmas!! This was our first Christmas at home all by ourselves. On Christmas Eve we opened our traditional pj's. Brody got transformer pj's and Zach got Lightning Mcqueen both boys were very excited about them. I even got some this year!! James picked out the bottoms and then the boys helped pick out the top. We read our Christmas Story and talked about Jesus and the true meaning of Christmas then the kids went to bed. However, in the morning they were taking forever to wake up so we had to help them a little!! : ) We did things a little different this year in that we took all morning to open gifts! We let the kids go at their own pace and play as they went. Brynlee ripped the paper a little bit, but didn't really get into it too much. The boys got excited for her though which was very cute. After the kids opened presents we went to church then ate dinner at Pam's house. That night when we got home and the kids where in bed James and I finished opening our presents. It's a good thing I knew what most of my presents were or that would never have happened!! : ) It was a wonderful holiday and we all got super spoiled!
My sweet little boy turned 5 this year! What an amazing 5 years it has been. Brody is such a good kid I don't know how we were so blessed. Brody has grown so much in the past year especially academically. He has officially graduated from the IEP program and was above average in a couple areas. The psychologist was very surprised and had never seen a kid test that high before. We are so proud of him. Brody is still as friendly as ever and a very caring little boy. He always has a smile for everyone. Brody enjoys playing computer games, wii games, riding his scooter, playing with friends, reading books, dancing (doing tricks), and volleyball. Brody will play soccer again this year and we hope he enjoys it a little more. Brody loves, loves, loves transformers so we decided to give him a transformers party. We found some awesome decorations and when he walked into the room you would have thought it was Christmas all over again. He was so excited it was hilarious! He couldn't wait to show dad!! : ) Brody wanted a transformer cake so we did our best to make him one. He loved it and that's all that matters. We are so grateful to have Brody in our lives. He is just a really good kid and I wonder how I got so lucky to have him. I love you buddy. Happy 5th Birthday!! : )
Zach turns 2 and what a busy two year old is he! This cute boy of mine keeps me on my toes. Zach is full of life and loves cars, trains, books, and doing whatever Brody is doing. He is really well rounded in that he enjoys singing, dancing as well as playing ball, and riding his bike. His new favorite game is duck duck goose as he smacks you on the head. He knows what soft is, but doesn't practice it much!! He is a very smart kid and amazes me with things that he knows. Zach loves to take Brody to school and if he could he would stay there. Which almost happened once because Dad forgot him. Luckily the teacher was paying attention and caught James in time. Zach can be such a sweet kid and is hilarious to watch. He is just a little man and I get a kick out of him. Happy Birthday buddy!! We love you tons.
Zach eyeing his race track cake
Zach loved the cars. He also received monster trucks, a ball, clothes, and a t-ball set for his big day. We had Pam's family over for the festivities as well so it was a fun little party.
I am so behind on blogging I can't even believe it. We have been so blessed this year with so many things, but the most important has been our sweet baby girl. Brynlee Slade was born on May 31st weighing in at 7lbs 7ou and 20in long. She had dark hair and the cutest most kissable little cheeks you can imagine! She wasn't in any hurry to get here which made it a very long day for mom and dad, but was worth it in the end. A few days after she was born we found out that her thyroid wasn't working. She has been diagnosed with Hypothyroidism and will have to take medication for the rest of her life. Over the past few months we have found the right dose that works for her and she is thriving. Thank you to all those who have had her in your prayers we are so grateful. She is such a joy to have and has brought such a sweet little spirit to our home. We love you Brynlee Girl!!
Well it's happening my little boy is growing up. He turned 4 yrs old this year and I don't know where the time went. Brody is an amazing little boy with so many wonderful qualities. He is such a sweet boy and is very friendly. He will say hi to almost anyone especially if he is on his bike. He loves preschool and is doing really well. He just doesn't like to get up so early to go. Brody's interests are robots, rockets, and planes as long as they have guns. He loves to ride his bike, play on the computer, and play with his trains. He is a fantastic big brother and puts up with a lot from Zach. Brody is my little cuddler and I love it. We are so blessed to have him in our family and love him very much. Happy 4th little man!!
Monster Truck. . . not sure if this was more for dad or Brody!! : )
Brody with cousins Elise and Jarom checking out Walle.
His new helmet so he can be safe riding his bike.
Transformers: Helicopter and Tank
He was so excited about these, but talk about hard to put together.