Thursday, March 27, 2008

I Have Great Kids!!!

Today was parent teacher conferances. The boys are each doing great in school and their teachers had nothing but great things to say about them. I am so proud of them! Daniel has had straight A's all year long, and Ethan has had straight E's (excellent) and Cade had all A's and one B this grading period (he usually has A's and B's). They are all very good students and very consistent.

I hope this keeps up for years to come!

In talking to other friends that have teenagers and older children, I have to admit I'm a little worried about the kids growing up, but I guess they will whether I want them to or not!

Here baseball, there baseball,

Baseball has pretty much taken up all of our time. Every night of the week someone has a game or practice and most of the time we have both going on. Some nights we are there from 5 to 9:30! On those nights I make dinner and then we take it and eat it at the field in between the kids games, and who ever does not have a game or practice has to sit and get their homework done. We do however, usually have our weekends which is nice. The kids enjoy it and it gives them something to do.

Sahuaro Ranch

Sahuaro Ranch was the first ranch in Glendale, now it still has the old buildings and there are chickens and peacocks running around. It's kind of a nice relaxing place

Spring Break

Last week was spring break for the kids. We didn't really have any plans so we just stayed home most of the time. The kids watched way too much t.v. and played way too many computer games. The one little outing we went on was to Sahauro park and Sahuaro Ranch in Glendale.

We took a picnic lunch and the kids played.

Daniel and Cade broke out their mitts and played catch.

The weather was beautiful, March and April are my favorite times of year.
Allison loves playing in the dirt!

Monday, March 17, 2008

Daniels first game

Daniel also had his first game on opening day. He played third base. He had some hits, but I could tell he was tired out in the field. He had just gotten home from his scout campout and they had gone on a pretty hard hike up Picacho Peak. I think that he is a pretty good third baseman though.

Sunday, March 16, 2008

Opening Day, Saturday March 15, 2008

So the Village Meadows Little League had their official opening day. It was kind of like a carnival type thing, and they had games and the inflatable jumping things for the kids. For this opening day, each team had to put together a basket that was raffled off. So I was the one who had to do it for Dennis' team. It was a huge pain.
Dennis is coaching Ethan's team. They are the Rangers. Each team was introduced so here they are doing their little cheer.
Cade's team is the Nationals. Daniel is on the Diamondbacks, but he was still on his campout so he wasn't there yet.
They had these little bouncing horses that Ethan and ALlison were playing on. Just before I took this picture, there was a huge gust of wind that tipped over one of the big jumping inflatble things. It was full of kids and there were two boyscouts that were up on the top helping. Well the scouts got hurt and paramedics came and the scouts ended up going in to the hospital. I don't know exactly what their injuries were, but I think that one may have hurt his knee and shoulder, and I don't know about the other one. Since Dennis is a lawyer, the little leage board was asking him questions about liability and stuff. It turns out that this things wasn't staked down very well or at all. Dennis is hoping that there won't be any lawsuits from the parents of the kids, but we'll see what happens.

I have been a little frustrated with this whole Little League thing. I like the kids playing, but everything that goes with it has been a pain, like having to do this basket, and chipping in money for each kid to contribute to their teams basket. Also, with raffle tickets, wrist bands for this thing, and just having to outfit the kids to play, I feel like we have been nickled and dimed to the poor house. For those who have one kid playing it's not that big of a deal, but when you have several kids playing like we do, it gets expensive. We actually didn't buy wrist bands for the kids, so they weren't able to do any of the games and jumping things, but they still played on the playground and we had a basket ball they played with. It was hard for them, but I also think that it was good too because it taught them that life goes on and they can't have everything, and they did ok with what they could do.

Grandma and Grandpa Haws

Friday, March 14, 2008

Dennis's Grandma and Grandpa Haws ( his mom's parents) were down visiting family from Emmett, Idaho. Some of his brothers were able to get together at his brother Darren's house, to visit with them. Grandma and Grandpa are always up for games, especially Rook. They are alot of fun to be with. Daniel happened to be on a Scout campout to Picacho Peak by Tucson that evening so he wasn't there.

Sunday, March 9, 2008

The pictures

Me and my Grandma Gardner ( she is 93 and is my mom's mom). She says she always wears this hat and won't go without it because she gets cold.

This is a generation picture. Grandma Gardner, mom, me, and Allison. We are all 30 years apart I think.

Grandma with me and the kids. She is a great grandma to them. Sorry it's sideways.

Family lunch after Grandma Morrisons funeral and grave dedication. Starting at the front of the table, Tanner, Trenton, Collin, Logan, Braden, and Ethan.

Grandma Morrison was buried by her husband, Earnest ( my dad's dad who passed away before I was born, so I never met him) in Richmond, Utah

It was snowing and cold! Not what us Phoenicians are used to!

This is on our way to Utah, the road up to Page, Az. we stopped to look at the view of the Vermillion cliffs and the mountains of the north rim of the Grand Canyon. It was chilly and windy.

Grandma Morrison

Well, my pictures aren't loading, for some reason.

My Grandma Morrison past away on February 28th. She was 93. So we loaded up our family and Kimber and went to Utah. Her funeral was on Tuesday March 4th, which happened to be the same day as a VT conferance that I had been planning. What do you do? Well everything was pretty much planned and the Enrichment committee ladies were awsome and really did most everything, ( everything turned out great they told me, when we got back, and we had almost 50 women there and everyone had a good time, I was so glad that it all came together) I couldn't even think of not going to the funeral, so we went. I have really regretted not seeing her more often, when we get up Utah way, it seems like our time is so limited. I was glad that I went and my kids were there, eventhough they only met her once breifly at a reunion several years ago. During the funeral her Bishop spoke and said that Grandma was worried that she hadn't done enough and wasn't sure if she was ready to go. That really struck me, and gave me just a little more glimpse of the kind of person that she was, humble. Growing up we lived farther away then some of the other cousins, so I didn't get to see her as often. I do remember playing with her toys as a kid (first time I was introduced to Link n logs), her wonderful birthday cards and money, and the Christmas chocolates, which after a time she wasn't able to do it all. I still have the quilt that she made for me when I was a baby. I remember her as being quiet, calm and laid back. She has thirty something grandchildren and sixty something great grandchildren, what a legacy! It's amazing the family that can stem from two people. It was nice to see those cousins and aunts and uncles that I haven't seen in awhile.

We were only up there for three days, but also had fun getting together with my siblings and having cousins play. Thank you Heather and Anthony for letting us and all of our craziness come and stay with you!

I decided while we were up there that I absolutely had to take the oppurtunity to see Grandma Gardner. I hadn't seen her in years either. I'm so glad that I did, eventhough she didn't remember me and we had to go through the family tree, to explain who we were. She has a great sense of humor. I asked her what she liked to do during the day and she said that she liked to do just what she was doing when we got there, just sit and watch tv. She lives in an assisted living place and they have things for the residents to do, but she said that she doesn't like to do any of it, and "just wants people to leave her alone". It was really funny the way she said it. So I'm really glad that I went.

So we are back home now getting back into the swing of things. I will post pictures on here when I can get them uploaded.