Stephanie hasn't been blogging for a while so I, Makenna, decided to take over for her and be the family photographer. On May 10th it was Kim's birthday! Jimmer, Brayden, Georgia, and Fynnlee helped her celebrate by going to Discovery park. They played on the swings, slide, and jungle gym.
Jimmer heading down the slide.
All the kids trying to take a group picture.
Brayden flying away.
Jimmer enjoying the jumping castle at Jen's house for a play date.
I have not posted for quite a while and I feel bad. So I will catch everyone up on what has been going on since July.
At the end of the summer we had the delight of having Madyson move in with us for a while. It has been an adjustment for all, but I am so grateful that she is here and the fun and example that she brings to our family. Madyson and the girls are just like sisters. Sometimes they love each other and sometimes they can't stand each other. But overall I think it has been a good experience for everyone
On August 20th this adorable little boy turned 1 year old! I can't even begin to explain how obsessed I am with my child. I'm not going to lie, he wasn't my favorite person the first year of his life. I had a hard time adjusting to being a stay at home mom with a child that didn't sleep and cried all the time. But now he is like the light of my life. I LOVE watching him learn and laugh and play. I love spending my days with him.
This wonderful girl turned 15 on Sept. 11th. She is now a freshman in high school. It is completely weird that I am a step mother to a high schooler since my high school days didn't seem that long ago. But she is loving her expereince at North Central.
Makenna is now a 7th grader and decided to do cross country for the first time. She put a lot of pressure on herself to measure up to her dad, but she also liked it a lot and did a great job for her first year. She is a straight A student and the BEST help around the house. She truly makes being a step mother easy because she always wants to please!
Madyson is also in 7th grade and she couldn't wait to play softball. She did a great job. She always got on base every time she went up to bat. She is also enjoying school and making lots of friends.
Since school has started I have had a lot more time to have play dates and do some fun stuff with Jaxon. We visited a couple of pumpkin farms and had a blast. It is always fun to get together with friends and family in fun locations.
In October my very besy friends, Beth and Jen, and I decided to run a half marathon. I lived with these girls for 4 years in college and since we are married and each have a cute baby boy. So it was so much fun to get together with them for this event. I have run a marathon before when I was single and had a ton of time to train for it. But now with 4 kids at home most of the time it made it a lot harder to train for a race. Thank goodness we made it through it, and really only had to stop and stretch our legs a couple of times. It was a hard reminder that our bodies are just getting old :(
Beautiful Kyra! Her first homecoming dance was this October and she went with a group of friends. She looked absoltuley gorgeous and all the girls had a great time. I don't think she did much dancing, but I guess it is all about the experience of getting ready with friends and going out to dinner.
Alright, hopefully I can be more consistent with my updating!
I had such a wonderful 4th of July. It was the most relaxing day, just hanging out with my family and eating lots of yummy food. We all gathered at my Aunt Cheryl's house, layed out in her back yard. swam a little in the pool and ate some delicious bbq. Hanging out with my family is the thing that makes me the absolute happiest. I love them!
Me and my niece, Madyson
Jaxon enjoying corn on the cob, well at least the cob part. He couldn't get any corn.
Does he not look like the cutest little old man!!
He sure loves his bbq
After spending time with my family I took my nieces home with me. We lit of some fireworks in our back yard, then went downtown for the real show.
This week Makenna graduated from 6th grade! I can't believe this little doll is going into middle school. It will be quite the eye opener for her. But this rockstar is just amazing. She got the presidential award for academics, then she got the Mark Riepen award. This is only given to one girl and one boy chosen for having good leadership, good attitude, good character, good grades, pretty much just overall being a great student. We couldn't be more proud of her.
Just a couple pictures capturing her being rewarded for being so awesome.
After the graduation just taking some pics with her.