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{Friends galore!}

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Today was fun.  Trevin and Ashlyn both had friends over.  Jaron and Emmy hung out with them and had an equally fun time.  First, Bronson and Presley came over after school today.  We made drop cookies together….

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Trevin wanted to put the peanut butter in.  What a helper….

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Keep stirring kiddos. …we’re not done yet. 

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When the cookies were cooled, they all found homes in little children’s tummies (and mabe some adults).

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They decided to watch a movie together and decided on Despicable Me 2….

Then they started building a snowman outside.

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When they finished up the snowman, they built robots out of Legos. 

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….and when they weren’t doing that, they were just looking cute!

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After the boys (Presley and Bronson) went home, my mom came over and we set up Christine’s quilt frame so we could tie Ashlyn’s quilt.  The frame was missing some screws but we (okay, my mom) got it put together in no time.

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Pinning all the layers together.

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Set up on the frame ready to get going….

Before calling it a day, Ashlyn and two of her closest friends from school (Claire and Leon) were having a sleepover. 

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I don’t know why they call it a “sleepover” because it doesn’t sound like much sleeping is going on. Time to go….the giggling girls don’t know they are calling my name… Here I come…..

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{WHO could it be???}

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“Someone (I won’t mention any names here…to protect the innocent), decided to trick us all by getting on her dad’s shoulders and disguising herself soooo much that no one would recognize her.  Well, how did Ashlyn do?  I mean, how did “she” do?

I know. She tricked us too!

{A bunch of sillies}

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After Alton and Amelia’s piano lesson tonight, the kids came up with some silly contest to see who could balance on one leg the best.  They made up silly rules as they went along until it was down to Ashlyn and Alton.  What goofs!

{One bed-one dog-three children}

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These three kiddos love sleeping together.  They typically sleep in Trevin’s twin bed although they sometimes go to Ashlyn’s full bed but not nearly as often.  On other occasions they will build forts with blankets and pillows.  It’s not as often because they don’t like cleaning it up when they are finished.

I don’t know how long they will all fit in a bed together, but it is thrilling as a mom that all of them “want” to sleep in the same room.  They giggle and carry on until sleep takes over.

{Ashy-boo turns 11!}

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Birthdays seem to come around faster and faster each year.  It’s hard to believe my oldest baby girl is 11!!!!!

I tried to make it a special day for her….I even took a treat in to her homeroom class at school.

Later in the evening we had a family party at our house.  It was wonderful getting to visit with family and seeing Ash shine with excitement.   Even Oma was able to attend!

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I love this girl!!!!

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Alton hugging Ash…..

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Her birtjday cake….red velvet ice cream cake from Cold Stone.

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One of Ash’s good friends,  Felicity , dropped by to wish her a Happy Birthday.   She doesn’t live that close anymore so it meant a lot to Ash.

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Keltie and Marissa eating dinner together.

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Alton and Jaron being silly….which is completely normal.

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Spencer eating dinner.

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Mimi brought some fun birthday items for aash to wear.

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Andy and Kristin chatting.

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Ash and Mimi.

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Libby, Spencer and Kristin.

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Ashlyn and Amelia.

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Emalee and Hazel (the other birthday girl).

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Grandma Kluse and John.

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{Cabin time}

We arrived safe and sound to the cabin….where my mom, Emalee, Jaron, Amelia and Alton had arrived last night. 

My mom had several crafts prepared and the girls were especially excited to get them underway. 

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However, Alton didn’t want his picture taken. Instead she said, “Oh my goodness, I’ve never seen anything like that.  Can you believe that?” …all the while pointing at the sky….trying to get Alton to look.  Everyone looked but Alton.  :)

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He eventually let me take his picture but he wasn’t thrilled. During the whole event, Jaron could be heard saying, “Just smile and get it over with.”  That was unusual coming for Jaron so I took his picture and he took his own advice. …I was impressed!

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{Honoring Oma}

Oma turns 97 years old tomorrow.  She is striving each day to make 100 years…..to be a centurian.  She is well on her way.  Honestly, except for a couple of unexpected falls over the years, her health has gotten better the older she has become!

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Anyway, Klint and Rosanne’s family put together an original song competition and each participant was able to be in the spotlight for three minutes and perform their song at the Murray Ampitheatre.  They coupled the competition with Oma’s birthday.

After all of the artists had performed and the judges were deliberating on the winners, they brought Oma up to the stage and gave her flowers, let her speak for a few minutes and wave to the audience.

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The mayor of Murray City was also invited and honored Oma with a few thoughts about their friendship over the years.

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It was a lovely evening and well attended, all things considered.   The artists were very talented and so diverse!  They were all amazing!

Andy had to work, so the kids and I went and sat with Martina and her kiddos.  Ryan was gone on business too.  Birds of a feather…..  Anyway, I wished MaKenna a Happy Birthday since today is the actual day! 

{CPR class}

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I signed us up for a CPR class this morning.  Ashlyn’s soccer team held the class as a fundraiser.  The kids and I talked extensively on the way home about children their age helping save lives.  We discussed that both of them are getting closer to being old enough to babysit and how important it is to know CPR, let alone anywhere else they may encounter someone that needs  help.

{A double rainbow}

As I was watching Ashlyn and Trevin during their soccer practice tonight I told Emmy and Jaron to look up….there was a double rainbow.  So beautiful!

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{Face painting fun}

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Vickie, our exchange student, purchased some face paint at the store today….and then I let her rent a book from the library on face painting. When we returned home, she got busy painting the kids’ faces. 

After she was done, we all headed over to Doreen Evans house (a neighbor), who needed help with her yard work.  When we returned home from Doreen’s, the kids washed their faces and Vickie painted them all again.  They had a blast!

Felicity’s birthday surprise

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Ashlyn has been working hard on a birthday gift for a special friend, Felicity.  She liked it so much she made herself a matching quilt.  She is so excited to give it to her at school today.

{Chuck E. Cheese – Trevin’s birthday party}

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Skiing with Ashlyn at Deer Valley

I got a couple of passes to Deer Valley on trade and Ashlyn used her Ski Utah pass which gets her into any Utah resort 3 times during the Ski season. This was my first time skiing there and boy is the resort massive. You go to the top of one Mountain that seems like it’s as big as the tallest runs at Brighton and others and then you take an entirely different lift up another Mountain. So many fun runs. We went on about a dozen different runs and had a really fun day. It was great getting to take off half a Friday and to get to go skiing with her. I’ve really enjoyed that my job has allowed me to do this where I haven’t been able to in previous years. We got Skiis this Christmas for all the kids and me with money from Oma. Some from the DI and a used Ski shop. It’s been great and made it affordable for us to go with various free passes and two-for ones. Good times! The mountain views were incredible so I had to try to capture that too. The snow was mush and hard to ski on, but what should I expect in April with the weather like we’ve had. It is my favorite resort so far. Too bad it’s so expensive. Hopefully we’ll get to go back and use my other pass this month.

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{Inspire my life – preview}

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Through my website, SugarDoodle, I was given the opportunity of helping promote a lecture/music series called, “Inspire my life”….the theme for this year’s conference is “Begin within”.  I have worked with Michael and Chad for months on this project and they are doing a wonderful thing.  In fact, Michael is the one that started the E.F.Y. (Especially for Youth) program.  Unlike E.F.Y., Time Our for Women, Education Week and more….this one is non-denominational.  It is a program that was developed to help inspire people and uplift each other, regardless of religion.  This particular conference was directed to women, but they have other sessions for youth, singles and parents.  Although it wasn’t the ideal day for the preview conference (Easter weekend, Spring Break, General YW Broadcast and more)……we went forward anyway.  Here the three of us are pictured at the check-in table.

This is a picture of my mom and her good friend LaRee chatting during lunch:

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The program itself was wonderful, inspiring and just plain fun.  I wished more people could have come.  It was essentially a dress rehearsal.  They gave everyone feedback sheets and we critiqued or evaluated everyone’s performance or presentation.  They start their tour in just a couple weeks in St. George.  I’m honored to be involved in such a wonderful project….there will be much more to come on this.

On the home front, much was happening.  Andy dropped Jaron off in Provo at BYU for the Pow Wow.  He came back and dropped Trevin off at Mimi’s to be her helper while Andy and Emalee went and cleaned up soccer fields and painted the markings for this week’s games.  Andy was joined by six or so other parents and it took them almost all day to complete….he was exhausted.  He said he gained a new appreciation for his soccer coach and other volunteers.  He never knew it was that much work to paint the soccer fields.

All-in-all it was a good day. 

{Blast from the past…..}

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Jaron on far right in white dress shirt…half in and out.

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Trevin on far right in blue shirt)

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(Ashlyn on far left in floral dress and white shoes)

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Keetra (on far left – in pink skirt)

I came across some old photos on our ward website.  I haven’t ever seen them before so I’m not sure what they were taken for, but they were really cute.