Saturday, April 1, 2017

March

 Nothing special this month except my baby turning double digits!!!! As the kids get older birthday parties get more difficult for me but daddy came through with an awesome party idea. We loaned out the office and had a sleep over with all of her friends! Each girl got a sleeping mask, toothbrush, toothpaste, a pillow case made by Kalei, and a MLSPT t-shirt donated by Grandpa Randy! The girls had so much fun! We pushed all the beds together on the outside of the room and brought a TV from home for them to play Just Dance and watch movies. We also played some minute-to-win-it games and had cake and ice cream. The girls stayed up very late and I was exhausted by the next day. It was fun night that all the girls will never forget. Kalei's favorite gift was her new American girl dog to go with her MaryEllen doll.











 The rest of the photos are just some random fun that we had this month. Kamaile went to her first Women's Conference! It was so fun with an Alice in Wonderland theme. She was excited to be one of the "big girls" finally.

So with all the free time I have had recently I found a lot of cleaning remedies. The hard water build-up is the hardest in our house so I decided I would tackle the facet in our bedroom. Well I ended up ruining the faucet so we decided to just change out the faucets but then Josh had a good idea to just replace the whole counter top. So we are currently in the process of remodeling our bathroom. A simple cleaning job turned into remodel. All 6 of us are sharing the girls bathroom and so far no one has died! Hahaha. Let the remodel begin!

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

February

February was absolutely amazing for our family! We started out the month in Mexico! Well actually just Mom and Dad and the girls. We spent the week at an all inclusive resort The Reef Playacar in Playa Del Carmen just outside of Cancun. It was an amazing trip! The travel to get there wasn't great but once we finally got there it was nice and warm and we were dying to hit the beach. We got an amazing deal at an all inclusive resort. We ate A LOT while we were there and while I am usually not a sweets fan I put down lots of yummy Mexican desserts. I guess I just like the low sugary taste. None of them were overly sweet and they were all delicious. Another fun thing we loved were the drinks! They had a good menu of non-alcoholic drinks to choose from and we tried them all! It was one of the girls favorite things to do, order fancy drinks! Every night they had an ice cream shop open as well and we hit that up a few times while we were there. We went to the beach/pool everyday and also played lots of Foosball and pool. It was nice to just wake up and do whatever we wanted or nothing at all. Every night we went to a fun part of the resort that was all canopied with trees and had a little stream running through it. We sat out there every night to relax and read books. It was so relaxing Kamaile feel asleep a couple times. Kalei and I took the plunge and got our hair braided for the trip. It was sooooooooo worth it. Humidity was a killer there but we stayed nice and cool with our braids. I even rocked it at church the Sunday we got back. I got some head turns thats for sure!

We were also able to visit some fun places. We took a tour of the Tulum Village and swam in a cenote. The ruins were incredible and I was surprised by how well they withstood the elements for so many decades! There were lizards everywhere and the girls had fun taking pictures of them. It was a fun tour through there but it was hot! We were very excited to be able to go swimming. One of our stops was at a cenote. I had never heard of this before. We drove up to basically a hole in the ground. We walked down winding stairs and there was a beautiful swimming area. Kalei did very well swimming on her own and it was defiantly a highlight of the trip. Another part of the tour was to the Coba ruins. We got to tour the outskirts and lean lots of interesting things about how the Mayans lived,what they believed, and how they worshiped. The girls throught their "basketball" court was interesting but were shocked to learn the rules! Hahaha. There were several smaller ruins that we thought were pretty awesome but the tallest one was pretty impressive. It was hot so we choose the bike taxi to get us to the base of the pyramid. Ya it was a cheater move but the girls and I had a great time riding and our driver was super friendly. At the pyramid we hiked all the way to the top. It was a good leg workout for sure. It was amazing how the forest just covers everything. At the top of the pyramid I could not see anything for miles. Not even where we parked or walked or the other ruins. It was just incredible!
The whole trip was awesome and we cannot wait to go back to Mexico. Everyone was sad to leave but we decided that we would return soon and bring the boys with us.


Coming back from Mexico was a shocker to say the least! We went from tanktops and shorts to full on winter gear. In a 24hr period we were swimming on the beach and came home to putting on chains on the pass. It was a stark contrast and we were freezing. The girls finished up 2 more weeks of ice skating lessons which is just hilarious. We were very appreciative of this beautiful world that we live in and all the amazing things we are able to do on it.

Some other fun things this month was of course Valentines Day. As usually Daddy spoiled his loves. Also while Josh and I were gone in Arizona Grandpa had to fill in at a Daddy Daughter dance with Kamaile. Kamaile also sent her American Girl doll to the hospital and she came back just amazing!
 
Apparently going to Mexico wasn't enough for us as later in the month Josh and I traveled to Arizona for the weekend. Our main objective was a Spartan Sprint but we also threw in a Mariner's Spring Training game, met up with our friends from BYU-H, and walked around the temple grounds. We volunteered for a morning shift at the Spartan and boy was it cold! I kept telling Josh that I was lied to because I thought we were getting away from all the cold but I was freezing in Arizona... who would have guessed. At the Mariner's game we got to see Cano, Cruz, and Edgar Martinez all up close. It was actually super fun! We were so lucky to be able to go out to eat with our best friends from college, Todd and Lei. It was great to catch up and realize how similar our lives were. It was sad to say goodbye and we wished that they lived closer to us! We were not able to fit in a temple session but we made it out to at least see the Phoenix, AZ temple.... where I got to "hug" a cactus. Cactus are so awesome but they are sharp! I got a nice gash on my leg to prove it! It was just a fun short vacation.

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

January



January was all about Kamaile! Our sweet little girl was baptized this month. This being our second to get baptized it sure went a lot more smoothly as we knew what to expect. She and daddy did great we all felt the Spirit. It is an amazing feeling to see your children choosing the right. We did simple decorations and made sugar cookie CTR and 8's. Kalei played interlude while Kamaile got dressed and even played the closing song with Grandma Helen leading the music. It was a wonderful night.

Kamaile had a lot of celebrations this month on top of her baptism. She had a mini bday party just having some friends over for a snow date. Daddy got creative and pulled them on sleds behind the 4-wheeler. It was a fun day to spend with friends. For her classroom treat we took in cake-pops and some chocolate dipped pretzels. She was lucky to even get a classroom party with the weather we have been having. School has been on and off all winter missing about 2 weeks total of school. We have had a lot of ice storms as well. The church parking lot was an ice rink, literally!, i put on my skates and tried it out! It was good she did snow activities at her party because we sure had a lot of it. For her family dinner everyone came off for a Shrimp-off. Lots and lots of shrimp prepared all kinds of ways, she was in heaven.

This month we also went to a family pinewood derby night. We had a lot of fun measuring, weighting, and decorating our cars. They looked super cool but lost horribly.... embarrassingly. But hey we did it as a family and had some fun with it.


The girls also finished up their BBall camp. They love the high school camp because they get to know the HS girls. Its a wonderful camp where they learn tons of skills.

We also celebrated Chinese New Year.... and the only picture I took was of me next to the food. Hahaha.

Sunday, January 1, 2017

December

The beginning of December we have our annual Rodeback Coco-Countdown. After visiting the Community Nativity checking out Nativities from around the world and getting a family Nativity picture, we headed back to Grandma and Grandpa's house for of course hot chocolate, cookie making, and everyone received their ornament from G&G. Fun night to celebrate the Saviors birth and spend time with family.

The Second week of December we took a trip to Las Vegas. While Josh was in his continuing education classes the Jackson's and I hit the town! He didn't have to be in class all the time and we were able to enjoy some fun things together. There was so much to do and see there that we will defiantly need a few more trips. As with most trips we take, food was at the top of the list for me. Vegas has amazing food and even the basics were done well. Some of the highlights were Buddy's Bakery for lobster rolls, Guy Fieri's for truffle fries, and Jean Philippe's French Bakery for crepes. Yummmm. Josh also agreed to satisfy my adventurous side, haha. I jumped off the Stratosphere hotel. It was super scary and there was a point on the edge I tried to back out but I did it and it was awesome! I was seriously shaking when I got to the bottom but totally worth it! We did some other fun things like caught a Cirque de Soleil show, go to Hoover Dam, visit the Las Vegas Temple, test tasted Coke products from around the world, go to a Duke vs UNLV bball game, and visit Madame Tussauds Wax Museum. It was such a fun trip with great friends we had a blast.

 This month I was also fortunate to be able to attend both girls Christmas parties. I had fun in both classrooms helping the girls create their gingerbread houses. Kamaile went with a Tree House Fort complete with soldiers and guards while Kalei went with a cute log cabin. I love how creative they are. Kazen was super happy to join Kamaile during her gingerbread making but was more concerned about the eating part! I was also able to visit Kamaile's class again to work on an Elf Ornament craft a different day. Josh and I were also able to catch Kalei's class performance of How the Grinch Stole Christmas which was super cute. Kalei played Whoville person #11.

December we also celebrated Josh's birthday! We enjoyed another Star Wars movie and an ice cream cake with family.




 Christmas was great and our family was very blessed. Kalei got to do the honors of putting the star on the tree. At a ward party the kids made this super cute Savior craft. I had to include this picture of Kazen after he opened his present from santa. He was very excited to receive so many Darth Vader presents, he's not upset just getting into the Darth Vader spirit! Our family also participated in the Church's "Light the World" campaign. Every day leading up to Christmas we were challenged to "do good" and "light the world." There was a coordinating ornament for each day with the challenge on it. It was a great way to focus our efforts on the Savior and the true reason for the season. 

Thursday, December 1, 2016

November

November has slowed down for ourfamily quite a bit. Kalei finished up basketball and had a fun pizza party with her team.

Adyson was baptized this month and we had a great time going to support her.

Thanksgiving was very fun as we celebrated at the Rodebacks and then went to Randys. We also went to the movies and watched Moana.


Friday night we did our Bruce sleep over at the office. Lots of Rock Band, Just Dance, games, and movies. We stayed up till probably 2am!


Kazen had his preschool trip to the Firestation.

Kalei finished another quilt this month. A Seahawks baby blanket.

It was also family picture month. Love our family!

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

October

October just like September was very busy. Most of our sporting activities finished up this month. Kazen enjoyed be on his very first soccer team. He was so cute running around and enjoying being on the field. In his very first soccer game he scored his first goal! It was a very funny play, the ball was thrown in right to him and he dribbled it all the way to the goal and scored. Everyone else on the field ran the wrong way so he was very confused that he was the only one on that side of the field, thinking he had done something wrong. Once he saw us cheering he knew he had done the right thing!

Kamaile finished up her soccer season as well. She has improved so much and it was good to see her out there was girls her own age. She had a great coach this season and she improved a lot. At her first game she scored 5 of the 6 goals in her first game. She was surprised at how easy it was to get around people. She even had a few games of being goalie and enjoyed that as well. We are so proud of her progress and hard work.

Kalei finished up volleyball this month. It was good to see her out there doing something new and developing new skills. She is excited to try it again next year.

In the middle of the month Kalei started team basketball. Her coach made her point guard and she has been trying to develop her skills. She has been practicing crossovers and how to run fast while dribbling. She has also done extremely well with shooting too. Last year she didn't  score a single basket but in her first couple games she lead her team in scoring! She was excited that all her hard work is finally paying off.

The girls finished up their tennis camp this month too. They absolutely loved it. Their coach was amazing and taught them great fundamentals while making things really fun. Half of the reason we signed up for the second camp was because the coach makes it so fun. At the end of every camp they do a game for a prize. Kalei won 4 weeks in a row! At the beginning of the camp they could not get it over the net but now they can volley back and forth with one another. Josh and I were inspired by their camp and went out with friends to play as well. We are excited that the girls like it and cant wait to play with them when they are older.


Besides being busy with sports we had some fun weekends too! We went to Spokane for the weekend and enjoyed the Chinese Lantern Festival. So much fun, the lights were awesome and the show they did was really good. The kids all did really well and liked walking around.
We also went to an Egyptian exhibit which was really fun! We got to do some hands on family things and the girls got to see replicas of their namesakes. We even took home some souvenirs.

We did another Sports Weekend for Randy's birthday. We took the girls with us this time. We went to an Eastern Football game and a Spokane Cheif's Hockey Game. It was a long day so much fun. We hope to keep the Sports Weekend Tradition.

October is also Pumpkin Time! We had fun going to the pumpkin patch in Othello. Even though it rained we still had a lot of fun. They had a apple sling shot thing that was pretty fun. The next weekend was our Halloween Party. Everyone had a good time carving their pumpkins. We chose our costume theme last year and I was so excited. We had 4 turtles, Kalei/Leo, Kamaile/Donny, Kazen/ Raf, and Kaiden/Mikey, Josh as Casey Jones, and Crystal as Shredder. I was so excited to put them together and I think it turned out great! I love that our kids still agree to do family themes. Kaiden had a good time this year as it was his first time going door to door. He only had a couple spills but had fun overall.

We welcomed our 1st boy cousin.... Easton! We are very excited to welcome him to the world!


This month was also Jog a Thon. Even though it was mommy's commitment, the whole family worked hard to make this day extra special for Longview Elementary. One of the themes for spirit week to get ready for the Jog a Thon was color wars. We had a lot of fun dressing the girls up in their colors! Gray vs Green! They both looked amazing!