Sunday, March 15, 2015

The Smartest Boy...

Ryan has been practicing his numbers and ABC's.  Check it out!
And we have officially started the toddler phase, as in when I ask Ryan to do something, 99.9% of the time he does the opposite!  It's funny I find him sneaking around very quietly distructing things he knows he shouldn't get into like the pantry, my bathroom drawers, Kate's American Girl Doll stuff, and the computer and all my craft stuff that I have tried to keep hidden. He thinks he's pretty funny too when I ask him to come back or stay by my side and he runs as far away from me as possible.  Seriously, the kid is FAST! Thank goodness the weather has been unusually warm this winter so we have been able to play outside.  The boy loves his scooter and loves to ride it down to the mailbox and back. Finding ways to burn off his energy is a daily goal of mine. Will someone please remind me that I should really appreciate the simpleness of this daily routine. 

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Crustless Quiche..

Sometimes when I take time to upload pics and videos from my phone to my computer I come across little gems like this one that make me smile...Zach and his buddies, Nate and Ace, making Crustless Quiche!

Friday, March 13, 2015

Dancing up a Storm...

Kate's still at it with her dancing. Being apart of the Performing Company at Elite has given her tons of opportunities and has exposed her to a lot of great things. Things I sure wish I had when I was kid.  I hope she realizes just how lucky she is, but something tells me that because she is so young, that she doesn't. 

Kate experienced her first Dance Convention! What a whirlwind of a weekend. I don't think she knew what she had signed up for because by the end she was ready to drop! I am so proud of her though and she did the best her little body could do.  When it came to the audition portion of the comvention she jumped first in line. I can't believe how brave she is! I hope she remembers the amazing teachers she was able to learn from. Some of which were previous members on SYTYCD!
With Laurie Johnson
 With Marty Dew
 With Tiffany Maher
 With Derrick Schrader


SYTYCD came to Portland, and Miss Karin, Kate's coach, offered up 3 extra tickets.  Well being that SYTYCD is my favorite show I could not pass it up and with my mom's birthday a week later I thought what a perfect birthday gift to her to celebrate how much we love and appreciate her and everything she does for us. So we hit a little Pastini's first and had a great night watching our favorite dancers light up the dance floor.  That Tanisha is A-MAZE-ING!  

In February the company took a master class from one of the Broadway Cast members from the the musical Cinderella.  Then later that evening we went to go see the Show. Afterwards the girls got to tour backstage. So fun! 

Last weekend the company performed at Liberty High School for the Drill Dance Competition opener.  Very much like a halftime performance.  Here's some video! Like I said they experience a little of everything! No doubt she enjoys every bit of it, especially the friendships she is making.  This is her buddy Alyssa.

4th Grade Basketball...

Somehow we managed to squeeze a basketball season in between all the soccer this year. No matter how many times we tell Zach this is just for fun, he just can't quite let his competitive nature go and can get pretty hot headed when calls and things don't go his way. All in all though he enjoyed playing with his buddies from school.    Here are some highlights.  Have I mentioned just how much I love iMovie?

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

A Boy and His Ice Cream...

A cold day during Christmas break did not keep us from enjoying a nice scoop of cold stuff from Salt and Straw.  Lauren, Maddi and Aunt Britt had never been before so we made a trip down.  It kills me that we wait in line for more than 30 minutes for a Vanilla cone, but the look on this boy's face and the excitement to be with family is well worth the wait.  He's cute and he knows it!