Thursday, November 12, 2009

Soccer Fun (or not so fun?)!

Shaunie and Leah have done pretty well with soccer. They have days when they love it and days when they'd much rather do anything else. Here are a few pictures of them out at the city soccer fields.

Shaunie was part of the Goal Getters and Leah was a member of the Fireballs.

We've been able to make some new friends, between their coaches and the kids on the teams.

Carson, Ammon, and Troy watching the games. Troy is the girls' biggest fan and can't help but cheer for his sisters.

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Baptism Day

". . . show unto your God that ye are willing to repent of your sins and enter into a covenant with him to keep his commandments, and witness it unto him this day by going into the waters of baptism."
Alma 7:15 (Book of Mormon)

Saturday, Sept 5th, Shaunie was baptized and confirmed at our stake center. Some of my family were able to make it and some of Rachel's family also came from Utah to help celebrate this special day. It was a good experience for both of us. When I was in high school I had the chance to baptize my little sister, Kristin. I had other baptism experiences throughout my mission, but where baptism fits in to the great plan of happiness really hit me when I had the opportunity to baptize my own daughter. It puts into perspective a more complete understanding of eternal families, and the steps we take so we can be together forever.
Shaunie was excited and she looked beautiful.

Here are a few pictures from Saturday's baptism. . .

Shaunie with some cousins (from L to R)
Auri, Elise, Shaunie, Emma, Min

Some of Rachel's family that could make it

Some of my family that could make it.

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Welcome Baby Millie

The long awaited day has arrived! On Sept 1st, Heavenly Father blessed us with a new baby girl. Millie Faye came into this world very healthy, weighing 8 pounds 3 ounces and was 19" long, our heaviest baby.

Dr. Juarez delivered her C-section, and all went extremely well. I got to do the honors of cutting the umbilical cord. The nurses were amazing and treated her so well. This is Cathy RN making sure I did everything right. She has 9 kids of her own. WOW!

Here she is on the scale, fresh out of the oven, and baked to perfection.
(sorry it's rotated)

After a quick Conference address on modesty, we got her dressed and bundled up. Once she fell asleep, we unwrapped her to get a pretty picture of this amazing little girl. Is she cute or what?!

It was fun to see how many people congratulated us on having a baby, and offered advice or help, thinking it was our first. When they found out that Millie is our 5th, they quickly agreed we didn't need much help. This is a great picture of us and probably the only one you'll ever see of Rachel in her hospital bed.

We want to thank everyone who helped us out in all aspects, especially my parents and Rachel's parents who stayed with the kids overnight and all day long so I could be with Rachel and Millie in the hospital the entire time. We love you guys. We have strong testimonies of the importance of the Gospel and are grateful that families can be together forever.

Here are some random pictures taken at the hospital.

Samuel, Millie, and Leah

Aunt Jody, Millie, Maddie (Jody's), and Me

Shaunie, Millie, and Troy giving kisses

Baby Millie relaxing after a hard day

Monday, August 31, 2009

Planning ahead

Now that school has started, and Shaunie's birthday is over, we have a few more things to plan for. The most important at this moment is the new baby, tomorrow. Rachel finished all of her pre-registration today and the Dr. says everything looks really well. Rachel asked him how big he thought our new little girl will weigh. He replied by saying about 7 lbs, but not more then 8. He also emphasized to Rachel, with a smile, that he has never been off by more than 5 lbs. He is a great guy and we are truly blessed to have him has Rachel's physician.
Once baby Millie has come to earth, it'll be time to prepare for Shaunie's baptism and confirmation. She is a little nervous, but she passed the bishop's interview with flying colors. Immediately following the baptism, we will have Millie's baby blessing, and then off to lunch. Once that busy weekend is complete we look forward to Shaunie and leah's first soccer game of the season, and Rachel's birthday, then Leah starts pre-school, then Samuel starts karate. Originally he was going to play soccer with Shaunie and Leah, but he changed his mind and said he needs to do karate first.
So, the next 3 weeks will be full of many FIRSTS in our family. What a blessing to live where we live with the family we have. Life is great, busy, but great!

Happy 8th Birthday, Shaunie!

Holy Cow! who said Shaunie could grow up so fast?

At our "Family dinner" last night we also celebrated Shaunie's Birthday. As always, the kids get to pick out the style of cake they want and Rachel creatively makes it for them. Shaunie searched the internet for ideas and came to her mom with the idea of a "Book of Mormon" cake. This is kind of appropriate since we have been talking a lot about baptism with her. She reads it periodically and we like to sing Samuel's favorite song, "Book of Mormon Stories" at night.

Aunt Michelle also had a birthday this month, so she chose the kind of cake it would be. Anyone know Michelle's favorite? Well, she chose Rainbow Chip. We ended up putting the 2 cakes together with Michelle's rainbow chip cake acting as the support base for the Book Of Mormon cake. Grandma Mangum added a little chocolate chip ice cream to seal the deal. Thanks Mom!

Back to school

No first day of school would be complete in our house without a little celebration. Rachel made this cake last year and decided to make it again, because it was such a hit. After talking about school and the importance of it with the kids, we broke out the "cake", actually made of brownies and frosting, and enjoyed a small piece. Needless to say that when I got home from work the next day, there wasn't anything left. Oh well!

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Troy Turns Two

We had a small, simple birthday party for Troy Boy on the 7th. He turned 2. I can't believe he is getting so big. He is so much fun right now. His vocabulary is growing every day and he loves to tell us all what to do. His favorite words include:

baby (that's what he calls his ratty bear blanket now)
nums (that's any type of food he wants)
bobbie (any drink or cup)
WHOA! (to anything awe-inspiring)
das' cue (he calls everything cute)
why? (I don't think he knows what this means)
EEWWW! (Sam taught him this and he uses it freely)

He still loves to throw his balls around, crash his cars into each other and pretend he is a doggy. He has even started to play little make-believe games with Leah. He'll make me food from the play kitchen and pretend to take care of his "baby". He is so much fun to play with and talk to. Of course, he is two and he loves to throw his fits and draw all over himself, but his age also preserves my right to give him tons of hugs, cuddles, and kisses and smile at his contagious laughter. He is my little Troyboy and we love him so much. Happy Birthday Troy!

Troy's all-cousin party was a swim party. Troy's little pool is in the background above. Here is Troy telling us 'I code"

Troy and cousin buddy Carson enjoying the birthday cake and ice cream.

Sam ummm....helped Troy open his presents. Sam understood what was going on much better so his excitement was a little ummm... less-controllable than Troys. This is a fun book he got from Grandma Mangum.

I usually try to make the cakes according to what the kids are in to at that time. It's sorta a way of capturing that age (and then devouring it, I guess). If you have been around Troy you know that he LOVES dogs and baseball. Since his dog cake turned out a little small, I decided to add a few baseball cupcakes to make sure we had enough.Here is a picture of both. I was just happy that he recognized what they were and enjoyed eating them.

Sunday, August 16, 2009

4th of July

The 4th of July is a fun time to celebrate the independence of this great country where we live. To start with, we'd like to thank all those who have served or are serving in the armed forces to protect this great nation and allow us the freedoms God has given us. We were able to celebrate the holiday with some friends in the front yard of our house. It was relatively quiet, and when all was said and done, we didn't have to fight through traffic to get home. You may think that we didn't get to see any of the real "cool" fireworks, but alas we live in an area where illegal fireworks could be seen and heard all around us. Yes, we missed the shows synchronized to music, but we saw lots of neat displays.

Here is Sam watching a fountain firework

Some neighborhood friends eating and watching. I don't have a clue what Shaunie is doing; Crazy cuke!

Troy and his friend couldn't help but enjoy the sweet watermelon that is a necessity for any 4th of July celebration. It was straight to the bathtub for him.

Shaunie . . . Reading Time

Shaunie has always enjoyed reading. She has an amazing talent for picking out words, even difficult ones, and learning their pronunciation rather quickly. Many times we will find her reading to her brothers and sisters, like in this picture. Her favorites to read to someone else include Dr. Seuss books and Junie B. Jones. For a while I thought she was going to jump on the Twilight bandwagon; she started reading it, but has since moved on.

Jordanelle reservoir

On our last day in Utah, we went with most of the family to Jordanelle reservoir for a day of fun in the lake. There's not much of a beach when you compare it to California, but I think it still beats Lake Mead. Grandpa Jay rented a boat and we had a great picnic-style lunch. Good times, great eats!

Samuel and Lucas loved pointing out all there was to see

Leah and Troy got a little cold, but they loved the boat ride

Mckenna looked like she was about to lick the table, Hmmmm

Nice hair Grandpa!!!!

A little of the beach action . . .

This little bird was protecting it's eggs. Everytime someone would walk close, it would let you know that you needed to back-off.

From Arizona to Utah

We got home from the Anderson Reunion in time to do laundry and then we had to get ready for our next summer adventure. I went with the teachers and priests up to high adventure camp in Southeastern Utah. We had a great time at Zion Ponderosa Ranch Resort. We were able to do some rock climbing, repelling, zip-lining, GPS course tracking (make sure your batteries are good if you do this, otherwise you may be WAY off your mark!), clay pigeon shotgun shooting, swimming, camping, firesiding, and lots of eating. It was a good time!
While I was camping with the young men, Rachel took the kids up to Northern Utah to be with her family. After summer camp, I flew up to Salt Lake to meet up with everybody for a couple more days. It was so nice to be where it was cool. Gotta love Utah's weather.While there, we had a talent show for Father's Day.