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Sunday, July 27, 2014

June...Tennessee Part 1

The fun continued with the Gages here in Texas! We had to show them our stomping grounds and sweat while enjoying our time together. 
Alamo
Riverwalk
It was unbelievable having Ya-Ya, Ryan, and Kaela here. Our kids were spoiled with love and attention and we loved every second of it.
Pat had to let his hotness show! So, he posed for all of the Riverwalk to see.
Kaela and Lucy looking for something. Where is it?
Brennley's Kindergarten Graduation! Hooray Brenn! She graduated with honorable attendance! She has made us so proud. Brennley is intelligent, funny, creative, full of life, helpful, and beautiful! She absolutely loved Kindergarten and was sad for school to end. The last few days of school, she was a little emotional about school ending. She was worried about missing her teacher. (Now that we are almost out of summer, she is LOVING summer)
We were so blessed to have the Gages here to celebrate Brennley's special graduation day.
My big girl! I love you Brennley Kim!
A little visit to the San Antonio Temple! I love any chance we get to walk around the temple with our children. It is such a beautiful place. A little bit of heaven on earth. I try to teach our children each time we are there about the importance of doing their very best so that they can go to the temple, and especially to get married in the temple!
Brennley's last day of school was a "Science Splash Day". They had fun stations and Brennley loved getting to run around and play with her friends. I enjoy watching her in this type of setting. She is very much a leader. She runs around doing what she wants to do and her friends would follow her. 
Of course Brennley also loved having the audience to watch her. 
Brennley had a half day on Thursday June 5th, so we took off after school and Pat drove all night long to Tennessee. In the morning, we realized we had enough time to make it to Pat's cousin, Grady's wedding in the Nashville Temple. So, we rushed over and Laura watched the kids for us. It was so nice to see Aunt Lynn and Aunt Cindy. Beautiful wedding!
We had a super fun lunch at Ci Ci's! I love dessert pizza! Mmmm..
We headed back out to the reception dinner, it was the most beautiful and elaborate reception ever! 
We love Grandpa Baker! He sure doesn't like looking at the camera, but we still love him! 
At Grandpa & Grandma's home in Tennessee :) I love my mom and dad - they are truly amazing! I can't believe all that they have done as parents, grandparents, great-grandparents, and as just Christ-like people. They are constantly serving and working!
Out on the porch with Grandpa and Grandma
Pool party at Jon & Lolo's! Thanks Jon and Lauralynn for the fun swim day!
I love all the energy my Mom and Dad have. Here is Grandpa, playing like a little kid. He even wanted to dive off with kids on his back, but we had to be responsible children and stop him. 
Brennley had so much fun going down the slide different ways. 
McKay went off the diving board and all of a sudden he was doing front flips. I don't know where that came from! He is amazing! He can be so brave sometimes.
I love my sista!
Kaela and Brennley jumping off together. 
I have the best family in the world. I wish I could be around them more. What great brothers and sisters I am blessed to have!
Going to church with Grandpa and Grandma!
Anaconda squeeze......
Josh-reeee!

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

MAY

Lucy can be a Daddy's girl! She goes nuts when he comes home from work and talks about him during the day. It is so adorable. She sure loves her daddy!
Kisses
I let McKay watch Superman when we got home from the library while he ate his lunch. I was washing dishes and thought that Lucy was really enjoying the movie because she was so quiet. Then, I found her like this. Poor sleepy head. 
We made our first beach trip of the summer!! It was so fun. I love the long, exhausting trip down to the beach. It is a lot of work, but the time at the ocean is so worth it! The kids are in heaven playing in the sand and water. 
Lucy hanging out with her prized possession - DAD!
Our little sweetie pie!
I was spoiled for mothers day! Dad and the kids made this beautiful breakfast with fun gifts! Also, Pat made an amazing dinner. He grilled pork chops and made a new strawberry glaze to go on top. It was so delicious!
May was filled with exciting events at Brennley's school. One was the Kindergarten performance. She was so thrilled!
She was a carrot and had a speaking part. They only picked three kids from each class to speak and she was chosen. She memorized her part about the flowers being so beautiful! She was perfect!
Lucy enjoyed climbing all over mom and dad during the performance.
Lucy goes to bed so well. We lay her down and she snuggles up with her bear, like this. It is so adorable. She is so tender. 
More daddy kisses. She put on her beautiful jewels for dad. 
Snuggle time. McKay loves to pretend bedtime with Lucy. She goes right along because she absolutely loves McKay! Their relationship is so sweet to me. They are true best friends. They fight like brother and sister and love like brother and sister. 
Show me your muscles Lucy!! Lucy has started showing us her muscles because she has a big brother who likes to show his muscles. So, she puts all of her strength into flexing, which causes her to shake. So fun!
Walking to school on FIELD DAY! One of favorite memories from Brennley's school year is walking to school. This is the best time to be with my children, chatting and exploring. I loved hearing Brennley explain what is going on at school and the choices other kids are making and her thoughts about them. She is a great girl and so smart!
Running a little dizzy after spinning around the baseball bat with her teacher.
I love my Brennley!
Perfect frisbee toss!
Me and my girls. I am the luckiest mom in the world! I love these girls so much. 
Circle skirts! I found this tutorial on how to make circle skirts and I LOVE them. I wanted to make one for myself, but I didn't have fabric that was long enough. Anyways, they are perfect for twirling. 
We hung out on the grass one Sunday afternoon and then decided to take a picture, Lucy was not happy about it. 
Our little baker. McKay loves cooking, baking, and creating in the kitchen. He helped make the cupcakes for Memorial Day. 
Lucy loves to read. She is growing up every day and learning so much. She watches Brennley and McKay very intently and tries to follow their example. 
Makeup time!
The greatest thing happened to us on May 30, 2014 - Laura, Ryan, and Mikaela came to Texas!! It was so amazing! We miss the Gages so much and were in heaven having them all to ourselves. Thanks so much Ya-Ya! McKay and Laura were icing their owies. McKay had a strep infection that went to his knee and caused him to limp for about 2 weeks. It was so sad. 
McKay couldn't wait for Ryan to wake up, so he pulled him out of bed and down the stairs to start the day. 
Mikaela and Brennley! 
Six Flags :) We spent the whole day riding rides and enjoying the waterpark. It was so much fun. McKay had his best buddie, Ryan and Brennley had her idol, Mikaela. 
When I saw this picture, it brought back memories. I have a picture of me doing this exact pose when I was in high school. Precious!!
Riding the roller coaster! Thanks Ryan and Kaela for such a fun day!