Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Emery and Sophie's Dance Recital

This was Sophie's first time taking a real dance class and she did great!

Emery and Sophie together, sooo cute!

Emery is a pro! She remembered all her moves.

Here's Sophie during her cartwheel solo!

The whole class!

Emery loves to dance, and she's so good at it too!

Sophie had so much fun, but mom said she had to choose either dance or softball for the spring (we did soccer and dance this fall and it was too much!) and she chose softball. you go girl!

These are all the girls that carpool together. Brett has picked them up every Tuesday for the whole year and he calls them HIS dancing girls! He bought them all a flower and gave it to them at the end of the recital!

Thursday, December 11, 2008

....Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas....

What fun we've had getting ready for Christmas, even if we are a little behind schedule! I usually have my Christmas cards out, presents wrapped, treats for our neighbors made, and the house decorated for weeks by now. Oh well, the point is that now it's Christmas at the Chapman house, hurrah!

This is what we day to do with Bailey to keep her out of all the decorations.
You would've thought that she would have screamed and cried, and hated it, but really she loved it.
She had toys in there to play with (and probably some pretzels too), plus she could see us and be with us!

She hasn't stayed away from the tree, though, but she is starting to realize that wooden ornaments and fake pine needles don't really taste all that great.

She is actually not bothering the Christmas decorations too much.

I know this picture is a little fuzzy, but I had to show what happens when we are all decorating the Christmas tree and we didn't realize that Maggie wasn't helping. She found a stamp and stamped up both arms, her hands, her legs, and her face!!! She knew she was in trrrrrrrrouble! (But of course I had to laugh and take a pic first, heehee)

And then there is Emery who had to get in on the fun, and instead of hanging up the stocking, wore the stockings!

Sunday, December 7, 2008

Our Thanksgiving in Utah

This is our family on Thanksgiving Day outside the home of our good friends Eric and Amy Erickson. They live in Draper and we went to visit them and their three kids, Braiden-Paige-Cameron, for the holiday weekend. Now if I look a little tired to you, it's because we got in late the night before, after driving 12 hours in our truck (yes, 12 hours with all 6 of us in the truck!), and almost not even going because of the storm that came right when we were packing up. Whew!
We got to take the kids to the dinosaur museum that is right next to Thanksgiving Point. We had never been there before and there was so much to see and do. They had so much fun, we were there forever!! By the way, if you can't tell, we are about to be eaten by a giant T-Rex, ahhhhhhhhhhh!

I also got to go see "Twilight" again with Amy (and it was better the second time), and we did a little shopping. I would have really liked to do a whole lot more shopping, and gone to Temple Square, and more, but we did get to go out on a date with just the four of us- and that was fun! Next time we'll have to stay a little longer, if that's ok Ericksons? It was a great trip and we can't wait until the next trip.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Sophie's a Soccer Star!

Sophie just finished her soccer season, and she had so much fun. She always seeems to be the smallest player on the team, but she is so good! She loves to play and plays really well. It was a long and busy season for Sophie, doing soccer and dance, but well worth it. She's an awesome sporty girl. What are we going to do with our Saturday mornings now?

Monday, November 17, 2008

Trying to Catch Up!

So, I'm finally updating this blog! YEAH!!! There have been some really fun things that have gone on with our family in the past two months. We went quad riding with some friends out to the desert, and our kids had a blast - and we found out that sophie is a natural. We have been going to a lot of Mesa High School football games, supporting my brother Riley, and now the seasons over - but it was so much fun to watch him play. I took the girls to a farm in Gilbert over October Break, and they got to ride horses for the first time. Our little Bailey is growing so much, that she's on to solid foods and crawling everywhere. And of course, Halloween! I've put all the pic's into a slide show, check it out.

oct/nov 2008

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

My Sister Got Married

My sister Caitlin got married last Thursday, Sept. 18th. She is my only sister and we are 14 years apart. I love her to death and had a hard time watching her get married. In my eyes she's still this fun little sister, not a grown woman, but at least I can feel confident in handing her over to her awesome hubby who I know will love and take care of her forever!
*Congratulations Caitlin and Robin Beach*

And here's some fun and family after....

Emery's 7th Birthday

Emery turned 7 and got to celebrate her b-day with her cousin Brittney. She could hardley wait for her birthday day to come. She got to celebrate for almost a whole week. She had a party with the Chapman's on the 6th, our family and babysitting group on th 12th, and the Owens' on the 13th. WHEW! She is so special to our family and we love her.

Sunday, September 7, 2008

Our Sweet Daughters

This is our SOPHIE LAYNE!!

She is 8 years old and our second mom. She started 3rd grade this year and got to sit right next to her fun friend Sydney, hoorah! She is taking dance for the first time and loves it. She is playing soccer as well and is soooo good at it. She also takes piano lessons for her third year. She is so good at so many things and is always up for trying new things, but after this mom says only one activity at a time (it gets pretty crazy when you have to leave for dance 10 minutes after she gets home from school on Tuesdays and the minute she gets home from dance she has to hurry and change and make it to soccer practice right away, whew!). She also loves to read and go to Activity Days - especially because her mom is the Activity Days leader :) She is a great big sister and a big help to mom and dad.

This is fabulous EMERY KAY!!

She is almost 7 and can't wait for her birthday. She loves it when there is a special something just for her and no one else. She started first grade this year and is so smart. Emery is also taking dance (for the 2nd time) and chose to focus just on that talent and not do soccer this year. She is really talented at dance and her teacher says she has great lines, whatever that means! She is also taking piano and getting better and better. She is very imaginative and likes to pretend to be an American Idol singer or Hannah Montana or any Disney singer. She is always making us laugh, and she is really fun to have in our family.

This is funny Maggie LeRue!!

She is almost 3 1/2 years old and as spunky as they come. She used to babble so much when she was younger, carrying on conversations in "maggie talk" and we would all just nod our heads in agreement, not knowing what she was talking about. But now, she speaks really well and she still talks a lot. She's a crack up!! She loves movies and the first thing she says every morning is, "Mommy, I want to watch a movie." And we're not kidding when we say - every morning!! She's started preschool and loves to go play with her friends there and at church. Her favorite places to go are Target (she loves to get popcorn there) and Disneyland. Even though we haven't been to Disneyland in over a year, she still asks to go there about once a week. She loves her sisters, especially her baby sister, and calls her "Sugar, Sugars". We love her!!

This is adorable BAILEY RUTH!

She is 5 1/2 months old and cute as can be! She loves to smile and laugh, especially at her funny sisters and crazy dad. She doesn't have any teeth yet, but she slobbers so much that they have to be coming in soon, don't ya think? She began rolling over about a month ago and now is up on her hands and knees, rocking back and forth, and we think that she will crawl any day now - yikes! She has been such a fun and easy baby, that we feel like we are spoiled. She eats, sleeps (and thru the night since she was 8 weeks old, might I add), and plays on cue. How lucky can we be? Her sisters all adore her, so much so that Sophie said she wants another baby sister (whoah there, lets give mom a little time before we start talking new babies, ok?). They played and loved on her so much this summer that she had a hard time adjusting when they all went off to school and the house was quiet, and there was no one to entertain her. She is a great addition to our family.

Friday, September 5, 2008

Mighty Mud Mania

My friend Barb and I, took our kids to this really fun event in Scottsdale called "Mighty Mud Mania".

*This is the "Before the Mud" pic*

(L to R: Sophie, Emery, Courtney-Micah-Marissa :Barb's kids, and Maggie)

They had obstacle courses in the mud for all ages. They got to race other kids through these courses and at the end, win or lose, they got a ribbon.

There were a couple big pits of mud that they could just go and get all dirty, too. What a blast, they loved it!

There was also a big shaded area with 50-75 different play houses for the kids to play in (which I think was Maggie's favorite thing to do) and a big shaded sand pile to dig in.

It was so much fun and at the end they got to go down a long soapy water slide to get cleaned off. It was a really neat event and we are definitely planning on going back again next year!!

*This is the "After the Mud" pic*