It begins! Opening day of baseball was Saturday. The opening ceremony is always kind of cool. They announce each team and each team member and they run around the bases. Eventually all the teams are lined up around the bases. Both Logan & Zac had games that day too. They both won which is always great! This is a good experience for them. I love to watch them grow! I need to get organized a little because I will be spending a lot of evenings at the ball park!
Today was my Hayden's first day of school. He was so excited. He was up early, dressed, shoes on and breakfast eaten. Bailee, Logan and I walked him to school. The PTA sponsored a Cookies and Kleenex event. Everyone had a cookie, got their picture taken and moms who needed one - were handed a Kleenex. We listened to a story called "The Kissing Hand", we kissed our hand touched our cheeks, said our good byes and then..... I was outa there! He did raise his hand and asked his teacher, "When will start our perfect day?" When he got home I asked him how it was - his reply, "Perfect." I sure love Hayden.
We are so easily entertained. Bailee started walking Saturday and Sunday - now we can't get her to stop. She's pretty funny to watch. She can almost keep up with Gretal. Gretal is her dog - Bailee gives Gretal kisses all the time. Probably more than she gives her brothers or her dad. Tonight they were playing tug-of-war. It was pretty darn funny. Here's a sample for you!
In all seriousness, the first day of school is pretty awesome. When I got back from running, the boys were standing out on the corner dressed, breakfast eaten and back packs on - it was 7:15 AM. Oh my goodness. They were almost as excited as I was. Logan is in 2nd grade - hard to believe. Seems like he was just in Kindergarten. Logan has a lot of friends in his class and a super good teacher. At our school - all the teachers are great. Zach is in 5th grade. He's really grown up a lot. He has a lot of friends in his class so he was super excited. Hayden also did his testing with his teacher today - he will start school next Wednesday. He's going to have a great time!
I'm a little tired of the same pony tail or piggy tails that Bailee has been sporting! I decided to try a French braid. She held still the best she could and after Grandpa Crump told me I was pulling to hard (I really didn't realize) this is the result. Not too bad and it has happened again so she is patient with her mom!
We went to the Kane County Fair & Rodeo while we were in Orderville. At the Rodeo they had all the kids 7 and under go into the arena and chase chickens. If you caught one - it was yours!
I wasn't worried - Hayden isn't too fast (I'm not being mean, I know because I'm the mom) and Logan was chasing one poor chicken with fifteen other kids. I saw Hayden running toward the chutes and not wanting to lose him I headed over. As I got closer and guy was helping him with something - I thought "Oh great - he got hurt." Funny I couldn't hear him crying. The man helping him moved and low and behold --- Hayden's holding a huge red chicken. Look at the smile on his face. Priceless. He had this smile the entire night as he sat and held his chicken. We took it back to the trailer and then headed up to see Uncle Dellas. Surely he would have a box or something to contain such a fine prize.
When Uncle Dellas saw it he was quite excited. We hadn't caught a chicken but a fine Rhode Island Red ROOSTER! A rooster was not going home with me - Uncle Dellas said he'd been looking for just such a rooster. He and Hayden struck a deal. Uncle Dellas came out one rooster richer, Hayden came out two bucks richer and I came out with one thing less that poops at my house. Glory be!
We have so much fun this summer with all of our families! The past two weekends were spent with the Elisons and the Sorensens. We had a great time with both families and we can't wait to see you all again!
Our family was established June 20, 1997. After eleven years, we are still going strong. Brian is an irrigation engineer and works for Hansen, Allen & Luce a small engineering firm out of Midvale. Molly is a domestic engineer and deals with a range of issues at home. Zachary will be in third grade this year. Logan gets to go to kindergarten and just can't wait to get there. Hayden will start preschool in August. Hey, wait.... does anyone know what Molly will be doing with four free hours a week..... I'm sure she'll find something. She found it! Bailee is the newest Andrew Family member! Molly is now filling her day holding her brand new baby girl. Could life get any better?
Brian & Molly
We seem to keep busy just chasing everyone around. It could be Gretal one minute and Hayden the next. We are always on our toes! Brian is the Elder's Quorum secretary and Molly is in the Young Women's presidency. Life really doesn't slow down much. That's good because we wouldn't know what to do if there was nothing to do.
Zach has just grown up this year. I find it fascinating to watch him and listen to everything he thinks of. He is very driven and doesn't give up easily. He is experiencing so many firsts right now. He is the first to buy a suit. He is the first to get baptized. It's hard to be the oldest. Training parents is never an easy job. Zach is doing his best!
Logan is a ball of energy. His smile makes me melt and he does get just about everything that he wants. I love to watch as he helps Hayden do things. I think Logan has the biggest heart of anyone I know. Now, don't get me wrong. When he's playing his DS, his heart hardens just a little.
Hayden is no longer the baby of our family. He is a big boy and he will remind you of that every time you look at him! He loves to wrestle and play Wii with his brothers. He is so much fun. He loves his thumb, his blanket and his DS.
Bailee joined the crew on June 17th. We are so excited to have her here. She's happy and healthy. Her brothers are absolutely in love with her and chances are good, she's going to be spoiled!
Gretal is our trusty miniature schnauzer. We adopted Gretal last September and she has been a fun addition to our family. She loves to go on long walks in the morning. Her greatest skill is getting out from under Hayden when he "loves" her.