Friday, August 27, 2010

Snippet of Summer 2010

Although it felt like Summer was all about baseball this year - we did manage to squeeze in a few other activities and some quick trips too.  We went to California for the 4th of July and we went to Utah the last week of July.  Taylor also got to spend some time in Idaho with our friends the Hamiltons.  The boys both got to do the Williamsfield baseball and basketball camps and Haleigh enjoyed her 3rd year of Musical Theater Workshop.  Locally we were lucky to be able to hit the lake a few times, and spend a lot of time swimming in our own and may others pools!  It was a full fun summer for the Plewe's.  

Haleigh on stage dancing away!

Camden at basketball camp with a few of his longtime team members!

Funny how freezing weather over the 4th of July still found the kids at the beach swimming in the ocean!  Sadie loves to dig up the sand crabs wherever we go!

Still freezing - Haleigh couldn't get enough boogy boarding in.  Her and Lauren loved being out there in the waves.  I just loved to watch them while reading my book wrapped in a towel trying to keep my teeth from chattering.  It was really that cold!

I just loved the expressions on Taylor and Camden's faces in this picture.  They think they are so funny.  And they are most of the time!

Taylor always enjoys his visits with the Hamiltons in Idaho.  I think his 4 day trip turned into a week.  I guess after 5 boys you really don't notice a 6th right Kristi :-)  I love that he is able to stay close with his good friend Tanner.  How I wish we could see them more! 

On Sunday over the 4th we tried to walk around the grounds of the Newport Beach Temple.  It was closed!  That was weird so we just took some pictures instead.  Not quite as exciting for the kids - I'll admit, but it was still nice to see it.  We haven't been back since the dedication.

Our friend Tyson moved to San Juan and his new house has a great pool.  The kids all had fun swimming together.  Again - even when it was freezing.  At least the jacuzzi was heated!

Before the Lymans moved to China we got to spend a day at the Lake with them.  The kids always have a great time tubing, wake boarding and skiing.  We were excited to be able to spend some time with them before they headed off on another one of their international adventures.  Sadie and Maddy ended up being perfect tubing partners!  Slow and steady :-)

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Hard Work Pays Off

Nice blurry picture!  Taylor has always been very diligent about his schoolwork.  His hard work has been reflected in his ability to pull straight A's for many years.  Now in Jr High, he was honored by being inducted into the National Junior Honor Society.  Congratulation Taylor.  There were many of his close friends there sharing the evening with him.  Congratulations to Bridger, Halen, Jacob, Colin, MacKenzie, and Emma.  I am grateful Taylor has a good group of friends that all keep the importance of their education on their priority list!  Way to go guys (& girls)!!!

Camden's All Stars

Camden had a great time playing All Stars this summer.  He had such a great group of boys to be around and his coaches were top notch.  He learned a lot from these great men.  

Here is his team right after they won the District 14 tournament.  The championship game was exciting.  We won 2 - 1.  I couldn't even watch the last three outs.  (we were visitor)  I seriously thought I was going to have a heart attack.  It was so fun to see these cute boys celebrate!   Camden played center field for the team.  The boys even made the newspaper!

After the big win they went right back to work.  We had 2 1/2 weeks to get ready for the State Tournament in Douglas, AZ.  We were there for 6 long days.  I wish I could say it was a lovely place to visit - but I can't.  Unfortunately the accommodations were lacking as was the entertainment.  The baseball was good when it wasn't raining.  There was a little funny business with some umpires, rain delay decisions, makeup games and us being the only team having a double header in an elimination round....but it the boys played their hearts out and we got to watch some fun baseball games.  

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Getting the Creative Juices Flowing

I have had this boo project sitting in my garage for a year.  I finally did the painting and modge podging this summer and finished putting it together the first day of school.  The wreath I saw this summer and have been wanting to make it.  Luckily Sadie's birthday pushed me to get it done!  They were both super fun and easy to do - once you figure out not to take the plastic off the straw wreath - :-)  IT SHEDS EVERYWHERE if you do!  The only other think I have learned is the hot weather in AZ tends to make your balloons loose so you may have to press down your floral pins if your birthdays are in the warmer part of the year.  It is bit looser today than it was when I first hung it.  Happy crafting!

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

First Day of School 2010

Pictures say a thousand words - or just one!  Taylor has never been a fan of picture taking.  You'll see what I mean if you look at picture #1.  I wish I could say it was the teenager coming out in him but alas it's just my Taylor.  He was resigned to starting 8th grade.  He didn't even need me to come to the Back To School night the Jr High held on Monday.  It's old school same ole same ole I guess.  Time is flying with this one.  I can't believe he could be driving in 2 1/2 year.  CRAZY.

Luckily I can still get a smile out of Camden.  He is off to 4th grade this year!  He has a class full of friends and is excited to stay busy and I am excited to get him off the x-box they just purchased.  :-)

Haleigh has always taken a good picture!  I love her sense of style - and she can always strike a pose!  I love that she HAD to have red vans and that she wore them for the first day.  It says so much about her personality!  She is the queen of the school - the big 6th grader on campus.  She was thrilled to get the teacher she desired and her good friend to boot!  Ah the simple things in life and always the sweetest!

Here is my big first grader.  She also was lucky to get a great teacher and with her bestest friend.  

This is the "I can't believe you are embarassing me Mother by coming in my class and taking my picture!" picture.  

The one below is "Okay I guess I'll make it good - you might post it on facebook" LOL