Friday, February 28, 2014


We were excited to go to the PTA"Parents, Pizza, and Progress Night" that was held at Chubbuck Elementary. I have to say that it was an overall fun and well attended night.

We started at Kate's classroom. She LOVES ... really, really LOVES her teacher Ms. Winder. She has been fantastic for our Kate.

Kate also wanted her picture with her daddy!!! Not surprisingly, when asked to do a report on a famous person while I was in Kansas, she also chose her dad because he makes cakes!

Once we got to Dawson's classroom, it was SO busy that we only had time to catch up on his progress. No pictures for our little man! :(

Thank you Chubbuck Elementary for always being SO awesome! We are glad that we are apart of this great school!

Tuesday, February 25, 2014


This video speaks for itself. So glad that I captured them all singing from their hearts!

Monday, February 24, 2014


Faith has absolutely loved art this trimester.She has learned shading and other very fun techniques. Here are 2 of her pictures that she did.

The owl is colored pencils when they were learning shading.

The turtle is Faith's favorite animal. She created this one on construction paper with paints. I love the end result, though she is quick to point out the imperfections.

Great job Faith! We love them!!!

Sunday, February 23, 2014


Kate loves that her birthday is close with Jordan's. Thankfully, Jordan is compliant about taking pictures with sweet Kate! Our February babies!!!

Kate was also delighted that she was able to have a Frozen birthday this year!!! What a lucky ducky!

Turning 7 in our house is special in our house because you get to have your ears pierced (unless you're a boy!)

The first ear - unfortunately, there was only one worker when we popped into Claire's.

Tears, but worth it!

Then off to Texas Roadhouse for a great dinner to celebrate Katers!!!

Mom, Dawson, and Faith

She LOVES to ride the saddle. Infact, most of the dinner, she was worried whether or not our server would remember that it was her birthday!

Our family party was that evening as well!!! She was so lucky to have so many of our family there!

Hope, Tymber, Faith, and Dawson

Laura, Samantha, Ronda

The Atkinson family - Connor, Christian, Tracy, Brian, Jordan

Grandma Zoey and Richard

Kate with her 3 tiered cake

Make a wish!

Dawson decided to stretch out on the floor ...

So Jordan had to be like Dawson.

Grandma Kathy and Grandma Cindy

Grandpa Jerry and Grandpa Kelly

Kate presents for this party

This was such a fun filled day to celebrate our Katers. She is such a blessing in our family and we love her so much!!! Happy 7th birthday Kate!

Friday, February 21, 2014


Brandon put together an awesome birthday cake this year! From the moment that our family saw this movie, Kate declared that she was having a Frozen birthday party. Awesome job honey!!!

My mom made a beautiful Elsa dress for Kate for her birthday! It's one of a kind and she LOVES it!!! She says that she is all grown up now that she's 7!

We also have this beautiful teairra for her head. Love it!

Here is Princess Kate's invitation!

Friends at the coolest party around

Crystal, crystal, who's got the crystal?

Build a snowman!

Blind snowman game- close your eyes and follow the instructions

Christoff's ice blocks

Make a wish princess!

Yeah! She got SO spoiled!!!

Photo bomb!

Her favors to her friends - melted snowman parts

Melted snowflakes

Ice sparkle bag with a snowflake necklace and silver nail polish!

Thank you SNOW much for coming and celebrating with her friends!!! You are awesome!!!

Monday, February 17, 2014


We are excited to announce our newest addition is set to make an appearance this May and coming to join our pack in July.

Brandon and I started talking about a dog in December. We started doing a lot of research on what would be the best for our family and for my allergies specifically. An online quiz said that our perfect dog would be a Golden Retriever. Knowing that piece of information, I asked Tracy and Robyn, my sisters who both have Labrador Retrievers, why they selected that breed. Less grooming was their answer. However, Robyn decided to add a little more to her answer, stating that if she got another dog again, she would look at a Puggle or a Labradoodle.

From there, more research and we typed in those breeds and looked at the pictures. A family vote was taken and Dawson and myself really wanted a Puggle and Dad, Faith, and Kate wanted a Labradoodle. All January, we debated back and forth. The Puggle didn't rate as well for allergies, so I gave on that point and agreed on a Labradoodle. Still worried about the size, Brandon found some miniature Labradoodle breeders in Utah. We think that this will be the best fit for our family and can't wait to take this new experience in life!

Our mom, Mia

Our dad, Birch

Knowing that this could be a shock for all of our friends and family, we figured that we would give you time to process it. We have the first pick of the litter. Energy will be our deciding factor (we need a medium to low energy dog for our family), but we are hoping for a boy. If you have names to think about, be sure to leave us a comment. 

Sunday, February 16, 2014


It was so sweet of Brandon to bring home roses for his girls

and a treat for his boy to celebrate Valentine's Day!

Thanks for being such an awesome dad!!!