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07/12

Tahoe, Birthdays, Bar Exam!

10:08 am by Janelle. Filed under: News

First of all…

HAPPY 5th BIRTHDAY TO MY BABY!!

Well, not so baby anymore! He will be starting kindergarten soon and he is just seeming so much more grown up these days! We love our Preston boy!

We had a super fun ninja party for him the other day and I will post pictures of that later…

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The whole dilemma with the bar was figured out and he downloaded the exam software to the new laptop in time to get out the door and downtown by 8:20! HOOOORAY!!! Here he is taking off:
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And he’s FINISHED!!!

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Lastly, we went a week or two ago up to Lake Tahoe! It was my parents and then my sister and sister-in-law and all of our kids…no dads. It was a little insane, mostly whenever we got back to the cabin and had 8 over tired kids together, but it was SO FUN!! Being at the lake every day was awesome! The kids had a blast being together and playing in the sand, water, and WAVES..a few days it almost felt like we were at the ocean because the waves were so big! Because we were having such a good time i ended up taking over 500 pictures! OOOOPS! So i am going to have to break up the days or i might never actually get around to posting any of these pictures! This was the first day at the beach. We went to Pope’s Beach in South Lake Tahoe. Super looooong beach, very beautiful, nice sand…and Dallin slept almost the whole time we were there, awesome :)

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My cousin swam out to this “buoy”…but not a buoy…climbed up and jumped off!

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23

07/12

Hiking and THE BAR! dun dun dun

8:43 pm by Janelle. Filed under: News

We went for a little family hike at the “Newt Trail.” This is a trail I grew up walking…too bad we didn’t go earlier in the year when the little orange newts are actually all over in the water! We missed them by a month or two, but it was still fun to walk and be in the beautiful mountains!

Shaun starts the bar tomorrow and we can’t wait for it to be OVER so we can do more fun things like this! Funny story…or not so funny story…about the bar. So his teachers recommended they practice hand writing a few practice tests just in case for some reason their laptops failed them during the test. Shaun didn’t think there was a chance of that happening so he didn’t practice. Well, today around 5pm the screen on his laptop broke off. The wires were still connected, but they were just dangling there and every time he opened or closed it more things broke off! The screen worked but then he would have to chance something happening and the screen not working during the exam.  Also, the software used to take the test could only be downloaded once to one computer. He called the software company and the girl said he would have to take the software off the laptop in order to put it on another one…so he took it off. Then she told him AFTER he had already taken the software off that she had to submit a request and she wasn’t sure if they would get that done today… SO we are hoping and praying that at 5:30am, when the company opens, that Shaun can call, get permission to put the software on a different laptop, download it, and get to the testing center downtown and be seated by 8:20 tomorrow morning…otherwise he will have to hand write the test which according to statistics hand written tests generally don’t have  as high a passing rate. BUT I have faith and know that he has really worked hard and done all that he can. So I am relying on something I heard in church on Sunday, Let go and Let God.

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And here is Ada helping herself to great grandma’s banana bread:
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13

07/12

Someone is 4 months!

2:10 pm by Janelle. Filed under: News

Dallin is such a happy kid!! He is just a little sweetheart and a smiley little guy! The thighs and arms are definitely chunking up, which we like :) Ada can’t quite say his name so she calls him “Downy.” Preston loves to hold him and was so proud of himself yesterday for holding him and then standing up with him…while I am freaking out inside that he is going to drop him but trying to be excited and proud since Preston thought he did such a great job…and he did, because he didn’t end up dropping him. He is a really good big brother. Anyway, we love our new addition and I think we’ll keep him :)

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I found these macro filters for my lens and they were $12 on Amazon…WAAAAAY cheaper than a new macro lens! So I got them. They may not be as great as a macro lens but who cares! I mean, $12?! Compared to $300-$900…anyway, you probably don’t care but in case you were wondering why these are SO close up…that’s why. I was playing around with them.

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He also did this a few times…haha sorry, it’s gross…but I am smelling it on my shirt as I type and this is something that is part of our lives quite regularly these days!

I just happened to be so fortunate as to catch it on camera. Ew.

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09

07/12

4th of July

7:20 am by Janelle. Filed under: News

This year we had a pretty laid back 4th of July.  My sister and I woke up to do our first “race” since having our babies, we ran a the Folsom Firecracker 10K along the American River…such a great way to start the day, though I wouldn’t say we really “raced” but we at least  finished! Then we got everything together to have some family and friends over for a barbecue…love the smell of a BBQ in the summer! Then of course, what is the 4th of July without fireworks? We bought one of the smallest firework packages so luckily our neighbors came through with some bigger ones we could watch too…though Preston totally thought ours were WAY cooler than theirs…for some reason…the longest one of ours lasted maybe 20 seconds, and maybe not even that long!! All in all it was a nice way to celebrate our great country and remember all the good things about it!

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05

07/12

More Graduations!

9:06 am by Janelle. Filed under: News

I need to catch up on this thing! Preston had his gymnastics show where he got to show off all his awesome skills and he did such a great job! Then later that week was his preschool graduation!! I can’t believe my little guy is going to be in kindergarten!! The past two years at preschool have been awesome and he has loved every minute! The teachers were so great and I loved that most of the kids from last year stayed again this year. He made some of his favorite friends there…now if they only had an elementary school :)

We also got to go down and visit some more of Preston and Ada’s favorite people and go to Jackson’s Kindergarten graduation. It was so cute with their real caps and gowns! We had a lot of fun hanging out down in San Jose!

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Passing the torch…
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How cute is Jackson? :)

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Hope you all had a wonderful 4th of July!