Tuesday, March 25, 2014

California March 2014

Samantha and Michele invited me to come out to California for the BNP Paribas tennis tournament in Indian Wells.  They go every year and were sweet enough to let me tag along.  I flew into San Diego and spent a day there before the tournament. 
 We spent some time relaxing by Mission Bay
 Samantha is awesome at the violin
 The three of us at the tournament.  It was so hot and fantastic.  Michele bought us all hats to wear.  I had the best time at the tournament.  It was so much fun to be able to see all these tennis greats!
 Nadal.  He is a fine human being.  Yum.
 Samantha and I
 It's Nadal!!!  People were going crazy for him!
 Tucker was home with the kids.  He is the best dad ever and sent me lots of picture updates.  He built them an awesome fort!
 Chloe and Keaton snuggling after Chloe's nap.
They had a movie night too. 

Shelby's Eye Appt

We had not been to the eye doctor for almost a whole year for Shelby so I was nervous for what this appointment might bring.  Luckily, we got fantastic news!  Her right eye got a tiny bit better and her left eye stayed the same.  Her doctor is very happy with how her eyes are doing.  This makes me so happy!!
 She looks so grown up sitting in this chair.
We had to celebrate after!

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Now serving in...Uganda!

My mom and dad entered the MTC on February 10th.  They were able to come home on the weekends so that made it nice. 
 The older grandchildren got to come to the setting apart and after gave a great big hug.  It was cute. 
 The famous MTC picture. 
 This was the night before they left for Africa.  I was dreading having to say goodbye to them.  It was hard.  I miss them so much but they are awesome for doing this!
It is already so much fun to hear about all of their adventures that they are having.  They get to Skype us and have a blog www.squireugandamission.blogspot.com.  One month down, 17 to go!


               Samantha and Michele came in town for a week in February and we had a blast as usual.  Samantha was here for her birthday and Michele surprised her with tickets to Pentatonix and I was lucky enough to join them!                   
The birthday girl!  We went to PF Changs before the show. 
 My parents were in Salt Lake for medical training for their mission and I just so happened to see them walking down the street.  I was pretty excited!!
 The concert was so much fun.  Pentatonix is so talented!

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Shelby is 9!

Shelby had a great ninth birthday!  She has come so far and done so much in her 9 years.  She makes me so proud to be her mom!  We filled her room with balloons and put crepe paper over her door so that she could bust out in the morning. 

 We went to Chuck E Cheese
 We went to lunch with my family and everyone sang to her
 And we went out to dinner and she was sang to again!  She loved every second of it. 
Once again, Debby has outdone herself and made a gorgeous Frozen cake.  It was perfect.
Shelby is still as feisty as ever.  She knows what she wants and likes to be the boss.  She has made some amazing improvements this year in reading and is currently reading on her 3rd grade level at 100 words per minute!  They have officially diagnosed her with a learning disability in math and we work hard everyday to try and overcome that.  She loves her school at the School for the Deaf and the Blind and has some great friends there.  She still gets physical therapy and orientation and mobility therapy at school.  She works on learning Braille every day and is very good at it.  She amazes me!  She loves to play outside and is loving this nice weather that we have been having.  She rides her bike up and down our street for hours.  She just barely got some custom made contact lenses for her eyes that the eye doctor thinks will help her see better.  She can definitely see better with them in, it's just getting used to wearing them.  She goes to the eye doctor this Friday so hopefully her eyes have not gotten worse.  Shelby's obsession for the last few months is with the movie Frozen.  She knows every song by heart and has seen it 5 times in the theater.  She still loves snakes and lizards though and cuddles up with her stuffed animal snakes at bed.  She is an early riser and hates to sleep in.  Even if we are up late she is up by 7.  She will play quietly or read a book in her room though so that is nice.  Her best friend is Keaton and they play every evening after school.  She sometimes will "let" Chloe play with her and Chloe loves it.  She has a huge appetite and I am usually surprised by how much food that girl can eat in a meal!  We just love her so much and are thankful for her every day!


We haven't had much snow this year to go sledding, but we made it work one Saturday.  The kids got sleds for Christmas and wanted to use them.  Alysia and Kevin brought their kids over and they went sledding too. 

 I love Reese's face!

 This picture was taken right before Keaton got taken down.  Ha!
 I had to take Chloe down for some fun.
Izzy and Ellie