Sunday, July 24, 2016

Summer Begins!

This child is cray.  She prefers to be called "Cray-J" The name suits her. 

Kory wrote down different things the kids said about me on Mother's Day.  They were in a cute jar and they were so fun to read through. I had fun matching the comment with the kid.  You forget all the crazy they make you when you read this stuff.  Especially when I read "She looks like Aladdin's daughter".  Jaylie was comparing me to Princess Jasmine.  She doesn't quite have the family ties right, but I'm glad she thinks I look like a crop top wearing Arabian princess.  And when Quinn said he wanted to take me to McDonalds and buy me ice cream.  And when Jaylie said if I were in a movie I would be a black unicorn that likes donuts.  And of course, Kanyon said "I like her hair a little bit".    

Quinn lost his first tooth during Sunday School on May 22.   

 All ready with his Tooth Fairy Pillow! 

Juney had to have her picture made too. She made sure to show her bottom teeth just like Quinn.  ha!  

The next day his other tooth was ready to come out.  He wanted Avery, the Spencer Family tooth puller, to help him pull it.  We made the all important Face Time call and got some moral support from Landry, Avery, and Aunt Mo! 

Tooth #2 GONE!  

Tooth Fairy 2 nights in a row!  

NBA playoffs continue so does the viewing parties at Gram and Chief's house.  Kanyon was tickling Quinn' back.  Sweet little things.  

We were in a bit of a hurry one afternoon and had several things to do before Quinn's baseball game. We were outside playing and I told him to go inside and gather up all his stuff for his game so we could get ready fast.  I came inside and saw this.  

Quinn and his friend Aiden ready to play in the rain! 

This is how Jaylie eats.  The rest of the family had long been done. I was in the kitchen cleaning up and saw her outside doing this.  She was supposed to be eating.  

Quinn made a Bakery 
"Bakery Welcome"  

The signs on the kitchen said "OPEN" or you flipped it over and it said "CLOSED" the yellow sign was for who was cooking.  "Q" or you flipped it over for "K".  You can also see the Ninja Turtle table all set.  

The signs got flipped.  

It was pouring outside but that didn't stop Kory and Quinn from their 1 on 1 basketball game outside. They also had a lovely cheerleader with her umbrella.  Me and Kanyon opted out of this basketball game....for OBVIOUS reasons.  

These are my crazies after Kanyon's last day of school! YAY FOR SUMMER!  

Our dear, dear, DEAR Mrs. Shelley.  She spends the entire school day with Kanyon and we couldn't ask for a better match.  Kanyon calls her his "partner". They are quite a pair and we are so so so thankful for her and the way she truly loves our boy. 

Our last small group meeting before we took a break for summer was an exciting one.  We had 4 people that wanted to be baptized.  We were excited and thankful for such a special ending to another great year with this group.  We were also thankful for such a beautiful setting.  We went to the creek on Kory's uncle's ranch. It was quite chilly in the water, but otherwise perfect.  

All the kids rode in Matt and Kimberly's car on the way back into town! CRAZY!!!  

Jaylie locked herself in the bathroom one afternoon.  I could NOT get her out.  Thankfully, Chief was in town and came to the rescue.   

I had to get a picture of Jaylie June in this outfit.  It is her FAVORITE outfit.  I can hardly get it back in her drawer before she puts it on again. She obviously isn't too concerned with the fact that the shorts and the shirt are at least 2 sizes too small! 

We had a garage sale with the WHOLE fam.  It was a fun day and we had great success.  Thanks in large part to Quinn's advertisement. 

These 2 little buddies were great garage salers! 

Q set up a lemonade stand and sold it like crazy.  

This was a tank top Rachael was selling but it ended up being a new dress for Jaylie June!!! YAY for a great garage sale find! 

We decided to cut Kanyon's shaggy hair for summer.  Here he is mid-cut.  I was glad for the ease of buzz cut, but I can't wait to see those curls again. 

For our anniversary, me and Kory ditched the kids with Tye and Rachael and went on a horse ride. It was fun to ride with no specific purpose and enjoy a beautiful evening.  It was the perfect way to celebrate life with my favorite person.  

My horse Strawberry posing for her headshot while we rode.  

Kory and Cash. 

We had an intruder at dinner.  Maybe cows like Cheetos too. 

12 years! 

What a view!  

Kory and Cash in the shadow, Me and Strawberry on top of the hill. 

These 3 had a blast with Uncle Tye and Aunt Rae Rae (and little Jona swinging in her swing in the background)

Summer is off to a great start! 

Friday, July 15, 2016

May Snow Storms, The End of School, and Cousins!

Some snow flakes started falling on the evening of May 9.  I thought it was kinda funny, the kids ran out and caught some in their mouth, and I giggled at how we were getting a little snow shower in May.  

But that little snow shower turned into this: 
It snowed and snowed and snowed.  Some places around here got 12 in. in those 2 days.  Of course it melted pretty quickly, but STILL! IT WAS MAY! Just the weekend before I'd put the snow shovel away and all the kids snow boots down in the basement.  Silly me. 

The LAST snowman of the 2015-16 winter! 

Me and Quinn finished up his school about the middle of May and we had a little day together celebrating a great year of Kindergarten.  We went to Billings to the little zoo there.  It was such a treat to be with him all day long. We did as we pleased with only one kid's opinion and had a great time.  

Of course we ended the day with DQ treats for the ride home! 

The sign of a successful day. 

As we pulled into the house this little fawn was in our driveway. 

2 days later, I was back in Billings this time with Kanyon and this time with not such fun circumstances.  He had a rough night of his "episodes" and we headed to Billings Sunday to see if we needed to have them monitored in a hospital.  Our Dr. had decided about a year and a half ago that he doesn't think these "episodes" are seizures which is wonderful, but he'd still like to catch him having one on an EEG just to make sure.  We didn't catch one on an EEG, but we got a couple of days together.  Kory was with us the first day, then he headed home and we stayed one more day to get a chance to meet with the Dr. in his office.  As for now, he still thinks these are signs of dysautonomia/autonomic dysfunction/sympathetic storming.  All pretty much the same things and all things that we don't think we will treat.  They feel confident these aren't causing any damage to him, he just has to endure the discomfort while the episodes are going on.  Thankfully they are becoming less frequent.  Never a dull moment (or a simple answer) for this guy.  

We've spent a lot of time together in hotels and restaurants and shopping in "big cities" thanks to all of his medical appointments.  Though its not ideal circumstances, I sure do enjoy this kid.  

Meanwhile back in Lewistown, these 2 got handed off to Gram, Chief, Uncle Tye, and Rae Rae.  They loved getting to visit baby Jona and we were sure thankful they were with family and having fun.  Anytime Kanyon has trouble, it sure is hard on Quinn.  He worries and feels so bad for him.  He's got such a tender heart and loves his brother so much.  

We made a visit to Scheels before Kory left....very cool fish tanks. 

Kory left, and Kanyon and I spent a little time out on the town.  Dinner for 2...

and a trip through Target.  He was feeling SO BIG.  He wanted to walk through the store instead of riding in a cart (he's never asked for that before). So he enjoyed his big kid status and I got a kick out of it all.  

No one to fight with in the hotel elevator about who's gonna push the buttons! 

He scored a(nother) Peter Pan book at the thrift store. 

Quinn got a Lego set on his trip to Billings. He had this one picked out but we couldn't find it in the store. So we had to order it and wait a couple of days for it to get home. He was SO excited. 

We had another round of branding and this is the only picture I took.  The Eppersons and Cousins Sayler and Hayven.....A sweet bunch of kiddos! 

I almost DIED when Sydni picked Kanyon up to carry him to her car.  HAHA! They're almost the same size!!!!  Now THAT'S a good aunt! 

All the Phillips cousins together! We're glad when ranch work brings the whole gang together! 

This is sort of random, but someone asked me if I did anything with the porch pictures when people come visit.  I print them then throw them up on this "line" in the living room. Its a fun sort of photographic guest book! We love it! Also, let this serve as an open invitation to come visit and get yourself a porch picture!!!!