Brantley continues to cook and bake wonderful things all the time. For this cake, he made his own fondant and it was much better than the store bought fondant. His creativity just never ceases to amaze me!
Wednesday, October 15, 2014
On September 27th, we took Cara to the Seattle Temple to have her sealed to our family for time and all eternity. It was a wonderful sunny day and Cara did so well with the ceremony. Our friends Elizabeth Berninger and Jodi Mecham came along and helped out, and Elizabeth took the pictures. Everything went just beautifully. It feels so good to have her be ours forever!
Cara was a little unsure about kindergarten at first, but now she totally loves school! She can't wait to get there in the morning, and doesn't want to come home in the afternoon. I'm so grateful to her teachers for making it a wonderful experience for her. Here she is waiting on the stairs at home to get her shoes on to leave for school. Notice the huge smile?
When we took Cara to Walgreens to have passport pictures taken for her U.S. Citizenship paperwork, she was having none of it at all. No way was she going to cooperate. So the person who was trying to take her picture suggested we take her home, lay her down on a white background, and take a picture or two. Then he would crop them for us we'd be all set. And it actually worked! Once we got her home she perked right up and thought it was all a big game. Here are the adorable pictures we ended up with!
Yet another child in the double digits. Ashlyn was the baby until Cara came home, and I can't believe she's this old! She's a wonderful girl and we feel so blessed to have her in our family. She had a fun birthday with friends and family and Costco cupcakes. Happy Birthday sweetie!
Sunday, June 15, 2014
Annie isn't scared of heights, or much of anything else for that matter. She certainly always keeps us on our toes! Here she is at the top of a merry-go-round at the park where we went for our church pancake breakfast. It was windy,
Cara loved preschool! In June, she graduated in a darling ceremony. She was so funny and just did her own thing including sticking her booty out at the entire audience of parents! Fortunately everyone just thinks she's adorable and didn't mind at all. She even wore a little graduation hat and it was all
Poor Marq has been struggling with an ingrown toenail, so it was finally time to get it cut out. Yuck! He was such a trooper though, even when they gave him shots in his toe to numb it. Thank heavens we have access to great medical care, and that it's now much better!
Annie is an amazing karate girl. She just continues to move up through the ranks and really enjoys herself while doing it. Last month (May) she tested for and got her red belt. That means she's only 1 belt away from getting her black belt. Way to go girl - we're proud of you!
On May 14, 2014 little miss Evangeline Faith Goddard turned 1 year old. I can't believe how quickly it has gone! She continues to be a very happy and contented little one, and we all just adore her. And talk about cute! She's certainly a blessing in our lives. Happy Birthday baby girl!
This year in music at school, the Emily and Ashlyn both learned to play the recorder and showed off their talents in the Music Program. I'm so glad they attend a school with such a strong music program, and that they love music so much. The both did so well and I look forward to seeing where they go with their music!
Emily and Ashlyn ran track for the school team this spring, and they both did amazingly well! They won many, many of the races they ran, and when they didn't win, they usually took 2nd place. They're both sprinters, and Ashlyn is an amazing softball thrower as well. I just loved watching them run. Good job girls!
Evie just loves playing with Cara's container of beads. They keep her occupied for quite some time. She drags them around, shakes them, tries to wear them, chews on them, and just generally enjoys them. They only cost about $4.00 total, and I've certainly gotten my money's worth!
Cara's favorite place is outside. No matter what the weather, that's where she always wants to be. We try to make sure she gets out several times a day come rain or shine, and when we do, we're always rewarded with her amazing smile. We sure do love this darling girl!
Wednesday, May 14, 2014
Emily and Ashlyn are always much-loved by their teachers in school, and by their many friends as well. This year they both got Citizenship awards for being such good school citizens. We're very proud of them for being who they are, and for helping others to be successful in school too!
She's our tiny, spunky little girl, and now she's 10! I can't believe I have another child in the double digits. Emily is just so much fun, and cute as a button. I can't imagine my life without her in it. For her birthday we went and saw Frozen with some of her friends, and had ice cream afterwards. Everyone had a great time.
This year, the girls performed in the school talent show again. They just love to show off their dancing talents, and to have fun with a all their friends. They did a great job as always. The family was there to cheer them on, and a great time was had by all!
I thought my days of having a little girl to buy girlie clothes for were over, but then along came Cara! I just have so much fun shopping for her. I know she doesn't usually care much at this point, but I just love the fluffy stuff and big flowers. And how could I not buy adorable things for my adorable little dolly?