Bear Lake, Birthday, First Day of School!!!

I have been absent from the blogging world for awhile! School starting in the middle of August has thrown me for a loop! We had a fantastic final week of Summer. Kylee turned 6 last week and we celebrated in Bear Lake. It was a beautiful day and we kept busy completing "Kylee's Birthday Agenda". She knew what she wanted to do and she was not going to be happy until it was all done! We love our Kylee and are grateful that she is in our family! She is so full of energy and spunk that I miss not having her around all the time. She is a great friend and a wonderful big sister. We are blessed to have her! The favorite Birthday present this year was the silver shoes from Grandma along with the Camp Rock t-shirt. We are planning her Camp Rock birthday party and she cannot wait to wear the shirt!

The weather in Bear Lake was perfect - maybe even a bit on the cool side. We left Austin behind with Grandma for the morning and took the other two out for a little hike. The kids loved exploring the mountain and kept asking if we would encounter a bear...we made it out without any animal sightings!

A trip to Bear Lake would not be complete without a trip or two to the beach. The kids spent two whole days playing in the sand and water. I am still cleaning sand out of my car but it is always worth the mess!

Yesterday I sent Kylee off to her first day of 1st grade. I broke down on Saturday night as I drove to Walmart to buy food for her lunches. It suddenly hit me that my baby girl is growing up quick! She loves school so far and is thrilled to pack a lunch and eat with all the big kids. She tracked down her "crush" from last year and came home telling me it was "freaky" because he was suddenly mean and not very cute. I think she just turned 6 but she certainly acts like she is 16!

This was the homework that she did yesterday. My favorite is where it asks her for "other important words" and she wrote LOVE, CRUSH, and JESUS. She makes me laugh daily! I had to document this one because I think it describes her so perfectly!


Heather said...

Your kids are getting so big!! Adorable pictures. I need to know how to do that picture collage. XOXO.

McGiven Family.... said...

She does look darling and I do love her silver shoes! Darling pictures! Wish we could be there for all the excitement but we look forward to seeing you soon!

Angela and Mike said...

mmm...I love cafe rio burritos too! Congrats on the first day of school. She looks darling, as always.

JandJ said...

I'm so happy you found my blog!
Your kids are beautiful and lucky to have you! I just finished the 4th Twilight book and hope you liked it as much as I did.
Our Nate starts first grade next week and I feel the way you do about having a "big" kid. He doesn't know about a "crush" yet...thank goodness. :-)
Love, Janet

lovell said...

Cute Kylee. She is getting so big. Lexi is so excited for her b-day party. Happy Birthday Kylee.

Whitney Jensen said...

Renee - I love that copy of her work! It makes me miss teaching - just for a minute. haha.

Natalie said...

That Kylee girl is a DOLL! She is totally you. My sis in law Haley said you saw her and told her to relay the msg to me to update my blog. Well, I did just that, because of you. Do I say thanks?

amberacottrell said...

Renee!! I just can't believe how much Kylee looks like your sisters it is awesome. Your kids are all adorable. I can't believe that Kylee is in 1st grade I still remember when she was born.

I can't believe that Chad is old enough to be coming to D.C. for work. We are in Maryland my email is if you email me then we can talk more.