This past week Ryan And I got the chance to go on an all expense paid vacation to a resort in Scottsdale, Arizona. You want to know why or how this came about? Because I have the most awesome husband in the world. In case you didn't know, Ryan is a major work-a-holic. I have come to terms with this over the years and have realized that far from being a weakness this is actually one of his greatest strengths. He always does his best no matter what. Many of the top salespeople and managers from At&T recived this trip for their hard work and dedication. However the group Ryan was nominated for was called the Service Excellence Award. Out of 8000 nominees nationwide there were 13 in the western region that recieved this award. To be a summitt winner you had to be in the top .2 percent of people in the company nationwide. I am so proud of him and all he has accomplished. He has recieved many awards that he quietly puts away in the back of the closet and does not ask for any recognition. I thought it was about time I outed him. I hope you will all be as proud of him as I am. I will post more about our trip soon.
Last tuesday we went to Parker's last pack meeting where he recieved his webelos badge, his religous square knot and his Arrow of Light awards. Parker Has really enjoyed his cub scouting experiences. It helps that our ward had awesome leaders that have helped him along the path to becoming a young man. The ceremony was fun, but also spiritual. Dana Watt, our cubmaster presented the boys with an arrow she had made for them. The arrow had a special symbol on it, a heart. Dana said she picked this symbol for the boys (Derek Richins was also recieving his arrow of light that night)because they have such big hearts and are always willing to help others and give to others before themselves. We are so proud of Parker and all he has accomplished. He is a special part of our family andwe love him very much.
On april 3rd we took Maeli to get her first real photo shoot. I just couldn't let the tiny baby phase go by undocumented. She was a good model and only fussed when we changed her clothes. I may be just a little biased but I think they are adorable! Here are a few of our favorites.
On March Fourteenth we were blessed with a new addition to our growing family. Maeli Rae was born at 1:16 p.m.. She weighed 6 lbs. 5 ounces and was 19 inches long. Right away we knew that our little Maeli had a mind (and a temper) of her own. She started screaming the minute she was born. She strongly disliked her first bath and let the nurse know it by yelling as loud as she could THE WHOLE TIME. To this day she lets you know if she is not happy! She is VERY loved by her bigbrothers and sisters. There is not much peace to be had for a newborn around here:) she definitely does not lack attention. We are so glad to have another special spirit brought into our home. The spirit of our heavenly father is so strong around a new little baby. We strive to do those things we know he would have us do so that we can return to him again someday as an eternal family.
I am a Stay at home mom and wife to five wonderful kids techie(13) Diva(10) comic(8) luvbug(6)baby gaga (2) and one awesome hubby. I love making my house a home, a refuge from this crazy world. I love to decorate and craft just about anything. These are the adventures of us.