Go, Stella!

Despite my feelings about cheerleading, I signed Stella up for a cheer clinic at NDPA with her friend, Harper.
They were so excited and so cute performing!
My little Stella couldn't stop talking about her teachers and how much fun she had out on the gym floor.
Her favorite part was that I put some mascara on her. ;)

I was proud of my girl and her short stint at cheerleading.


7 years of James

My middle man is 7 today!  
 I can't believe it!  
He's getting so big (tall and mature).
He's seriously the sweetest kid I know and so, so hard working.
He never hesitates to share with others or help his brother or sister...or me for that matter.
If I need something done, I ask James to do it because I know it will get done right away and be done correctly.
He also has a great sense of humor and keeps me laughing & smiling.
I love this kid.  I'm so happy he's mine.


Jessie James Night

I love one-on-one time with my kids!
It just doesn't happen near enough.
Allie and I started a tradition with Beckett and Henry that we wanted to continue with Fischer and James....so we made it a date night!

These 2 kids are quite a hoot and we had a lot of fun!


ski bums

Our kids have lived in Utah most of their lives and we've never taken advantage of winter skiing until this year!  These kids are hooked and getting better every lesson...I think we may have to invest in season passes next year.  

After-school ski lessons at Nordic Valley, just 40 minutes from our house...

Ski day for locals at the Canyons Resort in Park City...


{superSMOKE Sunday}

This guy celebrated a birthday last week. I wasn't thoughtful enough to buy him what he really wanted- a smoker.  But honestly, I wouldn't have picked the right one anyway.  He ordered one for himself.  We tried it out for the first time yesterday and I think we are going to love it!

Viva La Roca!

Preston and I have talked and talked about "one day" when we get to travel for our kid's sports activities.  We grew up playing competitive sports so we are just excited for our kids to have those experiences like we did.  The time has come!  Henry's team had their first out-of-state tournament in Las Vegas over President's Day Weekend.  It was so much fun and the boys played awesome!  We were worried because it's a huge tournament with lots of teams from southern California that are really good....but La Roca rocked it!  Our games were played on Friday and Saturday, and then we weren't sure if we had made it to the semi-finals on Monday, so we had to stick around and sightsee on Sunday.  It was a good thing we had Grandma and Grandpa Lund and the Morbys to play around town with!
It was a great break from Winter in Utah (which hasn't really been too shabby), and we always love a good getaway with food, fun, family and friends!!!


Holiday Happenings...

Fall Memories...

And here is September through October...

Scrapbooking Summer...

It's scrapbook weekend and the first chance I've had to catch up on some old memories.  

Here's a few from 6 months ago!


Decking the halls...and hitting the malls!

We've had a great break together, filled with all of the things we love...
- family time
- friend time
- ice cream
- turkey dinner
- shooting (real guns and darts)
- shopping
- tree picking
- tree decorating
- Layton Lights
- Grandpa's chorus performance

The kids are a little bummed to go back to school tomorrow, but I'm thinking that with all of the Christmas activities and holiday hustle and bustle, Christmas break will be here before we know it!


It's been a great Thanksgiving!
A month ago I was really struggling with what I was grateful for...I knew I was extremely blessed, but I was down on my physical health which spreads to all other areas of life.  I've had a 2 1/2 month battle with nerve problems and still have no diagnosis (which can be really good news), but it's mentally exhausting and almost a "mind game" to pull yourself out of the doom and gloom of chronic pain.
I still hurt and still worry, but this past week has been really good to me.  I have the best people in my life and Heavenly Father has given me so many tools to find happiness and hope even during trials.
I still hope and pray everyday that I can released from these physical trials, but in the meantime I'm also taking it a day at a time and trying to have an attitude of gratitude, despite the struggles.

In Sacrament today I heard again the much-loved quote by President Hinckley...
"I am asking that we stop seeking out the storms and enjoy more fully the sunlight".

That's my goal for this holiday season.  Be happy- today.  Seek out the good things.  
Because I know if I do I will find them.

Happy Thanksgiving!

"Let it Snow"...or no.

We had our first snow of the season last week.
The kids woke up Sunday morning to a super thin blanket of snow on the backyard.
The boys literally threw on hats and boots with their jammies they were so excited!...
Stella made me help her get all of her snow gear on....she was ready!
The funny thing is they got all of the summer toys out (Pool noodles, sticks and frisbees) to play in the cold snow.  I think they hardly remember this freezing stuff from last year.
And I guess it's a good thing because it ended up being almost 60 degrees for the rest of the week!
Mother Nature isn't sure what's going on out there but I'll take glimpses of cold and warm as long as she wants to keep delivering it!  It's the best of both worlds!

{Instagram 2014: Week 46}

 {The first real snow of the year- the kids were ready to play!}

 {Late night Yogo made them loco.}

{On the way to preschool I asked these cuties what they were thankful for.  Stella quickly said, "Dexter, aren't you grateful for Jesus? He made your life."}

 {Pie Shmie.  We Ponds do ice cream.}

{Thankful for these 3 turkeys!}

{AFTER celebrating Thanksgiving, Janelle and I conquered our Christmas shopping.}

{We went commercial this year.  It's been good to us.}

{Instagram 2014: Week 45}

 {Typical Sunday night.}

 {Thanksgiving lunch with my first grader- so thankful for him!}

 {My RB's pulled through with the magic- peach puree for my favorite fountain Coke!}

 {Henry's soccer team got to train with Mansally last night.  The boys were thrilled!}

 {There's a party going on in heaven- temple work is done for 5 great aunts!}

 {We were spiritually and physically fed at TOFW...now off to bed!}

{My kids are obsessed with Voxer- I'm a little annoyed by it.}