My Family 2011

My Family 2011

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Visiting Grandma and Grandpa

While Jordan and my dad were taking care of some business, my mom and I took the girls to the cemetery to visit Grandma and Grandpa. I sure wish we could go to their house and visit them like we used to. I miss them so much!! My Grandma was a nurse in the Army when she met my Grandpa. He was in the Army too and was in the hospital having surgery. He fell in love with his nurse. They had a secret they kept from everyone up until a couple years before they died. My Grandma was pregnant when my Grandmpa met her and he fell in love with her anyway. Baack then I assume it was a big deal so they decided not to tell anyone and my Grandpa raised the baby as his own. He was a great man and loved children so much. He would always have plenty of cookies, cream soda, and neapolitan ice cream to offer us. I was a very lucky girl to have had them in my life. My children love and miss them too.

This part of the cemetery is for veterans so I made Kayla stand up there.

Kayla with her Grammy and Papa

Friday, July 20, 2012

Family Pictures

I love these kids. The funny thing is that my mom always talks about getting all the kids together to take a picture. It seems very simple but as they get older someone is always busy with something. We knew all the kids would be at the party but hosting a party and taking a picture with 11 kids is not easy. We had to rush the boys into their white shirts because of course they didn't want to wear them the whole time. Then we had to find a spot to put them. Of course their wasn't a pretty grassy area for them to sit ir any trees nearby to have them stand. Soooo this was it! A bench inder a window. It was the only option and we just had to hurry. Years from now I guess none of that will matter. My mom is happy that we got all her grandchildren in a picture together. The last one was four years ago and Piper wasn't in it! It was a very very fun day!
Emily,Daisy,Nicholas,Martin,Jordan,Piper,Miah,Jimmy,Gavin,Kayla, and Sofia
My four beautiful children

Sofia and Jimmy
(my brother's kids)

Martin, Nick, Miah, and silly Gavin

These girls are beautiful

And so are these ones!!

Kayla with her favorite old lady. Silly Grandma Gates

Monday, July 16, 2012

Piper's First Birthday Party

Piper had the funnest party EVER!!! I just LOVE this baby!!! My mom and I did most of the decorating and it was a lot of fun and stressful at the same time. Epsecially planning it from so far away. My sister wanted to go with a pink lemonade party. We were definatley on a budget but i think it turned out pretty cute anyway. I have some cute family pictures to post next time too. It was a very fun day but I have to admit I am glad it's over!

The prettiest Birthday girl!

So cute!

Piper and her mommy and daddy

This was before we got it all set up but you get the point

The dessert table

Me and the Birthday Girl

Me and my girls

Piper eating her little cake (my mom made it and I love how it turned out)

Piper and her cousins. Not too happy being stuck in her chair

An outfit change to match the big girls!

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Our Summer In California

My vacation has been great and we have been keeping very busy. These are a few pictures of things we have been doing. Shopping with Kayla has been the best part of my vacation. I am going to be very sad when she has to go back to Japan but it won't be long before she gets orders back to the states. YAY!!! More pictures to come!!

Little Jimmy's (my nephew) high school graduation that almost didn't happen.

I used to hold him like this when he was a baby. Aww :(

We are so proud he actually pulled it off. Haha

Spent some time in Big Bear at my parents cabin

My sister and I and only a few of our kids

Rare moments of siblings actually getting along

My kids LOVE their cousins and are so good with them (most of the time)

On a walk in Big Bear

We stayed at the Desert Hot Springs Spa Hotel with my sister, Tami, (my best friend from high school) and her family

Miah and Nick after a swim

Night swimming is so much fun

The cousins playing nicely

Little Jimmy's graduation BBQ

Cousins in matching jammies

My friend Crystal's daughter's wedding

Vanessa was born a month before Kayla. We met while we we're pregnant together
Vanessa was bummed Kayla missed her wedding by a week.

Crystal and Vanessa

Of course I've been busy playing with this cute little baby!!

4th of July at Aimee's house

Miah and Emily


Miah and Nick

Jordan,Emily, and Richard

We rented a beach cabin on Camp Pendelton

And look who decided to show up!!! I got my baby back!

Aimee and Martin. He is soo happy to be at the beach!! NOT

My little beach bunnies!!

I love these kids!!

Emily and Miah on the Ipad

Kayla missed her cousins....for a little while anyway!

S'mores of course

Kayla and Miah

Emily and Nick

Me,Miah, and crazy in the back

Sharing everybody's favorite part of the day

Sleeping next to Nick. He wakes me up every morning to get him cereal