Posted by: rebsky1 | October 4, 2015

More of August

I am falling farther and farther behind. So school started and then a few days later Austin turned 8!  We celebrated with Grandma, Grandpa, Uncle Alan and Aunt Jessica a couple of days prior to the birthday.  Jessica’s birthday is the day before Austin’s so we had a double celebration on the 17th since that is what worked with everyone’s schedules.


On his birthday, Austin woke up and opened presents before school and had a space-themed party with three of his friends after school.  It was a lot of fun.  We started off building rockets.  Next we played a tag game that Austin figured out.  One person was a bad alien and then half the people were good aliens and half were astronauts.  The bad alien called out, “aliens” or “astronauts” and the corresponding people would have to get to the other side without getting tagged.  There was also something to say to get everyone to try and cross.  I think it was “spaceship”.  After the tag game there was an obstacle course that each kid did.  It started with Russ launching them into space from the trampoline.  They then had to throw their rocket through a hula hoop, race to the other side of the yard while avoiding meteorites (tinfoil balls that were being thrown at them), survive the pull of a blackhole (put head on bat and spin around five times), avoid an alien attack (chased by others in alien masks), jump into the spaceship (through the hula hoop) and back onto earth (onto the trampoline).  We timed each of the boys and they seemed to really enjoy it.  We then opened presents and ate cake.

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Three days later was an even greater day.  Austin choose to be baptized and it happened on Sat the 22nd of August!  He had been so excited for his baptism and was definitely prepared for this important step.  He asked his dad to baptize him and to confirm him a member of the church and give him the gift of the Holy Ghost.  What a blessing to have the priesthood, the power of God, on the earth so that we can receive the saving ordinances of the gospel.  I am grateful for a wonderful husband who lives worthy to hold the priesthood and bless the lives of others through the power of the priesthood.

Austin was interviewed by Bishop Alan Ward on Sunday the 16th and was found worthy and prepared to be baptized.  At 3:00 on the 22nd we met at the north chapel for the baptismal service.  There was one other girl getting baptized as well.  We had wonderful family support and are so grateful for family in our lives.  Alan had to work, but Jessica came as did both grandparents and Lori with Heidi, Elise, Melissa, Kelli and Whitney.  The support of friends and ward members was great too:  Lana Lee (his preschool teacher and the Relief Society president), Mrs. Larson (his 1st grade teacher) and her husband, Brigham Ward (his great friend) and his dad (our Bishop), Sheri Pugh (primary president), Oaine Foy (his great-aunt and primary teacher).  It was a wonderful service.  Grandma Pincock played the piano and Aunt Oaine led the music. We sang Baptism for the opening song. Brooklyn said the opening prayer, Austin and McKinley sang When I am Baptized and then I gave a talk.  The primary president gave a brief presentation and the Bishop made a few comments.  Austin was then baptized.

I have witnessed quite a few baptisms, but when I saw my husband baptizing my son, I felt the spirit so strongly I couldn’t keep from crying.  It was a wonderful event to witness.  After the two baptisms, Grandma Daniels gave a talk about the Holy Ghost and then Russ was able to confirm Austin.  We closed with the song, The Holy Ghost and McKinley gave the closing prayer.  I know that Austin made the right choice and that through his choice the gate was opened that allows him to walk the path leading back to God.  He is a great boy who wants to make the right choices in his life and is sensitive to those around him. He will do great things as he stays close to God and allows Him to guide his life.

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The last thing I need to mention for the month of August is soccer.  Austin and Brooklyn both were in soccer this year.  This was Austin’s third year of soccer and he has really improved in his ability to track the ball.  It is fun to see the progress.  Brooklyn inherited my competitive trait and hustled to keep up with the ball.

Austin in black jersey, grey shorts

Austin in black jersey, grey shorts

Brooklyn in yellow jersey

Brooklyn in yellow jersey

Posted by: rebsky1 | August 30, 2015

Another Reunion and School

All summer long the kids really wanted to sleep on the trampoline as a family.  Multiple times we planned a night and then something would come up and it wouldn’t happen.  We finally decided it was going to happen on the first Monday in Aug.  The kids were so excited.  They got ready for bed and we laid our sleeping bags out.  Russ and I laid with the kids for a while before coming inside to finish cleaning up the kitchen.  When we were finished we got ready for bed and went out.  Connor was asleep and the other two finally fell asleep too.  We made it until about 11:30 and then the wind started whipping and the rain started coming so we scooped up kids and rushed inside.  I must admit – I wasn’t sad to be back in my bed.

At the beginning of the month we got the kids registered for school and Brooklyn had a graduation from UPSTART – a phenomenal online preschool program through the Waterford Institute.  As soon as graduation finished, the family headed out of town.  We headed north for some school clothes shopping, a homecoming and a reunion.  It was a productive and enjoyable trip.  We had a great time with family playing volleyball, ship to shore, enjoying a talent show, making bubbles, doing a slip and slide and enjoying a timeline created by Russ’s dad.  I wish we had done better at taking pictures.  The only time we pulled out the camera was during the price is right game that Russ’s niece put together for everyone to enjoy.

Connor entertaining himself

Connor entertaining himself

Alan playing Plinko

Alan playing Plinko

Bob Barker

Bob Barker

We returned from the reunion on Wednesday and the kids started school on Thursday.  That was a mistake, but we survived and the kids had a good first day of school.  Brooklyn had been a bit nervous but when I picked her up and asked how it went she said she, “loves, loves, loves kindergarten!”

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Posted by: rebsky1 | August 16, 2015


The kids and I tried to make it a point to explore one day each week during summer.  So one day we went to the Edge of the Cedars Museum.  We hadn’t been for a couple of years, so it was fun to explore it again.  This is the ladder down into the kiva and then the kids down in the kiva.

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Next up for July was the festivities of the 4th.  The town always has a 5k race that Russ and I like to run but this year we wanted Austin to run, so we decided to run the mile fun run with him and Brooklyn chose to join us also.  It was fun to “train” with them in preparation and then to see how great they did on the 4th.  This is a post race picture with their medals.


The kids and I got to enjoy the parade.  Russ consented to ride on the float with the band, so he didn’t get to watch but we had fun watching for him.  The truck passed twice and both times I tried to snap a picture of him, but I was too slow. But this is the three kids waiting for the parade to start.


During the first full week of July Austin got to participate in Robot Camp.  It was in the mornings and his good friend, Brigham, did it with him.  They were able to build robots with legos and program them on the computer.  He seemed to enjoy himself.

The first part of the month we also kept busy with church, building a shed and discovering insects.  I guess I don’t have a picture of the shed completed so you just get the after church picture and the praying mantis picture.

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The 16th-18th of July was my family’s reunion.  Russ took off extra time in case we had to travel extra far, but it ended up being at my parents’, so we took the extra day to explore the Treehouse Museum in Ogden.  We took two cousins and the kids had a great time.

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The next day we went to my parents’ and set up tents in their backyard.  It was so fun to be able to spend time with family.  The kids enjoyed their cousins and I loved visiting with the siblings that were able to make it.  We made giant bubbles:

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We had a giant slip and slide.  This first video is Austin and then my mom.

This video is Austin:

This one is my dad:

This one is Brooklyn:

This one is me:

We had a lot of fun just playing, talking and spending time together.  These next two pictures are me with my five siblings that made it and then the six of us with mom and dad.

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I LOVE my family!!!!

We finished off July with a visit to Bluff Fort – I didn’t take the camera on that exploration trip and then with some great entertainment and a visit from a king:

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Posted by: rebsky1 | August 3, 2015

Here is June

The first part of June was fun with some exploring:

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We were also busy with Austin and Brooklyn in swim lessons.  I put them in private lessons and they made leaps and bounds this year.  Brooklyn’s teacher especially was amazing and it is too bad that she graduated from high school this year and will probably not be around anymore.  We have tried to go swimming at least once a week this summer and sometimes have made it more than that.  It is fun to see the kids progress.

The last full week of June the kids and I said goodbye to Russ and headed out of town.  We made the drive to my parents’ and spent a week with them.  It was wonderful to see some of my family.  My sister, Jalene, even made the drive over from Boise area with two of her boys.  We also attended my Dad’s family reunion and it was great to see some cousins that I haven’t seen in a very long time.  The bad parts: Connor falling headfirst into the pond and me having to rescue him, Connor getting sick and having to go to instacare twice, not having more time with my parents and Russ not being with us.  The good parts was everything else.  My amazing mom even offered to watch the kids so two of my sisters and I could do some shopping.  I felt bad that she couldn’t join us and was grateful for her sacrifice.  It was a great trip and of course, it was great to come home.  Especially to come home to Russ.  We missed him while we were away.  I wasn’t great at taking pictures on this trip:

Jalene (sister) jousting with Preston (her son)

Jalene (sister) jousting with Preston (her son)

Emily (my sister)

Emily (my sister)


Braden (nephew)

Braden (nephew)

Posted by: rebsky1 | June 14, 2015

Preschool Graduation

This is the video of Brooklyn’s solo from preschool graduation.  I am still working on some other belated pics and videos.

And here is a picture of her with her amazing teacher – Mrs. Lana:


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