Monday, August 8, 2016


I can't believe I have a Kindergartner!!! She has grown up way too fast, and was more ready to go to school than I was for her to go to school. There were no tears from either side, but I have to admit, it was a little hard to walk away and leave her there! She is so ready for this and has been counting down the days.
If you know my family well, you know that I am surrounded by extremely talented family members. Seriously. My dad, my mom, my 2 sisters and my brother are all so incredibly talented. I have been raised around all these people and have been able to learn so much. I'm not the most creative person, so I have had to observe and learn. My sister, Staci, started a tradition with her kids that I have been always wanted to continue when my kids got old enough. "Back To School Dinner" It consists of having your kids pick out the menu for the evening and making it really special for them. I found a bunch of really cute decorations for the table. I planned it all out and surprised Kaiya Saturday night. Her menu consisted of her favorites:
Chicken Nuggets
Root Beer
It was super fun and definitely something I will continue to do.
 Classic "first day of school" picture!
 Table before dinner. I also had some extra surprises for her like her pencil box filled with goodies, a new water bottle, lunch box supplies, and book marks. I had her fill out a First day of school Interview so I can keep it and go back every year and see how much she has grown.
 Beckam just wanted to eat the cupcakes

Making a come back...

So I have decided to start blogging again. I really want to document the important moments for myself and my kids. So much has happened over the last few years so I will do a quick update and then start from where we are now.
We moved to Yuma, AZ in the summer of 2013. Nate graduated from Weber State University with his masters in Athletic Training. He got a job teaching at San Luis High School during the day and then would cover all athletics after school. It made for some pretty long days. We loved our summers though. He worked there for 3 years and just this past school year decided to move on to his next career goal... becoming a Physician Assistant. We are currently in the process of applying to school and hope to be accepted and start next Summer. This means yet another move for us, but we are very ready for it. For now, Nate is playing the role of stay at home dad :)
Since living in Yuma, Kaiya has grown up so much. She just started Kindergarten (TODAY! Which is definitely the next post) She is 5 is a such a big helper. We have had 2 babies since living here, Beckam, who is now 2 and a half, and Tristan, who is 4 months. It has been crazy, but so fun.
I am working full time now at Yuma Regional Medical Center as a pediatric nurse. I recently got a promotion to charge nurse, and it has been a great experience for me. I still have hopes and dreams of getting my masters so I can one day teach pediatric nursing in a nursing school.
Life is so good and we are loving living in Arizona. We want to make AZ our permanent home someday. We are hoping to stay in AZ for PA school, but are willing to go out of state if necessary. We definitely miss our Utah family, but we try to see them as much as possible.
Hoping to keep up on all the fun things happening in our life right now!