Tuesday, August 24, 2010

The Best Day EVER!

Yesterday I was fortunate enough to be a part of the recording session for Alex Boye's upcoming Christmas album. Talk about an amazing experience! I wasn't sure what to expect when I walked into the studio, but it was amazing. Alex is such a great guy, as well as being super talented, and our director was Emmy award winner Sam Cardon. After interacting with him, I can see why. He's very good at what he does. The whole thing was kind-of surreal. I mean, how often do you get a chance to be part of something like that? I feel very privileged, and came away with some great memories.

Our fabulous director

Alex explaining part of the music to the group

What an amazing experience! I'm so excited for the album to come out. It's set to be released by conference, and I can hardly wait! We listened to some raw tracks yesterday, and it's got a very Nat King Cole kind of vibe. It sounds very cool. So, now you all have a Christmas album to buy, right?:)

Fun at Lagoon

A few weeks ago we took our little family to Lagoon for the day. What a blast! I was worried that everyone was just going to be hot and tired, but they did great. The funniest thing was how much they loved the bigger rides. I mean, they had fun on the little kid ones and everything, but the favorites were those that I thought they might be scared of. For example, Savannah LOVED the haunted houses. She kept asking if we could go back again. Isaiah really liked the bumper cars and Rattlesnake Rapids. And little Mary's favorite is called Dinosaur Drop. (It's like The Rocket except smaller.) She didn't mind that she was being dropped two stories, in fact she giggled like crazy! I never expected that, but I will never underestimate my kids again. And hey, I can go on the bigger rides.:) I didn't get too many pictures, but what fun!

Look at those huge grins! Do you think they're excited at all?:)

Mary might only barely be big enough for this ride, but that smile never left her face!

I wasn't able to go to Lagoon a whole lot as a kid, but I'm sure glad Jason and I decided to make this a family tradition every year. I can hardly wait for next summer! (I wonder what rides they'll be big enough to go on then...:)

A Running We Will Go

Many of you know that my husband is an avid runner. This summer he took part in the Ragnar Relay, which goes from Logan to Park City. That's over 180 miles! Thankfully, he had an awesome team to run with, comprised in part of most of his family. Both of Jason's sisters, one brother, and his dad competed as well, not to mention a good friend of his. I thought they were all crazy, since this relay means taking turns running for almost 2 straight days and sleeping in the car, but they had a blast and did quite well. I'm so proud! (Even if I do still think they're nuts.:)

The family crossing the finish line. I've never seen so many tired people in my life!

Jason's sisters showing of their race medals to their kids

Jason looking proud. (I think he was too tired to smile.:) Way to go, honey!

Jason has instilled his love of running in our children as well. They've run in quite a few children's races, including this one up in Cedar Hills. Isaiah and Savannah both ran a mile with their dad in about 15 minutes! Not bad for a 5 and 6 year old, huh?:)

On your mark, get set, go!

They did so well, and Mary was a fantasic cheerleader with me on the sidelines. Great job kids!:)

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Summer Baseball

We were lucky enough this summer to be able to attend 2 Bees baseball games in Salt Lake City, and had a blast! (I was really proud of my kids, since singing at a parade for everbody was what won us the tickets for the first game.:) I grew up around baseball, and there's just something about being out in the summer air with your family and watching a game--I love it! Isn't that just a pretty picture? Too bad the games weren't as pretty. (We lost both times.)

I think my girls' favorite part was getting to wear their baseball hats, since they don't very often. (Notice how both hats are my girls' favorite colors.:)

Isaiah kept insisting that his cup had to be in the picture, although I'm not entirely sure why.

Here's the second game with cute Aunt Toni. (My kids just adore her!)

The second game was capped off by an unbelievable fireworks show. It started off with a huge amount of fireworks, and I thought, this is going to be a short show if they're starting off with this many. But it went on for at least 20 minutes! How cool is that? The best part was that the advertising company Aunt Toni works for was the sponsor, so we cheered extra loud.:) Yay Saxton Horne!

Isaiah is 5!!!

I can't belive my sweet little guy is 5! He's getting so big, I can barely believe it. We had such a great time for his birthday, too. Since it was on a Friday this year, we had a small family party that day, a friend party on Saturday, and an extended family bash on Sunday. Needless to say, Isaiah was thrilled to have three whole days of parties especially for him. (There were even fireworks Saturday night, thanks to Draper Days. Yay!:) Here are some photos of the festivities:I think Isaiah was a little excited about this bike, don't you? That grin is nearly cracking his face! Here he is blowing out the candle on his birthday cupcake. His friend party had an ocean theme because we spent most of the time outside with sprinklers, a blow-up pool, water balloons, and squirt guns. I don't think I've ever heard that much laughing in my life! Jason had the idea to put one of the sprinklers underneath the trampoline and let the kids go at it. They had SO much fun with it, and we didn't even end up with any slipping and crying kids. (I must say, I was pretty amazed by that one.) Isaiah insisted on having a football birthday cake this year, which was just fine with me. (Footballs are one of the easiest cakes to make--just round off the corners and reattach them to the ends. Simple.:) It happened to be Jason's sister Shari's birthday that weekend as well, so I made those cupcake bouquets for her. The funny things was that nobody wanted to eat them because they looked to pretty. Not that I minded having leftover cupcakes--my kids were happy for a whole additional week!

Happy birthday, little buddy! We love you!:)

T-ball and Tap Dancing

Summer is filled with many activities for the Greenwoods, including dance recitals and t-ball games.

Savannah's dance class did an adorable tap-dancing rendition of Rockin' Robin. She looked great in all her feathers, and did a wonderful job. She did a cute little hip wiggle whenever there was a whistle in the song, and was totally on beat with the music. I'm so proud!:)

This is a nice action shot of Isaiah, don't you think? He absolutely LOVED playing, and was always the first one to go running after the ball when it was hit. (That worked really well until he was suppossed to be guarding a base.:) He did a great job and can hardly wait until next year to play again. Good thing we have a tee in the backyard and he won't have to wait that long.:)

School's Out!

I can't believe how big my kids are getting. Savannah is finished with kindergarten, and Isaiah graduated from preschool! When did they get that old?
This picture was taken just after Savannah's program on one of her last days of school. Don't you just love the hat? (It was part of a number called First Grade that went to the tune of New York, New York. SO cute!) I can't believe my little girl is going to school for the entire day. (I had a mom moment the other day--crying over the fact that my kids won't all be home together for lunch anymore.:)

Here's Isaiah looking adorable at his preschool graduation. See the squinting? These poor kids were facing right into the sun! At least I could see to take pictures, though. (I think that was the idea.) Isn't this just the cutest kid ever?

I have to mention as well that my kids both had FANTASTIC teachers. Miss Lindberg was so sweet, and she really understood Savannah's tendency to be sensitive to others. She told me constantly how thoughtful my daughter is. And Teacher Nisha is the only person I've ever met who can not only keep up with Isaiah, she was one step ahead of him. (That takes A LOT of energy, believe me.) We love you both and will miss you!

Do you see what I see?

So, I was driving with my kids the other day, and we saw this out the window:

I know it's kind-of hard to tell, but this is a RAINBOW cloud! I've seen something like this before, but this time my camera happened to be in my purse. It was really a sight to see. (We pulled over and just looked at it for a while.) I'm not sure if moisture causes this color scheme or what, but how cool is that?:)

Monday, August 9, 2010

Where, oh where has my transfer cord gone?

So, after about 3 weeks of not being able to find my camera's transfer cord and not being able to post ANY pictures of our summer, a few days ago my husband informed me that we have an extra cord with our video camera. I could do nothing but laugh. That's what I get for trying to locate things on my own instead of just asking where he stashed something. Oh, well. (I still can't find the original cord, by the way.) At least I can update with photos now. Stay tuned!:)