Monday, August 16, 2010

January visits from Texas

Seriously wish this lady lived next door. She is the best and I can talk to her like no other person. I look up to her in so many ways. She is an amazing mom, knows everything about homeschooling, health, natural birth, chiropractic, and loves to watch movies. She is the best. We have so much fun when we are together. I am glad she was able to come out to AZ to visit her family who live out here and spend a few days with me as well. Hopefully next time she visits I will take a picture of her and me together.

Her kiddos and mine watching a movie.

Are they just so beautiful?

Seriously Sariah looks like she could be their sister.

Playing at Peter Piper Pizza

Climbing on the Merry-Go-Round is totally allowed.

Such a happy baby.

Sariah loved playing with her friends.

Sariah also loved January's lap.

The kids had fun one day out in the water.

Even though she is blond and wearing a similar swim suit this is not is her twin from another mother.

Sunday, August 15, 2010

To much

There is way too much to catch up with and I don't even know when I will have the time to do it. But know that we are alive and well. I am going to try and get some posts caught up before we leave again. The whole summer has flown by and Justin is in school again. Lots of fun pictures to post. Sure do love you all.

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Lukas visits Arizona

I was so excited to have Luke for 2 weeks. While he was here we went swimming, played games, out to eat, to the movies, shopping, church, and lots of other fun things. There is a 19 year age difference between me and Luke but that doesn't keep us from having an awesome sibling relationship.
He is so much fun and at the same time so mature for his age. Being the youngest of 12 requires a lot of strength and love. He loves everyone of his siblings and their attachments. (Attachments being spouses and children.) I was so glad he got to come down and visit for a bit.
We went out to IHOP for dinner one night with Luke. He started the entertainment off with a spoon.

Grateful for the man who took us all out to eat. Love him.

Then Justin joined in the fun.

Of course Sariah wants to do everything the boys do.

Justin had to see if the fork would work too. :)

Playing around on the bike rack.

Copying her big brother.

Seriously can these 3 be any cuter? Oh I doubt it.

Watching movies with January's kiddos.

Same people, same couch, different day.

Playing in the sprinklers

Having fun in the water on a hot August day.

I really hope Luke can come down every summer. I promise to take better pictures next time.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

First Day of School 2010

For some reason school starts in the middle of August in Arizona. I personally think it starts so early because they feel bad that the kids are stuck at home all summer and can't play outside because it's sooooo stinkin hot here. I hate that it starts so early but this year Justin was so wanting to go back to school.
He started 4th grade with a whole new challenge. This year he is part of a combo class. It is a 4th/5th combo with all the ELP students. ELP stands for extended learning program. It is a program for gifted students who need a little more of a challenge. You have to take a test to get into the program and once you are in it you don't have to test again. Both his ELP teacher and his main teacher seem amazing and so experienced with students like Justin. It might be a little rough for him not being the best in the class since he will be surrounded by a whole bunch of kids at the same level. Really looking forward to see how this year turns out.

Morning Buddies share some smiles before we take Justin to school.
All dressed and ready to go. He didn't want to wear anything new to school. My boy who used to love his kahki's and polos is now in love with t-shirts and athletic shorts.

Love this face.

Snapped a shot right before the bell rang....I think this is the I am embarrassed that my mom is here taking this picture.

Uncle Luke was with us when school started so I had to get a picture of the 2 buddies. He helped me caarry Justin's school supplies. I can't believe he is in 4th grade.

Monday, August 2, 2010

Trip to Utah: Driving Home Day 7

We left Utah bright and early and got a good start on our trip back. Everyone did pretty great in the car and we took the trip home slow, making a whole bunch of stops.
Here we stopped at the Utah/Arizona state line with Lake Powell in the background.
The bridge that we drove over.
Lukas and Justin being silly.

Opps forgot to read the sign.

Luke was nice to let Sariah decorate him with stickers.

The largest dream catcher I have ever seen.

Cute little guys.
Sticker queen

The girls

We made it home safe and sound with no speeding tickets.

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Trip to Utah: Sunday Day 6

Sunday at the Hinkson home is always filled with lots of people, food, sleeping, and more people.
Little Miss Sariah found a quite spot to color for a moment.
James fell asleep with lots of people around, this is a skill that you get when you grow up in a house with tons of people. You sleep where ever you can.

Bruce is the youngest of the Hinkson clan being the last of the 5 grandbabies in 2010. Bruce is Ralph and Julie's youngest.

Amber is their oldest and she loves her Papa Kent.

Handsome Paul is getting ready to go on his mission. Papers are almost finished to be turned in. He will be 19 in October.

Look at this cute face. He loved being surrounded by older boys to play with.

My sister Rachel made her famous popcorn and everyone is enjoying it in this picture. Love how all their hands are in their mouths.

Sariah loves her uncles.

Grandpa Kent and Grandma Ladybug with Bruce.

Ralph getting kisses from his daughter Amber.

Cute Hannah and Amber, sisters.

Give me a kiss, momma.

Cousin popsicles

I love that they still kiss each other after 19 years of marriage.
Sariah loves her Aunt Tallie.

Learning how to weed from Grandpa

Tallie and her hubby Nick.

We said goodbye to everyone this night since we driving back to AZ in the morning.