Friday, September 18, 2015

Bringing Back Blogging

So as a recent development...i.e. a family directory I was asked to put the family blog down if I had one and since I have not posted in the last....well forever I decided I really needed to update and keep this update as eventually I would love to turn all these posts into some sort of journal. So here I go with a little update on each person...

Spencer is slaving away at a job that he LOVES! (sucha blessing to do something you love!) He has been with the school district 3 years and loving every minute. He is being a "Sponsor" i.e. adult leader for the East high school ROTC division with Cyber Patriot. He teaches them about servers and cyber security. He loves the challenge and this year there are no returning peeps, so he is in for some hard, smack the forehead, days. He is serving as the Executive Secretary in our ward but that changes Sunday...

Brandee is having to deal with the daily challenges of keeping a house of 6 afloat and enjoying the world of Labor and Delivery. I love the challenge it brings. I love being at home but I love my "mommy" time as a nurse too. With Keelee turning one we are going to be taking a hard look at my health and the appropriate action to get checked out. Right now I am in good spirits and finding a balance with my meds so that is good. I just recently got called to serve as the Primary President in our ward. It comes with so many blessings and as my sister said I "belong" in Primary.

Lukas keeps us on our toes. The kid is a brainiac! He loves to read and I can't find a book he hasn't been able to bust in 3 days. He loves learning through reading and can't wait for this years science fair. He is certainly more active than in the past as he is in flag football with the school, rec. soccer, and has joined orchestra playing the bass...yes it is bigger than him but we love to watch him play. He loves it because it is the biggest thing and it has such a low sound. He is also very active in our cub scouts and is already half way through his Webelos.
MaKynzee is our pretty princess with a slight clutz disclaimer, She recently got as excited about books as the rest of us and loves reading about ponies and princesses. She still loves imagination play and dress ups. She is an author like her Aunt Melanie and hoards papers every where. She is such a big helper and everyone in the family begs for her attention and she so graciously allows us in her presence. I have tried really hard to instill that she is a Princess and a daughter of a King and she lives it!

Bowen is Mr. Minion/ Tazmanian Devil. People ask me all the time if he ever stops moving and the answer is NO! I think the kid runs in his sleep. the best thing about Bowen is he is almost always happy. He definantley has a Mr Grumpy face every now and then but he loves to give kisses and cheer everyone up!  He started preschool this year through the school district and I am happy to report he LOVES it, I LOVE it.

Keelee is our little porcelain doll.She turned ONE today. I can't believe she is here. She came in a dream almost 9 years ago and now she has completed our family. She has the cutest 8 tooth grin. I totally love her little personality. She does perfectly fine as long as she can see us. If we leave a room she gets fussy but when we come back she stops. She walks along walls, chairs, couches and coffee table but hasn't taken that first step yet. i am trying to soak up every ounce of baby hood. She is such a joy and we love that her blue eyes stayed!

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Kindergarten Field Trip with Miss MaKynzee

OK so in the fall I went with Lukas to the Denver Aquarium and MaKynzee was heart broken she didn't get to go and made me "pinky promise" I would go to her on her big field trip. As it turned out it wasn't till the end of the year but it was SUPER FUN!

MaKynzee and mommy at the Rhinos

Bears OH MY!

WOW doesn't she look like a model! GEEEEEEE

This chimp and it's baby were playing hide and seek. It was so cool and MaKynzee loved shouting "run" to the baby. It was really sweet!

Eating lunch with my favorite girl! Are those Cheeto lips??

MaKynzee at the hippo statue

MaKynzee at her favortie spot. We ended up at the hippo 5 times and every time we picked a new animal to see she would ask if we would go by the hippo again. So mommy helped make it happen. The hippo is in the mud hole here but we also got to see it in the watering hole and blow a huge spray of water up and call out. It was AWESOME!

Miss MaKynzee was in charge of course! My little map reader!

We loved watching the giraffe eat. It was soooo tall!

This was taken shortly after a DOWN POUR! We had to run to the gift shop and get an umbrella...thing was we were not going to let rain stop us, as soon as we had the umbrella we were out runnin' in the rain!
MaKynzee loved the Lion "cubs", there are 3 that are just over a year old. Do they look like cubs to you??? 

The 3 Princess Musketeers 
That is what they call each other. Too cute eh?
Jorieauna (left), MaKynzee, Kiley (right)

I love these girls! 

Rain or shine we had a WONDERFUL day at the zoo! It was awesome and thanks to the rain MaKynzee got a umbrella so that was HER favorite part!

Monday, May 27, 2013

Bagshaw Reunion Memorial Day- Moab UT

We had the most beautiful, amazing time in Moab, Utah! We had a Bagshaw Family Reunion and 80th birthday celebration for Grandpa Bagshaw. We have a serious love for Arches Natl Park and had a blast. It was so much fun to be with all the families we hardly see. We love our family! 

Hiking the Arches and Natural Bridges

We promised each other we would make it to Delicate Arch. It was beyond AWESOME!
At the Delicate Arch look out. The kids loved "rock climbing"!

Delicate arch view with the Bagshaw 5!

We also stopped at my favorite part of Canyonlands, newspaper rock!

Hiking the next day to the actual ARCH itself! Delicate arch here we come!

MaKynzee and her little cousin Kristen had so much fun hiking together, giggling and saying they were twins! SUPER CUTE! 

That's right we took the stroller all the way up! Way, way up!

The WHOLE family made it to the TOP! 

Climbing rocks with Uncle Justin and cousins!

Top view of Horseshoe Ruins

Boys will be boys. We had the boy cousins in our car in between stops at Natural Bridges! It was fun to see them together.... finally! 

Ok so there has been a dream of mine to hike down to these Indian ruins ever since I have seen them. Of course I thought that was crazy but then my loving husband said we could. AND WE DID...
the outlook view.

At the ruins...
this was by far the coolest EVER!
I was so amazed how they survived in these little places.

We made it! We are so excited!

 The bridge you hike down to and then pass to get to the Horseshoe ruins! Gorgeous view all the way around!

FUN at the CABIN
The cutest little pair...Spencer's cousin's wife and little girl! They were sooooo cute!

 We were celebrating Grandpa Bagshaw's 80th Birthday
Here is the birthday boy with his grandkids...only missing 2!

Grandpa had the best cake ever...
it was a fisherman on top and fishes all the way down the cake. I loved it!

I was in charge of games for the birthday party and we played 
Minute to Win It! 

Philipp: get 5 oreos from your nose to mouth no hands!

Justin: Keep 8 balls bouncing at once

Kristen: Blow a bubble across the room and into the hoop

Boys vs girls: Oranges and bananas 
Get the oranges into the hoop using your "banana"
Greatest game EVER!!!

On Sunday we went to church and it just happened to be next door to the Monticello Temple! 
I can't believe I took this looks soooo good!

My four generation James'!
L to R
James Brent, James Russell, James Lukas, James Spencer
Our kiddos with their Great Grandpa and Grandma Bagshaw
Isn't it GREAT!!!

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Quick Trip to Boise and Mother's Day

 So we made a daunting 13 hr drive to Boise, Idaho to share a special day with our nephew Landon! He was Baptized on his birthday May 4, 2013! It was pretty awesome. After the baptism we got to have a little birthday/baptism celebration! It was a long hard journey but totally worth it!

Philipp Landon Schmidt 
baptized May 4, 2013
by his father Philipp.

He was also confirmed a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints
by his father the same day!

One happy family!

Birthday PRESENTS!!!

Mother's Day 2013 

Well I got my annual mother's day flowers and am in serious, serious "green thumb" mode. 
I don't want them to die!!!
Unfortunately this was of course the first Sunday Spencer also got called into work but he made up for it...

I LOVE my flowers!!!

The kids celebrated Mother's Day by being tyrants and ended with Lukas saying "How come there isn't a KID day?" Well maybe we will eventually learn the meaning of mother's day!
I love being a mother...almost 8 years now and I would never take any of it back. They have taught me so much and I never thought I had this capacity to love this much!