Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Bummer Summer for Baseball....

This summer just hasn't been Jack's best.

Especially for his baseball season.

On June 9th, he tagged a kid out at 3rd. The kid and his mitt hand kind of jammed together.


It immediately swelled and bruised and bruised and swelled some more.

Scott's broken his hands enough, he decided the best thing to do was to ice and wrap with an ace bandage and give it 5-6 weeks to heal.

So, our schedule was less crazy, but he's really missed playing.

And we've really missed watching him play.

He missed the end of regular season, the city tournament and ALL of all stars!

In fact, the tournament is this weekend in BOISE and he is really bummed.

He can't do a lot of his favorite things.

Overall, he's had a great attitude about it and finds other ways to have fun, but every once in a while, I see it.

He just wants it to be over and have his hand back.

Poor kid.

{after one of his games "pre-accident" with parker}

{you can kind of see some swelling here}

{poor little guy}

It's almost better now. Hopefully he'll be 100% soon.

FOOTBALL starts August 1st!

Sunday, July 10, 2011


All I am going to say is....

We have WAY too much fun!

Joyful Day

Rebekah counted down until she could finally be baptized for SO LONG.

I've never seen a kid so excited to be baptized!

She prepared well- she read several books about baptism and wrote a lot about it in her journal.

June 4th was her special day.

She wanted a simple white summer dress. I asked her if she was sure.

I said, "are you sure you don't want one of those mini wedding dresses?"

She said, "mom. seriously, I am not getting married!"

so she looks adorable in her white eyelet dress.

Her Aunt Tyree made her a bracelet and headband and a flower for her dress and bought her a cute sweater.

We think she's gorgeous.

{Saturday morning, ready to head to the church}

{she wanted her hair in a bun- one of her favorites}

{bekah's special day was doubly special as her cousin emma was baptized too!}

{me n my girl-

funny enough there were several cute little red headed girls getting baptized that day}

{daddy/daughter all in white}

I just have to say- I am so grateful for Scotty! Seeing him all in white took me back to his baptism day. We are so blessed to have him in our lives.

He is a great daddy with amazing faith in God.

{so excited}

Afterward, we took some time for some photos. Karina had to run to the bank or some such nonsense so she isn't in these. Bummer.

Here are a couple of my favorites

{baptism buddies}

{these two have a special bond}

{charlie's angels pose?}

{beautiful girl}

{special day}

{love this picture of bekah and her grandma}

{the reds}

{the family we were so lucky to have join us on Bekah's special day}

{camille and her family came- LOVE them}

{picture of idaho falls temple from grandma and grandpa}

After the baptism, luncheon, cleanup and naptime were over, we were ready to party again.

We wanted to sled the sand dunes, but with the beer festival out there it was a little crowded.

Not the scene we were looking for on such a special day.

So, we all took off for Grandma and Grandpa's house.

They have a fire pit and playground behind their house, so we got to roast hot dogs, brats, and s'mores, and have some fun.

{scotty and parker}

{karina, scott and little parker}

{parker and the bekster]

{parker and karina- so glad they were a part of our day}

{she wanted braids before bed to she could have wavy hair for church!}

{ready for church to be introduced to the congregation as the newest official member!}

Wild Things!

Year two for this cutest of tee ball teams.

There was vast improvements! I have to say, the tee ball tackling problem is no longer an issue. We had kids in the right positions in the field- something we couldn't seem to do last year.

The kids started to understand "outs" and tried hard to get as many as they could (yes we bribed them, but whatever works, right?)

And some of them even learned the names of some of the positions!

We bumped up to the 6-7 year league because we had a few 6 year olds, one 7 year old and even 1 8 year old. But the vast majority was still five. So, we had a little hard time competing with the other teams in the league. But --

if you ask any of the kids on our team, they would have no idea. They had a blast and were always asking if we were winning :)

And that really is the whole point, isn't it?

Even if the coaches are a little nutty competitive and need to yell through the whole game- sometimes needing some serious decompressing time after those intense games!

Overall, I absolutely love it.

I think Amber and I are a dynamic duo not to be underestimated.


She absolutely LOVES to play ball.

Thankfully, this year she didn't break anything and could play every game!

{the fierce "wild" pose.

I was just following instructions, but it looks like maybe I took it too far?}

{me and my girl}

{my favorite little wild thing}

Number Three Turned EIGHT!

We absolutely adore our third child. Rebekah Mae is someone we count ourselves lucky to know. She can light up any one's day and lift any one's spirits. It's almost like there are bubbles inside her. She is just that fun.

Here are some pictures of sweet Bekah through the years....

{finishing off her 5th birthday cake}

{such a cute four year old!}

{3rd birthday breakfast}

{gotta love the wax lips-- age 3}

{classic Bekah face around 18 months old}

{sweetest little 2 year old!}

{about 8 months old}

And now, this year.


wow did it go quick.

These are actually backwards in order.

{happy birthday girl- she gave out homemade chocolate chip cookies to her class for her birthday treat and got to go home from school early }

{she got some La-la-loopsy dolls for her birthday. You can't see very well but the dolls table and chairs are made out of cookies. So, quick cake, but she loved it.}

{this was a family year- and her birthday fell on a busy weekday. so we just had BLTs and then a little cake and ice cream with the six of us. A week or so later, Grandma and Grandpa Larsen took us all out to the movies to see Kung Fu Panda 2 and dinner, followed by brownie monster desert at their house. }

{her first love-- NUTELLA--

she had written it on her birthday list TWICE and in parentheses it said (my greatest one!) funny kid.}

{ birthday present fun.}

{8th birthday breakfast}

We are so grateful to have Rebekah be a part of our family. We love her and couldn't imagine life without her!