Saturday, July 30, 2011

Mesa Police Department

I read in the paper that the Mesa PD was hosting a Child Safety Expo. Taylor unfortunately had to work and school today, but I still wanted to go. I don’t normally take the kids by myself to crowded events, but thought if I go early it won’t be too busy and I felt pretty safe being the Mesa Police Department was hosting it.

Here is the the Mesa Police Helicopter. It was pretty neat to get up close to it and talk to the pilots.



They were even letting kids on the Police Motorcycle and also showing how there radar gun works by testing it on cars entering the parking lot.



Next we got to go in the Command Truck. It was setup with surveillance of the event going on outside on several large flat screen T.V.s inside. It was neat to see how they operate.

This was a long workstation for officers to complete their incident reports. There was also a small kitchen and bathroom towards the back and in the front was a large conference desk surrounded by flat screens and a dry erase board.



The Fire Department brought out their Parade Fire Truck. This truck is an old truck that use to be in operation. They fixed it up and now it’s for show.

Ashton got to ring the bell




This was taken place inside and outside of LA Fitness. Inside LA Fitness we got to have the children fingerprinted, DNA swabbed, photographed and voice recorded. All the information went onto a CD that I have a copy of. There is no record then what I have. This information would only be needed if something happened to one of our kids. We would be able to give the police everything they would need to help find one of our kids. They gave us a CD for each child with all the information, along with printouts of their photos (Front photo, profile left and right, and a photo of the child back of the head) and fingerprints of every finger. We also got two identification cards for each child. A set of me and a set for Taylor to keep in our wallets.

While waiting in line however the Chick-Fil-A Cow passed by. We were also given 3 free kids meal passes and 2 free adult sandwiches passes while waiting. Later I was given 3 more! Looks like we will be going to Chick-Fil-A sometime soon!


Kipton is such a happy baby. He just hangs out and hardly complains.


They also had free hot dogs and chips and free snow cones. This was their first time eating a snow cone and they loved it. I shared mine with Kipton!


Besides the 100 degree heat we had a great time. There was also bouncy castles, but it was too hot to go in the them. Literally just touching them was too hot. I’m glad to have the safety kits for each child in case the unmentionable ever happened. We also got to explore some neat equipment.

Phoenix Zoo

On Friday we went to the Phoenix Zoo. Our library offers “Culture Passes” to many museums and attractions. If your lucky enough to snag one (I’ve been trying for a couple months) they offer 2 free admissions. Taylor and I were free, Peyton and Kipton were free being 2 and under (barely for Peyton) and then we paid $9 for Ashton. Not bad for a family of 5!

The library is doing this program year around so next time I am hoping to get tickets for The Children's Museum, The Science Center, or The Museum of Natural History.







We got to see little turtles and then these big turtles. It’s so neat that there are so many different types of turtles.


They had some pretty big iguanas.






I love these pictures!




I overheard a worker saying the male baboon was being groomed by 1 of the 5 female baboons.






Peyton was starting to pout over something I can’t remember, but boy is she good putting on the, “I’m not happy” look.


Along the path are many trees and I looked up and saw this. Thought it was cute!




The Golden Eagle looks pretty tough


There is just something beautiful in the prickly pear cactus.


Our family photo. Probably should have taken it before we started. We got to the zoo at 7:30 in the morning and this was taken about 10am. Not many people go to the zoo in the summer so we actually got to walk around the whole zoo with no crowds. However it was really hot. Every drinking fountain we would fill the water bottle up and pour it on ourselves and then drink a bunch too.

Needless to say we were all pretty tired and grumpy by the time we took this.


One year has come and gone

July 22nd mark 1 year since Laura’s passing. I can’t believe it’s been a whole year already. Some of the family got together at the cemetery. It was more difficult then I thought it would be. Today marks 1 year from her funeral. That was another very hard day.





In remembering Laura here is my favorite video of her and Peyton.

Swim Lessons ~ Week 6

Did anyone notice I haven’t posted week 5 or 6? We didn’t actually get any video’s from week 5. I think that was the week Kipton was sick. Anyway here is the last video.

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Recent Family Photo


This was taken a few weeks ago at the Mesa Temple


Random Picture Update


Hard to tell, but they are on our ottoman. Ashton put his couch up there and lied down and well most of you know the ottoman is Bella's bed so she wasn’t going to let Ashton have it all to himself.


Fathers Day


I made breakfast burritos while the kids made cards for daddy


This was the card I made for daddy


A computer game Taylor wanted. Retails for $50, but I got it for $17.99 brand new


Peyton is a big daddy's girl




Fathers Day Dinner at Annedria’s


We combined the bunk beds and of course they loved it!





It didn’t work out too well so they are back in their separate rooms. Maybe this winter when it gets dark earlier. They just played and played and made lots of noise.

Last weekend I watch our nephews, Trey and Cooper. It’s so fun to watch the 4 of them playing with the Legos together.


Our Blondie


Here is the 5 of them. Ashton 4, Peyton 2 (one more month and she is 3), Trey 2, Kipton 1 and Cooper 5 months


Check out Peyton and Kipton’s legs. Equal amount of time in the sun. Peyton has a nice tan and you can’t even tell Kipton been in the sun.


The Boys