Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Christmas Letter 2012



Dear Family and Friends,

Already another year under our belts! I feel as if I just sat down to write this same letter not that long ago. I would say that not much has changed, but it isn’t until you really analyze the time that you see the slow ebb and flow of progress that has taken place over the course of the year. At least it seems that way in the “quiet” years…the ones without major accidents, baby births, and other milestone accomplishments. Two thousand twelve was an overall busy, but calm  year.

Jaxen/ 10 years old/ 5th grade
Jaxen played flag football this year. It seems we (ok, I) finally got over the barrier of worrying about him getting hurt because he is “smaller” and just let him play. He was short and quick and had his fair share of long catches and touchdowns. He took a break from soccer and decided he wanted to try his hand at Ultimate Frisbee. He was active in boy scouts and became a Webelo this year.  He continues to take piano lessons, and just held a recital.  In fifth grade it is required to sign up for choir, band or orchestra. Jaxen chose to sign up to play the violin in the orchestra. He is doing really well and just held a holiday concert.

Ember/ 8 years old/ 3rd grade
Ember is still playing soccer. We signed her up for Club this year, and she is really excelling. She plays midfield and pretty much has full range of the field. She has the stamina to keep her playing long periods of time, which is really neat to see. She is still taking piano lessons, in which she has a love/hate relationship, and performed in the recital with Jaxen. She is doing well in school and likes to spend all her free time outside playing four (two) square, football, soccer, or make believe. She is a leader and loves to lead her younger brothers in any game that she wants to play and can convince them to join her in. She loves to create things from nothing. Give her a box and a roll of tape and she will create a masterpiece.

Owen/ 5 years old/ Kindergarten
Owen started kindergarten this year! I can’t believe my little “chicken wing” is growing up so fast! After a bit of a slow start he has really blossomed. He went in knowing sight words and how to sound out simple short words. He could write his first name and count to ten. He struggled with writing, primarily the proper way to hold a pencil. Not uncommon for preemies, or some kids in general. He picked up fast and is so excited to share about the authors he is reading about, the science centers he is exploring, and the friends he plays with on the playground. He participated in a wresting clinic this year. We are talking real wrestling, not WWF style. He enjoyed learning new pins and practicing with his Dad.

Kaysen/3 years old
Kaysen wants to know why everyone left him! He is the only one still at home, and it makes for quiet days, or busy ones, depending on what we have scheduled. He enjoyed a few classes through the city this semester, and likes play dates with some of the little kids he knows from church. He likes to dress up as super heroes, sings the Star Wars and Lord of the Rings theme songs, and wants to try everything his older siblings can do. He loves to be outside and is quite disappointed that he can’t go out of his own volition. A lock has been placed high due to frequent unplanned adventures. He potty trained earlier the year and we are basking in the light of a diaper free house! Earlier in the year he made his first trip to the ER for stiches. He ran into the corner of the wall while playing swords with Owen. He got sliced. He has the nice scar to prove it.

Monique
Well, I continue to work for ASU on what I would consider “freelance” terms. If they need someone to teach an education online course, sometimes they contact me. I like that it is flexible and I can work from home. It isn’t always consistent, but I do it more for me than the money. I have started running more frequently and for longer distances. Something to release stress and I can do free and by myself. I still scrapbook and quilt, but infrequently this year as other things have kept me busy! Shaunton and I celebrated our 12th wedding anniversary in September! Where does all the time go?

Shaunton
Shaunton continues to work at SRPMIC, so far it’s been over 4 years.  In September, he ran his second ultra marathon (32.2 miles) called the Paatuwaqatsi Run (Water is Life) in Polacca, AZ.  His time was 6 hours and 25 minutes; it was slower than last year by 11 minutes.  Hopefully, he’ll get a better time next year, aiming for sub 6 hours.  In November he broke his nose playing basketball.  First bone he has broken in his life!  He recently underwent surgery and everything is back to normal. In his spare time he enjoys running, playing basketball, working out, ultimate Frisbee, and hanging out with the family.
We feel blessed to have such a wonderful family with creative spirits and unique personalities. We are thankful to be healthy and prosperous in these hard economic times. We wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Although we may not talk often, each of you is in our thoughts.
May you be blessed in this coming New Year.

With much love,

The Davis Family

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Thursday, September 20, 2012

It was finally time.



 Freshly washed hair that reaches just past his waist line.


Over 12 inches of hair! 

We will definitely be donating it to Locks of Love....someone deserves this luxurious hair!

Each time one of the boys gets a haircut we always ask Kaysen if he would like one too. Each time the answer is no. At least each time until tonight. Tonight, he said yes!

He let us wash it. He hopped up in the chair. Patiently let me tie it in clumps so we could donate it. Then the cutting began. It turned out nice because he was ready...and I knew if I tried to cut it before he was ready, it would be a fight. My baby is a little boy!

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

First Day of School



First day of school! The kids were excited and nervous. Owen started kindergarten today! I can't believe how fast my babies are growing up! This morning went off without a hitch....which was a nice, fresh start to a new year. The older two were really excited for Owen since he finally gets to go to school with them. It was cute. It is already eerily quiet at my house.

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

MeMe

So, we decided yesterday to go by the Humane Society and see if there was a dog/puppy that wanted to come live with us. As we are walking through the very loud kennel area, Kaysen stops, and points at a dog, "MeMe mom!"

Ok, for those of you that don't know. MeMe's is Kaysen's way of saying he wants to nurse and/or reference a specific body part of a mom.

He was pointing at a male dog.

No son, that is not a MeMe.

Play time

So, Jaxen and Ember have been home since Monday evening. Yesterday was Ember's birthday. I was willing to play My Little Pet Shop/Little Ponies with her. We use all the houses/accessories at our disposal, literally. So, my pets went over to her house for a party.

Her house has a bathroom.
I went up to use it...
 
 Someone forgot to flush! Eew! 

Ember starts laughing, and of course one of my pets blames one of the other pets. That pet refused to take responsibility. Ember kept talking about that for the rest of the night. Good times. Glad to see play time mirrors real life.


Thursday, June 7, 2012

Shhh...

Shaunton and I will be going to a wedding out of town. Shaun's mom will be staying with the youngest two. I was telling Owen all about it.
He said, "I think Kaysen will be sad."
I said, "You are probably right. Can you help make him feel better?"
He looks at me seriously and replies, "I know one word that I will say to make him feel better."
"What word is that?" I ask.
"Shhhh" he replies with a sympathetic look.
"Owen, that is so thoughtful of you! I am glad you will be here to help take care of your brother."

Aww, they do love each other. :)

I do it!

So, Kaysen has taken the reins on the potty training and wants to get up on the potty himself. He likes to kick off his pants and undies and scoot way back on the seat. He likes to use his hand to aim. So, there he is aiming, and he is so interested in watching himself go that he ends up aiming high. It goes between the lid and bottom of toilet, hits my leg, and gets in his hair. (He had just gotten out of the shower and his hair was down.) Gross! It was funny, but gross.

On a more exciting note, he poo'ed in the bowl for the first time today! Yes! Let's hope watching that was enough to motivate him to do it again. That and the "poopy prize".

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

You know they are into something....

when it is quite. "I'm going to wash my hands" turns into "What are you thinking!".

This is nail polish people! I am convinced that Owen was the artist and Kaysen was the canvas. It started off innocently enough with the painted nails and then they got carried away....

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Owen's quilt

I finally finished Owen's quilt! Thanks to a good friend letting me borrow her new and super cool machine. It gave me the final push to be able to want to finish it.
I made this quilt out of scraps. The majority are from Owen's diaper cover left over pieces. Additional pieces were taken from Ember and Jaxen's quilt scraps. The only things I bought for this quilt were the backing, the bunting, and the thread (I ran out of black thread toward the end).

He absolutely loves his quilt. He took it with him when we went to pick up his brother and sister from school. He likes to hide in it and chase his little brother around. He also likes to stop and investigate each of the squares with his brother. Looking for a certain ninja turtle, or Nemo. Best of all he can use it for a little bit longer before it gets too hot. He is a blanket kind of kid, and this one beats out the spider-man blanket that was his favorite.

Friday, February 3, 2012

Piano Recital

The older two had their piano recital tonight. They did really well, we were really proud of them! Their teacher is stupendous! I will probably upload them in small batches. I can't get any of the rest to load. :( Maybe they are too big?

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