Monday, May 19, 2014

A couple I missed

There were a couple of groups of pictures I missed. 
Cute kids playing together outside
and Bryan, Blake and Makenah swimming.

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Mother's Day

A few quick photos from Mother's Day 2014. 
It goes down in the book as a lovely Sunday, church, time spent with both of my mothers, lunch out as a whole Billings/Stucky family on a hot sunshine-y day.
That capped a weekend where Jenna, Aaron and Maria came home for a visit, and we spent lots of time together! I've got a few pictures of that for my phone update!

My mothers, and my cutie :) 
I can't say enough about these women. How lucky are we to get to raise these babies with our moms just around the corner? I love them so much! And, the kids adore them. They are kind, generous, helpful, sweet, fun, so loving. The are wonderful role models and extremely supportive.
Happy Mother's Day again, Grandma and Mimi! :) 
 Come here Logan.
 Please take a picture with me Logan.
 Quick, try one more.
 He's happiest running around. He's a bit too busy to stand for pictures right now, and that's ok. 
It was a wonderful day!
Makenah enjoyed giving special gifts to her Grandma and Mimi, and Bryan and the kids took special care of me. My afternoon included a nap…I can't think of the last time I had a nap! And, Bryan cooked supper!! I was spoiled! :)

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Our ballerina

Our little dancer had her first dance recital this past Saturday, and it was the cutest thing. She has had class on Wednesday mornings, and was in a sweet little dance fundamentals class for 3-5 year olds. Logan plays and watches so nice, and we watch her dance with her friends in the studio. They have been working on their little routine for several months, and to see them work to learn it was precious. It just brought a smile the mom's faces who would watch every week. It wasn't uncommon for someone to just drift off in a daydream, bust out in their own moves, or just stand with a smile. I loved watching them learn their routine. 
It was a short little routine, and they had learned it the best they could. I am proud of her for being part of a group, making friends, and having fun in ballet. She is just the cutest little thing. 
They had a dress rehearsal, and luckily, I got to take some photos from the side of the stage, since I was busy helping during the recital. 

Heading to dress rehearsal
 Striking a pose
 Backstage, in between group pictures and practicing. 
Getting their picture taken
 Recital time
What a blessing it is to have so much support and love surrounding Makenah as she starts getting involved in activities. She had 6 grandparents involved in her special day! Six! We are so thankful!

Makenah and Grandma
 After the recital, with her flowers. 
 So proud of her.
 With Mimi and Papa, and Grandad and Granna
 With Grandpa.
He graciously offered to stay back with Logan, so that Bryan could be able to focus on a little more of the show. We love you Grandpa, thank you! :) 
Everything went pretty smooth, for our first recital. I signed up to sit with the class during the performance, and help them get to the stage at the right time, and get to and from seats, etc. I was glad to get to do this, since I knew Makenah would still need me close. I enjoyed seeing behind the scenes of a recital.
We got to our spots in good time. It's pretty loud down in the waiting area by the stage, and dark and little hectic, and before they were supposed to go on, she got a little nervous and teary, but I got her pumped up and luckily, was able to stand right next to the curtain and wave. :) 
I'm not sure how much of their routine got performed, but they were CUTE up there! I was so proud of her for being brave and being part of her group! 

That's a wrap for the first recital. She already remembered today that she is done performing in this costume and she can play in it anytime now.
She wore it all afternoon. :)

Friday, May 2, 2014

More Easter!!

Pictures from the rest of the trip.
There's never any doubt we'll spend time time exploring in the mountains with the Jeep. Even the day we went to do some shopping we had to take the mountainous back road. :) 
 It's not uncommon to have to get out and check out the terrain ahead. 
Granna and Grandad! 
 When Bryan's Uncle Steve, Aunt Cristal and cousins Alexa, Jack and Allie were in WP with us, they came jeeping too!
Makenah LOVES each of them. Loves loves loves them. 
 So does this guy, he just wouldn't join that picture. :)
Having Allie ride with us made for their best jeep excursion ever. 
Really though, they are fantastic passengers, and we have a pretty fun time!
 Another trip out we saw lots of wildlife.
We were on some pretty rocky stuff. I think the picture below is one of our favorites we've gotten for awhile. Bryan is a great driver, I think I've said that before…he's got a good balance between adventurous and level headed-ness. He's a daredevil, but doesn't compromise our safety. This was AWESOME!
 Picnicking part way through. 
This was their highlight!
 Stepping out to help navigate.
 This day we stopped at the awesome park on the way home. 

 And finally, Chipotle on the way back to Kansas. 
Happy May!