I was sick the day after Thanksgiving along with Tessa so Randy and Macie were in charge of finding and cutting our tree this year. There wasn't much to pick from because of the big fire in Alpine but I think they got a pretty good one.
I think I erased the pic of it decorated but just imagine the most beautiful lights and ornaments and then picture our looking . . . . nothing like that!! Jk the girls did a really good job decorating it.
Tessa decided she was big enough to help do the tree set up this year.
Yesterday was the first day of school. I thought I would be more excited but I actually missed having the girls here to help out with the baby. I don't miss the fighting we have had all summer all day!!
Tessa is in 3rd grade and Macie is in 1st. They said they weren't excited to go back but they were up and ready by about 6 am.
I am behind again in my blogging so I am finally getting it going. This is just for you Tiff! :) I was set to go in to be induced on Friday the 15th but the hospital called me that morning
and said they didn't have room for me to come in so I had to wait I called several times that day and they finally said to call back Saturday. I was so ready to be done I was almost in tears. They didn't end up calling me to come in till Sat around 3. I finally got there and got all checked in and had to start my antibiotics.
My dr didn't want to start the pitosin till 8:30 that night so I had to just walk around and chill till then. Finally they started the pitosin and I got my epidural because the guy was already there doing another one so I didn't even feel any pain the whole time. It was very nice. I actually fell sleep and they came and checked me now and then. 3 out of the 4 girls in labor were supposed to be delivered by my dr. so of course me and one other girl were complete at the same time. They had to deliver the other girl first because she didn't have an epidural and couldn't control her pushing so I had to wait. It was pretty close and the nurse was getting worried the dr wasn't going to make it in before I had her. The dr barely made it in threw her clothes on and pushes later Brielle was here at 2am. It was probably the easiest delivery other than all the waiting at the beginning.
So here are all the pics. I need to have some cute profesisonal ones done but here she is. Hopefully Aunt Tiff will have time to take a few pics when we go up for the reunion!!?? :)
Big sister Brylee is a little too helpful most of the time but tries so hard to keep her happy.
First bath! She didn't like it at all.
This was her getting ready to come home. Randy bought her a really cute outfit to come home in but she was so small it drowned her more than this one so we had to settle for a not as cute outfit. She was 6 lbs 1 oz and 18 in long. Smallest baby so far!
Proud papa is in love with her already!
Grandma and Grandpa Tenney were nice enough to drive all the way down to Safford and visit her in the hospital and take our girls back up to Heber to awesome Aunt Tiff for the week.
After 2 heart episodes and several stays in the hospital my grandpa Burrell passed away a few weeks ago. It is always sad to see a loved one go but we all prayed that he would just go see the other side so he didn't have to be in pain any longer. The funeral was amazing and it was so good to hear all the stories and accomplishments he made while on the earth. He was an amazing husband to my grandma. I don't ever remember going to visit them where they weren't holding hands. They are truely the best example of love for one another.
I did the pics backwards once again. Maybe someday I will get it figured out. The funeral was in Mesa and he was buried here in Safford where he was born and grew up. It is always so touching to see the military farewell. My grandpa was a gunner in WWII and 3 of my cousins are in the military so they were able to do the ceremony. Not sure if it has a name but it was amazing.
My cousin Brian (just returned from Iraq) giving the flag to grandma and saluting.
Last farewell to one of the best examples in all of our lives.
My brothers and cousins were the pall bearers. I'm so glad I have the gospel in my life so I know that we are able to see our loved ones again. I don't know how people are able to cope with death without the knowledge of the plan of salvation.
Memorial Day weekend we decided to take a last minute trip to the Grand Canyon since the girls havn't been there and we aren't going to be able to take a big trip this summer due to my huge belly. We took our RV and stayed in a RV park in Williams and took the train to the Grand Canyon. It was a lot of fun. On the way home we had train robbers top the train and rob everyone. The girls were asleep so we woke them all up except for Macie. She was so tired from the day that she wouldn't budge.
The guy was still nice enough to take a picture with the sleeping Macie.
Can you tell by Brylee's unsure smile that she just woke up. She wasn't quite sure what was going on.
Tessa wasn't sure if she was supposed to be scared or laugh. The entertainment was very good and the girls had a lot of fun on the train.
The girls were not as excited about the "big hole" as we thought. They were crying before we even got up the stairs to see the canyon. Their legs were so tired from going up the 2 flights of stairs that it was a disaster from the start. There were bees everywhere that were freaking Macie out so she was running around screaming and Brylee didn't want to walk so she was entertaining people with her rolling around on the floor wanting to be carried. It was great. Overall, even though the girls were tired it was amazing to see the beautiful grandeur of the Grand Canyon to remind us of what Heavenly Father created for us to enjoy.
Before we got on the train they had a little gun fight show that we watched. The girls had to have a pic with one of the bank robbers/train robbers. After the Grand Canyon we went to Prescott Valley and visited Randy's sister and her family for a few days. Didn't get any pics cuz I am not a good photographer but we had lots of fun with them. We havn't seen them in a while so it was good to be able to go see them.
Macie graduated from kindergarten. Yippee! She had a little program but once again I took horrible pics so I'm not going to post those. Not sure why they have a kindergarten promotion but it's cute I guess. Macie and her teacher Mrs. Aguilar. She loved Macie of course and wanted to keep her. They both started crying when I took the pic.
They did a cute little slide show with all the classes and the kids with their friends. It was really cute. On to 1st grade!!
I have been slacking lately and havn't updated for a while so here is what we have been up to for the last few months.
The girls had their gymnastics meets this last week. They love gymnastics and they are all little monkeys and all they do all day is cartwheels and handstands and drive me nuts with it! They did charts in each of their classes and got points for how many stunts they could do. All the girls got medals and the top 3 inn each class (except for Brylee's class) got a trophy. Tessa got second in her class so she got one of the trophies. It was a great accomplishment for her.
I know it's blurry! I am a horrible photographer.
Macie was very sad she didn't get a tophy in her class but maybe next year. She hasn't been doing gymnastics as long as Tessa but is still doing really well.
Brylee was very proud of her medal and wouldn't take the thing off all day. She is in the pre-school class but she has no fear so I don't think it will take her long to surpass her sisters!
My baby is 4! Is she not the cutest 4 year old you have ever seen!!
She had a bit of a lame cake because I was having blood pressure issues so I was suppose to be "taking it easy" by order of the dr. Poor thing this is what she had to live with. Thank goodness she was so excited it was her b-day she didn't really care.
Presents, presents and more presents! Love this girl!!!!!
In April Randy annd I celebrated our 10 YEAR anniversary. I can't believe it has been so long. There have been ups and downs, some days where we wanted to kill each other and some days where we wondered what we got ouselves into. For the most part it has been a great 10 years and I couldn't imagine having spent it with anyone else!! Love this crazy man!!!
Sexy beast right! We went to San Diego for a little getaway. We went on tours of a bunch of ships in the harbor which was cool. We also got to tour a Russian sub which was creepy cuz it was a little cramped and I am a little fat to squeeze through small places. Anyway, we got to go on the ship they just filmed the new Pirates of the Carriean movie. It was very cool. We also went to Universal Studios which was vey fun.
Set from the Grinch movie. Our girls were very jealous that we got to see that.
This was one of the buildings that they use for different movies and of course we had to take a pic of this!
This was a picture of buildings that they use to make it look like they are filming in a big city.
I couldn't pass this up without taking a picture. Such good childhood memories watching cartoons of Scooby Doo!!
I reccommend if you ever go to this place to do the front of the line pass it was well worth it. We had a ton of fun and Randy was like a little kid on all the rides.