Reid got a new pick-up. It's about time. I am so happy for him. He really deserved it. His old pickup had 270,000 miles on it. I don't know much about pickups but the new one is nice and has lots of bells and whistles. The thing I'm most jealous is the automatic start. He can start the truck from the house and have it warming up for him before he gets there. The thing he likes the most is his satellite radio. Reid and I do not agree on music. He love's jazz. I find it like listening to chalk on the black board. His favorite station sounds just like elevator music. When I'm in the pickup I feel like I need to push a button to the floor I'm going to. Yesterday he turned the channel from the elevator music to a sports game. Normally I would not be excited about listening to the continual drone of the sportscaster but yesterday, I've never been so glad to listen to a ballgame. It was like the elevator stopped and the door opened and I got off on my floor. Thank heavens for simple things.
Every year the drill team does a guy/girl number. Each girl asks a partner and we spend one week teaching them a dance. We perform at a boy's and girl's basketball game and a pep assembly. This year's theme was cobs and robbers. It's a lot of fun and the crowd seems to love it. It happened in December and the girl's have been bugging me about the pictures, I got them last night so here they are: (Thanks Cindy!)
Kenzie and Chandler
Breanna and Tyler
Lilly and Ramon
Caitlynn and Billy
Kara and Zach
Nicole and Connor
Ashley and Matt
Sam and Jacob
Mckayla and Zac
Megan and Cole
Kylie and Dylan
Lindsay and Chris
Katelynn and Lewis
Mattie and Dominic
Kendall and Christian
Kiersten and Mitchell
Kendra and Zac
Andrea and Miles
Kayci and Tyler
Karlee and Paul
Dayna and Damien
I may not remember all the boy's names, but I'll never forget their performance.
Aunt Kenzie was very unhappy when MOM decided she could not got to Utah with us to see Danielle and the new baby. I decided it would not be a good idea for her to miss school (three days) dance and drill team practice (two days) and performances (two...) (Thank heavens she did not come because she would have had to go and come home without seeing the baby like Reid.) But I felt bad and I wanted her to see Baby Emree and Danielle as much as she did (SHE DID NOT BELIEVE ME!) I decided to stay longer than originally planned since Emree came a week later than we had expected (or hoped) and since I was going to be there, on a whim I decided to make Mackenzie a flight on Sunday and fly her home with me on Monday. I called Mackenzie with the surprise. She didn't believe me at first but was excited to come (brownie points for me....). We decided to keep it a secret from Danielle.
Mackenzie had to get her self to the airport in Spokane. (She has never driven out of town.) She had to find the airport, park the car in the parking garage, check herself in and pick up her bag, where Jordan was going to pick her up and bring her to Danielle's. Not particularly easy but doable right? She got to the airport, (only one missed exit), she parked the car in the parking garage, (well almost---just a few 100 yards away and a long walk), she checked herself in, (wait, I told her her flight was on Alaska Airlines, but it was Delta), she checked her self in at the right counter, (umm, her flight was for yesterday---thank heavens the flight had room for her) she paid for her bag, (nope, didn't bring any money). This is where it all got tricky. She called me in tears. I told her to get back in line and hand her cell phone to the Delta employee. I told him we would need to pay her baggage over the phone with credit card....he told me no. This was not their policy. Hadn't I read their website? This policy been posted for over six months. (Yeah, in my spare time I read the Delta website fine print...) I asked if I could speak to a supervisor. Sunday, no supervisor. I started to cry (Kenzie was already crying). I asked him if I could borrow the $15 dollars and mail it to him and an additional $50 tomorrow.) I think this is when he began to realize I was desperate. He took my credit card number over the phone. She arrived and we surprised Danielle. The visit was short but well worth it. Kenzie's going to be a great Aunt.
WE did however miss our plane on the way home---(long story) and got to stay an extra night.
Here our a couple of more pictures from our visit with Emree. Uncle Jordan at the hospital
The Tyler Andre Family---Going Home
The Going Home Outfit--(every occasion needs a special outfit right?)
The Molahiettes had their second competition of the year on Saturday in Pasco, WA as we continue on our road to state. I've been gone the last two weeks and left them in VERY capable hands. They finished up our competition pom number while I was gone and worked on hip hop and drill. (I'm surprised how much I missed practice---even the early morning ones.) The girls took two first places for drill and hip hop and got third in Pom. (We're trying to be gracious losers but were not real good at it, since it hasn't happened very often.) It's hard to have an opinion that counts for much since I wasn't there to see any of the performances, but this is what I've learned in my years of competing, when you've been on top, its hard to stay there, and you are held to a higher standard than your competition. I'm very proud of their accomplishments and we have now qualified for districts in all three categories. Watch out!! (Thanks to Julia Reis for the fabulous pictures!!!)
We had a photographer come today and take some infant pictures of Emree. She is four days old and as close to perfection as you can get. It's going to be very difficult to leave tomorrow....anyone know how to stop time?
Baby Emree finally arrived yesterday at 5:12 p.m. Danielle and Tyler got to the hospital at 6:00 a.m. where they induced Danielle's labor and broke her water. Emree was born at 5:12 p.m. after much anticipation but only 12 minutes of pushing. The nurses and doctors said Danielle had great abdomen muscles from all that dancing. She weighed 8 lbs. 1 oz. and is 19 inches long. She swallowed some fluid and needed some extra care so she spent the first four hours in NICU. She really is perfect and looks exactly like Danielle did as a baby. ( I might possibly be prejudice....) Sharon Mckonkie said, "she can see her name on her dance jacket' and Fran welcomed the next generation of 'Molahiettes'. Whatever baby Emree decides to excel at I know she is very lucky to have two incredible parents and will have plenty of love. I couldn't be happier or more proud. And certainly plan to spoil her every step of the way.
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I am wife of one and mother of five. I consider myself loyal, friendly, busy and hopeful. I love my husband, my children, my friends and my girls....I dream of more time to be a better wife, a better mother, a better neighbor and friend.