Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Maxwell is 8!!!

Older people always tell me, "Enjoy it, because it will be over before you know it", in reference to raising kids. I'm sure there is some truth to that, or else it wouldn't be said so often, or maybe it's because their memories are failing them! It's probably a little bit of both. I must admit that there are moments, or rather days, when I wished it was over before I knew it, but always, even on those days, Maxwell is my little nighttime cuddler and loverbug. He always has been, and I have told him that he has to be even when he is a teenager. It sounds a bit wierd to cuddle a teenager, so we may to have to make adjustments! As you can tell this is one of my favorite things about my boy, but another one of them is that he loves to have fun and he can have fun with just about anyone. His birthday party was no exception. We took a herd of boys to Wahooz for unlimited video games, miniature golf, laser tag, bumper boats and race cars. Then we topped the night off with dinner and huge shakes at Iceburg. I had to call and apologize to all the parents for feeding their kids dinner at 9:30 pm and getting them home at 10:30! Can you tell where Maxwell gets his fondness for fun? I think we wore Capri out, but the rest of the kids were going strong...after bubblegum milkshakes!

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Sophie Turns the Big 5!!

Our beautiful Sophia Chere' Payne turned the monumental age of 5...monumental because school is right around the corner. If you haven't yet noticed, I love to throw big birthday bashes for my kids. Each year I tell myself that next year will be a family party only...but then my right brain rears it's head and changes my mind! This year we took the party outside of our house, which was a welcome change. We took a gaggle of girls to Rafiki, which is a super fun indoor play center, and then we herded the gaggle to Red Robin for dinner and dessert. Grandma Pat and Grandma Smith's attendance was so much appreciated, by Sophie, but even more by Steve and I! They helped maintain a very small degree of order! But who am I kidding...I love a little craziness during party time! The final picture in this very long post pretty much sums up how Steve and I felt by the end of the evening!!

Sunday, June 6, 2010

She Did It!

We weren't sure if she would be able to complete the rigorous requirements, but we are proud to say that...Sophie graduated from preschool. We're kind of thinking Ivy League...or BYU (which in my opinion is Ivy League)! Sophie attended Grandma Janet's preschool for the last two years and loved it. She enjoyed each day and came home with many beautiful art projects. She also loved her carpool buddies, Spencer and Bridger.