Sunday, September 30, 2012

Aaron's first shave

Yes, he is only 13!  But his peach fuzz has begun to fill out and grown darker.  He was looking scruffy.  Dad said "The time has come Aaron!"  (can you see Jimmy in the corner of the mirror?)  Aaron's voice has also deepened.  If you didn't know him, you would think he was 15-16 years old.  So cute! I mean er...mature!

Saturday, September 29, 2012


Skylar Johnson, Becca and Lindsay Farnsworth, TIERRA!

There are actually more in the group but Torrie Lopez was homecoming queen, and Brianna & Brityn Ballard were with the tennis floats.  Brooklan Chant is the 3rd from the left.
Our high school has been a marching band.  This year they have included a color guard (the flags shown above.)  And Miss Tierra has joined the colorguard.  She loves it.  One way to tell is that she actually practices on her own at home.  And she mistakes songs playing in our home for the songs that they perform too! hehe!  Not sure how she got the Thumbalina song to sound like Bad Medicine...but she did!  Colorguard takes a lot of practice.  But she loves the group that she works with and she loves her coaches.  It helps that they are all of the same faith.  We are so proud that she is involved!  Sorry, no pictures of her playing tennis!

Friday, September 28, 2012


Trying to get everyone plus the arch.

Whytney, Jimmy, Jameson, Arthur, and Aaron under the arch

We dub thee "Hawks Arch"!  hehe!
We love to hike!  Today we hiked to Corona Arch.  One of the benefits of homeschooling is that we can have a field trip whenever we want!  This hike is close to Jimmy's work, so we met him on his way home and had a lovely hike.  Jimmy's work encourages us to be healthy and so their new program is a series of hikes.  YAY!  We love hiking.

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Birthday traditions

I love having family so close, especially during fun occasions like birthdays.  Grandpa and Grandma Hawks always take the children out to lunch (thus the cup).  And Grandma Secrest always take them to the store to purchase whatever they want (remote control truck with trailer).  Arthur called Grandma Secrest around 10 am to see when they could go shopping.  Grandma was available at 1pm.  As you can imagine, those 3 hours were an incredibly long wait!

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Walking Sticks

We have the best scouting program.  Martin Hamaker comes up with fun, creative ideas that the kids love doing.  This time at pack meeting they made walking sticks (pvc pipe, colorful duct tape, and end pieces).  So Aaron has a dragon stick, Whytney is hello kitty, Jameson has zebra stripes and Arthur's stick is a leopard.  We have found that they also work really well as ninja sticks!

Saturday, September 22, 2012

At the Farnsworth Ranch

We think visiting the Farnsworth's ranch is an adventure.  We are fortunate that they let us pick their fruit.  We love their honeycrisp apples.  Every year, we make a trip to pick apples, plums, and pears.  Somehow we come home with corn, onions, and squash too!  This picture is about 1/4 of the produce we bring home.  The fruit will keep for most of the winter in our basement.  YUMMY!  We also enjoy the fall colors in the mountains, and of course, spending time as a family and with the Farnsworths.

Birthday boy!

Arthur turned 9 yesterday.  Today he had a party at the Bowling Alley.  We usually do parties when our kids are 8, 12, 16.  Arthur had one at 9 because his mother is a year behind.  :)  I think it worked out just fine. hehe. 

Monday, September 17, 2012

Aaron's new look!

Aaron has been squinting for several months.  I call our eye dr. and asked if it had been a year since his last appointment (our insurance covers yearly appts).  The receptionist said that it had been 3 years since Aaron had his eyes checked.  So, needless to say, Aaron needed glasses.  On the way home he would make comments like "There are letters on that sign!" and "I can see the numbers now!"  It has been fun to hear his remarks.  Besides, I think he looks handsome and older!

Friday, September 14, 2012

Because my momma loves me!

For my birthday, my mother treated me to a pedicure.  Are my toes pretty?

From our own garden!

This 20 lb beauty is just one of many found in our garden.  I gained a love of gardening from my father.  There is nothing better than harvest season.  My garden is not nearly as big as his was, but it gives me just as much joy!

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Who needs monkey bars?

I told the kids that I really didn't like them using the couch as a jump to get to the pull up bar.  So here is the solution!  What cute, creative kids I have!

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Who's afraid of whom?

Ash, our squirrel, small baby rabbit, lizard, and mice eating cat is afraid of our new kitty, Angel.  This was the best picture I could get of the two together.  I don't think Angel is very fond of Ash either!

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Being a parent is hard!

Today we dropped Elder Derek Hawks off at the GJ Colorado airport.  It is so rewarding to have a child that wants to serve a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, however, I may have been a little weepy as he walked thru security and on his way to the gate.  2 weeks ago, we did the same thing with Sister Athena Hawks (only we dropped her off at the Provo MTC).  I'm so proud of them!  I'm so excited for them!  But it is still hard!

Monday, September 10, 2012

Dark Canyon Lake

S'more making!

Fishing!  No fish this trip...apparently we needed worms or rainbow cheese!

Hiking and being crazy!
We love playing in the mountains.  There is just something special about fishing, hiking and cooking s'mores in God's beautiful creations.  Being in the mountains is one of my favorite childhood memories....I hope it will be for my kids, too!

Sunday, September 2, 2012

We LOVE missionaries

Okay, so I am a little excited about sending out 2 missionaries to serve the Lord. Don't we look cute in the fun missionary tees that my adorable sister found for us? MM stands for missionary mom and MD stands for missionary dad. I love these pictures. Athena is in the MTC and Derek leaves for the MTC on Sept 11. I can't believe that the time is here. I still think of these two as 4 and 2 years old. How can they be 21 and 19? Anyway, I am so proud of these two!