Friday, March 3, 2017

January/February recap

We've had a couple of busy/happy months around here.....

*Our first grandbaby was born
*I went to Pleasant Grove to help Corina & Daniel for several days
*The rest of the family stayed here and kept things running smoothly
*more snow than we've EVER had in Pocatello
*3 snow days (unheard of in these parts)
*2 birthdays
*Dave teaching new Institute & BYU-Idaho online courses
*choir concerts
*track started
Tanner (Elder Ferrara) passed the 6 month mark on his mission
*extra dance practices for competition next weekend
*trip to Utah
*Scarlett's baby blessing & big family brunch
*Akayla & Dex moved to Utah
*Dave was keynote speaker at our ward's youth conference retreat
*Awards Assembly at Elementary School

Scarlett Olivia Schroeder
9 lbs. 8 oz.
20 in.

Uncle Mason

hooray for electronics on long trips 
All the Aunts & Uncles...... 

"just call me pops!"

the boys love to sit on Bumpa's lap during church

having a motor home is the BEST way to travel!!

cute little fuzzy bear in her blessing dress

Great Great Grandma Johnson

5 generations.... it's a pretty terrible picture, but it's a pretty special too

playing Head Bands with Bumpa and Dex

snow day-- swimming in the jetted tub!

Dave finally took the lights and tree down in February.
Because of all the snow it still felt like Christmas

Lea was so sweet to lay by Mason when he was scared

best thing to do on a snow day -- build a snowman!

these girls are best friends!

youth conference in Lava Hot Springs

Mason falls asleep in all kinds of funny places

this picture cracks me up -
Landon's shoes are too big but the only ones we could find,
 and Mason insisted on wearing "glubs" even though it's warm outside!

We had to get out of the house so we went to Jump In and got out lots of energy!

Lea turned 7
She wanted pesto pasta and a princess cake

Lea desperately wanted glasses, but the eye dr. said her eyes aren't
bad enough so we got some cheap ones at wal mart.
These are the ones she picked!
Anna turned 15
She just wanted Costco cheesecake for dessert,
and her big birthday surprise was drivers ed starting the next week! 

Landon made a robot face on this paper towel
and walked around like a robot all night

both girls were given the Fantastic Falcon award this trimester

Elder Ferrara was transferred to another small town in Wyoming
 (still waiting for him to end up in Montana sometime)
His companion is Elder Simmons and they are tearing up the place!

I love this picture - I think it's a perfect winter missionary picture!

Adri performed in the Requiem with another high school
and the orchestra with her friend Davin
We're all hoping for warm weather soon, and we're very anxious for Spring Break at the end of this month!

good things:
new baby smells
supportive family
a day with no lessons

Thursday, January 5, 2017

New Year Spotlights

So we are almost to the middle of the school year, but this is a tradition I don't want to skip on.  I love remembering my kids at each age and their likes/dislikes, and especially their thoughts.  They grow up so fast!  I think especially once they hit 12-13 time just starts zoooooooming!  We had a photo session with my friend Meloni before Tanner left on his mission, and I love these so much.  
age 16

Favorites ----
Food: smoothies, stuffed shells and sour-patch watermelon candy
Song/Artist: songs that talk about loving life & living to the fullest.  Also songs about strong women who don't need boys to be happy
Movie: Charly
Things I like to do when I don't have to do anything: play guitar & ukelele, sing, reading beautiful literature, planning trips to exotic places, quality time with siblings and going on adventures with friends
New this Year: dating, working at Pizza Pie Cafe, blonde, early morning Trouvere's (singing/performing group), oldest Ferrara at the high school, & teaching piano lessons
Future Goals:  BYU-Hawaii or Study abroad program through BYU-I in Europe, go on a mission, and married in the temple
Fears: Not finding the right guy, and not meeting my potential
age 14

Favorites ----
Food: anything I make myself - I love to cook! Popcorn, cheesecake & ice cream
Song/Artist: anything pop & fun with a beat
Movie: Percy Jackson & other adventure movies
Things I like to do when I don't have to do anything: Netflix, texting, hanging out with friends, anything outdoors and with animals
New this Year: High School, seminary, church dances, lots of new friends, and Freshman Choir
Future Goals:  Culinary School, married in the temple and have horses and a dog
Fears:  Talking to new people
age 12

Favorites ----
Food:  Pasta, potato soup, & cheesecake
Song/Artist:  Alessia Cara - Seventeen, How Far I'll Go, & Scars To Your Beautiful
Movie:  Adventure, Inspirational & Romantic movies
Things I like to do when I don't have to do anything:  hang out with friends, read, sing, explore, dance & play basketball
New this Year:  only Ferrara in Middle School, no more braces, cello lessons, new bedroom, YW at church, girl's camp, & new friends at school
Future Goals:  go to BYU, go on a mission, & have an eternal family
Fears:  having to move and leave friends behind or change everything
age 9

Favorites ----
Food:  Pesto pasta, & popcorn
Song/Artist: everything by 5th Harmony
Movie:  Heaven is for Real
Things I like to do when I don't have to do anything:  Barbies with Lea, make musically's, watch movies, play with friends, play on my ipod, drawing, and singing
New this Year:  oldest Ferrara in elementary school, violin & best friend moved
Future Goals:  Be an actress & singer and a mom
Fears:  Spiders
age 6

Favorites ----
Food:  Pesto pasta & ice cream
Song:  Would you still love me?  Anything her sisters like
Movie: Trolls
Things I like to do when I don't have to do anything: Barbies with Elli, playing with friends, drawing & coloring, dress-ups, and watching movies
New this Year: new front teeth & lots of spaces in my mouth, 5 days-a week in school, reading, clogging, and soccer
What I wanna be when I grow up: I want to work at Wal Mart because I get money
Fears: the dark
age 5

Favorites ----
Food: goldfish, cereal, spagetti, and chocolate
Movie:  Finding Nemo & Trolls
Things to do when I don't have to do anything:  write letters to tanner & draw pictures, play trucks & dinosaurs, play on the kindle, ride bikes, play outside, and watch movies
New this Year: preschool, soccer, & learned to ride his bike
What I wanna be when I grow up:  a teacher like dad and even a snowcone maker (straight from his mouth!)
Fears:  monsters
age 3

Favorites ----
Food: bread with jelly
Movie/Show: Dinotrux
Things to do when I don't have to do anything: play dinosaurs & cars, read lots of books, snuggle with mom, run as fast as Flash, play in the sandbox & tricks on the tramp
New this Year: potty trained!!!  Big boy in primary now
What I wanna be when I grow up:  The Flash
Fears: zombies

And of course - we can't forget my other 3 kids even if they don't live here any more!!

Corina & Daniel

New baby is due in 2 weeks, Daniel started in a new position at work, Corina got a 4.0 at BYU last semester and is taking this next one off to care for her new baby, and they still live in Pleasant Grove Utah.

Akayla & Dex
Living in Vegas until February, both have great jobs & the perfect living situation for now but are ready for their own place & change, bought a nice new car so they could come visit us for less gas money, school & work is their life right now, and hoping for a baby in 2017!

Elder Tanner Ferrara

He has been serving in a tiny town - Buffalo Wyoming for the past 3 months and having amazing growing experiences!  We loved skyping him on Christmas, and we know he is happy (even though it's hard sometimes) and really learning to LOVE his mission and the people he is serving.  

good things:
online journals
snow days
helpful kids