Thursday, January 8, 2015

Let's Start Fresh With 2015

I know that I have a blog that I've neglected (this one) for a couple of years.  I wasn't able to post enough and keep up to date, so I just kind of stopped updating.  Life goes on, right?  I just wasn't telling people about all of our exciting adventures.  In March 2013 I was diagnosed with metastatic melanoma and my brother in law set up a blog to help me keep people informed with what was going on with me, so that kind of took up my blogging time.  Check it out at if you want to read about that journey.

A lot has happened in the past two years, some of it great, some good, and some not so much.  But we're here and we're surviving and getting through this ordeal as a family.  That's what is important, right?

Here is a little non-cancer update on the Guthmiller Family.  Zach has taken up hunting and spend a lot of time shooting at things to feed the family.  Jenn is the President of the PTA and trying to figure out how to work from home, be a sort-of stay at home mom, and how to let things go and not be in charge all the time.  That is not easy!  Tyler is 10 and in the 4th grade.  He played his first season of tackle football and had a really great time.  He is moving into basketball season next and then baseball.  He loves sports and can spout off any piece of trivia that you want to know...or don't.  Lucy is 7 and just about to turn 8.  She's in the 2nd grade and is the same height as Tyler.  They kind of look like twins.  She did cheerleading for the football this year and really love is.  Gymnastics is still her passion, but she's also giving basketball and softball a try as well.

We were able to take a trip to Disneyland at the beginning of December 2014.  We had a really great time as a family and it was just good for us to be together.  We look forward to many more of those vacations and time spent together as a family.  If we can survive the sibling rivalry!

Here are some updated pictures...that apparently can be seen on the internet once I post them here.  With technology in the schools now Tyler was able to search himself and find his "adorable" (his words) face on the internet.

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Happy New Year!

Our vacation schedule was a little strange this year - technically, the kids first day of vacation was Christmas Eve - and I wasn't able to take much time off to hang with the kids.  So, when we got invited to Six Flags the day after New Years I bribed asked Zach to come with us so we could have one family day.  Bonus, our season passes still worked and the kids were given free passes, so other than the exorbitant cost of food the day was inexpensive.  Can something be inexpensive and priceless at the same time?
Six Flags is jumping on the bandwagon of decorating for the holidays, and it made the park so festive.  Granted, we were there after Christmas, so some of that was anti-climactic, but now we know that next year we can go BEFORE the holidays and it might be magical.  You know, if we can afford it BEFORE Christmas...

 The kids had a really good time riding the rides together. 
 Tyler and Everleigh are buds.  It's cute to see them together.
 Is it sad that so far this year this is the only "snow" we've seen?  That kind of depresses me, but the kids had fun on this "mountain"

 Being the sap that I am, I wanted to make sure we made it to the "tree lighting" know, since tree lightings are so exciting.  Not really, but I did want a photo in front of the tree when it was all lit up.  I had to crop and give it a filter becaues the original wasn't cute like I wanted it to be.  I love that you can edit things to make me them look better.
 We were just being goofy.  I like this app Red Stamp that I have on my phone.  You can make cards and I have fun with them.  I make cute collages and then don't send them to anyone.
 My goal for this next year is to make each day a worthwhile one.  Laugh with the kids.  Love big.  Learn something new.  And possibly eat cake.

We'll Just Skip Last Year...

For the life of me, I can't seem to find the time in my schedule to catch up on ALL of last year's missed blog posts.  So, and this is difficult as I'm VERY Type A, I'm going to skip ahead and start fresh.  At some point I might want to go back and add in that year again...but for now we start at 2013.

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Happy 6th Birthday QJ!

What a way to start off March!  Quillan Jo is turning 6 and we are lucky enough to get to celebrate with her.  She was having her birthday party at the Bounce Spot, so the kids were pretty stoked to go there.  Quillan goes there after school and talks a lot about it, so the kids wanted to see the place that made her so happy.

As always, Uncle Ryan made a really cool pinata to go with the theme of the party.  La-La-Loopsy!  I don't know if anyone is going to want to hit her with a stick...
 Sometimes Lucy likes to be like her Mama and today she wanted to have the same hair-do.
The kids made themselves at home at the Bounce Spot.  Lucy looks pretty comfortable here.  She was...until someone came and bounced her!

 A family that screams down a slide together stays together?  I sure hope so.
 This might be a bit of an over-dramatization, but we were pretty terrified!  Some of those slides are fast.
 But then that's where the fun stopped for mom.  She had this good idea to race dad in one of the obstacle courses, and him being the competitor that he is took it to a whole new level.  Not really, but he did knee mom hard in the head (on accident he says) and he won the race by knock out.
Happy Birthday Quillan Jo!  We hope your day was super special.  Just like you.

My Heart Is Full

I am so thankful that my brother in law loves the camera.  I am so thankful that he loves technology and we get to see LOTS of pictures of Joey, Anna, and now Charlie.  These kids fill my heart with so much love.

Junie B. Jones at the Crest Theater

The 1st grade has some pretty fun field trips and I'm glad that I'm able to take part in them.  The third field trip of the year was a trip to the Crest Theater in Sacramento to watch the play Junie B. Jones.  This was a first for me because I've never been to the Crest Theater. 

We rode the bus with the kids, walked the streets of downtown (which is crazy with some of those kids), and enjoyed a really fun play.  It's nice to spend some time with my guy one on one.

The play was really cute.  The kids enjoyed it, but might have had a hard time sitting still for that long.  From the looks of this picture it might have been too much for Tyler.  Booger!
1st grade is a lot of fun...especially to this mom.

Sleeping Kids Are Angels

Sleeping kids are just the sweetest thing ever.  And it's not just because they are quiet and not arguing or whining or begging.  It's because their features are relaxed and soft and so, so innocent.  This just makes my heart swell.

I think God made kids look so sweet while they were sleeping so that we can go to bed with a warm heart and wake up in the morning wanting them to wake up too. :)

Kindness and Caring

Each month at Tyler's school there is a CORE VALUE word that the student's learn about and try to exhibit.  During February the core value was Kindness and Caring.  Tyler had been trying pretty hard to earn an award and he tried really hard to be kind and to care.  Really hard.  He was excited to earn the charm for his necklace and get to have lunch with the principal.
The word for the month of March is CITIZENSHIP.  The kids can barely say it, so I hope they can figure out how to be good citizens.
 The kids were given a Bulldog magnet for their parents to put on their car.  Luckily it just says the school's name and doesn't brag about my kid being better than your kid. 
This is just a cute picture of Ian, Tyler, and Eathen.  Buddies from Mrs. Fritts class.

Hopefully Tyler will always remain kind and have a caring heart.  It's one of the things I adore most about that kid.