Saturday, November 9, 2013

October 2013-in review

I have been missing from the blogging world for some time.  I think getting my feet under me with my new job, going to night school as well as all the other things that take up my time, I just frankly have not get around to blogging.  I thought I would just capture October in one post. 

This is Chase.  He loves the bath and bubbles.  Here he is being a bunny rabbit with a cotton tail.  He thought that was pretty funny!
Reyna had a birthday.  She turned 10 years old on October 14.Happy Birthday, Reyna!!
 Chase and I went to Seattle over a long weekend to visit grandma and grandpa.  We enjoyed a nice, relaxing weekend.  We ventured into the city (off the island) to meet up with Uncle Scott, Aunt Ashley and London at the Science Museum.  On our way there we ran into Darth Vader and a storm trooper.  Chase was thrilled to take a picture with them and it made his day.  
 Chase made a smashed penny at the science museum. 
 Chase displaying his Monsters University scary face while on the ferry.
While we were in Seattle, Mark went to California to visit Caleb, Kacey and Reyna.  They enjoyed time together.  Reyna was able to show off her soccer skills during a game, Caleb got some new shirts for his mission during a shopping spree, they enjoyed eating out and time on the beach.  Mark was also able to set Caleb apart with a higher Priesthood in preparation for his mission. 
Last weekend of October we got the opportunity to spend a weekend in Park City, Utah.  The weather was beautiful.  We hiked around, swan outside (yes, in late October in Utah) and went to Olympic Village.  We did zip lining, alpine sliding and a ropes course.  It was such a fun weekend, we didn't want it to end.  Back to reality, I guess... 

 Halloween time.  Here are our pumpkins everyone carved.  Chase had batman (I know that is shocking considering his attire and nearly permanent face mask these days-also seen in Park City pictures)
 Madeline carved a bunch of eyes into her pumpkin
 Cassie decided to go for Superman.
 Chase did one more pumpkin at school, a vampire.  He said it was just missing its cape. 
Halloween costumes...Chase-batman, Madeline-Greek goddess, Cassie-Indian, Courtney-Darth Vader, Mark-Teenage Mutant Ninja turtle

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Chase had school pictures at his Montessori.  Here is what we got.  Can't believe my little man is getting so grown up.  3 years old-in Preschool-learning so much everyday!

dad and Chase

This weekend we went to a craft show and somehow Chase fell down and smacked his head on the concrete flooring.  You could hear the back of his head hit hard and then looking around, all the vendors and shoppers gasped and held their hands to their mouths in shock.  We scooped him up, grabbed our stuff and headed home (we were about 2 miles from home).  As soon as we got him home, he wanted to sit with dad with ice on his head.  This is how I found them within the time it took me to get groceries out of the car. 

Thursday, September 12, 2013


Look who made her Middle School cheer leading squad. 
She is so excited and has worked really hard.  She spent 3 days prepping and learning her routines, then had to try out in front of people.  If anyone knows Cassie, being loud and not embarrassed in front of people was a big deal, but she did it!

First day

Chase started a new school at a Montessori preschool and kindergarten. This is him on his first day. He just finished his 2nd week there and is already working on writing his name and came home the other night asking Mark and I if we knew about North American. He knows he lives in North America. It is so funny watching him learn so much in such a short time. He has always been pretty smart, but it seems heightened this past week.
This is him wanting to do a silly pose (he is into that craziness lately)
This is him wanting to pose with his robot

new family pictures

We had family pictures done again (finally, since it had been nearly 2 years). 
The girls
Kacey-15 years old
Reyna-9 years old
Madeline-10 years old
Cassie-13 years old
Chase-3 years old 
Mark and Courtney
Another family shot

Wednesday, September 11, 2013


Today is a special day, and always will be. I felt it start as I walked outside this morning. I was caught off guard when I noticed a flag in my yard. (At the beginning of the year we donated money to the scouts and in return, they to put a flag in our yard every holiday, such as Flag Day or the Fourth of July.) As I opened the garage door to get the newspaper, the flag waving caught my eye. It took me a second to realize why it was in my yard on this day, then instantly I is 9/11. Something that 12 years ago was not a recognized day, but has since become one due to the tragedies that took place 12 years ago today. Being in the schools this year (for my new job), when the pledge of allegiance was being said, I got to stand with my hand on my heart and say the words, "I pledge allegiance to the flag, of the United States of America. And to the Republic for which we stand, one nation, under God, indivisible, for liberty and justice for all". Those words never felt as powerful as they did on this day. Then, at the high school, we were asked to continue standing in remembrance of the events that took place 12 years ago and the lives lost that day. Wow! My heart swelled. I felt honored and privileged to stand and pay tribute in my own small way and witness others doing the same. I think of those events. I remember where I was, what I was doing and the overwhelmingly strong desire I had that day to go get my little 1 year old daughter, (who happened to be wearing an American flag shirt and red shorts that day) hug her and hold her near me. I will forever be changed by that day, as will our country.

Saturday, August 31, 2013

Paris, France

Caleb opened his mission call for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints late last night and Elder Palfreyman has been called to serve in the Paris, France mission.  He will be reporting to the Provo, Utah Missionary Training Center on January 22, 2014.  He is very excited.  This is where he reported he has always hoped to serve his mission, since he was younger.  He spent the last two years of high school taking French classes, already being fluent in Spanish, and said he has felt inspired to continue with his learning the French language since his graduation. 

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

First day of school

Cassie-8th grade

 Madeline-5th grade