Our Ward threw a Sock Hop for a Spring activity. It was so much fun. The Youth babysat all the children, and we all received some dance instruction and danced the night away. I never new what big nerds we could all be, but it was a fantastic date night. We found out how old we really are as we tried to dance every dance, but finally had to take a rest. Needless to say, I had very sore tootsies the next day!
Kirk ruined my cute picture by falling asleep! (I didn't know he was THAT tired.)
We're concentrating very hard on the dance steps. It's a lot of bouncing around.
Yup, we are big dorks, and Kirk has no rhythm!
Dancin' down the middle.
I wanted to do the "Footloose" dance, but Kirk wanted to spin. I'm so nice, I gave him his way.
Whew! Glad the spinning is over.
How low can you go?
Not as low as me! Which really isn't very low.
At the very end all the kids came in, and we had a great time dancing with all the kiddos.
Daddy/daughter slow dance.
Kirk received the "Biggest Spaz" award. I received the "Most Radioactive" award.
Bella didn't want to dance with her nerdy parents. She would rather spin with one of her friends
Just like at Christmas, I struggled a little with finding dresses to suit all the girls. Izabella doesn't want to be too girlie, Monique wants to be really girlie, and Olivia just wants to be included. Luckily, I was able to find these skirt sweater ensembles, and all the girls were pleased.
When Izabella put her outfit on, she said, "it's not blue enough." I assured her it was plenty blue and she looked great. Then she informed me that she wanted NOTHING in her hair. On the other hand, she was worried about which earrings would match the best. I can't figure this little girl out!
After Monique was all dressed, and her hair done she looked at me and said, "I'm so pretty Mommy!" I couldn't help but agree.
Olivia was very patient as I attempted to do something girlie with her hair. Finally, all I could do was wrap some ribbon around, tie a bow, and call it good. She was happy with it, and when she walked into nursery and her teacher told her how pretty she looked, she held up her skirt and did a little curtsie. She is soooooo Monique's little sister.
We had a wonderful, fun Easter morning. The girls loved the books they received from the Easter Bunny, and of course, started munching on candy right away.
The girls colored two dozen eggs this year, and found them all pretty quickly, but had a little trouble with the last egg. I thought this egg was pretty obvious, since it was on top of one of the pictures on the wall. I saw it as soon as we came down the stairs...a bright green orb hanging on the wall. Apparently, the girls are not as observant as their mother, because we had to give them hints for finding the last egg. All the girls received bubble necklaces in their buckets, but Izabella seemed to be the only one who could blow any. Although Olivia tried really hard, she pretty much just succeeded in spraying us all with spit.
As mentioned above, Olivia was quick to get some candy open. Monique wanted to eat her chocolate bunny, but I told her she had to wait until after breakfast. By the time breakfast was over, she had forgotten about it, but remembered again before dinner. At that point I told her she had to wait until dinner was over (I know I'm so mean) and she told me, "but you said I could have it after breakfast, and now you won't let me!" Luckily, she waited, and then managed to get a sick tummy.
Once all the festivities were over, Olivia and Monique went right to work coloring in their new books, and Izabella went right to work getting more sleep. It was a wonderful, relaxed morning.
On November 17, 1998, it was just the two of us with all our hopes and dreams...Now it's been more than ten years. It's crazy how fast time has flown. I think everything we had planned on our wedding day, we've thrown out the window, and started all over - a few times. We have had our ups and downs, but we wouldn't have it any other way. Besides, how boring would life be without a little trouble here and there?!
Kirk & Dottie
Still willing to stand next to eachother after all these years
Our first little girl is not so little anymore. She loves Hannah Montana and the Jonas Brothers. She is a lover of animals, and must have at least 100 stuffed ones. Her favorite is her cheetah, "Spot." She is a fantastic big sister, and is great at coming up with fun games for the little girls to play. Full of spunk and fun....she is priceless.
She sings, she dances, she changes her clothes 20 times per day! What an energetic child. She has more energy than we know what to do with. Every time her mood changes, she is changing her clothes. Every morning, the "Sounds of Monique" can be heard coming from her bedroom. She loves princesses (Cinderella and Giselle are her favorite) and ballerinas. Full of life, full of fun, she keeps us on our toes.
Cutness all around! She is so cuddly and snuggly. She loves her sisters, and wants to do everything they do. She really is "mini me" to them. With a smile for everyone (except her nursery leaders) and very wet kisses, she brings a laugh to all she encounters. If she's not teasing her sisters and laughing her guts out, she's dancing to any beat she can find. Easy going, happy, and entertaining!