Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Aniston Jenice

Aniston, Anna, AJ, Age, Anna-B's, AnnaBelle, she answers to anything! She is now 4 years old, and thinks she is a grown up! When Aniston was born, she came out with dark red skin and black hair. She has big dark brown eyes! We weren't sure where all the darkness came from, so Cassidy decided to do some reasearch in his family tree. His Grandpa was dark, but he wasn't sure why. What we found out was that Cassidy's Great Great Grandpa was African American, and his Great Great Grandma was from Switzerland, and Cassidy's Great Grandpa was from Spain. We found some old census records that showed us this info. It was really neat to be able to find this out. And now we know why Aniston is so dark!

Alyssa has said recently that she thinks Jesus gave Anna to the wrong family, because she is so dark. And Anna has said that her Mom and Dad died so she came to our family. (I don't like when they learn about dying and death, and all the yucky things they learn so early in life!!)I assure her that she is ours 100%, she is just lucky to have such beautiful dark skin, curly hair and big brown eyes.

She is such a happy girl, with a sassy attitude. Alyssa says she is so "moxie" I guess that's the new word that is going around in school.

Here are some of her favorites....
Color-Pink and purple
Animal- Dumbo's
Food- pizza
Fav thing to do- Play with her Daddy
Fav toy- doll house with little dollies
Fav ride at Disneyland(she's been 3 times)- Dumbo and SplashMountain
Fav thing outside- playing in the water
best friend- Daddy, Abbie, Alyssa, Mom, and Tanner
When she grows up she wants to be a Mom that is Hannah Montana
Fav Movie-The Little Mermaid and Princess and the Frog
Fav Princess- Ariel, Jasmine, Cinderella and Princess Tiana-- pretty much all of them!

We took Aniston's training wheels off her new birthday bike, and she had no problems. She still crashes into cars and bushes every once in a while, but for only being out on her bike a few times, she is doing awesome!! And it helps that we live in a cul-de-sac that has no traffic, they learn so much faster in the street.
We love you so much Aniston and are very glad that you are a part of our family!

Friday, June 11, 2010

Bear Lake

Last weekend my little family and I headed to Bear Lake. I love Bear Lake, I went with my family every summer growing up. This was the first time camping on our own, and without my parents. We have been having lots of fun dutch oven cooking at home, so we already knew how we would be doing most our cooking. We purchased a camp stove (which is great for emergency preparedness) and a few extra sleeping bags, and we were set! We camped at the Rendezvous Camp ground and there were about 30 campsites, and only 3 were occupied. It was so quiet and my kids got to explore and walk around all the campsites. They loved it! On Sunday we went to the Beach and were only planning on playing in the sand, the water was super cold. Cassidy and I didn't even wear our swimsuits. The sand was fun, but eventually the girls had to make motes around their castles, so they needed water. So Tanner followed, and ended up in the water. But the shallow part wasn't too cold, so the kids all got in the water and played. They loved it!! Back at our campsite, we had a visitor a few times a day. A rabbit! Of course, we can't go anywhere without some little creature, and my kids trying to catch it. Cassidy and the kids also found a baby bunny and followed it home. He lived in a hollowed out log that had fallen over. We didn't let the kids get too close to the rabbit's because they were wild. The kids didn't mind just watching and following them. Other than a wild wind storm that passed through, the weather was wonderful! My neighbor taught us a new way to make smores. 2 striped fudge cookies and a roasted marshmellows in the middle. My kids love them! We have a fire pit in our backyard, and try and make the kids smores with graham crackers and Hershey's, it's a mess and the kids don't eat them. So we are so happy to have discovered this new way to make them. The wind storm hit as we were making the smores, luckily we were able to roast the marshmellows and eat them in the tent. Aniston's birthday was Monday June 7th, so on Sunday (right before the smores and the windstorm) Cassidy made her a dutch oven cake with cherries. It was yummy!! The kids didn't eat much of it, but Cassidy and I sure did enjoy it!
I love my little campers, we had so much fun and I am looking forward to when we get to go back.

The day we came home was Aniston's birthday, so we took her to Boondocks. They give a $25 gift card to the birthday person. it's good for 4 attractions and $5 game play. All you need to do is register online or show your birth certificate to prove it's your birthday. It was a lot of fun.

And the day after that we went to the Zoo. It was a great day to go! We finally spotted the Iguana in the Snake house. We have been going to the Zoo for years, and have never seen it. And the 3 tiger cubs (they are huge) Were playing in the water and were so active. I can't wait for 2012, when they have the Rocky Shores exhibit open. They will have seals and Polar Bears (MY FAV)!! It has been a great start to summer at the Keyes house! Can't wait for more fun!!