Family Picture 2016

Family Picture 2016

Thursday, September 29, 2016

September 2016

Mostly September has been filled with school, work, and callings. Savanna likes 10th grade (high school) much better than jr high but still has a lot of work and a little drama to deal with. Fiora (8th grade) still doesn't get math and is having those awkward times of not knowing exactly where she fits in at school per the age, and sickness has made it difficult (detailed below). Weston 7th grade still has gymnastics 4  1/2 hours ever afternoon so he is trying to squeeze homework in the cracks of spare time he has, which honestly doesn't make an ideal situation and he is missing some assignments. Trying to let him figure it out, its tough to be an elite gymnast. Not a lot of picture taking. But some fun things interspersed in our busy lives.
August 31st was Young Women in Excellence, the girls sang a song and let balloons go to represent their light shining to all the world. I was invited as a parent, and also because I earned my YW in Excellence award again while having the calling as the Personal Progress advisor. They gave me a medallion and my girls gave me a bear hug.

My 95 year old Grandma Rappleye had a stroke! The left side of her body was affected and she spent a lot of time at the hospital and rehab regaining functioning, and then was moved to Stonehenge in AF where she still improves her muscles. She has been as sweet and loving as ever even though she tells us she "just wants to go home" often. We try to visit her whenever we can. The first picture is at UVRMC and the second is stonehenge, the third is in the mountains, you can see how much she has improved. My parents can take her on outings now!

 Labor Day we took a hike up the mountains at big springs. Sky had his neuter surgery Aug 31 so he had to wear this annoying cone for a week after while his incision healed. It looked so dumb, glad that's over. That was a fun hike despite Fiora's exercise induced asthma and Weston not wanting to be there, and Sav refusing to come. T'was the dog really made it an adventure, he threw up twice on the way there, then had a BM on the trail and Jared responsibly bagged it and threw it towards his truck bed, but missed and hit the windshield and the bag exploded, so Jared poop-bombed his truck. We were all laughing about those things, but he kept being a nuisance. There were so many people on the trail we couldn't let him off leash because he is so hyper and would bolt towards strangers, so he was constantly underfoot, and towards the end tripped Jared who's phone flew out of its case and crashed, cracking the screen. We didn't laugh about that, much.

Weston loves to play/wrestle with Sky

Fiora started her horse riding class every Friday at 2:30. She seems to be a natural and has picked it up fast. She is riding Diego in these pictures. She is so cute in her riding boots, looks like a true cowgirl. I got Fiora and Weston out to the temple one Saturday to give Weston some experience before going as a youth group for temple month, that was fun. Its amazing how well Fiora has done this month despite her sickness (see below).
Jared and I got to go to the temple with Aaron and Amy this month as well and do some of Amy's family names. The spirit was so strong it was a nice experience.

My nephew Dexin had a birthday party and Classic Skating, called the Fun Center now. That used to be the total hang out place when I was a kid, not too many kids there anymore. The kids liked trying to roller blade though, Weston wants blades for Christmas now. I even got to skate and realized how much fun I used to have, I did a lot of ice skating and roller skating in my day.

Poor Fiora, she started feeling sick the very beginning of September. She had a weird rash but it went away after a day so we thought she had some kind of allergy.  Yet she complained of a head ache and being super tired, and had a low fever, so she spent the whole Saturday in bed. Sunday she stayed home too and was tired but seemed to be getting better. Monday we went on that hike and she felt nauseous and low energy so I thought maybe we pushed her too hard to fast, but the whole week she had no energy and started complaining of a sore throat and head ache again. She wanted her neck rubbed every night and there were weird lumps in her neck. After a week and a half of this we finally took her to the doctor said those lumps were lymph nodes, a common symptom of Mono. The other symptoms also confirmed it. That gave her validation for her pain, but didn't make life any easier! She still had to battle fatigue and aches while trying to juggle school, dog walking, and horse riding. After another week of her misery I asked Jared to give her a blessing, I know mono lasts for a long time but priesthood power could maybe move it along faster? She still felt bad the next day but that week steadily improved. This past week she has finally felt 100%! YAY.

Back to he silly self
 Weston saved his money for months to buy this high end spider man suit. He looks awesome in it, and he can do all sorts of par kour gymnastic-like tricks so he looks like the real deal. Anyone want to hire him out for a birthday party? Now he wants to go to comi-con and I'm not sure I can do that. At least he has a sweet halloween costume. My brother in law Grant Searcy had a birthday Sep 21st so we celebrated his birthday here with clam chowder and games. So fun! We missed our siblings that couldn't make it, especially Kynsie and Rachel now in Idaho going to college. Such a cute family Karli Sue and Grant have made!

My dad really likes our dog. He and Sky play whenever he comes over, and Sky loves it. Sky is still that teenager type dog with a ton of energy (I am looking forward to when he calms down a little to be honest). My dad likes his playfulness so much he climbed into his kennel with him. Sky was going nuts!  Or maybe my dad is nuts. LOL

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

The rest of August 2016

 The day after our family reunion we got to spend a reunion of sorts with the Schauers, because Austin Snow returned from his mission, with honor! We were all so excited to see cousin Austin, but none more than his mama Wendy.  We saw him speak in church the next day and he did a wonderful job! Love him.

 The same day Austin came home, August 13, we also celebrated Sandra Snow being married to Jarrett Seegmiller! In the Provo City Center Temple. Beautiful ceremony, beautiful wedding dinner, and beautiful reception. Beautiful bride! Loved this day.

Sandra Snow Seegmiller
 Fiora paid for eyelashes by Kelsy Barrett with her own money before school started, and she looked fabulous. Savanna used her very own debit card to pay for her new school clothes, and spent way too much on shoes, but hey she earned the money, she can spend how she chooses!
My sister Heidi had her baby just 5 days after the reunion, whew! Suzette Kathryn Carpenter arrived August 17, 2016, 6 lbs 15 oz and healthy as can be! Heidi had her all natural and recovered like a champ.

 Then the kids started school August 19--sophomore day and 7th grade day, Fiora waited til Aug 22 to start regular old boring 8th grade, lol. Jared was cute and made sure he was home when they went out the door so he could get a first day of school shot with them.


That same day, August 22, Krystal and Kollin had their arrival of Kaizlee Joy, 6 lbs 10 oz. Krystal had to have a c section and also recovered from that like a champ. She was up and coming to Travis' birthday party 5 days later! Congratulations Williams! Also an interesting note is Kaizlee was born on Lillians death day so we feel there is a connection between them.

 Sky had a growth spurt and we think is fully grown now, a little over 6 months old.  He doesn't like fetch so much, but he loves tug of war and keep away, and he thinks he can chew anything he can get his teeth on so we have to "dog proof" the house. He adds a fun energy to our family so we don't mind keeping him! He is having his neuter surgery as I write this, so he won't be the hyper teenage pup he has been lately.

Travis Carpenter turned 7 so we had a party at AAG and the little newborn cousins were there and oh so cute! They are my parents 21s and 22 grandchildren.

On a sad note, my grandma Rappleye age 95 suffered a stroke and has been in the hospital now for over a week. She recovered fairly quickly for her age and is in the rehab center at UVRMC until she gains full function of her muscles again and can do stairs. I have been humbled to see my sweet grandma laid up, she still tries to laugh, and has such a loving spirit still. I love how my cousins and siblings have been to visit her and love her so much. My parents took this video of Grandma when she regained mobility of her left arm, she was so excited.


Jared took Sky, Weston and Austin Snow on a camp out in the mountains  last weekend for an adventure in his Ranger. They had a nice male bonding time fishing, riding, and getting stung by wasps. Weston liked all of it except the wasps. Jared said Weston was having a coniption fit about the wasps, and they kept teilling him "They aren't going to hurt you." And not 5 minutes later Austin started screaming and hitting his arm because a wasp had climped into his shirt and stung his arm. HAHAHA. So they left that spot. 
That same weekend Savanna went with Jesse/kelsy/Mom/Dad to Lagoon, & Fiora went to a back to school party with her friends. I stayed home and worked, ho hum, but don't feel too bad, I still have fond memories of my fun time in Cabo holding me over.

In Memory of Lillian

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