Friday, June 13, 2014

Zoo Time

We love visiting the zoo with the little ones!
We picked a beautiful day in June to enjoy all the animals and each other.

 On our to see list were: the Rhinos, Elephants, Polar Bear, Alligator and Gorilla. 
We'll have to catch the rest of them another time!

Friday, May 30, 2014

Graduation Day

A big thank you to the Holste family for hosting the neighborhood graduation party!  And to David Hernandez for his skills on the grill!  It was fun to take a minute to breathe and soak in the beautiful sunshine.  We have such an amazing neighborhood.  So many wonderful people who do so much good.  It has been the perfect place to raise our children.  This year we had 10 graduating!

It's a neighborhood tradition to have a sign on the bridge for important events.
Thanks, Brian for this beautiful sign!  
(Natalie is in a larger font because they had to correct a typo :)
{White Lei worn for Davis}

 Emily's cheer squad consisted of her sweet Grandparents and Mom & Dad.  
And two cute families from our neighborhood sitting near us.

We are pretty proud parents! 

We loved having Mark's parents with us for the weekend!

A few photos before they lined up to go inside.

And because none of her siblings were able to be here with us,  I took a LOT of photos!

 I love this one because we caught her sneaking a peanut M&M!  I was pretty impressed with my newly found photography skills.  I shot all the indoor pictures with my 70-200 zoom (and we were seated pretty high!) and everything else with my trusty 50mm.  Just know that all the shots in the collage and after the graduation were done after the sun was down and I shot in full manual!  Yay!  Things are sinking in :)

Waiting in line for her name to be read

                                                           We just love her contagious smile!

Where in the world did the time go??

Flipping the tassel!

School Song - or part of it!
See if you can spot our girl!

So many great friends...

Thank you to some pretty great teachers who have inspired all of our kids

They hand you your official diploma after you turn in your gown

And one last thank you to Rayann Hansen for her support and love for all our children.  She has been on this journey with us from the beginning.  She told me a few weeks ago that she was sad to see the Firth Dynasty coming to an end.  We couldn't have survived with her!

Our baby did it!  She has been such a joyful little caboose to have in our home.  We wish her all the best life can offer and we know without a doubt that she will have so much to offer the world! XOXO

Wednesday, May 28, 2014


One of my favorite LHS traditions is Candlelight.  It is held the night before graduation.  Some of the kids have written essays about their favorite teachers throughout their school years.  They choose one from elementary, middle school and high school.  Three teachers are chosen and those three students read their essay and then the teacher comes up for his or her honor basket.  Then they have the choir sing and a guest speaker share a few words.  (Hope I explained that well enough!)  The graduates are dressed in their cap and gown and they all move outside where they light each others candles and walk around the campus to hear some mini talks on memories from the past year.  It is pretty cool to see them all with their candles.

Emily has been blessed with some pretty sweet friends.

As we were getting ready to leave we realized that not only was
our baby graduating, but all SIX of our kiddos are LHS Grads!

We needed a photo by the L

and then Mark whisked me away to Charlie's for a celebration treat…

Hot Fudge Almond Malt for him and a Lemon Custard Cone for me!
I still can't believe our nest will be empty in a few more days!