Friday, September 25, 2015

50 years!!!

WOW!!!! Brian's parents celebrated their 50th Wedding Anniversary this month! What an accomplishment. They are an AMAZING example to us. They are such kind, loving, patient and understanding people. They raised wonderful kids. They are 2 of the best people I know. Brian and I both look up to them for what a marriage should be, and also how to parent. We love them. 

For their special day, the adults all went to the temple together for a session and sealings. It was lovely. Then LaVerle had a photographer booked for photos of her and her children. (3 inlaws were missing :( Then the adults went out to dinner and had a fun time visiting and being together. It was a fantastic weekend. I LOVE being a Livingstone. I'm lucky to call them my FAMILY. 

nice fellow snapped this for us, but it was super sunny!!

cool things...

1. Went to THE LION KING with Devonee and LaVerle. SUPER FUN!!!! It was Awesome!

2. Went on a triple date to the Sultans Tent in Calgary (Fabulous, authentic Moroccan food). We had the big 4 course meal - soup, salad, meal, dessert all with NO cutlery. Apparently, its traditional not to use it there...then we went to an Escape Room. Really fun date, with our amazing friends.

something for me!

I've wanted braces for years and ever since I've heard of Invisalign, I've wanted those. My teeth weren't that crooked in Junior High & High School, in fact the orthodontist said it wasn't worth me gettting braces. But ever since I got my wisdom teeth out (I think I was 22?) my teeth have been crowding. I've talked to a couple dentists and learned I am a good candidate for invisalign. Hooray! Well, I finally took the plunge and got them! I am so excited for straight pretty teeth!!

The first 3 days were incredibly painful, then I was pretty good. I switch my trays every 2 weeks and I can expect a couple days of pain with each new tray. I'll have them on until April,

After that I'll need a retainer for bed or a permanent bar behind my bottom teeth. Its taking some getting used to, but I love that I can take them out to brush and floss!

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Wednesday, August 26, 2015


Lots of changes are happening soon! Lexi is starting Kindergarten. She will be gone all day Tuesdays & Thursdays and some Fridays. She is also starting gymnastics! She is super excited for that. I'm really not sure I made the right decision in putting Lexi in Kindergarten this year. I go back and forth. Her birthday is October 11 and the deadline is Dec 31 so she should start this year.  But I could just as easily hold her back another year. But do I want to do that because its best for her, or am I just scared for my baby starting school? Its really REALLY strange to me that my baby will be in school. I've been at home with kids for 8 years and it kills me that I won't have a little one with me all day, everyday! (And of course brings me joy at times to think of my freedom ;)
Will she struggle for being the youngest in the grade? Will she be shy because she isn't ready? Is it best for her to go and be challenged? She is so bored at home, and she wants to go to school......
I just don't know!!
She also goes back and forth for wanting to go. But I suppose thats normal.
I had these same thoughts last year when contemplating signing her up for preschool. I just couldn't bear the thought of her being away from me! I KNEW she wasn't ready to leave me and needed that extra time to be home with me, just as I knew I wasn't ready to let her leave. That was a pretty easy choice and I think she has benefitted from staying home and not doing preschool. She was clingy and shy and getting enough activities from primary, music class and skating lessons. It was good to have her home. Of course she got bored; Which is another reason I think she is ready for Kindergarten this year. I've read and talked to many moms and basically it comes down to the kid. Hopefully I'm making the right choice by putting her in!

Kennedy is going into grade 3! wow. She is growing! Still loving French Immersion. This year, her level of gymnastics bumped up to 3x/week. Shes been in since Kindergarten. I felt 3 times a week was WAY too much for an 8 year old to be gone, especially over the dinner hour AND she would have Activity Days right after on Tuesdays. We talked about it and both decided she should not go in. She was happy with that decision and instead asked to take piano lessons! So she is signed up for that and we will look into swim club or lessons.

Monday, August 17, 2015

Pine Lake FUN!

Early this Summer, I found an ad in the paper for Pine Lake Leisure Center. They still had availability so I booked a cabin for us! This weekend (Aug 14-16) was when we went. It rained a lot of the time and wasn't so sunny or warm for when it wasn't raining but we still had lots of fun! 

Friday, it was kind of nice and after we got there and had lunch, we quickly ran into the lake to play before the rain hit. The rain came down, but it didn't stop our playing! It was actually so warm in the water and the 4 of us had such a good time! We played on the water trampoline and launcher. We were the only ones out there and we laughed and laughed together! Kennedy cried too - a bit too much air from Brian off the launcher! Then that night we had a campfire and s'mores. This is probably our girls fav part of camping!

Saturday was Rain, rain rain! We went into Red Deer to Best Buy (my new camera was on sale at Canon and Best buy price matches so i got $150 back!! whoop whoop!)

Then back to the cabin for lunch, naps and tv. After everyone but Kennedy had a nap, the girls were bored because we couldn't play outside :( So I ran home (45mins) to get our dvd player, movies, and games. The pool was closed all day too, we couldn't even swim in the rain. We had a lovely roast beef dinner and the rain stopped enough to have another camp fire! Lexi was not eating all day and totally getting sick, so she asked to go to bed then and Kennedy stayed up to play a CRAZY game of Jenga with us! It was tall and teetering!! 

Sunday morning Brian made us breakfast again and we packed up, watched more movies and waited for the pool to open. It was only about 12 degrees, a bit chilly for the pool, but we went in anyway. It was heated, but not hot tub temps!! Swam for a bit, then went home. It was a super fun weekend and we will definitely be back again to this place! 

a few baptism pictures

What a lovely baptism for Kennedy. Lots of family was here to share in her special day.
It was sweet and simple and just what I envisioned. The spirit was there and I think Kennedy really understood what was going on and felt Heavenly Father's love for her. What a special day this was.

My favourite part was when she came out of the water, up to the change room to me. We shared such a special moment. We hugged and I cried and she told me how wonderful she felt inside. It was a treasured moment I will never forget. I felt like I caught a glimpse of her soul and just felt this overwhelming love for her. I know Heavenly Father loves this little girl so much and I am privileged to raise her. He loves His children so much and must be so happy to see them follow Him!!

We also took some pictures outside, just waiting on those from my mom :)