The Dockstader Family

Sunday, July 27, 2008

Tanner & Hannah's Utah Trip

Tanner & Hannah got to go on vacation with Grandma & Grandpa Tanner this summer! They went with Uncle Dylan and his family first to Utah for their cousin Ciera's baptism and then to Yellowstone National Park. Here are a few pictures of their adventure.

Elder Dockstader

I never did blog about my brother-in-law Jeff, who is also serving a mission. He left in May for Geneva Switzerland. It is a German speaking mission so hopefully those years of high school german will be of help to him. The kids miss him terribly but we are so proud of him! Tanner has a very special relationship with his Uncle Jeff and I watched him closely when we went to Jeff's farewell back in May. I could see tears in Tanner's eyes as Jeff bore his testimony and I found myself overwhelmed with gratitude for the example that Jeff is setting for my children.

My Girls! - Erika, Jaimee, & Corinne

Last night we went to an open house for Erika Wipfler who is leaving on her mission this week. She has been called to serve in Florida. The Wipfler girls were one of my first babysitting jobs. Well, actually Erika was. Corinne & Jaimee weren't even born yet! I am way to young for these girls to be turning into such beautiful women!!! Aren't they gorgeous?! The girls have all babysat for me at some time or another. Jaimee is my current babysitter. She has promised to stay here for college so that she can continue to babysit for us. Before I know it Hannah will be old enough to babysit for them!


Saturdays seem to be jammed packed ever since Maclynn was called to be Bishop. It's our one day to be together as a family and get everything done that needs to be done around the house. Yesterday we started work on some siding that needed to be replaced around the bay window. The kids played on the slip & slide out in the front while we worked.

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Sack Races

I was folding laundry today and the kids found the freshly laundered pillowcases. Of course, I have to wash them again now (Hannah's ended up with blood spots one it. Sack races are a risky sport!). Sorry, I know this video is sideways, but I haven't figured out how to fix it yet. Just tilt your head sideways to watch!

Saturday, July 19, 2008

The Very Hungry Caterpillar

I've been meaning to post this for a while. This is a book Jack made in preschool. He loves to entertain everyone by reading it to us.

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

"Raising children is like being pecked to death by chickens."

Has anyone else heard this saying before? My mom shared it with me a couple of months ago and I swear I think about it everyday. Last week I was in Target at the checkout line and all three of my kids were "pecking" at me, "Mom, can I have this candy?", "Mom, can you take the tag off my new toy?", "Mom!, Mom!, Mommy!" You get the idea, I know you've all been there before. Anyway, the girl that was checking me out said, "Man, you've got your hands full!" I smiled and shared that quote with her. Every mom within a three isle checkout radius honed in on that comment and started laughing. So, for all the moms out there, I hope you have "peck-free" day!

Friday, July 11, 2008

Happy Birthday?

Okay, so whenever Jack spots a candle he wants to blow it out, which is normal enough for a little boy, but he has to sing "happy to you" first. It doesn't matter if it's a candle or a match. He even tried to blow out fires in the fireplace last winter!

Potty Trained!!!

That's right, he's a big boy now! He took his sweet time, but was by far the easiest to train. No more diapers at this house!

4th of July

4th of July

We had a jam packed day of fun on the 4th! It started with the annual Clovis 2nd Ward 4th of July Pancake Breakfast. The kids participated in the annual Primary Parade. Maclynn even played the drums in Bro. Websters patriotic band! We ended the day at Uncle John & Aunt Janice's new house for swimming, a table tennis tournament & fireworks. It was a blast!

Kung Fu Panda

We took the kids to see Kung Fu Panda a couple of weeks ago. They loved it. This was Jack's first movie. He did very well and really loved the movie. When he got bored he played his Nintendo DS. it was a fun day!