Tuesday, September 29, 2009


This is one cute kid!! He really does smile all the time!

Sunday, September 20, 2009

A Blue Card

Friday when I picked Hailey up from school, she jumped in the car and said... "Mommy, I got a blue card today!!". I was so proud of her!! Oh, you don't know what a blue card is?? In her class they have a flip card system to follow their behavior. They have different colors (blue green, orange,yellow, and red) that go with how the student was acting that day. If the student wasn't making good choices they have to flip their card down. Hailey has wanted so bad to earn a blue card, b/c that card is the best. Here is a little excerpt from the newsletter I got at the beginning of the year explaining about the blue card.

-Each day the students will start on their green card, because each day is a brand new chance to make good choices. The blue card will be awarded sparingly, on a day that a student is ‘going above and beyond’ to make great choices in our classroom. Those choices not only benefit themselves but others too.

She always has a green card, which I am so proud, but Friday she did it, she earned a blue card!!! She was proud of herself and that makes me even more happy! love ya Hales!

Sunday, September 13, 2009


** WARNING: Due to lack of blogging this is a long post**

Finally! I am blogging again. Our computer got a virus right before we moved and we just now got everything back and running, YEA! So, now I get to sit down and catch up with all that has been happening in the Beckstrand household:) Hmmm, let's start with the youngest...

Blake: He will be 4mo. on the 20th and this kid is growing fast. He is rolling all over the place and has been for about 3wks. He loves to get into the walker and push himself around (yes, he really can get around) I am going to take video of this soon and post it. He is such a talker and drooler! He rarely spits up, but boy can he drool. I love going to get him from naps b/c he will just look at you and smile. He really likes his brother and sisters and laughs when they play with him. He is a great sleeper, I lay him down at nap time or bed time, and he talks for a few minutes, rolls over and goes to sleep. We are going to start rice cereal this week, so more to come with that endeavor. Blake is so fun, I love this kid!

Karly: She is a little pistol! This girl can drive me crazy one minute and then melt my heart the next. About 2 wks ago I had had enough of double diaper duty, so I told Karly she was not going to wear diapers anymore and put her in panties. It took 3 days and a lot of candy, but she doesn't wear diapers anymore, and I couldn't be happier! I was so proud of her and she was proud of herself. Karly is so funny, really she is! If you tell her she is pretty, she says "No, I handsome", it just cracks me up. She has been taking speech classes for about 3mo, and she is talking so much better, and she talks a lot more. She really wants to be in school like Hailey and Kaleb, but we are enjoying the time together. She is still my little peanut and she is wonderful.

Kaleb: My 4yr old boy started preschool last week and loves it!! He is happy to be in the older class and playing on the big playground. After his first day he was so happy, he got in the car and told me,"mommy, it was fun. I made a new friend!" Except when I asked what his friends name was he said, "I don't know", ah little boys:) Kaleb has also started soccer and is really getting into that. He had a game yesterday and scored a goal!!! Stephen is coaching his team, and that was a little hard at first, but now he is doing really well. Kaleb is really into every super hero and pretends to be a different one everyday. He has such a good imagination. Kaleb is such a boy and I love that....most of the time;)

Hailey: Oh, my sweet Hailey, she is growing up to fast! She stared 1st grade this year and is doing awesome. Since we moved, she is going to a new school, but she already made a lot of new friends and just enjoys going. We decided not to have her in soccer this year, but she will start gymnastics soon and is really excited. Hailey is really helpful, if I need to her to feed Blake a bottle so I can cook dinner, she is right there with a smile. She helps Karly at night and in the morning get ready. She can be very sassy at times, but she will just go and chill out by her self and then she is good to go. Last Sunday she had a really bad scooter accident. She and Stephen were riding her scooter and going really fast. Stephen was trying to stop when the were going down the curb and lost control. The scooter went out from under them and Hailey hit face first on the street. I ran up to her and all I saw was blood. She has bleeding from somewhere on her face, but I couldn't see b/c it was just all red. I have never been so scared in my life. We got her over to the ER and saw that it was her chin and it had split all the way to the bone. She received 8 stitches and has a cast on her wrist (they thought it was a small hairline fracture, but ended up being just a bad sprain). Hailey was a trooper the whole time and is back to her normal self. I don't ever want to go through anything like that again!!! Hailey is such an awesome girl and I love her.

Katie and Stephen: We are doing really great! Stephen is working hard with his job cleaning carpets and I am working hard being a mom. Stephen is still umpiring and refereeing, and he also coaches Kaleb's team. His church bball season is starting soon and I am looking forward to watching him play. I am just doing the whole mom thing, and my basketball season starts tomorrow and I can't wait!!! I still play every week at church and go walking when I can. Living with my parents has been good. I enjoy going grocery shopping with my mom and cooking dinners each night for the family. I know I have said this before, but I am so grateful for all that my parents have done for us, it is such a blessing to be living here.

Well, this last little bit is about our beach trip we took back in August. We went down to Myrtle Beach for a long weekend and loved it. I was so surprised at how Hailey and Kaleb just jumped right into the ocean and stared riding in waves. It was great! Karly played in the water, just not as far out as the other two. And, Blake just slept:) I love the beach!!!

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