Friday, January 20, 2017


Jack Thomas Balle turned 7 this year. 
You're so fun loving. Here's a bit about you at 7-

Your favorite friend is Logan Despain and that is what you call him, "Logan Despain." You guys play awesome together.

You are my silly boy. Seems like you always have something silly to say or do.
 You just started complaining about homework. Up until now you've always done home work no problem. You also like to make cards for people or draw pictures and color and all that good stuff.  One day we had had a rough spell I went into my room and there on the night stand was a paper cup with dirt, a little flower and a sweet card from you. 

Your definitely an electronic lover. Your favorite thing to do is watch a show or play the computer. Your favorite food is potato chips, pediasure and ice cream. Famous jack words... " can I have chips and watch a show"

You're my only stuffed animal kid. You like to have a few with you when you go to bed

You love power rangers and ninja turtles. You are awesome at playing by yourself with your toys. You're favorite sport to play is soccer. You are a floppy little guy and still love to flop around, drop kick things, make loud screeching noises, jump and flip over things. You say some pretty sweet things. When Emery was being a little stinker to you once you turned to me and said, "well, she's still my little princess." One night at dinner I flipped into my over anxious mode and when I flopped down at the table on the bench next to you you slowly slid over close to me, put your hand on my back and started to rub my back and pat me. After the baby was born, I was holding her on my bed and you sat next to me, laid your little head on my shoulder, touched the baby and said, can you believe you brought this little joy into our lives"

Happy Birthday

(celebration with just us)

 combined bday party with cousin Jared

celebration with mikes family

My big girl baby

Yes, she seems like a big girl. She carries that baby around, helps put diapers on, fetches binki's and so on..... but don't let her fool you

she's also tried to sleep in the bouncer and of all her 4yrs she's never drunk from a bottle, until now!
I hope she knows that even though we love our tiny baby, we still love our big girl and love that she's a big girl

Saturday, December 31, 2016


Christmas was sure nice this year. 

*We got our new ornament for 2017
(Jack angry bird, Ivan fish, Emery ballerina)

*Christmas Recital time

*Kate started smiling

*I had a birthday
*We blessed Kate on my birthday

*Santa Clause breakfast at Malori's

*Tried to take a picture for a Christmas card

*We were lucky to have the real Santa pay us a visit
 It was so fun. We were just getting ready to head out the door to a Christmas play with my family and all the sudden the front door opened and we heard a warm, "Ho, Ho, Ho." In came Santa Clause. He knew all the kids names and spent a second with each one looking through his "naughty and nice" book. He told Ivan he was so proud of him for being a nice, honest person and good friend, but reminded him to work on how much he complains about things. He asked him if there was anything else we needed to talk about and Emery blurted out, "yeah, he doesn't wipe his own butt!" Ivan turned beat red and said, "yes I do." and Emery replied, "no you don't, mom and dad do it."  

Then he talked to Jack about how good he does at schoo,l but then asked him if he stole $2 out of his sisters wallet. Jack started to shake his head no, but then his shoulders dropped and he changed it to a nod for yes. Ha ha it was pretty funny. 

Then he asked miss Emery to work on that high pitched yell she has and thanked her for being so good at cleaning her room.

And this little gal can do no wrong!

Ivan got to hold the reindeer bells. His book was written in "elfish" and he had this cool watch that could detect if you were naughty or nice. Lucky kids. 

*Family party at aunt Ronda's

*Christmas Eve at moms

*Christmas day

*Christmas day at Mike's moms
Jack, Emery and 2nd cousin Dawson got PJ Mask costumes. They love playing PJ Mask. My kids are the tail end of the family. The next cousin older is almost 16. I'm glad we have 2nd cousins to play with

Ivan and Brett. 
The older boys are good to play with Ivan. These two love to play football. Next year this time Brett will be on his mission which makes us happy/sad. 

Conner and Jack

*got to see cousin Candace when she came to help Shelley with the new baby

 *and we welcomed the new year. Emery and Jack didn't quite make it to midnight

Happy New Year