October. Notoriously the busiest month of the year for us. But, super full of fun memories!
We loved cheering you on this season, Asher! It was fun watching you grow in your skill with ball handling and anticipation with passing. Dad started paying you $3 for goals and assists this year, and your piggy bank filled up this season!
Driving for a goal!
This. Right here. Looking for his man to pass it too. He’s so fun to watch play!
We’ll always be cheering for you, Buddy!
Asher is sharing his moves with his lil’ bro :).
We were so blessed to find this beautiful camping spot, and be able to enjoy a weekend with friends! We hiked a huge mountain, painted pumpkins, rode bikes, went for a fall leaf walk, watched a movie under the stars, and just enjoyed the woods. We had a great weekend!
We took a day trip with Grandma and Grandpa to Flagstaff! We had a yummy lunch with the best apple pie, and took a ride on the chairlift to get a beautiful view!
One of the funniest memories. This park ranger was drawing a crowd with the kids, and talking to them about animal fossils and foot prints. We overheard the ranger saying, “If you’re interested…” Beck excitedly responds, “Oh I’m gonna be interested!” It was a crack up!
I got to chaperone Beck’s field trip to the pumpkin patch! It’s so fun watching him hang out with his friends and have fun together!
I love how much he loved this!
Our boy is a whole decade old! So crazy hard to believe that Asher is 10 years old. He’s been rockin’ our world and bringing joy to our family for a long time now. It’s been a blessing being able to be his parents, and watch him grow!
Last night of the single digits!
Beck wins the award for picking out the cutest card ever! He saw this pizza card, and wanted to buy it for his brother, ha! It says, “Grandson” on the front and, “I love you to pizzas” on the inside. LOL!
Beck spent his own money on this bow for Asher :).
We had a bit of a fish theme birthday for our little fisherman. He got to have shrimp for breakfast, we bought him an aquarium for his gift, and we all as a family went to the new Aquarium together. Asher had a great day celebrating his new decade. We were thankful we didn’t wait until the next day to celebrate, because Asher came down with a high fever the night of his birthday. So thankful we were able to celebrate him first! He’s well worth a celebration!
We brought pizza in to his class, and then wisked him away early from school to the aquarium!
Sharks are Asher’s favorite! Grandma and Grandpa bought us all a pass to the behind the scenes sharks tour!
Park date and lunch with friends!
Going to Top Golf is one of our favorite family things to do!
Beck wanted me to take a picture because it was our first bike ride with his two wheels :).
Rides with Grandpa at church!
Beck learned how to tie his shoes this month!
Asher loved this mask at Goodwill, ha!
Going to our library is also a favorite!
And, another family favorite!
Beck is getting to be a real pro at his pfts!
Beck had 50’s day at school. This is about as cute as it gets.
Beck’s Fall Festival! He’s not so into the performances, but he does love having us all be there for him, and he’s super excited about showing us all he’s learning :).
I can’t handle the toe-tap cuteness!
This is when the Fortnight craze began! He loves playing with his cousins in FL!
This year for Halloween the boys wanted to be inklings from Splatoon! Unfortunately, they both were super sick that week, so they weren’t feeling themselves, especially Beck. Beck was able to travel to a couple of houses though, so at least he got a little trick or treating in, but it was definitely an early night. They’re so cute though, and played their parts well :). They were so looking forward to this!
As if all these reasons weren’t enough, we have this. We sure do love where we live!
Well…life took a bit of a twist this month…that consumed our next 4 months…that we will one day tell you about, Asher and Beck…but for now, we will try to get caught up on the other memorable moments we shared in together. We love you two so much!
Beck, you continue to love school so much! You are learning and reading like crazy now! And, here is your school picture which we just cannot get over! Your little head tilt is just too much sweetness! You opened up your school pictures packet to see, and shouted, “Two Beck’s, Ha!”
Just in case school pictures were a bust, I had to take a few before we left for school because you were looking so cute :).
You love your teacher so much! You wrote her a special note, “I love you Mrs Phillips, you are the best teacher!” P.S. Your way is so much cuter :).
Asher. Oh my lands, we were so proud of your cottage fair this quarter! You worked hard at coming up with a great plan for your lava lamps to sell at your Grand Canyon Marketplace, and we even worked together as a family to assemble everything. It was perfect! You were so excited because you sold out of your stock of 28 in ten minutes! You had a long line of customers! Great idea, Buddy!
You are having a wonderful year in school! We were so proud of your report card this quarter, and how much your teacher loves having you in class! Sometimes you like to pretend that going to school is really exhausting to you…but you truly love it all :). Here’s your adorable school picture this year, and again, some more before school shots just in case and because I can’t get enough of you :).
And, both of you cuties together :).
Building circuits was an every day craze of yours for weeks! You’re a smart little cookie, Beck!
The school rented out a skating rink this month! Beck’s first time skating. He was so excited to see a friend from his class! Poor little guy got a bad headache, so we spent most of the time cuddled up on the sidelines, but he did enjoy it while it lasted.
Asher. Gosh I love your perseverance. You fell so much. So so SO much. But you kept getting up and trying again. I love watching you tackle life with your everything. You really are an inspiration.
And, I love that you got to make a lap with Ms. Krista :).
Asher, I loved leading your reading group for the first half of the year, and teaching you and your friends Greek root words and their meaning. We had a lot of fun together. This week we were working on “mater” which means “mother”.
Here we are, waiting for Asher to finish up with Chess Club, ha! You had Firemen and a Fire Truck, and a Scientist come to school today to show you what they do for work.
Oh Beck. You were so excited about “Grandparents Day” at school! And, I know Grandma was too :). You even wanted to wear a tie for Grandma! You should know that Grandma went to great lengths to be in your class, because just as she was leaving to come and be with you, she noticed she had a flat tire! But, that didn’t stop her from figuring out a way to get to you in time :).
Just hanging out at home :).
The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation flew us out on super short notice, because our President continues to push for legislation that could potentially be harmful to you both, as well as the entire CF community. Dad and I desire so much to do all we can for you, and we’re so thankful that Grandma and Grandpa Olimb and Grandma Joy Joy were willing to spend time with you so that we wouldn’t miss this opportunity.
Awww…we love this little town and beach and the trip that we get to have every year with our friends! We make so many wonderful, beachy memories together. And, the boys are already asking how many days until we get to go back :). This year we went over labor day weekend, so the first couple of days the beach was a little busier, but as the days ticked on it turned blissfully quiet :).
90% of our time on the beach is spent boogie boarding. It’s an absolute blast for all of us! And, this was the first year that Beck was old enough to have a little freedom to go a little deeper and catch some waves. Hours and hours of joy!
This was a whole afternoon of marine biology, ha! The tide was rough this day, and really kicked up some seaweed on the beach. One of the dad’s on the beach started collecting the seaweed and showing the kids all the crabs and other sealife trapped in the weeds. It drew a crowd, and the boys were really into the adventure of it all :).
Asher really loved jumping waves and diving under waves this year! Again, hours and hours of pure bliss!
Beck of course wanted to be like his big brother and dive waves just like him. It was a big deal to let Beck join his brother with no life jacket, but Asher wasn’t about to let anything happen to his little brother. It was so sweet to watch.
Beck and I took a little walk down to the convenience store…and of course had to take a stroll through the sand :).
Jeremy and I thought it would be really fun for our little fisherman, Asher, to have the opportunity to fish the deep blue sea. We didn’t have any luck on our own, but as soon as some nice local people helped hook Asher up with the right line and bait, he caught several mackerel! He was so happy :).
Until next year!
We usually have a constant stream of obstacle courses going :).
Nice recommendation, Mom! Hahaha!
Happy Birthday, Grandma Olimb!!! We love you so much!!!
We were so blessed to get to spend a week with Grandma Joy Joy! She’s such a treasure to us!
Beck is loving school! He loves his teacher, his classmates, and learning! So blessed I get to volunteer in his classroom and see all the fun he’s having first hand.
This is totally blog-worthy. Here’s Beck’s red cat :).
The bestest of friends :). I can’t even handle how precious these pics are. This is a frequent scene for us when we open up their door at night. And, I’ll never forget Beck hollering to Asher as he was running to the school playground, “Asher! Asher! I need a hug!” Like an awesome big brother, he came back :).
Thanks to Hope Kids, we were able to go to a Diamondbacks game! We have such a fun time at these games!
Beck is still working hard in swimming lessons! He’s quite the little fish!
Asher started Chess Club and is loving it! His teacher lets him leave class early to join the advanced group. His chess teacher told us that he loves having Asher in class, he said he’s a good example for the other kiddos :).
Bounce house in the house!
Daddy preached today and it was an awesome day!
Our church wrote leaders pleading with our Senators to support foreign aide. I love our boys’ hearts :).
The solar eclipse. A lot of hype. Two seconds in, Asher was asking if he could go play soccer and Beck wanted to go to his classroom, ha!
We took a camping trip with Grandpa Olimb to one of our favorite places in Arizona, Greer. The area is just so, so beautiful. I couldn’t stop taking pictures. I don’t think we would go back to our campground spot though, that was a bit rough. But we still had a great time and made memories together!
Asher said the water was from Alaska, ha!
Fishing. The boys were not having any luck from the shore, so Grandpa rented them a boat so they could all try for a big catch from the middle of the lake, but alas…there were no big catches. Such a bummer…especially for our fisherman, Asher. I guess their catch was in the adventure of it all :).
Cheers to us, and our new found Friday dates :).
July. Whew. This was a doozy of epic proportions…
We had been watching Asher’s lung function pretty closely for the last year, and unfortunately it was continually dropping. His doctor thought it was time for him to have what’s called a “cf tune-up” and have some scans and a bronchoscopy done to see if there was a bigger problem that we couldn’t see on cultures. He was admitted for 6 days. He had a picc line put in so he could receive continuous iv antibiotics, and had four treatments a day, on top of the testing. Then we were released to go home for another week of iv antibiotics. Asher endured much both physically and emotionally. He was so very brave, and strong…more than any parent would want to ask their child to be. And, more than any child would choose to be. Listening to scary things and big words that his parents and doctors were talking about over him, and having no control over what procedure or test you were going to need to endure…it took a toll on him, and we painfully watched as our son was truly broken.
Saying good-bye to brother and Daddy!
Such a sweet surprise to show up to his room and see a bag full of goodies from Tanner’s Totes. We played with everything in this bag, as Asher was on lock down in his room for 6 days. That’s a lot for a little 9 year old active boy!
Chess was the game of choice during this stay. Every doctor and RT who came in were petitioned to play a game :).
Traveling back from his CT Scan, he negotiated with his nurse to push me down a hall. He’s hard to say no to :). Love him.
Asher and I logged a lot of hours in his bed together watching movies, putting lego sets together, playing chess and other games…these were the moments that kept us both going. There were glimpses of joy.
And speaking of a glimpse of joy. Asher was thrilled to be able to participate in the hospital trivia they had for an hour one day. He called in several times, and later the winners cart came by our room with prizes for him to claim for being such a smart cookie :).
Major thanks to Grandma and Grandpa Olimb, and Grandma Joy Joy for entertaining and taking care of Beck so that Daddy could share his time with work and being with us at the hospital! You all are a constant blessing to us!!!
Really cool story. Our church had a team of people at a Bible camp in Alaska, and they all took the time to encourage Asher with this video. It was such a sweet moment to show Asher that he even has friends around the world thinking about him and praying for him.
Going home! Asher was blessed by so many sweet friends who sent and brought new toys for him to play with while we watched the days slowly tick on. He arrived home with more packages from friends too. He felt so loved and cared for.
Oh how we missed you Punkie Bear.
Being home was so wonderful. Mostly because we were reunited with Daddy and Beck! But the hard things still continued for Asher with the picc line and continuous iv antibiotics. He was so very thankful when Dr. Mia gave the thumbs up to remove the picc line! Literal JOY!!!!
We will never stop fighting for a cure for our boys.
We were so thrilled to have Grandma Necas come and visit us! She wanted to come and see Asher after his hospital stay, and be here for Beck’s first day of Kindergarten! We were so happy to have time with her! We did a lot of fun things around town together, and mom and I knocked out all the school shopping! It was perfect!
The night before the first day of school we usually have a family dinner and interview the boys. I love capturing their age and how their little minds process questions based on their thoughts and interests. I love that we’ll have these memories all through their school years. It’s so sweet to start including Beck in the interviews now :).
First day of 4th Grade! We were so excited for you to start a new year, Asher! You had a bit of a challenging/unconventional 3rd grade year, so we were so happy for you to have a new beginning! So happy for you to have conquered the hospital and have that behind you, and a fresh season of school and friends and fun memories ahead! Boom. And, the greatest blessing…you scored the best 4th grade teacher!! Excited for your year!!
I just have to make mention that this was the first year you didn’t choose a character backpack. You went straight up Nike. Sniff, sniff…you’re getting so big! We love you so much, Buddy!
Beck. Sigh…oh how I didn’t want to send you to school…I just want you to forever know that. Your dad made me, lol! You’re so cuddly and squishy and we tell each other how much we love each other all day long. Who wants to have less of this?! Not me. You were less than thrilled when it was time to say good-bye. You squeezed me and whispered in my ear, “don’t leave me.” I’ll. Never. Forget. This. You’re totally scrumptious, Beck.
This is how much you didn’t want to go. You held up the line. Grandma and I walked away with tears in our eyes…
You were really excited about the idea of school…before we actually got to school. So thankful to have these cute pics before the sad sad faces hit :).
BUT! Holy cow, Beck! You LOVE school SO much! You scored an amazing teacher, and you came home simply thrilled about school. You love it so much that you’re a little disappointed now when the weekends come around, ha!
Your first homework assignment was to bring in three things that tell the class about yourself. You brought in a picture of you and brother, a packet of chocolate milk, and minecraft toys, ha! This pretty much perfectly describes you :). We love you so much, Buddy!
Daddy makes everything more fun! And, that’s a perfect note to end the month on :).
And then Daddy came, and all was right with our world :).
Jeremy and I got to take a day trip back to the little town we grew up in, and where our story began. [insert a lot of hearts]
This was the first time Daddy got to go to the Turtle Races with us!
The look of determination paid off this year! Asher won the first round! We were so thankful he won a race this year! It did mean, however, that we needed to stick around until the over 200 turtle racers raced for the championship, but it was still worth it. He was so thrilled :).
While we were there, my parents and their sweet friends coordinated a walk in honor of the boys, their fight, and our desperation for a cure for them. We all gathered together and walked 1-3 miles, then Joe and Lisa opened up their restaurant and fed everyone pizza. We were so blessed by the outpouring of love from the community. So many people we hadn’t met before, and yet they took the time to come and be with us and support us through this journey. Jeremy and I couldn’t stop talking about how incredible it really was. We were so thankful!
Looking back through all our pictures, I’m realizing what a big year it was for Beck at the lake. A lot of firsts happened for him. He also learned how to ride his bike with no training wheels!
Of course, it was not without a few tears…but that just made things even cuter :).
Can you hear the trepidation in my voice here?! So fast.
Above water fun!
Except for this. This was definitely under water :).
And now a world class photo dump :).
So grateful for a wonderful Summer at the Lake! Already looking forward to next year :).
Being able to take the boys back to the lake for a month is a blessing that we do not take for granted. We are so thankful the boys get to have all of these memories, and they look forward to livin’ the lake life every Summer!
This year the boys and I flew by ourselves, and then Daddy joined us a few weeks later.
Of course our first stop is Taco Johns! It’s really a blessing to not live by this restaurant. It’s too yummy :).
The lake greeted us with this sight.
Fishing is by far one of the greatest activities the boys love doing while we’re there. For Asher, the love for the sport has only grown. He nerds out about fish. He watches fishing shows, he reads about fish studying the different types and where they live and what kinds of bait they like to eat…we knew this was how he was going to spend most of his days. It was neat to see Beck really getting into the sport this year as well. Last year he threw his fishing pole into the lake because he caught a fish and was scared. This year he caught several fish on his new BB8 pole, and was so excited to be in the game :).
Asher caught some really great fish right off the dock! He didn’t catch a northern though. We tried to explain to him why they’re not that great, but he really wants to see all their teeth up close, ha! Maybe next year, Buddy.
Ohhhhhh THANK YOU Mr. Bob!!!! Asher was able to really get a taste of the fruits of his labor this year! Mr. Bob taught Asher how to filet his catches, and he even allowed Asher to keep fishing while he took care of the filleting for him. It was so sweet! What’s even sweeter is that Mr. Bob was our neighbor when I was growing up, so we have a long history together. I love that the boys have gotten to know him as well, because him and his wife are treasures.
Asher fished with the reel that my mom’s dad gave to her as a gift :).
Beck took the paddle boat out to do some evening fishing.
This before and after is hilarious! One sharp buck from this fish, and he plopped right back into the lake!
“He didn’t bite the guy away!” Hahaha!
Mom and I love to garage sale, so she would give the boys money for our shopping times together, and they could pick out whatever they wanted. For some reason, Beck’s heart was set on this tiny Georgia spoon, ha!
This was crazy! This little, beautiful Finch bird let the boys pet him! He sat still for a few minutes, walked around the deck, and then just flew off like it was no big deal that he just stopped in for a visit. In all the years, we’ve never experienced this before. It was a sweet moment!
The go kart. Gosh the boys love buzzing around in this thing. Beck kept proclaiming before we got to the lake, “I think this is my year to drive the go kart by myself.” This was in fact his year. He nailed it :).
He clearly did not have the time for an interview, ha!
The golf cart. More things that go fast, ha!
And the fastest of them all. The Vette :).
We missed being with Daddy on Father’s Day, but the boys made this adorable video for him that I wanted to include so we forever have this sweetness.
Swimming. The clothes line was always stocked with wet clothes, because the boys would jump in and out whenever their little hearts desired. Being in the water is definitely their most favorite thing to do while we’re there. Playing on the paddle boat, skipping rocks, riding waves with life jackets, looking for clams, trying to net fish, just soaking it all in with each other.
The boys also decided to make their own youtube channel that teaches kids how to play some of their favorite games. This was a whole day of filming and editing, but it turned out so cute. What a keepsake.
Grandma Joy Joy gave the boys some spending money before they left to buy some fun new toys to have on their break. They were pretty excited about their new finds :).
This grassy field that we walk by everyday looked so pretty with the wind.
Poppin’ and lockin’.
We took the boys to the Parade at the nearby town. It was pouring rain right before everything started, and then completely let up as the parade began.
I think my favorite memory from this whole night was when this band stopped right in front of us and gave us a personal show for a minute. As they turned and marched away, Asher said under his breath, “that’s a lot of white socks.” Hahaha! I had to take a picture. He’s right, ha! They also played really well, but I guess the sea of white socks overshadowed the performance for him :).
Well, I’m quite behind on this memory keeper…but after spending an hour with the boys looking through old pictures and videos and laughing and crying, I’ve realized how worth it this is. They love it, and Jeremy and I love looking back through and reminiscing about our lives together <3.
Case in point. This sweetness is too much to handle.
We love May around here. Mornings and evenings have coolness to them, and the day times have some warmth.
You know you’re a special needs mom, when your kids receive their new vest machines on Mother’s Day, and it’s the best gift ever. After 6 months of phone calls, and forms, and praying for God to pave a way for your kids to get the latest machines, and He brings that all together on a Sunday…Mother’s Day…He’s so good to us.
We wrapped up a season of flag football. It was really fun to cheer for Asher. He did great for his first year of playing!
Asher wrapped up 3rd grade! For his last cottage fair he created his own island and Declaration of Independence, and they put on an Ukulele concert for us. It was adorable, and one of our favorite Cottage Fairs!
Asher was one of the students selected to stand up front for their year end celebration song :).
We loved having no school schedule, and enjoyed some fun times exploring our city having fun with friends and family, making our own schedules, and just hanging out at home without the concern of needing to be somewhere! We could operate on this speed all. the. time :).
Oh the wrestling. 70% chance it will end in someone getting hurt. But it’s always 100% worth it to them, ha!
Beck. Your Momma shed a lot of tears about the idea of you starting Kindergarten. It was really hard saying “yes” to spending less time with you. It has been such a joy having these last five years with you all day. Here you are, in all your cuteness. I asked you if you could take another bite of your pizza before you started in on your ice cream. He said, “let me check” and lifted up your shirt to see if your belly could fit anymore pizza in there :). We all love you so much!
Yes. This is permanent marker, ha!
One of your favorite things to do is go to Barnes&Noble and ride the escalators over…and over…and over…and over…
You’re also such a great, little swimmer! We’re so thankful for Grandma and Grandpa Necas paying for lessons for you so that you can keep enjoying this sport that you love! This was your last class with Mr. John before our Summer break started. I’m certain he will always be your favorite teacher :).
Here you are practicing for Kindergarten. I reluctantly prepared you :).
I have a lot of videos spying like this. He cranks up the music, and makes chores fun :).
This is the beginning of the season of reading while fidgeting :).
The boys are truly so blessed to have a Daddy who loves to wisk them away to the mountains so they can explore and get dirty…all things that makes our boys hearts warm :).
We celebrated 17 years of marriage this month :).
We love them. So. So. So. Much!
We were so blessed to get to take a trip to Rocky Point with Grandma and Grandpa and Auntie Dana! We made so many fun memories together! We love how different of a beach experience it is compared to our trips to California. The tide moves about a hundred yards in and out each day, which makes for a vast beach area to run around on and investigate little shells and sea creatures. We spent the mornings and evenings walking along the huge beach adventuring around and enjoying the landscape. It was pretty spectacular!
The boys enjoyed this pool for awhile, but then they discovered the really warm indoor pool, and it was all over. It was all about the “Pikachu Pool” and that’s pretty much where they wanted to be 24-7 :).
Asher saw they were having “futbol” lessons on the beach, and a ping pong tournament at the resort. He was stoked! The ping pong was sort of a bust though. It’s nearly impossible to play when you have an ocean breeze tossing the lightweight ball around, ha!
I have to make mention of this beautiful experience that was very much enjoyed by Jeremy, Dana and me. This golf course was the best of the best, right alongside the ocean! I don’t think any of us will forget the time we had together :).
Enjoying dinner on a cliff with a beautiful view!
Grandpa and Daddy went for a kayaking cruise along the beach!
The boys still love playing “Gold Fish”
Our last sunset on the beach! Asher and Beck were really enjoying being part of the photography team :).
So thankful for these memories together!
Jeremy and Asher got to go with Brett and Jonas to a suite to watch the Dbacks play! Such a fun memory!
Pure joy getting his cast off!
Bike ride to pizza and a redbox!
Cultures and blood work for Asher to make sure Orkambi isn’t causing harm to his liver. Thankful they have each other!
Reviewing Pokemon while we wait for swim lessons :).
Easter 2017! Such a wonderful time with our church family, Grandma Joy Joy and Grandma and Grandpa Olimb, and our Hoverson cousins for our annual Easter Egg Hunt! Daddy also created a scavenger hunt for the boys to find their Easter baskets at home. I gave them my phone and told them they have to take pictures of themselves with the Easter Bunny Decoder Glasses when they found each clue. It was hilarious to look through their pictures :).
Jeremy and I took Asher on his first backpacking trip to Jeremy’s favorite location. It was pretty beautiful camping alongside this creek, and seeing the mountains covered in little yellow flowers! We had some sweet times with Asher that we’ll always cherish. Doing a Bible study around the fire, cuddling up in our little tent watching a movie at night, taking an adventure hike down the creek, making a boat out of sticks and seeing how far it could float down the stream, watching Asher plunge into the creeks from the little cliffs, enjoying lunch while sitting in the creek…it was such a memorable time together!
Trying to spear a fish :).
These two went running to each other for an “I missed you” embrace :).
We made it back in time for Asher’s football game, and Beck was the photographer for the day :). He did a great job!
Beck’s last Soccer game! We think he had a really good time…some weeks more so than others. We weren’t sure how he was feeling about it, because he really did enjoy playing…it was just in small bursts, ha! He loved having a cheering squad, and having something that was all his own…and it was really obvious that he mostly loved half-time and the snacks, ha! He keeps asking to play again though, so who knows, ha! Regardless, it was so fun watching him run around trying his best :).
Our CFF Walk! Thanks to our super generous team, we raised $10,675 this year for teamASHER+BECK!! We are just so thrilled and thankful to be able to send all that research and help to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation! It’s beyond humbling to have people sacrificially donate to The Foundation when it directly impacts the future of our boys. We are so thankful!!
We went to a pretty park before school one morning, so I could get a few pictures of the boys. They’ll never be this little again…sigh…
The boys’ doctor gave them these cool hats from the Mauli Ola Foundation. They’re so cute!