Monday, October 15, 2018

Brad at 2 and 9 months

Jason had school yesterday (yes Sunday... yes weird) Anyway so before church Brad and I had some time to kill... so we got out the sheet and the DLSR and took some pictures.  Brad was the most corporative he has ever been for pictures!  It was awesome!

To describe Brad right now: he is just as cute as can be.  His favorite pass time is riding his strider bike, playing with his cars in play doh, and doing anything with "friends."  He begs to go home when we are somewhere he doesn't want to be, he is completely potty trained, and he loves Dr. Seuss books.  He still asks for kisses any time he get injured and it melts my heart that after I've kissed it it's "all better".  I am sad for the day that my kisses can't fix all his problems.  He hate it every time I pick him up from his other family's house.  He cries and cries and cries from Jackson and Abby (the 3 and 4 year old siblings that have become his other family)  He still wildly squeals when he sees Jason's car pull into the driveway after work.  He loves yogurt, apples, pears, and Cheerios and on special occasions  "Unicorn Cereal" (Lucky Charms).

Bottom line:  just when I think this kid can't get any cuter he does something unbelievably cute and my heart swells with so much love all over again. 

Thursday, October 11, 2018

Parson Reunion 2018 at Pine Valley

Our Parson Reunion was held up above St. George in a beautiful mountain valley called Pine Valley.  My parents rented the Dixie State Cabin that was at our best estimate close to 20,000 feet.  One thing is for sure.... Brad was in absolute heaven.  Friday night was filled with card games and Brad's favorite, the obstacle course.  In the huge great room there was at least 7 couches filled with lots of pillows.  The game was to see how many times you could run across the room without getting hit by a pillow.  Each time you made it across you earned a point on your head of antlers.  It was real bragging rights to say you were a 5 or 6 point buck.  Brad had a blast just running in and out of the 8 or 9 big boys and dodging pillows.  Seriously, I don't know if Brad has ever had that much fun.  Luckily he made it out alive because it would have been a pretty hard fall if he didn't.

Saturday morning was filled with a walk around the beautiful valley, going to see the dead bird with Grandma, and the cutest/saddest memory was Brad and Max had tried to make it out to the sand volleyball court to play without shoes on.  Grandma had carried them last time so they didn't know that although the sand was soft..... there were a lot of stickers before then.  I came outside to see both Max and Brad stuck in the middle of a sticker patch wailing in pain and unable to move.  Other cousins were trying to carry both boys out of the sticker patch.  It took a while to get out all the thorns.  Once they got their shoes on those two boys could have had fun all day playing in the sand.  We also brought Brad's strider bike.  Brad and Max had a blast taking turns riding the bike around the huge cabin.

Brad has no problem just going to hang out with Grandpa. 

Saturday afternoon we went down to Veyo to the coolest natural spring, creek, and rock climbing canyon.  Jason got to rock climb while the kids swam in the pool, big kids went fishing for crawdads, and after we had a big weenie roast in the fire pit.  Veyo was way cooler than I had imagined. 

We gathered all 15 Parson grandkids together for a picture.  They look a little bit like ragamuffins but they were as happy as could be.

Sunday while we were cleaning up the cabin to check out we sent the three toddlers to watch Land Before Time.  It was so cute to watch them all huddled around the little TV.

We went to church at the Pine Valley Chapel that has quite the history built in 1866 by a ship builder.  The church was constructed like an upside down ship.  So the chapel has curved walls like a ship.  It was quite an adventure trying to keep Brad entertained because we didn't bring anything to entertain him.  But we all survived and of course had to get some cute family pictures before we took off.

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

13 Years of School Pictures. (My first year I didn't get a picture :( )

Picture day this year was kind of the perfect illustration of how my year is going.  We had the opportunity to go boating the night before pictures so I hadn't washed my hair in days, I threw on whatever dress was comfortable, and I just said, "What the heck who cares."

Don't get me wrong I still did my make up and got dressed but I am trying not to stress about the little things.

I just don't have the energy to stress right now and that's okay.  Because luckily for me I can pretty much do all of this teaching stuff on autopilot by now.

And shockingly.... it's always still so shocking.... there is actually a little bit of room left in my heart to love my students.  Some of them are already starting to grow on me.  It's going to be a good year. 




I posted this picture with a picture of my first year at Paradigm High.  The comments were so sweet I want to keep them forever!  Comments from students from 10+ years ago to college friends to parents of students.  These are the things I want to remember.
  • kristinbwaiteMy first school picture at Paradigm High vs. my last school picture as a teacher. 14 years. Over 3,000 students. 10 subjects. 5 schools. I look at that first picture with bright eyes and so much energy. My last picture has lots of wrinkles and a heart so full. So so grateful for all the amazing students and teacher friends who have made my life so blessed. Only 22 weeks left until baby but who’s counting. πŸ™‹‍♀️
  • sadiebaby16you are the best teacher and your heart to heart talks with your classes aren’t forgotten. I know cooper loves your class this year! You’re the best!
  • paulwallen22My mom and dad were both teachers. You guys are the best! I remember the Kristin on the left good times at BYU-I!
  • adkay2014I love this!
  • brittneynicolepasqualeTHE PRETTIEST TEACHER!!!!
  • zoemannDid I just tear up reading this? Yes. Yes I did.
  • caitlyn_lamb10youre seriously the best teacher holy cow!
  • meggy_j_The best teacher I've ever had and I know many others would say the same! πŸ’—
  • _ljmorrillYou seriously changed my life when you taught & mentored me at Paradigm! I'll never forget some of the lessons you taught me & what you wrote in my yearbook. πŸ’™
  • sarahick06You were the best teacher I had. I still remember the things I learned in your class. You gave me so much confidence ♥️ so grateful I had you!!
  • syd.symeI still remember the influence of heart to hearts and you saying “it’s the quiet ones with straight As you gotta watch for” saying for all the class knew, I was a drug dealer. Thanks for the laughs and being so caring. πŸ’―❤️
  • natalielwhittierYayyyyy I’m so thrilled for you Kristin!!!!!!!
  • desi.adams_You had the biggest impact on my life. After I lost my cousin I came straight to you because I knew you could help. I'll never forget you, thank you for everything❤
  • rachelnorman_So so glad I got to be one of those lucky 3,000 kids!!! So grateful for everything you taught me to help me in school and in my life. You’re the best!πŸ’›πŸ’›πŸ’›
  • belllamillerYEAH!! you’re so awesome. you changed my life
  • _katyhollYou are amazing! Man you really influenced me and all I do
  • tay__johnsonMy favorite teacher in the whole world. I’ve never loved a class as much as I loved yours! Your heart to hearts are sometime what got me through the day! I hope we run into the each other someday! πŸ’›πŸ’›πŸ’›
  • gabie.labrum.8WOW YOU CHANGED MY LIFE!! Thank you for your positive influence! I love you Mrs. b!
  • allyblackhurstmrs B! you were the most amazing teacher and i’m so lucky to have had your influence in my life. i want to be YOU when i grow up :) I LOVE YOU SO MUCH! πŸ’—πŸ’—πŸ˜©
  • vanessajohnson0807i cant believe it’s your last year. i remember when you taught me your first year at pgjr and you serious changed my life. i’m forever grateful for you .
  • heathergballardYou look gorgeous and don’t even look like you’ve aged. You just look like you’ve gained so much wisdom and beauty through those years. And look at all these lives that you’ve touched!! Amazing person right here!!
  • beckys_houseYou we’re adorable and smart then as you are now!
  • thebridgetsaysUm, I don't really see wrinkles! You're gorgeous and the kids are going to miss your awesomeness for sure! I definitely miss our copy room & lunchtime chats!
  • taylorstikaMost memorable teacher for sure
  • lcarlingKristin this is so amazing! I sure love that girl on the left that was my college roommateπŸ˜‰. Reading all of these comments made me tear up!! You have influenced so many lives! What an awesome feeling. Those students were so lucky to have you ❤️
  • mistyprice4You look like the same cute, young, energetic and fun teacher that you always have been. ❤
  • westonbarnhartFav teacher to this day.
  • claire_milnerTHE BEST TEACHER!! All 3,000 students were so lucky to have you! Such a positive influence on my life! πŸ’•πŸ’•πŸ’•πŸ’•πŸ’•πŸ’•
  • sammy.quarnbergyou have impacted my life so much mrs b. love you!πŸ’•
  • kristinbwaite@paulwallen22 ha!!!!! Can’t believe it’s been 17 years since our English 101 class!!!
  • kristinbwaite@syd.syme I can’t believe I said that! 
  • kristinbwaite@thebridgetsays sure miss you around here!!!!!!😭
  • kristinbwaite@lcarling Lisa!!!!! Sure miss you!
  • tammychampoThe main difference i can see is your hair is now straight and your eyes are bigger - how did you make that happen? Other than that beautiful as always inside and out
  • kristinbwaite@tammychampo all those Snapchat filters.....πŸ˜‚
  • jenbischoff67Two of my kids were blessed to be part of the 3,000!

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Bryce Canyon

I have to admit... in all the lists of places I am excited to go and see.... Bryce Canyon might be close to the bottom of the list.  So when Craig and Marcie said they were thinking of going to Bryce over Labor Day..... we almost passed it up.

But luckily just getting to hang out with their family is a highlight enough for us so we decided to tag along.  It's almost embarrassing to admit that Bryce is 1.5 hours away from Cedar and I don't think I've ever been there.  But hey.... you have to start somewhere, right?

So Friday night after school we drove down to Cedar.  Saturday morning Brad and I were shocked when Uncle Chad woke up as early as us!!!  It was awesome!  It took Brad no time at all to cozy up next to Chad and learn all that he had to offer in his expertise of college football.  Uncle Chad also taught Brad all sorts of cool new things most importantly... how to be a butterfly.

Then we headed up to Bryce.  (Chad opted to watch college football rather than join us because he had already gone into nature once that week) *A funny joke because no kid has every lived that loved outdoors, nature, and animals more than Chad.

Probably my favorite part of the Bryce experience was Craig and Marcie had scouted it out and came up with the perfect 3 mile loop hike for us to do.  I LOVE not having to do the research.  So it was awesome.  We started by walking around the edge of the canyon to get the view from above.  This was a little bit sketchy because thanks to Jason's hard work..... Brad isn't scared of heights.

 So Jason took on the job of making sure Brad didn't jump off the edge.  It was so so so fun watching Brad and Max run along the path together.  Max a little bit more cautious but stronger and Brad a little bit more wild.  My favorite thing was Max saying, "Hey Brad, don't fall off the edge!"

Both boys were real troops and did a lot of the hike themselves.  When it was a sketchy edge Jason or I would throw Brad on our shoulders until we did the switch backs up out of the canyon.

 Craig so generously let us borrow their hiking backpack to carry a very very very sleepy Brad up Wall Street.  Wall Street was hands down the coolest part of the hike.... but also the hardest so sadly we don't have any pictures!

The drive home was almost as cool as Bryce.  We drove home through the mountains and down Cedar Canyon. 

Sunday Jason made yummy smoked pulled pork. Then Monday was the highlight of Jason's day... rock climbing.  My favorite part of the rock climbing experience was Chad and my dad came and watched Jason climb.  It's always fun to have someone else watch Jason climb.  (I didn't get any pictures of Jason climbing because of course I had my hands full)

It was an amazing weekend and Brad wakes up every day asking when we can go back to Grandma and Grandpa's house.  Yesterday Brad was giving my belly (baby) kisses and I asked, "Brad, what should we name baby?"  He said, "Hmmmm.... Grandma and Grandpa."