August Celebrations!

We have some special celebrations in August, starting with the newest addition to our family, sweet little Even Daniel Kerr! He was born on the 4th and is so handsome, sweet and chunky! Just look at his hair.img_8741img_8764

Then at the end of the month, the 28th to be exact, is Papa’s birthday! We headed up to the cabin to celebrate him properly!img_8765

It’s almost ready!!!img_8768img_8991

Often times you can spot cute little monkeys in the trees at the cabin!img_8995

These girls are great fisher-women!img_8998img_9001img_9003

Look what Uncle Wes caught! That frog was kinda freaky moving all around.img_9005img_9009img_9012

Ardon loved his new froggy friend!img_9014

Decorating cupcakes for Papa’s birthday!img_9017img_9019img_9026

Cousin fun everywhere!img_9032img_9035img_9040

Laying on the hammock making funny faces with this kid is fun!img_9041img_9042img_9043img_9045img_9050img_9052

We sure love you Papa! How are family is so abundantly blessed by you. And what an impact your making in the lives of your grandchildren.

Back to School!

All too quickly summer was over. We had a group check up with Dr. Irwin, the best pediatrician ever.

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I’m so very thankful for my healthy tribe of sons!img_8752

I had to throw these shots in here. He wanted me to take pictures of him shooting animals for dinner.img_8753img_8754

He’s a bit of a ham. (ps- GO TEAM USA!)img_8757

We had Kindergarten orientation. He was so proud of his classroom and desk!img_8758img_8771

First day of school pictures! Sometimes it takes a few…img_8773img_8774img_8779img_8788img_8791img_8794

My handsome boys!img_8797img_8803

I pray for them every day they’re at school. They have such kind hearts. I am thankful to watch them grown into wonderful young gentlemen. Here’s to a great school year!

Bison Ranch

For the last several years our little family has enjoyed going up to Overgaard to stay at the unique Bison Ranch resort. Usually the Arizona Crawfish Festival is going on when we plan our stay, but this year it was cancelled. We missed all the fun the festival offers,  but we didn’t miss out on any adventure with all our family who could make it up with us!

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This was just two years ago, times sure flies…and the kids sure grow!img_8546

My tuckered out crew as we headed up the mountain.

The first morning there, dad took the big bros out on the lake to drop the crawfish traps, so Ardon and I spent a long time hanging out with these pretty horses.

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He is the cutest farm boy!img_8565

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He likes these moments when he gets all my attention, all to himself!

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Meanwhile, out on the lake…they were getting hammered by a late afternoon downpour! They had so much fun!!img_8684img_8685

They might have been just a little cold…

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But overall, these Kimmerle boys know how to have fun whenever they’re together!img_8568

The next day it was Ardon’s turn to go out on the lake with dad, Uncle Matt and Mikey to pick up the crawfish traps. So the big bros and I headed down to the pool. Mason always knows how to get comfortable!img_8572

My sweet boys are always picking momma pretty flowers. These ones went straight in my hair!

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This kid is all sunshine!img_8585

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Meanwhile, out on the lake…img_8676

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Way to go guys, they caught us dinner!img_8687

They’re so cute!

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Are your boots a little wet, Ardon?

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One of the many traps!

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Before dinner we found some sweet treats to eat on the porch while the guys cooked up hamburgers, hotdogs and crawfish!img_8607

The twins liked those little guys!img_8609

Petting the crawfish before we boil them for dinner! Ha.img_8612img_8618

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Anderson picked out three to keep alive as ‘pets’…they each had names and little personalities. It was so sweet watching him play with them in his own little crawfish world.img_8680

He was fearless.img_8681

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Learning how to flip burgers with dad.img_8628

We walked out to the big fire ring after dinner to roast marshmallows around the fire!img_8629img_8632

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The next morning we took out the Tomcar through forest roads behind Bison Ranch. Always a fun time!img_8634img_8636img_8638

Then we enjoyed lunch at the Picnic Basket before the Randl’s headed home.img_8644img_8648

We love our police officers, state troopers and firemen!img_8653

After lunch we headed up the the cabin for one more night in cooler weather before big brothers started school. Dad is so much fun to fish with.img_8656img_8658

And mom would do anything for her boys, even bait a hook with a worm…img_8667

I love bath tub pics of my sweet boys!img_8672

And it usually tends to get a little wet and wild!

 

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One last time fishing in Papa’s pond before we headed home!img_8692img_8695

The worms feel funny!img_8696img_8700

Way to go Mase!img_8702img_8705img_8710

We love the cabin. And coon hats.img_8719img_8723img_8724

Group selfie attempts!img_8727img_8728

I am so very thankful for the fun times we spend together doing new things, learning new things and making new memories as a family.

Baby Sister’s Bachelorette Weekend!

My baby sister, Julie is getting married October 15. I can close my eyes and just like that I am five years old helping mom take care of her, my newborn baby sister, who just came home from the hospital. She was my real life baby doll, and we always have had a special bond.

Her bride tribe had such an awesome time celebrating her up in Sedona. Julie has great friends and together we made some amazing memories over the weekend!

My sister, Erin, and I were in charge of decorations and games for the weekend. The following was some of our inspiration with the theme ‘Bride Tribe’:

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I think you get the idea! We made the sign Bride Tribe and some cool arrowhead streamers with our mom’s Cricut. As we drove up to Sedona we made our head pieces with feathers, tassels and all. They all turned out different, and so cute!

Our first winery was Page Springs Cellars. Gorgeous grounds, delicious food and wine, and awesome services for purchase if you were staying for the day. img_8478img_8480img_8482img_8483

We all hiked down to the creek, so pretty.img_8486img_8488img_8489img_8490

Next stop was Javelina Leap!img_8493

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We had so much fun and enjoyed a really neat behind the scenes tour.img_8494img_8495img_8496img_8499

All ready to check in at Sedona Summit!img_8503

For dinner we devoured amazing Mexican food at Javelina Cantina. CHEERS to the BRIDE!img_8504

She’s so cute!

After dinner we played a really fun Disney love songs game. Some songs were super hard to guess from the different movies, while others were a no brainer (Beauty and the Beast…all time favorite!). It was the perfect game that got us all rooting for our teams and laughing deliriously until we were utterly exhausted from the fun day.img_8506

Check out these awesome temporary tattoos Erin found on Amazon! They were spot on and each of tribe wore one; Julie had a BRIDE tat that matched the theme.

The next morning we relaxed by the hotel pool, cleaned up, grabbed brunch at Wildflower Bread Co., then headed back down the mountain for home. It was a quick getaway, but the weather and company could not have been better. Love you Julie and so excited for your special day!

My Mouth’s Journey…

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So my smile didn’t always look this way! Well, it was never terrible, but my bite sure was and that was virtually unseen when I smiled. After lots of jaw issues due to my open bite, it eventually led to a diagnosis of TMJ (Temporomandibular Joint Syndrome/Disorder). I was referred to a pain management specialist, and after several months seeing him I was trained to practice exercises and create new jaw habits at home that helped prevent my jaw from locking. This, however, did nothing for the day to day constant pain from chewing food, talking and laughing which made the jaw pain a constant issue I learnt to live with.

Then in 2013, at a dentist appointment, my dentist recommended me to a orthodontist who specializes in a TMJ procedure that does require braces but not surgery. I was interested, made a consultation appointment and was very pleased with everything I learned. The only thing holding me back was that we just found out I was expecting our third little bundle of joy! Since an X-Ray was required to make sure I didn’t have rheumatoid arthritis in my jaw, the procedure was put on hold until after baby arrived. Praise the Lord our third precious boy, Ardon, was born in May of 2014!! Just six months later in November I began the journey on correcting my bite. Here’s the timeline of the ‘closing my bite’ process: November 2014 to January 2015 I had rubber band spacers, January 2015 to July 2015 I had two TADS (temporary anchoring devices) placed into the roof of my mouth and an expander installed, July 2015-July 2016 braces with TADS. July 21,1016 BRACES REMOVED! Although the process was painful at times and very uncomfortable the entire time, I know every trial in life brings personal growth and appreciation, and oh my do I have appreciation for my bite, healthy teeth and an essentially pain free mouth!

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The above two shots are from 2013 during my first consultation with the specialist at Murphy Orthodontics.

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The above two were taken about three months into having the expander and TADS. You can start to see the bite closing compared to my very first picture. Metal mouth is an understatement.

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These photos were taken the day the expander was removed and braces were placed. The expander made my teeth so crooked, it’s hard to look at these without cringing. BUT, you can see my bite is now fully closed after six months in the expander!

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Just 23 months after braces were placed, my teeth are all lined up and nearly ready for my braces to be taken off. This was the day the TADS were removed!!! Also, Dr. Murphy balanced the length of my two front teeth so they were perfectly even at the end of the appointment.

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The above two shots are my last pictures of the process! Braces, expander and TADS are removed to reveal a happy closed bite! I think if you look closely you can see my teeth are actually smiling, too! Having these corrections have truly been life changing.

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The morning of the BIG DAY! Last picture of my metal mouth!!! See ya, not gonna miss ya!

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Do you see my name on the board? Wohoo!

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Dr. Murphy and one of his assistants. Such an awesome team!img_8329

YESSSS!img_8331

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I couldn’t thank Murphy Orthodontics enough. The staff is incredible and Dr. Murphy sure knows his stuff. My dentist about fell off his chair at my dental checkup a few weeks later. All of this done surgery free! I thank my lucky stars to have the bite I do today. And I am reminded that all good things definitely come with work, patience, and in some cases a bit of pain and humility. So much to be thankful for!

Little Howlers Hockey Team

Our entire family are big fans of all things sports, so we decided when our sons are around five years old we would start introducing them to a variety of sports to get them familiar and excited about team sports. When I ran across Little Howlers Hockey Team, we were thrilled! The Arizona Coyotes offer this introduction program to new hockey players who have never had hockey lessons before. I do wish, however, there was more instruction and support for these little hockey dudes out there, but the kids were able to experience putting on the gear and skate, as well as learn how to work the stick and puck a little.

The program is only four weeks long and, although we are very glad we did it, we were also glad to realize Anderson was not yet ready for the commitment of organized hockey like he was his Little League T-Ball experience. We were a tad relieved to learn this since our nephew is quite the hockey pro at his seven years of age, and we hear about the time commitment and costs for those leagues. I think we’ll wait a few years before we ask about his interest in hockey again. The hockey practices were also tough for us since they were held Sunday mornings, and we didn’t like how it interfered with our church going as a family. We did make the most of though and enjoyed the cool breaks during our hot July!

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Fueling up for practice…thanks for the mug Kara!img_6261

We put Anderson in skating lessons the day before hockey practice started to help him get a grasp on maneuvering on ice.img_6265img_6272

We had so much fun together.img_6274

Then the next day was all about hockey!img_6275img_6276

I can’t get over how cute he looks all geared up!img_6277img_6278

He did pretty well!img_6279img_6454

My parents came to support our little hockey man during one practice, he was THRILLED! I could tell he tried showing off a little, too.img_6459img_6463img_6466

He was so exhausted by the end of the hour of ice time. In this picture above he’s just laying his head on the top of the goal. I must have not snapped a picture of him just laying out on the ice. He would lay face down on the ice for several minutes cooling down and trying to muster up the energy to keep going.img_6467

I love how my sweet boy is up for anything. He enjoys trying new things and really giving it his best (slap) shot. I am so proud of him and his terrific attitude. And I am excited to cheer him on from the sidelines no matter what sport it is he chooses to pursue! I love you Anderson.

Happy Independence Weekend!

The day after Mason’s birthday party (previous post), we packed up our bags for cooler weather and headed to Lakeside to Lala and Papa’s cabin. Most of the Kerr side planned on spending the 4th of July holiday in the pines. I believe we were only missing my brother’s family since my sister-in-law was nine months pregnant with their third baby (but first son!).

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There is something so adorable about little kids holding and awkwardly attempting to manage umbrellas. img_5748img_5901

We take the best naps up in the mountains, especially on rainy days.img_5907

Little toes are a favorite.img_5909

Baby Tatum came along for this big family weekend. She’s such good baby girl.img_5911img_5914

Hi Westin!img_5916

My dad has an old RC boat he had as a kid. We spent so much time trolling that little boat around the pond.img_5919img_5921img_5925

And practicing taking turns.img_5927img_5931img_5932img_5933

I appreciate so much how my dad takes the time to teach the kids new things.img_5935img_5939img_5941img_5943img_5944

Kicking back is what these two can do best!img_5951

Sailing pinecones down the creek.img_5953img_5956

My Aunt Gladys, Ardon and I went to the cute Show Low Farmers Market that Saturday and enjoyed the crafts, foods and weather.img_5957img_5958

After naps the boys helped decorate the front porch.img_5960img_5964

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Then we went on a walk to the small lake/big pond in the community.img_5972img_5973

I love this picture.img_5978img_5982

The coon hats are so adorable.img_5984

Always so proud to catch fish. It never gets old.img_5986img_5988img_5990img_5995

We catch and release around here.img_5997img_5998

I believe it was Saturday night when we drove to Sunrise Mountain Ski Park to watch the firework display. It did start about 45minutes late, but it was worth it to see those fireworks reflect the beautiful mountain slopes and pines.   img_6004

Anderson and I peeked out through the sun roof in my car, it was chilly and so much fun.img_6015img_6017

Daddy came up that night to spend the day with us! He’s always a good time.img_6022

And we tried the new quad out!img_6026

Go Ardon!img_6028img_6032

Papa gave it a try, too!img_6037

Anderson is a pro at this kayaking gig!img_6038

And with a little convincing, Mason did a great job, too!img_6040

It doesn’t take much for dad to jump in on the adventure…and surprised us all by not tipping the youth sized kayak!

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Ardon even had a moment in the kayak by himself.

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Oh Ardon!img_6164

This kid and amphibians. So cute!img_6171

These two loved bath time together!img_6172

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Little buddies watching Little Bear before bedtime.

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Aunt Jelly and Uncle Austin soak up their time with the kiddos.

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The next day was the Show Low Parade. It was such a great parade with all the community support and involvement. No one does community events like small towns.img_6049

The boys loved every minute.img_6055

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They are the best.img_6056img_6058img_6060img_6062img_6064img_6066

It didn’t take my boys too long to get the hang of running around gathering candy the floats would toss.img_6076img_6078img_6080img_6081img_6082img_6098

This quote was so neat on this float.img_6100

Dad brought squirt guns to add to the festivity of the day!img_6101

Check out this trickster driving a skid loader!img_6102img_6105img_6106

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It’s not easy trying for a family shot, but always worth the effort.img_6122img_6125

Fist bumps all around from the Firefighters.img_6126img_6128

We were all pretty worn out after all the excitement of the morning.img_6130img_6133img_6135

Happy Independence Day!img_6145img_6146

All American Boys!img_6153

And this one, too!img_6180

After naps, we decide to take the boat out to Show Low Lake for a few hours before dinner.img_6183img_6189img_6191

The kids had so much fun learning how to troll the boat around. img_6195img_6201img_6203img_6214img_6216img_6221img_6223

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He’s got this!img_6236

Despite Ardon falling in shortly after this shot, the afternoon on the lake was a success!img_6239

We ended the relaxing, family filled weekend with a delicious Alaskan fish fry.

I am so thankful my parents bought this place for us kids to take our families and friends to enjoy the beautiful outdoors and to make wonderful memories. I am blessed by all my precious family members by the love, respect and fun we can all share together. I realize in this world that is a rarity to have as a big family and I thank the Lord for giving me a family that shows us how to do family love right, no matter how big or small.