Sunday, April 17, 2011


Shirts they made...

Cache, Stormie, Shandler, Kallie, Teighlor,Riley

Shandler, Stormie and Grandma Berni
A couple of years ago a book was published about a family of good vampires that lived in Washington. The book was all the craze, Stormie and I read the series as fast as they came out. Stormie was in love with the main character who is both the villain and the hero. To tell you the truth, they are fantastic books and I couldn't put them down.

Grandma Berni laughed at Stormie and teased her about her love of a book character. We talked her into reading the first book and she was HOOKED!! When the first movie came out Grandma Berni had just had a knee replacement and could not take Stormie to the premiere but when Eclipse came out she was determine to sit with the girls at the theatre and be there when the midnight doors opened. So at 4:00 p.m. we met grandma and set up chairs for the long awaited evening and movie. Shandler hung out for a couple of hours and then we went and picked her up for a softball game, but Stormie and grandma laid claim to their spot and did not move. Soon the pre-ordered tickets and a large group of friends arrived and the party was on. KAT Country even came and they all got their picture in the paper. They ate pizza, blizzards, took pictures and played games all through the evening!!!

When it was time for the doors to open Shandler about had heart failure.... Grandma Berni has bad knees and the crowd of people began to push and run into grandma so Shandler had to get nasty at tell a few people to back off...not to push her grandma!! In the end they did not think the whole waiting outside the movie house was worth it.... the crowd was loud in the movies and crooned every time Jacob or Edward came onto the screen so you could not even hear the movie!!! It was a first and last experience all wrapped into one. Grandma Berni loved the opportunity and was glad to have shared it with the girls but will never do it again. Stormie and Shandler said it was fun but will never stay up that late to miss half of the movie due to screaming girls!!

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

1st Annual Jay Kidd Family Reunion

Lydia was dying to fish and caught one!!

Tyson and Katie-Terrel's youngest sonTerrel-Karen-GrandmaKenna-Sydney
Stormie and baby Kate
Hanging out in the sunshine
Rigdon and Treg playing in the river

Auntie Jackie in the tube with Tyler

Are you sure it is safe??
Jared relaxing on the lawn!!
Ricky and grandpa in the shade.
Terrels family...
Kenna shaded up....
Jenni, Jessica and Auntie Jackie
Kelly, Elizabeth and Chloe
In the shade of the tent, Kelly, Jan, Chloe and Elizabeth
Fishing again....
Life guard Stormie on duty!!!
Dan and Chad Chip enjoying a nap in the sun
Sydney and Jenni
Kenna and MaKendrie
Making gumbo for the reunion
Our family is growing so large that it is difficult to get everyone together so the decision was made to host a reunion each year with one of the sons in charge-Kent volunteered us for the first year. This summer we hosted the first Kidd family reunion in our back yard. The weather was not co-operating and it was pretty breezy and just a bit of a chill was in the air but for the most part it was a fun day. We had all six brothers here and most of their families. Grandma and Grandpa bought the meat and Kent cooked it on the BBQ. Ricky made authentic gumbo, the kids fished and played in the river and it turned out to be a fun afternoon.


During Spring Break I asked Kent to take the kids for an entire day so that I could put my portfolio together. For the last four years I have been taking one class a semester and one class each summer in order to complete my Masters Degree!!! I have done most of the courses on-line in interactive classrooms and I have to admit it has not been easy. I had some tough classes that really challenged me. I could have finished much sooner but did not want to sacrifice my family for a career choice. The good thing is I got the portfolio all put together. There were six sections and each section had to have three examples. I also had to put together a power point presentation which included sections of my portfolio. Kent helped me alot with the power point because Valmont put him through a training on power point presentations. I was scheduled to present my portfolio in April in which I presented the actual hard copy of my portfolio along with the power point. There were several principals from the area there and a professor from the University of Idaho. I volunteered to go first to get it done and out of the way. I needed to clear my stomach, which was turning and full of butterflies. The University takes your portfolio and two copies of your power point for the review committee, along with the review from your presentation to decide whether or not you graduate. I passed!! I now have a Masters Degree in Educational Leadership!!!

Happy 15th Birthday Stormie!!!

Double Chocolate Cake balls for Stormie's birthday!!

Opening gifts with helpers....

Isn't she beautiful?????
Love this girl and her funny personality!!! Stormie's 15th birthday celebration!!! What a girl. I can not believe she is really 15. those years have gone by so fast!!!! These are a few of the things I love about Stormie.....
* She is the biggest helper, no matter what the situation or who it is, she will jump in to help where ever she is needed
*Stormie is very sweet and thinks of others
*Stormie is a great student and gets really good grades
*Stormie is very kind to her siblings and helps them a lot!!!
*Stormie loves her family and will often come up, out of the blue, to give me hug
*Stormie is committed, once she sets her mind to it, it is done
*Stormie is very responsible
*Stormie has a silly personality and a contagious laugh
*Stormie is cautious of new situations and never jumps in with both feet, she surveys the whole situation first
*Stormie is a hard worker
*Stormie is great at defending her position and standing up for herself
*Stormie is the best daughter anyone could ask for!!

When Charlce comes.....

When Charlce comes she always has a plan....this year she really wanted to roast marshmallows and make S'mores...however.....during her visit the weather was horrible and building a fire was out of the question. She was sad so we opted for s'mores in the oven, with the condition they all clean up their mess....They had their treat and as you can see enjoyed it and they all pitched in to clean up their mess.