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.

Sayger's Baptism

Treats to celebrate!!!

Our family....Stormie, Charlce, Kenna, Shandler and Sayger.....four beautiful girls and our handsome son!!

So proud to be this little boys mom and dad!!!
Baptism partner and good friend...Jaden Jenkins
Look at those smiles...what handsome boys!!

Two of my favorite guys!!!!!!
Sayger had to wait until the first part of June for his baptism, June 5th! It was a very busy weekend and we had alot going on, it was also Stormie's birthday so we had one event after another. We had a baseball game, got home just in time to change, get Sayger dressed, grab the treats and head to the church. Jaden Jenkins and Sayger had birthdays close to one another so they shared a baptism day. Each family took a little part in the program. Sayger had asked Chip to speak at his baptism. He spoke about what baptism is and why be believe it is important!! He did a great job and gave a good message to Sayger and Jaden. Sayger's dad baptized him....which has been a blessing for our entire family. Kent baptized me, Kenna,Charlce, Stormie, Shandler and now Sayger. Stormie played the violin while the boys and their dads changed clothes. She played I Am a Child of God and Joseph Smiths First Prayer. Jaden's grandpa talked to the boys about the Holy Ghost and gave a wonderful example of having a best friend. He talked about the Holy Ghost being their best friend and since they were best friends they could help each other make the right choices and keep the Holy Ghost with them. Each of the boys was confirmed and we headed for the kitchen for treats!!!! I was a little apprehensive of sharing a baptism since I always thought it was for each child individually but those two boys have been great friends and it was a very spiritual day with heartfelt messages prepared for those two boys to hear. It was special to see them share this experience together and I really believe it has created a lifelong bond between these two boys!!
Sayger Max Kidd
June 5, 2010