Friday, September 23, 2011

Drill Team Fun

Well, another school year has started, so that means football season! The Elleves have been busy performing and attending MMHS football games.

It all started on August 12th at the annual Maroon/Gold football game. I can't believe another school year is here already! Here are some pictures from a few of the events the drill team has been involved in lately:
2011-12 MMHS Elleves at Maroon/Gold game.

The drill parents get t-shirts to wear to games and competitions. I decided to get Kendrick one this year. It was a little big on him, but he wore it to the 1st official home game for Maple Mountain. Here are some pictures I took of him in his MMHS Elleves shirt:
"So Big"

"Circle talk/prayer" before performing our halftime routine, "Until the World Ends".

On September 2nd, Maple Mountain played Payson at Payson. We had been "sister teams" with the PHS Paysetters at BDT Camp this past summer and we had learned some of the same routines. Payson invited us to perform the camp dance at the game. We faced our crowd and they faced their crowd. It was a fun experience, especially since Payson was where I taught before I went to Maple Mountain. And the Paysetter coaches, Chelsea Judd and Ashley Hendrickson, were former Paysetters themselves and I was their coach!
Paysetters and Elleves - Sister Teams!
Just before the performance!

On September 9th, Maple Mountain played Springville at Springville. The Springville drill team, the D'Velles, invited us to an ice cream party before the game started. It was fun to meet with them and get to know them a little bit.

The game was awesome because Maple Mountain won! Oh, I forgot to mention, MMHS won the Payson game too!
Elleves and D'Velles!

On September 16th, we had a home game and wouldn't you know it, there was a downpour that started about 3:30 p.m. and lasted until about 6 p.m. Lovely--rain makes performing on the grass football field very slick and muddy!

The rain stopped, and so we decided to chance it and dance anyway. We were performing our hip hop routine in our new costumes. It looked so good, even with the conditions. We did have one girl slip and "fall" into position! But, I felt like the team did pretty good considering the field conditions!

One bad thing--I didn't take any pictures!

Then, September 19 - 22, we had our annual Jr. Drill Clinic. It was a big success this year! We had so many girls! And we started a boys hip hop class that went well too! We had around 130 participants! The Elleves did a great job with the teaching and choreography for the clinic. I also thought the boys hip hop class was great too.

Here's a few pics from Jr. Drill:
Some of the kids learning the "jam".
We had a "team lunch"--everyone brought their lunch and sat together outside and ate together. It was a great day for a picnic!

We still have two more home football games and three away games. Then it will be full-force in preparing for competition!

Brenchley Picnic

On Saturday, August 20, 2011, we met at Salem Pond park for a Brenchley Family picnic. Everyone just brings their own picnic and we meet, eat, talk, and play.

Here are a few pics that I took that day. I didn't get any pics of the extended family--just me, Scott and Kendrick. I need to be better about taking pics!

Here they are:
Kendrick and Scott - playing in the sand.
Looking at the water.
Swinging - sorry, the pics are dark!

We had a great time at the picnic. It was fun to meet and spend time with the Brenchley side of our family.

Monday, September 05, 2011

Happy Anniversary!

On August 6, 2011, it was our 6th wedding anniversary! Sometimes I can't believe it has been six years, other times, it seems like I have always been married.

We didn't go on a trip this year. Mainly for two reasons--one, we moved and we were still getting things situated, (we still are!) and two, because I was helping with the "Wings of Love" 5K race that my sisters and mom put together for my cousin Jakoye's baby Cade that only lived for a few hours. Another reason is probably because we have Kendrick now! Oh well, we will travel again I'm sure.

Here is a picture of us on our wedding day:
Happy Anniversary Scott! I love you!

Kendrick is 11 months old!

Kendrick turned 11 months old on August 18, 2011. Wow, one more month and we will be celebrating his first birthday!

Kendrick likes to be independent--especially when we feed him. We have to do fun little things to get him to open his mouth sometimes--like sing songs. My favorites that always work are "Old MacDonald" and "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star". The Alphabet Song works too. I don't know why, but if you sing, he opens his mouth and eats.

He also eats if he can do it himself. Well, Scott was feeding him spaghetti one night and Kendrick wouldn't have any of it, unless he could feed himself. So this is what you get:

A happy boy, but a big mess!
Mr. Independent

On his forehead. . .

and the top of his head!

But, he is happy and he is eating!

Here are some pics I took on his 11 month birthday--yes he is in his pajamas! It had been a long day and I remembered to take a pic after we had got him ready for bed!

Kendrick Scott Brenchley - 11 months old!

He is full-on walking everywhere now! He walked at 10 1/2 months. He is very tall--he looks like he is two! He still won't say mama. But he does say dada. Oh well, someday he will say it!

Celebrating Amanda's Birthday & Kendrick's First Steps!

Amanda came down and spent part of the 24th of July weekend with us. We took her out for lunch for her birthday--since we were a bit behind! She chose to go to Chili's. They brought out a chocolate shake to her since we were celebrating her birthday.

Amanda and her birthday shake!
Amanda and Scott

Kendrick thought he was pretty cool sitting up to the table.

Kendrick had been getting really brave when moving between furniture pieces. I also would see him standing alone for a few seconds by himself, but when he figured out that he wasn't holding on to something, he would plop down.

He also had a hard time when we were in Levan for the 24th and he couldn't keep up with all of his cousins. They were running around having a good time and Kendrick was trying to keep up by crawling, which isn't too much fun on cement!

Emilee got Kendrick a toy that he could push while standing and he liked it. But, he would get so mad when he ran into something, he couldn't figure out how to turn, so he would just run into things!

Well, this is just my theory, but I think seeing all of his cousins walking/running around inspired him to walk. Because that is just what he did a few days after.

Amanda helped Kendrick with his first steps too. Here she is helping Kendrick, along with an old stuffed polar bear, that is one of Kendrick's best friends!

Here are some videos of Kendrick's first steps:

Sunday, September 04, 2011

Busy 24th of July Weekend

We had a busy 24th of July weekend this year! First, on Friday, July 22, the MMHS Elleves performed at the annual "Movie Night", which is part of Spanish Fork's Fiesta Days activities. The MMHS Elleve parents also had a concession booth at the movie night and sold snacks to earn money.

It was a great success and the team performed well.
2011-12 MMHS Elleves waiting to perform at the Movie Night.

Then, since the 24th was on a Sunday this year, some towns were celebrating on Saturday and some on Monday. This year, the Mapleton parade was on Saturday and the Spanish Fork one was on Monday. We were used to having both parades on the same day. So, for the Mapleton parade, the team had to walk down the parade route in between performing because we could only use the big diesel flat bed trailer for the Monday parade.

At first, it didn't seem that hard, but as the parade went on, it was a little more difficult than first anticipated! But, they looked great and we did cause a little bit of a pause in the parade, but oh well. Our performance was worth the wait!
The team - just before we started the Mapleton Parade.
The team, plus my assistant Lexie, me, and all of our helpers that passed out flyers for us!

After the parade, me, Scott, and Kendrick headed down to Levan. Levan was celebrating Pioneer Day on Saturday as well. We got to my parents house a little late for lunch, but there was still food and we hung out and talked to everyone. Then we headed out to the Levan Park for dinner. It was yummy! Here are some pics from that night:

Grandma holding Kendrick
Jake and Grandpa
Ryan, Grandma, and Kendrick

Joseph, Ethan, Emilee, and Grandpa

After dinner, we went back over to my parents house and watched the fireworks put on by the town of Levan. They were pretty good!

Then on Monday, July 25th was the Spanish Fork parade. It was a little bit overcast for this parade, which was actually nice! This parade went a lot smoother--we didn't cause a large gap in the parade and we could keep moving and the team didn't have to walk down the parade route--we rode!

Only one mishap--the music all of a sudden stopped. I looked at the amp and it had no power. Water had got inside it--there had been some frozen water bottles sitting on top or else some water had leaked from the coolers? I'm not sure, all I know is for about two blocks, we didn't have music. Scott tipped the amp up next to the generator to see if it would "blow" out the water or help it evaporate. Either way, this helped and we had power again!

The team looked great and had another great parade! We received a lot of compliments on how energetic we looked and that we were having fun!

The team, before the Spanish Fork parade--I love the fleur de lis name signs that the moms made for the trailer. They looked so cute!

Kendrick is 10 Months Old!

Kendrick turned 10 months old on July 18th. He is just about ready to walk! I can't believe it--he gets braver each day as he goes from one piece of furniture to the next!

He is such a happy boy most of the time. He loves to give "loves" and "kisses". Which usually get slobber all over your face! He is still sleeping through the night and has six teeth. We love him so much! Wow, two months and he will be one year old!
Kendrick - 10 months old

Ute Stampede 2011

We went down to Nephi on Friday, July 15th for the annual Ute Stampede. These pictures are out of order, but oh well. I'm trying to get caught up on my blogging and don't have time to rearrange!

We went down and I sat with my mom at the craft fair at our table to advertise and sign up runners for the "Wings of Love" 5K race that my sisters, mom, and I were putting on for my cousin Jakoye's baby Cade that died a year ago.

Then, about 3:30, we left so we could watch the mammoth parade. It was good--my dad was in it with his graduating class. Then, later that night we went down to the carnival. We decided not to go to the rodeo this year, maybe next year. I don't think Kendrick would have liked it!

Anyway, here are some pictures:
Me and Kendrick at the carnival.
Riding the merry go round-Kendrick had a tight grip on my shirt!
Kendrick and Sophie on the right.
I don't look too thrilled--I was worried I would get sick!
Kendrick took a little snooze while we watched the other cousins ride the rides.

Pictures of my dad with his graduation class in the parade.
It was a fun time! We went home that night because I had a drill team car wash on Saturday to attend!