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    It seems crazy. Ten years ago Clint and I had just gotten married, and we were so young and carefree. It was just the two of us and life was pretty easy. The house stayed (reasonably) clean, we went out when we wanted, and traveled to some pretty incredible places. We didn't have a whole lot of responsibility, pretty much just to ourselves.

    Fast forward to 2014 and we now have three miniature versions of ourselves, two girls and a boy in the middle. Hayley is six and is as spunky and prissy as can be. Colin is almost five and is the nuttiest little thing imaginable, but oh so sweet. And Sydney, our littlest, thinks she's six and is already the comedian in the family. Despite our kiddos being so little, they not only now outnumber us, but they have managed to turn our world upside down. But we wouldn't have it any other way. We love 'em to pieces!

    The blog is filled with the weekly happenings within the Stuckey family, some funny, some touching, and some a little zany and crazy. Life is definitely better with kids in it! We love ours to pieces. Images + Words = Memories.


Colin Moves Up to Level 4


I’m really proud of all my kids, but with respect to gymnastics right now I’m especially proud of Colin.  Colin started gymnastics this past May and has progressed SO much.  I would have enrolled him sooner, but I had no idea how much he would LOVE the sport.  He went from Level 1 to Level 2 in one week.  Then progressed from Level 2 to Level 3 two months later.  And then went from Level 3 to Level 4 in two months.  In the gymnastics world you usually spend about a year at each level.  Colin has done all this in four and a half months.

Colin literally lights up when he gets on that gymnastics floor. I’ve never seen him love anything more.  He wants more than anything to be on the gymnastics team and is willing to put forth the work it takes to get there.  Lucky for him, he’s very lean, quite flexible, and has a strong core.  This past summer, Colin taught himself a back bend, a bridge kick over, and is catching on very quickly.

Colin also has a hard work ethic, is a natural achiever, and loves the feeling of accomplishment.  I think that’s why he loves gymnastics so much.  It’s such a disciplined sport with so many elements of accomplishment along the way.  When Colin moved up to Level 4 he was SO excited that he could hardly sleep!

I actually knew Colin was going to move up even before he did, and it was SO hard to keep it a secret.  You see I emailed Coach Matt, the head coach of the younger boys team to see if Colin could get a private lesson.  I told him that Colin loved gymnastics and really wanted to make the team.  I also explained that I was worried that because of Colin’s age (most gymnasts start at age 3 or 4) he might be passed over when they choose the team in the spring.  And it’s really competitive.  Coach Matt told me that he already knew who Colin was and assured me that in no way has Colin been looked over for team.

Then Colin had a 45 minute private lesson/evaluation with Matt.  I was watching the whole time, and Colin was doing terrible.  What was going on?  He couldn’t do his handstands or cartwheels without falling over.  It was bad news.  Seriously, Colin?!?!  The kid can do cartwheels and handstands in his sleep.  I wasn’t sure what was going on.  Then he moved to the high bar, rings, and then parallel bars.  And Colin started doing really well and even did his pullover on the high bar!  I was so proud of him!

When Colin’s private was over Coach Matt asked to talk with me privately in his office.  Oh no, I thought.  This can’t be good.  I quickly interjected and said, “I promise Colin can do a handstand and a cartwheel.  Can he just show you one more time?”  “Oh I know Colin can do a cartwheel and a handstand.  I’ve seen him do them.  He’s just doing them from the wrong leg.  He needs to be doing them from his dominant leg, which is going to take a little work.”

Then Coach Matt continued, “Colin is actually doing really well. I was impressed.  He needs to be moved up to the Level 4/5 class. . . . I do all of my team selection in May and then the boys start competing the following January.  I would like to get Colin ready to compete Level 5.”  Um wow!  I didn’t expect that.  That was awesome!  So we moved Colin up to Level 4.

So now Colin takes two Level 4 classes each week (two hours each) and has one 45 minute private with Matt each week.  This has actually been the biggest blessing for me because at one time we were going to gymnastics five days a week, which was driving me nuts.  So now we only go Mondays and Thursdays for regular lessons and Fridays for Adult Gymnastics, Private, and Open Gym.  It’s SO much better!!!  I love it!!

Here’s Colin in the Level 4 Class (he’s in the green shirt) and practicing his back handspring with Coach Matt.


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P.S. Hayley and Sydney are also doing really well and are each going twice a week.  Hayley restarted gymnastics in the summer and quickly moved up to Level 3.  Sydney has been in the Fit Kids class (5 year old class) for six months even though she’s only 4 and is doing so well that her coach asked me if I wanted to try to get her on team. She’s only four so we have a while, but it’s something to think about.  Truly nothing brings me more joy than watching my kids excel at something they love!

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Keaton’s 2nd Birthday Party: Let’s Get This Party Started

I have a sneaky suspicion that Keaton had a super fun time at his second birthday, perhaps a little too much fun!  Have you seen the picture of him covered in green paint??  Scroll down.  Lol.  Since this was just a two year old party (i.e., basically herding cats), I decided to have a lot of different things set up for the kids to do and then they could pick and choose when they wanted to do them.  It works out pretty perfectly.  ]

The kids could color pictures of race cars, paint actual race cars (Keaton’s favorite), jump on the trampoline, or play inside the inflatable bounce house and little play house.  We also had a really cool red car cut-out for people to take pictures in, which I completely forgot about until the end of the party.  Totally figures. Lol.

To eat, we had all sorts of car related food (i.e, spare tires, stoplight brownies, fruit carts, etc.) and lots of juice to drink (if you’re into motor oil).  Of course, we smashed to pieces the coveted race car piñata and then let Keaton blow out the candles on his birthday cake!  Seriously, we are SO glad we have this little boy.





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Keaton’s 2nd Birthday Party: The Set-Up

I kind of love throwing birthday parties!!  And lucky for Keaton all the birthdays in our family fall within six months of each other.  So by the time Keaton’s birthday rolls around, I haven’t thrown a birthday party in six months so I’m “revving” to go!  And this party was seriously SO much fun to put together!  There were GOBS of creative ideas on Pinterest, way too many in fact!  I picked the best and the easiest to execute!!  And I think it all turned out pretty darn cute!

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Happy Second Birthday Keaton!

Happy birthday to the cutest, most scrumptious, and most adorable little thing I could possibly imagine!!  He is truly the biggest blessing in the world.  I couldn’t imagine not having him!!  He is just 100% pure joy and is truly a gift straight from heaven!!  He’s still so little and just barely reached 22 lbs, but he has the biggest heart!!  The showers us each day with smiles and endless hugs and kisses!!  We love him to pieces!!



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Dewberry Farm 2016

October means three things: General Conference, Halloween, and DEWBERRY FARMS!!  This was Keaton’s very first visit to Dewberry Farms and he loved it as much as everyone else!  We got off to a super late start, but made up for it because the place was pretty empty and the weather was perfect!!!  And the kids each wore their Halloween outfits!!  I love it when a plan comes together!!  dewberry-farm-oct-2016-a

If you haven’t already seen enough, here’s some more cute pictures of our adorable kids!!  We kinda like them!


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