Friday, April 24, 2009

Star Student and Butler All Star

Parker is the star student this week in his fourth grade class and he's a star everyday in our family.
When Parker was born, we were very excited. We expected him to have black hair like his Dad, but instead he was born with a light complexion and no hair at all. He was bald, tall, chunky and the cutest baby we had ever seen! Parker was named after two very special people. His Great Grandpa Parker and his Great Grandpa Glen. He was the first grandchild born in our family and is constantly loved and adored.

As Parker grew older, he developed a love for collecting things. His first collection was of miniature Pokemon characters from the quarter vending machines at WalMart. He bought all of the characters in the machine at the WalMart in American Fork and then proceeded to collect Pokemon from other WalMart stores. Parker's ambition had us driving to far away WalMarts looking for the Pokemon vending machines until he thought his collection was complete. He bought so many Pokemon characters that the stores ran out of them and couldn't put them in their vending machines anymore. In fact, he still has that collection today and takes very good care of it.

Parker is a very assertive boy and loves setting goals and accomplishing things. When something looks out of reach or too hard, he always finds a way to achieve the impossible. Parker's favorite way of obtaining his goals is by thinking of new business ideas. He started his first business when he was only three years old. When building a roller coaster in the backyard was too big of a project for a three year old, he decided to create a Christmas walk instead. He strung Christmas lights in the snow to make a pathway and made little displays of toys for visitors to look at as they walked along the lighted path. He also made a map and hired his sister Grace as a tour guide to make sure that his visitors didn't get lost. When the customers were finished looking at his toy and light displays they would receive a chocolate chip cookie that Parker made with his Dad. Grace's salary was also paid with free cookies. Parker made enough money to buy himself a video game as an early Christmas present and spent the left over money on gifts for his family. Now, Parker's newest business adventure is an online comic book store. He has written and illustrated comic books about a boy named Captain Nerd. He hopes to raise enough money to buy a Play Station 3.

Parker loves to play video games and has mastered several games on different gaming consoles. When he grows up he wants to be a video game designer. He likes to test games and studies what makes them good or bad. He works very hard in school because he wants to get into the best video game design college with his good grades. So far Parker has straight A's and is doing a great job!

Some other interesting facts about Parker include:

Favorite color: Yellow
Favorite food: Grilled cheese sandwiches
Least favorite food: Onions
Favorite sport: Volleyball (He will start playing in tournaments with his Dad this summer.)
Favorite thing to do after school: Play with friends at his house
Least favorite thing to do after school: Chores
Favorite subject in school: Computers
Least favorite subject in school: None. He likes them all!
Favorite video game: Any game that he's into at the time and doesn't get stuck on.
Favorite holiday: Christmas

Parker is special in so many ways. He is very thoughtful of others and is always willing to lend a helping hand. His sister Grace nicknamed Parker, "Buddy" when she was a toddler and the name has stayed with him because he is the best buddy in the world. When you are Parker's friend, consider yourself lucky because you have a loyal friend for the rest of your life. Parker looks for ways to serve others and make those around him happy. He has a great sense of humor and is very clever. Parker and his Dad have a great time teasing each other and making the family laugh. Parker strives to make good decisions and always wants to choose the right. We are so proud of the man he is becoming and love his courage and sensitivity for life. There is no one quite like Parker. He is truly special.

We love you Parker and are glad that you are a part of our family.

This is Parker's Solar System that he made. We stayed up until midnight working on this project and it was worth every minute. Needless to say, his Solar System was a big hit and he got another "A!"

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

We Just Can't Get Enough of Emily Jane!

We just can't get enough of this little bundle of joy! From the tip of her little toes to the heavenly nibble in her ear, Emily's every detail is precious.

She has the cutest little nibble in her left ear. We think that our Aunt Pammy had a hard time letting Emily leave heaven and gave her a kiss to remember her namesake by.

Emily loves her sister, Kate. She is so patient and allows everyone to hold and love on her.

Sunday, April 5, 2009

The True Gift of Easter

With the birth of our newest little girl just four days ago, my heart swells when reflecting upon the gift our Savior gave us so many Easters ago. The arrival of spring is another symbol of the renewal we all are blessed with through His atoning sacrifice. I pray that we can live the atonement each day by being "at one" with Him through the miracle of life and beauty of His plan of happiness.
This little angel is proof that His plan works and when called upon will bring each of us unimaginable happiness. We truly are blessed with the miracle of family each and every day.

Saturday, April 4, 2009

Easter Eggs and Surprises

I just love Easter! From colored eggs to fluffy chicks, it's the best way to start spring! Since Emily is just a few days old, Grandma Diane and Amanda celebrated Easter at our house in Henderson. 

Amanda brought the egg coloring supplies and the kids loved all of the different ways they could color and decorate the eggs. 

It was hard to choose which masterpiece to eat first!

The finished product. We used glitter, rubber bands, crayons and beads.

Grandma threw the kids an Easter Egg hunt on Saturday in our backyard. She seemed more excited than the kids did! She planned the hunt for weeks and filled eggs with money, hid toys, bubbles, sidewalk chalk and special eggs for each grandchild.

Emily did her best to participate, but she needed a little help from Daddy.

Check out the loot!

Thanks Grandma Diane!

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Emily's First Day

Emily came home today! The kids already adore her and smile at her every newborn grunt, coo, spit up and cry. Parker, Grace and Kate decorated the front yard with pink streamers, balloons and signs to welcome Mom and Emily home from the hospital. 

So far, Emily has a sweet and patient disposition that seems too good to be true. Grace holds her for hours soaking in the smells and sounds of newborns. Kate helps with every diaper change and watches her with protective big sister eyes. Parker looks upon her like the little man that he is and is very proud of our newest addition.

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Emily is Born!

After 12 hours of labor, our family was blessed with the arrival of Emily Jane Butler. Her sweet spirit came into the world at the perfect time and we couldn't be happier. She is a healthy, active and bright eyed baby with a sweet, soft disposition.  It's times like these that remind us of how close to heaven our own lives really are. The miracle of life fills our hearts with gratitude for the simple pleasures we share with our family and erases the troubles of the day. Today the best blessing of all came in a little 7lb 2oz package!


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