Exactly 2 months ago (June 25)  we added another blessing to our family.
He has grown so much and is such a cute little chunky monkey, covered in rolls and chub.  Chubby legs, chubby arms, chubby knees & elbows but who can resist the mention of his chubby cheeks and his dimpled chin?  Not a one in this family!

We are so blessed to have him!
Thank you Heavenly Father for trusting us with yet another one of your beloved sons.

This Sunday past, we had the privilege of witnessing yet another wonderful miracle.  The ordinance of a "blessing and a name" for this sweet man child.

Our famliy with Bishop Fabiano (holding Daxyn)

Dagyn Marie

our little papoose
7 years ago we celebrated the birth of our daughter, Dagyn Marie.

Dagyn, you are a blessing to us and to your family. 
You are such a sweet and kind little girl. 
You always show selfless acts to all you encounter in all you do. 
You are so very smart and an inspiring example to your brothers and sister. 
You are everything we have ever wanted in a daughter. 
We love you,
your Heavenly Father loves you...
You make this world brighter!
Dagyn had an eventful birthday.  It began by visiting the splash pad/park with some of her home schooled friends.
Dagyn then conquered the spinning monkey bars. 
This is something she has been working on for years. 
What an accomplishment for her on her 7th birthday ~ thanks to the help from  her friend, Dallin Hipps.
As per her request, we then headed over to Old MacDonald's for lunch.
{McDonald's to the rest of the world} 

Mmm mmm, gotta love them burgers!
As soon as we returned home, we found out that Cousin Micah
{our family's hairstylist}
was down the street giving Gma Madsen a haircut.  
Dagyn has been yearning to cut her hair {for quite some time} and donate it to the little children who have cancer {Locks of Love}.

Thanks Micah...You are Amazing...We love you!
She was so excited & happy with her new hairstyle when she came home. 
Gma Madsen then took her shopping for a couple of new birthday outfits
{tags still intact}.
For dinner she had her favorite meal...
{girl after my own heart}
and topped it off with chocolate chip cookies
{courtesy of her Primary Presidency}
with vanilla ice cream that we had in the freezer which was left over from Daxyn's blessing the day before.
Birthday Treat
You would think that all of this would have been a perfect ending to a perfect birthday...yet, she still has her brand-new bike that is waiting to be picked up and is expecting even more gifts in the mail from her
Gpa & Gma Walker.
new bike
surprise in the mail

After opening her gift in the mail, it inspired yet another photo shoot. 
This time we took it outdoors.
These are her own poses. 
Everything I had suggested, she would just giggle at me like I was silly.
What a blessed girl she is...
or rather, what a blessing she is to all of us!
{handmade flower clip ~ bday gift from her friend Madeline Hipps}

Happy Birthday Dagyn!
My cousin, Kyle has the most beautiful wife, inside and out {at least that is how we refer to her}.  She is in a contest for 96.9's search for the
Hottest Momma. 

(more info below)
So far, she has made it to the top 50! 

{Way to Go, Danielle!  We Are So Proud of You!}

We hope to see her win this contest...so please do us & especially her & her family this favor and vote for her today!...and tomorrow....and the next day...and then everyday from here on out until the contest ends.  Which I believe is August 29th.

But for now...let's get her to the top 25!
Winner for the Top 25 will be announced August 23rd...so go vote now!


MIX 96.9 is looking for the Valley's HOTTEST Moms!
 VOTE NOW for your favorite HOT MOM (THAT WOULD BE DANIELLE)! You can vote one time for one Hot Mom every day! (Voting is limited to one vote per verified e-mail address per day.)

If you?re voted the Valley?s HOTTEST Mom, you?ll win a $2,000 VISA Gift Card, a $1,000 Gift Certificate to Red Mountain Weight Loss, and a San Diego Beach Vacation Get-away!

The MIX 96.9 Hot Mom 2010 Grand Prize winner will be announced on August 30, 2010.
It just came to my knowledge that the Homeschooling Support Group I am a participant to, has a link to sign up.  So, if you are in the East Valley Suburbs of Phoenix Arizona and would like to join a {FaNtAsTiC!} homeschool group, sign up below.  I will also have a link posted on the sidebar as well.
Hope to see you there.  :)

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Photography by April Sayre
Photography by Jess Leonard
A couple weeks ago, Daxyn had his portraits taken by two wonderful friends of ours, Jess Leonard & April Sayre, at two different shoots.
Both sets of portraits turned out amazing.  They are both such talented women.

Jess is a natural light & an on location photographer and April has her own studio equipment and is also an on location photographer. I highly recommend them both if you are needing a photographer.