Thursday, June 11, 2015

Christmas, Christmas time is here...

December is always a whirlwind of activities. Here's a little taste of 2014...

 Tree chosen and decorated. Tyler is all for real trees and cheap-o me breathes deep and rolls with that. There is nothing quite like the smell of a real fir tree! The kids had a ton of fun putting their ornaments on and pulling out all the decor!
The whole 2nd grade put on an abbreviated "A Christmas Carol" play for everyone to enjoy. She was thrilled (THRILLED I tell you!) to be cast in the role of "Young Belle," Scrooge's ex-fiance. 
Christmas Eve called for a turkey dinner at our place with some of our dearest friends and with Grammy and Pop. Pop made his (should be) world-famous bacon stuffing and to-die-for gravy.
 The kids ate up any time spent with Grammy and Pop! 
 Christmas morning brought the usually ecstatic chaos that 5 kiddos bring...but we still had Grammy and Pop, so it was even MORE fun! 

 Cole made off like a bandit in his new Cozy, really, he stole the ball from Henry and tried to make it his. Trouble is his middle name!

 Santa brought Jack an exceptionally cool night-vision scope. Now he can be a real spy!
The Martins (not pictured, because...that would require us to remember to actually TAKE pictures!) invited the whole crew up for Christmas dinner. Great-Grandpa Larry and Great-Grandma Diane were there, too! We LOVE spending time with family over Christmas (plus, dinner was super-delicious, we're no dummies about Rebecca's cooking!).
 The remainder of December found us playing hard! Mostly we played the plethora of fun games our family was gifted. We highly recommend "Dixit" (a picture-guessing game that is far more fun and quirky than it sounds) and Sneaky, Snacky Squirrel (which was great for the younger set, even if Cole does think he should try to eat the acorns...).
We hope you all had a Merry Christmas and that this New Year is treating you right!

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Waddle on in to Henry's 6th Birthday!

Henry has a major LOVE of penguins. He did an "expert report" in Kindergarten on them and knew more about various penguin species than his teacher did. When it was time for his birthday, a penguin theme was the obvious choice!

 So excited for it to be his birthday!
 We did a trial run of a quick penguin cake for his actual birthday night. It got the big smile of approval!
 For the party, Tyler ran a penguin-training school. There were tobogganing practice, fish catching, and waddling classes.  The weather was actually only a little cool, so this was probably Henry's first and only outside party!
 I think there was orca tag. For waddling penguins, these guys sure did move fast!
Henry was the happiest penguin-loving birthday boy ever!
Henry's favorite color: Light blue
Henry's favorite food: Pizza
Henry wants to be: a builder
Henry loves: school! Video games! His friends! Penguins!! Reading! Pokemon.
Henry has a sensitive heart and is very kind to everyone around him (except maybe his siblings, he's not perfect!). He loves that he can run down the street and play with his friends. Henry likes to play soccer and T-ball, he loves to swim, he enjoys just running around with his siblings. He is a super-sweet boy who plays hard and has a big grin on his face! Happy birthday, Henry!

The Tale of Jack and the Double Digits

Story goes that Jack turned 10 in November! That story is true. Sigh. The days really are long, but the time flies by!

 He was a shocked as the rest of us! The interesting thing about him getting older is that his wishlist is getting pricier. What gifts do you get for your kids instead of the latest technological craze? I have a feeling this question only gets trickier in the next decade!
 Poor boy got slighted on the cake...but I was going through a miscarriage at the time, so he's kind of lucky he even GOT a cake. He doesn't seem to be offended, though...
 That weekend we had a party party party with 5 of his closest friends. Minecraft, baby, that's where it's at. They made pixelated "mini-me"s. Other games (not pictured) were creeper ball-toss (they took out pyramids of foam creepers with a ball) and game that involved hunting piggy balloons. Mostly there was running around attacking things. Yay, Minecraft.
 But he loved it and had a blast, which was really the point of the whole shebang!
More stellar cakes! Again with the cube/pixilated/easy theme.,.

Jack's favorite color: still green!
Jack's favorite things to do: Video games and reading
Jack wants to be: an inventor
Jack's favorite foods: Tacos and pizza
Jack love to; be in plays!
We cannot believe this kiddo is now 10. He is smart, goofy, but a total rule-follower. He loves his friends and honestly, wishes he could spend every spare minute with them! He is an amazing big brother to his littlest brother and is starting to step up with helping him out. Jack excels in music and is in his 5th year of piano. He doesn't care for sports except for swimming. Animals--he loves them. You can often find this kiddo snuggled up under a blanket, reading a book with a cat on his lap. Happy birthday, Jack! We love you!

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Yo ho ho and a Mermaid's Tail

Jack and Sheridan were ecstatic to get back on stage in November. Their school put on "Race for Treasure Island,"  which had a zany plot about a Naval ship, a Pirate Ship, and a Mermaid posse racing to get the treasure first. Spoiler: the mermaids end up with it.

 Jack was a pirate!
 Sheridan was a mermaid (in front of stage--the navy is on stage).
 The mermaids descend like vultures of the sea to claim their ill-gotten gain!
 Cute cast!
...and this one is just your reward for sticking it out!

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Ode to October

Is an Ode like a poem? Because this post isn't a poem.

October was a glorious, warm month. We were able to go for a few hikes and enjoy the beautiful mountains without anyone freezing their tookus off.

 Hikes with Dad are rad.
 When it's warm it's not too bad.
 It's October-Mountain-Family time.
 Huh, I guess I COULD make this thing rhyme.
Tyler spent a lot of his time in October working on a Rising Star Outreach event with David Archuleta and Lexi Walker. It was an amazing night (and I'm glad the kids' play was postponed so I could attend). 

We got to get all dressed up and mingle with people like the Utah AG. It was crazy I felt like I was getting all dressed up for prom, except I was going with my favorite person in the world and we were taking separate cars. Oh, and there were kids at home after. :)

I spent most of October focused on my big event, Halloween costumes.
The kiddos decided to revisit Peter Pan which was so much fun to sew for!
 Amelia was a darling little Tinker Bell.
 Henry had his heart set on being the Tick Tock Croc. That costume was SO FUN to figure out and make. 
 Sheridan was Wendy and Cole was an adorable Peter Pan. He liked pretending to stab people with a dagger. Sigh.
 Jack was a swaggering, sinister Captain Hook. 
  The Neverland crew was ready for their first engagement of 3! (Church party, Halloween, and a family party). 
 Between parties, the kids fit in a little pumpkin carving. Henry chose an Angry Bird.

Hope your Halloween was happy!

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Simple September

After the excitement of August, we took it pretty easy in September. Eased back into the habits of the school year and tried to get used to living in a new house. Henry got used to it very quickly--figuring out that he had 2 buddies on the street opened up a whole world of possibilities!

 Examining the gigantic mirror in the entry.

 Art time! Making crowns (Sheridan's idea!)

 Getting to know the praying mantis is less scary than getting to know the neighborhood kids.
 Having the piano INSIDE the house! The kiddos have loved it!

Cole has decide he should start with the keyboard.

 Adventures at Thanksgiving Point!
It was warm enough for the kiddos to play in the water. 
  Cole really got into the art thing....
And a field trip to the duck pond where the swans had settled in!