Sunday, September 11, 2016

Back to School

 We were sad to see summer come to an end but the kids were exited to start a new year.

 My Middle Schoolers - Andrew 6th and Mack 7th

 Kate in Mrs. Miller's 4th grade  and Emily in Mrs. K's 1st grade.  Her last name is long and complicated for 1st graders (or bad spellers like me) so they just call her Mrs. K.  Lily and I miss our Emmy but she is loving her 1st grade.

Believe it or not Natali is in High School -crazy.  She is loving it so far.  

For Labor Day weekend we went up to McCall.  I spent the Friday and Saturday with just the little girls.  The other kids and Greg had comitments.  We had such a blast.  It was cold but we still swam in that wonderful pool for hours, took a lot of walks, and watched the rain from the balcony.  I love that place.  Sunday evening the rest of the gang joined us and we enjoyed a fabulous hike.  It sprinkled on us and Lily still has some "peeing in the woods" experience to gain, but since she managed to find huckleberries to eat while we walked all the wetness was forgotten.  My Macky boy has been growing his hair out.  Most of the time I really like it but early morning, pre shower hair can be pretty awesome.
One Friday after school Greg and I were determined to do something fun with the kids that didn't involve lots of $ or the TV.  We have lived near the Snake River for 10 years now but most of the kids had never floated in it so we decided to remedy that.  We had a lot of fun for the first hour, but then it started geting old, and getting darker and darker.  A few of the kids got swept away for brief moments ending up out of their tubes...lets just say by the end we were all SO happy to be done.  Everyone was cold, scraped up and exhausted.  I figured everyone would cry the whole way home and complain about how awful it was.  But I was surprised to hear them talking about "next time".  They even jumped at the chance for a family photo in the car on the way home.  (Yes I look ridiculous - maybe someday I will figure out how to look normal in a selfie, but don't hold your breath).

Monday, August 1, 2016

Random but Fun

The following post is a compilation of pictures from Greg's phone.  Which often means I wasn't there.  These pictures are out of order and I can't remember which thing happened when but we had fun and don't want to forget that we do have fun sometimes.

The kids and I had a silly stiring war one day when Greg was out of town and that inspired us to host a neighborhood Silly String War.  We had four families show up and we had a blast.  The clean up wasn't even so bad with that many hands.  The kids want to make it an annual event...we'll see.  It would help if I could remember when it was...

 For Memorial Day Greg and the three oldest signed up for the Bubble Run in Boise.  I was signed up too but hurt my back so had to opt out.  They thought it was fun and loved being messy - at least for a little while.
Mack and Greg golfing in the rain.
Our soccer boy and his little pal.
Natali's first stake dance.

This summer Mack was working on an emergency kit for scouts.  We decided to put some of the kids old glass in the kit just in case.  Lily found them and got creative.  And who doesn't love a one eyed pirate tiger? Lily keeps us laughing.

Natali and Mack went to do baptisms with Greg.  I can't beileve how old they are getting.

Okay this doesn't qualify as fun but here it goes anyway.  We had a big problem with wasps this summer.  The good news was I was the only one who got stung (4 times for me).  The bad news was that my reactions were pretty terrible.  One sting on the finger ended up sending me to the doctor.  My hand was red, hot, and swollen so much I could hardly bend my fingers.  As we sat in the waiting room the swelling moved slowly up my arm.  I don't know if these pictures capture it but it was an unnerving experience.  And unfortunately my kids are way more afraid of wasps now!

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

A Week In My Favorite Place

This summer I was determined to enjoy an entire week in McCall.  As luck would have it, our designated week was a cool one and the pool was broken.  Inspite of that we still loved it.  We played in the sand, ate huckleberries, played tennis, took lots of hikes, hung out downtown, and just enjoyed being together.  Life really is better here!

 Our friends met us up there one day and enjoyed the beach and berry picking.  In spite of the weather the kids still managed to get plenty wet.  It was less than 65 degrees outside - burr.

 Like the little mermaid?

 The kids all set some summer goals and each goal had a prize associated with it.  Emmy met her reading goal and got a date to Ice Cream Alley with Mom.

 My most frequent hikers.
For about an hour all 6 of them were working together on this sand structure.  I love those moments.

Greg joined us for the weekend and took us on a hike - unfortunately we never found the right trail.  We ended up traipsing through the forest being consumed by mosquitos.  The littler kids had the worst of it becasue the brush was over their heads half the time.  This picture shows Kate crawling across the river; it doesn't capture the moaning.  This little avdenture ended in tears and lots of itching but they all brightened up when we went to Ice Cream Alley for lunch.

Friday, May 20, 2016

The End of Another School Year

The end of the school year always gets busy but it is exciting to get ready for summer.
 Kate and Emily's ballet group performed Thumbelina.  Kate was a minnow and Emily a dragonfly.

 Emily completed Kindergarten - Hello 1st Grade!

 Andrew graduated from elementary school.  I hope the Middle School is ready for him.
 Mack and Natali earned lots of awards and Natali said goodbye to Middle School.

Thursday, May 19, 2016

More Birthdays

Andrew celebrated his 11th birthday with his traditional cinnamon rolls and Sour Skittles although this year he ate them separate; a good change.  He graduated from Cub Scouts and received his Arrow of Light Award.  
Andrew's favorite thing about church is all the babies.  He knows every baby's name and is always trying to smile at them.  He loves the primary leaders who let him hold their babies.  I think those leaders are smart - he is much more reverent while holding a baby.
 For his Christmas present he and Greg drove to Hell's Canyon and took a river boat ride.  He had to wait several months but it was worth it; they had a blast.  I love this, "The sun is in my eyes!" picture.

 For Greg's birthday this year he made himself dutch oven peach and mango cobbler and I made ice cream.  A win for everyone.

Saturday, April 30, 2016

It Birthday Time

Kate's 9th birthday.  Chocolate Moosse Cheesecake from Cheescake Factory was fabulous.  She requested a violin but I couldn't find a good deal so I encouraged her to wait till school was over.  By the time we got back around to the violin she had changed her mind and picked out a bicycle.  The only girl bike we could find that wasn't pink.  No pink for that girl.

 Natali turned the big 14 and has started to go to stake dances.  Crazy!

 Emily got to have the Wilfords over for her 6th birthday party with rainbow cake.  The cake was supposed to be a rainbow jellyroll cake but the cake broke into a million pieces and so we turned it into a rainbow trifle cake.  Luckily, Emmy was thought it was still great.  Love that girl.