Sunday, December 4, 2016

Family Pictures 2016

Family Pictures 2016 - turned out pretty good.  My biggest shock was to see Natali.  She looks so grown up and beautiful in all the pictures.  It seams unreal to me that she is that old.  

Monday, October 31, 2016


For our Halloween Dinner this year we let the kids invite two friends each and we had Spencer and Keeley come help with the madness.  Of course I got so caught up in all the serving that I didn't take a single picture, luckily Greg took a few.  The kids had such a blast, but serving dinner to 18 kids is pretty crazy.

Pumpkin carving...

Last minute Natali threw this together.  She is the "Ah Yeah!" lady from Studio - C....
Mack came down the stairs for our Halloween dinner with this outfit.  Greg started laughing but I didn't get it.  He is the Michigan Football team coach.
Andrew waffled about what to be and in the end just wanted blue hair - so BYU mega fan.  Can't complain about that costume.
Kate had this outfit all planed out by the first week of September.  She made the skirt with some help. Her friend is the youngest in her family and invited Kate to trick of treat with her.  So we missed Kate but the two of them had a blast together.
This summer Emily listened to Anne of Green Gables on Audible. When she was done she said,"That's what I want to be for Halloween."  My heart melted.  We are definitely kindred spirits.  I loved making this costume by merging a few different old patterns of my moms.
Lily changed her mind everyday.  The day of Halloween I still wasn't sure what she would wear.  In the end she put on this unicorn costume (which she called an "alicorn" because the 5 year old neighbor girl told her it was an aileron because it had wings and a horn) and had Natali spray her hair pink and blue.  Not sure what she is except cute.

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Birthday Boy

The boy with crazy hair turns 13!!!  He always wants a plain chocolate cake.  So I made his cake - then he says, "Actually, could you make it look like this?"  and shows me a picture.  Even though he hates frosting he decided that plain chocolate cake is sort of lame.  So Natali and I put our skills together and came up with this.  I thought is was pretty good.  He just cut the top off his and gave it to all the frosting lovers.  This summer we bought him a whole bunch of camping gear for high adventure so that was his early birthday gift but he did get some cool new Legos.  

On his birthday he got all of his favorite foods and got to watch a movie on a school night. Later that week he got to invite some friends over for several hours of boy time, brownies, a movie, and gifts.      I sure love this boy.  He gives me a hug every night before bed without fail, he showers nearly everyday and reads his scriptures each morning before school.  He is so self motivated and disciplined.  He makes my life easy and pleasant.  I know if I am getting too stressed that hanging out with Mack can calm my mood.  Don't know what I'd do without him.  

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.