Friday, December 21, 2012


Last year I did a Halloween dinner and the kids have been talking about "next" time ever since.  So here it goes. 
Natali is showing off her Slime Aide.
Monster Jaws (apples with almonds for teeth).
Kate with Graveyard Gravel and Mack with Carmel Beetles.  The dinner is kind of silly but the kids love earning candy corns to use as money to buy their dinner.  Then they try to figure out what they are ordering and it makes me laugh to hear them making deals with each other to order different things and then share.  They get such a kick out of it all - I guess we'll keep up the tradition.
Our Jack-o-lanterns this year:  First is Kate's.  She wanted a kitty face and I think it turned out pretty good.  She participated by telling me what she wanted and watching over my shoulder.  Andrew designed and carved his face almost entirely on his own.  I only drew on the face from his pattern.  He even scraped out the innards - hallelujah because no one else even tries.  Mack's pumping is next in line and he did it all except scraping it out.  That job was just too dirty for my careful Mack.  Natali designed her own but I scraped the pumpkin - maybe next year I they'll be as brave as Andrew.
My adorable little mouse.  She loved this costume in spite of the fact that it is a 12 month size and she is 2 1/2. 
Kate loved wearing make-up and her pink cowgirl boots.
Mack just wanted to paint his face.  So when he picked a ghost I was thrilled.  I spent 3 dollars on fabric and gave him some scissors.  He cut all the edges himself and loved that he did it himself.
Natali wanted to wear this fancy Cinderella dress my sister made, but was a little self-conscious of being a "princess" .  So she insisted on Emily going everywhere with her.  From her perspective, Cinderella with a cute mouse was less juvenile. 
Our Roman Solider loved his sword - as you can see.  Luckily it was warm because this is all he wore Trick or Treating.

Family Pictures 2012

 My cousin-in-law agreed last minute to take our pics this year.  The kids were pretty cooperative but we learned that it is harder than I thought to get 7 people all looking the same way at the same time without weird looks on their faces.  The individual pictures turned out great.  There are so many cute ones of Emily, but I tried to only include my favorites.
Leave it to Andrew to have dirty pants after being outside only 10 minutes.

Monday, November 26, 2012


This year I wasn't up for our fall trip to Yellowstone.  I had no desire to sit for hours and hours in a car so I opted out.  Greg picked a weekend and started making plans to take the three oldest kids.  Then we found out Natali's Girls on the Run 5K was the same weekend and Mack got invited to two birthday parties.  Mack chose to stay home for the parties so that left just Greg and Andrew.  They ended up having a great time and Andrew loved the one on one time. 
Wouldn't be Yellowstone without a coyote or two.
Trumpeter swans.
With just the two extreme animal lovers their hiking wasn't limited by anyone else getting tired or cold.  They enjoyed a lot hikes and animal viewing.
We don't usually see much wildlife while we are hiking but they found a buffalo right on one of their trails. 
Andrew spotted this little owl in the tree with a mouse in his claws.  It was the highlight of his trip.
They didn't see any wolves or bears but still had a great time and Mack decided that next time he would go to Yellowstone over a birthday party.

Girls on the Run

This fall Natali signed up for an after school program called Girls on the Run.  They met after school 2 days a week and prepared to run a 5K.  They also had little lessons about self-esteem, how we treat others, hygiene, positive thinking and other stuff.  She really loved it and I was so proud of her for running a 5K. 
The starting line.
Natali waving at me as she ran by.  It was a pretty cool morning, thus the gloves and hat.

I missed her crossing the finish line because she ran it a full 10 minutes faster than her practice run.  She finished in 34 minutes.

Here she is with a bunch of her buddys.

This is the whole group after the big race.  The group will start meeting again in the spring and Natali is looking forward to running again.

Mack Turns 9

It's hard to believe but my Macky boy is 9.  He was so happy to have a football game on his birthday.  He loves playing anything with a ball so having a game was a perfect touch to his big day.
Here he is with all of his loot.  New legos and football gloves were among the favorites.
He wanted a plain chocolate cake but wanted to decorate it.  So he managed to make a football field  with a football on it out of frosting and still have enough plain cake left to satisfy his desire for no frosting.  And yes that is a 6 on the cake.  He chose to have a 6 and three candles that were not pink rather than putting any pink ones on his cake.
Happy Birthday sweet boy.

Bulldog Football

This year Mack and Andrew got to play on the same flag football team.  It was fabulous to have only one football game each Saturday and so fun to watch them play together.  Mack played quarterback for half of each game and Andrew was the center.

Mack is handing the ball off but you can't see the ball - I'm not a very good action photographer.  Andrew is just standing there looking tiny.
Here is a fumble caused by the cute Easton boys.  They don't like this picture but I think it is great to see them in action.  Their hike usually went a little smoother than this one.
Here is a successful hand off.

The best part was that Greg was one of the assistant coaches so I rarely had to take the boys to practices at all.  It was a lot of fun for all three of them - most of the time.  There were a few rough days but it was worth it.  Too bad Mack moves up to tackle next year.


The day finally arrived where we got to cheer on our cougars in Boise.  The three oldest kids went with us and they were so psyched.  Sadly, it was a rough game to watch and we went home pretty down.  But it was so fun to be there with the kids and Grandma and Grandpa.

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Labor Day Weekend

Some friends invited us up to their cabin for Labor Day weekend.  The weekend was spent in the middle of no where, but it was so beautiful and peaceful.  We took a nice walk to a little orchard where the kids picked tons of these mini plums.  They shook branches, threw unripe fruit, and ate till their bellies were full.

 The yellow ones were a little tart.  But they still ate a ton.
We had such a fun weekend complete with smores around the campfire, a few hikes, mosquito bites (which Emmy ended up allergic to and thus developed an infection and two weeks later ended up on antibiotics-weird), and tons of adult game time.  Everyone enjoyed the vacation.