Saturday, February 4, 2017

Billy Goat is 4

Our baby is growing so fast.  It makes me sad sometimes but we sure love this little bug.  Since her birthday she tells everyone we meet, "I'm 4."  This year she had a star shaped Hello Kitty cake all planed out till her "Trolls" obsession took over and last minute we had to make it a Poppy cake.  I think I did pretty well - in fact I'm confident I draw better with frosting than pencil.  

Here she is with her Hello Kitty chair, her light up rain boots, and her favorite pair of pants.  She also got a bunch of new stuffed animals, a lot of little troll dolls, play dough, and some other stuff that I can't remember any more.  This year she was old enough to pick out all her favorite foods for dinner and she got her own little container of mango ice cream.  This little girl loves her brothers and sisters and no matter how much I plead otherwise, they give her whatever she wants.  She especially loves Emmy.  At least once a day she asks if we can go get Emmy from school.  She is my realist that says how things really are and makes sure I am always going the right way to peoples houses.  We couldn't love her more.
This picture shows off the bangs she cut for herself Christmas morning while I was getting ready for church.  Could have been much worse.

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Never Ending Christmas Break

December 22 was the kids first day of Christmas break.  We never would have believed that they wouldn't officially go back to school till January 18.  The kids had 9 snow days plus Martin Luther King Jr. Day.  There was one day where school was "optional" but other than that we were home.  The snow started falling after new years and it just didn't stop.  By the end of January over 35 inches of snow had fallen and most of it had stayed due to such cold temperatures.  You know you've had too much snow when your kids stop hoping for snow days and are praying for school.  We all got tired of shoveling snow.

On our first snow day I decided not to let the day pass us by so I ventured out in our van to visit my brother's new house where I got totally stuck and had to be pulled out onto the main road by a kind neighbor with a truck.  Then we got stuck two more times in our neighborhood- thank goodness my kids are finally big enough to get out and push.  After that adventure we didn't leave the house very often.  Luckily, we got a lot of board games for Christmas and they were put to good use.

In the middle of all the snow we had a few days of high temperatures and rain which led to leaks going down both sides of our dinning room while Greg was out of town.  My kind neighbor climbed on the roof with his ax and cleared the ice damns- twice.  At least while Greg was gone we had access to a car with 4 wheel drive.  When we got crazy from being home too long we would load all 7 of us in his 5 person SUV and get out.

Once Greg got home he spent several days on the roofs at work shoveling off the snow.  They had even more snow in Fruitland than here.  Crazy winter, but we had some fun times.
Emmy's first day skiing at Brundage before Christmas.  She was awesome and skied all day while the snow came down and loved it.  We've got a skier on our hands.
Christmas morning with Lily's tramp

The Wilford's spent a few days with us after Christmas while their parents went to a wedding.  Fun times!
Emmy playing minute to win it games for New Years

Barn owl we spotted a few times off of Kingsbury
We went skiing at Bogus.  The valley was covered in thick clouds so the mountains looked like islands in a sea of clouds.  Loved this waterfall of clouds.  So beautiful.