Thursday, December 19, 2013

Long overdue

Sorry it's taken so long to get back to this.  It's been a little mental battle getting here again.  Not because I don't want to share but because every time I thought about getting the camera out, I had to remember that the memory card was missing(rabbit trail coming) because Corey used it to record the guy coming and imaging our hard drives.  That led me to not good thoughts which in turn meant that I didn't have any desire to bring you more pictures.  All the legal stuff started just days after the kids' birthdays.  It's time to move on(even though we're sort of held captive until it's actually over).  These pictures are good ones and I didn't have to dig out my camera and memory card to bring them to you.  : )

These first ones are from the our Thanksmas gathering.  Kids got to open some gifts.




The guys went out river fishing looking really cool.  They had fun but it was a bit chilly.


We went exploring for an afternoon.  






These next photos are from Aaron and Marin's wedding in Fargo this past June.  Long overdue, I know, but so worth it.  






Audrey lost her first tooth moments before the ceremony began.  Super cool except we were a bit worried she would bleed on her white dress.  She didn't thanks to daddy.  





This moment lasted long enough to take a picture.  The girls started swinging their baskets at one another so they came to sit with me in the pews.  


My first party bus!  : P


Max had removed his coat and vest by this time making it officially "party time" according to daddy.  He and Clara danced up a storm with these girls.  



I have recovered my memory card and will bring you more current pictures soon.  I'm excited to be helping a friend declutter and reorganize her home this winter in preparation for it to be sold this spring.  So I've been spending a lot of time taking pictures and posting things on craigslist for her.  It's going nice alongside our personal goal to pay off our student loans in 2 years.  So we've been selling stuff as well.  It can be done!  As long as Corey is able to continue working...  : S  

Saturday, October 12, 2013

Birthdays

We pulled off a successful Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle birthday party and managed to keep Max and Audrey alive and well until their 5th and 7th birthdays.  : )  Check out the wild night...


Waiting for guests to arrive.  Donatello Audrey.


Corey made paper ninja stars and foam noodle weapons to do some ninja training.  





We made mutagen!  It's the green stuff that turns the turtles into big talking things.  And of course we had pizza!  It's the turtles' favorite food.  







They loved every minute.  I loved waking up this morning and having happy kids that played with their new stuff.  It's been a good day.  Thanks to all for making their lives special.  : )

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Family Fun

We've been a bit busy the past month adjusting to school routines and it seems like each week we've added an activity.  Thankfully it's been one at a time and they all aren't forever.  First week was swim club.  Max and Audrey are both in lessons.  Next came a friend.  We've been hanging out with a friend's kid for the past three weeks while her regular nanny got married.  With a fourth around, we move a little slower.  Audrey started girl scouts again last week.  She loves it.  Really loves it.  Most things I have to talk her into doing and pep talk her along the way to be thankful.  Not girl scouts.  : )  This week we welcomed Jayce into the mix!  He's a good friend's 2 month old that I've agreed to watch for two afternoons a week while she's working part time at a job she loves.  It's strange and really good to have a baby around the house again.  The kids don't quite know what to do when he cries.  They almost panic.  He's really a very good baby, it just takes awhile to thaw and warm milk.  : S  I'll get the hang of the no-nursing thing soon.  Despite all that we found some time last weekend to get out and enjoy the fall colors in the area.  Enjoy!


Somehow there was time to be sick in the last two weeks.  Short lived fevers and long-term cough.  We made some glitter crafts one of the days.  



Look how goofy these two are! They are a hoot together!


Munching on apples from our neighbor's tree.  Love going to pick 'em with the kids.  




Here are the girls.  They should be laying soon...especially after all the pep talks from Corey.  Every time he goes out to do a chore or add something to their coop, "c'mon girls, hold up your side of the deal.  Where're the eggs!"


This is the beginning of our weekend outing.  She was a little cold and grumpy.  




Isn't this place beautiful!?



Our other new member of the family:  Corey's truck.


Yep, that's snow on the mountains in the distance.  New snow.  




There were cow plops sprinkled throughout the rocks we were hopping through.  Fun times.


Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Growing

I love watching things grow.  Kids have been fun the last few weeks.  Adventuring, getting ready for school, pulling out the next size clothes.  Going through pictures of the summer and comparing my garden was interesting too.  It's a monster that won't quit!  I've pruned and pinched and picked and it's crazy big.

Here it is in June sometime:




And today!


I picked this watermelon this morning.  The curly tendril closest to the melon finally turned brown and it sounded hollow when knocked on so I thought we'd give it a try.  It's the most delicious watermelon I've ever tasted.  Seriously.  The kids thought it was fun picking out the black seeds too.  Since we all buy seedless now days.  I'm tempted to only grow watermelon next year, it was that good.