Tuesday, December 20, 2011
Sunday, November 27, 2011
Nathaniel--Optimus Prime from Transformers; he wasn't going to dress up, but then at the last minute he asked me to dig this out.
Daniel--Winnie the Pooh; he has taken a sudden liking to all things Winnie the Pooh lately
Emily--ballerina (of course!); I made that skirt for her at a craft activity
Jonathan--Thomas the Tank Engine; he kept trying to take the costume off, but once he started collecting candy he was fine with it! :-)
Andrew--Batman! again :-)
The kids had a great time Trick or Treating with Daddy while I stayed home to man the door. I was a little worried about Trick or Treating in our neighborhood because there aren't many young children near us, but it was wonderful! The kids got a ton of candy, and I gave away all the candy I had purchased. Happy (late) Halloween!
Sunday, November 6, 2011
Sunday, October 23, 2011
Sunday, October 16, 2011
My kids adore their Daddy. Seriously. I think they like to let me sleep in on Saturdays so that they can have more time goofing around with him. They know that as soon as mean old Mommy gets up they'll have to do something productive. Yesterday, I woke up to them dancing to music videos on You Tube.
Michael has been especially busy this past week getting ready for Stake Conference. Our congregation is called a ward, and a group of 8 or so wards make up a Stake. Michael has been the second counselor to our Stake President for two years now. Today, he was released as the second counselor and called to be the first counselor. He is honored to serve and we are honored to support him.
This is Michael and Daniel having fun together a couple weeks ago.
Saturday was schoolwork day. Emily has a big project due on Monday, and we left it until this weekend. In our defense, she just finished a big storytelling book report that required a costume and props and a presentation. Anyway, we spent a majority of the day working on this poster and the report that goes with it. She had to choose a habitat and an animal that lives in it, so she chose grassland and a lion. That poor little zebra is supposed to be the lions dinner!
Sunday, October 2, 2011
On Saturday morning, we went to Home Depot for their monthly project. The kids put together their helicopters and painted them. (Jonathan stayed home with Daddy and took a nap.)
It was a fire safety theme, and the kids had fun seeing the fire truck. The dog is fake. :-)
The firefighters let the kids climb up into the cab and even pull the horn. We had a blast!
We also spent some time at the zoo and went to a few garage sales. Nathaniel is still excited about the bargain he found--the first six Harry Potter books (hardcover and in great condition) for only $15. We talked them down from $20.
Sunday, September 18, 2011
Sunday, September 11, 2011
I love this picture because of Michael's smile! He spent some time down in northern Florida for training and did a lot of work to earn this award. We're so proud of him!
Is that a cool necklace or what? Haha! He later hung this on the back of his tricycle. I think this picture was taken in the afternoon. I had just bought these pajamas for him the day before, and he refused to change out of them.
Sunday, September 4, 2011
Emily is in 3rd grade this year. She has a planner and is very responsible. She will still take piano and dance as well.
Nathaniel was pretty worried about going to middle school, but I kept telling him he would love it. I was right! He did! We had taken him to the open house so he had a pretty good idea about where his classes were. The school is downtown and it has four floors! He said he found his way around and that he enjoys his classes and is making new friends.
I'm so glad the school year is off to a great start! Jonathan and I enjoy our quiet days on Monday and Friday when Daniel is at preschool. Jonathan even goes to "baby school"--he goes to Mom's Morning Out on Wednesdays at the same place where Daniel goes to preschool, from 9:30am-1:30pm. It's wonderful and he loves it!
Sunday, August 28, 2011
Jonathan's birthday was on the 13th. We had a family celebration at home. He got some cute new toys and he loves them. He really loves to wear this cute Elmo shirt--he'll pull it out of the drawer and hand it to me to put on him. I can't believe he is 2 already! I'm so grateful he is walking, and he is trying harder to talk these days.
Enjoying his birthday cake
Andrew turned 6 on the 18th and we had a party for him with a few friends at the house. He had fun going to Publix with me to choose his birthday cake, and we also got him a helium canister so that we could have balloons at the party. He chose a Phineas and Ferb theme.
Tuesday, August 23, 2011
Jonathan loved sitting by the river and watching the kids fish. He sat happily on his little rock the whole time.
Andrew loved fishing and helping Daddy take care of the poles and bait.
Nathaniel was quite the fisherman. He and Michael walked down the river our first day there; that is where Michael caught his trout.
Emily, looking pretty as always. She has her new orthodontic appliance in, called a twin block. The goal is to bring her jaw out where it is supposed to be. Anyway, she enjoyed fishing just as much as the boys.
Daniel served as the entertainment.
Andrew fell into the river--right after I turned off the video camera. I think we could have made it onto America's Funniest Videos if I had been recording it. He wasn't hurt, and he was pretty excited about getting all wet.
The kids really enjoyed this swing on the porch at the cabin. Another fun thing they enjoyed was tying a rope to a basket and lowering things down from the loft in the cabin. They overheard me tell Michael that they had created their own dumbwaiter, and so from then on they called it the dumb-evator.