Monday, January 15, 2018

Happy New Year!

I took zero pictures on Christmas, and feel absolutely no guilt about it. Best present of the year? Indoor foam pogo jumpers. (Mark and I bought more for ourselves...)
For New Year's Eve and New Year's Day, we played board games. The new favorite is Robo Rally. Even Kai gets into that one!
Brittany left us some Pop-its, but it was WAY too cold to go outside and throw them. The kids solved that problem by opening the front door just far enough to throw them out. Only a few popped back in.

All of the boys made it to midnight. They decided it wasn't worth it.

Kai made it to midnight by trying to refill the poppers we had done at 10 (thinking the kids would go to bed soon after).

Abi started the morning by finding her own food.

One of the kids had doctor's orders to do a bowel clean out. We attempted to make it more fun. (At least some of us had more fun.)

Apparently, these guys don't like red pears.

But Abi is a fan of most other fruit.

Mark got a router and table for his birthday. Abi helped set it up.

What's a new year without new shoes?! Kai had something very specific in mind: green slip on sneakers. I looked EVERYWHERE, and couldn't find any he liked. So, I painted some canvas sneakers from Wal-Mart. He's beyond thrilled. Abi was jealous. Found my new calling in life: shoe designer...

Saturday, December 23, 2017

I Scream, You Scream

Jon has had some big struggles in school this year. His teacher has been awesome in working with us, and we finally got the right outside help too, but it's been a rough ride for him. Last week, he hit a goal we knew was crazy difficult for him, so we went straight out for ice cream on the way home from school. So proud of him for persisting, even when it seemed impossible!
The other kids were pretty dang excited for him, even before they knew about the ice cream. It's nice that they each have a built-in cheering squad.

Saturday, December 16, 2017


Brittany borrowed our house for a gluten free Christmas cookie decorating party. It was super fun! We had a house full of kids running at top speed, adults drinking tons of wassail, and teens and young adults competing to decorate teeny gingerbread cookies. Thoroughly enjoyed by all, except the doggies who had to stay outside.

Thursday, November 30, 2017

I Tried

I really, really tried to get pictures of the big boys. I managed one selfie with Isaac, but Jon's one picture was blurry in such a way that it looked scary... So... It's the selfie plus the little guys again this post.

Kai wanted to do his makeup "just like" mine... Here's how mine turned out:

Here's his version:

Abi, showing off the Thanksgiving Llama that Kai made. (It's still gracing our front window)

All ready for church! Except that his slacks were in the wash... And his shirt didn't fit... But I think the velvet bowtie with the jeans fits that kid.

Abi, on the other hand, had to have a perfectly girlie, perfectly put together outfit. She's already quite picky about clothes and accessories...

Those two are ALWAYS together. It's a love-hate relationship, but I think most days are more on the love side.

Last, but not least, Kai made me a "bling pumpkin". I love it.

Friday, November 10, 2017

A glimpse

Here's a glimpse of how this week has gone:

We ended Family Home Evening early when three of us broke out in hives, and my lips swelled up. Luckily, Benadryl is always on hand, and works great! Identified the offending food when we had it again two nights later, and Isaac was sick to his stomach, and I had hives and my eye swelled shut. No more frozen pizza for us!
Abi finally slept through the night again!!! For the first time in months. Feeling a little less like a zombie.
Isaac learned not to procrastinate homework when he found out the due date was a day earlier than usual. After a late night and an early morning, there was still a page done hurriedly in the car on the way to school. Somehow, his handwriting was still beautiful. (That kid has amazing penmanship!)
Kai's teacher resigned this week, to take care of a (very) sick daughter. I thought he'd be devastated, since he loves her, but he took it in stride. He's excited to meet his new teacher, and has plans to send his old one some pictures in the mail.
There's a new family in our ward with a daughter Jon's age. They just tore out their kitchen, so we had them over for dinner. That girl wanted Jon's attention the whole evening. At first, he was glad to give it (she's really cute), but then he started getting grumpy. I asked him about it later, and was informed that "she's just too high maintenance to be my type."
Jeeves ate his coat. I guess he's going to be a little cold this winter.
We decided it was time for Valkyrie to be done with her service. The other four hens are a little relieved. Isaac wasn't ready to eat one of our own, so Mike and Brittany got the honors. Mark is still a little jealous.
Abi has learned to climb up, but not down. I've rescued her from the step ladder, the kitchen peninsula, her little table, a shipping box, and the step stool in the bathroom. I honestly didn't think she'd be as difficult a toddler as Kai was, but, apparently, I was wrong...

Here's a few pictures:

Saturday, October 28, 2017

Happy Halloween!

I know it's early, but our ward Trunk or Treat was last night, and that was really the big event for us. We had Harry Potter, Max (Jon's favorite self inspired super hero), a skeleton (when he puts on the hat, he says he's a paleontologist), and Rainbow Dash. Mark and I dressed up too, but our costumes totally didn't come off - We were aiming for Shaggy and Velma, but we came off as fat and frumpy. At least we had fun!
(Also, we found out the hard way that fun sized Butterfingers are gluten free, but mini sized are not.)