Thursday, February 20, 2014

Colby's 9th Birthday

Colby's 9th birthday started with a donut breakfast in bed and gifts of Skylander Swap Force (which would prove to be the theme for the rest of the day). We had his party at the Pratt Teen Center, which was kind of like our own personal YMCA for two hours. The highlights were foosball, air hockey, pool, and big-screen video games, plus pizza and chocolate cake. For party favors, Colby and I made paracord bracelets for all his guests, including friends from school, church and home. Success! My sweet, handsome, silly boy is officially 9!

Friday, February 14, 2014

New Year's 2014

New Year's Eve ended up not happening exactly as we had planned. We were going to spend it with the Hopkins. I had my games and crafts and food assignments all ready to go, but then the stomach flu hit our house. The kids were all pretty much over it by the time the holiday arrived, but that's when I started coming down with it. The kids were so devastatingly disappointed that we couldn't go to the party, that I knew laying around and feeling sick was not an option. So we made the hats and played the games, and I did my best to make the food, but that was the hardest part. Chopping vegetables to make homemade salsa was totally vomitrocious. I hope the kids at least made some happy memories :)

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Christmas 2013

Our first Christmas in Kansas was very happy...complete with snow and a surprise (for the kids) visit from Grandma Gordon. This is a picture of the kids acting out the nativity, unprompted by me - I thought the costumes they came up with were pretty great (although, who knows what Reed was supposed to be). The rest of the pictures are from Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. We opened our new pajamas to sleep in (as per usual) while we waited for Santa to come. Opening the presents Christmas morning was very exciting for our five very eager kids. I've always loved just sitting back and watching their enthusiasm spill over. The room filled up with much more than just wrapping paper! Nolan and Colby got BB guns this year (when in Kansas...!). For Hanna it was the year of "My Little Ponies." Liam got what he had been asking for since before the season began - Hulk hands and a play kitchen. Reedy was happy with a few trains and a "Perry the Platypus" pillow pet. Scott and I actually bought each other gifts for the first time since the kids came and the schooling began - a stereo dock for me (I love it) and a fancy watch for him. Even Grandma Gordon got new jammies and a stuffed stocking with little gifts from the kids.

After gorging ourselves on the gooiest breakfast I know how to make, we went out to play in the snow and shoot guns in the woods. The rest of the day was spent cooking and eating. Scott got in on the action for Christmas dinner and produced our most exciting culinary creation to date...a prime rib roast with hot au jus that was absolutely mouth watering. We plan to make that a permanent Christmas tradition. Since we invited two sets of missionaries to Christmas dinner, we had to set up some church tables in the basement to make everyone fit, which meant we had to decorate the ugly, smelly basement. Scott tackled the lights in the rafters and I tackled the smell with some hard-core candles. It wasn't ugly or smelly when we were done! And dinner was awesome!

Christmas Cookies

These may have been too big to qualify as cookies. And no, I did not make them from scratch. But at least we squeezed some store-bought holiday fun into our busy month!

Monday, February 10, 2014

Let it Snow!

These pictures are from back in the beginning of winter when we were wishing, hoping and pining for a white Christmas, and a free day off of school, and a snow man in the front yard, and all of those things people who live outside of Arizona talk about. Well, our snow day came and it was all we wanted, complete with sunshine so it wasn't even cold. Once we got bored with our own front yard, we took the sleds to the top of our steep street which was conveniently icy, and had a total blast sledding. Even Reedy had a few rides. Liam just kept somersaulting through the snow like a puppy. Seriously, such a fun day.