Thursday, December 1, 2016

New Room

When Clare turned nine, we redecorated her room.  Jane and Syd's ninth birthday is fast approaching, and a room redo was requested!

This is how they looked the last time we redecorated.

Time for a change!

We decided to let them pick out the paint color, and then we surprised them with everything else.   Casey painted the room last weekend, and while they were at school today, I put the room together.  I was so excited for them to see it!

I made them wait until Casey got home from work to go in!

They loved it!

My almost nine year olds!!

Sydney wrote us this note earlier in the week before she had seen the new room.  Sure makes doing things for them more fun when they are excited about the results!

Sky Ranch

At our elementary school, the fifth graders go to Sky Ranch for two nights in the fall.  It is a science "field trip," and they leave on a Wednesday and return on Friday before school is out.  I remember when it seemed like forever before my kids would be old enough for this trip, but lo and behold, this is Clare's year!

I attended with Clare as a chaperone, and we had a great time. We got to zip line! 

Here is Clare with one of her best friends.  It was a really pretty place, and we had great weather for most of our stay.  It rained on the last day, which meant we didn't get to horseback ride.  That was a bummer, but what can you do?

This was our cabin of girls.  It was a good group, and thankfully, they were all pretty worn out each night!

After the learning sessions, there was time for fun.  Clare enjoyed this "jumping pillow!"

I wasn't really sure what to expect when I signed up to go on this trip.  I was pleasantly surprised at the trip.  I enjoyed the time with Clare, and it was fun to get out of town. 

It'll be Jane and Sydney's turn before I know it!

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Halloween 2016

This might be my last year for my kids to all be willing to dress in a theme!  Clare was making grumblings about this being her last year to dress up at all....we'll see.

With all that said, we made the most of this year.  Emojis were the costume choice.  Graham really wanted to be a ninja, so we compromised and made him a ninja emoji!!

We did Trunk or Treat on Sunday night at church, and then trick or treated on Halloween with our neighbors.

The kids loved trick or treating this year.  Graham really loved it!  He wanted to keep going and going!  They got an insane amount of candy....this is just Sydney's stash.

Halloween 2016 is in the books!

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Anyone there? Hello?

It's been so long!  I really love having this blog to look back at, but I have been terrible at updating it.  We've had a busy fall with school, kids' after school activities, and me going back to work part time!  I'm going to make an effort to do better here, though!

Here's what's been happening:
The kids had costume day at school.  We had a nerd, a pirate, and a cat!

Graham has now lost two teeth!

 Jane has been drawing a lot lately.  I think she's pretty awesome!!!

Clare got her braces off!  Yay!

My kids were rock stars while getting their flu shots!!  Love Syd's face here!

Cool face painting!

We cooked hot dogs and s'mores outside.  The kids always love eating outside!

Halloween is only a few days away....I'll be sure to post our costume pics!

Friday, September 16, 2016

Back in the Saddle

We just finished our fourth week of school, but I'm just now getting around to posting pictures of the first day. 

Everyone was excited on the first morning of school!

Can't believe that Clare is a 5th grader!

Sydney was ready with a goofy smile for her first day of third grade!

Jane was excited...and nervous!

And my last kindergartener!

All four at the same school for two years!

The first week was a tough one for Graham.  He was dealing with some pretty serious separation anxiety, and he has a very sensitive stomach. The combination of those two things made it a fairly stressful time around our house.  I'm so thrilled to say that he turned the corner during the second week,  and has since been really happy about going to school. 

The girls had a great first week!  They enjoy having their little brother up at school with them.Now that we are a month in, everyone has fallen into our new "school routine." I am hoping they all have a great year!

Monday, August 29, 2016

Colorado 2016

In early August, we took our annual trip to Colorado!  It's one of my favorite weeks of the year!  Of course, we had to do our annual picture of Jane in her spot!

Look how she's grown!

One of the highlights this year was our first camping trip!  Nathan, Brody, Pop, and our family camped out for one night. 

Here we are all....with all of our supplies!

We had a beautiful campsite!

So much cousin fun!

These cousins have been having fun in Colorado for many years!

It was COLD in the morning!  So thankful for this fire!

Our first campout was a success!  Perhaps an annual event?

One day, the boys took all the kids fly fishing!  They were all successful!

On Friday morning, the kids and LoLo had a lemonade stand!  They had lots of visitors, and the kids were thrilled with their earnings!

It was a great week, and we headed back home in time to get ready for school!