Saturday, November 12, 2016

Crazy Hair day

This was for crazy hair day at the kids school.  I always forget until the morning of so it's s bit of a scramble.  I did a quick internet search for Sadie's hair.  It turned out ok.  There are ping pong balls hidden in it.  :)  I love that my kids aren't afraid to wear their hair crazy for an entire day at school. 

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Primary Program

Here are my kids before this year's primary program.  I am in the presidency and we were barely called in August.  So it has been a whirlwind trying to write the program, put it together and being in charge of the Halloween party just a few days before the program.  It made for a busy week.  But we got to the church 30 minutes early (I was by myself because Rob was picking up the young men to prepare the sacrament) and I decided to snap this picture because I love my kids.  They are amazing.  Sadie is so helpful and realized that I needed a little bit of extra help that morning because I was a bit stressed out.  Thanks you Sadie.  She filled up Riley's water when we went inside because I had to run into the chapel to make sure all the chairs were set up the way we wanted them. 

I guess they were all set up already from the day before so I just went up and made sure things were in order.  Of course, my kids followed me up there.  I didn't really notice though because they were being very quiet.  So I was talking to the primary president when someone said that we needed to "get her off of there."  It was only then that I noticed Riley had made her way over to the piano and was very quietly playing on the keys.  Oh boy.  So I went over and took her back to our seat and she proceeded to scream at the top of her lungs for the next 10 minutes.  I preferred the quiet piano playing.  So I took her out into the hallway and finally Rob showed up and was able to help.  Things from then on went awesome.  The kids said and sang their testimonies so beautifully.  I was moved to tears during some of the songs.  I'm so glad I'm able to work with the kids in our primary.  They are amazing examples to me.  But I'm sure glad we only do that once a year!  :)

Cookie decorating

I'm glad that I have friends who like decorating cookies because otherwise we don't really do it.  My friend Robyn wanted to decorate cookies so she said she could make them and I told her we could do it at my house and I would provide frosting.  :)  Yum.  I'm glad that some friends could come enjoy the morning decorating cookies with us.

 This was my masterpiece.  Sugar cookie with chocolate fudge frosting.  Yum.

And Riley couldn't stay out of the sprinkles. 

Pumpkin patch and pumpkin carving

 We went to the pumpkin patch with the kids on the Saturday before Halloween.  it was such a nice day outside.  Short sleeves and shorts at the end of October??   I love it!

 They had a few animals for the kids to touch and feed.  WE didn't bring any quarters for the food, so the kids just gathered the pieces that people had dropped.  he he.

 Riley was loving it.  When the cow licked her hand, it left it totally slobbery.  gross.

 This goat was trying to reach the machine that gives out the food.

 And the llamas are always one of my faves.

 Cute little ghosts.

 And Riley didn't want to be left out.

Then we went home and washed and carved our pumpkins.  It was fun to be able to do it on our driveway so the mess stayed outside.  The kids did pretty good (with the exception of one...) cleaning out their pumpkins.  And we have been enjoying the yummy seeds since that evening.

 Our set up. 

 I love this picture...Riley chilling in the chair, Rob helping Zac, and Sadie and Emery working hard cleaning their pumpkins out.  This is my life...and I love it.

 I'll let you guess by these pictures which one didn't enjoy the clean out part.

 Emery sat here and played in the bowl of pumpkin guts for a long time.  She loved it.

 And here are all of our pumpkins.  Thank you to Sadie for all the close up shots.

I love traditions.

On the way to Costco

On our way to Costco, Riley had a couple of hand stamps.  When we got there, this is what she looked like.  Ha ha!  She had put stamps on her eyelids, her nose and her lips.  Apparently she thought it was makeup.  The checkout lady at Costco thought it was pretty hilarious...which it is. 

Monday, November 7, 2016


 This year for Halloween, the kids wanted to be people from Star Wars.  So we went to the store and bough Sadie and Zac their costumes.  Zac wanted to be BB8 at first, but when I saw that the costume was 45 dollars (!!) I showed him the stormtrooper costume and it didn't take any convincing.  He didn't want BB8 anymore.  :)  Emery wanted to be R2D2, so I had to figure out how to do that.  I had been thinking about how to make it into a dress and when I got onto one of my favorite blogs there was a tutorial right there for me to follow! It was amazing.  Here it is if anyone wants to do it themselves.  I still needed a costume for Riley, so I decided to just follow the R2D2 tutorial but try to make it look like BB8.  It turned out so cute.  I love them!

Anyway, our ward had a trunk or treat activity that we went to and then we went trick or treating on Halloween.  We got way too much candy, but the kids all looked cute and had a great time.  Luke and Taylor joined us for trick or treating which we always love and he looked so cute dressed as a little Ego waffle.  :) 

 Kassie and Emery helped me make some spiderweb chocolate pretzels.

 The spiders didn't turn out so great, but the webs looked good and tasted yummy.

 Emery was so happy when I told her that her costume was *almost* done.

 Here they are in my sewing room. I left the R2d2 one standing up all like that and then I about had a heart attack when I went into my sewing room late at night in the dark and saw it standing there. ha ha.

 I was in charge of the Halloween party for the ward so we got to go to Costco and buy 300 rolls.  This is what it looks like in the cart.  The girls were loving being buried in rolls.  

Now onto a ton of pictures of the kids in their costumes.

 For the Halloween trunk or treat I was festive and dressed up as Ray.  But then someone showed up with a way better costume and they had a staff.  Oh well.  ha ha.

 Rob was feeling left out because he didn't have a costume.  I told him to grab the fake mustache.  I couldn't stop laughing.

 The library had these fun backdrops for photos.  I had to laugh looking back at these pictures because non of their hair is combed, but they still look adorable.

 My little star wars clan.  

 Rob's mom made us this awesome Star Wars quilt so it had to appear in our picture.

 Once again, Rob threw something on so he wasn't the only one not dressed up.  ha ha  So funny. But I must say he makes a very handsome Flash.

 All the kids before they took off for trick or treating.  And I heard that Riley and William literally ran from house to house.  Cute kids.

Then William tried on Emery's R2D2 costume.  Cute little droids!

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

William and Riley - warning...picture overload

 The last time I took all of my pictures off of my phone, I realized something.  I don't take as many pictures as I used to...and most of the pictures that I had taken are on Tuesdays and Thursdays- when William is here.  William and Riley are just so fun to follow around with my camera.  I've gotten a few fun videos too.  They are best friends these days.  They are getting really good at sharing.  I love hearing the conversations they have with each other.  They really do keep me laughing all day, but they also keep me on my toes.  Last week I walked down into my sewing room (they had been left alone in there all of 2 minutes) and I saw an opened brown marker and an opened sharpie on the floor.  I told them to show me where they colored and they took me right to it.  All over my sewing table.  ha ha.  I had them help me wipe it off (as well as we could) and then had a good laugh about it. 

 Thursday is our garbage day.  So we try to watch out the window when he comes.

 These kids are experts at finding comfortable places to lay down.  

 We went on a walk and William pointed out all the airplanes...

 While Riley found places to lay down. 

 Like I said...they are experts.

 They also love to wear these glasses.  William always makes sure that Riley has a pair if he has one on.

 And this is what happens when they sneak into the garden. Let's get a closer look at the shall we?

 Yeah.  Riley's eyebrows were a darker shade the whole rest of the day.

 One day I got to watch 3 two year olds for a whole day.  I was a little worried about nap time, but they all slept for about 2 hours at the same time!  Woo hoo!

 I think he liked the orange glasses the best.

 Enjoying some smiles and smarties on the carpet.


 Checking out the bats after we hung them up.

 They also love to play in the bath tub.  They take the soap (dry) and wash each others bellies.  Its adorable.

 William loves that green care bear. Also he loves to try on any accessories he finds laying around. And there are usually a lot since we have 3 girls!  Here he found Emery's church shoes.
 And here he found a pink hat.

Here they are sharing a little bit of my morning smoothie.  How cute.

I'm sure going to miss having William around if Luke and Taylor end up moving after he graduates.  It sure has been fun having him come over so much!