Thursday, March 27, 2014

Can You Say Slacker?

Seriously...what month is it?  And my last post was in reference to OCTOBER!  Some people blog daily.  Seriously.

So I am going to just start slapping down some pictures and calling it good.  Here we go.

When I willed myself to go into labor, I made sure that it was AFTER the Primary Program at Church on November 10 (my due date was the 11th).  Every year, the children from church do a program on a Sunday in the fall where they show what they have been learning about the whole year.  It is pretty much my favorite Sunday.  Asher has progressed from not participating at all his first year, sitting on the stand, but with his back to the congregation when the children sang his second year, to singing with the children, and ALMOST going up to say his lines this third year.  I can't wait for next year.  We don't take pictures during the program because it isn't a "show" and the church is a sacred place, but I did take these pictures of the kids with some of their friends.

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Celebrations And Halloween--October Part 3

One of our family traditions is to celebrate whenever someone leaves the baby stage.  Not a birthday celebration, but rather a celebration of accomplishment.  This time it was for Jude.  Usually, we take them out, just the child, JD & I, but Jude wanted everyone to come with us, and how could we refuse a family ice cream party.  Fun times were had by all.

 And Daphne sure enjoyed her first taste of ice cream.

No correlation at all, the boys had their first dental visits.  The first of several visits.  Our children were not blessed with the best teeth, poor guys.  We have been there several times already, and I am becoming buddies with all of the ladies in the office.

Ah ha!  Official first steps totally unassisted.  Looking back on this now, I can't believe that it wasn't long ago that she learned to walk, because now she is all over the place.

 For Halloween, despite all of the busy-ness, I was determine to make a few costumes, or at least compile items to create a costume out of them.  For Daphne, I found a Wonder Woman onesie a while back, and a gold belt in order to make the headband.  Jude and Silas were happy with costumes from Costco, thankfully, and Asher was set on being Link (Legend of Zelda).  The week before Halloween, I gathered things together to make the Link costume, only a few things really needed to be sewn, so I wasn't too worried.  Until....the day I needed the costume.  That would be the day that Jude walked into the living room and started apologizing.  "I'm sorry mommy, I broke your sewing machine.  I'm sorry,"  He was a bit sad about it, too.  Hmmm.  As I stood up, I reassured him that he probably didn't break it, but as I turned the corner into the kitchen, the evidence presented itself.  Scissors, and the sewing machine cord.  Uh, yeah, safe to say I was no longer able to complete the task of sewing parts of Asher's costume.  I was really grateful the plug hadn't been plugged in yet.
Luckily, my friend Demarae came to my aid and finished Asher's hat and other acessories, as well as made a little hat for me (I remember it has some fancy little name for this type of hat, but I totally can't remember what that name is right now).  And my mom was kind enough to go and get me a new plug.

 These are some of our best friends.  They were the Angry Birds for Halloween, and I hope they won an award for this.  The wife MADE these costumes from things she found at the thrift store.  So Awesome!

Here we are gathering our kids for a picture at the party we went to at church.  I love Halloween.  I wish it didn't sneak up on me the way it always does.  I would love to have to leisure time to make costumes for all of my kids.  Well, maybe I can at least make each of them a costume once in their lifetime.  That should suffice.  Right?

Saturday, February 1, 2014

Graduation--October Part 2

For some reason, people love pictures of food.  Forgive me that this picture is less than beautiful.  The food was amazing.

So my amazing husband FINALLY graduated.  His apprenticeship was a 5-year program, and technically, he was finished a year ago, but the graduation ceremony for his year was delayed a bit .

It was different than any graduation I have ever attended.  First of all, it was at the Claremont hotel.  Super classy place.  Upon arrival, graduates and their guests were taken to a room for drinks and appetizers for a little while, and then were taken into the large banquet room where we were served a lovely dinner
 JD's parents were there with us. (I was there too, but alas, I don't think I was in any pictures).

JD and this fellow were awarded the "Apprentice of the Year" awards for their respective brackets (JD was in the bracket ahead of this guy, I believe).  They were each asked to give a speech, like right there on the spot, to a room of, I don't know, 200 people.  I wish I had recorded JD's speech because he is incredible and eloquent.  Nothing was prepared, and he shared very kind words about the program, and about the unity of this trade.  We are so grateful that JD was guided to this trade, and grateful as well for the success he had during his training, and continues to have in every job where he has been assigned.

 These are pictures of JD's class with some of their instructors.  They were a great bunch, and I am sure they all miss each other.  Think about it, they were together for all of their classes for 5 years; that is more than a high school class!

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Pumpkins, Pumpkins, Pumkins---October Part 1

Still in catch-up mode, I should probably document everything that was done over the course of October.  Yet another month that was a bit of a blur because it was the last bit of my pregnancy. Most of the month was spent packing and painting at our new home ("new" meaning new to us....this house was built in the 50s, so it is not brand spankin' new, but many things about it are, in fact, brand SPANKIN new...I just like saying that).  Looking through these pictures though, we were definitely busy doing a few fun things on the side. 

Daphne discovered that if she removed things in the bathroom cupboard, she had a nice little place to hang out.

The coolest Uncle Sam said goodbye to all of us so that he could go on his mission to New Hampshire.  I am surprised this was our last picture with him.  He lived with us for a year, and was neither my child, nor my peer, exactly.  Somewhere in the middle.  In that year, he grew a lot, and we are excited for all that he will learn, and share as a missionary.  He is a very admirable young man.

October is never complete without a visit to our favorite pumpkin patch.  We LOVE this patch.  No frills, no carnival rides.  Pumpkins, pumpkins, pumpkins, a few obstacles to climb, and tons of space for little boys to run.  

The hay bale pyramid, climbing it, and jumping off of it, have become a tradition for our children.

 This is probably one of the few pictures of me and my pregnant belly and I can't believe Daphne has no shoes on.  I am sure someone will give me grief for that.  She was not quite walking at this point, so shoes were merely and inconvenience at that point, and not a necessity.

When you pumpkins, the next logical step is to carve them.  We let the boys tell us how they wanted them to be carved. Ninja Turtles, of course!  Except, we only had 3.

Somehow, the boys got a hold of my camera and decided to photograph each other (and in some cases, a few selfies).  The same thing happened with my mom's camera a few months ago.  I think she ended up with at least 50 pictures of the boys taking "earthquake" pictures.

I wish I had taken more pictures of the progress made at our new home (especially the kitchen remodel...seriously, amazing), but here is a picture of JD removing some shelving brackets from the room which will someday belong to the girls.  For now, the room is kind of a catch-all, and someday, I will actually be organized and get things done in there.  Like paint...and err, remove all the blue tape.

And then, there is always the need to go to a second pumpkin patch, this time with our homeschool friends.  So much fun.  I am always amazed that I am able to manage 4 kids sometimes (especially now that I have 5...I am not so adventurous right now, aside from an occasional trip to one place, and then promptly returning home).

And in case I get grief about Daphne being shoeless in this one, the boys were wearing flip flops, and all of us in short sleeves.  Seriously, it was like a summer day in late October.  It had to have been at least 80 degrees that day.  It was so nice out, and again, she wasn't walking yet.

I had to enlarge this one because their expressions are awesome.