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Family Fun on the 4th

Family Fun on the 4th

Hybrid layout created with a digital kit called Independence made by Jen from Girl Boy Girl Designs.  This was from July 4th at the lake last year.

Cheerleading at Thanksgiving

Cheerleading at Thanksgiving

Instead of passing out on the sofa after eating Thanksgiving dinner, we went outside to try out some new cheerleading skills led by Myrisa, Maygan and Allie. Chace, Madeline, Mallory and Lael, the amateurs, were fast learners! There was plenty of other fun to be […]

Easter

Easter

We spent Easter weekend at the lake this  year.  It was really nice just to hang out with the family, not worry about getting all dressed up to go to church and all that.  Plus, the huge yard has so many hiding places for eggs!!  The twins were their usual way competitive selves while hunting eggs though, so it almost made that part not fun.  It is always like that with them.  They are competitive about everything – but egg hunting takes it to a whole other level.

New Years Eve

New Years Eve

Aimee and Chris invited us up to their house for New Years Eve.  Their parties are always fun, so of course we were in!  Chace already had plans to go to Raymond’s house for a party.  But, they didn’t invite any girls so I asked […]

Christmas Card Photos

Christmas Card Photos

FINALLY!  I’ve been trying to get a photo for our Christmas cards for 2 weeks now!  I coerced the family into posing for me once, but we were losing light quickly and I didn’t want to use the flash.  That meant that everyone had to […]

Cookie Party

Cookie Party

Aimee invited the kids up to her house after school today to decorate cookies.  She had already made them the day before with Poppy and Jamie but ran out of time to decorate them.  The older kids got home from school, so she thought she’d just make it a party!  Catherine provided the tubes of icing, I provided the sprinkles and Aimee provided the table, and consequently got the bad end of the deal, because she had the mess too!!  And let me tell you, there was quite a mess – multicolored sprinkles EVERYWHERE!  Anyway, the kids had a blast as you can see from their creations.

Christmas Decor

Christmas Decor

I had so much fun decorating for Christmas this year. Todd said that I was like a little girl, so excited. It’s true – it was fun. Most of our things had been in storage for so long, that with each new box that I […]

Carving Pumpkins

We’ve had our pumpkins for weeks now.  But, somehow we almost let Halloween slip up on us without getting them carved.  We finally brought them inside to carve the night before Halloween.  Caeden and Lael both picked out their designs after much, much discussion and […]

Halloween Party

We had the most fabulous party ever!  Yes, it was a lot of trouble, trying to plan it with 3 different people’s input, but in the end it was well worth it!  Catherin, Julie and I joined forces to throw the first ever annual Halloween party.  We started at Catherine’s house for a Costume Parade and Contest.  The kids paraded around the cul-de-sac and then they all won awards for various categories.  Lael won for “Most Terrifying”, Caeden won for “Most Realistic”  They were both happy with those results.  After that, they were led to the backyard where there were goody bags hidden.  Catherine had hid extras, just to be on the safe side.  But, of course that meant that some kids came running up with 2, 3, or more goody bags.  We had to convince them that each guest only gets one bag, and they had to put the others back.

Next up was Julie’s house.  She had some awesome games planned.  The first was the most hilarious, I think.  “Turn Daddy into Mummy”  Each family was given toilet paper rolls and they had to wrap Dad up like a mummy, then all the Dads had to run a race.  Hysterical!  Next was the Pumpkin Carry Relay.  Simple enough right?  small pumpkins held on even smaller spoons, given to children who are supposed to relay race.  Lots of pumpkins hit the ground, but that’s ok, just made it more funny!  Finally was “Pass the Pumpkin”  Julie brought out her iPod stereo, got all the kids in a circle and they started passing pumpkins around.  I was in charge of the music, and I kept forgetting that I was supposed to be stopping the music!  Lael and Dylan were the two left at the end – Yay!

Our house was next.  The kids took off before I could even say Go – so by the time I got there most of them were already in the backyard standing in front of a doughnut on a string.  This game involved yummy treats!  The first child to eat their doughnut without using their hands won a prize.  It was much harder than I thought, but most of them prevailed, eating every last bit of their doughnut.  Next we played Toss the ring around the pumpkin stem.  I got embroidery hoops for them to use to toss, which weren’t really heavy enough to toss.  Oh well, they had fun anyway!  Finally, I had bought face paint to paint on their cheeks or hands.  When I first started painting the first child, I immediately had a circle of a dozen kids chanting, “Me next, I want a ghost, I want a pumpkin, It’s my turn…..”  Thankfully, Aimee stepped in to help.  By the time we finished with that it was time to eat.  We had more than enough food, which is usually the case with parties, but it’s better to have leftovers than not enough!!  After everyone ate, the kids drew with sidewalk chalk, pulled each other in the wagons, or rode bikes and skooters.

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