March 2o15 Highlights

It was a big birthday month for us, first my Dad turned 70 – Trish & I decided to fly down to Arizona to surprise him, it didn’t take much convincing for me, as I was in a perpetual state of coldness! I have no idea how, but my Mom kept it a secret – you should have seen his face (and heard what he said) when we appeared on their back patio!

Dad had already planned a boat trip on Canyon Lake, Aunt Ginny & Uncle Mike have a place in the same neighborhood and Aunt Betty & Uncle Gary were visiting as well.

I wasn’t really looking that forward to sitting in a boat for 4 hours, I’d rather be hiking these canyons but it was really fun

We went to a spring training baseball game, it was 90 degrees, we had perfect seats in the shade, it was glorious!  Mom’s cousin got us the tickets and we went out to dinner with them too.

Aren’t they adorable!

Oh, I love it out there!

The other reason I came, Slickables in Tempe . . . choose your own homemade cookies, choose your ice cream and make an “out of this world” ice cream sandwich!

I only chew gum when I’m flying, the kids never really chew it – I know I’m weird but I don’t care for the sugar (the boys have bad teeth) or the chemicals in the sugar-free stuff. I saved 3 pieces of Bubble Yum (or something like that) for the kids. What I didn’t anticipate was the hilarity of them having no idea how to blow bubbles! It took a long time but Mari & Tobin finally were able to make small ones, Ez – never even got a small one!

We celebrated Kelly’s birthday

And, Mari’s birthday, she had a Sound of Music theme this year, can’t believe we have a teenager!

I took this picture and then made a silhouette for the cake and some games for her friend party


We had Shamrock shakes (of course)

And, not sure how, but we somehow escaped all dioramas . . .  until this year. I quickly decided that Grandma Sandy would love to work on this with him, she loves to play with the Cricut, and so does Tobin. Check out how cool it is!

February 2o15 highlights

Hooray, a snow day

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We meet Trish in the middle for some bowling & ohhh, shamrock shakes150219_bowlingshamrockshakes_027 150219_bowlingshamrockshakes_054 150219_bowlingshamrockshakes_062 150219_bowlingshamrockshakes_077

some highlights from Ezra’s ping pong party


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Kelly, of course, won the tourney (him & Ezra in the final)150222_ezrabirthdayparty_097

Uncle Rob won the best decorated ping pong ball (and those are Ezra’s dirty names, not Robs)150222_ezrabirthdayparty_112

Grandpa aggressively missing the ball, one of my all-time favorite pictures!150222_ezrabirthdayparty_119

The birthday boy, love that smile!


Tobin’s trip to the Capital

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And, check this out, there is a style of photography call Tilt Shift or miniature photography — you can buy a special lens or you can “fake” it, this was shot from up high overlooking the House of Reps room, isn’t it cool, I wasn’t even trying! Those are all full size desks and such:)150223_capitalfieldtrip_024

Ezra played indoor soccer


And, these are terrible images but it’s so rare that I actually get him scoring



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You can see the yellow ball in the back of the net150228_ezraindoorsoccer_028

And, Tobin, seriously, what else could he fit in his bed! 150228_tobinsleeping_001 150228_tobinsleeping_003

January 2015 Highlights

We taught the kids how to play euchre, I can only go to 5 points with them, totally lose my patience! I’m trying to teach them to be always paying attention and be ready, nothing worse than playing slow euchre! So, when Jenna came over and knew how to play – Jackpot, they could play without me:)150101_JennaVisit_005

A family game with my new favorite board game – Ticket to Ride


Our annual picture in front of the Christmas Tree, which almost always happens after the ornaments are off and I remember we haven’t taken it yet

150102_JennaVisit_006Love this picture of them all reading in Mari’s bed, she has them all reading How to Train your Dragon books

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A “too cold to go to school day”, calls for making pancakes


And, some mandatory reading time


And, some “you need to go outside” time, not even sure who this 3rd boy is??


I volunteered to go to the State Capital for the boys’ field trip, not realizing they were going on separate days – back to back, ugh, so I was pretty excited for the snow day that cancelled Ezra’s. He wasn’t too happy when Tobin got to go the next day, but we’re rescheduled for February.150109_CapitalFieldTrip_044

It was very cool, love the architecture


Some sledding/snowboarding

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Some friends came over and spent so much time lining up our Teddy Bear Dominoes and City Blocs all over the basement, and they kept having to restart it, it was quite a scene150115_AveryJennaVisit_007


Oh so excited to get some oranges from Grandma & Grandpa’s backyard tree, we are so spoiled with these!

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Building snow guards for the eventual snow ball fight

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December 2014 Highlights

Grandma & Grandpa came to visit before their migration (thats what Mari calls it) to Arizona 141202_GrandmaGrandpaVisit_028141202_GrandmaGrandpaVisit_019141202_GrandmaGrandpaVisit_011

We headed to Camp for Sleigh Bell Weekend and had another great year starting the Christmas season out right


Grandma & Grandpa (the other set) came for the first time, we were excited to have them join our special weekend!141205_SleighbellWeekend_021141205_SleighbellWeekend_008

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And, Pam & Rob & family came too!

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We even stayed for the fireworks after the parade this year141206_SleighbellWeekend_299

Back at home, I used a little child labor to get our Christmas cards assembled141215_ChristmasCards_004

And, our church did a gingerbread factory



The Little People Nativity set gets pulled out every Christmas141209_SleighbellWeekend_370

And, every Christmas Mari plays with it!


The kids decided to do a neighborhood Secret Santa and made cupcakes141222_SecretSantas_001 141222_SecretSantas_022141222_SecretSantas_007


Dressing up for a church program


Some Christmas cookie making


Christmas Eve


Christmas morning

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I set up the interval timer on our camera again so we all got to be in the pictures141225_ChristmasMorning_040 141225_ChristmasMorning_046 141225_ChristmasMorning_077 141225_ChristmasMorning_100 141225_ChristmasMorning_109

And, Kelly’s family came over to celebrate


We had a 2500 piece puzzle about 1/3 done and they became obsessed with it!141225_Christmas_009

I guess Bernie would be our nephew;) He is such an awesome dog!141225_Christmas_012 141225_Christmas_045 141225_Christmas_057141225_Christmas_013

Building with nano blocks, the smallest legos you’ve ever seen!

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New bean bags for Christmas


A new super fun game called Ticket to Ride that we can all play141231_ChristmasGifts_001

Mari got more books


Ezra got a rubik’s cube and him & Kelly spent a long time with computer printouts figuring out how to solve it141231_ChristmasGifts_036

And, during the break we headed to Aunt Trisha’s for some fun141230_CousinVisit_060 141230_CousinVisit_062 141230_CousinVisit_068 141230_CousinVisit_073

Happy New Year (at about 9:30 at night)


And, Kelly beat me yet again in our annual game of Trivial Pursuit:(


November 2014 Highlights

Woo hoo, another month!

We visited my parents farm and brought friends for some combine rides

My mom doing her magical baby thing, this one was a little too small to be excited about a combine ride;)

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And, since I did 17 shoots this month, it seemed like I wasn’t taking any pix of our family so got some “every day” stuff141126_EverydayStuff_019 141126_EverydayStuff_009

We got Clue out, I’ve had it in the basement for years waiting for them to get old enough141127_EverydayStuff_104

When Mari gets bored, she plays solitaire, with actual cards!


Music break . . .

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Thanksgiving at Aunt Faye & Uncle Al’s, and there is always picture worthy food!

This super cool veggie tray was put together by Pam & Rob141127_Thanksgiving_006

Aunt Faye and her beautiful table



The whole gang


And, we decorated for Christmas, I hardly need to do an ornament anymore, they do need some motivation to finish, but I let them do it however they want.


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