Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Rachel is 11!

For Rachel's birthday this year, we decided to do a mini-cousin swap. We like to meet at the Wendy's in Youngstown...not sure the people who work there like it quite as much, because our kids can get pretty loud:)
This time, I took Karen back with me and I sent Hannah, Nathan, and Aaron up to Ohio. Pretty good deal, I'd say.

Plus, it was so good for these two to have some time together. They are spending lots of time online chatting together, playing games and writing stories. I love that they are friends.

 Christian made them fun shaped pancakes for breakfast, and helped them build a huge blanket fort in the basement.
 On Saturday we took the girls to Sky Zone.
 We drove up to Madison on Sunday to swap back, and had a yummy cake for Rachel and Uncle Jonathan. Why can't Rachel do a normal face for pictures???
 On her actual birthday, we did Joker's Cafe, which is becoming a regular tradition.

 Daddy was the server, while I prepped the plates in the kitchen.
 Her homemade cake was a bit of a disaster, but we were all so full, we didn't really mind.
Happy birthday, Crazy girl!

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Look at me, posting again!

Last Saturday we took the kids to a Hibachi restaurant. Its something Christian has wanted to do for a long time, as much for the entertainment as for the food. The kids loved it.
There is a new place open by the mall. We went for lunch, and even brought the neighbor kid, Titan, who refused to eat anything (even the Sprite the chef wanted to quirt in his mouth). Our chef, who called himself Harry, as in Harry Potter, was awesome, the best I've seen, especially in how he included the kids. His cooking/show had lots of fire, including lighting his hat on fire. (The boys loved that when they told him his hat was on fire, he said, 'I don't care.' Then they had to figure out how he did the trick.) Harry asked Aaron to come behind the grill and try flipping an egg. Aaron didn't want to, but Nathan was happy to try. He got to use the flat spatula to try and catch an egg spinning on the grill and flip it up in the air. He did a great job--despite ended up with some scrambled egg.

The chef also chopped up bits of brocoli and had each of us try to catch it in our mouths. If we caught it, he's give us a squirt of Sprite (tried to give us Saki--had to explain we don't drink!). I'm proud to say I caught mine in the second try! Rachel, Nathan, and Aaron also caught it.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Christmas 2014

Merry Christmas! If you follow me on Instagram or Facebook, most of this will be a repeat...but I'm still like blogging for keeping records, so here goes...

 We had a fun gingerbread house-making party at our friends, the Giamo's, home.

 If you got a Christmas card from us this year (and not everyone did...we need to update our address list), chances are one of my kids addressed the envelope. I'm a big fan of child labor.
 Aaron got new, adorable reading glasses, which he usually forgets to wear.
Hannah and I finally got around to refinishing the desk we gave her for her birthday. Its darling, she picked all the colors and the handles, and its perfect for her room. She uses it for art projects.

Any of you with daughters know how hard it is to find cute, modest, age appropriate clothes that fit. This year it was a bit of a saga, looking for and trying on dresses. We love this Target dress we found...although I swear she's grown since we gave it to her for Christmas, and it will be too short soon.
 While in Ohio for New Years, Hannah got to go to a special viewing of the Meet The Mormons movie, with a question and answer session with Jenna Kim Jones, who narrates (and who happens to be related to the Stake RS Pres.).

Merry Christmas! I thought our tree was pretty. 

 Rachel has been begging for over a year for a guitar. Now we just have to teach her how to play it--and neither of us know now! Silly Santa--what was he thinking?

We were fortunate to have lots of time with friends and family over the holidays, despite being sick. (AGAIN. This winter has been AWFUL!) We went caroling with the Mitchells,  spent Christmas Eve  with the Tames, had lots of friends over on Christmas day, had a fun couples-only ugly sweater party (yeah, I forgot to take good photos...), and spent New Years in Ohio with the cousins.

The Green Cafe is becoming a standard cousin activity.
 This year, platypus was on the menu.
 We had a big Foosball tournament with the missionaries on New Years Eve. I'm pretty sure Isaac and an Elder won, even though Isaac decided he didn't want to finish the game.

 And, I finished it all up with this cute craft project for Natalie's bedroom.

Monday, December 1, 2014

The last few weeks in (mostly) pictures

pumpkin carving--
 the youth service project--

 Aaron's class party--
 Halloween night at our house--
 Then the Wesels came to visit from Michigan--

 And our dishwasher broke and caused a flood--

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Summer, in Pictures

End of school water fight...
 Aaron's soccer team
 Nathan's minecraft cake (with cousins)
 Rachel, climbing the rock wall
 In Michigan, catching up with friends...

 Spending time at the Wesel's lake house

 Playing frisbee with friends...and wondering why one shoe is foaming... (turns out he left his shoes under our laundry detergent, so the shoe doesn't have rabies, its just really, really clean).
 Celebrating the 4th of July

 More playtime at the lake house (thanks, Wesels!)

 Watching fireworks from the boat--so awesome!

 Sending off a Tangled-style floating lantern

 I took a Mommy-only trip to Seattle

 Visited with my brother and his kids
 Turned him into a cartoon character (doesn't he look 12 years old?!!)

 I had to spend time near the water--smells like Seattle!

 Detroit has the weirdest airport! It was playing video game music, too!
 Another frisbee date!
 We hosted a big activity  for the Activity Day girls, about what it means to be a daughter of God.
 They wrote nice things about each girl on posters.
 BBQ in the rain...because he is hardcore.

 At the Kirtland temple quarry (Hannah crashed a YW activity--getting ready to turn 12 this next month!)
 Playing with cousins in Ohio
 Swimming with cousins in Ohio

 Summer craftiness
Crazy costumes
 A family day at Kennywood
 Just a little wet,...
 Lots of baking with new friends this summer :)
 And a nice sunburn...

Happy Summer, ya'll!