For all of you former BYU friends, if you havent heard, there was a fire in the Provo Tabernacle early this morning. It nearly burned the whole thing down. The walls are still intact, but the roof collapsed, which means the inside is probably completely torched as well.
Sid and I got to go to the Nutcracker! We dressed up and made a big to do about it. It was so fun and she LOVED watching all the pretty girls dancing. It was sad though, because the day before, I found out that she thought that she would be dancing on stage, and when I told her she wasn't she started sobbing huge, heart wrenching tears. She got over it the next day and was happy to watch, thank goodness.
This is after? Can you tell she's tired?
This one's just for kicks. Doesn't this remind you of the pic when I was little Mom? He just needs a gun in his hand. (Nate absolutely loves the vest and still thinks you should put it into production)
Owen had two funny incidents yesterday. He is a funny boy, but not usually because of the funny things that he says.
Background: We have a 6'8" phathead of Lebron on Tanner's bedroom wall. The kids call him Bron Bron.
Telisha: "Owen, your such a man."
Owen: "No I'm not."
Telisha: "Why not?"
Owen: "Because I dont have grass."
Telisha: "What do you mean, grass?"
Owen: "Like Dad has grass on his belly. Bron Bron is a man too, huh."
Telisha and Nate: (Laughing)
Background: Owen is talking randomly but saying the word "poop" alot. Telisha asked him to stop a couple of times, but he continues.
Telisha: "Owen, what should be the consequence if you say that again?"
Sidney: "You should spank his bum."
Owen: "Mom, dont spank my bum because then I would go poop and you would get it on your hands."
Telisha and Nate: (Laughing)
Nate's 1st kill. We became friends with some people in our ward and found out that they have some land with deer on it. Ever since, Nate has been desperate to go hunting for the 1st time. If you want the whole story you'll have to call....
The kids thought that it was the coolest thing that dad killed something that they get to eat later.
Skinning it.....(Nate had a final, so I got to do the lovely job all by myself. Sidney got a kick out of taking pics of the whole thing and really wanted to get some gloves on and help me pull off the "skin."
Processing it.....(i.e. cutting it into roasts, steaks, and stew meat.)
Done and freezer full.
My kill. Yes, the whole family was there. Well Nate and the kids were watching movies in the car while I was hunting and came out after I shot it. Sidney wanted to stay and watch while we gutted it, and what do you say to that? So we let her and she was enthralled by the process, asked lots of questions and never squirmed once. It was so funny to watch her, she loved it. (Also understand that I grew up going hunting w/ my dad and have gotten one other deer when I was younger. So, this isn't all that foreign to me. Nate's the novice. hehe)
Sidney says that Nate got the "mom deer" and that I got the "kid deer." She's pretty much right :) Nate's was bigger. That darn buck is still out there and Sidney thinks that Nate needs to go out there to kill the "dad deer." He'll have one more chance in 2 weeks......
When I was skinning this one the slug from the shotgun fell right out! Crazy! It was all quite an adventure.
Near Halloween we went to the "Boo at the Zoo" event. The kids had a great time. It was cold, but we endured. The highlight was the show put on by Batman and Robin, as they defeated the Joker and told the kids what it meant to be a true hero. Here we are before the show started.
Since then, a few times when Owen has complained that something was too hard to do, Sidney has spoken up and said "Owen, you need to be like Batman and be a hero. Be brave, you can do it!" They have checked out some superhero comic books at the library and love reading them.
Tanner enjoys watching sports more than the other kids. Since we don't have TV, I (PS, this is Nate writing) watch all my sports online (ESPN3.com is a lifesaver). Whenever I sit down at the computer, Tanner runs up to me to sit on my lap and he yells repeatedly, "BALL, BALL, BALL!!" So funny. He will sit on my lap for about 15 mins before he gets distracted and wants to get down. One time I wasn't even on the computer and he wanted to watch "ball." I turned on a replay of some random game, and he sat there watching for some time.
Owen thinks he is Mr Incredible, and that everyone he pushes, punches, or kicks is also indestructible like him. Unfortunately, Tanner is not. Owen shoved him and he hit the metal grate on the heater vents near the floorboards. Poor kid. It wasn't the first time, and I'm sure it wont be the last time that one of those two gets hurt by the other :)
And I have to put in a proud word for Sidney. She has really started to read quite well within the past few weeks. About a month or so ago she really got into reading, but for a while it was only 3 and maybe 4 letter words that she knew, like "and, the, she, he, sit, ball." Within the past few weeks she has really taken off and can now read whole books by herself, including some classics you should all know: "Go, Dog, Go", "Red fish, Blue fish" as well as a few others. Once she has a word down she's got it memorized and rarely forgets. We love it the most when she will sit down on the floor flanked by both boys and she reads to them all by herself.
We kept our tradition of eating dinner at the Homer's house before Trick or Treating in their neighborhood. We brought the worm juice to drink and it was quite a hit. (Columbus City area has assigned trick or treating nights. Ours was Thursday from 6-8. So funny. The govt. has control of everything!)
I wish we had gotten a close up of all of them so that you could see their painted faces. My favorite part about Halloween is getting to paint their faces and put makeup on them. Sidney's eyelashes are soooo long w/ mascara on them! :) Sidney was Belle, Owen was a Tiger and Tanner was a Hamburger! I assumed that Sidney would love the Trick or Treating part , but I didn't realize how gung ho about it Tanner was going to be. Owen poopooed the idea after fifteen minutes, but Tanner was still running from house to house after an hour! Sidney was very polite at each house and people were always surprised at how direct she would look at them and say, "Thank you and Happy Halloween," after they gave her the candy.
This was taken at the Ward Party. Happy (early) Halloween!
We found a suit at a used kids clothes store for Owen this past week. He tried it on and it fit perfectly. He wears a tie and vest normally, but the suit looked so good.
Owen chose the first pose.
I chose the second.
Telisha chose the third.
Sidney chose the fourth.
Here are our pumkins for Halloween. We may have done them a little early. The fairy on the left is already in the garbage (it was so warm here that it shriveled right up) and the the middle one is starting to really mold.
The Homers, who were the first to come over for Halloween when we first moved here, came over again and we had a good time. Its cool to see how grown up everyone is this year.
October 2009 - last year
Halloween Party in a Box sent from Grandma Berry had all the fixin's for cupcakes! Sidney loves "crafts" as she puts it.
Sidney's team picture. They never really had everyone there. Toward the end there would only be 3 or 4 of them at practice even. We are proud of how hard she played and are excited to see how she does once she is a little older (the boy on the bottom right is 6, Sidney is barely 4 1/4).
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