Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Thanksgiving 2013

 Thanksgiving with family is the best!  We had Thanksgiving down at my parents house and ate dinner in the church gym and then played there afterwards.  We got to see Bree and her family, Bob and Buffy's family, Grandma Berry, Elwin and Adam, Sarah and Nick's family,Tami and Mom and Dad -some of whom we hadn't seen for awhile! Owen and Hyrum and Tanner had fun hanging out.
 Sidney and Hannah became good buds.

 And we got to see Revree for the first time!  She is a cutie patootie!  Sidney was all over seeing and holding her cousin, but Taryn took one look at her and ran away.  They'll be friends eventually.

 We had to buy the girls matching dresses, we couldn't resist.  And then of course we had to have a photo shoot.  Here's how it went...(the first one is always the best, right?, but then you continue to take 20 more pictures in hopes that you can capture even a better one, but you never do).

 Ditching the cousin.
 Ok , I'll stay here and be cute by myself.
Sidney was a champ and would hold Revree even when she cried.  There were quite a few times when she would get her quieted down all by herself!  Sidney loved her cousin.


 Sidney took a gymnastics class through Lake Stevens Parks and Rec, and boy did she love it.  Yes, this 90 year old looking woman teaches it, but she does have some younger helpers that direct the girls.  Sidney is definitely built for gymnastics and is good at it.  Her favorite stations are the high beam, the bars, and the vault.  I'm a lame mom and continue to forget my camera at critical points in life.  I'm too busy enjoying it, ok?!  :)

She was mad at me one day because I made the mistake of telling her that this wasn't a "real" gymnastics class, just a play one.  She thought I should have known that she wanted to be in a real class.  I have been reminded over and over again now that she wants to go to gymnastics for real.  If she only knew how much money and time we would be committing...We'll figure something out girl!

Monday, November 18, 2013

Flag Football

 Just so you know who to look for, Owen is always in the red hoodie, but after looking at the pics, there are a couple others in red too, so good luck.  They got some cool reversible jerseys that copied NFL teams, and Owen's team was the Saints.

 Nate was the defensive coordinator for Owen's team and had a lot of fun doing it.  Owen's coach, and friend of ours from our ward, is moving this week, so Nate is going to have to step up next year and be the Head Coach, yikes!  :)
 This is the game that he pulled 3 flags! 

 Let's just say that coaching 5 and 6 year olds in football is EXCITING and CRAZY!  It really was fun to watch them learn the game and get better and more excited about playing every week.  I have liked watching football more than soccer or t-ball because it is just so darn cute to watch them try and make passes, do tricky hand-offs, and pull flags when they are so little.
 Owen was known for his defensive work as a linebacker, and had even told his coach that he did NOT want to play offense, he just wanted to pull flags!
 Way to work hard Owen, and good job learning the game and figuring out where to be - it's no easy task!
Sidney is perfecting her cheerleading skills, and has no fear!  Scary to think she might be into that someday....

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Trick or Treat, smell my feet...

 In no particular order, here is the rest of our Halloween experiences.
 This was an AFTER Trunk or Treating shot - which explains the smeared face paint, or lack thereof.  It's just so darn hard for me to get pictures of the kids in their costumes every year!  I am always too rushed, and they are way too wound up, and everyone is ready to jump out the door before I can get pictures of them.  It makes me so annoyed. - oh well, they were cute.

 I just love all the different kinds of pumpkins you can find out there these days!  :)  But we learned the hard way that we won't be carving another bumpy pumpkin like Owen has, because they are too darn thick!  It's fun to see all their personalities come out in their choice of pumpkin and in their pumpkin designs.
 The moustache fad showing itself at Halloween.  Even my daughter knows about it!
 This is basically our only picture on Halloween night.  We had the Rice and Parker family over to trick or treat and party afterwards, but you can still see Owen as Batman on the left, Sidney as the short witch in the middle, Taryn as the hamburger, and Tanner as "the bad Spiderman, Vemon."  See, I need a close-up of his amazing face paint, done by my mom.  aaaahhh.
Trick or Treat, smell my feet, give me something good to eat, if you don't, I don't care, I'll pull down your underwear!

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

The Farm at Swan Lake

 We liked the pumpkin patch so much that Sidney and I went back for her 1 on 1 date with me!
 This time we went all out and splurged on the wristband.  :)  We bounced, ran through the hay maze, played in corn kernels, went on the swings, held kitties and saw all sorts of animals, rode the hayride AND the tractor ride, slid down all the slides, and got some apple cider (which is now her favorite hot drink).  My favorite part was that it wasn't that crowded so we didn't wait in any lines and got to do everything as much as we wanted!
 Sorry, can't figure out how to turn this now.

OH what fun it is to ride, on a one-tractor, open trailer!

Pumpkin Patch Paradise

 If going to the pumpkin patch gets them to hug, then we are definitely keeping this as a tradition!  :)  It's great living semi in the country because we are fairly close to about a gazillion pumpkin patches, no really, it is kind of ridiculous.  I don't know how any of them make money.  We chose the patch that seems to be the LDS mom favorite.
 Here's a good picture of how much she works that tongue!

Looks like a successful family outing to me!  Yea, no one crying!