Wednesday, November 25, 2015

First Snowfall

While we visited my parents in Idaho, the first snowstorm of the year dumped a few inches on the ground. Even though we were short supplied in snow gear, the kids insisted on running outside and playing in it. They had a great time for at least 15 minutes.

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Family Pictures 2015

This fall my friend Jamie took our family portraits at Ogden Union Station. Even though it was a challenge to get everyone to look at the camera and smile (instead of climb on trains, throw rocks, run away, steal treats out of my bag, etc.) I think the end results turned out beautifully. I couldn't be happier with them.

Saturday, October 31, 2015

Halloween for Days

We celebrated Halloween this year with family in Idaho. Although, now it's beginning to feel like Halloween is an entire month long!

Isaiah loved his ghoul costume and had fun spooking the littles.
We stopped by my sister's house, since she and her husband love Halloween and decorate their ENTIRE house! Fun!
Eli loved talking to the ghost and making him wiggle his arms and shriek.
Isaiah was pretty taken with this creepy bald guy that would stand up and yell if you came near him.
Teddy fell madly in love with Rachel's dog Ohce. He followed it around the house and giggled with joy each time the dog came close enough to pet. Teddy's horse costume would have been slightly funnier if he had still been crawling.
Charlotte made an adorable jester, even though we lost her hat. (It had bells on the ends, too!)
Elijah the Dalmatian puppy ate lots of cinnamon rolls.
Seth as Zeus and me as a Greek Goddess. We make quite a pair!
We even made it all into one photo.
Rachel made an excellent Rosie the Riveter. Dan couldn't figure out why his wrench was lying around later.
Rachel and Brad's cute family. Dog behind included.

Caleb, Billie Jo and Lilly made an awesome superhero trio.

The party at Seth's parents' was an all-day bash with costumes, games, treats, prizes, and great food. We drove out to the ward bonfire trunk-or-treat, made mini pizzas, and ate way too much candy. The kids bounced off the walls for a few extra hours while the adults played another funny round of Scattergories.

Back from the trunk-or-treat, the kids examined their candy loot.
Isaiah was so sugared out he gave his entire pile to Isaac in exchange for a paper airplane.
Eli tried eating most of his. What a great party!

Friday, October 30, 2015

Pumpkin Carving

It's not Halloween without the annual pumpkin carving, so we gave it a go. We also had to use up the gorgeous pumpkins my dad grew for us.

The children loved making scary designs and scooping out gooey seeds.

Even Teddy got in the middle of it.

The next day they posed on the porch next to their 80's outfits for retro day at school. Seth and I had such a laugh teaching them how to peg their pants and roll their shirtsleeves. Eli's wearing a dino costume and riding a horse for the fun of it.

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Love Thy Neighbor

Recently we centered a family home evening lesson on being kind to others, and especially to our neighbors. Non members live on both sides of us, and sometimes I feel like we don't get to say hello to them as often as those who attend our church. So during the lesson, I asked the children if they could take some bread I baked that day to the neighbor next door. They did and and reported that the neighbor was delighted.

So I was completely surprised the following day when my neighbor came over and gave me these beautiful flowers as a thank you. I never wanted anything in return for a simple gesture of a loaf of bread, but it spoke volumes that she was so touched she went out and bought me flowers.

I intended the lesson to teach the children about giving. But I think I ended up learning more than they did, as I saw not only how much small acts of kindness are appreciated, but also how easy it is to make a connection with someone who lives a different lifestyle.

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Beautiful Bibs

Sometimes I feel like I have so much cleaning and laundry to do that the only possible solution is to create a lovely new sewing project. Pinterest (that horridly awesome website) has been teasing me with lovely handmade bibs for years and I've always wanted to slow down enough to make some. So recently, I did.
I loved piecing together bright bits of fabric and making something purely for the pleasure of it. Well, they are useful. Doesn't Teddy look super in this one?
My friend asked me, "But doesn't it make you sad to see them smeared with food?" No, actually, I think it's more fun to have a utilitarian thing like a bib be beautiful instead of boring.

Monday, October 26, 2015

That's Elijah

Oh man, this kid has a great smile and melts my heart.
A true child of the digital age, he's always ready to smile for the ubiquitous camera. Even in the bath.

And this fall he got potty trained! What a miracle that's been! I love only having one child in diapers.  Eli has been great at going potty. And he loves wearing big-boy undies.

I'll pretend he's praying in this one, though I'm pretty sure he's just exhausted from a crazy day of playing.

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Colorful Bookshelves

Every few years I realize my bookshelves are disorganized and dusty, so I rearrange them (and reluctantly dust them off). This year I decided to organize them by color, since that's completely logical and will make them perfectly easy to find. Ha!
 I think the impact is lovely and feels much more zen than the previous randomness.
  I even squished in a shelf for harvest decorations.
 And if I can't find the books that I'm looking for, at least the shelves look beautiful while I'm searching!