Saturday, February 21, 2015

A zombie at the table

Today a Zombie was spotted at Mr. M's space at the table.  He spent the whole day there.

It was funny to see the double takes from the littles through the day; and it was just a bit disturbing to some of us.  Mr. M thought it was great fun.

Monday, February 16, 2015

A snow day!

It snowed over night.  My big boys have been getting up every snowy morning and not only shoveling our walkways, but our neighbors' too.  They do this because they are sweet, but sometimes the neighbors pay them. ;) Little kids liked watching their big brothers shovel this morning when they got up.

This morning Miss A sweet talked Mr. S into taking her out to play in the snow for a bit.  This afternoon she gathered her snow gear and tried to talk anyone and everyone into taking her out.  Here she is trying to sweet talk Mr. R who had other jobs he needed to be doing.
Mommy, will you take me out?

As I was bundling her up to take her out myself, Mr. M came up ready to take her out to play for a bit before he went sledding.

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Valentine's day

While we treated the kids to crepes for breakfast and heart shaped pizza for dinner; their Valentine to us was the best!  I found this note on the table in the morning.....

Yep, they pulled together to send their mama and daddy on a date!  Such sweet kids!  We had a great time out for lunch.  We have the best Valentines!

Monday, February 9, 2015

Science Olympiad Invitationals

This summer when we arrived in Colorado we went to a Homeschooling activities fair at the library to check out what groups and clubs were available in our area.  Mr. R was drawn to the Science Olympiad table and really wanted to get involved.  Miss E thought it sounded interesting; then she found out some of her friends were on the team and was even more certain she wanted to be involved.  They've been studying for months and got to experience their first competition this month at invitationals.   Miss E is on the Sr. High team.  Mr. R is on the Jr. High team.  We were so thankful to be able to have this experience before they head to regionals in March.

Rob took the "advance team" on ahead for the 7 am check in.

At home Miss A was so excited to find that she was wearing a shirt just like the "big" kids.  We headed out early too.

FYI, their shirts say "Future HSC Team Member"

All of Miss E and Mr. R's events were morning ones, so we had plenty of time to hang out and also observe some of the events that involved testing structures, gliders etc.
It is great to have Dad coaching many of their events!

This invitational involved 11 teams; all at the Sr High level.  Our team(s) were the only homeschoolers.  Miss E took 2nd place in Anatomy.  Mr. R got to compete on our 2nd team and took 4th place in his event.  Our Sr. High Team took 2nd place overall in the competition.

*We are so thankful to have had this experience before heading of to regionals where their scores really count.  They are so excited and are ramping up their study efforts in the hopes of doing better in their individual events.  We've been so blessed by the coaches for this team.  They work so hard and are so encouraging.  It's been a blessing to see these young men and women working together not just to do well themselves, but for the benefit of the team.

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Last day in Portland

Our last day in Portland we just had the morning.   We needed to be at the airport early in the afternoon, but we made that last bit really count!  The girls enjoyed some play time at Nana's while I packed up the van.

Then we headed over to Slappy Cakes with Cousin A and Uncle T (and Nana, of course!).  At Slappy Cakes they bring you your pancake batter in a squeeze bottle, the griddle is at your table, and you make your own pancakes.  The wait is rather long to get into this place, but it was worth it! We had so much fun making fun designs and mixing the batter flavors.  The toppings were delicious as well.  Oh, and the chicken fried bacon?  Yea, YUM!

On our way home!  It was GREAT to visit friends and family, but we were ready to get home to our guys.

A picnic in the Seattle Airport. 

Our last flight was not fully booked, so Miss A got to have her own seat!  Since I suspected this would be the case I asked ahead and was able to bring her car seat on board.  She was happier traveling the last leg like this.

Home may be wherever the Air Force sends us, but Portland sure is a special place!

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Nike and some dear friends....

Its just seemed wrong to be in Portland, have access to the Nike employee store, and NOT go.  So we headed in with Uncle C and Nana.  Uncle L was able to provided passes to more of the family so we met a few more people there.  We found a couple of things we needed and then we were off....

We headed over to my Dad's house.

I miss him.

Some dear friends met us there.  It was such a precious time to just be together and chat for a bit.  Even more precious?  That we all brought our daughters together and they loved getting to play together.

The only bad thing?  The tears at the end when it was time to go (from our little girls).  Oh yea, and it will likely be WAY too long before we get to do this again.

I'm so glad I was able to get a visit in with my sweet step-mom.  It is always a joy to see her.  I'm thankful for the blessing she was to my Dad.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

A wedding!

Cousin G (AKA Purple Cat) was getting married.  Our family loves a good party and a wedding is a wonderful excuse to gather everyone.  I was so thankful to Rob for making it possible to get out for this special day.  For so many reasons this was a wedding I just could not miss.  What a joyful time as we all began to gather to celebrate the beginning of a new marriage and family....

Great Gram and her youngest (for the moment) great grandchild.  Such a joy to get to bring them together.
Uncle C bumming candy off of his niece 
Out of 10 cousins, 9 were able to be there (and the 10th sent his wife).  We've all grown and gone our own ways, but it's always nice to get together.
All that space to run and play....she was in heaven!
For Miss J getting to chase Miss A around and play babysitter was like a dream come true.  They both had a blast.
Baby girl decided not to show up until after everyone left town.  It was great to see the mama and daddy though. ;)

I didn't really get any pictures of the ceremony.  I was busy enjoying it and...well...keeping Miss A still and quiet.  Anyone that knows her well knows that is quite the job. ;)

Ah, now to PARTY!!!!  The bride and groom threw a great party and we all had so much fun!  

Miss C thought it was getting a bit loud.

Dancing with Uncle C is fun!

What a party!  A couple of my girls could have kept going in the the wee hours, but one was already out and the other looking pretty tired.  We headed back to Nana's while the party was still going, but not long before things wound down.  Tomorrow would be another busy day!