Monday, September 30, 2013

{September 2013 Round-Up}

Just a few pics from September (always one of our busiest months of the year!)

Trevor and I went up to Seattle for a fancy dinner at Palisade for our 15 year anniversary.  

Trevor did a road trip with a bunch of guys from our ward/stake to attend a BYU football game and cram in 2 days of golfing.  Pretty much heaven. He had a blast.

My parents came for a visit and we soaked up every second!  Carson had just began cello lessons and my mom was a huge help (major accomplished violin player is one of her MANY talents).  

She also taught me how to can peaches.  My first time canning.  Ever.  Not as intimidating as I thought!  So happy to have bottles of peaches for the winter!

 We crammed in a Mariners game. We hit two this year and love it each time. The atmosphere at Safeco field is awesome. The kids absolutely love all the ball park treats.  

We love when G&G come to visit! We feel so spoiled when they are here. They do such a great job at making each of the kids feel special and loved.    We miss them so much when we are apart!

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

{Soccer Season 2013}

Another season come and gone.  Phew!

I only hauled my camera out on one Saturday this year and didn't get very many pictures at all.  But if I didn't post these ones it will quickly be forgotten how soccer takes over my life in the fall. 

This was our first year with 3 kids in fall soccer. 

It was crazy.  5 practices/week and 3 games each Saturday.

It was a HUGE blessing that Carson's and Addy's practices were on the same day and in the same location (but different times...which made for a 4 hour evening at the soccer field...but better than on 4 different days).  

And Rylan's games were all at 8am.  Yes 8 AM for 4 and 5 year olds. Pure torture.  Had I known that prior to sign-up, I wouldn't have done it. Our little Ry is just not a morning person and that made the experience really tough.  Until you are in U7, this league does random match-ups on Saturday mornings all in the same spot. It's not ideal, but it did make for easier scheduling. Trevor and I were able to handle all the games between the two of us because Rylan's were always done early.

The kids had a blast. They each enjoyed their teams quite a bit.  Rylan and Addy had friends on their teams.  And Carson had a brand new coach who turned out to be fantastic.  

We were all worn out as the season dragged on into November, but I'm thrilled my kids love it so much.  So fun to watch them improve each year!

Rylan mostly chased around the pack with the ball...most of the time with a smile on his face (but quite a few times with a pouting face too...). He really loved the after game treats!

Addison made huge improvements this year and figured out she really likes to play forward.  She scored a few goals at the end of the season and even one off her left foot.  

Carson continues to love the sport and his friends on the team.  He never complained about practices or games, but with everything else he has going on (scouts, student council, increasing homework, piano, cello) it got to be pretty tiring.  We might consider a break next fall. He has already started basketball. Oh boy.

Thursday, September 12, 2013

{Rylan: 5th Birthday}

This boy is 5 years old! 

5 years old seems so much OLDER than 4 years old.  Kind of the beginning of being a big kid (tear).  

Ry is such a unique kid. He's making me pull my hair out one minute, but then melting my heart in the next.  We are so happy he is in our family!

Here's the run down:

  1. He gives the best hugs!  At least 3 times a day he'll come up to me and ask if he can give me a hug.  He wants loves and kisses and 'tickle back'.  
  2. His prayers are so sweet (and funny). He loves giving the family prayer, and always wants it to be his turn.  His are the longest and you can see his mind working as he is speaking.  My favorites right now are:  'Bless the whole world to be awesome'.  Yes, that's the truth.  'Bless me to go on a mission when I get big and get married in the temple.'  'Bless our family to love each other'. 'Bless the whole world to keep the commandments.' 'Bless Carson to be nice to Addy'.  'Bless Dad to take me to Pancake House'.  Etc, etc. etc. I really need to get it on video. He's sincere and reverent about it too.  
  3. Loves playing outside. His favorite is still his scooter but he did ride his bike (with training wheels) on a few family bike rides.  Loves parks and playgrounds. He never wants to come inside.
  4. We call the family iPad, "Rylan's iPad" because he always has it.  As much as I try to limit his time, he sneaks it to play games and to watch Disney channel. 
  5. Generally happy about almost anything. He's had this trait for several years...but having pancakes in the morning is just as exciting as going to Disneyland.  If I'm excited about something we are doing, I can always count on Ry to be excited with me and to get the family pumped.  
  6. He loves music.  He's playing it constantly on the iPad. He has awesome dances and can lip sync like no other.  He never sings along (?!) but loves blasting his music.  
  7. He loved his first year of soccer, but wasn't a huge contributer. He mostly runs behind the other kids chasing the ball.  With a smile on his face the whole time.
  8.  He's had a problem with pouting lately. The lip, head down, arms folded pout.  Trying not to let him get anywhere with that....
  9. He still will throw a pretty decent fit when he's not happy about something. Aren't they supposed to grow out of that?  But he goes from happy to melting on the floor crying if someone takes his toy.  He's very good when he's not provoked (by siblings or friends), but cross him or do wrong...he's usually crying about it.
  10. I love teaching his primary class at church (CTR 4).  He's definitely in the middle of the pack as far as behavior goes. I wonder if he would do better NOT having me in there.  But, man, he won't stay in his chair!
  11. He absolutely loves preschool and his teacher, Ms. Cindy.  She does such an awesome job and always has unique subjects that Ry just eats up (like a whole unit on house flies and monsters).  
  12. He still won't go to bed at night.  Night owl like his mom.  And I have to drag him out of bed in the morning to be ready for preschool at 9am. Never ending battle.
  13.  He is our one kid that has always ended up in our room in the night.  He pulls the comforter off his bed, drags his pillow and toy Woody, and sets it up right next to our bed.  Sometimes we don't even know he's come in. I don't mind it at all.  I love that he wants to be with us.

Since we celebrated his birthday the day before....we didn't do much on his actual birthday.  However, I did get him some balloons.  

Dad took him to Pancake House during lunch.

And he opened his family presents. Man, was he spoiled!  So grateful for family and friends who remember this little guy on his birthday. He's so loved!

Ry just makes me smile most of the time.  He is such a sweet, happy 5 year old. I want to bottle up his energy and use it when I'm feeling exhausted.  We love, love, love him!!

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

{Rylan's 5th Birthday: Monster Party}

Calling all Monsters!  
This sweet boy is turning 5!!

I have really wanted to do a monster party for awhile!  Especially since Rylan's favorite book is "I Need My Monster"!
(Written by our dear friend Amanda's fantastic. Get it on amazon here.)  

We squeezed in his birthday party the day before his birthday which also was the day before school started.  The last day of summer. What a way to go out!  

The food and display was so much fun!  I used inexpensive monster images to make my own printables and freehanded three of them onto posterboard.  

  Just add candy eyes to some of your favorite desserts to create instant monsters!

I found those monster suckers on ebay.  And made this popcorn monster munch (so addicting!)  

Hamming it up for the camera.  Love this little smile!

Try carving your watermelon like a pumpkin!...super easy and by far the kids' favorite monster treat on the table and the most devoured too.  My kids can eat an entire watermelon in one sitting. 

 One sweet 5 year old waiting for his friends to arrive!

These party favorite bags contained a few monster toys and goodies.  I bought the red bags and then cut all the pieces of felt and sewed them on using this tutorial.  Turned out so cute (but was a little time intensive). However my boys are still using their bags for various toys and treasures so I like that it's something that gets actually gets used.

 Googly eyes for everything .... they transform plain plates and napkins into little creatures keeping an eye on you!

As his guests arrived, we had fun with a photo-booth on the deck.  These monster smiles come from hobby lobby and the kids had a blast with them! That cute polka dot fabric is also Hobby Lobby and played double duty for Halloween too.  

My 4 little monsters!

Rylan's sweet friends! 

These monster drinking straws were also from Hobby Lobby.  Can you tell I love that store?

I bought a monster building kit on Etsy of printable monsters and the kids had a blast picking out eyes, noses, ears and mouths to create their own unique monsters. Easy activity for $3 and some construction paper.

This Monster Bowling kit is a Melissa & Doug toy and the kids begged for multiple turns.  

Can't be a 5 year old party with out a pin-it game. In this case...Pin the eyes on the monster.  

Since he's not a big cake fan, I skipped over slaving over one and opted for easy cupcakes.  5 candles...he's getting so big!

Rylan is such a happy kid and enjoys every second of being the center of attention. Monster Party success!

Wednesday, September 04, 2013

{Back to School}

Tradition calls for a Back to School Dinner. We did this on a beautiful Sunday afternoon the week before school started. It's a day to get all the school supplies organized, back packs filled, and a special celebration too.  We do Father's blessings that evening and it all makes for a great start to the school year.  

I've collected some chalk boards this year and put them to good use.  New school supplies make great decor too (and that's a store bought Wal-mart cake. Don't think I was that crazy enough to make it!) Dinner was very simple...and I can't even remember what it was now.  

The school had a Back to School Night as well to meet your teacher and drop off all your school supplies. This was the only pic I had from the night...from Addy's classroom.  We are thrilled with both Addy and Carson's teacher assignments this year. They both got who we were hoping for!

The last couple years I have done special one on one Back to School dates with each of my kids. It's our chance to do some final school clothes and supplies shopping as well as a chance to visit about the upcoming year.  I love it.  And it's a real treat to be out one-one one with a parent in our crazy household.  

The big day finally arrived just after Labor Day.  

It's this kid's last year in Elementary School. Sniff, sniff.
6th Grade 

 3rd grade cutie.

They walk to and from school every day. So glad they have each other.  

And the week following Rylan started year 2 of preschool with Ms. Cindy. To say he was excited is an understatement. He loves school!

And this little one was so sad to be the only one NOT at school.  Here he is outside of Ry's preschool just so sad that he couldn't go. It's not missing Rylan so's not being able to GO that is hard.  And here I am writing this 2 months later and he still cries every. single. day. that he can't go.  It's going to be a long year. Believe it or not though, Miles starts preschool next year.  What?!

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