Thursday, September 27, 2012

it's beginning to look a lot like halloween.

i told the kids if they were good in church on sunday then we could put up the halloween decorations when we got home.  well, they weren't very good and the decorations still went up.  that just shows how good of a rule enforcer i am.  however, i did manage to get them to clean up the upstairs before i let them decorate.

this is my favorite time of year (christmas is very close second).  i think it's because we go so long without a holiday that requires decorating for and the anticipation just builds and builds.  plus, who doesn't enjoy adding a spooky flare to their home?

*please excuse little miss eden, she feels the need to strip off all of her clothes as soon as we walk in the door from anywhere :)

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

ward campout and ava's birthday.

i'm not sure going camping with the ward was what ava had in mind when it came to celebrating her 6th birthday but she was a good sport and went along with it.  i think getting picked up from school early and being surprised with new brave doll and horse helped a little bit.

this last weekend, we did head northeastish to go camping with our ward (church group) and i was really looking forward to some fresh air and cooler weather.  we got to pull out the hoodies, warm socks, and one piece jammies.  however, i was not prepared for the freezing cold sleepless night. freezing.  i was reminded at two in the morning as my 18month old was puking on my husband from gagging on his own mucous why camping isn't my favorite.  he was very congested and it hit me that we could never live in high altitudes.  our kids can't breath and their cheeks turn bright red from heat rash.  no bueno.

with my thoughts aside, the kids did enjoy themselves immensely.  they found tree forts to play in, collected rocks and wild flowers, jonah became besties with the sticks, and i think jack may have had four s'mores in a matter of 10 minutes.

there was this cute little lake right down the way from our campsite where all the kids (and parents too) made some homemade fishing rods (sticks and fishing line) and with some scraps of bacon, fished themselves some crawdads.  it was endless fun.

i can't complain too much.  there is nothing that compares to sitting around a camp fire and taking in the beauty of the outdoors that's all around you.  and, i can't forget about the yummy shish kabobs we had for dinner! d-lish :)

Monday, September 24, 2012

ava's 6th birthday party at bounce u.

i can't believe my little girl is 6! 
i don't know where the time goes, but it better slow down just a bit.
before i know it, she is going to be 16 and driving. scary.