Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Kellen turned 7

How could I forget Kellen's 7th b-day post? I'm pretty sure I just have gotten too busy for this little family blog of mine. But the show must go on-- I have to keep posting here, this is the best memory keepsake I have kept up... well, almost kept up with :) 

I need to get this out before the next one comes along soon. Here is Kellen last year when he turned 7!! 

Oh that personality is so much larger than the little body that carries it. I think I've been aware of this since he was about 2. All is possible in his mind and he doesn't doubt himself about anything. And I can't believe I'll be adding a post soon about this sweet child turning 8 in a week. Wahh!

We give each child one "BIG" party usually before 3rd grade. They get to invite their whole class. Usually these are pretty expensive, hence we only do one big one per child. I see the money spent on these being a bigger benefit in their savings and college funds. More boring than a bash but necessary :) Adulting and being responsible is fun... err um yah.

All other years they either invite a couple friends to do something special, or sometimes they just want to have a family day based around whatever they wish to do (awe sniffle, sniffle). By the time they get older the smaller special days are totally acceptable. They don't even ask for another big party. 

On this "BIG" birthday it's so much fun for our kids to open up so many gifts and pick something fun that they think their whole class will enjoy. 

Kellen picked a place called Xtreme Challenge. Sort of like a Ninja Warrior course for kids. 

I'm pretty sure all the kids had a blast.  It looked like so much fun.

At least 10 of his classmates were on vacation. That happens in the summer months. There was just one girl. She was a trooper and could totally hang with all these dudes. 

Stay little for a little bit longer, please.

Kellen had another little party on his actual "birth" day. We had the Blosser Family staying with us. It was like a built in par-tay! 7 boys to play, hang and celebrate. 

Bonus pictures.

Last summer Adrian went to an acting camp for a week. He played the part of an orange munchkin and a talking tree. He loved it but declined doing it this summer.

Preston chose an invention camp last summer. He made goo, solar energized bugs, thingymabobbers, and so much more.  I could totally see this child inventing something amazing someday. 

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Thanksgiving 2016

We were excited to have my dad come hang with us over Thanksgiving. We spent the day preparing a great big feast. 

We walked off some turkey later on that day. The weather was amazing.

This is how the boys feel when they have to tag along to run errands.

Adrian's snowman in November. Colorado weather... t-shirt, shorts & snow :)

Dad's favorite thing to play with the kids is nerf guns!

Probably my most favorite action shot of Pa getting waaaay into the game. lol. 

So we decided to take him to Dart Wars. Fun!! We'll be going back on his next visit. 

We love this place. It's full of kids, teens, and parents. They split the players up into two teams and have a DJ up top that can help see when people get out. Sometimes they play games like capture the flag. They also have refs that help keep track of who gets hit. It was so much family fun for all of us.

Hiding out in a bunker.

John and my dad jamming out. 

Random-- A clip of Mason having a conversation after Halloween.

Random-- Kellen's boyscouts group got to watch and play with a local Sled Hockey team. This sport is played by people with physical disabilities or lower body impairments. These players were amazing and so, so strong. I can't imagine the upper body strength it takes to maneuver the sleds and go all the way from one side to the other. 

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Christmas 2016

Merry Christmas in June! 

I'm determined to catch up the blog before our Ohio trip this summer. Here's a glimpse at our Christmas this past year. We spent it at home with the kids doing traditional Christmas stuff.

Same place 5 years in a row. Santa and his chair changed a bit. I love progression pics.



Our handsome 4some! They looked pretty sharp all cleaned up and not wearing their usually basketball shorts and t-shirts. I love that they are all smiling too. I'm sure I bribed that to happen ;)

P's getting smooshed.

Santa told an amazing story while we waiting in line.

We put a camera on the steps every year so we can catch Santa and his butt delivering presents.

Christmas gifts in the mail are always a big treat.

Adrian made a B-day card for John in December. So cute! 

I got the pleasure of volunteering to put together the Christmas party for Kellen's class and Preston's class. It was one right after the other so it was pretty convenient. I'll miss this someday.

Kellen and friends.

Popped in to Adrian's Christmas party to say Hi.

Thank goodness I could recruit John to help out. He was the best hot coco server! 

Playing with uncle Jeff's old train set.

Had to document the cleaning that goes on.... And not just by me. They do their share. Now it's not always easy to get to this point but it's well worth it to have some helpers. 

Annual Gingerbread Houses.

Annual snowmen making.

We had to work super fast. It had snowed a good 10 inches the night before. But just like CO weather, it was almost 50 or 60 by noon the next day. The snow was melting super fast. After they built their men, then played with the neighbors in the river running down the road.

Annual White Elephant party. Most of our hood. 

Mason and I braved the 0 degree weather to run across the street to Starbucks in the winter storm and get mama a coffee the morning after the White Elephant party... it-was-a-must! 

We shared in a holiday Progressive Dinner party with some friends (in our Christmas Jammies :) for the first time. It was so much fun and different. 

Cramming in a van to go to the next stop.

Testing the camera.

I take a progression picture of the boys once a year for our memories. This was an outtake lol.