Wednesday, December 29, 2010

No pics :(

I mentioned the other day that we did not take any pictures on Christmas Day. I realized that we did take some on Christmas Eve but alas, our computer is suffering from old age. Our last remaining USB port is no longer working. Therefore, I cannot get the pictures off the camera.
But do not despair.
In a few weeks I get to pick up a computer that Seth was "given" through the school somehow. I don't know exactly what it is, but he came home very excited one day with this application to fill out for a computer. I guess some organization exists that wants to make sure all kids have access to a computer in the Treasure Valley. The kids just had to fill out an application and write a letter to be eligible. Now, I do not really agree with this whole idea. I mean, we are slashing education funds right and left but are giving away computers? Seth was so excited, however, I didn't want to disappoint him. I figured it wouldn't hurt to let him enter the program. I thought for sure with the limited amount they were giving away that there was no way he would actually get one. I also figured they would give them to more financially needy children. So imagine my surprise when I got a letter telling me to pick up the computer on January 19!
I guess it was good timing anyway.
So, no pictures for a few more weeks.

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas. I know we did. We have been "busy" relaxing and eating yummy food! I would post some pictures of the big day, but, um, well, yeah we didn't take any. (oops!)

Have a wonderful New Year!

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Last week

Last week my mom visited for a couple days. We had a great time. Rob was out of town one of the nights so I was glad to have company.

That particular night Brenna had a Christmas concert. All the 1-3 graders performed songs for their parents. My mom was happy to be able to see it.

Brenna did a great job singing and doing the actions for her songs.
The boys did not want to be left out of a picture.

Friday night as soon as Rob returned home we proceeded with our annual tradition of making gingerbread houses. This is a tradition from Rob's side of the family and it was neat to share it with my mom. She didn't think she would decorate a house but eventually gave it a try. (I don't know how she always escapes our camera when she visits.)


I felt this was the best year yet. Seth and Brenna could handle their own, and Grant was independent for the most part. The best part about it is that we put Russell to bed early because he hadn't taken a nap that day!















I even had time to sit down and make one!









Rob's always takes the prize. He is very creative (and patient).



Russell has been so cute lately. He likes to sing 'Jingle Bells." When I start singing it with him at bedtime he gets excited and starts to sing. Shortly after he begins, he puts his hands on my lips and tells me to "shhhhh". He wants to sing it by himself! That is pretty entertaining since he doesn't really have the tune, and the pronunciation is more "jing-no-no" than "jingle bells." Of course, when I try to record it, he won't do it.

Friday, December 3, 2010

'Tis the Season (hooray!)

Hooray for Christmas time!

As I mentioned in our last post, we got our Christmas tree. We got it when the kids and Rob were home because of a snow day. That means that the tree was covered in snow. So when we got it home we put it in a bucket of water in the garage to dry out. However, it kept falling over. (Did I mention it is a BIG tree?) So we just decided to bring it in and put lots of blankets and towels underneath to catch the melting snow.

Now the thing that makes this an even more interesting story is that Rob hurt his back last week pretending to be young again, and he is still not 100%. I kept inquiring on whether or not he could handle getting a tree. He gave me the ok so we went ahead.

We planned on a seven foot tree. We actually don't have a lot of room for a tree in our living room. Last year we tried to find a narrow one. This year, we told the tree sellers what we wanted, they helped us find a tree, and it cost about what the other trees had cost us in the past.

It wasn't until we got home that we realized how big it was. We measured it, just to make sure it would fit in the house. 9ft 2 inches! And it is not very narrow. But guess what? It is a beautiful tree and I love it, even if it does take up half the room.

See?
Putting the last of the lights on was a bit tricky!



Seth was sweet to help Russ put ornaments on the tree. All the kids enjoyed that activity, of course. I still need to redistribute the ornaments :). Russ decided he liked them better as balls and started throwing some around the room. (This is why we have the plastic ones, people.)


So far Russ has been interested enough in the tree to not notice the presents underneath. We will see how long that lasts.



I hope you all have that Christmas spirit as much as I do!



Thursday, December 2, 2010

Our Thanksgiving

Rob's brother Mike and his wife Tami and five children came to stay with us for the Thanksgiving weekend. His parents and sister Melanie came and stayed with his sister Kristy. They each had a long, delayed arrival due to the weather, and an even longer trip home, but we are glad they made the sacrifice to come and visit.
The feast turned out wonderfully! The turkey was done on time and we had tons of food which meant minimal cooking the rest of the weekend!

I tried hard to get everyone together at a table, but it was not to be. So, here is the adult's table (plus a few of the younger ones- notice a posing Kami in the bottom right corner.)

And here is the kids table.

Here is Grace surveying the TEN pies we had for dessert. YUM!


True to Weaver form there was much game playing throughout the weekend.







Several hours after dinner, when we had some more room in our stomachs, we dug into the pie.

Two nights ago it snowed for about 12 hours straight. The kids got a snow day (our first in Idaho!) and we had fun playing out in the snow all day.







An example of the snowfall accumulation. We have not had this much snow since we moved here.


Most of Rob's patients called to cancel, so he was home early. I seized the opportunity and made us all go get a Christmas tree. If we had not done it, we would not have had time for two weeks! So, despite the tree being quite a bit bigger than we thought, it looks great. :) And it smells divine!




Last night while I was preparing dinner, Russ was busy.


I hope all of you had a wonderful Thanksgiving. I have so much to be thankful for. The words of a poem in the newspaper really struck me that day. I can't remember it perfectly ( I wish I had cut it out) but some of it was like this:
When you wake up to your alarm clock in the early morning, be grateful you can hear.
When the sun shines in your eyes, waking you up in the morning, be grateful you can see.
When you have a large heating bill, be grateful you are warm.
When your clothes are a little snug, be grateful you have enough to eat.
Anyway, I can't remember it all, but it kind of puts things in perspective, eh?







Tuesday, November 9, 2010

The Birthday Boy!!

Russell turned two years old on Saturday. I think he had a fun day.




We had a fairly busy day with Brenna's basketball game, Seth's piano competition, and other things. So we snuck in the birthday celebration at dinner time.







He received a new outfit and Thomas train, some bath toys, pajamas, some money and a fire engine. The older kids had just as much fun with his presents as he did!




I was inspired to step up my birthday cakes after seeing Melanie's (Rob's cousin) amazing cakes on her cooking blog (http://www.melskitchencafe.com/) so I attempted this train cake since Russell loves trains. Aside from the fact that the engine looks like a boat, I think it turned out okay.




He was very adorable when it came time to blow out the candles. (And yes, I forgot to buy candles, AGAIN, so we had to improvise.) He just blew very softly.

We sure are glad he is part of our family.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Halloween!

We had a fun Halloween weekend. My mom came into town on Thursday so she was able to be there for all of the fun.

Friday night our ward had a Trunk-or-Treat. Here are our kids with some friends. Seth was an army guy, Brenna a princess, Grant batman and Russ a turtle.

When the candy gathering was over the kids plopped down in the car and started feasting.



Saturday afternoon I had a piano recital for my students. They all wore their costumes and played Halloween songs.
That night after carving pumpkins we went trick-or-treating to some friends in our ward. Brenna had decided to be a witch that night. Russell didn't get to go this time.

We had a great time with my mom. She is like super woman- so helpful! She helped me clean my house for the recital and did Brenna's hair Sunday morning when I totally spaced it! Apparently we were so busy I didn't get a picture of her. Thanks for coming mom!

Monday, November 1, 2010

Number 5 is on the way!

Hey everyone!
We would like to announce that we are expecting our fifth baby on May 22! Hooray! We are very excited! What makes this pregnancy even more fun is that both of my married sisters are pregnant as well. Sarah is due in March, Wendy in April, and myself in May. My mom will have a busy spring!

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

More pumpkin patch and other happenings

Remember that cold miserable pumpkin patch experience? Well every other day before and after that has been gorgeous! So later that week we tried again, this time with the whole family and Rob's sister's family. It was a gorgeous day and we were able to do some activities we hadn't done before.

The corn box was still a popular spot.

And the maze. Seth went with Kristy's boys to the corn maze. It was huge!
Grant and Russ had both begged to ride the train during the preschool trip so this time they got their wish.





The jump house slide was awesome!





The boys had a good time with the pumpkin launcher.




Looking pretty tall...




One Saturday on a whim we got some bark for these planter areas in our back. We couldn't stand the weeds any longer :). It was amazing how much better it looked instantly!



(Here is an after picture...)

halfway done...

Before...






Last Sunday the kids very eagerly helped me make cookies...pumpkin cookies!!






Today I canned applesauce. Grant was a super helper and cranked the apple peeler for all of the apples! His little arms kept getting tired so I would switch it around on the table so he could use a different arm. He did not want to quit, though! Russ thought it looked like fun, too, so he helped on the last few.



Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Preschool Pumpkin Patch

Grant's preschool class took a trip to the pumpkin patch on Monday.
We experienced a hay ride,

selecting a pumpkin,







playing in a box of corn kernels,




playing on the tires,


and a much needed cup of hot chocolate when we got home.




I know the pictures make it look like it was a warm sunny day. Unfortunately what you cannot see in the pictures is the dependable Idaho wind blowing at 15 mph that chilly morning making it a very, very frigid morning. We were not dressed for the weather and were very happy when it was time to get in the car and go home. Hopefully we will find a chance to go as a family this season so Grant can have a better time.