Wednesday, December 27, 2017

September 2017 part 2

We were so fortunate in September to have my sister and her family visit us again!!  While it was under unfortunate circumstances for Florida residents (a hurricane) I was so happy to see her again.  The cousins have become such good friends.

We took them with us for our annual trip to the pumpkin patch for a fun Fall experience.  (Fall doesn't exactly exist in Florida and my sister misses it!)

 Riding the tractor train!
 Hehe ;)

 We tried out the corn maze as the sun was going down!

September 2017

Rob's brother and family came to visit Labor Day weekend.  It was great having them here.  They were good sports about going to the cross-country meet that Saturday to cheer on Seth and Brenna.

Rob's brother made an impressive longboard decorated with a BYU logo and gave it to Rob!  The kids have enjoyed riding it on our long driveway.  One afternoon Russ and Sydney sat on it like this and went back and forth along the patio...over and over... back and forth, back and forth.

 This girl loves our kittens!  They are beginning to tolerate her :)
 After much internet sleuthing I disovered the large trees on the back of our property are hickory trees.  The nut meat is tasty but difficult to extract.  The bark can be used for flavoring (hickory smoked...) and syrup.

 This boy got braces!!
 Grant enjoyed helping dad put up some shelves in the garage.

Monday, December 25, 2017

Family Pictures August 2017

I can accurately say that usually Family Photo sessions are pretty tortuous, but this session was a blast!  Our photographer was so cheerful and positive, and the kids cooperated and seemed to enjoy being in front of the camers ;)  We had such a great time it made me want to do it again soon!  (but, please, can somone else pick out the coordinating clothes?)

I just love these people!!

August 2017: Birthday girls, kittens, Harry P, school

Elise and Brenna had their birthdays in August.  We sure love these beautiful girls!

 Brenna was thrilled when her dad came home with not one, but two kittens!
 The rest of the family was pretty excited, too.

 Rob's parents and grandson came to visit in August.  They loved seeing our new house.  Dave gave us some good advice on landscaping which we are excited to get started on in the Spring.  (the lawn took so long to get in this fall that we didn't have a chance to plant anything else)

While they were visiting we did a Harry Potter "escape room" at our house.  My friend is creating these and she came to our house and set it up.  It was a blast.  We had to figure out puzzles and riddles which led to clues which led to finding the lost snitch.

 This is some serious bedhead!!
 School started too early, once again.  I miss Oregon where it starts after Labor Day!

Brenna and Seth ran cross country this year.  They had a great season.  Brenna was very nervous but worked through her nerves and improved by several minutes over the course of the season.  Seth ran varsity almost the entire season!