Saturday, October 21, 2017

Pine Tree Apple Orchard

The kids had a couple days off of school this week and the weather was beautiful. So we took advantage of that combination and went to the local apple orchard for fall time fun.

First we walked through the salesroom filled with apples and treats.
The kids liked watching the sorting machines.

Then we headed back outside to try the corn maze. 
They may not look excited about the photo op, but they had a lot of fun in the maze!

We met up with our friends, the Swensons, after the maze.
The kids had fun walking through the pumpkin patch.

Lastly, we piled on for a wagon ride through the orchards.
Parker, Jessica, Graham, Devin, Sadie, Kelsi, Hazel, and Clara

It has been a beautiful fall season!
Glad we got out to enjoy the weather, the apples, and the fall leaves.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Grammy and Papa Visit

We loved having Grammy and Papa come to visit this fall. They had just completed a stake mission in September, and planned an extensive road trip up to Idaho (for Jess and James' family), then out to Ohio (for Becky and Jeffrey's family), and then to us. We enjoyed Clara's birthday, bike rides by the lake, and lot of games. Hazel even decided to start walking while they were here. I think she enjoyed all the added attention. 

We had a great time showing them our new home and neighborhood, and sharing some of our favorite spots in the surrounding area. They built forts and read stories with Graham and Hazel while the rest of us were at Clara's birthday party. And I always love the late night chats to catch up on what is happening with extended family. We are so grateful they made the trip out!

Saturday, October 7, 2017

Skating Party

It was fun to brainstorm and plan a birthday party with Clara this year. She invited a few friends from church and school and had been eagerly looking forward to it ever since.

Olivia, Clara, and Miriya

Making tracks on the skating rink

What a cute group of girls! 
Cadence, Kelsi, Jessica, Sadie, Olivia, Clara, Miriya, and Sophia.

They seemed to have a blast roller skating, eating pizza, playing games, and having treats. 
We were glad they could join us to celebrate Clara's big birthday!

Thursday, October 5, 2017


Clara's Favorites

Favorite color: Blue and Yellow
Favorite game or activity: Sardines and Kick the Can
Favorite animal: Dolphins and Hedgehogs
Favorite movie: Moana
Favorite TV show: Wild Kratts
Favorite food: Meatballs with rice and fish
Favorite treat: Reeses and Nerds
Favorite book: Land of Stories
Best Friends: Brooke, Olivia, Rowan
Favorite thing to do with Dad: Working on projects, and fishing
Favorite thing to do with Mom: Playing games
Favorite thing to do with Sadie: Playing imaginary games
Favorite thing to do with Graham: Running around like crazy
Favorite thing to do with Hazel: Walk around
Favorite thing to do outside: Climb trees and run
Favorite thing to do inside: Read
What I want to be when I grow up: Marine biologist, author/illustrator, or face painter
Favorite thing I did this year: Family trip to Wolf Lake
What is going to be great about being 10: I get to be double digits!

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Birthday Fun

Clara turned 10 this year. Yikes! Double digits seems like quite a milestone.

We made time in the morning for a few presents and the requested german pancakes before school. 

As luck would have it, Clara's class had a day completely planned around an ocean theme. They even used virtual reality goggles to go under water. Perfect. Then when she got home, Grammy and Papa were here to personally wish her a happy birthday! We were excited to have them come stay with us for a few days as part of an extended road trip and they planned their travels so that they would be here for Clara's birthday. She was thrilled!

We were also glad to have Grammy and Papa around so that they could help us eat some of the cake. Clara wanted the different colored layers, which was a fun effect but also made things rather large!

Clara adds such a fun dynamic to our family. We are grateful to have her smile and energy. She works hard at school and loves a good challenge. She also continues to progress with the piano and I can count on finding various books around the house from all her reading. I also love that she knows how to make each of her siblings smile. It is going to be a great year. We love you Clara!

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Como Town

The kids have been asking for a while about going to Como Town. So when I came across a deal online, Josh and I decided to make it our last family activity before the weather shifts. It turned out that the last Saturday they would be open was also an already jam packed day for us, but we figured out a way to make it work. We had a great time going on the rides and figuring out everyone's favorite.
Graham loved the cars, both the race track and the bumper cars. 

My bumper car driving buddy.

 Sadie loved the Tornado and Clara loved the Tiger Trax roller coaster. 

 I think all three of them loved the swings.

And Hazel was happy hanging out in the stroller and drinking out of the big water bottle. 

Sadie was just tall enough to ride the zip line with Clara.

One of the last things we did was the foam party. 
The kids played, and got soaked, while running around in a bunch of bubbles.

Good thing we could just go into the splash pad area after 
to get cleaned off and completely drenched. 

It was a fun afternoon together!

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Morning Snuggles

Hazel likes to help wake up her sisters for school. Sometimes that means she is quickly crawling down the hall when I open their door. Sometimes she is eagerly waving or clapping her hands as we walk in together. This morning she snuggled a bit with each of them while finishing her bottle.

Sadie and Clara did not seem to mind.

Monday, September 18, 2017

Family Night Treat

Hazel got in on some rootbeer floats this week.

And she was a fan!

Wednesday, September 13, 2017


Graham has been anxiously waiting for it to be his turn.
He even wanted to make a sign and pose on the porch like the girls.

No hesitation in those steps.
He walked right in and never looked back.

When I picked him up he told me all about his teacher and new friends.
This seems to be a great fit for him.

I am excited to see him grow this year!