Saturday, January 16, 2016

Winter Sports

We started out the new year by celebrating Grandpa Selvage's 80th birthday.  He is a New Year's baby, so on the 1st, we stopped by their home and took him a cake.

Then on Sunday, we had a family gathering with all of his and Norma's siblings, plus Doug came home from Germany for a surprise visit.  I forgot to take put my SD card back in my camera AND forgot to bring my cell phone.  Really, Vickie? 80 years old, and you don't manage to get pictures!!!

Tommy and Ellie were excited one Friday to tell me about their swimming lesson.  They got to paddle around the pool in a kayak!  So fun.  Thankfully, Tommy's teacher DID remember her camera, and she posted these pictures on Facebook for me.

Ellie was so excited to tell about this that she was tripping over her words.

What a great confidence building exercise!

And FINALLY, we got some snow last week.

Although it wasn't enough to build a snowman like
they wanted, it was enough to flap up a few angels.

And to bounce around in a bit.

Yay for snow!

The "sand castle" that they built was about 2" high.

Monday, January 11, 2016

And So This is Christmas

By the beginning of December, the kids were more than ready to decorate the tree.
We had fun one afternoon making graham cracker nativities.
Ethan and Tera at our family party.
They were getting ready to leave before I remembered to pull out my camera.

I had been busy in the kitchen making up cookie plates to send home with Mom.
Sandy, Ellie, and Lindy were my co-bakers and platers. 

Apples to Apples seems to be the traditional game of choice for our crew.

We also enjoyed a nice Christmas Eve with Grandma and Grandpa Selvage, but I forgot to put the sd card back in my camera, so we didn't get any pictures of it this year.  Somewhere, there is a video from the new video camera that Tom got, but it would need heavy editing before appearing here, since I was in most of the scenes.

Before bed on Christmas Eve, we donned costumes over new
Christmas PJs and acted out the story of Christ's birth.
Papa was an innkeeper who turned away Joseph.
I got to play the nice guy who let them use the barn.
Ellie and Tommy both played wise men.
and also our main characters, Joseph and Mary.

All loaded and ready.

Christmas morning, Ellie singing into her new microphone.
She looks a bit like a lounge singer, doesn't she?
and this one definitely has that look down!

Thursday, December 3, 2015

Feeling Thankful

I am so thankful for my beautiful little family.  

We've had a lovely Autumn.  One day I went to take pictures of a friend's family, and caught a few of my own kids in the process.  They loved playing in the leaves.

The kids and I had a good time at their preschool harvest dinner.  They helped me make a fruit turkey to share with their friends.

They are really loving preschool and they especially enjoy their swimming lessons on Fridays.  I snuck in and caught a few photos.

We have had some lovely warm weather for this time of year.  On several windy days, we went across the street and flew kites.  The kids got these for Easter a few years ago, and have been wanting to fly them ever since.  Who knew it would be in November!

We visited Aunt Sandy on the Sunday before Thanksgiving.  

We delayed Thanksgiving day plans at our own home because I wasn't feeling well.  
Then we also had to cancel our backup plans with Grandma and Grandpa because Tommy had pink eye.

And now, Christmas season has begun.  The kiddos were so excited to decorate the tree.

Friday, October 30, 2015

Crazy Week!

Halloween may come close to outranking Christmas as the favorite holiday in the life of a child.  The build-up to the main event at preschool this week has been fun.  Monday and Tuesday were costume days, then Wednesday was Halloween shirt day, Thursday was crazy sock day, and Friday was crazy hat day.

Before and between those days, Tommy and Ellie had an already busy schedule: Primary Sacrament program on Sunday with a follow-up scripture costume party, a friend's costume birthday party on Monday, a church potluck and trunk-or-treat on Wednesday, and Trick-or-Treating last night.  My camera did a lot of clicking this week!

Monday costume was Spiderman.  He was one of three Spidermen in his class.

Ellie was one of several kitties, but the only one with full hat and fur.
The costume was so warm that it only lasted about a half hour.


The trimmed down cat costume.
We went for a walk in the beautiful woods after school.
Tommy's looking a bit chunky here, but it's just his
Spiderman super muscles under the coat.
The birthday party was lots of fun, and they
 saw several friends from preschool and church there.
Ellie debuted her day 2 costume at the birthday party.
She was Princess Sophia, complete with magical amulet.
Tommy's day 2 costume was Captain Hook.
He's been calling himself that for months now!
He had already decorated his hat in anticipation of Friday's Crazy Hat Day,
but we used it anyway, because I never got around to making his Hook hat.
The kids decorated these graveyard dirty dessert cupcakes for the party at church.
They won the "best decorated" award.
Tommy met up with a few more pirates at the party.
and Ellie found herself with a few more princesses.

Trick-or-Treat was a bit cold and blustery.  Captain Hook lost
his hat after the first house, and I carried it the rest of the way.
My crazy kiddo would NOT wear his hat for even one second on crazy hat day!
Ellie labored for hours last weekend to make this hat, but didn't want to wear
it at school.  She had it stuffed in her backpack.  But I pulled it out and swapped
hats with her.  She wore my buffalo hat, and I modeled this hat.  She took
some pictures of me, and there were soon other kids wanting to wear her hat.
Once it was popular with them, she was okay with wearing it too.
She's an awfully cute buffalo!
But even better in the hat of her own creation!