Tuesday, January 13, 2015

November Photo Dump

Jensyn & her little friend Ben at church – for several weeks, they walked around holding hands every time they saw each other.  On this day, Jensyn looked at Ben and said, “Ben, if you have boogers, I have Kleenex.”  (Now if that isn’t true love…   Ha!)

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We went out to see the Christmas lights on one of our favorite local houses, where it’s all set to music.  This was on November 29th, so it’s in with the November pictures.

snuggles with Daddy

Max - caught playing with his sister’s dollhouse…and a pile of attacking dinosaurs!

Alex’s “Texas Toast”, made by painting the bread with colored milk before toasting it.
This was part of his school work one day, and he was REALLY proud of it!

playing with cousin Lance when he came to visit
(this might have been October, but it’s in the November pictures…)

co-op end of semester program
(I can’t remember if I posted these)

display table from the bug class that I taught

Alex’s music class playing handbells
(he’s third from the left, in the back with a white shirt)

Max & Jensyn’s preschool class singing
(in the center – gray shirt & pink sweater)


another trip to the museum

Monday, January 12, 2015

December Photo Dump

(Many of these are off of my phone, which has a lousy camera, so the photo quality stinks!)

There’s something very special about ‘catching’ your boys reading!


playing with Max’s amazing new marble run (Q-ba Maze Mega Stunt Set)

donut hole snowmen that we made & brought to a friend’s house
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mini Hershey bars wrapped with grocery bags & decorated to look like snowmen…the kids made these with a friend & gave them out to the kids in their Sunday School class


Alex’s Christmas program at church
(Alex is directly under the left side of the doorframe in the top picture)

Santa came to our library!  All 3 kids talked about him all morning, but then Jensyn was too shy to talk to him once we got there.

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They had a table of props at the library, so we had a little fun!

This is what I get for taking a shower while the couch cushion cover was in the wash…one of the kids sat on the couch, mindlessly picking a hole into the cushion while watching Netflix.  Sigh.  I got out of the shower to find stuffing all over the living room.  We restuffed it, duct-taped it back together, and put the cushion cover back on.


baking cookies…and eating brown sugar crumbs Winking smile


Alex eating Gelsosomo’s Pizza on his 7th birthday.  We realized while eating that, 7 years ago to the day, we’d all had Gelsosomo’s Pizza on the day Alex was born.  The family went over to the restaurant for dinner, and they brought back pizza for Keith & me since that’s what I was craving!

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On the weekend before Alex’s birthday, we went to HuHot (one of our favorite restaurants, but a VERY long drive from home!) for dinner  & free birthday s’mores!  How often do you get to cook s’mores at the table in a restaurant…for free?!  What fun!

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alex huhot

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Christmas with Grandma & Grandpa S

It’s still amazing me to me that we can find a way to get everyone (except Derek…) together for a family Christmas, considering the size of our family!  Derek was unable to get a Christmas leave from his base, so we won’t be seeing him for a while.  But we did get to call & sing “We Wish You A Merry Christmas” to him!  See?


We started with a yummy dinner, followed by hanging out in the basement, where the grandkids get to open presents…
I missed out on a lot of pictures this year.  Sorry, nieces & nephews, but I figured it’s better to not post your unflattering pictures!


As usual, Justin had to open his presents without ripping any paper!


Jensyn wrapped Kathryn’s gift and wrote the names.  She was very proud of herself!

And this little guy brings such joy to the party!
Isn’t he adorable?!


Once all the kids have opened their gifts, we leave them with their new toys and head upstairs for a grown-up Christmas time (which is interrupted by kids, but still more peaceful).

Afterwards, it was on to yummy desserts…and no time for playing cards.  We’re hoping to get together sometime just for fun and playing games!