Busy Monday!

Monday, April 11th, Lyvie helped Weston with one of his experiments.IMG_7415 IMG_7416 It was a chilly day so we got the fire going!IMG_7421 Within 30 minutes, the red food coloring was already showing at the top of the celery.  Amazing!IMG_7428 It was time to clean out Grace’s bird house, so another bird could make a house.  And sure enough, within just a couple days, a bird made a house there again this year!IMG_7430 At this point, we were keeping a close eye on all our goat mama’s!  They were all getting huge and close to delivery!IMG_7433 IMG_7434 IMG_7435 IMG_7437 IMG_7442 IMG_7446 Ethan’s pretty good on this skate board.  He can even go UP hill.IMG_7447 There’s Betsy and Laura (our neighbor’s cows) watching…..IMG_7450 Weston’s turn!IMG_7452Evening softball practice in PJ’s.  🙂IMG_7454 IMG_7455 We babysat Ava that evening for Sam and Lindsey.  She always brings me flowers.  🙂IMG_7456 Dinner!IMG_7458 That night after supper, Sam and the kids made me a birthday cake.IMG_7459 We let Ava have the ipad for a few minutes to keep her happy till Sam and Lindsey arrived.  She was so funny with it!IMG_7460Chocolate cake making!IMG_7461 I couldn’t get her to look!IMG_7462 Such a production!IMG_7468 IMG_7469 Ethan didn’t help make the cake so he got stuck with the dishes!IMG_7470 Weston’s experiment complete.IMG_7471

This and That

Tuesday, April 5th, we still had snow!  Yay!  That day was our big shopping day because we had the Wednesday night dinner.IMG_7387 Tuesday night, Gracie brought one of the chicks up to say hello.  They are getting big!IMG_7389 Thursday, April 7th, we got rain and Weston had some rain play!IMG_7394 IMG_7395 On your mark.  Get set.  GO!!IMG_7397 Perfect splash!  I gave him a “10”!!  🙂IMG_7399 Friday, April 8th, Weston was my little helper in the kitchen for our taco night!  Sometimes we take a break from pizza night.  Love the faces while he tries to open the can of refried beans.  IMG_7402 IMG_7403 Cutting up the olives……IMG_7404 He insisted on chopping the onions!  They made him cry.  😉IMG_7405 Saturday morning, April 9th, Lyvia had fun building with the playing cards.IMG_7406 IMG_7408 X marks the spot!  We were heading out for a walk Sunday evening and saw this in the sky:IMG_7411 IMG_7412

Monday Snow!

Yes, I am still alive.  Sort of.  Just kidding.  Sort of.  Need I say more?

Monday morning, April 4th, we woke up to snow!IMG_7351 So, of course, I made waffles!IMG_7353 I love, love, love the snow.  So no complaining over here!IMG_7355 Weston went out to check how deep is what getting.  😉IMG_7359 Weston was my big helper that evening.  He shoveled the steps and helped me haul wood.IMG_7360 Everything had a nice layer of snowy ice on it.  My boxwood……IMG_7362 Grace’s tree was covered in ice…….IMG_7364 My rhubarb…….IMG_7365 Iced chives, anyone?!IMG_7367 They are so hearty.  They weren’t phased in the least.IMG_7368  My andromeda had already bloomed….IMG_7373 This boy is precious.  Just precious.  So much like his Daddy it’s scary.IMG_7374 Grace had to show me how she gets in the kayak that hangs from the back of our woodshed roof.  🙂  I always wondered where they went to play.  Just kidding.IMG_7378 My heather!!!!  It had already bloomed like back around Christmas.  It survived.IMG_7382And that was our snowy Monday.  Besides taking pictures of iced over foliage and eating waffles, we did school!  I know.  SO exciting.

Our Weekend

Saturday morning, April 2nd, Sam, Ethan, and Ethan’s friend, Daniel went to a Creation Conference for the day.  They said it was very good.  And long.

The rest of us made stayed home.  I made soup and who knows what else.  It’s been too long now to remember.IMG_7339 Saturday night after church, Gracie brought one of the baby chicks up to say hello.IMG_7340 Getting so big!IMG_7342 Sunday morning, April 3rd, we woke up to snow!IMG_7344 IMG_7345 Sunday evening, Weston helped me cut celery to put in our tuna.  IMG_7346 We had tuna melts ~~ so yummy!IMG_7347 Brandt stopped by to say hello and ……..wrestle Ethan. 🙂IMG_7348 IMG_7349

The Rest of Our Week

Wednesday, March 30 – Friday, April 1

We had Ava on Wednesday.  She was fascinated with Ethan’s helicopter.IMG_7328 Can you see her reaching up at it?IMG_7329 Weston jumped and jumped on this balloon and it would. not. pop.IMG_7330 Ava loves to sit and “do school” between the girls while they do school.IMG_7331 The boys have had so much fun with these helicopters.IMG_7333 Friday night, Sam and the boys were taking apart a bb gun that was broke and tried to fix it……IMG_7335 While I made a Strawberry Rhubarb Pie!IMG_7336 We love us some Chocolate syrup around here!IMG_7337 Pie’s done!  See the “E”?IMG_7338

Family Day

Monday, March 28th, was a very unusual day for us.  Sam had the day off because of the Easter holiday the day before.

Grace had gotten this Mater card for Weston that had a mask in it.  The first picture was a mistake but I kinda thought it looked like Mater with his droopy eyes.  Haha.IMG_7287 IMG_7288 We had a relaxing morning together.  It was so nice.IMG_7290 The kids were having fun with Weston’s new box of tracks.IMG_7292 Then we headed over to the church to fly Weston’s helicopter.  I’m not sure who had more fun ~~ Weston, Sam, or Ethan.IMG_7294 IMG_7296 After the battery died on the helicopter, we took a drive to a fun toy store and just leisurely walked around.  Something we hardly ever do, especially as a family.  Then we came home, did chores and got Fish N Chips takeout for $3 a dinner!IMG_7311 It really hit the spot!!IMG_7312So thankful for this quiet day together!

Weston’s Birthday and Easter

Sunday, March 27th was not only Easter, but it was Weston’s 7th birthday!!

Happy 7th Birthday, Weston James!!

Happy Resurrection Day!!IMG_7172 Annual Easter pics before church.IMG_7173 IMG_7174 IMG_7177 IMG_7178 IMG_7180After church, we had everyone over to celebrate Weston and Resurrection Day.

Weston wanted a Star Wars themed party.  So we did lots of “Star Wars” appetizers, then did more of a traditional Easter lunch.

The following pictures will mean nothing to you if you are not familiar with Star Wars.  But if you are, you might enjoy looking.  The pictures are self explanatory since they are all labeled. IMG_7181 IMG_7182 IMG_7184 IMG_7185 IMG_7186 These Obi Wan Kabobies were my favorite to say.  And eat.  I laughed every time I said it.  IMG_7187 IMG_7189 IMG_7190 IMG_7192 IMG_7193 These “Light Saber” bubble wands were the party favors.IMG_7194 Appetizer table!IMG_7195 Digging in!IMG_7197 IMG_7198 IMG_7199 IMG_7200 The girls collected all the pictures and got them hung all by themselves.  They also made all the links you see hanging everywhere.  They were such a big help.IMG_7201 IMG_7202 IMG_7203 Our birthday boy!IMG_7204 We had Darrell’s ham from his pig.  It was all smoked so I just had to cut it off the bone and heat it.  Mom made scalloped potatoes and I did baked beans, peas, salad and Texas Toast.  IMG_7205 Sam and AvaIMG_7207 Gracie drew this Princess Leia freehand.  Lyvie made the Princess Leia buns.  And we played “Pin the Bun on Princess Leia”.  Lots of pictures of this to follow!IMG_7209 QuinnIMG_7210 IMG_7211 The girls made the buns labeled with each cousin’s initial on it.IMG_7212 WillIMG_7213 EllieIMG_7216 JacksonIMG_7217 WestonIMG_7219 IMG_7221 EmmaIMG_7222 HudsonIMG_7224 LyviaIMG_7228 GracieIMG_7230 IMG_7231 And the winners are…….EMMA AND WESTON!!!!  🙂IMG_7232 Present time!IMG_7233 Since it was such a nice day, we moved the present time outside.IMG_7234 IMG_7235 IMG_7236 IMG_7237 IMG_7241 IMG_7242 I love Jackson’s face here.  Weston had just opened his remote control helicoptor.  😉IMG_7244 Suspenders!  Weston asked for suspenders because he doesn’t like wearing a belt.  But he calls them “spenders” instead of suspenders.  I love that.IMG_7246 I love this boy soooo much!!!!IMG_7248 I made homemade ice cream cakes this time.  Two chocolate oreo fudge ones and one vanilla/strawberry.  The girls did the decorating with all the mini figures.  They were actually very creative with it, but you can’t see the details in the pictures.IMG_7250 IMG_7252 IMG_7253 IMG_7255 Bubble time!IMG_7256 IMG_7257 IMG_7258 Mom was handing out Christmas presents from Wes and Penny.  PNG coffee!  Yay!IMG_7260 MVI_7261 I am not very good with computers, but I think if you click on this thing, you might be able to watch a video of the kids doing bubbles.  Maybe someone can let me know if it worked.

Here is a meeting of the minds…..the guys were looking at house plans!IMG_7263 Flying the helicoptor!IMG_7270 Lovin it.IMG_7271 The birthday boy was talking to Aunt Brookie on the phone.IMG_7277 Sparkler time!IMG_7278 Grace and LyviaIMG_7280 He got these three little lego sets for his birthday and he and Hudson and Jackson put them together.IMG_7286It was a very busy, but fun day celebrating Weston with everyone!

Weston, we love you very much!

You bring much joy and laughter into our lives.  We are so thankful for you.

Happy 7th Birthday!!

Party Prep!

Friday and Saturday, the 25th and 26th, I worked on getting ready for Easter and Weston’s Birthday Party.  The girls were a huge help!  Weston’s party was Star Wars themed, so we did a bunch of appetizers to coordinate with people and things from the movie.  Then our actual lunch was more Easter like.IMG_7154 Sweet Lyvie!IMG_7156 Saturday, the boys had fun shooting off the back porch.  I love looking out and seeing them do something together like this.  There is a big age gap, but they still do things together and I love that!IMG_7158 IMG_7159 Lyvie can turn anything into a “baby”.   😉IMG_7160 I decided to try a homemade ice cream cake.IMG_7161 IMG_7162 IMG_7163 This one was oreo fudge and it was pretty easy.IMG_7164 IMG_7165 Saturday afternoon, Sam taught Weston how to run the rototiller.IMG_7166 IMG_7167 I thought he did pretty good for being so little.IMG_7168 We had Darrell’s ham from one of his pigs for our lunch Sunday.  But I decided to get it all cut off the bone ahead of time and then just heat it after church.  It was all smoked and ready to eat.  So yummy!IMG_7169 Saturday night, was our Easter Cantata.  The girls sang.  This picture is blurry, but it’s the only one I have that you can sort of see the girls.  IMG_7170 This next one you can’t see the girls at all.  But you get the idea.IMG_7171

This and That

Wednesday March 23rd, we had Ava!  Poor thing, she gets no love around here.  Haha.  Just kidding.IMG_7145 The girls made all these links to decorate for Weston’s upcoming birthday party.  They were hiding them in the basement till his birthday.IMG_7146 So excited to get his first birthday card in the mail from Yaya!IMG_7147 MEET LUKE SKY WALKER:IMG_7148 Lyvie helped him get dressed up and took all the pictures.IMG_7149 We had this picture as our screen saver for his party and had the Star Wars theme music playing during the party.  IMG_7152