Saturday, January 12, 2013

Fall, Winter, and Holidays

 At the end of October, we went to the Barton's Halloween Bash and ate, had a costume party, and sat by the bonfire.

 

Halloween was on a Wednesday, which was a little strange, but we had fun anyway.  Some friends came over for some chili and then we walked around the neighborhood, trick or treating.
Ninja, Alice in Wonderland, Pippy Long-stockings and a Punk


Fall fun with the boys and Pepper.


 Layla turned 10!  Her and six friends went to the movies and then had a sleepover.





Thanksgiving Day we went to my cousins house and had lots of fun with the cousins.





My mom wanted a photo of dad and her...


then he dumped her out of the wheel barrow.  It was so funny and caught everybody by surprise.



I went on Dylan's 1st grade field trip to Petit Jean Mtn. and the colors were beautiful (and my sweet girl is always beautiful).




The older three kids went with Nana and Papa on a hike in Ben Hur, during deer season (wearing their safety orange).


 Layla was in the spelling bee and had her first cheer competition of the season in December.



On Christmas morning, we had lots of fun opening presents and getting ready for the visitors.



 First, my mom and dad, and my sister and her family came and we opened presents.  Then the rest of my family came, cousins and uncles and more cousins.  We had a house full.  It started snowing and everyone started getting antsy.  We ate and opened presents in record time.  The house was empty within 2 hours.  We went out and played in the snow and then had a quiet Christmas night.

 



A few days after Christmas we drove up to Branson for the weekend.  We explored the Bass Pro Shop, swam in the hotel pool, looked at the Christmas lights, and did some shopping.



We have had another blessed year of crazy fun!

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

End of Summer and Start of School Year

We had a few weeks at home before school started back.  There were lots of bike rides, popsicles, swimming and lots of friends over!



First Day of School!
Harrison-7th grade; Layla-4th grade; Dylan-1st grade


Dylan started taking dance and is loving it. 


It is my last year with this little man by my side.  We are enjoying learning new things.  He learned how to blow a bubble and also how to whistle (none of the other kids can whistle).  He has also enjoyed playing with friends and having lunch with dad (eating with chopsticks, just like dad).






Dylan turned 7, the week after school started.  We had a combination family party with a cousin during summer break.



But she also wanted to have a small friend party, of course it was puppy themed.  She asked her guests to bring donations for the Animal Shelter in lieu of gifts.  She had so much fun taking the donations and visiting with all the dogs.  I have a feeling she would have taken everyone of them home.  She has a heart for animals.




Over Labor Day Weekend, we went camping at Lake Ouachita.  It was a beautiful weekend.  Although, it did come a quick little storm and we had NO power for about 12 hours.  So we were roughin' it in our camper with NO A/C.


Almost the entire campground was occupied by our church.  They had a washer throwing contest, and Harrison and his partner won the youth division. 


After the storm, God's Artwork!


A few weeks ago, Amos and I went to Washington DC for a work conference.  We saw so many things in just a few days, but it was fun. 

The first day, they bussed us over to see George Washington's home in Mount Vernon.  We toured the grounds and his distillery.


We are sitting on one of the old grinding stones, used in the distillery.  Our tour guide offered to take our picture.  For a big city, everyone we came in contact with were so nice and accommodating. 

 
The next day we toured on our own, and we saw Lincoln Memorial, Washington Monument, Vietnam War Memorial, Holocaust Museum, and we ran through the Museum of Natural History.  This was all after lunch.  Before lunch, the comedy group, Capital Steps http://www.capsteps.com/ performed at the hotel for us.  They were hilarious!


We got to dress up and eat at fancy restaurants (that we would normally not go to).  They took us to the Occidental and apparently every president has eaten at this restaurant.  It was delicious.

I absolutely loved all the architecture in DC!  I think Amos loved all the BIG trees in DC.  They have a law; if you cut a tree down, you have to plant two.



We had to leave the next day, but we ran through the Air and Space Museum before heading to the airport.  We are definitely planning a trip back and bringing the kids.










Thursday, August 2, 2012

Summer Busyness!

 The summer started out busy and hasn't stopped. We had lots of camps:

Science Camp

Art Camp
 
Cheer Camp

 Harrison attended his first band camp and had a blast.


Harrison also was in a Local Community Production of Peter Pan.  He was one of the many Lost Boys, he is the one with a coon hat and green shirt.


He was also in his final production of the Stages of Theater acting classes at U of O.  He has been taking acting classes from Ms. Ginny for 7 years and Harrison will miss her and the many friends he made.  He had a solo from "Oklahoma"; he sang to a pretty girl and even gave her a peck on the cheek (so sweet).  He was also in company performances from the "Sound of Music" and "Wicked".



Nash got glasses!  He has adjusted very well and he hasn't broken them yet either.


On the 4th of July we finished packing.  The kids divided 6 days between both sets of grandparents.


AND Amos and I went on our first cruise to the Bahamas!


There was ice cream and pizza available 24 hours a day. 



Amos won the Ping Pong tournament and this fancy "plastic piece of ship."


We had one day in Freeport Bahamas.  We went to the beach and then walked around the market.




We thought we would show the kids what a payphone looks like.


We also had a day at Nassau Bahamas.  We went snorkeling (Amos talked me into it) and I really had a good time.  Then we walked around downtown and ate at Senor Frogs.





On the ship; we played mini golf, lounged by the pool, went to several different shows, ate and ate some more, and had lots of "me" and "us" time. We had a relaxing vacation (without kids).  
It was very nice!





At the end of July, I loaded up all 4 kids and headed to the big city of Batesville, Arkansas for 5 days.

 
Harrison was accepted to attend the T Tauri Film Festival Movie Camp. There were 7 kids (in each group) who wrote a script then filmed a 6 minute movie in 3 1/2 days. He loved it and I have a feeling we will be going back to Batesville next summer.




Amos came up for the movie finale on Saturday.  And on our way home, we took a detour to Blanchard Springs Caverns.




Bat Poop! They were more excited about the bat poop than the cave.







Layla got braces!
We have a couple of more weeks of summer left before SCHOOL!  As the kids get older, the summer seems to get shorter.