Thursday, March 13, 2014

February Happenings

I think the goal here is to kind of get "caught up" on the blog, then try to get back to keeping track of our day to day goings on....

I taught Kody how to use my SLR, and he's getting pretty good!  I showed him how to focus the red square on the person's eye..and push the shutter button down half way to get the focus, then take the picture.  here are a few of his:

excuse this awesome picture.  It was early on a saturday morning.  but Kody did a great job.  Look at that depth of field!

In february we took a quick trip up mount diablo to rock city.  The kids had a great time hiking around.  I think i nearly had a heart attack a few times.  I have several friends who have fallen off cliffs up there and broken legs (or worse).  But we all made it down in one piece...

Ortho appointments.  How did people entertain kids pre iPhone?  Kody can take pictures of himself all day long.

Papa went to Ghana, and came back with some pretty cool duds!

Oh, this was horrible.  a neighbor's dog got into the back yard and ate all of my chickens (well...8 of them.  one flew to safety in a tree...).  It was a horrible scene.  We have since replaced the chickens and are in full-blown-egg-production-mode.

Little Aud sleeping.

Little Aud sitting on a frog at the zoo.  

Kody got to bring his preschool bear home (pictured on the left).  this is the bear that parker got to bring home a few years ago and a dog attacked (and ruined), so we had to go to build a bear and buy a new kind-of-look-alike bear to donate to the class.  Our build a bear bear is still in operation.  Also pictured is Kody's BFF "Duffy the Disney Bear".  

Argh.  These things happen way too often.  Note to self:  Don't leave Kody, Audrey and an open bottle of ketchup alone in a room for 2 minutes.  

haha...the boys were supposed to collect germs to grown in these petri dishes.  Brady collected germs from Parker, but no where else....and we left the other dishes sit empty for a week.  The only place germs DIDN'T grow are the parker dishes.  hmmmmm....

This is Kody and Audrey wishing you a happy valentine's day.

More Rock City.  I'm just getting a bit lazy now.  

Kody's pants after being at rock city for 10 minutes.  

Cute little cousins.  

Trip to fro yo.  

is kody kissing me or sucking on my cheekbone?

Aud dancing and eating hot dogs at the playground.

Dustin circa 1835.

The only way i can get her to sit in the cart these days.  mini m&ms.

Epic nerf gun battle in the park with Carson's baseball team.

Audrey and Crew watching Frozen with uncle. 

Kody and the ski goggles.  

The kids at a dessert auction.  They kept getting papa to give them money and they kept buying up all the desserts.  They were in heaven.  

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Let's try this again.

I realize no one reads blogs anymore.   But last week i put together my 2013 blog book...and realized i missed having a record of things.  I had some pictures posted, but hardly any words....and while i'm still SUPER impressed with myself for even getting a book with a bunch of pictures in it put together, i have a feeling I would appreciate some wordy-posts in the future as well.  So I will try again.  

In December we decided to fix up our garage.  It was a bit spooky and run down...we were just going to freshen it up a bit.  A week into the project we decided to take the garage door off, put up a wall and make the room into a bonus room.  It's been a few months and we are still not quite finished with it.  And now we need to build another garage.  But it will be awesome.  Some day.  Here's the garage "before"  Stay tuned for the "after".

Audrey Kate is my "taster".  She can hear the mixer turn on from the other side of the house and she comes running.

Kody dropped a giant rock on his foot and smashed his toe.  After a few days of not walking on it we took him in for an x-ray.  Wasn't broken...but things were black and blue for a while.  Here's an x-ray of him getting an x-ray:

Audrey saw Kody wearing this shirt and said "oh, it's dada".

We got chickens in November.  Here they are before the neighbor's dog ate them all.  It was horrible.  But we replaced the flock and now we are in business again!

We drove to Disneyland in January....this is carson sleeping in the car.  We find it's best to leave at a while (until 2 AM or so) so we can get pretty far with kids asleep.  We get a hotel, and then finish up in the morning.  

While down there we got to see some of our favorite people, anna and andrew!!!  here are the long lost twins:

and who are these hot ladies??

These cousins had a pretty good time together as well.  

Audrey had a great time at disneyland:

waiting for the toy story ride:

when i look at this picture i start to panic because i won't always have an adorable 18 month old.  dang it.

Lego heaven:

Pinewood derby.  Carson took 4th i think?  This was the first pinewood derby we had to do without Grandpa John.  We are still getting the hang of it.  good thing we have many pinewood derbys in our future....


So I feel like I should write more words down.  More things about how my day has been going...what we've been doing, etc.  The problem is is it's 10 at night.  I still have to clean the house a bit (i hate going to bed with a messy house...and even though i usually pick it up at night, i've decided my standards for cleanliness are way more lax at night than they are in daylight hours...because when I wake up in the morning the house always seems to be a disaster).  I also still have 2 kids awake.  I need to get them to sleep.  So i'm not going to write much.  But i will think about writing tomorrow.  Or the next day.  

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

halloween 2013

Halloween.  It's a little strange looking back at these kind of feels like everything is either "before" or "after" my dad died.  Halloween was right before.  

A few days before Halloween uncle Dave and family came over and we carved pumpkins.  

Audrey just ran around and complained a bit.  Halloween isn't her favorite holiday.  She threw a fit when i tried to put an elephant costume on her...and she stayed home with daddy and cried when i took the boys trick or treating.  

Speaking of trick or treating....we went with our friends and everyone had a good time.  

Kody had it in his head that a mad scientist should put his hands up in the air like this.  he did it in all his pictures.  

and this one isn't halloweenie at all, but audrey loves these sparkly shoes, and she picks them to wear whenever she gets to pick out her shoes.