Monday, October 28, 2013


Since I'm still surrounded by boxes, I broke with tradition and did not make costumes this year.  We dug through our boxes of costumes, and the kids all found something they were happy with.  We ended up using costumes from 4 different years.  There were a bunch of different activities at the Trunk-or-Treat, including pictures with a professional photographer.  The kids had a lot of fun.

Maddie and Emma wore bug costumes from 2008.

Emma 2013
Lana 2008
Maddie 2013
Everett 2008
Gwyn wore her Jessie costume from 2010.

Everett, Maddie, Lana, and Gwyn in 2010

Lana wore her "Astrid the viking" costume from 2011.


And Everett wore his Willy Wonka costume from 2012.

In 2011 we were all either vikings or dragons from the movie "How to Train Your Dragon" and in 2012 most of the kids did a "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" theme. Lana and Gwyn were Oompa Loompas, Everett was Willy Wonka, and Emma was a blueberry. Maddie chose to be a fairy queen. Next year I'll most likely be making costumes again. I have a lot of fun with it, but it was nice to have an easy year this time!

Saturday, April 20, 2013

Emma Sunshine

The weather has been pretty nice lately, so Emma and I have made a few outings to the park while the kids have been in school.  At the park, there is a ladder that is easy for her to climb and one that is a little bit big and intimidating for her.  We decided together that it is for big kids.  Her next comment was, “But my kids are at school.”

I was really amused by this, so when my mom joined Emma and I for lunch a few days later, I asked Emma “Who are your kids?”


“Who else?”


As you can imagine, Grandma got a big kick out of this.

Emma loves being outside, and I can’t blame her.  It is so nice to feel the sunshine after what feels like a long winter.  The other day I took her out to the back yard to play in the sand box.  I have trouble being outside without doing something.  I started cleaning up little bits of trash and rocks that the kids had played with and left in the yard.  Then I decided that I would work in the garden a bit.  I encouraged Emma to keep digging in the sand box while I dug in the garden.  She was happy doing this for a few minutes, then wanted to be with me in the garden.


(Emma loves wearing her sunglasses, and consistently puts them on upside down.)

I had been happy to get out the next size of cute summer clothes for Emma from the attic, but now I’m wondering why stores don’t sell more children’s clothing that is the color of dirt.


moby dickEvery morning—well, almost every morning—our family reads scriptures together.  Last year we read the Book of Mormon, and this year we are reading the New Testament.  Emma loves to participate in most family activities, and this is no exception.  She climbs up on the bed and insists on holding her “shrippers”.  Last year, the book she chose to call her “shrippers” was a fat critical edition of “Moby Dick” that I had started reading.  (I say started because I didn’t make it through.)  Moby Dick has been replaced by various gospel study manuals that are the right size for her and have some pictures in them.  I hope she continues to enjoy family scripture study.

Wednesday, March 27, 2013



Maddie and Gwyn each lost a tooth this past week.  They are mirror images, dentally speaking.  Lana was so disappointed that her wiggly tooth wasn’t ready to come out yet.  Even Emma was convinced that she had a wiggly tooth.

They both got a dollar from the tooth fairy, which they spent on “extras” at lunch at school (rainbow ice cream).



I wrote this post yesterday and had to change it today because Lana lost that tooth!


Now they are a toothless trio.


This is where the lost teeth go.   The kids love our tooth monster.