Thursday, October 30, 2014

oh, and we carved pumpkins

counting down the days already

It's not happening until late, late July next year, but I am already counting down the days until Girls Camp!

I am still the Stake 4th Year Leader. Which means I still get to make the girls go on an overnight hike that makes them experience some sort of physical pain. And I talked those in charge, and they are letting me take them up for two nights before camp! Yessss! Seriously though, teenagers these days are soft and weak and need to PUT DOWN THEIR DANG PHONES!! I clearly have no strong opinion on how technology is ruining youth everywhere.

Yesterday, I was able to tag along with the Stake YW Presidency as they checked out our new digs for next year. Our stake has always, always camped at Ensign Ranch. Next year we're headed up the mountains to Camp Zarahemla. Camp Z, for short. Super excited.

It does have its pros and cons. But two of the biggest pluses is that we will be the only ones camping. No sharing!! (although sharing is caring) And it's also just a new place to try out. I think the girls are really going to like it.

((cell phone shots))

One of the really big cons is that the lake if fah-reezing cold. Like, cold enough that if you're in it for more than a few minutes, you die of hypothermia. Leeeeeetle cold. The brainstorming has begun for what other types of water stuff we can do with the girls.

Carly gnawing on my apple core on the way there. It kept her occupied for a good half hour.
  ((normal camera shots))

Some really cool  mushrooms were growing everywhere up there.
This one was cool to see it popping up out of the earth.

And here's one that's fully popped up.

I was really excited to see the Larch trees! 
Go here for a quick definition of them.
They are only this color right before their needles fall off.
Perfect timing!

Oneil sitting in a tree chair, not wanting to look at me take a picture.


Tuesday, October 28, 2014

random recap of whatever

Corgan's first band concert was about two weeks ago.
His band teacher is really good at his job.
Super high expectations for the students.

This fall, we downsized on the number of kids participating in soccer to just one.
It was Cade's first year playing.
We talked it over with the kids before letting them decide.
We would have had four kids playing soccer. That meant four different practices and games during the week, plus the Saturday games. All of that on top of piano lessons for the older three, Scouts for Corgan, Activity Days for Lily, Aaron tutoring Tuesdays and Thursdays ((he gets home around 9:30pm on those days)), and he also has Mutual on Wednesday nights.
Needless to say, we had a much more relaxed fall than past years.

And I must admit, it was really nice.

Oneil has become addicted to baths.
"Take a tub?" is how he asks.


Carly taking a sink bath last Friday night.

Carly watching Cade's last soccer game on Saturday.

I can't even remember why he was so ticked-off.

He turned that frown upside down though.

The mom who made these cupcakes must have worked really hard making sure the green frosting matched their shirts perfectly.


Aaron's mom and dad came over late Saturday afternoon. The kids Primary Program was on Sunday.

After church, there was an apple-peel-slice-core-dehydrate party.
We have three trees in our backyard that are overflowing with apples.

Aaron's mom put together the old donut-on-a-string activity for the kids to do.

Once Carly realized that there was food attached to the string, she was all over it.

Just like her mom and dad.

We managed to snag a photo of us all before dinner.
In the picture below, Papa is getting after Cade for strangling Oneil.
Corgan is explaining what happened to his Grandma.

Corgan also was repeating, "cheeeeesey nooooooodle", hence his awesome facial expression.

And guess what?
My sister Lael also came over on Saturday, and stayed through Sunday, to watch the kids performance at church.

She puts up with me.

Here's the prettiest picture of her and Lily.

Friday, October 24, 2014

school photos '14

Having a lot of kids in school means paying out the wazuu for school pictures. For just the basic package, it would have cost us over $100 on lame pictures.

So I ordered a backdrop for a quarter of that price and took my own.

Pat my own back, toot my own horn.

Should have thought about this looooong ago.

Corgan, grade 6.

Lily, grade 4.

Blake, grade 2.

Cade, kindergarten.

Oneil, my sidekick all the livelong day.

Carly, cutest curly girl in the universe.

The boys.

The girls.

All six of 'em.